Sometimes thinking like a Prepper/Survivalist is counter intuitive when thinking about finances, investing in particular. Many believe that if a system collapse occurs we won't have access to any assets that are held by banking institutions. While this may be true, we need capital in order to prepare. There are many scenarios where the banking system remains intact, and you will need money to survive. That being said, Financial Freedom is part of being self reliant. There is a good chance that things may never fall apart ( in our lifetime). Why not learn to take advantage of the current system and enjoy the benefits of sound investments and proper portfolio and asset diversification?