Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on the coming Dollar Decline.

Precious Metals (Dollar Decline):

First up–and most importantly–there is this at Zero Hedge: Russia, China, India Unveil New Gold Trading Network. JWR’s Comment: This news is another nail in the coffin for the Petrodollar. In the long term, the U.S. Dollar is losing preeminence as a global commodities exchange currency and reserve currency. Once the Dollar reaches a psychological breaking point, it will be substantially revalued downward. I’ve warned you before, folks: It it time to hedge out of U.S. Dollars and your U.S. Dollar-denominated investments. Tangibles–including silver–will … Continue reading




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

Adam Smith

“Every individual necessarily labors to render the annual revenue of society as great as he can. He generally neither intends to promote the public interest, nor knows how much he is promoting it. He intends only his own gain, and he is, in this, as in many other cases, led by an invisible hand to promote an end which was not part of his intention.” – Adam Smith




Book Release Announcement: My Thailand Calling

My Thailand Calling - Cover

I’m pleased to announce the release of the latest book from Liberty Paradigm Publishing.  It is the autobiography of Rynier Kruger, a Christian man who has devoted his life to missionary service in Thailand.  He has spent more than 20 years there, and now speaks Thai fluently.  The book, titled My Thailand Calling, was just released as a Kindle e-book, and as a Print On Demand trade paperback.  Here is a description:

My Thailand Calling is the autobiography of Christian missionary Rynier Kruger. Born in Southern Rhodesia in 1952, Rynier Kruger had an idyllic boyhood growing up on his family’s isolated farm near Chipinge, near the border of Mozambique. As he reached his teens a revolt led by communist guerillas was in its early stages. In 1970, along with his older brother, Rynier enlisted in the Rhodesian Army. Following his military service, Rynier attended an … Continue reading




The Editors’ Preps for the Week

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

JWR

Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,

Our report this week is that we have little to report!  In the past week we’ve been quite busy with house guests. Otherwise, things have been in quiet Winter Mode, here at the Rawles Ranch. We did some … Continue reading




Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on How to Sell Lots and Land. (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

Bored With Gold? Look For Wider Gold-Silver Ratio – Commerzbank

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Global platinum and palladium carbon catalyst market by manufacturers, countries, type and application, forecast to 2022

 

Stock Market:

The DJIA hit 24,000 for the first time on Thursday. If you are still in the market, I suggest that you have firm stop loss sell orders in place, with your on-line brokerage management system. (Or have your old-fashioned broker do … Continue reading







The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

”If gun laws in fact worked, the sponsors of this type of legislation should have no difficulty drawing upon long lists of examples of crime rates reduced by such legislation. That they cannot do so after a century and a half of trying — that they must sweep under the rug the southern attempts at gun control in the 1870-1910 period, the northeastern attempts in the 1920-1939 period, the attempts at both Federal and State levels in 1965-1976 — establishes the repeated, complete and inevitable failure of gun laws to control serious crime.” – Senator Orrin Hatch




Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on the upcoming OPEC conference. (See the Commodities section.)

Precious Metals:

To start, Rory flagged this at The Daily Coin for us: BRICS Gold Trade Settlement To Begin in 2018?

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HSBC: Platinum to Average $1,055 in 2018; Palladium $975

Stock Markets:

Has Amazon Killed Value Investing?

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European shares snap two-week losing streak as DAX gains

Commodities (OPEC Conference):

Video from BNN (Canada): Commodities for Monday, November … Continue reading




JWR’s Recommendations of the Week

Here are JWR’s Recommendations of the Week for various media and tools of interest to SurvivalBlog readers. This week the focus is on JWR’s preferred gun lubricant: Frog Lube.

Books:

Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived

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The Instant Pot® Electric Pressure Cooker Cookbook: Easy Recipes for Fast & Healthy Meals

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Foxe’s Book of Martyrs

Movies:

The Right Stuff.  This otherwise fine film is marred by some crudity.  Available on DVD and available for free download for Amazon Prime members.

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Enemy At The Gates

 




SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt

Here is SurvivalBlog’s News From The American Redoubt. This weekly column features news stories and event announcements from around the American Redoubt region. We also mention companies of interest to preppers that are located in the region. The emphasis this week is on clarifying how Redoubters reject racism.

Region-Wide (Redoubters Reject Racism):

The third installment of the ongoing Redoubt article series at The Sandpoint Reader has been posted. JWR’s Comments: The writer seemed perplexed and somehow dubious that I’m not a racist. She wrote: “It is the racial aspects of encouraging people to move to a predominantly white area that has some critics questioning Rawles’ motives.”  That is a subtly libelous statement. For the record, I selected the Redoubt region because of its light population density, its geographic isolation, a mostly agrarian economy, defendable terrain, plentiful water, and energy independence. That is all.  … Continue reading







Economics & Investing For Preppers

Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on buying Remote Retreat Land. (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

At the San Francisco Gold & Silver Summit: A ‘Major’ Gold Rally Is Coming, Thanks To The Fed – Jim Rickards

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Gold dips on profit-taking; analysts predict a rebound

 

Stock Markets:

Amazon Black Friday records push Jeff Bezos’s fortune past $100 billion

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Video from Sven Carlin, at Seeking Alpha: Will The Stock Market Crash In 2018?

 

Commodities:

Oil heads for best … Continue reading




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

SurvivalBlog

“I have had a taste of it myself, and it’s mighty bitter. A debt is a debt, whether it’s margins or mortgages; and debts are all the same, no matter how you try to camouflage ‘em. You never get much out of ‘em except trouble. On the farm or in Wall Street, if you use the other fellow’s money, it costs you a lot more than it’s worth.” – Sue Sanders, Our Common Herd, 1940




The Editors’ Preps for the Week

To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. Steadily, we work on meeting our prepping goals. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities. They also often share their planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, property improvements, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in the Comments. Let’s keep busy and be ready!

JWR

Dear SurvivalBlog Readers,
We had a rainy week, here at the Rawles Ranch. So we concentrated on hunting and some indoor projects.  I tagged a nice fat young whitetail buck earlier this week.  That gave me a sense of relief. … Continue reading