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Friday, June 8, 2018

Investing: No better Time Than The Present!

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Look, money can be funny. 

Not having enough of it or none at all isn't the slightest bit tickling. Yet, we play with it everyday just to discard it as soon as the next shiny object appears. Take it from me, you just don't want to keep working your butt off everyday and then having nothing to show for it when you no long can work your butt off!

If you are a baby-boomer, you've undoubtedly heard these old wise words...... 

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"Work hard, save your money" 

Or how about,

 “When you work on something that only has the capacity to make you $5, it does not matter how much harder you work, the most you will make is $5.” ~ that one is by Idowu Koyenikan.

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If you are a millennial, you may be tech savvy and all, yet, the way you deal with savings, debts & retirement is still just as common and related as it was a generation before the baby-boomers.

Both these quotes have a relationship and a dissolution about them. 

Yes, you can work hard and save, while the amount you save, is all that gets saved! No matter how hard you work.

When we are younger, the world seems endless, our future.....immortal. We rack up school/student loans and credit card debts. Cars and other notes, on the firm belief that it will get paid off in the future. Not really concern about the repayment till near it's due date. In those days, we were in fact, simply living for only the next day.

Before you know it, you've got a wife or husband, a couple of awesome kids, a house & car note. All the while, that credit card & student loan is not only still there, it hasn't shrunk. In fact, because of the family and all that comes with it, that credit card has also multiplied. And the debt owed on them alone eats up a nice chunk of income monthly. 

And yet, we haven't even gotten to the savings part. First, take a look at a previous post on "Accumulate wealth, eliminate debt".

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Then saving and investing becomes your stairway to financial security.

As I mentioned in this earlier post, saving isn't really doing much for you except baby-sitting your money till you decide on some new shiny toy to purchase or withdraw it just to pay on another debt. 

Once there is a clear understanding that as long as you "owe someone", you'll never truly become financially independent nor wealthy.

Those of us who haven't giving up on dreams, goals or that bucket-list. Understand that we have to step-up our game. Money doesn't grow on trees yet it can grow. Money does make the world go round. And we need more of it just to see some of it.   

Now millennial's, because they are born into this new world of technology, computers, smartphones & apps, they have a slight edge. Baby-boomers & retirees may have to overcome some learning curves. Yet, we are in an era, that really does offer anyone with the patience & willingness to succeed an opportunity to grow their income substantially no matter what you have to start with.

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With that being said, it is this technology, that is offering these opportunities. Which is as I mention earlier, why the millennial's have a slight advantage over say, senior citizens. 

Through these technologies, we put our money into, so as to see our own money grow out of it. 

In the financial world, they call it "Investing" with the dictionary explaining it as follows.

"Expend money with the expectation of achieving a profit or material result by putting it into financial schemes, shares, or property, or by using it to develop a commercial venture."

Investing - allows you to have your money work for you. As we get older, (not old), just older. Working smarter is just common sense than trying to keep working harder. I believe that we are not here just to work, pay bills than die. No, no, no.........!

Investing allows for compound interest. Over time and long term planning, the stock markets have consistently rose. Offering a much better returns for your dollar. Tax advantages, exciting while contributing to your favorite product, business or ventures. All these plus, you can make investing profitable, fun & worthwhile.  

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Why is investing now as good or even better as any other time in history?

If we talk about a long term investment strategies......say 10, 15 or 25 years from now. We are not just talking about retirees but, the millennial's for the next 15 - 25 years.

Using compound interest, if you were to take $5,000.00 and invest it into a stock, adding $100 per month for the next 15 years. Having a broker or you manage that investment for a mere 10% per month return rate. At the end of 15yrs, that initial $5,000.00 plus $100.00/month investment would now become $64,070. ($23,000 on principal & $41,070 in interest).

Not to complicate things to much, yet, one can tap into a little day trading or swing trading and that 10% monthly return rate would increase that percentage.

Now that's just a small investment and just a little effort to manage a 10% monthly yield. The right product or company pick could dramatically increase your chances of turning that initial investment into something super crazy.

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Which brings me to....."No better time than the present"

There are industries and products set forth today for tomorrow, that are truly what are called "disruptive technology".  You know some of yesteryear's disruptive techs like personal computers that disrupted the typewriter, Email disrupted the mail system, cellphone disrupted the landline telephone network, laptops disrupted the personal computer, smartphone disrupted all above and alternative energy is disrupting the fossil fuel industry. 

The companies that support & produce these future products are going to make ordinary people, not just wealthy, yet, multi-millionaires and even billionaires in the long run. All simply because they took time to learn how to invest, paying attention to trends and take action.

