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 investing in original movie props.  (See the Tangibles Investing section.)

Precious Metals:

First up at Seeking Alpha: Precious Metals Q3 2017 Review And The Outlook For Q4

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Slide in gold prices halts as dollar eases


Spanish tensions bar Europe from global stocks party


LME zinc prices strengthen; aluminium, copper consolidate

Economy and Finance:

No U.S. Bailout for Puerto Rican Debt, Trump’s Budget Chief Says


Dollar gains on bullish U.S. outlook, Catalonia weighs on euro

Troubling Trends:

Six similarities between now and 1987, when the Dow plummeted 23% in one day

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John Mauldin: Pension Storm May Be End of Europe As We Know It

Tangibles Investing:

One category of tangible investments that is seldom mentioned is original movie props and costumes. For these, certificates of authenticity/provenance are crucial.  To have a greater chance of their long term value appreciation, props from very popular movies with assured sequels are a good bet. As with most other collectibles, doing plenty of research in advance pays off.

What makes a great prop investment? For example, say someone were in possession of some original props from the first Blade Runner movie.  Right now, with a sequel about to be released, they’d be sitting pretty.  But if that sequel had never been produced, then they might have a non-productive investment. Caveat emptor.


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    1. That is a prop pistol from the original Blade Runner movie. Oddly, It was built around the action of a Mannlicher rifle. (Hence, the double set triggers.) Adam Savage (of Mythbusters fame) has done several YouTube videos about his quest for constructing the perfect replica of this prop.

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