100% agree on the value of hard assets in land.I think one of the biggest things people overlook for long term financial security is simply staying out of debt, i.e. keep debt to a minimum. for most of us our home is the single biggest investment we ever make. the sooner you own your home, the more financially secure you are. sure we have other retirement investments, but we paid off our house last October and it only took us 15 years. was nice to be "out of debt" for the first time in my life. with more disposable income to work with, I considered the same things as you. precious metals, coins, guns, etc. I came to the realization that land made the most sense as it will serve a dual purpose. a solid place to hunt and another investment in our future that won't be much affected by the markets. so I went out and signed my life away again on Monday. we closed on 65 acres of recreational land in Licking county. has good, marketable timber, excellent thick cover, enough tillable acreage to remain in CAUV, obscene deer numbers, turkeys, too. I won't ever lose money on this chunk of ground. and there was a 180" deer killed on the property. at least that's what the listing said. if times get tough, I can always lease it to out of state trophy deer hunters.
@Jamie - two things, your new farm is 65 acres, so You meet the >10 acres for CAUV also if you create an WSMP you meet the CAUV requirment, see this discussion (https://theohiooutdoors.com/threads/tsi-forestry-equip.27531/page-3#post-797546) you don't need the Ag tillable acreage as your "Crop" are the trees. That allows you to move, if you want to, the tillable Ag into productive wildlife habitat, more trees etc... . Just a thought as my farm is 100% in CAUV with the WSMP and crop trees.