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 inflation in Germany. (See the Inflation Watch section.)

Precious Metals:

I took advantage of the dip in silver and gold last week to buy another 20 ounces of .999 silver 1-ounce rounds.  Buy on the dips. If you don’t then you’ll kick yourself, once the spot prices start to stairstep.

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Virginia Ends All Taxes On Purchases Of Silver, Gold, Platinum And Palladium.

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The ‘Friend- Shoring’ Of Gold- A New World Order?

Economy & Finance:

Global Economic Outlook Report 2022 – Digital Economy to Become Increasingly Pervasive Amidst Lingering Pandemic.

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The Worst Outlook For Stocks We Have Ever Seen.

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At Wolf Street: Now Alphabet Breaks, Microsoft too, Meta Already in Free-Fall: One by one, the Giant Stocks that Held Up the Market Let Go.


Michael sent this news with the note: “Just when you thought it couldn’t get any crazier”:

Michael’s Comments: “Because of the global supply disruption caused by the ham-handed response to the hysteriavirus, perfectly good washing machines are being bought and stripped of their microchips so that car manufacturers can use them. SurvivalBlog readers, if you need a replacement washing machine or dryer, then buy it ASAP!”

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Clifford Rosler Management Reports That Commodities Are Set for a 40% Upside in Market Shift.

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Commodity market turbulence heightens financial instability.

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At OilPrice News: Oilfield Service Stocks Expected To Post Blowout Earnings.

Inflation Watch:

Wow… Things are CLEARLY OUT OF CONTROL, inflation-wise, in Germany…. 31% PPI !!!

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Germany Facing Price Hikes for a Decade, Warns Top Economist. This article begins:

“A leading economist has warned that the price hikes facing German citizens will likely persist for up to a decade as the country is facing a potential recession due to rampant inflation.

Price increases caused by inflation have been hitting the German economy, among others globally, prior to the war in Ukraine due in large part to governmental decisions during the Chinese coronavirus crisis, such as government spending and lockdown policy.

Germany, which is heavily reliant on Russia to meet its energy demands, has seen its inflation rate hit the highest level since the fall of the Berlin Wall and reunification after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

On Tuesday, the president of the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) Marcel Fratzscher argued that the central issue driving up inflation now is fear among the public over the country’s economic future, yet admitted that price hikes would likely continue to rise “over the next five to ten years,” public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported.”

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Federal Reserve: Inflation passed on to consumers, will continue for months.

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‘Companies are beginning to panic’: Experts say China’s lockdowns will make inflation and the supply chain nightmare even worse.

Forex & Cryptos:

Whispers Of Yuan Devaluation After Biggest Weekly Plunge Since 2015.

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Several readers sent this link: Israel Dumps The Dollar For China’s Renminbi.

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Foreign Demand For US Treasuries Collapses Just As Fed Launches QT.

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Bitcoin Slips Below $40k After Hostile Statements From Fed.

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Solana Prices South Bound; Will It Revisit $80 Soon?

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Reader C.B. spotted this: North Korea hackers executed $620 million crypto heist: FBI.

Tangibles Investing:

Inflation Adjusted Housing Prices. (2021).  And, data up to 2022.

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How would 1970’s style inflation impact US home prices?


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