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 HF Ham Radio Transceivers  (See the Tangibles Investing section.)


Precious Metals:

Gold Extends Gains, at 5-Month High, as U.S. Stock Market Sell-Off Intensifies

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For those of you might want to hear from a Chartist: Silver At Historic Price Juncture: Which Way Will It Break?


Economy & Finance:

Inverted Yield Curve – The Complete Picture

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Chris Martenson: Every Bubble Is In Search Of A Pin

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At Zero Hedge: “It Can’t Go On Forever” – Bob Shiller Questions America’s “Gigantic Housing Boom”



Rick Pendergraft, at Seeking Alpha: This Certainly Feels More Like The Beginning Of A Bear Market Than A Correction

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Panic-like selling takes hold in Nasdaq as stock-market losses gather steam in final hour Friday

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Valuing The Stock Market With Dividends



In retrospect, this headline from December of 2017 now looks like a very bad play: Crypto Today: Investor makes derivatives bet that bitcoin will hit $50,000 in 2018

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In Landmark Market Manipulation Case, Don Wilson Cleared For Being “Smarter” Than Other Traders


Tangibles Investing (HF Ham Radio Transceivers):

This a good time to look for slightly-used HF ham radio transceivers. As with other markets: “Buy low, and sell high.” In this case, buy a couple of extra HF transceivers while the sunspot numbers are low!

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News Tips:

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  1. No one knows whether the global catastrophe will happen, or whether humanity will continue to clear up the consequences of the global crisis in 2012, but one should be prepared for the worst.
    1. Create a food reserve. The cost of the consumer basket grows annually. Do your revenues keep up with her? Whatever the answer, start stocking non-perishables. Than collect money in a jug, it is better to create your own “survival fund”. Groats and canned food, salt, pasta will easily survive a couple of years in the closet.
    2. Water purification products. As you know, a person can do without food for several weeks, but only a few days without water. So you have to stock up on any means to get clean drinking water. There are many options: from portable or stationary filters to special tablets. It is worth having in stock several options for turning dirty water into drinking water.
    3. Build a library of craft books. If you have lost the habit of buying and reading books, hoping for the Internet, you should think about what will happen if a network outage begins. Or the electricity will just disappear. Therefore, it is worth starting to collect books about useful crafts and skills, as well as ways of survival. You can print texts from the web or collect books and video tutorials on your hard drive.

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  2. I can recommend the Kenwood TS-480HX as a great mobile or home (shack) rig. I bought mine three years ago because it has a 200 watt output. I din’t want to fool with an external Linear Amplifier in a mobile environment. It has served me well. I plan to aquire another to set up as a “remote” rig to use over the internet as a back up plan. It very simple using “off the shelf” components from If you need a built in auto tuner, you can get the TS-480SAT, however it is limited to 100 watts.

  3. the Kenwood TS-480HX will require an additional 12V supply to attain 200 Watts that’s (2) 12V DC supplies at about 25 amps each. Output Power is not what’s important. Go with an off-the-shelf 100 Watt HF radio; they are affordable and easy to operate. Which brand you ask? Well, that’s the Ford vs. Chevy vs. Dodge argument… do some research and find something that you understand when you read the manual (available online free)… performance comes when you are able to cut (make yourself) your own antenna. A $10,000 dollar rig is near worthless if paired with a bad antenna, whereas a resonant antenna makes a $1000 dollar radio work flawlessly! Cut the antenna to a band that is popular and has good propagation regardless of sunspots, like 20, 40 or 75 meter bands. 40 and 80 will usually always provide excellent regional coverage (40 daytime, 80 at night). Ii’ve been a licensed HAM for 22 years, Extra class and ARRL VE. Research pays huge dividends but you don’t have to break the bank to get a reliable, and affordable HF radio.

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