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Is It Possible To Outmaneuver The Corporate State

I recently came across this incredible video. In it, Thomas Linzey and Mari Margil make an argument for democracy over the corporate state with regard to local agricultural rights.

There are those that believe this to be frivolous debate, however, I believe we have entered a state of crisis. Consumers are starting to make the connection between political action and purchase decisions. Investors are too. The corporate state does not know what to do. All it knows is that candy is scarce and margins are not what they used to be.

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What is Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a type of digital currency. It is also a payment system. Bitcoin was created in 2009 by someone named Satoshi Nakamoto. To this date, no one knows who Satoshi is. There are many theories (Elon Musk, a supercomputer in China, etc.), but no one has officially stepped forward to claim the honor. As part of the creation, s/he also created the first blockchain database. Here's a link to the white paper (Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System) which explains how bitcoin works.

What problem did Satoshi solve in the white paper? S/He made it possible for a technology to be the intermediary by coming up with a logic to obtain consensus by all parties. In this way, no "trust" broker like a bank or lawyer is needed.

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A New Kingdom: Can You Profit From The New Corporate State

In the lecture above, Noam Chomsky discusses the state of human relations and our existence within an international and historical context.

The most interesting aspect of the lecture is the discussion of the corporate state and its ownership of over 50% of the world's assets. Since corporations own more than the collective state, perhaps it can also be said that the world has a new king.

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Brexit: Are the Rich Getting Sick of the Poor - and vice-versa?

On June 23, 2016, the United Kingdom voted in favor of leaving the European Union (EU), a move commonly referred to as Brexit. The day after, Britain’s 15 richest people lost $5.5 billion and the world’s 400 richest people lost $127 billion on paper.

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What Investing In Too Big To Fail Means For Banking Investors

Due to banking reforms, institutions with a higher risk rating must also hold a higher percentage of capital in reserve to make up for the increased risk.

Based on a 7 point scoring framework, 33 banks make the cut for having the highest systematic risk.

Of the 33 banks, 5 have the highest risk of contagion. These are Citigroup, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Bank of America, and Goldman Sachs.

While these banks provide reduced risk to investors through an implicit government backing, the cost of this protection is a higher reserve requirement and greater regulatory scrutiny.

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Seeking Alpha Under Distortions Of Belief: Are We At Odds With Ourselves?

Earlier this month, the paper "Anxiety, Overconfidence, and Excessive Risk Taking" by Thomas M. Eisenbach and Martin C. Schmalz was published by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The authors seek to find the source of overconfidence, anxiety and forgetfulness within the world of investments.

Ultimately, the authors blame the delusion created by the investor on the "Ostrich Effect", the willingness of the investor to seek out biased information, and drugs.

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Bitcoin Can't Be Domesticated

Funny how this album almost looks like a coin. The name of the album is "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", which is a poem and song by Gil Scott-Heron.

In some ways, this is exactly what's going on in Venezuela. Bitcoin is enabling countries like Venezuela, which is in the midst of currency collapse, to sidestep the devastating effects of inflation with an alternative. Adding fuel to the fire, that alternative can be created with the right hardware and energy.

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The Impact Of Cryptocurrency, Stock Buybacks And Technology On Inflation

The Fed pretends to have no clue about what's going on with inflation.

The Fed discusses debt and technology without discussing the impact of fin-tech, stock buybacks and the rise of cryptocurrencies on the U.S. economy.

Truth is, the Fed got an assist from technology. Instead of hyperinflation, we have the appearance of a stable, low-volatility market.

Quantitative easing was a Ponzi scheme and the Fed balance sheet is here to stay because you can't unwrap a Ponzi scheme.

At some point, the bow will break - hard.

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It's Time To Sell Banks And Buy Bitcoin

Quantitative easing was the first initial coin offering for "Fed-Coin". Only banks can buy Fed-Coin, and only banks get paid a rate of interest for holding it.

The higher the Federal Reserve moves interest rates, the more banks get paid. As a result, banks have done well over the past 5 years, but that's about to end.

As Bitcoin grows, the need for banks will fall. Blockchain and Bitcoin will disrupt many industries, but it will be an extinction level event for banks. It's time to unwind.

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Amazon: The World's First Quantum Business Model

We now have a new model of retail, and it is as revolutionary to the corporate conglomerate business model as the quantum computer in efficiency and scope.

The model is more efficient because it is well diversified and supports synergistic growth by enabling automated error correcting mechanisms at the subatomic (transaction) level.

On a consolidated basis, sales are up by approximately 30% and operating income is up from $1.1 billion in 2015 to $2.9 billion in 2016.

On January 26, Amazon is expected to announce Q4 earnings. Given the current trend, it is hard to imagine a negative Q4 scenario.

