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Flatten the Curve. #18. The current cold war between China and America explained. And how China was behind the 2008 Wall Street financial Crash. World War 3 is coming.

China, the USA, and the Afghanistan war are linked. And in order to get here, we will start there.
9-11 happened. Most of the planet mistakenly understood terrorists had struck a blow against Freedom and Capitalism and Democracy. It was time to invade Afghanistan. Yet all of the terrorists were linked to Saudi Arabia and not Afghanistan, that didn't make sense either. Yet they invaded to find Bin Laden, an ex CIA asset against the Soviet Union and it's subjugation of Afghanistan. The land in the middle of nowhere in relation to North America and the West. It was barren. A backwater without any strategic importance or natural resources.
Or was there?
The survey for rare earth elements was only made possible by the 2001 U.S. invasion, with work beginning in 2004. Mirzad says the Russians had already done significant surveying work during their military occupation of the country in the 1980s. Mirzad also toes the line for U.S. corporations, arguing, “The Afghan government should not touch the mining business. We have to give enough information to potential investors.”
Rare Earth Elements. The elements that make the information age possible. People could understand the First Gulf War and the Geopolitical importance of oil. That was easy, but it still didn't sound morally just to have a war for oil. It was too imperialist and so they fell in line and supported a war for Kuwaiti freedom instead, despite the obvious and public manipulation at the UN by Nayirah.
This is some of her testimony to the Human Rights Council.
While I was there, I saw the Iraqi soldiers come into the hospital with guns. They took the babies out of the incubators, took the incubators and left the children to die on the cold floor. It was horrifying. I could not help but think of my nephew who was born premature and might have died that day as well. After I left the hospital, some of my friends and I distributed flyers condemning the Iraqi invasion until we were warned we might be killed if the Iraqis saw us.
The Iraqis have destroyed everything in Kuwait. They stripped the supermarkets of food, the pharmacies of medicine, the factories of medical supplies, ransacked their houses and tortured neighbors and friends.
There was only one problem. She was the daughter of Saud Al-Sabah, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United States. Furthermore, it was revealed that her testimony was organized as part of the Citizens for a Free Kuwait public relations campaign, which was run by the American public relations firm Hill & Knowlton for the Kuwaiti government (fun fact, Hill & Knowlton also have extensive ties with Bill Gates).
So the public was aghast at her testimony and supported the war against the mainly Soviet backed, but also American supported and Soviet backed Saddam Hussein, in his war against Iran, after the Iranians refused to Ally with American interests after the Islamic Revolution.
But that was oil, this was Rare Earth Elements. There was a reason the war was called, Operation Enduring Freedom. This natural resource was far more important in the long run. You couldn't have a security surveillance apparatus without it. And what was supposed to be a war on terror was in actuality a territorial occupation for resources.
Sleeping Dragon China is next, and where there's smoke, there's fire.
Let's go point form for clarity.
• China entered the rare earth market in the mid-1980s, at a time when the US was the major producer. But China soon caught up and became the production leader for rare earths. Its heavily state-supported strategy was aimed at dominating the global rare earth industry.
• 1989 Beijing’s Tiananmen Square spring. The U.S. government suspends military sales to Beijing and freezes relations.
• 1997. Clinton secures the release of Wei and Tiananmen Square protester Wang Dan. Beijing deports both dissidents to the United States. (If you don't understand these two were CIA assets working in China, you need to accept that not everything will be published. America wouldn't care about two political activists, but why would care about two intelligence operatives).
• March 1996. Taiwan’s First Free Presidential Vote.
• May 1999. America "accidently" bombs the Belgrade Chinese Embassy.
• 2002 Price competitiveness was hard for the USA to achieve due to low to non-existent Chinese environmental standards; as a result, the US finally stopped its rare earth production.
• October 2000. U.S. President Bill Clinton signs the U.S.-China Relations Act. China's take over of the market share in rare earth elements starts to increase.
• October 2001. Afghanistan war Enduring Freedom started to secure rare earth elements (Haven't you ever wondered how they could mobilize and invade so quickly? The military was already prepared).
• 2005. China establishes a monopoly on global production by keeping mineral prices low and then panics markets by introducing export quotas to raise prices by limiting supply.
• Rare Earth Elements. Prices go into the stratosphere (for example, dysprosium prices do a bitcoin, rocketing from $118/kg to $2,262/kg between 2008 and 2011).
• In a September 2005. Deputy Secretary of State Robert B. Zoellick initiates a strategic dialogue with China. This was presented as dialog to acknowledge China's emergence as a Superpower (which China probably insisted on), but it was about rare earth elements market price.
• October 2006. China allows North Korea to conduct its first nuclear test, China serves as a mediator to bring Pyongyang back to the negotiating table with the USA.
• September 2006. American housing prices start to fall.
(At some point after this, secret negotiations must have become increasingly hostile).
• March 2007. China Increases Military Spending. U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney says China’s military buildup is “not consistent” with the country’s stated goal of a “peaceful rise.”
• Mid-2005 and mid-2006. China bought between $100b and $250 billion of US housing debt between mid-2005 and mid-2006. This debt was bought using the same financial instruments that caused the financial collapse.
• 2006. Housing prices started to fall for the first time in decades.
• Mid-2006 and mid-2007. China likely added another $390b to its reserves. "At the same time, if China stopped buying -- especially now, when the private market is clogged up -- US financial markets would really seize up." Council on Foreign Relations-2007 August
• February 27, 2007. Stock markets in China and the U.S. fell by the most since 2003. Investors leave the money market and flock to Government backed Treasury Bills.
I've never seen it like this before,'' said Jim Galluzzo, who began trading short-maturity Treasuries 20 years ago and now trades bills at RBS Greenwich Capital in Greenwich, Connecticut.Bills right now are trading like dot-coms.''
We had clients asking to be pulled out of money market funds and wanting to get into Treasuries,'' said Henley Smith, fixed-income manager in New York at Castleton Partners, which oversees about $150 million in bonds.People are buying T-bills because you know exactly what's in it.''
• February 13, 2008. The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 was enacted, which included a tax rebate. The total cost of this bill was projected at $152 billion for 2008. A December 2009 study found that only about one-third of the tax rebate was spent, providing only a modest amount of stimulus.
• September 2008. China Becomes Largest U.S. Foreign Creditor at 600 billion dollars.
• 2010. China’s market power peaked in when it reached a market share of around 97% of all rare earth mineral production. Outside of China, there were almost no other producers left.
Outside of China, the US is the second largest consumer of rare earths in the world behind Japan.
About 60% of US rare earth imports are used as catalysts for petroleum refining, making it the country’s major consumer of rare earths.
