Many people refer to me as a “doom and gloomer” because I run a website called “The Economic Collapse”. [Just because] I am constantly pointing out that the entire world is heading for a complete and total financial nightmare, [however,] I don’t think that it does any good to stick your head in the sand. I believe that there is hope in understanding what is happening and I believe that there is hope in getting prepared. [This article does just that.] Words: 2432
So says Michael Snyder (www.theeconomiccollapseblog.com) in edited excerpts from his original article*. Lorimer Wilson, editor of www.munKNEE.com (Your Key to Making Money!) has edited the article below for length and clarity – see Editor’s Note at the bottom of the page. This paragraph must be included in any article re-posting to avoid copyright infringement.
Snyder goes on to say in further edited excerpts:
Once people understand that the economy has been collapsing, and will continue to collapse, most of them want to get prepared for the storm that is coming. So where should someone get started? Well, the truth is that no two people are facing the exact same set of circumstances, so preparation is going to look different for each individual but there are certain core principles that we can all benefit from.
- With a financial storm coming now is not the time to be blowing thousands of dollars on vacations and new toys….[Instead,] we all need to start getting into the habit of making the most out of our limited resources. The seemingly endless prosperity that we have all been enjoying for decades is coming to an end, and most of us have absolutely no experience on how to deal with truly hard times. If you are under the age of 60, it might be a really good idea to read a book or two on what conditions were like during the Great Depression of the 1930s. There is a lot that we can learn from our own history.
- Another key characteristic that we will all need in the years ahead is flexibility. As the global economy breaks down and the world becomes increasingly unstable, conditions are going to change rapidly. What might work really well in one situation might be the exact wrong thing to do 6 months later. If you are not willing or able to adapt to dramatic change then you are going to have a lot of difficulty in the years ahead.
It is those that are completely oblivious to what is really going on that will be totally blindsided by the coming crisis. When they finally realize what has come upon them many of them will totally lose it.
Generally, things are going to be getting progressively worse as the years roll along….I believe that the economic collapse is not a single event but, rather, a series of waves that will be punctuated by moments of great crisis. [As such,] advice about preparation is going to be different depending on whether you are talking about the short-term or the mid-term or the long-term. Hopefully you will keep that in mind as you read my answers to the questions below.
The following are common questions that people ask about how to prepare for the collapse of the economy:
Question #1: How Do I Get Started?
Answer: You need to have an emergency fund saved up that can cover your expenses for at least six months.
When a crisis hits the biggest danger is that you could lose your job and, if you are living paycheck to paycheck, you would not be able to pay your bills and, as such, would also end up losing your home….
If you lose your job, or your business goes under, you will be able to keep going for a while as you figure out what your next move will be. These days it takes the average unemployed American nearly 40 weeks to find a new job, and it will likely be even worse in the next major economic downturn.
Summary: Make sure that you have plenty of cash saved up just in case. If you are currently living paycheck to paycheck you are extremely vulnerable.
Question #2: What Should I Do With My Money?
Answer: Don’t keep all your money in one place.
Sometimes people will tell me that they are going to take all of their money out of the banks because they don’t feel safe having their money in them. Well, if you stick all of your money in your mattress, what happens if there is a fire or what happens if someone robs you? That is why I believe in spreading your risk around. Having money in a bunch of different places is a good thing.
One place you should not put your money, however, is in the stock market. If you were fortunate enough to catch the recent rally you should get out while the getting is good. If you have blind faith in the stock market you are going to be deeply disappointed eventually. I do not have a single penny in the stock market, and a couple of years from now that is going to look like a very wise move.
Question #3: Should I Invest In Precious Metals?
Answer: A lot of people that write about the economic crisis in this country really advocate investing in precious metals because, unlike fiat currencies, they tend to hold value over time. I like precious metals myself, but if you are going to invest you need to get educated so that you know what you are doing…
You need to be prepared for wild fluctuations in price over the coming years. There will be times when gold and silver absolutely soar and there will be times when they drop like a rock so, if you are going to play the game, you need to be able to handle the ride.
Question #4: Should I Get Out Of Debt?
Answer: Many that write about the coming economic collapse say that you shouldn’t even bother to pay off your debts because the financial system is going to collapse anyway but I don’t see it that way. I don’t believe that our banks are going to totally collapse and suddenly go out of existence – not in the short-term anyway – so I believe that it is actually a good idea to get out of debt. When financial troubles hit you don’t want a horde of bill collectors coming after you.
