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Into The Breach: Things They Never Told You About ICO's

Into The Breach: Things They Never Told You About ICO's | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
What is an initial coin offering (ICO)? What is an initial public offering (IPO)? What’s the difference? What are you really getting when you “invest” in a digital coin?
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It seems that everyone is now talking about the hot new thing known as an ICO or “Initial Coin Offering”. But what is it? Is it really just a new digital or electronic form of stock ownership or is it really something completely different? Do so-called “investors” truly understand the difference between an ICO and an IPO? And how will all this affect the venture capital world now that startup funding is seemingly “free”?
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Social Media: Your Friend Or Foe?

Social Media: Your Friend Or Foe? | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Has Social Media Gone Too Far? What Is “Social Media” Really? Who Owns The Digital Content Representing “You”? Are You Using A Product or Is The Product Using You?
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As Cambridge Analytica has recently brought attention to the uses & possible abuses of social media, and as Mark Zuckerberg was called to testify yesterday in front of Congress regarding same (he was permitted to tesify WITHOUT taking an oath to tell the truth, which boggles my mind completely) we think it timely to visit some issues surrounding “social media”. And as someone already opined: When any product or service is FREE, YOU are the product. So, what is social media really? Are you using it, or is it using you?
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2018: The Year That The "BULL" Economy Ends?

2018: The Year That The "BULL" Economy Ends? | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Has QE And The Rest Been A Success? What Has Really Been Going On With The US Economy And Statistics Reporting?
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Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch used to always ask the residents of New York City: “How Am I Doing”? Along those lines I would ask: How are you doing economically these days? They kept telling us the stock market was hitting all time highs, inflation is low, unemployment is low and yet that doesn’t seem to be the case in many parts of the United States. So, are the statistics & economic news we are hearing truthful? Are things really that good or is something else going on? And here is one thing that should grab your attention. The St. Louis Federal Reserve reports that banks are no longer lending to each other in January 2018, which is exactly what happened in 2008. Deja Vu all over again?
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Stock Markets Are Hitting All Time Highs, So Why Do I Still Feel Broke?

Stock Markets Are Hitting All Time Highs, So Why Do I Still Feel Broke? | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Does a rising stock market truly “raise all boats” or is it completely disconnected from the real economy?
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Over the past few weeks we have spoken with a number of people that have asked this very question posted in the title, and it is a valid one. It seems that almost everyday we keep hearing the stock market indexes have hit a new high record high & supposedly the economic outlook is so bright we must wear shades. Even current US President Trump “tweets” about the stock market & insinuates it is a result of the “Trump Effect”. But is it really true things are going gangbusters in your own neighborhood, community or city?
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Citizen Journalism: Is It Here To Stay? Should The MSM News Feel Threatened?

Citizen Journalism: Is It Here To Stay?  Should The MSM News Feel Threatened? | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Citizen Journalism: Is It Here To Stay? Should The MSM News Feel Threatened?
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There is something going on & I don’t think it a temporary fad. Investigative research & reporting. Interviews with best selling authors, people from the world of finance, banking, economics & medicine. Editorials. News videos. All being done by (wait for it)…..Citizen Journalists. Done without pay, for free. Any why may you ask? To fill a major void or gap, which is the loss of truth from the main stream corporate news media. Should the $10 Million annual salaried talking heads on the television reading a teleprompter about stories someone else researched be worried? Maybe.
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The Global Unit of Account is now shifting from the USD to the SDR - ITM Trading's Lynette Zang

ITM Trading's Lynette Zang Talks about shift away from the US dollar to the SDR as the global unit of account began back in May 2017. This shift is bein
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Lynette Zang: IMF Wants Your ASSets A very interesting & dangerous paradigm all this. Think about it. What is needed to be done in order to digitize, monetize & liquefy all physical commodities and hard assets? The answer is change title (read ownership) away from individual or private hands into some so-called public entity. Under communism this is done via the political state but here we are talking about something else. A banking related juridical entity that is international, global & in reality accountable to no government. What happens to an economy when private & individual ownership goes away? What happens when individual citizens can literally pay for a cup of coffee by “spending” the equity in their home or investments via some coin or equivalent (debit card tied to same). It takes central bank ponzi policies to an all new level.
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Lynette Zang – Next Market Meltdown Means Frozen Financial System

