Robert Kiyosaki’s Last WARNING – “What’s Coming Is WORSE Than a Recession”

The global economy is under pressure — but how bad is it? The experts share insights

The issues facing the global economy – which include inflation, climate change, and the war in Europe – have coalesced into what experts have called a ‘polycrisis.’
The global economy has been under enormous pressure and endured significant distributions before.
How bad is the situation today? The experts share their thoughts that can help policymakers grapple with the challenges of today.
The global economy is under pressure from multiple complex and interconnected crises.

These challenges—which include inflation, climate change, the war in Europe, supply chain disruptions and the COVID-19 pandemic, to name a few—have coalesced into what experts have called a “polycrisis.”
As the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2023 stated, “the return to a ‘new normal’ following the COVID-19 pandemic was quickly disrupted by the outbreak of war in Ukraine, ushering in a fresh series of crises in food and energy – triggering problems that decades of progress had sought to solve.”

Yet the global economy has been under enormous pressure and endured significant distributions before. So how bad is the situation today?

Ahead of the Forum’s 2023 Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, two experts share their thoughts on the myriad of threats facing the global economy and detail historical parallels that can help policymakers grapple with the challenges of today.

‘The global economy is off to a rough start indeed in 2023.’

“With the most dangerous conflagration in Europe since WWII, the pandemic refusing to die quietly, slowing growth, and the highest inflation rates in four decades, the global economy is off to a rough start indeed in 2023.

“In navigating these risks, the biggest challenge for politicians and corporate leaders alike will be to adjust to the end of ultra-low, post-financial crisis interest rates. The era where debt seemed like a free lunch and could be used to solve anything is likely over, partly because global debt has risen so much, partly because many countries are now needing to sharply increase investment in both defense and in green energy investment, and partly because of looming fractures in globalization. The 2020s so far most resembles the 1970s.

“The good news is that central banks today far better understand how to deal with supply shocks that raise inflation. The bad news is that the supply-side reforms, which helped lift advanced economies in the 1980s and developing economies in the 1990s, have become politically unacceptable in many quarters. The risks the global economy will tip into recession in 2023 are high; if so, the financial fallout could be brutal.”

‘The world should capitalize on what has worked in the past.’

“The polycrisis today means that the challenges faced by the global economy are deeply interconnected with all global systems – the global political economy, international security, global health, education, and energy, among others. As the world recovered from the pandemic, the energy crisis from the war in Ukraine sparked new complexities in addition to inflation, climate change, mass migration, and inequality. Today’s polycrisis includes relationships between systems that include common drivers, domino effects, and vicious cycles interacting all at once, which continue to exacerbate vulnerabilities.

“Although the world has experienced interconnected crises before, including post World War I, oil shocks in the 70s, and the 2008 financial crisis, the situation now is unique given the interconnectedness accelerated by the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Going forward, the world should capitalize on what has worked in the past – dialogue, multi-stakeholder collaboration, and multilateralism. To do so, accountable and agile leadership is critical.

“The post-WWI period taught us that turning inward during times of global challenges only exacerbates problems leading to more violent conflict. Leaders must choose to meet unprecedented complexity with unprecedented transformation even if it means that power dynamics or relationships change. History has also shown us that digital technologies can be disruptive but they can also be powerful tools for reducing uncertainty and visualizing complex relationships.”

“What’s Coming Is WORSE Than a Recession” — Robert Kiyosaki’s Last WARNING

Ways to Prepare to Survive an Economic Collapse

How do you prepare to survive an economic collapse? You can reduce the potential impact that an economic collapse may have on you and your family by following these simple principles:

Basic Staple Foods with a Long Shelf Life

Storing at least a year or two of basic staple foods that can last for 25-30 years in storage can sustain your family during an economic challenge whether it is hyperinflation, loss of employment, food shortages, or any other crisis. To learn what to store for your family, read our post, Long-Term Food Storage: Creative Solutions to Build a Critical Asset.

Basic staples like wheat, rice, oats, pasta, beans, sugar, and dehydrated or freeze-dried foods specifically packaged for long-term storage are great options. You can learn how to package your food storage and more about the ideal storage conditions here. For current pricing on long-term food storage from Augason Farms click here. Check out our personal recommendations for long-term food storage shelving and suppliers here.

