Re: Financial self-protection
Personally, I think financial 'self-defence' or perhaps, financial self-organisation, to be pretty important. I have to say I have ignored it most of my life and wish I knew what I know now when I were younger. Still, better late than never. If you're keen, check out the potential for silver in the markets - the real in-the-hand stuff for long term or paper ETFs for the short term. I think it is a better long term risk than gold, especially for the poorer of us. Other than that - just keep on training.