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Hackers Create Fake Bitcoin Wallets

Our attention to the current bitcoin feeding frenzy has been focused on how closely it resembles previous boom and bust cycles. (Could You Be a Bitcoin Billionaire, What Should Bitcoin Be Worth?) But there is another concern as more and more investors pile into cryptocurrencies. Hackers create fake bitcoin wallets to steal your money. How does this work?
A Virtual Currency
If you have money deposited in a bank in the USA your money is backed by the full faith and trust of the US government. Your deposits are insured by the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation) up to $250,000. And, instead […]

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Will The Tax Code Overhaul Really Help Your Investments?

As Congress votes on the first major tax code overhaul in three decades, stock markets across the globe are in rally mode. After details of the final product came out it is clear that pass through tax benefits to real estate investors, like Mr. Trump, may be substantial. But will the tax code overhaul really help your investments? Apple may get a downgrade because analysists think the iPhone product cycle may be getting old. And, do all stocks benefit from changes in the tax code? The New York Times tallies up the winners and losers of the tax bill.
President Trump […]

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Could You Be a Bitcoin Billionaire?

Bitcoin just keeps going up despite repeated comparisons to the Dutch tulip bulb mania and crash centuries ago. Now, according to the news, there are two bitcoin billionaires, the Winklevoss twins. These guys successfully sued Marc Zuckerberg for $64 million claiming that he stole the idea for Facebook from Harvard Connection, of which they were co-founders. That is where the money came from to buy bitcoins. Business Insider notes the billionaire statues of the Winklevoss boys as bitcoin goes above $11,500.
Bitcoin’s rise comes amid continued interest in the digital currency from both ordinary investors and institutions. Last week it emerged […]

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Should Investors Be Scared as Markets Cool Off?

Did you lose a lot of money in the 2008 stock market and real estate market crashes? If so you probably wish you had listened to that little voice in your head that said it was time to take profits and sit on cash for a while. It was not like there was no warning. Look at Google Finance and you can see how the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust peaked in late 2007! For the next twelve months the market was in an ever-steeper decline.

SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust
Anyone who listened to that little voice and got out saved […]

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What Are Some Safe Investment Options Today?

Where should you invest today as the stock market reaches new highs and vehicles like bitcoin sky rocket? Are you into market timing or long term investment? Either way the best advice comes from legendary investor, Warren Buffett. His two rules for investment are these. Rule one: Do not lose money. Rule two: Remember rule number one! If you have made some money in the market in the last few years or if you have sat on the sidelines and want to get in, what are some safe investment options today?
The Promise of Trump or Not
The shock of Trump winning […]

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How Do Events in Japan Help or Hurt Your Investments?

In the investing world it helps to pay attention to what is going on throughout the world. When Japan was the economic powerhouse of the 1980s they were buying up properties in the USA and their stock market threatened to eclipse that of the USA. Even after the economic collapse caused by hidden debt and subsequent deflation Japan´s currency has remained a safe haven and events in Japan still affect Asia, Europe and North America. How do events in Japan help or hurt your investments today? Reuters provides a small example after a victory of Prime Minister Abe´s ruling party […]

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Who Is Right about Tax Cuts, Republicans or Economists?

The same folks who jumped on the stock market bandwagon the day after Trump’s election are excited again. Bloomberg writes that the possibility of tax cuts is making waves in the stock market.
Amid FANG flu and another trash rally, a trade tied to Donald Trump has come quietly back into vogue with U.S. equity investors.
The rally reincarnates a trade that ascended after the November election and then died. Arousing interest is Trump’s focus on one of his signature campaign promises to domestic businesses. He and Republican congressional leaders plan to preview their bill on Wednesday and the president said he […]

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Are You a Passive or Active Investor?

As the stock market rally grows older the time will come when the high tech and large cap stocks that are leading will have problems. Then passive investors who simply put money in a fund that tracks the S&P 500 will be in trouble. Are you a passive or active investor? Do you just let the market do your thinking or do you do intrinsic stock value analysis of the items in your portfolio? According to CNBC active is now outpacing passive investing.
In the perennial race between active and passive investment management, there are signs of a shift. After several […]

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Nothing Seems to Scare Investors These Days

The market has been going up and many stocks seem overpriced. Then back to back hurricanes hit Texas and Florida as the crazy dictator in North Korea develops nuclear weapons and threatens his neighbors. One might expect one of more of these issues to be the straw that breaks the camel’s back and sends the market into correction. But nothing seems to scare investors these days. The Guardian notes that markets hit record highs after short lived concern about hurricanes and nukes. All of the details of damage from storms and potential war on the Korean peninsula do not seem […]

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Is Fracking Technology Using Up the Last of the Oil?

Four years ago we wrote to invest in oil shale or rather companies that use fracking technology to extract oil and natural gas from these deposits.
We suggested that one look at investment in sustainable fracking technology. Recovery of petroleum from oil shale deposits has allowed the USA to reduce its reliance on foreign oil to the lowest level in more than twenty years. Today the USA imports forty percent of its oil, down from sixty percent just a few years ago. If predictions hold true the USA will continue to increase oil and gas production from fields in both the […]

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