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Investing During Recession Depression

Updated on August 16, 2017
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Gary understands that times are tough, and seeks to make people aware of financial pitfalls. Loans must be undertaken carefully if at all.

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Coalinga, Ca USA earthquake. 1983.
Coalinga, Ca USA earthquake. 1983.

Investing in a Recession Depression

Investing in a recession is quite different than investing in a depression. With the Great Recession behind us, but still without a full recovery, we do not know which way the economy will be going. Investing in a recession requires an eye toward future recovery. Indeed recession investing presupposes inflation or reflation down the line, and requires that a person consider gold, or stocks that may benefit from a pickup in business. But we are finding that even recovery is accompanied by low inflation.

However, investing in a depression is very different. In a depression, cash is king, because the value of your dollar will skyrocket as fewer dollars circulate. There is some lack of circulation because of the credit crisis even now. If it gets worse we could come back to the cash is king scenario.

Investing is pretty simple. I am not a certified planner and I do not expect you to take my advice, as I am not offering advice. However, since we don't have a crystal ball, investing becomes quite difficult. How about a few examples.

Buying a house in an environment of low interest rates in the middle of a credit crisis is a bad idea. On the surface it seems to be a good idea. However that is true only if you know you can stay in the house for years and years. As deflation continues, the price could go down. If you buy and the economy is artificially stimulated, and an inflation occurs, you may have to sell into higher interest rates (caused by the need to fight inflation) and your house price could go down then as well!!

With the currency being put at risk by Bush's recklessness and by Obama's need to jumpstart the economy, buying a long term project becomes very risky.

Another example is the purchase of corporate bonds and stocks. If we have a depression, and the economy really declines, and even the best businesses are over leveraged, they may not be able to meet their financial obligations to bondholders. Of course we have already seen fear grip the stock market and 40 percent declines in stocks.

I have tried to put a list of the best hubs together on personal finance. I hope you find them helpful. Please note that I may not agree with all the views put forth, but bookmark this site as a study guide that could prove valuable to you.

I don't agree that our greatest risk is hyperinflation. It is a risk, and I have a hub dealing with that. But deflation is the greatest risk, now, in my opinion, especially with the issues surrounding Foreclosuregate.

Table of Contents:

  • Investing in a Recession Depression
  • Banking, Wall Street and Solvency Issues
  • What if the Banking System Fails?
  • Investing in Gold
  • Cash is King in the Credit Crunch
  • Investing Recession Depression in the News
  • Hyper Inflation
  • Real Estate Investing
  • How Easy Is It to Buy Gold and Silver
  • Credit Crisis Timeline

What If The Banking System Fails?

Many fringe economists do not want the banks to succeed because they believe that the credit system is ever more thirsty and more destructive of the free market system. While I greatly sympathize with them, I don't know what the world would look like with precious little credit available to people. I don't mean short term as is happening now, but long term when it would be even worse.

The good things that would happen would be that things could be accurately priced. As it is now, nothing is accurately priced because easy credit has pushed up values to artificial levels. That includes houses, cars, and many other products, though not all products.

The bad thing is that we would have to let other nations produce most of what we use, even to a greater degree than is occurring at present. In order to keep our sovereignty, it will be necessary for America to make things, not just sell each other insurance and real estate. So all we can do is to wait and see how things will unfold. I will try to keep you posted.

One important thing to consider is that failure of the banking system could lead to more savings and more individual freedom and ultimately, a better real economy. However, no one knows what lies between here and there.

If the government is going to bail out the system, I would think that they are not spending enough. Yet, they cannot spend more because we are already in debt. People have no idea what havoc George Bush and Alan Greenspan dumped upon us. Liar loans make it difficult for us to attempt a proper and successful stimulus because, unlike in the Great Depression in the 30's, we are broke at the highest levels.

It is my view that the banks must make loans for people to make things, but that this emphasis on real estate, loans gone wild for consumption, is just misplaced. Homes are still way too expensive and any reflation in this sector is just misguided and will lead to a major misallocation of capital. Indeed the focus on housing is an attempt to put humpty dumpty back together instead of building an economy that is sound.

Banks have attacked the middle class by toxic loans and lies about the ability to refinance later. They must stop doing that and coming up with new ways to screw the middle class, because they are the ones undermining the financial system. They are killing the golden goose, the middle class of the United States.

Just remember that Andrew Jackson and the true sons of the revolution would have cut the balls off of the current crop of bankers and central bankers of the world. But now they have us under their thumbs unless we choose not to cooperate.

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    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      8 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thanks Hady. Lots of mixed signals still regarding the economy.

    • Hady Chahine profile image

      Hady Chahine 

      8 years ago from Manhattan Beach

      Nice hub! Very informative, thanks.

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      It most likely will bring deflation. However, if the dollar tanks bigtime there may be periods of alternative inflation and then deflation.

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      alternative investments 

      9 years ago

      What about if a depression brings deflation?

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      10 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      That is true. I have decided to short the Chinese market with stops in place. Seems a bit frothy to me. I am not an investment advisor, but rather got this advice from one.

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      Steve Nichols 

      10 years ago

      Good list of helpful hubs. I agree with your assessment that in a depression cash is king. That is how fortunes where made in the 30s in during the Great Depression.

    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      11 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Glad you enjoyed it! Gary

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      Haydee Anderson 

      11 years ago from Hermosa Beach

      great links and information on this hub.

    • TheMoneyGuy profile image


      11 years ago from Pyote, TX



    • bgamall profile imageAUTHOR

      Gary Anderson 

      11 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Not too far of a drive from Reno, but a mattress is still better than driving to Socal. Lol.

    • TheMoneyGuy profile image


      11 years ago from Pyote, TX

      I have a different Idea. 

      An Asset is something that pays you money when you sleep.  A liability takes money from you.  So I consider a Mortgage a liability in all scenarios for the House you live in and in any market is risky.  Only true Ownership is an asset.

      Buying a small portion of Equity or Debt in someone else’s venture is risky as well, you just don't have control over how these Nitwits will spend your money.  Contrary to Popular belief buying stock in the Market is not investing. 

      Only those select few who are offered the IPO or Initial Bonds are investors and the only ones who put money into the company.  Everyone else is just buying stocks or bonds, and therefore speculating on the future movement in price, but they are not investors.

      So, if you do not have enough money to make JP Morgan’s list of people to call when they take a company public How do you invest in this country.

      Well, the intent is, for the average person not to invest and just give over the money. 

      But, if you insist on climbing up the ladder the best way is local ventures using LLP or LLC's especially ones in which you are the General or Managing Partner. 

      Ask George Bush his only successful business was and LLC to buy the Texas Rangers and sell them for a profit.

      Otherwise your money is just handed over to someone else. 

      If you insist on giving your money away, my address is

      29307 Shady LN

      Murrieta, CA 92563

      Good Day.





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