The US military also depends on rare earths. Many of the most advanced US weapon systems, including smart bombs, unmanned drones, cruise missiles, laser targeting, radar systems and the Joint Strike Fighter programme rely on rare earths. Against this background, the US Department of Defense (DoD) stated that “reliable access to the necessary material is a bedrock requirement for DOD”
• 2010. A trade dispute arose when the Chinese government reduced its export quotas by 40% in 2010, sending the rare earths prices in the markets outside China soaring. The government argued that the quotas were necessary to protect the environment.
• August 2010. China Becomes World’s Second-Largest Economy.
• November 2011. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton outlines a U.S. “pivot” to Asia. Clinton’s call for “increased investment—diplomatic, economic, strategic, and otherwise—in the Asia-Pacific region” is seen as a move to counter China’s growing clout.
• December 2011. U.S. President Barack Obama announces the United States and eight other nations have reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership later announces plans to deploy 2,500 marines in Australia, prompting criticism from Beijing.
• November 2012. China’s New Leadership. Xi Jinping replaces Hu Jintao as president, Communist Party general secretary, and chairman of the Central Military Commission. Xi delivers a series of speeches on the “rejuvenation” of China.
• June 2013. U.S. President Barack Obama hosts Chinese President Xi Jinping for a “shirt-sleeves summit”
• May 19, 2014. A U.S. court indicts five Chinese hackers, allegedly with ties to China’s People’s Liberation Army, on charges of stealing trade technology from U.S. companies.
• November 12, 2014. Joint Climate Announcement. Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping issue a joint statement on climate change, pledging to reduce carbon emissions. (which very conveniently allows the quotas to fall and save pride for Xi).
• 2015. China drops the export quotas because in 2014, the WTO ruled against China.
• May 30, 2015 U.S. Warns China Over South China Sea. (China is trying to expand it's buffer zone to build a defense for the coming war).
• January 2016. The government to abolish the one-child policy, now allowing all families to have two children.
• February 9, 2017. Trump Affirms One China Policy After Raising Doubts.
• April 6 – 7, 2017. Trump Hosts Xi at Mar-a-Lago. Beijing and Washington to expand trade of products and services like beef, poultry, and electronic payments, though the countries do not address more contentious trade issues including aluminum, car parts, and steel.
• November 2017. President Xi meets with President Trump in another high profile summit.
• March 22, 2018. Trump Tariffs Target China. The White House alleges Chinese theft of U.S. technology and intellectual property. Coming on the heels of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, the measures target goods including clothing, shoes, and electronics and restrict some Chinese investment in the United States.
• July 6, 2018 U.S.-China Trade War Escalates.
• September 2018. Modifications led to the exclusion of rare earths from the final list of products and they consequently were not subject to import tariffs imposed by the US government in September 2018.
• October 4, 2018. Pence Speech Signals Hard-Line Approach. He condemns what he calls growing Chinese military aggression, especially in the South China Sea, criticizes increased censorship and religious persecution by the Chinese government, and accuses China of stealing American intellectual property and interfering in U.S. elections.
• December 1, 2018. Canada Arrests Huawei Executive.
• March 6, 2019. Huawei Sues the United States.
• March 27 2019. India and the US signed an agreement to "strengthen bilateral security and civil nuclear cooperation" including the construction of six American nuclear reactors in India
• May 10, 2019. Trade War Intensifies.
• August 5, 2019. U.S. Labels China a Currency Manipulator.
• November 27, 2019. Trump Signs Bill Supporting Hong Kong Protesters. Chinese officials condemn the move, impose sanctions on several U.S.-based organizations, and suspend U.S. warship visits to Hong Kong.
• January 15, 2020. ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal Signed. But the agreement maintains most tariffs and does not mention the Chinese government’s extensive subsidies. Days before the signing, the United States dropped its designation of China as a currency manipulator.
• January 31, 2020. Tensions Soar Amid Coronavirus Pandemic.
• March 18, 2020. China Expels American Journalists. The Chinese government announces it will expel at least thirteen journalists from three U.S. newspapers—the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post—whose press credentials are set to expire in 2020. Beijing also demands that those outlets, as well as TIME and Voice of America, share information with the government about their operations in China. The Chinese Foreign Ministry says the moves are in response to the U.S. government’s decision earlier in the year to limit the number of Chinese journalists from five state-run media outlets in the United States to 100, down from 160, and designate those outlets as foreign missions.
And here we are. You may have noticed the Rare Earth Elements and the inclusion of Environmental Standards. Yes these are key to understanding the Geopolitical reality and importance of these events. There's a reason the one child policy stopped. Troop additions.
I believe our current political reality started at Tiananmen square. The protests were an American sponsored attempt at regime change after the failure to convince them to leave totalitarian communism and join a greater political framework.
Do I have proof? Yes.
China, as far as I'm concerned, was responsible for the 2008 economic crisis. The Rare Earth Elements were an attempt to weaken the States and strengthen themselves simultaneously. This stranglehold either forced America to trade with China, or the trade was an American Trojan horse to eventually collapse their economy and cause a revolution after Tiananmen Square failed. Does my second proposal sound far fetched? Didn't the economy just shut down in response to the epidemic? Aren't both sides blaming the other? At this POINT, the epidemic seems to be overstated doesn’t it? Don't the casualties tend to the elder demographic and those already weakened by a primary disease?
Exactly the kinds who wouldn't fight in a war.
Does this change some of my views on the possibility of upcoming catastrophes and reasons for certain events? No. This is Chess, and there are obvious moves in chess, hidden moves in chess, but the best moves involve peices which can be utilized in different ways if the board calls for it.
Is all what it seems? No.
I definitely changed a few previously held beliefs prior to today, and I would caution you in advance that you will find some previously held convictions challenged.
After uncovering what I did today, I would also strongly suggest reading information cautiously. This is all merely a culmination of ending the cold war, and once I have events laid out, you will see it as well.
At this moment, the end analysis is a war will start in the near future. This will be mainly for a few reasons, preemptive resource control for water and crops, population reduction can be achieved since we have too many people, not enough jobs, and upcoming resource scarcity.
Did you notice my omission of rare earth elements? This is because of Afghanistan. I would wager China or Russia is somehow supporting the continued resistance through Iran. But events are now accelerating with China because the western collation has already begun to build up their mines and start production.
Do you remember when Trump made a "joke" about buying Greenland? Yeah. It turns out that Greenland has one of the largest rare earth mineral deposits on the planet.
Take care. Be safe. Stay aware and be prepared.
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Why are Visa, Mastercard and PayPal ready to integrate crypto payments?

