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 re-emergence of synthetic Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO) derivatives. (See the Troubling Trends section.)
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Trade and Taxes:
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Gold And The US Dollar. JWR’s Comments: It appears that the U.S. Dollar is now becoming over sold. Many SurvivalBlog readers hedged into Swiss Francs (CHF) and don’t look at that as “buy and hold” position. This might be a good time to parlay part or most of that back into Dollars. Or perhaps instead invest in some tangibles purchased with CHF. This could be a good time to buy a pile of new-in-the-box Swiss Army knives or a Luminox wristwatch. One good company that I’ve dealt with is located in Lausanne: Heidi-Shop. (By the way, they do accept CHF PayPal payments.)
Economy & Finance:
Are State Income tax deductions going away? Here’s why Trump’s tax plan will hit Californians especially hard
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Reader Matt S. sent us this: Yellen says Fed may have erred on employment and inflation, which would mean easier policy ahead
Troubling Trends (CDO Derivatives):
Citi Is Bringing Back One of the Most Infamous Bets of the Credit Crisis. Yes, they are packaging new Synthetic Collateralized Debt Obligation (CDO) derivatives. What could possibly go wrong?
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Also from Matt S.: Here are the retailers that have filed for bankruptcy protection in 2017
Finally, we offer this: The most lucrative collectibles revealed
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