What will the next financial meltdown look like to the man on the street? Market analyst Lynette Zang predicts, “The Bank for International Settlement
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A very interesting recent Lynette Zang Interview. Worth a listen if you are concerned about the economy & your own personal finances.
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Danielle DiMartino Booth – Gold Could Take Off Like a Hockey Stick

Financial expert and former top Federal Reserve insider Danielle DiMartino Booth says, “I think gold is in the very late stage of a correction phase. Onc
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Excellent interview with Ms. Danielle DiMartino (Former Dallas Federal Reserve employee). Some key points: US economy facing a “perfect storm” of declining US retail activity, US restaurants & car dealerships in trouble, commercial real estate in trouble, exponentially higher debt. Also, as we have opined previously, the US Federal Reserve really has run out of “good choices” to fight the next economic downturn. Regardless of what they do, it will not be a good situation.
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Immigration And Economics: Ponzi Government Policies In The EU And US

Immigration And Economics: Ponzi Government Policies In The EU And US | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Ghost In The Machine: Foolish Government Economic And Immigration Policies
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Once again we ask the question: What's the REAL story regarding immigration? Has “open borders” delivered more benefits or more problems? Is (was) there a political agenda that had nothing to do with economic / social benefit? The answer to these questions up to you to decide. But just remember that politicians & governments lie, real & honest statistics do not (if you can find them, but you will have to do the digging on your own)
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Millennials Conundrum: How Will This Generation Effect The Economy?

Millennials Conundrum: How Will This Generation Effect The Economy? | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Millennial Generation: What Will Be The Effects On The Economy, Housing Plus More?
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the question is are the younger millennial groups really so different and if so, why? What will the social & economic impacts be going forward? Are any attitude and beliefs positive or negative?
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Visualizing America’s Middle Class Squeeze

Visualizing America’s Middle Class Squeeze | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Explore the map below to see how the distribution of incomes in American cities has changed since 1970. Select one of the eight cities shown and toggle between years. The color and height of each region correspond to that area’s median household income, adjusted for inflation. To navigate the map with a mouse: Rotate = left […]
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Think US middle class income downward mobility is just a myth? Take a look at the following interactive graphic indicating how middle class incomes have FALLEN over the last 40 years.
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Clif High-Fed Will Crash & Fed Is the Market

Internet Data mining expert Clif High’s latest report says, ““The emotions at the moment are projecting a crash of the ability of the state to function. .
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Latest Clif High Interview Key Points: The US Federal Reserve IS the market (stock & bonds markets manipulated by central banks) & maybe the “Fed” will crash? MSM attacking alternative media by cutting off ad revenue stream & income (youtube video posters & other non MSM media see ad revenue drop to zero). Are we looking at a new paradigm for currencies, money, government funding mechanisms? Is the 8 year old correction finally appearing? Deep State in conflict with government reformers.
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Hugo Salinas Price- Apocalypse Is Upon Us

Could a Fed rate hike start the bond market to liquidate? Mexican billionaire and retail magnate Hugo Salinas Price contends, “Apocalypse is upon us . .
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Hugo Salinas Price Interview: Beware the March 15th US Debt Ceiling, Mexicans are Catholics (not Muslim) and therefore “better” immigrants for US to assimilate, a lot of wealth is going to disappear, Mexican Congressman now proposes monetizing silver (hard money coming to Mexico?), savings are source of prosperity (not spending & going into debt)
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Let's Get Physical! The Case For Gold And Other Hard Assets

Let's Get Physical! The Case For Gold And Other Hard Assets | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Why do you need hard assets in an inflationary fiat currency environment? What is fiat currency and why does it devalue every year?
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Here’s the thing. As many Americans are engaged with all the intrigue and political soap opera going on in Washington, D.C. we tend to think the real looming problem being over looked is the economy. Which is to say while following all the efforts to root out corruption & malfeasance in the DOJ, FBI & US State Department is important in terms of being kept informed, these things do not affect our everyday lives. BUT, the economy does. So, what should we be watching? The answer is the money or better said the current US Federal Reserve Notes used as currency in the US. Why?  Because it looks like it could continue to devalue & inflation may be a very real problem affecting all of you very soon. For that reason, you need to be aware of inflation and how to protect yourself from financial calamity IF indeed inflation becomes a serious problem later on in 2018 / 2019.
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EU Bad-Loan-Fiasco-Reform Loses Teeth, Adds Sweeteners for Banks (Funded by Taxpayers)

