Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we look at the ongoing commodities boom.

Precious Metals:

‘Gold is going to be outpaced by silver and platinum’ – Bill Baruch

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Kansas Bill Would Make Gold And Silver Legal Tender In The State

Economy & Finance:

At Zero Hedge: Got Inflation? The Fed Just Printed Another $100+ BILLION This Week.

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At Wolf Street: What Happens to the Markets If Long-Term Interest Rates Double from Here? Did Low Interest Rates Boost Auto Sales? Do These Covid Markets Make Any Sense?

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Shipping Costs, Trucking Rates Soar Despite Demand Below Prior Years. Now Add Diesel Price Surge to the Mix


Texans in Total Disbelief as Power Bills Skyrocket Thousands of Dollars a Day After Storm

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“A surge in commodity prices has Wall Street banks gearing up for the arrival of a new supercycle, but underlying dynamics suggest it isn’t going to be a repeat of the epic China-led boom at the start of this century. Copper heading for new all-time highs, surging agricultural markets and oil prices back at pre-Covid levels are driving excited talk as economies, juiced by massive stimulus, rev up after Covid-19 lockdowns. The theory is that this could be just the start of a years-long rally in demand for raw materials across the board.”

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OilPrice News reports: Lithium Prices Soar As Tesla, Apple And Google Fight For Supply

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Mining boom could herald commodity ‘supercycle’

Derivatives, Forex & Cryptos:

Derivatives trade worth billions flees London for New York post-Brexit

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Dollar bounces off six-week low as traders prepare for Powell

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State of Crypto Derivatives 2021

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Yellen Signals Interest in Backing Digital-Dollar Research

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Bitcoin Tops $58k, More Valuable Than A Kilo Of Gold

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Can crypto be taxed like gold? Is regulation the real threat to bitcoin’s $1 trillion market cap?

Tangibles Investing:

At Dave Ramsey’s site: Real Estate Trends 2021: What You Need to Know

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These are the five hottest – and three coldest – markets for home prices in 2021. JWR’s Comment: Not surprisingly, they’re predicting the biggest declines in the largest liberal cities that let BLM and Antifa run amok.


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  1. Crypto currency and marijuana are being eyeballed real hard by the feds as they miss out on taxes.
    Anything that makes money they are absolutely positive they are supposed to get a cut.
    I’m unsure of crypto numbers as I’m just a small pond fish. Based on profits I’m guess in the tens of millions in taxes annually.
    My flyover forgotten state made $50 million just in taxes from potheads and those actually in medical need. Just think of all the Pakistani gender and sexual orientation issues that coulda solved aka help them build their nuke.
    Not only will it cut into the market it will go to things not good for us.

  2. Is it just me, or do others get upset when they hear supposedly intelligent people make dumb remarks? The Zero Hedge article about the FED printing money drives me up a wall. They imply that there is 100 billion in new currency being printed per month. This is a blatant lie. they print replacement currency, but this new money is done with a few key strokes, there is no new physical currency, just a figment of Powell’s imagination. It does seem that Kansas and a few other states are going to make real money, gold and silver usable again and poke the illegal the

    1. Lost my connection. The last sentence should read. It does seem that Kansas and a few other states are going to make real money, gold and silver usable again and poke Powell and his FED banker cronies in the eye. This may be the first step in the long journey of resetting our money to actual value backed money. No more making up money with a few key strokes, no more propping up crooked banks, and taking away the FEDs control over us.

  3. Netanyahu: We will vaccinate children before summer vacation

    Prime Minister says vaccination campaign will extend to children ages 12 and up after such vaccines are approved.

    International community views Israel as COVID ‘case study’

    World leaders, even MSM looking to Israel as they attempt to solve the Corona pandemic.

    This is the First LIVING Robot and it’s Unbelievable

    Breaking Israel News/Israel365news: Bionic Chips Developed in Jerusalem Will Speed Development of New Drugs Without Sacrificing Lab Animals

    March of the microscopic robots

    The Wave: This is a timely video that I came across this week. It is about a high school experiment to show high schoolers how Hitler was able to get only 10% of the German population to do his bidding and help kill 10 million people. Imagine what this kind of behavior/conditioning we are currently experiencing /will do when the vaccinated turn against the unvaccinated…

    Breaking Israel News/Israel365News

    800-Year-Old Prophecy and Hidden Torah Codes: Gog and Magog Before Pandemic Ends

    Get vaccinated now, the Torah commands it

    Rabbi David Lau David Baruch Lau is the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Israel.
    We have the incredible fortune afforded to us by God to have a vaccine, but many of us still contemplate the move despite the fact that Halacha mandates we inoculate against the virus.

    1. Lawyers Promise ‘Nuremberg Trials’ Against All Behind COVID Scam.

      From the article:

      Status of the Covid-19 Committee investigation

      a. Covid-19 as a diversionary tactic by corporate and political “elites” in order to shift market share and wealth from small and medium enterprises to global platforms such as Amazon, Google, Uber, etc.

      b. Contribution of the Audiovisual Tax to the reconstruction of a new media landscape that offers truly independent information

      c. Making regional agricultural structures secure

      d. Making a secure regional currency to prevent a new currency from coming “from above” to be allocated in the event of good behaviour.

      e. Psychological considerations of the situation: how did it come about?

      Actions for annulment of the approval of a vaccination, filed against the European Commission, trial in New York of the status of PCR tests, German trials, Canadian trials, Australian trials, Austrian trials, trials at the International Court of Justice and the European Court of Human Rights.