There is a lot of freedom that comes with getting out of debt, and in this environment it is wise to become as independent of the system as possible.
Question #5: What If I Don’t Have Any Money To Prepare?
Answer: Many families are just barely scraping by each month and they do not have much money to put into anything… [Nevertheless,] I would say that there are very, very few families out there that do not have anything that can be cut out of the budget because, the truth is, American families are experts at blowing money on really stupid stuff.
In general, I recommend that all families do what they can to reduce their expenses because, the smaller financial footprint you have, the better off you will be and the more resources you will have to help you get prepared.
Also, now is the time to be looking for ways that you can increase your income. For many Americans, starting a side business is a way to bring in some extra cash. Yes, this will cut into your television watching time, but now is not the time to be lazy.
The time you spend working hard now while the sun is still shining will pay off later. Don’t be afraid to work harder than you ever have before.
Question #6: Should I Rent Or Buy?
If you rent:
- you get a lot more flexibility. You can move for a new job or a new opportunity without having to sell a house and
- you get to avoid a lot of the expenses and hassles that come with being a homeowner.
If you buy:
- you get to “lock in” your housing expenses for many years and, in a highly inflationary environment, this would potentially be very beneficial – and interest rates are very low right now….
- it is going to be much harder to move if something does happen and you need to go somewhere else but if you are looking for a house where you can grow your own food and become more independent of the system, then in most cases you are going to have to buy such a house.
Question #7: What About My Health Condition?
Answer: Even if economic conditions were perfect it would be a good idea to learn what you can do on your own to improve your health and this is especially true as we move into a time of great economic instability.
Over the next few years, our health care system should continue operating at least somewhat normally but the truth is that our health care system is in horrible shape and it is not a good thing to be totally dependent on pills and doctors.
Question #8: Should I Be Storing Food?
Answer: Yes...I do not believe that there will be major food shortages in America this year or next year but down the road, however, is a different story – and your food dollars are never going to go farther than they do right now.
In addition, I encourage everyone to learn how to grow a garden because you never know when a major disaster or emergency is going to strike so it is always good to become more independent of the system…
Question #9: Should I Be Storing Water?
Answer: It is always good to have some water on hand in case disaster or emergency strikes and you should be rotating whatever water you currently have on hand because you don’t want water sitting around indefinitely. What is much more important, however, is to make sure that you and your family have access to a source of water that you can depend on if disaster strikes and the grid goes down.
In a previous article I…detailed just how incredibly vulnerable our water supply really is:
According to the American Water Works Association, Americans drink more than one billion glasses of tap water per day. For safety and security reasons, most water supply plants maintain a larger inventory of supplies than the typical business. However, the amount of chemical storage varies significantly and is site specific. According to the Chlorine Institute, most water treatment facilities receive chlorine in cylinders (150 pounds and one ton cylinders) that are delivered by motor carriers. On average, trucks deliver purification chemicals to water supply plants every seven to 14 days. Without these chemicals, water cannot be purified and made safe for drinking. Without truck deliveries of purification chemicals, water supply plants will run out of drinkable water in 14 to 28 days. Once the water supply is drained, water will be deemed safe for drinking only when boiled. Lack of clean drinking water will lead to increased gastrointestinal and other illnesses, further taxing an already weakened healthcare system.
So yes, water is definitely something you should be accounting for in your preparations.
Question #10: Other Than Food And Water What Other Supplies Will I Need?
Answer: Anything that you use on a regular basis or that you would use in an emergency situation is something that you should consider storing up.
In a previous article, I listed dozens of things you may want to consider storing. Preparation is going to look different for every family, but hopefully that list will give you some ideas.
Question #11: What Happens If The Power Grid Goes Down?
Answer: Some people have a backup generator for such circumstances while others have set up wind and/or solar systems for their homes.
Alternative energy solutions are great if you can afford them, and they will enable you to become much more independent of the system but not everyone can afford to put in solar panels or a big wind turbine so you will have to do what you can with what you have.
Question #12: Should I Leave The Big Cities?
Answer: There is no easy answer to this question. In this day and age, a good job is like gold. It can be really, really tough to give up a good job and move to the middle of nowhere but, without a doubt, society is starting to come apart at the seams and I do expect rioting and major civil unrest in our major cities at some point in the future.