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Why Social Entrepreneurship is A Better Gig For Women Than The Corporate World

Women are natural social entrepreneurs.  However, research shows that women around the world are less likely to consider entrepreneurship as a career path, largely because they don’t see other women entrepreneurs as role models. The same issue holds true for women in the corporate arena — just 19 percent of top executives in Corporate America are women, according to a LeanIn.org and McKinsey report. In the report, McKinsey found that only one in ten senior positions go to women. Still, almost 50% of men think women are well represented in leadership positions across Corporate America and 33% of women agree with those men.

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How Harvard’s First Woman President Quietly Changed an Institution Older Than America

Drew Faust, Harvard’s 28th president, will step down on June 30, 2018.

Faust is an acclaimed author and historian of the Civil War and the American South, and the first woman to lead the University. I was at Harvard when she became President amidst the backdrop of the turmoil created by her predecessor Larry Summers.

Her quiet and steadfast leadership style settled an administration in turmoil and focused all resources on the success of Harvard’s legacy — the students.

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Do Corrupt Oil Countries Have Higher Rates Of Return?

Oil inventories are running at 80-year highs, pushing prices into a historic dive this year.

This post reviews a recent paper published by the Fed that looks at the predictability of returns for oil-producing countries with a higher level of corruption.

While the evidence suggests investors may see a short-term increase in returns, there is no evidence to suggest this strategy makes sense in the long run.

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Fed Funds Blueprint: The Engineering Of 2015's Rate Hike

The FOMC Minutes gave no surprise on the data front, but it did provide some new information.

We know the FOMC is going to use the IOER to raise fed funds, but this is the first time we're given the details.

The Fed will continue to target a .25 basis point range for the fed funds rate. It is this spread that gives the Fed so much power.

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Is Bank Profitability Linked To Fed Funds?

In 2008, the Fed started paying interest on reserves and excess reserves. Today, the rate for both is .25%, but it will probably go up this year.

In this piece I look at how much banks stand to profit from this lending arrangement.

If the FOMC sets the fed funds rate to 3% over the next 5 years it will pay $156 billion to banks in interest.

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On 11/16/2017 Bitcoin was trading for just over $7,744, today (12/3/2017) it's at $11,106

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Answers To A Few Bitcoin FAQs

Where can I buy Bitcoin?

My recommended exchanges are Paxful, Coinbase.

Coinbase is the central bank of Bitcoin, but your payment options are limited. Paxful, on the other hand, has over 300 different ways to purchase Bitcoin, including Paypal and Amazon. To read more click here.

Where can I research Bitcoin/Alt-Coin?

Coinmarket Cap

Where can I trade Bitcoin/alt-coin?

I like Binance.

There are exchanges and trading houses. Exchanges are places where you can buy cryptocurrency. They don't necessarily have the best markets. Trading houses specialize in making markets in certain crytpo-crosses. The trading house you go to depends on the amount of volume that house has in that cross pair. Just because Bittrex has the largest trading volume in BTC/ETH does not mean it has the largest trading volume for BCN/BTC. The best place to trade, the best trading house, depends on the currency pair you are trying to trade. You can find the trading house with the highest volume in your currency pair by going to Coinmarket Cap and looking up "Markets" for the crypto you're interested in. I like Binance because it offers ICOs and alt-coins that Bittrex doesn't, you can sign up without a bank account, it accepts US traders, and it makes GAS payments. Commissions are 50% if you pay in Binance coin. Still, the best trading house for you to trade in depends on the currency pair.

Where can I learn how to trade futures contracts?

There are many programs. Most are scams. No one can really teach you how to trade, but you can immerse yourself in a trading community which will put you on the right path. My favorite trading program is TopStepTrader. This is how I learned (contact me if you want more information about my experience). They have a daily program (Eddie is great!) and multiple speakers that you can listen to for free, even if you're not in the program.  No credit cards or ID required to try it out. If you pass the program, they'll even fund your trading account for a % of your profits, but it's not easy. Above all, the program teaches you how to manage risk in a highly controlled enviornment. That said, I wouldn't pay for the performance coaches (unless you get Hoag).

What hardware wallets are the best?

If you want to store your cryptocurrencies safely, the best way is through a hardware wallet. There are alternatives such as paper wallets, but these are convenient and my choice for cold storage (offline): Ledger Nano S, Trezor, Ledger Blue (expensive)

I like the Ledger Nano S, but the Trezor is a close second. Ledger Blue is premium and convenient, but unnecessary.

The best multi-currency soft wallet is Coinomi. The best soft wallet for Bitcoin is Blockchain.

What is the best book for investing in crypto?

Cryptoassets.

This is one of those holy grail reads if you want to know more about investing in Crypto. It avoids technical jargon and focuses on the main things you need to focus on to maximize profits. It's a comprehensive read no matter your level of understanding. Beginners will find information about cryptocurrencies (not just Bitcoin) and experts will find the chapters on valuation particularly useful. It also explores correlations with other asset classes like gold and ETFs (one of my favorite parts of the book). I highly recommend.

As of 12/3/2017 there were 16,715,938 Bitcoin

The total number of bitcoin that can be created is approximately 21 million.

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