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Obamacare 2018: When Is the Open Enrollment Deadline?

Obamacare -- the Affordable Care Act -- has announced its open enrollment deadline as being only eight days from today, on December 15, 2017. Read Article

Medical Marijuana in Ohio: List of Who Won Grow Licenses

Medical marijuana has passed in the state of Ohio and 12 large growers have been issued licenses to grow it, and 24 companies can produce it. Read Article

Is the Bitcoin Value Greater Than Gold?

As the Bitcoin value peaks, the value of gold declines. This is due to the perception of the Bitcoin, and the way its value has inflated in recent years. Google... Read Article

The CFPB Controversy: Who Is Mick Mulvaney?

The POTUS named Mick Mulvaney head of the CFPB even though the last director named Leandra English as his successor, stirring controversy. Read Article

How to Invest in Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies are the next big "thing" but how can you play it through stocks to cash in on the growth? Read Article

Is Microsoft Corporation CEO Satya Nadella Worth Roger Goodell Money?

MSFT stock has performed very well in 2017 and the biggest winner is Microsoft Corporation CEO Satya Nadella. Read Article

Investors Beware of the Bitcoin 10,000 Bubble

Supporters believe in Bitcoin 10,000, while skeptics think the Bitcoin bubble will soon burst. History is on the side of the skeptics. Read Article

Why Pizza Stocks Stink: Papa John Should Blame Millennials, not the NFL

While Papa John's blames the NFL anthem protests for a lagging PZZA stock, the reality is that most pizza stocks suffer similar challenges. Read Article

Will Horrific Mass Shootings Ever Impact Gun Stocks?

Gun stocks are again in focus after another horrific shooting, but substantive gun-control measures are still far away. Read Article

Marijuana News: California Cannabis Lovers Brace for Hefty Pot Taxes

California is preparing to sell recreational marijuana, but lovers of the drug are going to have to deal with hefty taxes first. Read Article

Is Silver’s Underperformance a Positive Sign?

Technical analyst Clive Maund explains why he sees silver's prolonged underperformance as the sign of a bottom. Read Article

New GOP Tax Plan: Who Wins? Who Loses?

In the latest GOP tax plan, the rich are expected to come out on top, while the working poor and small business owners will be hurt by it. Read Article

The 3 Most Burning Questions About Cryptocurrency

Bitcoin, Ethereum and other  cryptocurrencies (also known as blockchain protocols) have been the talk of the town in recent months, primarily due to their usage of the revolutionary blockchain technology and their stratospheric price increase. [ipm_caption id="1045950" align="right" width="300"]The 3 Most Burning Questions About Cryptocurrency
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[/ipm_caption] As a millennial value investor, we are always on the lookout for the next 100-bagger. With the prices of bitcoin surging over 300x since the beginning of 2013, it is hard to ignore the cryptocurrencies phenomenon. Below is our take on the three most burning questions that investors have on cryptocurrencies.

Are cryptocurrencies a currency or an asset?

This topic has been generating a lot of debate lately so let’s dive right into what makes a currency a currency. There are two primary features of a currency: (i) generally accepted as medium of exchange and (ii) store of value. So how do cryptocurrencies fare in these two criteria? (i) Generally accepted as medium of exchange – It is clear that cryptocurrenciess today are not generally accepted as a medium of exchange. There isn’t much you can buy with cryptocurrencies at the moment. While there are increasing number of individuals and businesses accept cryptocurrencies as a form of payment in exchange for services or products, the usage of these cryptocurrencies is still highly dependent on its relationship with fiat currencies. What this means is that for example when an individual or business charge their customers in bitcoins, the amount of bitcoin they charge fluctuates significantly based on recent bitcoin-to-USD exchange rate. [ipm_internal_ad_list ipm_ad__post_id_1="1045713" ipm_ad_copy_1="3%20ETFs%20Riding%20High%20on%20Bitcoin%20Surge" ipm_ad_url_1="" /] Now then the question is will cryptocurrencies be generally accepted in the future when and if they become more widely adopted? At their current forms, we believe it will be difficult for cryptocurrencies to be widely adopted and here’s why. Cryptocurrencies are essentially unique due to their anonymity, irreversibility and decentralization. However, it is precisely these features that would prevent the wide adoption of cryptocurrencies. These features would create significant problems for sovereign states in areas of taxation, money laundering, fraudulent activities, and implementation of monetary policies. It is our view that governments around the world would eventually either outright ban or heavily regulate the use of cryptocurrencies. In the latter case, cryptocurrency exchanges would likely be required to perform standard KYCs (know-your-customer) similar to what existing financial institutions do, and cryptocurrency addresses would need to be tied to real world identities. The goal would be to ensure all transactions are fully transparent, traceable and permissible. Other intermediaries like wallet providers would be required to be registered with governments and would need to adhere stringent cybersecurity and anti money laundering rules. These are just a few examples of what regulations on cryptocurrency would look like. With that said, this begs the question, if cryptocurrencies were to be regulated to a point that they provide no real advantages over existing currencies, then why do we need them? As such, it is our view that  cryptocurrencies, at least at their current forms, are unlikely to be generally accepted as a medium of exchange in the future. (ii) Store of value – To evaluate whether cryptocurrencies are a good store of value, we can take look at whether they are stable in value, durable, divisible, transportable and difficult to counterfeit. While cryptocurrencies fare well in most of these criteria, pricing of cryptocurrencies lacks stability and has been volatile and erratic since conception. As the supply of cryptocurrencies is typically limited and controlled by a schedule written in the code, their pricing is solely a function of demand. Central banks around the world utilize monetary policies to increase or decrease the supply of fiat currencies in response to large sudden fluctuations. This is to promote stability and avoid disruptions in economic activities. Without the ability to control the supply side of the equation, it is unlikely that the pricing of cryptocurrencies would ever be stable. To sum up, it is clear that cryptocurrencies, despite the misleading name, are not actually currencies and would not replace fiat currencies. In that case, then what are they? While we believe the blockchain technology will eventually bring substantial fundamental changes to our society, cryptocurrencies today are simply vehicles for pure speculation of future demand in the different blockchain protocols. Next Page Read Article

IBM to Speed Up Global Payments with New Blockchain Solution

IBM launches new blockchain-based banking solution for faster cross-border payments. Read Article

Next Fed Chair: Who Will Replace Janet Yellen?

President Donald Trump is preparing to select the next Fed chair to replace Janet Yellen and there are five candidates on his short list. Read Article

4 Myths (about bitcoin) that must die

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Social Security Increase for 2018: 9 Things to Know

The Social Security increase for 2018 will be the highest bump since 2012. Here are nine things to know about the changes for retirees. Read Article

Why the U.S. Decided to Withdraw From UNESCO

The United States has decided to withdraw from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Read Article

Chicago Repeals ‘Soda Tax’ After Just 2 Months

Chicago announced that it would be repealing the soda tax after only two months. A 15-2 vote to repeal it passed in the middle of the week. Read Article

How Will Trump’s Proposed Tax Reform Impact Drug Companies?

Donald Trump has proposed new tax reforms for individuals and corporates. Let’s see how the reforms, if passed, will impact pharma companies. Read Article