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POST  ~  D.W.W.D. Do What the Wealthy Do exactly where we are today. Just to name a few disruptive products starting with the international fiat currency system being disrupted by Blockchain technology, Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies,  atlcoins & tokens. 

The pharmaceutical and alcohol companies are being disrupted by the Marijuana/cannabis/cannabidiol evolution.

Renewable & clean energy, Drone technology (UAV) or (AI) Artificial Intelligence are just a gleams into the future markets.

So yeah........Learn to invest now. Better late than never. If you didn't know, someone just informed you. 


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Friday, January 26, 2018

Quick Week End's Glance At the Markets: Cannabis & Cryptocurrency

This week as been a little crazier than the norm..........

Cryptocurrencies continues to get beat up, hacked, regulated and slaloms the markets. But as I mentioned before, that's how the markets do! Let's take a summary of this week's Crypto, Cannabis & stock market happenings.

In the last year, altcoins have made their presence known in a most compelling manner. The world stood up and took notice indeed, even a topic of discussion at the 2018 Davos. But, now the crypto faithful are realizing that this platform comes with it's volatilities. 

There are a number of possible factors in this weeks pullback that includes what might become the worlds largest digital currency hack. Japan's reported $530 million or about 500 million NEMs may have been an inside job. As Coincheck suspends trading, withdrawals and deposits of most cryptocurrencies there pending further investigation. 

*UPDATE*: The company reports that the source of the hack has been located. And that they intend to refund most funds stolen.

How about the South Korean regulators that has now created a task force to oversee their exchanges. This could have enticed investors to abandon ship.

The crypto markets seems to have stabled themselves a bit. Still Bitcoin, down about 5% since last Friday's opening and we are thankful for that. Ripple, who had such a promising run, had a huge 24% slide this week. Even with it's technical connection to the Ethereum based blockchain technology ETH, dipped a little over 9% this week. With NEM taken the biggest punch at nearly 33%.

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Robinhood, a popular online trading apps particularly among the millennials. Announced this week, options for 16 cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, Ripple, Neo and more.  With this platform you can now monitor, place on your watchlist and read crypto news. February will offer limited trading of BTC/ETH along with it's options, stocks, and ETFs, all on the same secure platform.


This week the U.S. Marijuana index had gains of 5.5%, The North American Marijuana Index posted a 3.2% this week. 

Months of bitter fighting, has Aurora Cannabis acquiring CanniMed Therapeutics for some $1 billion in cash/stock off a friendlier deal.

Top 10 Marijuana/Cannabis Stock

ACBFF - Aurora Cannabis Inc     +1.60%
GWPH - GW Pharma PLC           +1.36%
PRMCF - Cronos Group Inc         -0.20%
TWMJF - Canopy Growth Corp  +10.76%
CBDS - Cannabis Sativa Inc          +1.13%
THCBF - THC Biomed Intl Ltd    +1.48%
APHQF - Aphria Inc                      +5.69%
SMG - Scotts Miracle-Gro Co       +0.32%
MEDFF - MedReleaf Corp            -1.75%
CNTTF - CannTrust Holdings      +0.60%


The DOW Jones hits a record territories.....again! As well, the Nasdaq & the S&P 500 finishing the week with new highs. The DJI up by 223 points, that closed at 26,616. The Nasdaq climbed 1.28% & the S&P 500 rose to 1.18%. 

January marks an incredible start on Wall street as investors and businesses credit President Trump's big tax cuts for it's motivation. Top that with a 
better than expected earnings as the 4Q reports began to roll in along with a steady global economic growth. Many are ready to ride the next few months with the same enthusiasm. 

ETFs To Watch (Cannabis related):

  • American Growth Fund Series Two Class E (AMREX)  $4.98  -0.07    1.39%
  • Cronos Group Inc.                                             (PRMCF)   $8.18   -0.01    0.14%
  • ETFMG Alternative Harvest ETF                   (MJX)        $37.65 +0.32   0.86% 
  • Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences  (HMMJ)    $22.69 +0.55   2.48%
  • AdvisorShares Vice ETF                                     (ACT)         $27.25  +0.36  1.34%

 01/27/2018 Market Summary

Dow Jones       @ $26.616.71 (+223.90   0.85%)

Nasdaq                 @ $7,505.77 (+95.6 1.28%)

S&P 500    @ $2,872.87 (+33.62  1.18%)

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  • BTC Bitcoin  - $11,734.71  +2.31% (24 hr. Change)
  • BCH Bitcoin cash - $1,717.05  +4.03%
  • ETH Ethereum - $1,230.22  +11.91%  
  • XRP Ripple -  $1.31  +7.06%
  • LTC Litecoin -$188.66  +4.19%
  • Neo - $149.34  +7.01
  • ADA Cardano - $0.658  +5.63

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My last 5 of  the companies that I am researching in 2018. These are not recommendation as stated, yet, are companies within industries that I feel are worthy of potential gains

VFFIF    Village Farms International  

One of the largest producers of premium quality greenhouse tomatoes, bell peppers and cucumbers in North America. Village Farms vegetables are grown hydroponically (without the use of soil) in a glass enclosed high technology environment yet, are not genetically modified.

