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. 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 ancient coins. (See the Tangibles investing section.)


Precious Metals:

We’ll start today’s column with this by Neils Christensen: Gold On The Menu Next Week If Trade Outlook Improves After G-20 – Analysts

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Reader George T. tipped us to this article: Canada Outlaws Mailing Gold Coins, Gold Nuggets and Gold Dust

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Gold And Silver Are Still Money Per Jp Cortez


Economy & Finance:

Here is a “must watch ” 46-minute interview about the imminent bursting of the global credit bubble: Bill Holter – Mad Max World Possible as Unpayable Debt Bubble PopsJWR’s Comment:  When a high-level financial adviser starts talking about food and fuel storage, pay attention! Also note that he concurs with my assessment of silver and the gold-to-silver ratio.

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For the U.S. Economy, Storm Clouds on the Horizon

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Here is an interesting book review with commentary by John Mauldin: Ray Dalio: This Debt Cycle Will End Soon


Offshore Investing:

At The Burning Platform: Is An Offshore Account Safe?

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At International Man: 10 Reasons Why You Need an Offshore Bank Account Today



Stuart Lewis: “Deutsche Bank has cut its exposure to derivatives”  JWR’s Comment:  All that this sugar-coating is really telling us is that Deutsche Bank has reduced its derivatives counterparty risk from Stupendous down to merely Gigantic. (The notional value is still measured in the tens of trillions of Euros–larger than the annual GDP of Germany.)

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Role of Derivatives in Creating Mortgage Crisis. (How Derivatives Could Trigger Another Financial Crisis)



A few brief currency exchange rate updates:

GBP/USD: The British Pound has declined to 1.27684  (At a “support” level, by the Chartists.) The big question for the value of the Pound is whether or not Brexit actually proceeds. I have my doubts about the sincerity of British politicians. Methinks that they will continue to find reasons to drag their feet on completing Brexit for another couple of years. What the “Remain” crowd really wants is another plebiscite. They somehow remind me of vote counters in Florida–never satisfied until they get things their way…

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The CAD/USD rate is fairly stable at 1.3294 Canadian to buy 1 US Dollar.

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And for you Swissie trade fans: The CHF/USD rate is still very close to parity. (With 1-to1 parity crossings taken place in May, July, and November of this year.) I’m glad that I bought Swiss Francs when I did!

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Will interest rate increases in the US. push Forex rates significantly in 2019?  Time will tell.


Tangibles Investing (Ancient Coins):

I’ve issued several warnings about investing in ancient coins, over the years. As I have mentioned, there are new hoards of coins being found regularly. With new metal detecting, ground penetrating radar, ultrasound, geospatial comparator software, and other technologies, I expect the rate of these new finds to increase in the next 20 years!  Such will finds will likely crash the market value of ancient coins for 50 years, or more.

Here are just a few recent examples:

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  1. Offshore Accounts: I am working on suitable preps, storing some silver and gold coins, while working on a moving to a more suitable location. Due to this, my savings account is usually between $10K-$20K. I don’t see the lure for folks in my situation. If there money was there after the above, I would look at it.

  2. Re: Economy and Finance

    Bill Holter is a frequent guest on In my opinion Bill Holter is a very savvy guy; one that I would trust. I’ve love to see Greg Hunter interview Mr. Rawles.

  3. : Canada Outlaws Mailing Gold Coins, Gold Nuggets and Gold Dust

    An un-enforceable law (except for those idiots that advertise that they’re breaking the law).
    How is the Canuck Postal service going to know that I’m mailing gold or silver coins? Metal scanner? Open each and every package? I could always hide a few at a time in an otherwise innocent box of Other Stuff that I’m mailing to Someone Else.
    More Gubberment Overreach.

  4. Canada Outlaws Mailing Gold

    I disagree with the article when it suggests it is because then Canada will know who has gold. Banning “future” mailings doesn’t achieve that purpose because you can’t see in the package. Neither does it tell you who has gold NOW.

    What it does, sadly, is make it harder to GET gold. Something of real value which might be worth something when any future draconian measures taken by the government to prevent you from getting to your money in the bank goes into effect.

    Unfortunately, we had something similar in principle to us in California. I used to order ammunition on the internet because even with freight it was still cheaper in bulk. As of last year I can still do so but I would have to do so through an FFL dealer and my cost savings is gone. Guess what? I don’t do that anymore and have dropped off my purchases 100%. But, luckily, I had a good amount anyway.

    Just like us on this site, Canadians should try to get gold coins close to them when they can and squirrel away small bills on a consistent basis and secure them both safely. Unfortunately, I think Canadians are far more trusting of their government than we are of ours. But they’re very friendly folks I’ve found.

  5. Why would Canada want to stop the mailing of gold ? It sounds to me that Canada is getting scared that their fiat money will soon fail and that Canada will be trying to go CASHLESS in order to totally control and tax all transactions, OR to go with negative interest rates. Negative interest rates means that the government takes a percentage of all bank accounts. Using gold or silver eliminates the ability of the government to do these.

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