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 global grain markets. (See the Commodities section.)


Precious and Industrial Metals:

To begin, there is this over at Gold-Eagle: Gold / Silver / Copper Prices – Weekly Outlook

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BASE METALS FORUM: US-China trade war a major cause for concern for market participants



From Reuters:  GRAINS-Soybean prices fall 1 percent as U.S.-China trade war escalates

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Trade Wars, Bearish U.S. Weather – Is There Any Hope For Grain Prices?   JWR’s Comments:   The global grain markets have both direct and indirect effects on survivalists who maintain deep larders. The price of our stored wheat is going up. Please consider that cattle producers and other large scale livestock owners often have a choice in what they feed their animals. This will undoubtedly lead to higher prices for grass hay, too. Buy your hay early, this year!


Wendy McElroy: Does Your Money Serve the State or You? (Thanks to Claire Wolfe fro alerting us to this article.)

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Dan Burrell: A new kind of mining king for Butte (Montana)


Economy & Finance:

Next, at Wolf Street: But Who Pays the Price of All This Inflation?  JWR’s Comment: Remember, folks: inflation is a hidden form of taxation, plain and simple.

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At The Daily MailMy deal is the only Brexit deal – wreck it at your peril: THERESA MAY’s steely warning to Tory rebels AND those bully boys from Brussels


Tangibles Investing:

How to Know If Your Parents’ Stuff Has Value



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  1. Going this week to buy my winter supply of hay . 4 x 5 round bales for $15 . I have trimmed my herd of fainting goats down to 15 and will only need 10 bales to get through even a long hard winter . Non-gmo feed at the local Amish mill is $9.50 per 50# bag which will cost around $500 for the whole winter . Come spring we will have 1000# of great meat available for butchering or breeding . SlowFoodUSA ‘s prestigious ” Ark of Taste ” award has been granted to the Fainting Goat breed as the best tasting of all Heritage breeds . That $650 in feed costs plus a lot of homegrown labor will provide 1000# of meat at .65 cents per pound . It is around $8.50 per pound at Krogers in the capital city here in the Buckeye . The garden is growing with tropical vigor and canning will soon be underway .

  2. So I look up a grain price chart

    and lo and behold if there is any blip from the “trade war” it is invisible. But look at the HUGE price increase in 2008. My point is this grain price is all over the place and factors more important than tariffs seem to drive it. I suspect the whole tariff argument is pure BS.

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