O A         Orbital ATK Inc.                        

Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world including launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; satellites and associated components and services; composite aerospace structures; tactical missiles, subsystems and defense electronics; and precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition.

VRTHF  Veritas Pharma                          

Develops the most effective proprietary cannabis strains for specific disease conditions providing doctors and patients with conclusive scientific evidence for the recommendation and use of medical marijuana with confidence. 

VTC       Vertcoins                                       

Vertcoin’s algorithm is designed to resist the development of custom mining hardware and multipool mining, ensuring that transactions are validated by a widely distributed network and avoiding the selling pressure when large mining pools indiscriminately flood the market with freshly mined coins. With Vertcoins: DECENTRALIZED MINING, 1-CLICK VERTCOIN MINER, WEB WALLET

VUZI     Vuzix Corp.                                   

Vuzix design wearable display devices known as Smart and Augmented Reality Glasses, Video iWear (Eyewear), head mounted displays or HMDs. That are worn like eyeglasses and feature built-in video screens that enable the user to view and interact with video and digital content, including movies, video games, computer data and the Internet. Its origins in defense R&D for next-generation military display solutions, now focused the enterprise and consumer markets for wearable computing and personal AR display devices.

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AMBA  Ambarella Inc $50.25 +0.15                0.30%             
ACBFF  Aurora Cannabis Inc $10.81 +0.17                1.60%
AVAV    AeroVironment Inc $53.17 -0.31                 0.58%
EXEL    Exelixis Inc $30.27 -0.19                0.62%
A      Agilent Techn. Inc. $74.82 +0.97                1.31%
HIMX   Himax Techn. Inc. $8.27 -0.09                1.08%           
HTC      HTC Corp$69.30 +0.70                1.02%  
RIOT    Riot Blockchain Inc $17.13 -0.78                4.36%             
SIEB     Siebert Financial Corp. $9.45 -0.67               6.62%                  
STM     STMicroelectronics $23.80 +0.89               3.88%                 
ARE    Alexandria Real Estate Equit $126.47 -0.49               0.39%
SYNA    Synaptics Inc. $45.07 +1.10               2.50%                 
IBB      iShare NASDAQ Biotech ETF $118.04 +1.41              1.21% 
TWMJF  Canopy Growth corp $28.49 +2.82              10.97%           
KEYS     Keysight Technologies $46.58 +0.86              1.88%  
VFFIF    Village Farms International  $7.29 +0.12              1.66%                    
O A         Orbital ATK Inc.$132.47 -0.01              0.01%
VRTHF  Veritas Pharma  $0.60 -0.00              0.50%                     
VTC       Vertcoins $4.48                       -3.65%  
VUZI     Vuzix Corp. $9.50 -0.25              2.56%    

Week's  5  BIG GAINERs & LOSERs  01/27/2018 
AbbVie Inc. $123.21 + 14.91                13.77%

Intel Corp $50.08 + 4.78                 10.55%

Arthur J Gallagher Co $70.49 +4.83                 7.36%

Gilead Sciences Inc$85.46 +4.27                  5.26%

Pfizer Inc $39.01 +1.77                  4.75%

Wynn Resorts Ltd $180.29 -20.31                10.12%

Colgate-Palmolive Co $73.56 -3.76                  4.86%

Regeneron Pharmac Inc $374.36 -17.48                4.46

Starbucks Corp$57.99 -2.56                 4.23%

Ball corp $38.12 -1.10                 2.79%


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Friday, December 15, 2017

Cryptocurrency: Modern Day Gold Mine ~ Digital Millionaires or 21st Century Cyber Boom

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   Just one year ago, if you were to engage a conversation on blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies or bitcoin investment. Chances are you would have gotten the curious dog's head tilting look of confusion. 

  What is this bitcoin....block what......ledgers? Indeed, a new era of terminology has surfaced including words like:

Bitcoin decentralized mining wallet cryptocurrency dugutalMining, token, ethereum, Gas, transaction block, smart contract, digital currency, altcoin, sha-256, cryptography, wallet, fork, hardfork, softfork, hashrate, ICO Initial Coin Offering, node, private key, proof of work, proof of stake.

