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Three Simple Questions (And One Difficult One) To Ask Before Investing In A Blockchain

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There has never been a better time to be learning about blockchain. Between the rate of growth amongst currencies like Bitcoin or Litecoin and the wide-reaching applications outside the financial sector, distributed ledger technologies...
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Turning Dollars into Dimes: Time-Tested Options Strategies for Losing Money

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Creating great options strategies is a process of trial and error. This article is about those errors. Bad Strategy #1 — Selling Naked Options: The pinnacle of recklessness. This graph shows that if the market goes up, the...
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Fintech Felt Like Funtech but Now Libra is On Its Way

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Libra is on its way. The battlefields are marked. The trenches are built. The die is cast. The financial crisis of ten years ago has profoundly shaped the social-cultural climate of the world. Especially in the...
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When Caution Becomes a Cage: A Case Study of Over-Regulation in Swiss Banks

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Regulation — it’s a metaphorical referee on the financial industry’s playing field, standing ready and willing to ensure that everyone in the industry adheres to the rules. When implemented well, regulatory forces protect consumers...
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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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How the Textbook Industry has Finally Been Disrupted and Will Continue to Change

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The textbook industry has had a long history in the United States, and the world, for that matter. Indeed, they’ve pretty much been with us since the dawn of writing. As Encyolpedia.com notes, “Historical records...
Economic System

Market, Economy, and Cycles, Part 2

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In the previous article, we gave an overview of the emergence of crisis. Next, we will further illustrate how cycles should be dealt with in light of Ray Dalio's analysis of the economic system,...
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Why is international cooperation so hard?

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Remember climate change? On June 20, the high temperature in Verkhoyansk, a town in northeast Russia about 260 miles south of the Arctic coast and about 6 miles north of the Arctic Circle, topped out...
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Impact Investment for the Future

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For some, making money is the be-all and end-all of the investment game. Be it securities, commodities, cryptocurrency, or real estate, the goal remains the same – to create the largest return on your...
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Breaking Through the Mist of Ponzi to Find the Dawn of Value, Part 2

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Reducing Outflows: The Carrot-and-Stick Retention Model The concept of user retention is not unique to Ponzi schemes. Traditional economies have also witnessed a gradual evolution of retention models. Initially, there were no rules. Then we had...
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Tired of Losing to the Big Guys? Maybe You Should Write a Bot

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My Plan to Enter the World of Algotrading According to Business Wire, algorithmic trading (algotrading) is responsible for around 60–73% of all U.S. equity trading. These are largely owned by high-frequency trading firms that rely on data...
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Millennials and Generation Z. A rented dress sounds sexier than a loan

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As young consumers develop a preference for sharing or renting goods and services over purchasing, global business is confronted with an interesting challenge. Millennials, who came into the world in the 1980s, and Generation Z,...
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So A VC Passed On You? 4 Ways To Turn The As*Hole Into An...

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At Tau Ventures we get 4-5 pitches a day, almost a 1000 a year, and end up investing in 3-4.  A few companies don’t get our attention because the idea is terrible or there...
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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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DDI Blockchain Weekly (July 9th-15th)

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Just as the first week of July welcomed a $30 billion boost in crypto markets, the second week saw those gains being completely erased, as losses drove overall market cap back to down to...
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Turkish Lira meltdown & contagion fears

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Summer is usually a slow time for the financial markets with range bound moves specially in the Forex markets but all that seems set to change with the collapse that we saw in the...
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The Irrationality Behind Rationality

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The article unravels the myth behind the theory of rational decision making used in modern-day economics. The conventional economic theory defines rationality as an inherent characteristic of the homo sapiens. In simplistic yet significant terms,...
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When You’re Suffocated by Debt

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It's severe suffocation when you are overwhelmed in debts, have racing thoughts, live paycheck to paycheck, and cannot sleep. You also worry if the debt collectors will contact your employer. In America, 78% of...
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Cryptos roar back to life after months of lull & mundane trading

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The last 24 hours or so have seen the Cryptocurrencies come alive, trading in a much wider range than we gotten used to seeing in recent months. If anything, the sustained gains today in...
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Tether controversy rages on as Stocks break higher

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Overall a good week for the Stocks & Cryptocurrencies with the mighty US Dollar receding from the recent highs on account of the risk-on sentiment prevalent in the financial markets. Cryptos finally managed to...