Why are Visa, Mastercard and PayPal ready to integrate crypto payments?

Why are Visa, Mastercard and PayPal ready to integrate crypto payments?
In the past few months, payment giants Visa, Mastercard and PayPal have radically changed their attitude towards cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology, announcing their intention to integrate crypto payments into their systems. It is about the process of global adoption of crypto-innovation in the world of traditional finance.

Visa experience

On March 16, 2018, Visa CFO Vasant Prabhu criticized cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, stressing that these assets are a bubble. Then Bitcoin was worth $8,300.
On July 22 of this year, when the first cryptocurrency rose to $9,360, a message appeared on the official Visa blog with a completely different message entitled “Developing our approach to digital currency.” In this post, the company revealed that its partnership with two regulated crypto platforms, Coinbase and Fold, is part of a corporate strategy to integrate digital currencies into its payment system, reaching 61 million retailers. In its message, the company highlighted the importance of stablecoins, which “have stepped outside the fintech sphere,” and now include a number of financial institutions and central banks in their ecosystem.
From the message of the payment giant it became known that “more than 25 digital wallets have linked their services to Visa.” Visa also noted that these 25 crypto service providers will be able to leverage the payment giant’s full range of capabilities, including the Visa Direct option and the FastTrack platform. It is worth noting that the corporation also supported financially the company Anchorage, which is studying the issues of cybersecurity of cryptocurrency ecosystems. Visa says the company’s main goal is “to continue to do what we do best: develop our system, supporting new forms of commerce.”
On July 28, at a meeting with investors, in which Vasant Prabhu took part, it was said in detail that Visa sees great potential for its own development in the growing popularity of e-commerce and digital payments. It was also mentioned about the corporate payment system Visa B2B Connect, which is designed to perform international financial transfers without the help of the usually slow correspondent banking network.

Mastercard experience

A similar evolution is taking place before our eyes with Visa’s competitor — Mastercard payment system.
So, on July 26, 2018, the CEO of Mastercard, Ajay Banga, compared cryptocurrencies to things that are thrown into the trash. However, two years later, the payment corporation has largely changed its approach to cryptocurrencies. On July 20, it became known that Mastercard has signed an agreement with the Wirex cryptocurrency company. This financial startup allows you to buy and sell cryptocurrencies for fiat money. Since last month, Wirex has become a member of the Mastercard ecosystem with the right to independently issue cards from this payment giant. We will remind that earlier, in February of this year, a similar decision was made by the Visa corporation in relation to the Coinbase crypto exchange.
Moreover, Mastercard intends to launch a special program to support other crypto companies. As Raj Damodaran, Executive Vice President of Digital Assets, Blockchain Products and Partnerships, Mastercard explained, “The crypto market continues to evolve, and the corporation is helping to advance it by providing reliable and secure services for individuals and companies in the modern digital economy.

