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 precious metals recycling. (See the Precious Metals section.)

Precious Metals:

Precious Metals E-Waste Recovery Market Size Worth $18.7 Billion by 2030 | CAGR: 7%: AMR.  This piece begins:

“According to the report published by Allied Market Research, the global precious metals e-waste recovery market garnered $9.4 billion in 2021, and is estimated to generate $18.7 billion by 2031, manifesting a CAGR of 7.0% from 2022 to 2031.”

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The Silver Institute: The Silver Institute 2022 INTERIM SILVER MARKET REVIEW.

Economy & Finance:

From The Heritage Foundation: Lame-Duck Omnibus Would Double Down on Stagflation.

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From the pro-Bidenista CNN: Yet another key economic report is showing inflation pressures are easing.

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From the left-wing Detriot Free Press: Mild recession ahead in 2023, U-M economists say.

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At Wolf Street: Home Sales Plunge, Investors Pull Back Too, Prices Drop 8.4% in 4 Months, Active Listings & Price Cuts Rise Further.


Howe Street radio Interview: Sean Brodrick: Gold, Copper, Battery Metals.

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ING: The Commodities Feed: Macro pressure. “The commodities complex came under further pressure yesterday from a stronger USD and hawkish comments from Fed officials.”

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OilPrice News reports: Oil Rout Intensifies As China Cuts Oil Purchases.


IBT: Trading In Crypto Derivatives Surges As Investors Hedge Positions After FTX Shock.

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EU considers tighter rules for commodity houses after margin turmoil. The article’s intro:

“European Union policymakers are considering extending some of the tough rules applied to banks to commodity firms to prevent a re-run of the problems they faced in meeting collateral payments after this year’s gas price surge, a document showed.

Commodity markets have long been governed by relatively light regulation, but the EU document seen by Reuters said waivers for big commodity players from rules that govern banks could be scrapped.”

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Report from the FSB: OTC Derivatives Market Reforms: Implementation progress in 2022.

Forex & Cryptos:

At Currency Thoughts: Somewhat Softer Dollar but Equities and Sovereign Debt Yields Ending Week on Front Foot.

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TeleTrade’s latest FOREX update.

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Someone is echoing JWR’s long-standing “Use a hardware wallet” (self-custody) advice: Crypto Exchanges Record Massive Outflow Of Bitcoin, What Does This Indicate?

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This Crypto Venture Capital Loses Almost $1B On FTX, When Will This FTX Fiasco End?

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William Suberg: Bitcoin sees record Stock-to-Flow miss — BTC price model creator brushes off FTX ‘blip’.

Tangibles Investing:

A David McAlvany video interview from back in May: Investing In Hard Assets During Elevated Inflation.

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16 Strange Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Invest In [2022].

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AR500 Armor (one of our affiliate advertisers) is running a pre-Black Friday special, with discounts of up to 55% off their body armor plates and plate carriers. If you don’t yet own body armor, then this is a great opportunity.


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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!