As many of you are, I'm uncertain about the future, and frankly concerned. But doomsday predicitions have never been right before (I suppose to someone, they were right, and I also suppose they need be right only once...). Humor aside, here goes. I have relatively significant experience with survivial and self defense. Some hand to hand training, I'm above average fitness, and many years of military experience, to include several combat deployments. I also have significant firearms experience and proficiency. I am admittedly weak on food preps, gardening, and mechanical/electrical/metal working skills. I listened to the "experts" about Y2K. I worried about it. Prison doors were supposed to swing open. Banks were supposed to crash. Financials were supposed to be erased. Computers lost. Gold was $300 an oz. We woke up on Jan 2, 2000 and it was a non event. I watched in horror as we were attacked on 9/11/01, and I believed we would be attacked again by Nuke/Bio/Chem. Lots of small attempts that were largely unsuccessful (plane bombings, anthrax, etc.), but nothing large scale. Still, we have sacrificed a lot of liberty in defending liberty... My profession is as a lawyer, but I have experience in the stock markets having worked as a stock broker in the past. Since I've been an investor, I've seen the highs and lows of the markets in 2000, 2001, 2006, 2008... It concerns me that keeping my $ in the markets offers very little room for upside growth, but the very real potential for losing 25%, 50%, or heck even all of it in a collapse. I'm very concerned about several real and likely and also not so likely 'events' we are faced with. We lost our manufacturing base. We owe 16.3 Trillion and counting. We can't balance a budget. We have powerful enemies that we cannot seem to stop, either armed with nukes or close to having them. Open borders to the south. We have very high real unemployment and tracked unemployment, and half of America wants to freeload rather than work. We have built a house of cards that is very delicate and we are spread too thin, and we don't have the right leaders to fix the problem. 1. The economy and what I believe is the coming collapse. 1 Trillion per year to run our Government. $16.3T in debts to nations that would consume us. 8% counted unemployment, and experts say real unemployment is over 15%. We lost our manufacturing base, which was our strength. Experts believe the debt and economy is our largest enemy and threat to the US. And it doesn't seem that there's a real solution. Our leaders in charge want more spending and social programs to stay in power. Dollar is rapidly falling in value. Fuel prices are tied to this too. 2. Iran ignoring sanctions and pursuing nukes. Iran made IEDs killed Americans in Iraq. Iran provides weapons to terrorists, including Hamas attacking Israel. America cannot or will not intervene. Why? 3. Terrorists organizations are no weaker than they were 10 years ago. Attacks this year demonstrate that they are here to stay, despite a 2 front Trillion dollar war and the symbolic death of UBL. They continue to try to get us. The US seems impotent to stop this or respond long term. Sooner or later, will they? 4. Oil and energy - the foundation of our wealth - is depleting without a viable replacement. Peak oil is near. The loss of oil will cause or contribute greatly to our loss in modern life privileges. 5. Open borders to Mexico. This allows terrorists and violent drug dealers have easy access. It also ensures a flood of voting base for social welfare programs for what I believe is a hostile takeover of the United States for people that want handouts. 6. Corrupt leaders and a divided nation. Our leaders are more intersted in socializing, expensive world travel, being popular, and lying to Americans rather than fixing problems and making hard choices that right this ship. Since Regan, the nation has been split about 50/50 and the parties continue to divide. I fear a liberal SCOTUS and the loss of the 2A, which is a real possibility. Since the highs of 2000 and that crash, the Dow has gone from about 10000 to 12000, or up 20% in 12 years. That is a poor return of 2%. Meanwhile the Nasdaq has gone up from about 2000 to 3000 in that same 12 years, or about 30%, or less than 3% per year. I understand that over the long term, the markets have been great. But the markets and economy have NEVER faced the REAL and GLOBAL problems we have today, as outlined above, with the noteworthy exceptions of the threat of nuclear war (which was real), and the great depression (which was a monetary policy issue that was man made and fixable), and the oil embargo, which was temporary. With risk of total loss in the market, and a very low return, I can see no reason to remain in the market. So my plan is to sell off and close out my IRA at a 10% loss on my profits. Then increase my prepping materials, including food, water storage, ammo, gold, and silver. But experts and I were wrong before, and "doomsday" never came. However, had I bought gold at $300, or all that cheap ammo or supplies, I would be richer today. Thoughts? Anyone care to endorse or talk me out of my plan?