PayPal experience

Another payment giant, PayPal, has long been silent about any intention to integrate cryptocurrencies into its structure. However, on July 14, a letter from the corporation to officials of the European Commission was published in the media, where PayPal admitted that it is actively developing applications using cryptocurrencies.
The number of PayPal users worldwide exceeds 300 million people, and the company operates in Europe thanks to its banking and payment services license obtained in Luxembourg. In total, the PayPal payment service is represented in 31 European countries, where the company serves 95 million merchants and retail consumers. It is worth noting that PayPal, along with Visa and Mastercard, was previously part of the Swiss Libra Association, which is implementing Facebook’s crypto project to launch the Libra stablecoin.
The fact that PayPal is developing a roadmap for integrating its own payment crypto services is also clearly demonstrated by the announcement of the recruitment of members of the blockchain technology research team, which requires a senior research engineer. This specialist will be responsible for “development, creation and maintenance of key crypto products / services that will be focused on increasing the efficiency and scale of services provided by PayPal.” Information about the open vacancy appeared at the end of June.
PayPal does not deny its interest in the cryptosphere, but has not yet confirmed information about the development of certain crypto applications or services, for example, based on the Venmo mobile application, which is affiliated with the payment giant.

Who will be the leader in this race?

Nevertheless, crypto market players themselves are actively looking for ways to integrate with PayPal. This is illustrated by the example of blockchain company Pundi X, which integrated PayPal support for its Xpos merchant device on July 1.
Another player in the crypto industry, the fintech company Ripple, has not only supported the classic payment operator MoneyGram by buying 10% of its share capital and investing a total of $50 million, but continues to invest in the integration of cryptocurrencies into this service. Following the results of the second quarter, Ripple transferred $15.1 million to MoneyGram. It is curious that in June another payment operator, Western Union, became interested in the innovative successes of MoneyGram, which is considering buying a competitor. It is worth noting that back in January this year, experts from Credit Suisse Bank published a report in which they noted Western Union’s interest in blockchain technology and Ripple’s payment innovations.
The competition for the integration of cryptocurrencies into the services of payment operators is becoming more and more intense. And one of the main participants in this race was the People’s Bank of China with a digital yuan project. At the same time, in January, even before the aggravation of relations between the United States and China, American PayPal became the first foreign payment operator to officially enter the Chinese market after acquiring a local player GoPay.

The next development step is neobanks

Meanwhile, a number of fintech startups are engaged in the integration of cryptocurrencies into financial services, which can potentially challenge all of the above organizations, including the People’s Bank of China with its digital yuan.
Jack Dorsey’s Square company was able to receive revenue from operations with bitcoins in the amount of $306 million in the first quarter of this year. This cryptocurrency service was launched back in 2018, but only in 2020 saw a significant increase in financial indicators. At the same time, since March, through the Square Financial Services division, Jack Dorsey’s company has been able to provide services as a digital bank.
Another fintech giant, Revolut US, with the support of crypto company Paxos, began offering cryptocurrency trading services in all US states on July 15, with the exception of Tennessee. Curiously, traditional financial service providers are also interested in a new partnership with the cryptocurrency “unicorn”. So, on June 20, the international company Revolut announced that it was integrating American Express services for its customers.
In the case of Square, Robinhood and Revolut, this is not just about trading services, which are provided by various crypto exchanges. After all, all these companies are de facto neobanks — digital financial organizations that have every opportunity to integrate cryptocurrencies into their services, thanks to various partnerships. And the range of possibilities of such neobanks is much higher than that of traditional payment giants.
That is why in the near future we will witness how Visa, Mastercard and PayPal will actively explore the possibilities of buying or investing in a ready-made cryptocurrency infrastructure. These corporations are entering the crypto world, as it is increasingly becoming a matter of their survival in the rapidly changing global financial system.
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End of day summary - 04/01

The Dow fell 973.65, or 4.44%, to 20,943.51, the Nasdaq lost 339.52, or 4.41%, to 7,360.58, and the S&P 500 declined 114.09, or 4.41%, to 2,470.50.
The stock market retreated more than 4% to start the second quarter on Wednesday, as President Trump warned that the next two weeks will be "very painful" in terms of coronavirus fatalities. The S&P 500 (-4.4%), Dow Jones Industrial Average (-4.4%), and Nasdaq Composite (-4.4%) each fell 4.4%. The Russell 2000 underperformed with a 7.1% decline.
In COVID-19 news, The Hill reported that Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said he will sign an executive order requiring the state's residents to limit their movement outside of their homes. DeSantis has faced intense criticism for refusing to issue a stay-at-home order, the report noted.
Meanwhile, the latest data from the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering shows there are now 911,308 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 45,497 deaths due to the disease.
The coronavirus task force on Tuesday estimated that deaths attributed to COVID-19 could total 100,000-240,000 in the U.S. with daily deaths projected to peak in two weeks. To help contain the outbreak, and hopefully bring these figures down, Florida, Nevada, and Pennsylvania joined the growing list of states to issue 'stay at home' orders for 30 days.
Original assumptions made by the medical community were based on the data coming out of China, which the U.S. intelligence community said underrepresented the real number of cases and deaths in the country, according to Bloomberg. The White House's projections, based on new data being released every day, had the market worried about the social and psychological effects on the economy.

