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Your Economic Triggers for making "Final Preps"

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by UneasyRider, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

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    A good many of us are concerned about the currency and the economy looking for signs of change that could indicate the begining of a currency devaluation. This thread is for those folks (me) and no hard feelings to anyone who does not see the economy as a survival threat, but you might want to ignore this discussion.

    My economic indicators that I watch for are:

    1) Inflation rate.
    2) GDP
    3) Yearly budget deficit.
    4) How much money we are printing.
    5) Employment.

    These are the canary in the coal mine to me, what do YOU look at as an indicator that you should start making imminent preparations?

    Examples would be if I see the monthly inflation rate (not annualized) go over 3 percent I will go all out.

    Or if employment takes a really hard dip (not interested in the unemployment rate) by 3 million people or more in a year. I am all in, thus the last couple of years of extreme prepping for me.

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  2. JK-linux

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    Are you talking about financial indicators that it's time for "final preps" as related to Mad Max, or "final preps" for a 10 year depression with a functioning government, intact military, 20% effective unemployment, big companies and millionaires and politicians still basically in control?
     


  3. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

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    As far as I'm concerned everyday in the U.S is tripping my survival triggers. The unemployment rate, U.S. dollar value, illegal's crossing the border, crime, local government cutbacks like police protection, Overseas events and economy and so on. My outlook is live life as best as possible and just be prepared as best as you can. NEVER EVER depend on government to defend or feed you. We only pay taxes to avoid jail. ...nothing else!
     
  4. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

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    The 10 year great depression is what's on my mind, I am not a Mad Max scenario survivor.
     
  5. G29Reload

    G29Reload Tread Lightly

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    If it were a 20 min warning nuke deal, I would be getting as much extra water, firewood and food to the basement as possible.

    If I were out and about when it was announced, i'd try to make for home or as close as I could get to it.

    In the best of situations, when it happens, I've just had a dental appointment, clean bill of health from my annual physical, just had a haircut, freshly showered and dressed, all my clothes are freshly folded and stacked out of the dryer, the dishwasher just finished running, just bought a months green veggies and topped off the pantry, both vehicles fully gassed and all the mower jugs filled with high test and the propane stocks of various kinds are all full and I have enough time to fill the tub with fresh water. I'm tuned to the radio and waiting for damage reports….

    Anything the opposite of the above can work against me to the extent it isnt where I need it to be and subtracts from my survivability or comfort/safety.

    The financial side of it? The actions and counter actions of people, banks and governments are enough to stretch the pain out to an agonizingly long descent into argentina-like chaos. It be more the like frog and boiling water…won't happen, we'd jump out. Instead, we'll be sitting in cold water as it warms and never notice till its too late…well I will, and most folks here will, but the MTV American Idol -numbed types who still think BHO is handsome and cool and can't even balance their checkbooks won't notice a thing, even after its happened. They'll just be screwed.
     
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  6. Lone Kimono

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    Great idea for a topic! Outside of the obvious EMP kind of event I've wondered when I would empty the accounts and hit the stores for the last time.
     
  7. cowboy1964

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    Annualized inflation of 36%?? My trigger would be more like 10%. A one-month spike of 3% or something wouldn't be that worrisome, but a 2% per month for 4 months would. We're talking across-the-board inflation, not energy-only inflation or something.

    What does it mean you will be "all in"? You be putting every dollar you make into preps? You will be cashing out your IRA/401k? Selling your house and moving to the mountains?
     
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  8. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

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    All in for me is if I think that we need to have it we buy it.
     
  9. Glocktastic

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    I agree with Tango Foxtrot that there are alarm bells every day.

    Any time the Dow drops 500+, any money in the bank comes out and I top off supplies as best as I'm able.
     
  10. wildcat455

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    UneasyRider, I think by your definition, if I understand it correctly, I am already "All In" .

    Every bit of money I make above my living expenses goes to Preps right now. (I DO allow myself a Redbox movie once a week...) I may also be a little bit behind most here in financial status and preps, so I can't really afford to wait until the 11th hour.

    For me, it is "Imminent" right now. This is already a bullet we cannot dodge. It IS going to happen. The "When" doesn't matter, if you think about it... Unless of course you LIKE (or can afford) playing Russian Roulette.

    By my definition, the LAST STAGE of prep for me comes when I see or feel it is UNSAFE (As in "Fear for my life".) for me to continue working. At that point, ready or not, I request a leave of absence, go home, and hunker down!

    God help us all WHEN it comes to that.

    I do not have any investments to cash in. Already done.
    I do not have any large sums of cash in my pillowcase. Already spent. (On preps)
    I have no "Wealth" to protect with Precious Metal.

    Because of what I see coming, I have accepted the fact that God willing, I will work until the day I die. (No retirement.)
     
  11. UneasyRider

    UneasyRider C.D.B.

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    I am on the same page with the exception that my wife has a nice government retirement and 403B plan which I personally think will be worthless when the day comes.

    You can see from the employment charts that we have not created a job in this country for more than a decade and that just won't fly.
     
  12. TangoFoxtrot

    TangoFoxtrot OIF 04-05

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    I already did! I withdrew all my cash out of the bank (savings) and put it in a safe place ( I distrust banks) I don't care about accumulating interest on it, I have other interest bearing accounts and stocks for retirement. My supplies are maxed out for the amount of storage I have. I just have to rotate when posssible. So all I have to do is sit back and enjoy life. I don't constantly dwell on this. Life is too short.
     
  13. Dexters

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    Excellent post and topic.

    I'd suggest you add a deflation trigger also - like the Russell 2000 index.

    I think deflation will happen before inflation.

    The key point is that money is being destroyed. Look at Greece and other debtor countries - those bonds are money to the people who hold the bond. When Greece defaults or pays less than market rate interest on a debt deal - money is destroyed - poof! That slows down economic activity because the bond and the interest has disappeared.

    Although central banks are printing money, they can not create it fast enough for all that is being destroyed by defaults and slower economic activity.
     
  14. kirgi08

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  15. wildcat455

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    For some weird reason, I think they will actually stop taking cash before they stop taking EBT. LMAO!
     
  16. arclight610

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    You need to have a little bit of fun too. If the SHTF does happen, you want to be able to look back at good memories.
     
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  18. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    It's reality when food stamps don't work.Cash always works.'08.
     
  19. wildcat455

    wildcat455

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    It was an attempt at humor. The Gov ensuring the entitlement crowd gets fed.

    Guess it wasn't too funny....

    I'll stick to my "Day job".