EU Bad-Loan-Fiasco-Reform Loses Teeth, Adds Sweeteners for Banks (Funded by Taxpayers) | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
After much lobbying, guidelines for banks become “non-binding expectations,” says the ECB.
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Of interest to me from the article: “To provide Member States with a blueprint, albeit non-binding, on how to establish Asset Management Companies (AMCs) or other measures dealing with NPLs.” Translation: create “off balance sheet” juridical entities (read shell companies) to stick all those non performing loans into to make the bank’s balance sheet look better. Take note of all the double digit NPL figures for Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia, Greece & Cyprus. In summary, Europe’s banking sector is still a mess.
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Globalization or Freedom? Corpocracy or Democracy? Which Do You Prefer?

Globalization or Freedom? Corpocracy or Democracy? Which Do You Prefer? | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
What is the role of government & what should it be? Has government perhaps become too enmeshed with corporatism and less focused on the individual citizen when making laws or conducting policy?
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Brexit. Trump. Catalonia. Are all these things a backlash to Globalization? What is Globalization really and should we be concerned about it? What is at stake for our own nations sovereignty & economy? What about our own personal freedom?
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Universal Basic Income: The Answer To Technology Driven Unemployment?

Universal Basic Income: The Answer To Technology Driven Unemployment? | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Can A Universal Basic Income Save Us From The Robots? Why Is Silicon Valley Pushing For This Now?
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Do you remember the “Government Guaranteed Income” AKA “Basic Income” AKA “Negative Income Tax” AKA “Social Dividend” and now the latest “Universal Basic Income” debate from 2015 / 2016? The Swiss even held a referendum on the matter back in 2016 (the people voted NEIN). Well, Guess What? It’s Back, and now Silicon Valley is pushing for this thing. But, is this your average social justice warrior “do good” project? I’m afraid not. It’s more to due with the projected massive “Technology Driven Unemployment” said to be coming and the fact that Silly-Con Vallyites do not want to feel the ire of an angered public. In addition, this is also all about (once again) Socializing the loses (jobs, income) while privatizing the profits.
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Dominican Republic Banking: A Possible Undiscovered Safe Harbor?

Dominican Republic Banking: A Possible Undiscovered Safe Harbor? | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Banking In The Dominican Republic: Is It Really Safer?
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Many of our clients have been worried about the possibility of upcoming bank bail-ins in both the US & Europe. With this theme in mind we are reposting a previous article about Banking / Investing In The Dominican Republic. Some very important notes: 1. Unlike securities brokerage in the US & Europe investors in the Dominican Republic do NOT pay any commissions to participate in new fixed income issues, 2. In terms of securities you purchase,  the local depository CEVALDOM keeps ALL customer securities registered directly to the investor (your broker needs written authorization from you to sell or release your securities from this kind of safekeeping and unlike situations in the US there is no commingling of customer / firm or bank securities / funds), 3. USD & Euro denominated bank accounts and investments are available (and we tend to think bank correspondent accounts in the US & Europe will most like be exempted from any bail-in initiatives). 4. There are no currency or exchange controls in the Dominican Republic. 5. Banking reserve requirements are actually much HIGHER in the DR than in the US or Europe.
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Widodo wants Chinese to keep coming – as investors, not workers

Widodo wants Chinese to keep coming – as investors, not workers | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Indonesian president holds up Hong Kong firms as an example to their mainland counterparts
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We have been watching this trend already in the Dominican Republic (government immigration policy geared towards investors & more difficulty for unemployed foreigners). Indeed it is certainly logical & just as the case with Indonesia, there are still plenty of local unemployed citizens in the DR that need work. So, this would seem to be a new global trend among developing or emerging markets as it pertains to immigration policies (investors & those not taking jobs are welcome, the foreign unemployed need not apply for residency).
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Canada Removes Visa Free Travel For Antigua

