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. Most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we look at the direction of the housing market in 2020. (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

First up today, over at Zero HedgeSerbia, Slovakia Join Sudden Eastern European Gold Repatriation Push. (A hat tip to H.L. for the link.)

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Gary Christenson: Gold and the Lender of Last Resort

Economy & Finance:

Charles S. Sanford of the Kansas City Fed: Financial Markets in 2020

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A Real Vision video interview: Ominous Clouds Forming in China’s Economic Data (w/ Leland Miller)

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Top economist lowers recession risk for 2020, but says hurdles remain


At Wolf Street: Momentous Change in US Crude Oil Market, with Global Impact

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OilPrice News reports: Global LNG Markets Are Circling The Drain

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Copper deficits will emerge in 2020, according to Bloomberg


Barclays says its speedy rally scenario is happening right now

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From those Perma Bulls over at The Motley Fool20 Stocks That Could Double Your Money in 2020

Forex & Cryptos:

Morgan Stanley Bet That Went Awry Has Junior Trader at Center

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U.S. Dollar Forecast for 2020: HSBC and Goldman Sachs Analysts Give their Verdict

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Brandon Smith: The Rush To A Cashless Society Only Serves Globalist Interests. (Thanks to C.M. for sending the link.)

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Jameson Lopp: Security Issues with Browser-Based Bitcoin Wallets

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South African Central Bank to Reportedly Introduce New Crypto Regulations

Tangibles Investing:

This is how the housing market could behave in 2020

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I missed this, when it was posted in October: Next Housing Recession in 2020, Predicts Zillow. Here is a pericope:

“The housing market in the U.S. could enter a recession in under five years, with online real estate company Zillow predicting that it will happen in 2020.

In a research report in which Zillow polled 100 real estate experts and economists about their predictions for the housing market, it disclosed that nearly half of all survey respondents said the next recession will commence in 2020, with the first quarter of the year cited the most as to when the recession will start. The main culprit for the housing recession: monetary policy.”


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  1. There should be an audit of the gold reserves in Fort Knox but the chances of the government allowing it are slim.
    Most of our countrymen do not understand how gold relates to economy and it’s role in
    restarting the monetary system if there is a failure of fiat currency.
    The gold belongs to you and I. The government just holds it for us. We should know how much there is.
    You would think.

  2. I doubt if the ” smoke & mirrors” people that control the American money system will ever disclose what our gold reserves are , there may be a riot if that happened and it would not be Antifa.
    When you hold it you own it , good to remember and hard to dispute. The same goes for the safe deposit box in the local bank.


    Virgina Sheriff Scott Jenkins:
    “If the legislature decides to restrict certain weapons I feel harms our community, I will swear in thousands of auxiliary deputies in Culpeper,” the sheriff stated, according to The Culpeper Star-Exponent. “There’s no limit to the number of people I can swear in… Personally, I don’t think some of the bills that are proposed will pass, I don’t think we’re that far left in Virginia.”

    My comment:
    If he doesn’t already have something, I hope this and other Sheriffs can use this issue to rally support, and donations to initiate the formation of a Sheriff’s Posse, that is separate from a Reserve Deputy program. They only need a meeting place, and a part time designated Deputy coordinator. It takes time to organize and train. It would provide physical and political support into the future. They will fund and equip themselves to Department standards, and follow existing, and then new policy. I would also consider conversing with other departments of similar size and thinking, and exchange notes. I’m sure they would welcome the phone call.

  4. I guess there’s still a few REAL men in this country and Sheriff Jenkins is one of them. Good for the sheriff. I have to wonder though what exactly the good sheriff has in mind when he says he will deputize thousands of citizens. Could it be for the purpose of those deputies to physically stand up against other law enforcement agencies bent on disarming citizens?

  5. I enjoy reading what “Top Economists” say, but I have to take them with a grain of salt. It seems to me that if you are top in your field of economics you would already be rich and not have to work for some corporation or university. Kind of reminds one of when you hear that unnamed experts are quoted as saying this and that by the news outlets. Do not bet the farm on what others say without doing your homework.

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