Disclaimer and Disclosure: Per the SEC Investment Advisers Act of 1940 (as amended): I am not a paid investment counselor or adviser. I am not a stockholder of any company. I am not employed by any company. I receive no payment or benefit from any company in exchange for my investment recommendations. I do not make stock buying recommendations. Make all investments at your own risk.
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Where I stand:
I hold to to the Austrian School of economics and tend toward Contrarian Investing.
My view of the current global economic situation is that we are
in the early stages of a massive liquidity crisis, caused by central bank interest
that caused massive malinvestment in equities and real estate. There are trillions
debts that need to be "unwound." Meanwhile, the derivatives market
has grown to enormous
proportions and could implode at any time. (See my background article: Derivatives--The
Mystery Man Who'll Break the Global Bank at Monte Carlo.
As a survivalist, I strongly believe that you should get your Beans, Bullets, and Band-Aids squared away before you "invest" any extra capital in any investment vehicle!
After you are on a secure footing logistically, then I recommend that you do some investment research at these web sites:
Dr. Gary North
Northwest Territorial Mint. (Precious metals sales. Highly recommended.)
The Contrary Investor's Cafe (merged with Comet Gold--Great analysis, commentary and discussion forums).
The Daily Reckoning (General economics and precious metals commentary. They have an excellent free daily e-mail newsletter)
Deliverance From Debt
Total Investor blog. (An investing and economics news aggregation page.)
Gold-Eagle (Precious metals news and commentary)
The Moneychanger (Franklin Sanders)
Kitco (Precious metals charts, news, and commentary)
Colorado Gold (Don Stott)
Gold is Money (Discussion forums and other resources on precious metals investing)
Survival & Prosperity
Coinflation (Base metal coin values)
Suggested Economic and Investing Research Tools:
Silver and Gold Payment Calculator
The SurvivalBlog Silver World Coin Melt Value Calculator (Excel Spreadsheet)
The SurvivalBlog Gold World Coin Melt Value Calculator (Excel Spreadsheet)
(using coin weight data from the recommended books Standard Catalog of World Coins 1901-2000, and Charlton's Standard Catalogue of Canadian Coins)
US Dollar Index
Baltic Dry Index
Dr. Gary North's "Charts to Monitor" Links
Bank, Thrift, Stock, ETF, and Insurance Safety Ratings
(Hit your browser's Reload button to update this ticker.)
Some useful long term charts:
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