Canada Removes Visa Free Travel For Antigua | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
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Many of our clients over the years have “shopped” for a second passport or dual citizenship looking a visa free travel alone. This latest move by Canada demonstrates that a visa free travel privilege can be removed at any time. What should be some of the criteria when considering a another passport, citizenship and place to call your new home? Economy of the new nation, economic growth & business prospects, infrastructure, cost of living, real estate costs, taxes, health care options, schooling options for children, and a whole gamut of other factors to consider. What you should be asking is: Does the nation rely solely on tourism, or is there more than that going on? Is the economy growing and why? Is it a place I would consider living full time? Do I have any investment or worthwhile business opportunities there? And take note of something else as well. The Canadian Government has said they pulled the visa free privilege for Antigua specifically because they know the Antigua Government has an economic citizenship program. In other words, they know people are basically buying the passport. Ironic considering all nations (including Canada) has some form of accelerated or preferential program for investors.
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Immigration Trends: The Middle Class Escape Continues, Or Not?

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Immigration Trends: The Middle Class Escape Continues, Or Not?
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The top immigration topic in the news these past few years of course has involved the so-called refugee crisis in Europe and in the US issues surrounding illegal immigration constantly coming up as well. In the UK, we now hear employment plus “open border” arguments as it pertains to Brexit and the supposed loss of “skill sets” of other EU citizens. However, not many seem to want to talk about how all these immigration issues have affected the middle class average native citizen in these respective countries. In addition, run away government budget deficits, foolish central bank policies, asset bubbles, fiat money creation leading to higher and higher costs for the consumer (just take a look at supermarket food cost increases over the last few years) all put pressure on the average citizen to survive. And especially so for the Millions of Baby Boomers about to or already retired on a fixed monthly income. The solution for many? Get the heck out to a lower cost of living jurisdiction (and hopefully one with a saner immigration policy).
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Dominican Republic Health Insurance

Dominican Republic Health Insurance | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Dominican Republic - Still One Of The Best Countries For Quality Health Care And Low Cost Health Insurance
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For our US clients we have to opine that The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (often referred to as Obamacare which was signed into law on March 23, 2010) was probably the most egregious thing done to America's middle class in recent memory. It was sold to the public as a low cost government health insurance program as an answer to calls by some for a US program to mimic the national health insurance programs in Canada and Europe. They told Americans they can keep their current physician and or hospital they would prefer to use. The said coverage would go up and that premiums would go down. However, what Americans are finding out is that they were sold a bill of goods and faulty goods at that.
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Dominican Republic Advisory And Legal Services

Dominican Republic Advisory And Legal Services | The Economics Of It All | Scoop.it
Helping Clients For 17 Years In The Dominican Republic With Residency Applications, Citizenship, Banking, Incorporations And Real Estate
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With the world in economic & political flux, are there any more stable jurisdictions with lower cost of living, lower real estate prices, lower taxes & a country that has had a positively growing economy over the last 10 years (GDP growth was 6% in 2016)? Yes is the answer. The place? The Dominican Republic. Visit our site for articles & information about banking, real estate, residency, becoming a citizen (second passport) and much more.
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Martin Armstrong-Economic Downturn Will Take World to War

Former hedge fund manager Martin Armstrong, who is an expert on economic and political cycles, says, “You have to understand what makes war even take place
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Recent Martin Armstrong Interview: Possible dual currency system coming to US & US Dollar (one for domestic use and another for international trade use). We wrote an article back in December discussing this very idea = http://www.ascot-advisory.com/2016/Money/ Our fear or the problem is, what will be the REAL money and what will be the “funny money”? We suspect if the US does adopt such a dual currency system, it makes sense the international US Dollar will be the “real” money as if it were not, no one would accept it for trade. Ergo, under such a scenario, the domestic currency would be the “monopoly money”.
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John Williams-Trump Can Save US Dollar

Williams says Trump must address the “long term solvency of the United States.” Williams goes on to say, “If he does this, the rest of the world will say
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Latest John Williams Interview (worth listening): Housing has not really recovered, we are seeing a direct parallel right now to the “Great Depression” of the 1930's, there was no economic recovery from 2008. QE & money creation meant to try and save the banks, not the economy. Value of US Dollar & inflation very serious issues to watch. Long term solvency of US at risk.
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