Shelf Stable Everyday Foods

A supply of short-term shelf-stable foods that you use every day will help minimize the impact when you are unable to shop at the grocery store as you normally do. We call this short-term food storage because while these foods are shelf-stable, they will not store for 25-30 years like the long-term staples will. It is important to have both to successfully protect against hunger.

Short-term everyday food storage includes canned goods, boxed mixes, packaged dinners, cold cereal, ketchup, and similar items. These foods will remain good for 1-7 years depending on the food, packaging, and storage conditions. Learn more about building a supply of short-term everyday foods in our post, 3 Months Supply of Food: Amazing Peace of Mind

Food takes up a lot of space and it can be a bit challenging to find a place to store it all that still allows for good organization and rotation. Check out some ideas from our friends in our post, Ingenious Places to Store Your Emergency Food Supply. 

Food storage is an incredibly wise investment. Let’s take the scenario of hyperinflation in Venezuela, where product prices (on average) have doubled every 19 days. That means that if you purchase a case of six #10 cans of rolled oats today for $24, that case would cost $12,582,912 in one year…crazy huh? Most importantly, you would have that case of rolled oats to feed your family when food is scarce or prices are outrageous.

Basic Non-Food Staples

Stock up on personal sanitation items such as toilet paper, feminine products, shampoo, soaps, contact solution, and other items that you use every day. What non-food items do you purchase regularly? This article on personal sanitation may give you some ideas of items you will want to make sure get put on your list.

Medication and First Aid Supplies

Are you on prescription medication for a chronic medical condition? You may want to talk to your doctor to see if you can work out a way to keep a little extra on hand. Most insurances will refill at 25 days. Take advantage of that 5-day buffer and refill as soon as you are eligible to build up a backup supply. Your doctor may also be willing to give you samples to help you build up your supply.

What over-the-counter medications do you use regularly? Stock a backup supply of over-the-counter pain relievers, allergy medications, cold and flu remedies, or whatever other medications would be appropriate for you to stockpile for your family. Stocking a supply of vitamin supplements may also be a good idea.

Be prepared to treat minor injuries without medical help. Keep a well-stocked first-aid kit with all the supplies that you may need.

Make good health a priority. The people of Venezuela are suffering greatly due to a lack of medical care. Exercise regularly and eat healthfully. Get adequate rest, fresh air, and sunshine. Stay current with medical and dental appointments, and do the other things that build health and resiliency.

Stockpile Valuable Tools

Basic tools can make a huge difference in your ability to provide well for your own family during an economic collapse. The time to purchase these tools is now, while they are available and you have the financial resources to purchase them. Let these ideas help you brainstorm a list of tools that you may need:

Kitchen Tools

Kitchen tools suddenly become highly valuable when you are making meals from scratch instead of picking them up at the drive-through window. Make sure that you have a couple of good quality can openers to open all those precious cans of food you have stored.

A good grain grinder is a highly valuable asset if you have stored wheat or other grains. You may also want the ability to grind corn or beans. I use an electric grain mill in my pantry for grinding my flour every day, but I also have a nice Country Living Grain Mill a bean auger that will grind both corn and beans into flour. The photo shows my grinders in my kitchen pantry. A cheap hand grinder takes a lot of energy to grind a small amount of coarse flour. We encourage you to invest in the highest quality grinder you can afford.

Garden Tools

Growing your own food requires some basic quality gardening tools. We grow much of our own food and go through shovels like crazy. Don’t buy cheap garden tools, they break and are useless. Invest in quality tools that will endure abuse. Keep them protected from the elements and they will last much longer.

At a minimum, I recommend a couple of heavy-duty shovels, a square-mouth shovel, a turning fork, a rake, a wheelbarrow, a small trowel, a small garden rake, large pruners, medium pruners, and small hand pruners. Store lots of good work gloves! T-posts, t-post pounder, and twine are important tools to help grow vertically and produce more in smaller spaces.

General Handyman Tools

General auto and home repair tools such as a cordless drill, a variety of saws, ladder, hammer, screwdrivers, pliers, chisel, level, utility knife, tape measure, a ratchet set, socket set, flashlight, safety glasses, gloves, and a variety of other tools. Remember to keep a stash of spare blades, bits, nails, screws, fasteners, glue, and other important consumables to get the job done.

Grow Your Own Food

Make growing even a small amount of food part of your daily life. It takes years to build your soil and your skill set to the point where you are able to produce a reliable, abundant crop. Even if your busy life will only allow you to grow a few potted tomatoes, it is a good place to start.

Incorporate Fruit-Bearing Perennials into Your Landscape.

