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Lightning torch initiative – spreading the word about scalable bitcoin micro payments

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Crypto developers spent most of the previous year trying to find scalable solutions for current blockchain networks which can be applied to real world use cases. The most well-known & talked about is the...
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How technology drives Innovation for Financial inclusion & more…

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“LEARNING IS NOT ATTAINED BY CHANCE, IT MUST BE SOUGHT FOR WITH ARDOR AND ATTENDED TO WITH DILIGENCE.” ―ABIGAIL ADAMS The lesson is to keep learning with diligence. For a daily dose on Technology, Finance,...
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Power Bills And Taking Control Of Your Finances

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If current trends continue, overall energy costs are expected to keep rising on through 2020. As almost one in three households are already struggling to make those monthly electricity payments, keeping the power on...
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The Risks & Drawbacks of the current Global Financial System

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You are bound to hear two very different opinions about the current global financial system depending on who you ask, a person with a good job, nice house & a stable income living somewhere...
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The unbundling & rebundling of the Fintechs

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According to a recent CB insights research report, global Venture capital funded deals topped $39 billion in 2018 - a more than 100% increase over the previous year spanning 1707 deals. Fintechs are reinforcing themselves...
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Will Iran’s National Cryptocurrency meet the same fate as Petro?

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The love-hate relationship of the Islamic Republic with the Cryptocurrencies has finally culminated in the creation of yet another national cryptocurrency - dubbed PayMon (covenant in Persian). The country has been crippled financially under...
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What is Shrinkflation & its economic impact

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Most of us are familiar with the concept of inflation - it is a quantitative measure of the increase in the price of a basket of goods in a given economy. Inflation is measured...
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Bitcoin’s ETF & Ethereum’s upgrade delayed yet again…

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Financial markets were mostly flooded with bad news like downward growth revisions etc. It is strange to see how sometimes these headliners are related to the market moves while at other times they are...
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9 Black Swan Events that changed the Financial World

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All of us traders wish we had a magic ball in which we could see the future moves of the financial markets. Alas, that is not the case and we have to stick to...
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Student Loans: The Next Financial Crisis?

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More than the combined market value of both Facebook and Microsoft combined, the total student loan debt in America has reached $1.4 trillion. Past economic crashes like the Great Depression and the Great Recession...
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Data Driven Statistics, Trends & Facts 2018

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The most challenging part for me personally when writing a blog is to find the relevant data driven statistics about that particular topic. Often it takes a considerable amount of time to figure out...
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How is the Gig Economy changing the future Jobs landscape

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The makeup & dynamics of the workforce are changing with the ongoing automation & the emergence of the Generation Z - they are defined as the demographic who were born between 1995-2009 & who...
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An Uphill Battle: Investment Culture Finds Its Match in Germany

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By Claudio Brocado and Anthony Claudio Brocado This is the second installment in my new approach of collaboration with friends and family to supplement my own (admittedly still relative meager) knowledge base. After the piece...
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Market evaluation of Bitcoin mini crash, Stocks slump & Pound’s woes

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It was all about Volatility this week in the financial markets of the World - Cryptos, Stocks & Forex. We saw some wild moves, some trend changes & some newsmakers. Bitcoin finally caved into...
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Year-end rally to come in global equities, led by emerging markets

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I recently wrote that I would be enlisting the help of friends and family to help make up for some of my weaknesses when it comes to investment thinking, writing and executing. I am...
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The Ins and Outs of Stablecoins

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According to a report from the crypto-wallet provider blockchain, the amount of stablecoin projects carried out within 2018 have skyrocketed. It seems stablecoins have become the new rave in the cryptocurrency sector, with developers...
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What is a Target Date Fund & should you consider it for retirement?

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Retirement planning is one of the key aspects of the Personal financial management which a lot of us conveniently procrastinate about & forget to realize its importance until it is too late. The statistics...
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The Italian Story: Easy Math, Somewhat Complicated Economics, Extremely Complex Politics

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In recent weeks I have been covering the current Italian stalemate with the European Union regarding the Mediterranean country’s 2019 budget. Its targeted 2.4% fiscal deficit as a share of its GDP is three...
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Italy must ask Turkey if it really should wish to have its own lira...

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My proprietary net positive scoring (NPS) process has in recent weeks ranked both Turkey and Italy somewhat surprisingly well. In the last few days, however, the scores have diverged, and markets seem to be...
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Circular Economy is the solution for a sustainable future

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The concept of Circular economy is a relatively new one but has gained a lot of traction in recent years with the World moving away from the perishable and finite resources like coal, gasoline...