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How To Survive The Next Economic Collapse

By Just In Case Jack | Last Updated: June 16, 2015

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The economy of the United States is, in theory, a Free Market economy.

This means our financial system follows the rule of Supply and Demand.

Products or services with high demand and low supply are worth more.

Those with low demand and high supplies are worthless or maybe nothing at all.

Our economy is not a complicated system.

The financial markets are self-regulating, self-correcting, and pretty much in line with the laws of nature.

In our modern society, we trade paper money to indicate value. Many think the paper has no value, but this is not true.

Anything has as much value as someone is willing to trade for it.

I can give my local grocer $3.25 for a gallon of milk because he believes my $3.25 of paper money is tradable for his needs.

The paper reflects the value of the item or service.

There are problems that arise from this system. For example, when Governments decide to print excess paper dollars (inflation).

Or in some cases, not enough paper money (deflation).


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Why Would A Government Print Excess Dollars?

Well, the first reason is – simple mistakes.

The Federal Reserve (aka Central Bank) monitors the dollars in circulation. Then it adjusts the Prime Interest rate.

Down to encourage banks to borrow more or up to borrow less from the Federal Reserve System.

If the Fed wants to combat inflation, they raise interest rates.

This then draws money out of circulation as banks pay large interest payments on the loan back to the Fed – thus removing the dollars from circulation.

If the Fed wants to stamp out deflation or stimulate the economy, it can lower interest rates. This creates more demand for borrowing and easy lending which incentives economic activity.

The general assumption is the Fed has the best interest of the US at heart. That they always do what is best for the economy and the people.

But, when political forces are present, the Fed Chairman is appointed by the President, the Fed may drop interest rates for political reasons.

To keep the easy money pumping money into an economy. A process of slowly bleeding it to death.

Many believe that’s what’s been happening over the past few decades and today.

In the past, the Treasury sold bonds to pay for government borrowing – to pay the bills for our perpetual deficit spending.

But selling bonds has the effect of a large part of our public debt on foreign governments. Governments such as China, Japan, South Korea, Britain, etc.

These countries loan our government money and get paid back interest in return. Large-Scale loaning of this sort has led to an over $20 trillion national debt (and counting)!

Due to this growing debt, these countries are starting to worry about our ability to repay this debt.

Every congressional budget cycle we borrow more to pay off our old debt.

China, Japan, and the others have cut back on their purchases of our treasury bonds. We continue to spend more than we take in.

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So Where Is All The Money Coming From?

The procedure currently is Monetization.

Monetization means we are creating dollars with which to pay off our debt. It’s a pretty neat trick.

Our Federal Reserve is loaning money to banks at a very, very low interest rate. The banks are buying Treasury bonds, which pay higher interest than the banks are being charged by the Fed.

These bonds are a way for the banks to take money from the Fed and move it to the Federal Treasury. This then gives our Government the dollars they need to continue spending.

And the banks earn some interest with absolutely zero risks.

They essentially act as a money-laundering operation for the Federal Government.

Why do they do this? Two reasons:

First off, banks have to make money to exist.

They make their money by loaning money. The Federal Government has never reneged on a Treasury bond yet. So it’s a very safe investment.

In fact, the banks know the Government will go so far as to borrow more money to pay off the bonds. Only failing businesses “borrow to pay off debt“, and they can only borrow so much.

Secondly, the Government can borrow as long as they have buyers for bonds. And the Federal Government regulates the banks.

So if they’re not cooperative, the Government has tactics for making their lives a living hell.

Today the Fed’s purchases and transfers are all electronic and instantaneous.

The Fed says they will buy a bond and the Treasury prints more money, then moves it into the Government coffers.


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So How Much Does The Federal Reserve Have In Reserve?

No one knows.

By law, the Federal Reserve cannot be audited.

The idea is the Fed is independent of political parties and the Government.

If the Fed could be audited, then political pressures could be placed on it by minority parties.

In desperate times, this could provide an accurate picture of the Fed’s reserves. Which in turn might cause public panic, bank runs, even impact elections.

The irony is the measures put in place to keep the Fed independent, also provide the means to manipulate it by the political party in charge.

Although many would like to see the Fed audited – the result could very well bring down the country.

The whole thing is a financial crisis waiting to happen. A house of cards we as citizens can only hope is being managed correctly. “Hope” being the key descriptor.

One saving grace is that the US dollar is the world reserve currency.

There is a lot of tangible value out there in the world wrapped up in our paper dollars.

If the rest of the world ever drops the dollar as a global reserve – our dollar will go the way of the Russian Ruble.

The good news is that most other national currencies are even less reliable than our own. Although China now has a larger economy than the United States, no one trusts their money.

We are truly the best of the worse.

It’s evident to any free-thinking citizen this system is rife with risk and corruption.

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What Happens When The Coming Economic Collapse Finally Occurs?

Simple.

The dollars we each have in our accounts, our 401Ks, our wallets may become worthless, or nearly worthless, due to hyperinflation.

A total economic collapse has happened to dozens of countries in the last thirty years:

  • Iceland
  • Russia
  • Zimbabwe
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • Poland
  • Ukraine
  • Romania

And to the United States several times since our founding.

Most notably just after the Revolutionary War, during the Civil War, and the Great Depression. And the Federal Reserve didn’t even exist at those times.

