If You Knew The Economy Was About To Collapse – What Would You Do Differently Today?

Mark Thomas
Director of zen10 Google Certified Partner

Economic CollapseHere’s a thought experiment for you.

If you had a time machine, and the Doc showed you a future where the global economy collapsed in 2-3 years, what would you do differently today?

Would you liquidate your assets and reinvest your money into Gold, like many investors seem to be doing now?

Would you put your money into stable cash-holding accounts? In the great depression queues of people lined up at banks to withdraw their money. Eventually the bank vaults were empty and those people still in line were turned away with nothing.

Would you sell your house? Would you put any money under the mattress?

Would you build a nuclear bunker under the house and start stockpiling guns, ammunition and non-preishable food?

Or.. would you keep doing what you are doing now? Showing up to work. Checking your emails and doing your job, waiting for the inevitable?

It’s an interesting question. If interest rates skyrocketed tomorrow and house values dropped, if you lost your job, if money inflated to worthless levels, would your life’s structure insulate you from ruin? Or is there an opportunity for growth in an economic downturn that can be seized with forethought? Leave your answers in the comments below, we’d love to hear your ideas.


  1. I don’t know what I would do. I don’t really want to sell my house but I don’t think I could service a mortgage during a recession. If i KNEW it was about to go pear shaped, I guess I’d sell as quickly as possible.

    Comment by Bob on June 27, 2011 at 9:54 am

  2. As a business owner I would avoid long term employment contracts and start thinking about which key staff I want to keep in a downturn. Also if I had a large business inventory, like boats, cars or industrial equipment I would try to reduce it. If I required customised stock that may become difficult to source I would stock up. I would get on top of my cash flow, reduce costs and stop any money leaks as a priority. Recessions do not last forever, plan now and make sure you are in a position to take advantage of the next major boom.

    Comment by Jason B on June 27, 2011 at 12:09 pm

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