©2006 James Wesley, Rawles

JWR's Investment Recommendations

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 rate manipulation that caused massive malinvestment in equities and real estate. There are trillions of dollars in bad 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)

Total Investor blog. (An investing and economics news aggregation page.)

Eastern Numismatics (One of the lowest-priced precious metals dealers. Sells both numismatics and bullion.)

Gold-Eagle (Precious metals news and commentary)

The Moneychanger (Franklin Sanders)

John Mauldin

Kitco (Precious metals charts, news, and commentary)

Mish Shedlock's Global Economic Trend Analysis Blog

Colorado Gold (Don Stott)

Gold is Money  (Discussion forums and other resources on precious metals investing)

Global Economic Trend Analysis blog (Mish Shedlock)

The Trader Blog (A daily market analysis blog, primarily covering the FOREX, stocks, and precious metals)

Survival & Prosperity

Coinflation (Base metal coin values)


Suggested Economic and Investing Research Tools:


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

Currency Converter

Inflation Calculator

Baltic Dry Index

Dr. Gary North's "Charts to Monitor" Links

Bank, Thrift, Stock, ETF, and Insurance Safety Ratings

Bitcoin Value Chart

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Some useful long term charts:


The Gross National Debt

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