In U.S. data, ADP reported private payrolls fell "only" 27,000 in March, which was not as bad as many had forecast. However, ADP acknowledged the data don't really reflect the realities on the ground as a lot of the firings have taken place after the week that ended its survey. The ISM manufacturing index dropped 1.0 point to 49.1 in March, which was also not as bad as feared. Markit's manufacturing PMI was revised down to 48.5 in the final print for March. That was a little lower than the 49.2 flash reading for the month and down 2.2 points from February's 50.7 reading. Construction spending dropped 1.3% in February.
In China, the Caixin manufacturing PMI climbed 9.8 points to 50.1 in March, almost fully recovering from the 10.8 point drop to the record low of 40.3 in February. The better than expected bounce is in line with the surprising 16.3 point jump in the official index to 52.0.
In turn, no S&P 500 sector was spared in today's sell-off with ten sectors losing at least 3.0%, including 6.1% declines in the real estate and utilities sectors. The consumer staples sector performed relatively better with a 1.8% decline.
In M&A news, TMUS announced that it has officially completed its merger with S to create the new T-Mobile. The company also announced that with close of the merger, it has successfully completed its long-planned CEO transition from John Legere to Mike Sievert ahead of schedule.
Among the notable losers was XRX, -7.1% withdrawing its offer to acquire HPQ, -14.5%, MAR, -7.6% disclosing a data breach that affected 5.2 million customers, and M, -9.8% being removed from the S&P 500.
Shares of GM fell 7.3% after the automaker announced that it delivered 618,335 vehicles in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of about 7% compared to a year ago. "The industry experienced significant declines in March due to the outbreak of COVID-19," noted GM in its sales announcement. Meanwhile, FCAU reported a 10% decline in its first quarter sales to 446,768 vehicles, also noting that "the strong momentum in January and February was more than offset by the negative economic impact of the coronavirus in March." Additionally, Toyota North America (TM) reported that sales in March fell 36.9% on a volume basis and 31.8% on a daily selling rate basis year-over-year.
Among the noteworthy gainers was KGC, which rose over 11% after it said its mines continue to operate and have not materially been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The company also withdrew guidance for fiscal 2020 in light of the outbreak. Also higher was AMRN, which surged 24.5% after Jefferies analyst Michael Yee hosted a conference call with life sciences patent lawyer Jacob Sherkow to discuss the Vascepa patent litigation. During the call, Sherkow said that he believes Amarin has a 50% chance to win an appeal and a more than 80% chance of getting an injunction.
In the oil market, the Wall Street Journal reported that Cherony7 is scheduled to meet Friday with the heads of some of the largest U.S. oil companies to discuss government measures to help the industry weather an unprecedented oil crash. The meeting is to take place at the White House and will include Trump, XOM Chief Executive Darren Woods, CVX Chief Executive Mike Wirth, OXY Chief Executive Vicki Hollub and Harold Hamm, executive chairman of CLR, according to the Journal.
Stocks in Asia were lower on Wednesday as a private survey showed Chinese manufacturing activity expanding slightly in March. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 led losses among the region’s major markets as it dropped 4.5% to close at 18,065.41.

Currency

The dollar advanced on Wednesday, with markets staring at what looked likely to be one of the worst economic contractions in decades as the world confronts the coronavirus pandemic. The U.S. Dollar Index rose 0.6% to 99.65, approaching yesterday's high.

Treasury

U.S. Treasuries ended the midweek session on a mixed note for the second day in a row, but shorter tenors underperformed today while longer tenors recovered yesterday's losses. The long end outperformed from the start after Treasury futures rallied overnight. That rally took place as most global equity markets faced renewed selling pressure to begin Q2. 10s and 30s built on their opening gains during the first two hours of trade, while the 2-yr note headed in the opposite direction before rallying toward its high into the close. Interestingly, the late push in the 2-yr note took place as longer tenors slipped to fresh lows.

Commodity

Gold prices firmed on Wednesday as investors sought safe-haven assets after somber U.S. economic data exacerbated fears of a economic downturn amid increasing lockdowns and other restrictions globally to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
U.S. grain and soybean futures fell in tandem with a sinking stock market on Wednesday, with wheat down more than 3% in its largest slide in more than a month after nearly two weeks of gains fueled by coronavirus grocery stockpiling. Soybeans fell more than 2%, the most in 2-1/2 weeks, and most corn contracts posted fresh life-of-contract lows as worries over burdensome supplies weighed on prices.

Crypto

Following Bitcoin’s bout of consolidation within the mid-$6,000 region, the benchmark cryptocurrency has seen a slight decline that has led it down towards the support that has been established around $6,000.

