The huge financial mistake nearly everyone is making right now: Seeking investment gains instead of protecting current assets
06/12/2017 // Mike Adams // Views

When it comes to finances, investments and assets, nearly everyone is making a huge mistake right now. They're stuck in the mindset of seeking returns on investment rather than working to "quit while they're ahead" and protect the gains they've already made. The "winners" over the next few years will be those who avoid suffering huge losses and manage to hold on to what they've already earned.

Obviously, anyone offering you financial advice that consists of buying shares of mutual funds, options, stocks or similar vehicles is still not getting it. The risks now present in the global financial Ponzi scheme include the risk of systemic transactional failure across banking institutions. "Bank holidays" and "bail ins" mean that banking institutions freeze your accounts, confiscate your money and / or lock you out of your ability to access your accounts.

This is crucial to understand when you are attempting to achieve a "store of value" that's largely insulated from the global debt collapse fiasco that now seems inevitable. Remember: Stock valuations aren't "real" until you sell them. Only after you exit the market have you realized the actual gains that previously existed only on paper.

If you can't physically touch it, you don't really own it

After a thorough analysis of all available strategies for protecting assets from global collapse, I'm brought back to the fundamentals of asset ownership that the world's wealthiest families have known for centuries: If you can't touch it and control it, you don't really "own" it.


Do you think you have "savings" in a bank account? It's not real until you withdraw it. Whatever you keep in the bank can be seized in a "bail in" confiscatory maneuver that has now been legalized in America.

Do you think the valuables in your safe deposit box are under your control? Think again: Governments routinely order safe deposit boxes seized, opened and searched for valuables such as gold -- a precious metal that governments always seem to outlaw when they want to stop wealth from fleeing the country.

Do you own stock in, for example, a Vietnam mining company? That company can be seized by the government at any time, making your stock shares worthless. In fact, any shares you own in any company aren't "real" until you sell them.

Similarly, if you're invested in mutual funds, stock options or any other financial vehicle that depends on the banking system to function, you are risking 100% of your investment and betting that the global transaction system remains functional, even during an unprecedented, catastrophic collapse. That's an unwise bet because the risk of a catastrophic global banking collapse is now higher than ever.

Stop trying to MAKE money and focus instead on avoiding LOSING your ass(ets)

The mistake most people are making right now is focusing on the wrong goal. They are trying to make money in a highly unstable global market when they should really be focused on not losing their current assets in the coming global debt market collapse. Stop focusing on returns and start focusing on preserving what you've gained over the last decade or so.

Storing wealth in safe vehicles means giving up most gains. But that's the point: You need to lock in your assets in real things that don't disappear when the global Ponzi scheme unravels.

Why do you think Gerald Celente has been buying historical buildings in New York City? He knows that real estate doesn't disappear in a crash. While prices may fluctuate, the physical buildings don't simply vanish, and that means owning them is a store of real wealth. Gerald Celente knows that the stock market is wildly over-valued. He knows that bonds are in a bubble and that real estate is in a bubble, too, in many cities. Selling over-valued stocks and using that money to purchase real assets is a protective, defensive move that can preserve the assets you've gained before the bottom falls out of all the various bubbles across our destabilized world.

Here's an article worth reading on all this, from The Economic Collapse Blog: Legendary Investor Jim Rogers Warns That The Worst Stock Market Crash In Your Lifetime Is Coming ‘This Year Or Next’.

List of things that aren't REAL and are subject to vanishing

  • Savings and checking accounts in banks
  • Shares of mutual funds
  • Bitcoin and crypto-currencies
  • Stock options
  • Shares of corporations
  • Pensions and social security
  • Contracts on things that you can't physically control
  • Bonds and Treasury instruments

List of assets that are real, because they are PHYSICAL things that don't vanish in a banking crisis

  • Commercial buildings and residential property
  • Land, especially farm land
  • Water sources (springs, wells, streams, ponds, lakes)
  • Solar installations on your roof (which defer future costs by displacing electricity consumption)
  • Precious metals (gold, silver, platinum)
  • Valuable industrial metals such as copper, iridium, etc.
  • Museum-quality fine art
  • Ammunition and firearms
  • Fuel storage (diesel, propane, natural gas)
  • Livestock
  • Alcohol, including fine wines and bulk vodka
  • Renewable natural resources such as forests that can produce wood, or fields that produce hay
  • Factories and manufacturing equipment (ammo reloading equipment, for example, or CNC machining equipment)

You should also strongly consider the fact that I personally earn nothing when you go out and buy land, commercial buildings or precious metals. Yet people who are trying to get you to buy stocks, mutual funds or Bitcoin are usually financially involved in those assets, and they depend on finding new buyers to prop up their asset values. Always be wary of the financial advice of those who profit from your agreement to buy their financial vehicles. Conflicts of interest are widespread and often not disclosed.

Remember: If you can't touch it and control it, you don't really own it because in a catastrophic "reset" of transactional systems, virtual ownership can be taken away from you in an instant and there's nothing you can do about it.

TIP: Think about what things would still exist if all electricity stopped functioning

As a thought experiment, imagine what would happen if all electricity magically stopped working. Many things would collapse, including the internet, banking systems, stock markets and so on. But many things would be unaffected, such as land, gold, livestock and so on. These are the things that are REAL stores of wealth. (I'm not saying that electricity will magically stop working, by the way. This is simply a thought experiment to help you sort out "real" from "virtual" assets.)

In the category of "real" things, there's also your knowledge and skills. If you are an emergency room doctor, you have skills that don't vanish in a global banking collapse. If you are a gunsmith or a bicycle repair expert, those skills are obviously yours for life. This is why investing in the development of you skills and knowledge is one of the best investments you can make. (Skills are also, by definition, portable.)

The bottom line? If you're still looking for the best investments to "make money" in the current economy, you've got the wrong mindset. You need to be focusing on how to protect the gains you already earned by exiting the volatile markets and converting virtual assets into REAL assets that you can physically touch.

Remember: Your investment portfolio isn't real until you sell it. Digits on paper (or digits in your online account) aren't real, and they can all vanish in an instant under the right circumstances. This is also why I'm not a fan of buying into Bitcoin right now: It's not a real asset until you sell it. Read more coverage of financial risk at our related website

Mike Adams (aka the "Health Ranger") is the founding editor of, a best selling author (#1 best selling science book on called "Food Forensics"), an environmental scientist, a patent holder for a cesium radioactive isotope elimination invention, a multiple award winner for outstanding journalism, a science news publisher and influential commentator on topics ranging from science and medicine to culture and politics.

Mike Adams also serves as the lab science director of an internationally accredited (ISO 17025) analytical laboratory known as CWC Labs. There, he was awarded a Certificate of Excellence for achieving extremely high accuracy in the analysis of toxic elements in unknown water samples using ICP-MS instrumentation.

In his laboratory research, Adams has made numerous food safety breakthroughs such as revealing rice protein products imported from Asia to be contaminated with toxic heavy metals like lead, cadmium and tungsten. Adams was the first food science researcher to document high levels of tungsten in superfoods. He also discovered over 11 ppm lead in imported mangosteen powder, and led an industry-wide voluntary agreement to limit heavy metals in rice protein products.

Adams has also helped defend the rights of home gardeners and protect the medical freedom rights of parents. Adams is widely recognized to have made a remarkable global impact on issues like GMOs, vaccines, nutrition therapies, human consciousness.

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