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In terms of preserving the purchasing power of your assets, the best thing I can think of is physical gold. That’s worked over the millennia. I’m not per se a gold bug. It just happens to be a circumstance in which it’s the cleanest asset around for that. You don’t need to put all your assets into gold, but hold some. Hold some silver. I’d look to get some assets out of the U.S. dollar and look to get some assets out of the U.S. When I say outside of the U.S. dollar, again, I look at the Canadian dollar, Australian dollar, Swiss franc in particular. I think they will tend to do particularly well, whereas the U.S. dollar is going to become effectively worthless.
As the dollar breaks down, you’ll also likely see disruptions in supply chains, including shipments of food to grocery stores. People should consider maintaining stockpiles of basic goods needed for living, much as they would for a natural disaster. I sit on the Hayward fault in California. I have a supply of goods and basic necessities in case something terrible happens—natural or man-made—that will carry me for a couple of months. It may take that long for a barter system to evolve, which I think is what you’re going to end up with; at least until a new currency system is reorganized and you get a government that’s able to bring its fiscal house into order. No currency system in the U.S. is going to work unless the fiscal conditions that drove it into oblivion are also addressed.
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Ignoring for the moment Kitco’s inherent bias, (just because they’re biased, doesn’t mean they are wrong), it would seem that buying 1,000 ounces of silver rounds (about 19K$) is good “inflation insurance”. Remember Zimbabwe used silver, gold, and American dollars when their currency collapsed. A lesson form the Mormons about food storage; it’s be nice to keep a year’s worth. And, an urban yute discouragement device or two with a sufficient of individual reminders to go away, and you have a nice “insurance police” in case crazy as a loon Ferd is right once in his life. Remember forewarned is fore armed. Or, four armed. As I see it, fjohn
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