One easy way to produce a reliable crop of food is to plant food-bearing trees, bushes, and vines right in with your landscape. Many edible plants can be stunningly beautiful in your yard.

Take an apple tree for instance. It can be pruned into a wide variety of shapes and sizes. It is absolutely gorgeous in the spring when the showy blossoms emerge. Do not underestimate the beauty of well-cared-for fruit and nut trees.

Bush cherries are delightful shrubs that are hardy and productive. Goji berries are showy and can easily be incorporated into the landscape while fixing nitrogen into the soil to help other plants grow better.

Many medicinal herbs such as lavender, chamomile, feverfew, hyssop, bee balm, and coneflowers provide beauty and variety to the landscape while secretly doubling as herbal remedies.

Raise Chickens

Raising a few laying hens to provide needed fat and protein can be easy if you have the right setup. Check out our post How to Create a Survival Food Forest in Your Own Back Yard for some good ideas to help you produce food on your own property.

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Prepare to Provide for Yourself or Do Without

During an economic collapse, it is important that you do everything that you can to take care of your needs without depending on others. In addition to the resources you have stored, you may need to be creative and make do with what you can make yourself. Create a personal reference library with valuable books that you can refer to when Google fails you.

Prepare to Live with Little or No Electricity

You may or may not have access to power during an economic collapse. Even if you do have power, you may not have the financial resources to pay for it. Prepare now by taking steps to reduce your energy consumption. Look at alternative energy resources (such as solar electric, solar thermal, propane, etc.) as a possible part of your plan. Be prepared to survive with little or no heat. You can find some helpful ideas in these posts.

Light is essential. When it comes to non-electric lighting, we highly recommend good quality renewable light sources like those produced by HybridLight. We have used the same HybridLight flashlights and lanterns for years. We keep them charging on a window sill so they are always ready to go. Use the promo code PROVIDENT to get a 20 percent discount

Strengthen Your Financial Status

There is no way to completely protect your family against the effects of a financial collapse, but it is possible to reduce the impact it may have on you. One valuable lesson that will help you build your financial resilience is to learn to live without. You do not need everything that you think you do. Learn to live on less and be happy.

Avoid debt

Whenever possible, avoid debt like the plague. We had many friends who struggled, and some even lost their homes, in the 2008 housing market crash in the United States. We even had a family member who lost a lucrative business and was left penniless.

Those who had not overextended themselves before this crisis were able to withstand the challenges much better than others. Get out of debt and stay out of debt.

Build up a Financial Reserve

Learn to live on less than you make and save money to protect yourself when financial crises arrive. A financial reserve of 3-6 months (or more, if possible) of expenses can buy you time to come up with a solution to fix whatever is causing the stress on your finances. This might include finding new employment, recovering from illness, paying off medical bills, unexpected car repairs, etc.

Keep Cash Accessible

Cash is a powerful tool in most situations. Make sure you keep a good supply of readily accessible cash in the bank that can be withdrawn immediately. It is also a good idea to keep some cash in small bills safely secured in your home.

Invest in Precious Metals

The value of the dollar, or any type of paper money, is subject to rapid devaluation as we have witnessed in Argentina and Venezuela. In contrast, the value of precious metals such as gold and silver tends to retain value and may be a wise investment.

Precious metals may also provide a means of barter or an alternative currency. However, we would strongly encourage you to invest in your food storage before investing in precious metals. Gold and silver do not taste all that good and will not satisfy a hungry belly.

Diversify Income

It may be a good idea not to “put all of your eggs in one basket.” Invent a way, or ways, to supplement your income. Develop small streams of income that flow into your financial river. If one of those streams happens to dry up, the river will still be able to take care of your family.

Do you have talents or hobbies that you can turn into a home business? Is it possible for other family members to obtain part-time employment to supplement the income? Here is a great article, 200+ Ways to Make Money as a Kid that might give you some good ideas. Consider the skills and talents of each family member and how they may be used to contribute to the success of the family.

Learn Basic Skills

When the economy crashes, basic skills will become even more valuable. The ability to do your own home and car repairs (or other services) will save you much-needed money. You may be able to earn quick cash by offering those services to others.

Baking bread from scratch, growing tomatoes, mending torn jeans, fixing a leaky faucet, caring for a sick child, repairing a broken lock, fermenting vegetables, and bottling peaches are just a few examples of basic skills that will save money and improve your quality of life when times are tough.