In the end, you need to do what is right for you and your own family. Nobody else can make this decision for you.
Question #13: Should I Get Some Self-Defense Training?
Answer: When criminals come to your home, they are…simply going to do what they came there to do unless someone stops them. So yes, some self-defense training may come in very handy in the years ahead.
Question #14: What Should I Do If My Family and Friends Won’t Listen To Me?
Answer: You just have to do the best that you can. If they won’t listen now, just keep planting seeds. Keep sending them articles that are packed with statistics and information that show why an economic collapse is going to happen. In the years ahead we are all going to need our families and our friends because communities will endure what is coming much better than “lone wolf” individuals will be able to. No matter how hard you prepare, at some point you are going to need the help of someone else so don’t be afraid to reach out to others.
If nobody among your family or friends will listen to you at the moment, you may have to prepare on your own right now. In fact, you may have to do extra preparation because at some point it is probably inevitable that your family and friends will come to you for help.
Nobody said that preparing was going to be easy…The times that are coming are going to be incredibly challenging. They are going to require a great deal of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual strength.
If you are a “lone wolf” that believes that you don’t need anyone or anything, then I feel sorry for you and I honestly don’t know how you are going to make it. If you are one of the many people I have met who are “know it alls” – some of the most clueless people that I have ever come across – you should realize that none of us have all the answers. We can all learn from each other….I never want to stop learning, and hopefully that is the case for you as well.
If we work together, perhaps we can all make it through the horrible, horrible times that are coming.
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This short video – on the unsustainability of government spending – should be watched by everyone, including those not yet old enough to vote. It should be shown in every high school and college classroom. Anyone that cannot understand this presentation should not be allowed out without a guardian.
George Soros…is more concerned with surviving than staying rich…He doesn’t just mean it’s time to protect your assets. He means it’s time to stave off disaster. As he sees it, the world faces one of the most dangerous periods of modern history—a period of “evil.” Europe is confronting a descent into chaos and conflict. In America he predicts riots on the streets that will lead to a brutal clampdown that will dramatically curtail civil liberties. The global economic system could even collapse altogether. [Perhaps] we should be, too, [but as] we have often explained, [such comments ar nothing more than] the fear-based promotions of the power elite to frighten the middle classes into giving up power and wealth to globalist institutions. Let us explain.
I think the U.S. government and our central bank has a tremendously transparent view of what is coming down the road in terms of financial distress….I believe the evidence [I present below] shows that they are preparing for this eventual crisis in a command and control fashion, without alerting the public to the coming implosion. The most immediate trigger event is the looming peril of a collapsing economy followed by inevitable civil unrest. I believe they will use the despair that flows forth from the fiscal wreckage as an excuse to institute martial law. Call it “crazy”. Call it “conspiracy theory”. Call it “coincidence”. Call it “fear mongering”. Call it whatever you like but I find it far more insane to shrug off the strange behavior of our power structure, and simply hope that it’s all irrelevant to the future. [Once I have put forth my evidence and explained its implications in this article I think you will agree.]
The Federal government is gearing up for unprecedented social unrest (worse than Greece or Spain) when Washington is forced to impose “austerity” plans next year… [which will be deemed absolutely necessary to avoid] runaway inflation [that would otherwise occur] to pay for the country’s costly welfare programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps and massive unfunded liabilities. [Below are the preparations presently underway.] Words: 500
Get ready…Save some cash, load up with gold and silver, and be patient…Start by buying top-grade dividend-paying stocks and gold on dips or corrections, and hold your gold. This era will see the catastrophic collapse of all fiat money. Gold should skyrocket. Get ready for crime and violence…
You think the problems are bad now? You wait until we don’t have any more credit. You wait until the currency is collapsing. You wait until interest rates are going through the roof and inflation is going through the roof. It’s not going to be a pretty picture. There will be social unrest. [See below for the link to the interview.] Words: 477
The outcome of the election of 2012 will [only] determine the rate of speed at which we approach the [financial] cliff [because] neither political alternative is willing to change course, to steer away from the cliff. The cliff is so high that whether we go over it at 200 mph (Obama) or whether we merely slip over the edge (Romney), the end result is the same — fatal for the economy and perhaps our entire political system. It is the fall that will kill us. [This article explains why that is going to be the case.] Words: 1135
