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Millennials Are Picking Bitcoin Over Stocks

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Posted by Damir Kaletovic

on Friday, 10 August 2018 11:14


Bitcoin is not just a kind of innovative payment--lately it’s become a way to grow your future savings, and Millennials like it best because it speaks to them, digitally.

Among all American generations, Millennials (18-37 years of age) showed the highest confidence in cryptocurrency, compared with older generations who haven’t grown up in the digital age.

This generation is now determined to embrace new technology and fuel crypto trends in order to create opportunities for themselves.... CLICK for complete article


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Animation: How Billionaire Investors Are Protecting Their Wealth

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Posted by Visual Capitalist

on Thursday, 02 August 2018 06:46

It can take a lifetime to build a fortune of Buffett or Dalio sized proportions.

But, as all billionaires know, there is always risk present in the market – and even though a catastrophic geopolitical or financial event is very unlikely, it is important to be prepared for anything.


Today’s animation comes to us from Sprott Physical Bullion Trusts, and it shows the worries that are keeping billionaires up at night, and how they are positioning themselves to preserve wealth in any market environment.

Let’s take a closer look at the actions that these billionaires are taking, and why they are so concerned in the first place.


Most billionaires are surprisingly cash poor on a relative basis. The average billionaire only holds 1% of their net worth in liquid assets like cash because the vast majority of their fortunes are usually tied up in business interests, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other financial assets.

Wealth is not stagnant, and the portfolios of these billionaires will move along with the health of the economy and markets. This can either make their wealth flourish – or any market crash could damage their entire fortune.

For this reason, billionaires are very concerned about market fluctuations, and they actively seek ways to protect their wealth even in the wake of a catastrophic geopolitical, economic, or monetary event. 

Screenshot 2018-08-02 07.02.16HOW BILLIONAIRES ARE POSITIONED

In two earlier infographics, we outlined the current geopolitical risks that have elite investors worried, as well as the types of market risks that could materialize.

Keeping the above points in mind, billionaire investors are positioning their portfolios accordingly.

Warren Buffett
By accumulating massive amounts of cash in Berkshire Hathaway, value investor Warren Buffett has preserved his optionality. If a downturn hits the market, he can deploy the cash and get assets at bottom barrel prices. (Sidenote: see the size and scope of the vast Warren Buffett Empire)

David Einhorn
The billionaire founder of Greenlight Capital believes that financial repression and monetary debasement employed by central bankers can be neutralized with gold.

Paul Tudor Jones
The reclusive hedge fund manager, who called the 1987 crash, is being very careful in choosing the assets he holds. He has observed bonds are the most expensive they’ve ever been by virtually any metric – and has joked that he’d rather hold a burning chunk of coal than a U.S. Treasury bond.

Ray Dalio
The founder of the world’s largest hedge fund is adamant that 5-10% of a portfolio should currently be held in gold. Not surprisingly, in November 2017, Bridgewater loaded up on its gold holdings by 525%.

No matter the size of your investment portfolio, it’s worth studying how the world’s most elite investors are protecting their fortunes. By hedging against big events and diversifying their investment portfolios to include safe havens, they maximize their chances for success in any investment environment.


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WhatsApp Starts Plan to Charge Business Customers

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Posted by Jason Aycock

on Wednesday, 01 August 2018 11:33


With usage and revenue growth starting to moderate at WhatsApp, parent Facebook is flipping a revenue switch with its plan to charge businesses for sending messages to consumers.

That comes via the WhatsApp Business API, which allows for a variety of customized notifications. WhatsApp launched a business app for Android phones in January, with plans to eventually charge businesses.


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Why Buffett, Dalio Et Al Are Holding Cash and Other Safe Havens

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Posted by Ted Bauman - The Bauman Letter

on Tuesday, 31 July 2018 07:30


Every day you don’t lose everything, you’ve made a 100% gain.

Compared to the alternative, of course.

Very few people think like this … except for the best investors.

Everyone should think this way.

We feel great when a position makes a gain. We’re bummed when it loses. But if you turn the investing equation on its head … look at it upside down … the same logic should apply.

We should feel the same way about avoiding losses as we do about gains. But many people don’t.

As I said, the best investors do. Warren Buffett, for example, says his No. 1 rule is not to lose money … and his No. 2 rule is not to forget No. 1.

So, what are the best investors doing right now … the smartest of smart money?

The answer will shock you … and chances are, it’s not what you’re doing.

Safe Havens for Mega Investors

Institutional and big investors pulled $30 billion from global equity funds in June — the highest level since October 2008. Emerging market debt and equity funds have suffered major withdrawals for 10 straight weeks.

Remember October 2008? Lehman Brothers had collapsed a few weeks before. Major stock indexes lost 60% of their value in short order.

So where is this global money going? Into the U.S. market?

Nope. Outflows from U.S. equities and exchange-traded funds totaled $24.2 billion in June … the third-highest ever and the biggest since 2008.

On the other hand, private investment bank clients — the big guns with millions at stake — poured money into Treasury bills at the fastest clip since 2008, surging to a 10-year high:

Private client chart

recent survey of investors with $5 million or more in investable assets shows that the smart money is fleeing equities and moving into safer assets. Only 17% said they will add to stock exposure in the next year.



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About The Semiconductor Sector

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Posted by NfTRH & BiiWii

on Thursday, 26 July 2018 07:16

I’ve bludgeoned you over the years about how the Semi signal in January of 2013 was the first real proof that the positive economic cycle that is so readily obvious now was in play. We used the Semi Equipment book-to-bill ratio first and foremost per my little graphic here…


The theoretical progression was to be along the lines of Semi Equipment → Semi → Broad Tech → Manufacturing → Employment = Widespread acknowledgement of a strong economy. check

So last year we (NFTRH) began the process of evaluating the reverse of the above, that would start the clock ticking on the “widely acknowledged strong economy”.

But in this age of interconnected information and sound bites flying at us with the power of 10 billion butterfly sneezes it is important to realize that the markets and especially the economy can move like aircraft carriers trying to turn in waters filled with all sorts of hyper active sharks, PT Boats, day traders, casino patrons, men, machines, substance abusers (info junkies) and Ma & Pa all trying to make some coin. In other words, the process can be real slooooow. Just as it was in turning to the positive side half a decade ago.

As the mainstream media were feeding this garbage to the masses… Fund manager looks beyond FAANG stocks and finds even bigger winners for 2018 … we took exception and did a little digging into the fundamentals, just as we did back in 2013.

NFTRH first included this daily chart of two premier fab equipment companies (as mentioned in the MSM article linked above) vs. the broad Semi sector. The first breakdown came in February.



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