What skills do you have that you may be able to barter with? Perhaps it is time to learn a new hobby that will help you develop important basic skills.

Build Relationships

Do not skip this incredibly valuable resource. We significantly increase our chance of survival as we work together. Families are a great example of relationships that are designed to increase the comfort and well-being of each of their members.

Start to build working relationships with neighbors and like-minded people. Practice learning the skill of bartering. You watch my kids for a few hours while I go to the doctor and I will fix your leaky faucet. You help move heavy objects for a widow down your street and she gives you a loaf of freshly baked bread. You share some of the fresh produce from your garden and a neighbor gives you a bag of used clothes for your child.

These relationships are important for success in everyday life, but even more important during a crisis, as everyone is affected a bit differently.

Prepare to Share

We are prepared to take care of ourselves and our families during an economic crisis. However, no matter how well I prepare I may need help from others in order to survive due to circumstances beyond my control. This will be true for all of us.

We may be stranded in a city far away from our home and will be very grateful to a kind soul who feeds us and helps us return home. It may be one of my children or grandchildren who is in need of assistance. I am prepared to reach out to others in need and I hope there is another kind person somewhere who is willing and able to care for me and those I love.

The tables can turn very quickly. You never know when it may be you in desperate need of the charity of others.

Be Ready to Protect Your Family

One of the reasons Venezuelan citizens gave for fleeing the country was violent crime. The citizens do not have the ability to defend themselves with firearms due to strict gun control laws. You may need to be prepared with alternative methods to protect and defend your family from dangerous people.

Secure Your Home

Physically secure your home and make it a less appealing target for thieves. Strengthen and secure all entry points to your home, plant thorny barriers (roses, thorny bushes) as a deterrent, build strong fences, keep valuables out of sight and secure, and install alarm systems if appropriate.

A great way to find vulnerabilities in your home is to involve the entire family. Encourage family members or even a close friend to gain access to your home or valuables without breaking anything. This is a great way for everyone to look at your home with a new set of eyes and find areas that need to be fortified. We like to dress the part to add a bit of excitement, but it is not required.

Learn Self-Defense Skills

Become proficient in your choice of self-defense skills. Make sure that you have the appropriate alternative self-defense tools (stun gun, pepper spray, knives, metal baseball bat, cast iron frying pan, big dog, etc.) in the event that firearms are confiscated. When people are without hope, hungry, and desperate they may pose a serious threat to your safety. Offer help and hope whenever possible but be prepared to defend yourself when necessary.

Maintain a Current Passport

Just in case you need to leave the country (as over 3 million Venezuelans have decided to do), make sure that you have the ability to legally leave. Keep your passport current and be sure that you have the necessary plans in place to keep this option open.

Hope for the Best and Prepare for the Worst

I like to keep a positive attitude and I hope that the economic collapse that Venezuela is enduring will not be knocking down our front door. There are many warning signs such as skyrocketing debt and corruption in our own government that give me serious cause for concern.

I can’t control all of the variables, but through deliberate preparation, our family will be able to mitigate some of the possible consequences of the serious financial challenges that an economic collapse would surely bring with it. We do the best we can to take reasonable steps to prepare for these future challenges and then we enjoy today to the fullest. Worry will not change the future, but positive action now can help mitigate the hardships that may come our way.

What steps can you take today to secure your future?

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Books can be your best pre-collapse investment.

Carnivore’s Bible (is a wellknown meat processor providing custom meat processing services locally andacross the state of Montana and more. Whether your needs are for domestic meator wild game meat processing)

The Lost Book of Remedies PDF ( contains a series of medicinal andherbal recipes to make home made remedies from medicinal plants and herbs.Chromic diseases and maladies can be overcome  by taking the remediesoutlined in this book. The writer claims that his grandfather was taughtherbalism and healing whilst in active service during world war twoand that he has treated many soldiers with his home made cures. )

Easy Cellar(Info about building and managing your root cellar, plus printable plans. The book on building and using root cellars – The Complete Root Cellar Book.)

The Lost Ways (Learn the long forgotten secrets that helped our forefathers survive famines,wars,economic crisis and anything else life threw at them)

LOST WAYS 2 ( Wordof the day: Prepare! And do it the old fashion way, like our fore-fathers did it and succeed longbefore us,because what lies ahead of us will require all the help we can get. Watch this video and learn the 3 skills that ensured our ancestors survival in hard times offamine and war.)

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