  4. “Not surprisingly, they’re predicting the biggest declines in the largest liberal cities that let BLM and Antifa run amok.” and using places like #1 Austin to continue taking over historically conservative TX! A lot of them are SF bay area douchebags buying houses for cash and pushing out many of the blacks and hispanics that have lived in the poorer neighborhoods for generations.

    Typical limousine liberal behavior.

  5. Folks… The two stories linked here have important implications. Study the issues. Stay closely informed.

    From Breitbart via Citizen Free Press:”Bokhari: Microsoft and Friends Want to Destroy Online Privacy”


  6. History has once again proved Montana Patriot Pastor Chuck Baldwin correct. Back in July 2020 he explained that ‘The Great Divide Has Begun’. Yes indeed. Liberty-loving Christians will be ‘The New Jews’ and persecuted as such.

    As it was with Jews during Hitler’s rise to power, where you are and who you are with will make all the difference.

    Pastor Baldwin’s 48-minute Bible Study video can be viewed here.

    1. As a man with many liberal and conservative friends and acquaintances, I assure you we are working to prevent this kind of fascism in our country. Although there are many fascists in liberal clothing sitting in congress and other legislative bodies, the folks I know stand for liberty and justice.

      Now, knowing how easily well-meaning people can be stampeded by fear, I see we have our liberty-loving work cut out for us.

      You may have noticed that I challenge the thinking of folks who post here. I also challenge the thinking, and behavior, of people in my life. Some complain. Some leave. Okay.

      I am commanded by Jesus to love everyone, vaccinated or not. Agree or not.

      John 13:34

      34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.

      Carry on

  7. I listened to Sean Hannity’s radio show yesterday and they discussed higher fuel prices (thanks Biden!). One farmer said his fertilizer costs were UP $130 per ton. That means food prices go up. And with diesel going up, ANYTHING delivered by truck will go up in price. If Biden gets to raise taxes like he promised while campaigning, most Americans will have LESS money to spend and HIGHER costs for everyday necessities. This would make a great campaign slogan for non-Democrats during the mid-term election cycle if only the media would allow the message to get out.

    1. @Andy in AL- Don’t you know how ‘elections’ work these days ? You just pay the right people, and they make sure that you ‘win’. You don’t need to campaign or have rallies or even get people to like you pr you policies. Just pay the money.

  8. Second AMendment defender or ??

    I just wonder if this fellow is familiar with the term OPSEC: “Slate Ridge often posts photos of weapons and ammunition, though it’s often unclear whether Banyai took the photos. One, posted on May 14, 2019, features almost 20 plastic bins full of ammunition, and the caption reads, “Slate Ridge is ready are you?” Another, posted on Nov. 22, 2019, shows the barrel of a large gun with the caption, “Yes. Bring it. We are ready just assembled today. Boom. #fullauto”

    A photo posted July 5, 2019, shows dozens of guns in a safe, with the caption, “Not bragging just saying are you as ready as we are?? Chillax I know I need to do some house keeping inside this safe but don’t mess with me. Lol”.”

    Carry on

  9. As regards lithium.

    What is more important lithium batteries or water?

    Lithium extraction harms the soil and causes air contamination. In Argentina’s Salar de Hombre Muerto, residents believe that lithium operations contaminated streams used by humans and livestock and for crop irrigation.Nov 12, 2020

    The Environmental Impact of Lithium Batteries – IER › renewable › the-en…
    About featured snippets

    People also ask
    Why is mining lithium bad?
    The biggest environmental danger posed by lithium mining is the amount of water the process uses up: an estimated 500,000 gallons of water per ton of lithium extracted. This can endanger the communities where the lithium is being mined because it can cause droughts or famine if operations are not kept in check.Oct 22, 2020

    Note that most of the world’s lithium comes from third-world countries. Prosperity? With polluted water maybe.

    Carry on

  10. From the Associated Press:

    Vaccination ‘passports’ may open society, but inequity looms


    Some Quotes found within this article:

    “Anyone unwilling or unable to get the jabs that confer immunity will be “left behind,” said Health Minister Yuli Edelstein.”

    “People can’t live their lives in the new world without them,” he said. “We must take the vaccines. We must.” Aviv Geffen, Israeli musician.

  11. “Anyone unwilling or unable to get the jabs that confer immunity will be “left behind,”

    Honestly, I’m okay with being left behind. I have never been one to follow the hherd anyway, so being left behind just means being left alone. Who doesnt want that??

    1. I hope we would be left behind and left alone, but somehow I don’t think so…

      As an example, Israel is publishing all the names of those not vaccinated, publicly, so that their neighbors and friends can harass them to get vaccinated. And they will harass them, because Israel will not completely open up it’s economy, and ban masks until everyone is vaccinated… The population is sick and tired of being locked up and wants their freedoms back. Talk about days of betrayal coming. Wicked evil peer pressure. You better believe that this will come to the USA. I already hear noises about adopting Israel’s methods coming out of Europe… WATCH!

      1. “Left behind”…anyone else’s brain latch on to the book series after that quote? Maybe getting the jab is what gets you left behind.

  12. I was happy to see the post by Ramsay solutions. Although I’m not interested in buying or selling a home his baby step program works wonderfully. I have retired $52,000 in debt and am almost out of my mortgage. His plan works well if you have the discipline to follow it.

  13. I more or less follow Dave Ramsay’s program, but I’ve lived on a cash only basis all my life.

    Money for me:

    $200 Emergency Get Home Fund hidden in the wallet.
    $3720 ATM Fund at home. 20x of each denomination of bills. Treat as a loan.
    Savings account at credit union. Operating fund.
    Stocks, mutual funds, IRA’s. Investments. Buy those in things people need.
    Silver, gold, pennies, and nickels. Backup money. Gold is added as I mine it, and silver when found cheap.

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