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John Jacques
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Mar 03, 2021
Need a Favorable Cryptocurrency Review? Buy One

Need a Favorable Cryptocurrency Review? Buy One

Cryptocurrency has mostly outgrown its wild west years, but it has not completely left them behind. Reuters reports that cryptocurrency issuers seeking positive press for their offerings in the hype-centric world of digital currencies have a vibrant ecosystem of options to choose from – for the right price.

The prevalence of pay-to-play-styled businesses with unregulated ethical standards has raised questions about the validity of various coin offerings while threatening to draw the ire of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Influencer marketing on the internet is hardly unique – a quick look at Instagram, YouTube, and other social media platforms means engaging with plentiful ads, covert or otherwise. But lack of disclosure to customers about promotional relationships may soon place digital currencies in the SEC’s crosshairs.

The SEC issued a warning in 2017 that “virtual coins or tokens may be securities and subject to the federal securities laws.” This was the regulator’s opening salvo; it was followed by a statement on their website that “…any celebrity or other individual who promotes a virtual token or coin that is a security must disclose the nature, scope, and amount of compensation received in exchange for the promotion.” Non-compliance means “a violation of anti-touting provisions of federal securities laws and may also be fraud.”

Transparency and disclosure among so-called ‘experts’ in the digital currency world are largely the exception, not the rule. One scandal covered in Reuters’ report involved supposedly unpaid (and background check-vetted) specialists on ICO listing and rating service ICObench, who were accused of accepting payment in exchange for positive ratings. The company, who strongly denies their ratings can be paid for, removed all ratings from the two experts in question after their connection to the controversy, but the episode did little to assuage fears about rating validity.

Cryptocurrency research firms exist to provide information to investors, but the reports they issue are often funded by the project being scrutinized. One company, Spero, does offer general disclosures, but they are often “not specific about whether a payment was made by the client whose project is being assessed, and if so, how much.”

There are additional ways to manufacture hype. ICO agencies exist to “offer crypto issuers active followers and posts on social media platforms such as Telegram, Reddit and Bitcointalk.” One, called TGE.company, offers comments written by “professional copywriters with extensive experience in ICO.” Agencies also pay writers “to publish stories mentioning their clients, or linking back to their clients’ websites,” with prices running the gamut from $100 to $10,000.

While the SEC has yet to clarify which virtual currencies it classifies as securities, it has “brought enforcement actions against a dozen or so companies connected to ICOs, some of which the agency has identified as unregistered securities offerings, and therefore subject to its regulation,” says Reuters. Outside promoters of cryptocurrencies have thus far escaped sanctions, but that may be changing in a climate where anyone can promote themselves as a crypto expert to sway investor opinion.

 

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Sergey Savastiouk
published in Blogs
Mar 07, 2021
4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

If the stock market were Major League Baseball, hedge funds and institutional investors would be the pros on championship teams while everyday self-directed investors (SDIs) are the benchwarmers in the minors.It’s how they get ahead, and it’s why 90% of SDIs lose money trying to play (invest and trade) in the major leagues. The 4 tricks we discuss below are rooted in one common theme: they all use Artificial Intelligence and algorithms to generate data and ideas.
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John Jacques
published in Blogs
Mar 22, 2018
A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

Statistics for the Head-and-Shoulders Bottom Pattern The days where only hedge funds used algorithms to trade stocks are officially over. Now retail investors can use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.  Here’s an example of the algorithm in action: Late last year, Tickeron’s A.I.
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Sergey Savastiouk
published in Blogs
Jul 10, 2020
3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

By analyzing market trends from the first wave, you can predict behavior for the second. Technology stocks have performed at historic levels this year, but the market is severely overbought.To compensate for that, look at performance during Q1 and Q2, the height of global Covid shutdowns.
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Edward Flores
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Feb 06, 2021
How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

The Golden Gate Bridge is always a fixture of these walks too, one of man's most beautiful creations.  As we were walking, at one point she turned to me and said, "Man, I'll never have a million dollars."" My girlfriend is 27 years old and works as a graphic designer, making about $75,000 a year.
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Alla Petriaieva
published in Blogs
Feb 23, 2021
Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Ethereum’s software is set for an update in October.Until it is finished, participants in the Ethereum blockchain must determine how to delay the difficulty bomb – code that necessitates a steadily increasing amount of computer power to mine blocks and unlock rewards – that is already in place.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Aug 07, 2018
When Is the Next Recession Coming?

When Is the Next Recession Coming?

However, we also know that economists predicted 22 recessions out of 11 that took place since 1945. Are there real recession signs we should watch for?Indeed, the answer is yes, and here are a few very important ones: The first one is almost obvious and known to everyone – it is the Fed.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 22, 2020
Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

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Rick Pendergraft
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Feb 07, 2021
Mid-January Short Interest Report Shows 8 Stocks with Good Fundamentals and High Short Interest
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 10, 2021
How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

Penny stocks have long been marginalized within the professional investment community, oftentimes being painted with a broad brush of simply being “too risky.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s depiction of the penny stock peddling conman, Jordan Belfort, in the Wolf of Wall Street certainly didn’t help.Here are four reasons to start trading them now. Reason #1: Let’s State the Obvious -- Penny Stocks are Cheap A single share of Apple Inc. costs over $350.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 08, 2020
US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

The U.S. economy’s employment fell by -20.5 million in April. The coronavirus crisis led to unemployment rate soaring to 14.7% in the U.S, the highest rate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics-tracked series history that goes back to 1948. However, the figures were better compared to several economists'/analysts' forecasts of 22 million job losses and 16% unemployment rate.  Another unemployment measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well as those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons also touched an all-time high of 22.8%.
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