YTD

  • FAAMG + some penny stocks -18.0% YTD
  • Spoos -23.5% YTD
  • Old man -26.6% YTD
  • Russy -35.8% YTD
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White Paper, Miner, Pizza … | "Old Objects" in the Cryptocurrency Museum

White Paper, Miner, Pizza … |
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Museum has played the role of a time recorder. Talking about bitcoin, more than ten years has passed since the creation of it. Although it is uncomparable to the stock market with a hundred years of history, during the ten years, in the different stages of the development of bitcoin and blockchain have continuously poured in geeks, miners, speculators, newbies, leaving keywords such as sudden rich, myth, scam, belief, revolution, etc.
There are also many “old objects” with stories in the “Museum” of the cryptocurrency realm. On Museum Day, let ’s review the stories brought by these “old objects”.
The First Digital Currency White Paper — Bitcoin White Paper
On Oct. 31, 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto released the Bitcoin white paper — A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System in the cryptographic mail group where he belongs, and Bitcoin was born since then.
A white paper is a document that explains the purpose and technology used in cryptocurrency. Usually a cryptocurrency uses the white paper to help people understand what it provides, and it is also an important information channel for investors to understand a project. Therefore, the level of the white paper affects people’s confidence towards the coin.
In a word, in the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry, the value of a white paper is equivalent to that of a standard financing speech. The white paper plays a vital role in this emerging market.
The First Public Bitcoin-Physical Transaction — Pizza
Since Satoshi Nakamoto mined the Bitcoin genesis block on January 3, 2009, Bitcoin has only been spread among the small crowd and has not realized its value.
Not until May 22, 2010, Bitcoin enthusiast “Laszlo Hanyecz” bought a pizza coupon worth $25 with 10,000 bitcoins. This is the first public bitcoin-physical transaction. Bitcoin has its price with 0.3 cents per bitcoin.


This day has also become the famous “Bitcoin Pizza Day” in Bitcoin history. Bitcoin as the imagination of the financial system has more practical significance. The tenth anniversary is coming. How will you commemorate it? Will you buy a pizza?
The First Digital Asset Exchange — Bitcoinmarket.com
After the birth of Bitcoin, in addition to mining, the only way to get Bitcoin in the early days was to conduct transactions on forums or IRC (commonly known as Internet Relay Chat). However, this method involves both long transaction time and great security risk.
In March 2010, the first digital asset exchange — Bitcoinmarket.com launched. However, due to lack of liquidity and transaction depth, it disappeared soon after its establishment, but Bitcoinmarket.com opened the era of the operation of the cryptocurrency realm exchange 1.0.


On June 9, 2011, China’s first Bitcoin exchange — Bitcoin China (BTCChina) launched. Its founder, Yang Linke, translated Bitcoin into Chinese “比特币” for the first time. In 2013, China’s bitcoin trading entered the golden age, and exchanges sprung up. China monopolized more than 90% of the world’s bitcoin transactions. Now, if the top three exchanges Binance, Huobi Global, OKEx are the Exchange 2.0, then the index exchange represented by 58COIN called the 3.0 version, leading the trend.
The First Generation of High-Performance Miner — ASIC Miner
When Satoshi Nakamoto created Bitcoin, the only way to get it is to use computers (including home computers) to mine, mainly relying on the CPU to calculate. However, as the value of digital currencies such as Bitcoin has become higher and higher, mining has become an industry with the competition is getting fiercer, accompanied by increasing difficulty of mining. Therefore, hardware performance competition starts.
In July 2012, the genius Jiang Xinyu (Internet nickname is “Friedcat”) from the junior class of the University of Science and Technology declared at the forum that he could make ASIC miners (chips). As far as mining computing power is concerned, ASICs can be tens of thousands or more higher than the same-generation CPUs and GPUs.
At the beginning of 2013, Zhang Nanqian (Pumpkin Zhang), a suspended doctoral student from the Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, developed the ASIC miner and named it “Avalon”.


In June 2013, the Friedcat’s miner USB was finally released, and it maintained 20% of the computing power of the entire network.
At the end of 2013, Wu Jihan, used the tens of millions yuan earned from Friedcat through investment, worked together with Jenke group, to develop the Antminer S1. Since then, the miner manufacturer Bitmain began to enter the stage of history.
It is no exaggeration to say that Friedcat and Zhang Nangeng have opened the domestic “mining” era.
The Birthplace of China’s Bitcoin — Garage Coffee
It is not only the “old objects” that record history, but also a place that everyone in the cryptocurrency realm aspires to.
Guo Hongcai once said, “Without no The Garage Café, there will be no cryptocurrency realm today. Since it is a very mysterious place that all waves of people from the café joint together to create today’s digital asset industry.

▲ In March 2013, American student Jake Smith successfully purchased a cup of coffee at The Garage Café with 0.131 bitcoins. This move attracted the attention of CCTV, and it conducted an interview.
Indeed, The Garage Café is the world ’s first entrepreneurial-themed coffee shop. It has been legendary since its establishment in 2011. The Garage Cafét is not only the core coordinate on China’s Bitcoin map, but also the birthplace of the Chinese cryptocurrency circle, where digital asset realm tycoons including Guo Hongcai, Zhao Dong, Li Xiaolai, Li Lin have made their ways.
The development of digital currency is only 11 years old. Through these “old objects”, we review the various stories of this wave of technology together, hoping to help you understand the development process of the digital currency field. Meanwhile, I also remind all practitioners to use history as a mirror and forge ahead.
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Will Bitcoin Price Plunge Again as US-China Trade War Reignites?

