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How To Protect Your Assets From Confiscation And Inflation


The key to your family’s financial survival is your assets, namely your money and your property. Therefore, protecting your assets must be one of your family’s top survival priorities. Unfortunately, many preppers put far more thought and effort into physical survival (storing food, etc.) than into protecting assets, even though protecting them is often just as important.

There are two major threats to your family’s assets in today’s world: confiscation and inflation. Confiscation means that government will try to seize all or part of your funds through taxes or simply by taking it. Confiscation isn’t as farfetched as you might think. In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) confiscated gold from citizens as part of his efforts to fight the Great Depression. During World War II, the money and property of some individuals, including German and Japanese Americans, was seized by the federal government.

More recently, the European Union pressured the government of Cyprus into seizing funds from certain bank accounts. There have also been suggestions that the U.S. government should seize or tax retirement accounts to raise more revenues. Local governments around the country are increasingly seizing private property through eminent domain, particularly in urban areas.

Protecting Financial Assets from Confiscation

The best way to protect your assets from confiscation is to put your funds in those vehicles least likely to be confiscated. The investments least likely to be confiscated are those owned by the rich, including politicians. No matter how greedy they are, bureaucrats and politicians are not likely to go after the rich. Like most predators, they go after those least able to defend themselves, namely the working or middle classes.

Consider putting some of your money where the rich put it—in stocks and in exchange-traded funds. If you have a lot of cash, open an investment account with a big investment bank such as Goldman Sachs. Goldman Sachs is politically connected; its executives often end up as Secretary of the Treasury. It is doubtful that any Treasury department bureaucrat is going to bother the bank his boss used to work for.

If you like to travel, you can also look into overseas bank accounts. Switzerland is still the safest, but in recent years, Uncle Sam has been pressuring its government to turn over information about Americans banking in that country. It is possible to transfer funds to overseas bank accounts from the U.S., but be careful. The federal government can track such transactions. Those who live close to the northern border can bank in Canada, which has stronger bank privacy laws than the U.S.

A good strategy for average people is to keep a large amount of cash in an insured bank account, such as a CD or a savings account. Under most circumstances, you will be able to pull the funds out as cash pretty quickly.

For long-term investments, insurance products such as annuities and whole life insurance policies provide a high level of security. These products aren’t likely to be touched either because the wealthy use them for their retirement.

The main rule about avoiding confiscation is to keep your money out of any asset, that is likely to be confiscated, such as a 401k account or gold bullion. Instead, look to see where the rich are putting their money and put it there.

Physical Assets, Inflation, and Confiscation

The other big threat to assets is inflation, the slow destruction of money’s value, which is a bigger problem than confiscation. Confiscation might or might not happen; inflation will happen, because all money loses value over time.

Any asset is potentially vulnerable to inflation, but some assets are more vulnerable than others. Generally, physical assets such as precious metals are safer than paper assets. (Although, as the recent bubble shows, gold is vulnerable to inflation and the boom and bust cycle as well.)

Average people should try putting a small part of their money in a physical asset that can be easily sold. Given American history, I’d recommend jewelry as this asset, because it is small, easy to sell or pawn, and easy to hide. Nor is it likely to be confiscated; FDR didn’t touch gold jewelry in 1933 (women had the vote). During World War II, jewelry sold very well, usually to women war workers afraid of confiscation.

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Another advantage to jewelry is that it has gemstones, which add to the value. Something else about jewelry: It is one asset that you can actually wear and easily carry with you if you have to go on the run. Even if gold coins get confiscated, jewelry probably won’t.

Other assets you might look into are uncut or loose gemstones and silverware. Collectibles like comic books and stamps aren’t a good asset because they’re often overvalued and hard to sell. The same goes for antiques, including antique cars and guns. The market is limited and rigged against average people by professional dealers.

If you want to store up something to sell in an emergency, try storing up physical items people might need or want. That way you could sell or barter that stuff in an emergency. Ammunition might be a good thing to store because it is small and easy to hide. Wine or hard liquor lasts for years, and it can easily be stored in the average home. Another interesting asset is goods that could be easily bartered or sold in an emergency, such as cigarettes, batteries, tobacco, ammunition, candy, coffee, and tea. A large stash of such trade goods, particularly the ones you would use anyway, can beat inflation by limiting future purchases.

