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GOLD, SILVER or BITCOIN-CRYPTO CURRENCIES: Where Will The Big Money Be Made?

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Posted by Steve St. Angelo - SRSrocco Report

on Monday, 05 June 2017 06:45

When the Central Banks finally lose control of propping up the markets, will the BIG MONEY be made in owning gold, silver or crypto-currencies?  This is the question many investors who are focused on “alternative assets”, outside the typical mainstream stock, bond and real estate markets, are asking.

Most investors who have been concerned about the massively inflated Bubble Markets and the Greatest Financial Ponzi Scheme in history, have been investing in gold and silver.  However, a new kid on the block, called Bitcoin and the other crypto-currencies, have gained a lot of attention due to the huge increase in their prices over the past few months.

So, now many investors are wondering what to make of these extremely volatile crypto-currencies and if they are nothing more than purely speculative and gambling vehicles.  This is a logical assumption based on the massive spike in many of their crypto-currency values.

That being said, Charles Hugh Smith wrote the following in his article, Projecting The Price Of Bitcoin:

The wild card in cryptocurrencies is the role of Big Institutional Money.

I’ve taken the liberty of preparing a projection of bitcoin’s price action going forward:

BTC-projected-CHS

You see the primary dynamic is continued skepticism from the mainstream, which owns essentially no cryptocurrency and conventionally views bitcoin and its peers as fads, scams and bubbles that will soon pop as price crashes back to near-zero.

Skepticism is always a wise default position to start one’s inquiry, but if no knowledge is being acquired, skepticism quickly morphs into stubborn ignorance.

Bitcoin et al. are not the equivalent of Beanie Babies.Cryptocurrencies have utility value. They facilitate international payments for goods and services.

This was very interesting analysis done by Charles Hugh Smith who is one of the more bright minds in the alternative media community.  I have watched Bitcoin out of the corner of my eye over the past few years, but have not placed much attention on the leading crypto-currency.  However, as the price of Bitcoin and crypto-currencies have surged over the past several months, I decided to take a closer look… to see what all the hubbub was about.



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Busting The Frontier-Market Myths

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Posted by Mark Mobius and Carlos Hardenberg - Franklin Templeton Investments

on Friday, 02 June 2017 08:56

Phu Quoc Vietnam Sunrise Boat LeadingAlthough frontier markets are a small subset of the emerging market universe, we think they represent an important constituency that offer some compelling potential opportunities. Here, I’ve invited my colleague Carlos Hardenberg, senior vice president and director of frontier markets strategies at Templeton Emerging Markets Group, to outline some of the opportunities he sees in these dynamic markets and debunk some of the urban myths.

There are a number of urban myths about frontier markets (the less-developed subset of the emerging-market universe). We think these myths may have caused investors to overlook them in favour of developed or traditional emerging-market alternatives.

We believe conditions are now ripe for a re-evaluation of this important niche. There are some very compelling reasons why many investors might want to take another look at frontier markets today. These can be summed up as the following, which I will delve into further.

 

  • Expectations for robust economic growth
  • Continued macro development
  • Deep discounts in valuations
  • Low correlations

 

Busting the Urban Myths

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3 Aerospace & Defense ETFs on the Move

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Posted by David Fabian - FMD Capital Management

on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 08:29

rms15 nsm gal pic02 lgSometimes you stumble across a sector of the market that is just in the right place at the right time. That may very well be the sentiment driving the remarkable price action in aerospace and defense stocks in the current geopolitical environment.

These companies are the driving forces behind military and commercial aircraft, defense equipment, and other services designed to support the armed forces.

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track defense stocks tend to be more aggressive and potentially more volatile than the broader market based on their concentrated portfolios. Investors that are considering these tools should opt to take smaller, tactical positions compared to a traditional core holding with wider diversification and minimal expenses.

 

It also goes without saying that politics and global military trends are likely to have the biggest impact on the direction of these ETFs over the next several years. But for right now, all of the macroeconomic winds are on these funds’ side.

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Managing by Facts - Know Your Numbers

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Posted by Eamonn Percy - The Percy Group

on Tuesday, 30 May 2017 11:13

But in my opinion, all things in nature occur mathematically.”  ― René Descartes

11983579-Magnified-illustration-with-the-word-Facts-on-white-background--Stock-IllustrationWhen I am assessing a business or leader of that business, I listen carefully during the first few minutes of the conversation for the sign of a number, any number! If I hear it, I draw a sigh of relief, knowing that I am talking to someone who is serious about the business.  If I don't hear a number early on, I start to worry and ask a series of close ended questions to tease out some hope, such as: "What was your sales growth last year?", "What are your gross margins, or any margins for that matter?", "Can you tell me one or two key ratios?".  This line of questioning invariably separates the wheat from the chaff and the truly exceptional business owners begin to emerge.

In my experience, knowing how to describe your business numerically is one of the top, tell-tale traits of exceptional entrepreneurs, business owners, CEOs, executives and managers.  Why?  Because good numbers are objective, not a figment of someone's imagination, dreams, hopes, wishes and desires.  Good numbers show how the money flowsthrough a business, which helps clarify the business systems and obstacles.  Good numbers show trends which can moderate or accelerate executive actions through enlightenment. Good numbers are acommon language and give common comparisonsacross sectors and the globe.

Here is how I recommend business owners get into the habit of developing financial numeracy skills. 



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The Great Reset, Part Two

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Posted by John Mauldin - Mauldin Economics

on Monday, 29 May 2017 07:36

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This is the second of two letters that I think will be among the most important I’ve ever written. These letters set out my philosophy about how we have to invest in the coming days and years. They are the result of my years spent working with clients and money managers and thinking about the economic and particularly the macroeconomic world. Because of some of the developments I will be discussing, I think the future is likely to be extremely challenging for traditional portfolio allocation models. In these letters I also discuss some of the changes in my thinking about the new developments in markets that allow us to more quickly adapt to a changing environment – even when we don’t know in advance what that environment will be. I hope you today’s letter helpful. At the end I offer a link to a special report with more details.

Modern Portfolio Theory 2.0
Premature Optimization
If You Don’t Have an Edge, There Is No Alpha
How Should We Then Invest?
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Washington DC and the Virgin Islands

“Premature optimization is the root of all evil…”

– Donald Knuth, from his 1974 Turing Award lecture



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