Will Bitcoin Price Plunge Again as US-China Trade War Reignites?
The trade war between the United States and China began in January 2018. When tariffs were imposed on Chinese goods in July of the same year, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) plunged 31% from $8,487 to $6,000.
Now the U.S. and China are on the verge of reigniting a new trade war as the two nations battle over the origin of the coronavirus. U.S. President Donald Trump recently warned that the signed phase one trade deal “doesn’t feel the same to me,” expressing his intent to walk away from it.
The price of the top-ranked digital asset on CoinMarketCap faces the risk of a major pullback if a full-scale trade war between the two superpowers. Despite a strict prohibition of cryptocurrency trading, Chinese investors make up for a fairly large share of the global Bitcoin market. If the inflow of capital into China slows down as a result of intensifying pressure from the U.S., it is likely to cause a decline in appetite for high-risk assets including single stocks and Bitcoin.
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In the Shade of Afternoon | Monthly FI Portfolio Update – August 2019

It is idle, having planted an acorn in the morning, to expect that afternoon to sit in the shade of the oak.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Wind, Sand and Stars
This is my thirty-third portfolio update. I complete this update monthly to check my progress against my goals.
Portfolio goals
My objectives are to reach a portfolio of:
Both of these are based on an expected average real return of 4.19%, or a nominal return of 7.19%, and are expressed in 2018 dollars.
Portfolio summary
Vanguard Lifestrategy High Growth Fund – $750 246 Vanguard Lifestrategy Growth Fund – $43 194 Vanguard Lifestrategy Balanced Fund – $79 500 Vanguard Diversified Bonds Fund – $110 418 Vanguard Australian Shares ETF (VAS) – $102 977 Vanguard International Shares ETF (VGS) – $20 184 Betashares Australia 200 ETF (A200) – $258 984 Telstra shares (TLS) – $1 982 Insurance Australia Group shares (IAG) – $14 056 NIB Holdings shares (NHF) – $8 868 Gold ETF (GOLD.ASX) – $104 149 Secured physical gold – $16 759 Ratesetter* (P2P lending) – $19 968 Bitcoin – $158 330 Raiz* app (Aggressive portfolio) – $16 223 Spaceship Voyager* app (Index portfolio) – $2 104 BrickX (P2P rental real estate) – $4 395 Total value: $1 712 337 (-$2 653)
Asset allocation
Australian shares – 40.5% (4.5% under) Global shares – 22.2% Emerging markets shares – 2.4% International small companies – 3.1% Total international shares – 27.7% (2.3% under) Total shares – 68.3% (6.7% under) Total property securities – 0.3% (0.3% over) Australian bonds – 5.1% International bonds – 10.1% Total bonds – 15.1% (0.1% over) Gold – 7.1% Bitcoin – 9.2% Gold and alternatives – 16.3% (6.3% over)
Presented visually, below is a high-level view of the current asset allocation of the portfolio.
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Comments
The portfolio experienced a small decline this month, with an overall decrease of $2 600. This movement comes after a strong period of expansion through the first half of the year in the value of the portfolio.
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As with last month, the fall occurs despite some significant new investments being made, meaning the absolute size of the decline is somewhat obscured. Renewed concerns about global trade and a relative weakening in the outlook for future earnings played a significant role in the overall movement of the portfolio.
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Once again movements this month within the portfolio have been relatively limited in terms of the size of the portfolio.
Equity holdings have declined by around $28 000 when contributions are accounted for, whilst appreciation in the price of gold has offset just over a third of that loss. In fact, despite no recent purchases, the gold component of the portfolio is currently at the highest nominal value it has ever held.
On the topic of gold, this 2013 paper (pdf) provides a comprehensive and skeptical empirical analysis of the range of claims made to support holding gold, including tracing the real gold value of average soldiers pay across 2000 years.
This month has seen a continuing 'averaging in' of the capital from July distributions. These have been directed to purchases of Vanguard's Australian shares ETF (VAS). This is to bring the allocation closer to my original targets - with my Australian shares allocation currently further underweight than the international shares allocation. Psychologically, a weakening Australian dollar has also made purchasing unhedged international shares more problematic.
Risk, volatility, markets and economies
There has been significant market volatility this month, and discussion around the future of Australian and global growth in the midst of trade tensions between US and China.
In such times, something to remember as this St Louis Federal Reserve piece points out, is that the economy and sharemarket are not the same thing. This means that bad (or good) news for one, does not necessarily imply anything about the other. Missing this has the potential to lead to overconfident investment actions predicated on assumptions of future national economic trends (which will themselves most likely be priced into equity markets well before any retail investor reading the news arrives).
The volatility in equity markets has brought out many well-intentioned injunctions to remain calm and fixed on the objective of contributing capital with a long-term view in mind.
At times, however, this wise advice can shade into a form of near complacency - for example, for people to invest confident in the knowledge that long-term returns are (almost) guaranteed. No doubt this is generally good advice, directed at easing particularly new investors' concerns about investing at the "wrong" time, and reducing the potential damage from selling into falling markets due to panic.
Even as I continue to invest amidst volatility, it is important to reflect on Elroy Dimson's definition that 'risk means more things can happen than will happen', and to consider that the history of equity markets available to us provides only a basis for sound conclusions around what has happened, not what could happen. This is the definition of the risk assumed in markets by investors.
None of this is to suggest that starting, saving and regular investing with a view to one's individual risk tolerances are not the most important steps in the path to FI. There is a need to pause, however, and acknowledge that at times common financial independence investment precepts bear a disconcerting passing resemblance to the declaration and mathematical proof offered by famous stock promoter Jacob J Raskob in the well-known Ladies Home Journal (pdf) article exactly 90 years ago. This declaration was that with a steady investment in equities, based on the past patterns of returns, 'everybody ought to be rich'.
Nearly 90 years happened to be just before the Great Depression devastated equity markets and employment prospects alike, and US equity investors were behind in nominal terms for around 25 years. Interestingly, however, this New York Times article argues that deflation, higher dividend yields and impacts from changes in the Dow index composition could theoretically have shortened the real losses of any investor to just 4.5 years, provided they possessed the resources and fortitude to hold on to average stocks.
Progress
Progress against the objectives, and the additional measures I have reached is set out below.
Measure Portfolio All Assets Objective #1 – $1 598 000 (or $67 000 pa) 107.1% 145.4% Objective #2 – $1 980 000 (or $83 000 pa) 86.5% 117.4% Credit card purchases - $73 000 pa 98.3% 133.4% Total expenses - $89 000 pa 80.7% 109.4%
Summary
Progress against my goals and benchmarks has been static this month, with the exception of the 'total expenditure' benchmark. My detailed review of expenditure last month identified that I could lower this to recognise some double-counting of fixed expenses, and this has meant a leap forward in progress in that aim of 5.8 per cent. This moves the clock forward appreciably for achieving that benchmark.
As a general rule, it is always later than we think. For example, on a recent lunch time walk it occurred to me that if my progress to my current FI target of $1.98 million is considered in terms of the length of an ordinary working day, it is currently approximately 3.50pm in the afternoon. Quite late, and just over an hour until heading home.
This perspective, of being further towards the tail end than expected, is explored fully and powerfully in the blog Wait but Why here. It helps frame the remaining journey. Viewed in this way, wishing time away seems less useful and fitting than seeking to fill the remaining time with as much meaning, learning, knowledge transmission and patience as feasible. Yet it also explains why in a FI context at this stage sharp changes in investing approach, or commencing new 'side hustles' have limited appeal.
Despite it being late afternoon from this one perspective, there are a couple of other considerations or viewpoints. One is the potentially deceptive role of compounding later in the journey, which means that - at least in a stylised world of 'smooth returns' - the end goal is actually likely closer than any purely linear measure would suggest.
The other counterpoint to this is that while in my case the absolute journey to FI has involved serious investments over around 18 years, this is not the whole story. Viewed in terms of the average 'age' of dollars actually contributed or invested, the journey of the average dollar in the portfolio has been shorter.
In fact, in terms of dollars contributed, around 50 per cent have been contributed since January 2016. So, in some ways, it is more akin to mid-morning for the portfolio as a whole, meaning perhaps that I should not reasonably expect to shade myself under the oak tree just yet.
Finally, this month also saw Pat the Shuffler emerge from a short hiatus and provide a honest and well-argued insight into his rethink on investment options between LICs and ETFs. I also enjoyed reading the start of another Australian FI voice at Fire for One.
The past few months has also had many interesting podcasts related to FI - from The Escape Artists' Chris Reining on Equity Mates, to a really fascinating practical ChooseFI episode on David Sawyer's on the UK Path to FI. On the slightly more technical and future focused side of finance, the outgoing address of the Bank of England's Governor to the Jackson Hole central bankers gathering provides much food for thought on current and longer term monetary and currency issues, particularly as global bond rates continue to cross the 'zero-bound' into uncharted territory.
The post and full charts can be seen here.
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The Decade in Blockchain — 2010 to 2020 in Review

