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 rising used car prices. (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

Reuters: Gold rises as inflation risks buoy safe-haven appeal.

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Bull Flags For The Miners.

Economy & Finance:

10 Things Media Won’t Tell You About the Dems’ Big Bill.

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At Zero Hedge: “It’s Dangerous” – Bill Gross Warns Investors Have Been Lulled Into “Dreamland” By Central Banks.

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H.L. spotted this: CVS to close approximately 900 stores over next three years.


I found this link in a recent issue of’s free Your Daily G2 e-newsletter: Video: California Gas Prices Soar to Record High.

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OilPrice News reports: U.S. Natural Gas Prices Could Soon Hit $6.

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Devastating flooding in B.C.’s agricultural heartland has farmers scrambling.

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Coffee Nears Decade High on Mounting Supply Worries.

Inflation Watch:

Are Price Controls the Next Experiment for the Biden White House?  JWR’s Comment: As I told my readers back in 2007: Price controls never work.

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88% of Americans are worried about inflation. Here’s where they’re planning to cut back.

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Tyson Foods plans further price hikes to offset inflation pressures. “Pork prices jumped 38% in the fourth quarter.”

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The Transitory Inflation Narrative Strikes Back And The White House November 2021 Double-Down: “families have seen an increase in real disposable income, and stores and restaurants have the supplies”.

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Powell’s Five Inflation Benchmarks Are Starting to Flash Amber.

Forex & Cryptos:

Dollar Ending Pre-Thanksgiving Week on a Strong Note, but Equities and Bond Yields Wobbly.

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Biden’s infrastructure bill hands crypto industry to US Treasury.

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Bitcoin Bounces To $58K, Why Bears Could Spill More Blood.

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Coin Worth $0.00004893 Highlights Crypto’s Wild Decimal Frontier.

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Inflationary winds from around the world spell a sea change for Bitcoin.

Tangibles Investing:

Used Car Prices Explode To New Record High.  A quote:

“Anyone shopping for a used car since the virus pandemic began has been hit with extraordinarily high prices as snarled supply chains and chip shortages crimp new car output, pushing consumers onto secondary markets.

The Manheim Index, the most recognized wholesale used-vehicle price index by financial and economic analysts, shows that used car prices rose 4.9% in the first 15 days of November compared to October. The overall index has jumped 44.9% from November 2020.”

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Palmetto State Armory (one of our affiliate advertisers) just jumped the gun and started their Black Friday Sale on Monday. Among many other sale items, they are offering MagPul Gen 2 PMAGS for just $8.99 each with Coupon Code “PMAG” and Free Shipping if you order five or more. (Search for UPC 873750008264.) And they have Toolcraft Logo Carpenter 158 Steel Nitride Full-Auto Profile AR-15 Bolt Carrier Groups. for just $69.99 each. (Search for SKU 51655115274)


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News Tips:

Please send your economics and investing news tips to JWR. (Either via e-mail or via our Contact form.) These are often especially relevant because they come from folks who closely watch specific markets. If you spot any news that would be of interest to SurvivalBlog readers, then please send it in. News items from local news outlets that are missed by the news wire services are especially appreciated. And it need not be only about commodities and precious metals. Thanks!