The Asset Class With The Best (And Safest) Returns

by Frost on October 1, 2011

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Andrew October 3, 2011 at 2:02 am

That’s a great point. Nice post.

Laguna Beach Fogey October 2, 2011 at 6:51 pm

This is sound advice. I work in the markets and give my clients similar tips. Dividend-paying stocks, high quality corporates, precious metals, commodities, property, small business. My personal favourites are the last two.

In light of what I think will be signficant instability in this country, even civil war, I’ve been devoting much of my time to networking with like-minded Euro American men in the community. It’s a painstaking process, as you can imagine. But I think it’s a good investment for when the SHTF.

Nice website.

xsplat October 2, 2011 at 4:28 pm

I’ve become a goldbug myself. Not too worried about the recent downturn. I agree with your strategy of not seeking to maximize returns just now. It’s about security. But I’m not worried about the drop this last week. I’m still buying every week. I’d not be surprised to see gold climb to $3000 during some scare. The tulip bulbs haven’t begun to be invested in in full force. And if I miss selling it during the peak and trading for land, that’s fine. At least I’m not holding paper.

(r)Ev October 2, 2011 at 2:15 am

Great post, Frosty. You got it right: invest in the self. Fuckall else.

If you do have extra cheddar that needs to go somewhere besides booze, fast cars, and broads, (the rest you’d just squander).

Commodities: Gold, Silver, Copper & Lead. High-velocity delivery systems for the latter two.

Tangibles. Long-shelf-life food items. Medical supplys. Water filtration systems. Fertile land, seed, farming equipment.

I could invest in Wall-Street (yeah right) but hypothetically let’s say that I can find a stock that doesn’t reek of the asset-class and corporate usury. Let’s say I find some legitimately badass, groundbreaking solar company that’s run by a visionary like Yvon Chouinard. OK, so they’re selling stock, and I want to buy some. I buy some, and some asshat like the douche in the video gets a fat commission on the sale. So does the NASDAQ or wherever the stock is listed.

FUCK THAT. If that company is doing something worth doing, I’ll buy it directly. I’ll put their solar panels on my house, make my house run efficiently so I run my meter backward, and make the motherfucking utility pay ME.

That’s all I have to say to corporate America on any level: FUCK YOU, PAY ME, BITCH.

I do as much business as I can in barter. I buy local. I buy direct from farmers, cutting out corporate middlemen. I do go to McDonald’s, actually. To take a dump in their sparkling-clean restrooms. Without buying a thing. No one can say I don’t give a shit about McDonald’s.

As you said, I invest in ME. Barbells, bows, pistols. Man stuff. Experiences: hunting expeditions, licenses, road trips, ski passes. Books like Bang, Voltaire, books on evolution and anthropology. Am I spinning my wheels? Yeah, top fuel dragsters spin their wheels too: See that shorty over there? She’s my bitch. And the second girl with us-she’s our wife. Yup. On the regular. That’s my kind of ROI.

I might kick over dead in 2 days, 2 months, or 2 years. Dead men tell no tales, and dead men’s investments mean nothing in the afterlife. And in the cool moments of awareness that remains as our consciousness flits about its final moments in the flesh as we shuffle off that mortal coil, all you’ll remember about your life will be those moments you seized, the emotions you shared, the love you gave, the passion with which you lived. Your bank account will mean NOTHING>NADA.ZIP*ZILCH. Burn it all now, else you’ll give 50% of it to the gov’t, before any heirs see it when you croak. If you do have heirs, give them rich experiences, cool gifts while you’re alive, and not a penny when you kick the bucked, because, again, the fuggin’ gov’t then gets half in through the death tax. And we all know what the gov’t will do–turn & give it to the Corporations. FUCK that noise.

As Jim Morrison said, I don’t know what’s gonna happen, but I’mma get my kicks before the whole shithouse goes up in flames.

Give my money to Banksters. Haha, yeah right. I got nothin’ but lead for you, honey.

Rowan October 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Great post Frost.

I’ve been investing in myself for while now, paleo diet, fitness, Mandarin lessons and living an interesting non 9-5 life. I’ve also been investing my free time starting a software business. Owning a real income producing asset instead of speculating (precious metals, property, stocks) will be the key to surviving the next great depression.

However, I’m still saving half my income, at the moment it’s piling up in my Australian bank account. If anyone wants to stockpile cash, keeping it in AUD, a currency backed by a resource based economy isn’t such a bad idea. Of course there’s a massive real estate boom about to pop in Australia, it still beats the rest of the West hands down.

Z October 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

+1 to what AC said.

Also, the current state of global affairs is starting to resemble Atlas Shrugged, have you chewed through it yet?

AC October 1, 2011 at 4:50 pm

The risk with investing in “self-improvement” is that you’d better actually be improving, not just spinning your wheels in a way that feels productive. I’d bet a ton of people got master’s degrees in social work thinking that it was investing in themselves. (And I’m not exempting the type of activities engaged in by people in the reactionary/game/paleo sphere either.)

NomadicNeill October 1, 2011 at 1:09 pm

Agree. You can never lose the skills and knowledge that you accumulate over the years.

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