Comments: It's the End of the World As We Know It

A friend was once presented with the "guns or butter" topic and responded "just buy guns ... then you can get all the butter you want".

If you're talking about apocalypses more Mad Max than theological, then this advice probably holds true. With enough SKSs you can get all the grain you need...

Posted by TJIC at July 14, 2009 09:41 AM

What if it's not actually the end of the world, but a lot of people think it might be (as in the case of Y2K or 2012)? Both are events that the market would be aware of, but did the market respond efficiently? And would buying those futures three years in advance make any difference or would my return (if there was one) likely equal what the return would be on saving my money?

Posted by Brent at July 14, 2009 10:54 AM

With all due respect, Mr. Carden, this is a stupid post for an economist. It should be obvious to a man of your economic reasoning abilities that if the dispensationalist view is correct, there will be an immediate SURPLUS of Bibles.

Of course, that depends on a speculation about the number of Bible owners that will disappear, leaving their Bible stock available, so you may still end up on the winning side of that play.

Posted by Eric H at July 14, 2009 12:01 PM

My comment was meant to be completely facetious by the way...not sure if it comes across as intended.

Posted by Eric H at July 14, 2009 12:22 PM

Short term, the usual: MREs, ammo, silver, basic meds, batteries and gasoline. If my kit is large enough, add a few coils of razor wire.

Middle term: Human-powered tools and a practical domestic encyclopedia of instructions to grow, build, and repair things. Nails, fabric, seeds.

Post-apocalypse, knowledge we take for granted will be the most valuable commodity.

Posted by foxmarks at July 14, 2009 02:27 PM

I think the Christian Cults like to stockpile firearms for the ultimate battle between good and evil...or something. That, and Kool-Aid.

Posted by Jim B. at July 14, 2009 07:26 PM

For the dispensationalist view, try the following stock tips based on Book of Revelations:
- Short wind power stocks, BoR says winds will cease worldwide
- Long a basket of pharma, BoR predicts widespread pestilence killing 1/3 of population
- Long transaction processing stocks and short cash-only enterprises, as only people with "Mark of Beast" can buy or sell
- Long ag pesticide stocks, BoR predicts swarms of locusts

I'm doing this from memory based on listening to my father's sermons when I was young. A thorough reading of the Bible would produce a much longer list.

Posted by Bob Knaus at July 15, 2009 07:18 AM

For the dispensationalist view, try the following stock tips based on Book of Revelations:
- Short wind power stocks, BoR says winds will cease worldwide
- Long a basket of pharma, BoR predicts widespread pestilence killing 1/3 of population
- Long transaction processing stocks and short cash-only enterprises, as only people with "Mark of Beast" can buy or sell
- Long ag pesticide stocks, BoR predicts swarms of locusts

I'm doing this from memory based on listening to my father's sermons when I was young. A thorough reading of the Bible would produce a much longer list.

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