Real Estate, Inflation, and Confiscation

One physical asset I’d be leery of right now is real estate, because it is greatly overvalued in most of the United States. Real estate prices will collapse again and destroy a lot of wealth with them. Stay out of the real estate market until it collapses.

Instead, concentrate on paying off your home mortgage and only buy property that is a real bargain. In the long term, rentals will be a good business if you can purchase them cheaply. Large numbers of people are being squeezed out of home ownership right now, and they will need a place to live, but real estate prices exceed the potential profits from rent in many markets.

A better strategy is to save up your cash and wait for real estate prices to crash again. Then be on hand with cash to pick up likely rental properties. This can be difficult because realtors deliberately refuse to sell bargain properties like foreclosures in many markets. You may have to search tax auctions or approach homeowners directly to find low-cost real estate.

Real estate is vulnerable to eminent domain confiscation, so steer clear of those properties most likely to be stolen by real estate developers and politicians. This includes properties in downtown areas, land near venues such as stadiums or museums, buildings on busy commercial streets, and real estate along transportation arteries such as freeways and light rail lines. Instead, search for bargains in older neighborhoods off the beaten path.

Develop a Financial Survival Strategy Now

The way to protect your assets from confiscation and inflation is to develop a financial survival strategy now. Those that have one will be better off than those who trust in the government or the market.

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  1. I like the idea of stocking up trade goods to barter with. But I respectfully disagree with other ideas. The us dollar will crash overnite. Who knows what the trigger will be, and when your money is in an institution of any kind , how will you get access to it? Bank holidays will be prevalent, as proven in greece, larger institutions will “limit” withdrawals etc….as proven in greece and cyprus…Most of the article above gives good advise, thats based on the premise and standard investment strategies that are decades old. All of this type of advice was standard and straightforward and true—before we had 16.7 trillion dollars in debt. Anyone telling you these same standards apply now , well…I would just ask yourself…Why aren’t investment counselors calculating in the debt and deficit of today. ??? Because if they truly analyzed it and gave you a truthful answer as to what to do…they wouldn’t be included in the answer and would make no money, they would be shooting themselves in the foot so to speak…because the answer does not include “money strategists”.So they continue with the same phrases they gave your father, older brother and all your co workers…because they worked for so many decades.They have no other choice if they want to continue to get paid.
    The new money system will be based on silver and gold, it’s already being planned in china and russia. The recent crash was an attempt by fed reserve banks to keep the value of the fiat currency up by knocking gold down. The elites can’t have their currency devalued by a high gold price can they? They can’t do it forever. And of course russia, china and britain are buying tonnes at this recent price..

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  3. Log on to “Halliburton internment camps.” Scarier than confiscation

  4. I am coming into a vast inheritance and want to find a safe place to save it from the govt. confiscation methods.

  5. No one is talking about protecting the equity in your home. I converted my home’s equity into physical gold and silver. If they want to take my house, let them. At least i have something to show for it. If the currency collapses my house aint going to worth anything anyway!!

  6. Good article – although some recommendations might be less agreeable when tendered but who know, my advice is that the best strategy is formed by remembering what happens in a crash – interest rates rise, house prices collapse, wages collapse, food and energy prices increase rapidly, the government will cease pensions and bank deposits – inflation increases rapidly decreasing the value of money. Examine Greece – its a very good example of what is to come. Ireland and Cyprus are two further collapses worth examining. The US even thou heavily in debt – is in a unique position apart from any other country in the world – it is the only country that can actually print its way out of debt, but if China goes to Gold and Silver backed currency and countries dump the petro-dollar as the world’s reserve currency – it’s game over forever. The US will crash like and burn like the Titanic and will end up being raped to death by the new powers of the world. The most dangerous thing is they will not be able to maintain the safety of the nuclear power stations which will likely destroy the country from within and all those weapons will not be used in defending the country if attacked because after a crash the US will not have the money be able to finance an army and all the 186 or so foreign military bases will quickly be lost since these cost money to run which they will not have. It’s going go from heaven to hell overnight – unless the Fed Reserve get taken down with the Bank of England and the BIS and EU, UN (IMF, World Bank) and Vatican Bank along with exiling and seizing of all assets of the Rothschild’s and Rockerfeller’s mafia crime families.

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