So what happens when paper money becomes worth just that—worthless paper? What is your economic collapse survival plan? What will we use for money?

Remember, goods and services are tangible. Many will still exist after the coming economic collapse.


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How To Prepare For Economic Collapse

One fundamental principle to remember: don’t mistake cash dollars for value.

Cash dollars only have value if they can be traded for something with real value – items such as food, tools, hardware, fuel, etc.

But what if no one will take dollars in trade? What becomes the new collapsed economy’s currency?

What will the coming economic collapse look like?

The new economy will still operate under the rules of supply and demand – no getting around this. It’s a law of nature.

The more in demand something is, the more value it has, the more people will pay to get it. But what will people use as currency if dollars are useless?

The Barter Economy

The Barter Economy is the natural evolution of supply and demand when the dollar fails. This simply means people will trade tangible assets, rather than paper money.

Not all tangible assets will hold the same value.

For instance, fish holds a certain value as a food source. But a fishing pole will be hundreds of times more valuable.

So what are valuable tangible assets to help survive in a post-apocalyptic economy?

Survival food will have value, while heirloom seeds may have more for the long term.

Eggs hold value, but chickens have more.

Water always has value and will keep climbing in value as droughts and contamination continue to deplete supplies.

The assets value depends on whether they represent short-term or long-term value.

Food is immediate. Durable goods are long-term. Some common durable goods that will hold value include:

Hand tools, such as saws, drills, hammers, axes, knives, etc.

Rope, wire, paracord, fasteners, nails, building materials, generators, solar panels, survival stoves, batteries.

Some durable goods are hybrids – both short and long-term. Cars, for instance, have long-term value. But they are only as valuable as the availability of fuel, which is a short-term value.

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There Are A Few Exceptions Though…

Firearms have long-term value. However, the availability of ammunition, a short-term value. This should limit the overall firearms value, right?

Not exactly, firearms represent an anomaly.

A loaded firearm can mean the difference between life and death. This gives it the ultimate value to the individual possessing it. More value than food, water, or any other worldly possession.

In the case of a less altruistic individual, a loaded firearm can serve as a coercive force.

One to gain tangible assets belonging to someone else. Giving the firearm value equal to whatever it can gain in this less-than-moral fashion.

This is something to keep in mind when trading with someone with an AR-15 slung over his shoulder.

Even if you don’t own a firearm, ammunition represents an important tangible asset. So you could start storing lots of it to prepare for the coming economic collapse.


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Even A Single Cartridge Can Be Bartered

A single .30-06 rifle cartridge can be a difference-maker. The difference between a family eating or moving a week closer to starvation.
 
A $25 box of 525 .22 Long Rifle cartridges, represents months of small game on the dinner table. Providing essential proteins such as squirrels, rabbits, snakes, rats, etc.

One key point to remember: the rifle cartridges still represent months of food, even if you don’t own a rifle. The trick is to find someone who does and trade them for something of equal value.
 
Ammunition is a great way to prep for a post-apocalyptic world. Rifle and pistol cartridges will always have value if you store them right.

One strategy to use is to arm yourself with firearms using very common cartridges. The more common, the better.

The most common pistol cartridges are 9mm, 38 Special, and .45 ACP. The most common rifle cartridges are .22 Long Rifle, 7.62x39mm, and 5.56x45mm.

Another important category with significant value is difficult to get medications (like survival antibiotics) and medical supplies.

When civilization’s economy collapses, our access to medications will dwindle. However, people will continue to fall ill, perhaps in even larger numbers than before.

Even over-the-counter drugs will become incredibly valuable.

Some common medications and medical supplies to stock up on include:

  • aspirin
  • acetaminophen
  • antibiotic creams
  • antihistamines
  • cough syrup
  • cold and flu medications
  • Band-aids
  • bandages
  • alcohol
  • hydrogen peroxide
  • oral thermometers

Or invest in a couple of good survival kits, and you’ll be good to go.

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What About Vices For Economic Collapse Preparation?

People’s addictions don’t stop just because civilization has collapsed.

Here are a few that can be used for barter: cigarettes, beer, hard liquor and if your post-apocalyptic address is in Colorado, well, you know…

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How About Gold After The Coming Economic Collapse?

Precious metals have been used as investments and currency for thousands of years. How do these fare in a post-apocalyptic world?

These assets represent a very different animal.

People will still value gold even in a post-apocalyptic world. However, this value is very, very long-term and somewhat theoretical.

It’s based on the notion the world will return to a normal state at some point in the future.

At that point, the gold can be exchanged for cash.

Survival Gold has no immediate value.

  • You can’t eat it
  • It can’t catch a fish or kill a deer
  • It can’t protect you or your family

However, there are people who will take it in trade.

Supreme caution must be exercised if you advertise the fact you possess gold. More than likely if you try to trade with it, you will find someone with an AK-47 following you home.

Once there, to relieve you of the rest of your gold by force if necessary.
 
Gold and silver are great investments as a hedge against inflation, but only as a hedge.

It presumes the cash dollar still has some value. If the dollar fails completely, gold is nearly useless. The people who do want it are the same people you don’t want to meet.
 
The barter economy will begin on Day One of the coming economic collapse. What are you going to use on Day Two to provide for your families?

Better to begin stocking up today before it’s too late.

Remember: Prepare, Adapt and Overcome,
“Just In Case” Jack

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