I find on this board a lot of people who, like myself, think very conservatively about money and who have a healthy paranoia about our economy. I have been thinking about a conservative investment vehicle suitable to maintaining and growing money dedicated to funding an eventual homesteading life, but I find the range of "conservative" advice to be a little mind-boggling. On one extreme we've got people over on Freedom talking about buying silver and fiat (whatever that is) and investing only in useful farm implements. On the other, I see financial advisors and investment books touting "low-risk" diversified portfolios of mutual funds with a stable return of 14 percent. I'd be very interested in knowing what the level-headed folks on this board think about all this.