These are but a few of the jargons that are now immersed in discussions around the financial industry. With this just being the beginning. As the current reigning cryptocurrency "Bitcoin" rises in popularity and value. So does it's influence on the other 1300+ altcoins. As well as it's significance in the growth of this distributed ledger technology. 

Blockchain cryptocurrency transaction finance technology exchangeBlockChain, the science behind this disruptive technology. Will be the dominating mechanics in future industries. Mainly due to it's ability to provide trust behind any online digital transactions by ensuring the integrity of the data exchanged among devices without going through a third party.

The future in this technology will quite simply remain intact for years to come. It's implications as of today still has not been fully exposed. Security and trust benefits being the primary influence of this distributed ledger. 

Because of the nature of this technology, financial institutions will be able to cut cost/fees by the eliminating middle-person or third party out of the transaction process. Increasing security along the way.  Yet, blockchain will be incorporate into many other usages........with the world transforming deeply into digitization. This technology, is the perfect answer to the future Internet Of Things.

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Banking, smart-contract, music & video distribution. Passports, birth certificates & medical records are only the tip of the iceberg within this industry.  Making this a sustainable technology worthy of a long term investment.

On to Bitcoin and it's altcoin sidekicks

In the world of Bitcoin, as of  Dec. 18, 2017 it's value has been hovering around the $19,000.00 range. 

As of Jan. 14th, 2018 $13,383.70

Only just a year ago it's was at $778.00. For those in the know, bitcoins history has been a long slow roller-coaster ride until recently. 
  • 2010 - July $0.08
  • 2011 - Feb. $1.00 in July $31.00 by Dec. $2.00 
  • 2012 - Dec. $13.00
  • 2013 - Apr. $266 June dipped $70 then $600 -$1000 
  • 2014 - Jan. $750-$1000 end the year $440-$630
  • 2015 - Mar. $200 - $500
  • 2016 - May - Nov.  $450-$780
  • 2017 - Dec. $19,697 All-time high
  • 2018 - Jan. $13.383.70 

As you can see, Bitcoin has had a rather interesting journey. I can see a few of you now......."Dude, if I only brought $500.00 worth in 2012." At today's market value that would have netted you a cool $653,845.50.          
That's where long term "buy & Hodl" investment strategy I wrote about in my last post comes into play.

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Where is Bitcoin heading now? With 2018 is just around the corner. What strategies does one plan as the likes of Ethereum, Litecoin & a host of other altcoins beginning their ascend into the unknown. With bitcoin and it's futures giving a bit of credibility to this digital currency. Should investors take heed?

If we were to reflect on the period between April 1997 - June 2003 perhaps better known as the dot-com boom or dot-com bubble. Would it be safe to invest into other digital currencies? Or should we simply just "hodl"?

What are some of the experts saying..........?

"I think the reason people buy high, besides the fact that they are investing on emotion, is because they don't know how to value a business."
Tom Vilord, president and CEO of Wall Street Value, an investor consulting and education company.

Michael Spencer, CEO of NEX Group Plc, a London financial expert. Talking to Guy Johnson of BloombergTV, can see bitcoin’s price reaching $20,000 before reversing steeply. Spencer joins a slow growing group who believe that Bitcoin is or in a bubble

The Bitcoin industry has been rife with scams and thefts, so it's hard to believe that the currency will be able to sustain itself over the long term. It has also been linked to drug trafficking and illegal gambling. I see it as a fad and nothing more, and as more people lose real money because of the legal issues surrounding Bitcoin, I eventually see it fading from existence.
Andrew Schrage ~ Founder and CEO of Money Crashers Personal Finance
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Bitcoin might have an inflationary or deflationary effect. It's too early to be sure which way it might influence monetary aggregates and velocity of circulation. It could expand the de facto money supply and could increase or decrease the velocity of circulation of the supply of fiat money and near-money.  Bitcoin might bring back Gresham's Law by driving out inferior or "bad" money."
Dr. John C. Edmunds ~ National Economist and Financial Reformist

"This is a dangerous speculative bubble by any shadow or stretch of the imagination." Stephen Roach told CNBC's The Rundown. "This is a toxic concept for investors.
 Stephen Roach, Yale University senior fellow and the former Asia chairman and chief economist at investment bank Morgan Stanley.

"You need to understand how it works as an investment, how liquid it is ( can you get out when you want to), the level of risk and what can drive the price up and down. Do not invest just because a friend told you to, but to do your own research and make the decision that's right for you."
Martin Lewis ~Money Saving Expert 

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Worse case scenario for  bitcoin investors........?
  • The whole world would consider Bitcoin illegal
  • You could get hacked or loose you private key
  • Other Altcoins surpassing Bitcoin in value (investors abandoning ship)
  •  Could “kill the planet” due to the amount of energy required to mine the currency.

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