Somewhat ironically, both the political left and the political right are fighting the same enemy — authoritarianism.
The right is fighting against cancel culture and communism. Good — as we’ve seen recently in Hong Kong, the restriction of freedom of speech is the go-to move of authoritarian governments that refer to themselves as ‘communist’. Democracy cannot be sustained in such an environment.
The left is fighting the rise of nationalism and fake news. Rightly so — if the only truth is what the ‘dear leader’ says is true, then suddenly anyone who dares to point out dangerous lies is…
If you’re frustrated the current stock market bubble seems to be deflating so slowly, you’re not alone. Everyone who calls a bull-market bubble requires incredible fortitude and investing discipline because it can take such a long time before you are ultimately proven right. This period of waiting can be a particularly painful experience as you watch stock prices continue to relentlessly rise. Many investors throw in the towel far too soon and re-invest far too early.
It’s completely normal to doubt your conviction when betting against a bubble. When one pictures a bubble bursting, we tend to think of…
No one said reopening would be cheap — Wells Fargo
It sounds insane but probably more than 20% of all the US currency in circulation in the entire world, was printed in 2020.
The reason? Simple — without a massive injection of liquidity into the banking system and support for the bond market, the banking system could have frozen up the way it did in 2008, potentially triggering one of the deepest depressions in history.
The problem? We’re not out of the woods yet.
I’ve been watching, half with dread and half with morbid curiosity, the approach of Bitcoin’s death cross.
Normally, frothy melt-ups and melt-downs like we’ve recently experienced in the SPAC and cryptocurrency markets are cause for serious concern. Often, these kinds of market actions are associated with the blow-off top of a bull market. Yet, although parts of the market are frothy and many stocks are at near all-time-high valuations, contagion has yet to spread to the broader market in any significant way.
Bullish investors are anticipating the next rally to new highs and simultaneously, bearish investors are wondering what’s…
‘Sean Spicer, our Press Secretary, gave … alternative facts.’ — Kellyanne Conway
‘Alternative facts’ have inflated the stock market throughout 2020 into arguably one of the largest bull traps in history. The government tells us to ignore obvious signs the world may never achieve global herd immunity. Central Banks tell us to ignore obvious signs of rapidly increasing inflation. CNBC says all is well, a new bull market is upon us, and we should simply ignore our lying eyes.
No wonder Reddit threads, YouTubers, and even professional money managers keep telling us to ignore obvious signs of sky-high valuations…
People are getting vaccinated, the economy is re-opening, and the world is hopefully getting back to normal soon. This should be great for stocks, right?
Although stocks, real estate, and cryptocurrencies have all benefited immeasurably from stimulus checks, QE to infinity, and interest rates locked near zero, true price discovery is currently next to impossible. Too many investors remain complacent — this is dangerous.
The problem is, as we continue getting more and more good economic news, lawmakers are going to become more and more reluctant to continue pandemic stimulus spending and the Federal Reserve is going…
‘Fortune favors the bold’ – Virgil
Cryptocurrencies are currently experiencing a kind of modern-day gold rush. Many popular cryptocurrencies and NFTs (non-fungible tokens) have risen hundreds and even thousands of percent in only a matter of months. For example, in only 6 months, Dogecoin (mentioned by Elon Musk) remains up over 12,000% even after dropping nearly 50% from its all-time high.
Blockchain, the technology cryptocurrencies are based on, appears to already be displacing many older, outdated business models with cheaper, faster, more secure business transactions. …
Twice before in history, worldwide markets have experienced a sharp, deep, unexpected sell-off (like we experience in 2020), a rally, and finally a much deeper, multi-year bear market and economic depression.
The world appears to be on the precipice again.
Governments and central banks are trying to spend their way out of the current recession without triggering runaway inflation. Based on recent stock market action, it appears investors don’t believe the balancing act is going well.
Today, we will explore the financial shocks that preceded the two worst bear markets of all time and what the 2020 stock market…
If you’ve been thinking;
After the pandemic, I really don’t want to go back to the office full time. Life is too short. I’ve got to make a major change – do something meaningful with my life ’ …
… you’re not alone.
According to Kevin Roose at the New York Times, a combination of corporate burn-out, stay-at-home-savings, easy stock market money, and stories about fortunes being made in NFTs, cryptocurrency, and meme stocks are making Millenials rethink their life choices.
As Kevin summarized so succinctly;
You can’t take anything away from Elon Musk. Although he didn’t found Tesla or even come up with the idea for an electric vehicle, Elon Musk has nearly singlehandedly taken electric vehicles (EVs) from the realm of science fiction to science fact. In another couple of decades (or less), Tesla will go down in history as the company that killed the internal combustion engine (ICE).
Edward Iftody is a Communication Coach, author of Surviving Work, a veteran of the Canadian fin-tech industry and a blockchain enthusiast.