Economics & Investing For Preppers

A stack of Bitcoin keepsake tokens

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 Cryptocurrencies in 2018.

Precious Metals:

Jeff Clark: The Q&A Guide to Cryptos vs. Gold and Silver

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Asian Metals Market Update

Stock Markets:

Paul R. LaMonica: Can the stock market bull keep raging in 2018? (This page has as a mostly un-related auto-start video.)







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 long-banned R-12 refrigerant.  (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

U.S. Mint Posts Weakest Coin Sales In A Decade As Gold Prices Rise

 

Stock Markets:

A record year for the S&P 500: The index finished 2017 with 12 months of gains

 

Commodities:

Oil Hits Highest Since Mid-2015, Then Dips




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 Darn Tough brand socks.  (See the Gear section.)

 

Books:

The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible: KJV Edition, Hardbound

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Here is the latest from hard sci-fi novelist Andy Weir (the author of The Martian–which became a quite popular movie): Artemis: A Novel

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The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep-Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouse

Movies:

After umpteen recommendations from family and friends, I finally had the chance to see the movie Hacksaw Ridge. The combat scenes are brutally realistic, but the movie has a great message.  I highly recommend it to all adults.  It is not for kids!

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The Editors’ Quote of the Day

“There’s an ugly, unavoidable reckoning building. The cynic in me says however remote you are, or self-sufficient you are, however well-appointed your hidey-hole, however much ammo you have, however deep your deep larder, however much training and comms and meds you have, it probably ain’t enough for what’s coming.”  – Blogger Ol’ Remus, in his Yer Ol’ Woodpile Report




SurvivalBlog’s Ten Cent Challenge — Our Annual Reminder

Each year, we post just one reminder about support of SurvivalBlog, through our our ongoing Ten Cent Challenge.  This year’s financial need is particularly great, since Amazon has slashed its payments to Amazon Associates by nearly 70%, and our legal expenses for the year exceeded $14,000. (The frivolous and baseless lawsuit by Bobby Akard is still pending, and scheduled to go to trial in October, 2018. By the time this is all over, we expect the cost of defending ourselves to exceed $30,000.)

This message is primarily for folks who read SurvivalBlog at least one day per week:  If you value what you read here, then please prayerfully consider donating just 10 cents per day to support the blog, with a voluntary subscription. Your support is needed, and greatly appreciated.

Just Once a Year…

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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 the Salmon-Challis National Forest Plan.

Region-Wide

The Redoubt series appears to have been completed at The Sandpoint Reader tabloid newspaper. The latest (last?) installment was: The American Redoubt Series: The anatomy of a one-party state: How Idaho has become more conservative since the 1990s

That article had a bit of a “Sour Grapes” tone to it. The author seems to long for the bygone days of Democrat Governor Cecil Andrus and his cronies.  At least the author conceded that the Republican Party is now firmly controls Idaho’s legislature and governorship. This is in part confirmation that the American Redoubt relocation … Continue reading




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

George Washington

“I anticipate with pleasing expectations that retreat in which I promise myself to realize, without alloy, the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow citizens, the benign influence of good laws under a free government, the ever favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust, of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.” – George Washington, from his farewell address, September 17th, 1796




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 2o17 Stock Rally. (See the Stock Markets section.)

Precious Metals:

Gold Pushes Toward $1,300; Can Rally Continue?

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All Bets On Silver In 2018 – Kitco’s Survey

Stock Markets (2017 Stock Rally):

Over at the CNBC Cheering Section: Strategist Jeff Saut: I’d expect 2018 to almost repeat 2017’s record stock rally. JWR’s Comment: The ongoing 2017 Stock Rally  (called The Icarus Rally, by some) is probably an aberration that won’t continue for all of 2018. If Saut’s prediction proves right, then I’ll … Continue reading




The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

“They never fail who die
In a great cause: the block may soak their gore:
Their heads may sodden in the sun; their limbs
Be strung to city gates and castle walls—
But still their Spirit walks abroad. Though years
Elapse, and others share as dark a doom,
They but augment the deep and sweeping thoughts
Which overpower all others, and conduct
The world at last to Freedom.” – George Gordon, Lord Byron, Marino Faliero




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,
Here in the northern portion of The American Redoubt, December started out dry and mild, but just at the solstice, winter arrived, in earnest. Since December 21st we’ve had about 40 inches of snow, and only one … 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 Collectible Knives. (See the Tangibles Investing section, near the end of this column.)

Precious Metals:

Ira Epstein’s Precious Metals Video: Dec-27-2017. JWR’s Comment:  As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not a chartist, but I always find something of interest in Ira’s videos.

 

Stock Markets:

London stock market hits record high but bitcoin wobbles – as it happened

Charitable Giving

Since we are rapidly approaching New Year’s Eve, a lot of folks are thinking about charitable giving.  One fully tax-deductible charity that I have personally endorsed for more than … Continue reading