The deficits aren’t going to stop anytime soon. The debt mountain will keep growing…Obviously, the debt can’t keep growing faster than the economy forever, but the people in charge do seem determined to find out just how far they can push things….The only way for the politicians to buy time will be through price inflation, to reduce the real burden of the debt, and whether they admit it or not, inflation is what they will be praying for….[and] the Federal Reserve will hear their prayer. When will the economy reach the wall toward which it is headed? Not soon, I believe, but in the meantime there will be plenty of excitement. [Let me explain what I expect to unfold.] Words: 1833
…The US Government and its catastrophic fiscal morass are now viewed by the world as a ‘safe haven’. This would easily qualify for a comedy shtick if it weren’t so serious….[but] the establishment is thrilled with these developments because it helps maintain the status quo of the dollar standard era. However, there are some serious ramifications that few are paying attention to and are getting almost zero coverage from traditional media. [Let me explain what they are.] Words: 1150
With the U.S. election just months off, political pressures will mount to favor fiscal stimulus measures instead of restraint. Such action can only accelerate higher domestic inflation and intensified dollar debasement culminating in a Great Collapse – a hyperinflationary great depression – by 2014. [Let me explain why that is the inevitable outcome.] Words: 2766
Whether our current economic crisis will end with massive inflation or in a deflationary spiral (ultimately, either one results in a Depression) is more than an academic one. It is the single most important variable for near and intermediate term investing success. It is also important in regard to taking actions which can prepare and protect you and your family. [Here is my assessment of what the future outcome will likely be and why.] Words: 1441
Daniel Thornton, an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, argues that the Fed’s policy of providing liquidity has “enormous potential to increase the money supply,” resulting in what The Wall Street Journal’s Real Time Economics blog calls “an inflation inferno.” [Personally,] I think it’s too soon to make significant changes to a portfolio based on inflation fears. Here’s why. Words: 550
The developed economies of the world have opened the money spigots…[and this] massive money and credit creation is sitting in the banking system like dry tinder just waiting for a spark to set it ablaze. How quickly it happens is anyone’s guess, but once it does we are likely to be enveloped in a worldwide inflation unlike anything before ever witnessed. [Let me explain further.] Words: 625
Evidence shows that the U.S. money supply trend is in the early stages of hyperbolic growth coupled with a similar move in the price of gold. All sign point to a further escalation of money-printing in 2012…followed by unexpected and accelerating price inflation, followed by a rise in nominal interest rates that will bring a sovereign debt crisis for the U. S. dollar with it as the cost of borrowing for the government escalates…[Let me show you the evidence.] Words: 660
Interest rates have been manipulated to keep them extremely low in an attempt to stimulate the economy but…unless deficits are dramatically reduced…. interest rates will eventually rise and government interest expense will double or triple from the amounts being paid today. That potentially triggers a debt death spiral, where government has to borrow more than otherwise expected. It also raises the credit risk and could ratchet interest rates up again. It has happened to Greece, Portugal, Spain and other European countries already this year and could well happen in the U.S. too. Words: 595
Everyone who purchases a Treasury bond is purchasing a depreciating asset. Moreover, the capital risk of investing in Treasuries is very high. The low interest rate means that the price paid for the bond is very high. A rise in interest rates, which must come sooner or later, will collapse the price of the bonds and inflict capital losses on bond holders, both domestic and foreign. The question is: when is sooner or later? The purpose of this article is to examine that question. Words: 2600
LOOK! Everyone needs to see this. United States owes a lot of money. As of 2012, US debt is larger than the size of the economy. The debt ceiling is currently set at $16.394 Trillion, estimated to be hit around Sep 14, 2012. In the infographic below that enormous amount is illustrated in $100 bills. It’s frightening! Words: 605
The U.S. already has more government debt per capita than the PIIGS (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain) do and it just keeps getting worse and worse thanks to both political parties. We are on the road to national financial oblivion yet most Americans don’t seem to care. They don’t realize that we have enjoyed the greatest prosperity we will ever see…and that when the debt bubble bursts there is going to be an immense amount of pain. That is a very painful truth, but it is better to come to grips with it now than be blindsided by it later. [Let me explain.] Words: 1140
Even as I write these words, the world’s largest economy — the E.U. — is coming unglued at the seams, the world’s second largest — the U.S. — is careening headlong toward a fiscal cliff that promises to gut its GDP, nearly all of Asia — including Japan, China and India — is slowing…and yet most investors still don’t get the message. [Let me go on to explain just what that message is.] Words: 1357