2010

February — The first ever cryptocurrency exchange, Bitcoin Market, is established. The first trade takes place a month later.
April — The first public bitcoin trade takes place: 1000BTC traded for $30 at an exchange rate of 0.03USD/1BTC
May — The first real-world bitcoin transaction is undertaken by Laszlo Hanyecz, who paid 10000BTC for two Papa John’s pizzas (Approximately $25 USD)
June — Bitcoin developer Gavin Andreson creates a faucet offering 5 free BTC to the public
July — First notable usage of the word “blockchain” appears on BitcoinTalk forum. Prior to this, it was referred to as ‘Proof-of-Work chain’
July — Bitcoin exchange named Magic The Gathering Online eXchange—also known as Mt. Gox—established
August —Bitcoin protocol bug leads to emergency hard fork
December — Satoshi Nakamoto ceases communication with the world

2011

January — One-quarter of the eventual total of 21M bitcoins have been generated
February — Bitcoin reaches parity for the first time with USD
April — Bitcoin reaches parity with EUR and GBP
June — WikiLeaks begins accepting Bitcoin donations
June — Mt. Gox hacked, resulting in suspension of trading and a precipitous price drop for Bitcoin
August — First Bitcoin Improvement Proposal: BIP Purpose and Guidelines
October — Litecoin released
December — Bitcoin featured as a major plot element in an episode of ‘The Good Wife’ as 9.45 million viewers watch.

2012

May — Bitcoin Magazine, founded by Mihai Alisie and Vitalik Buterin, publishes first issue
July — Government of Estonia begins incorporating blockchain into digital ID efforts
September — Bitcoin Foundation created
October — BitPay reports having over 1,000 merchants accepting bitcoin under its payment processing service
November — First Bitcoin halving to 25 BTC per block

2013

February — Reddit begins accepting bitcoins for Gold memberships
March — Cyprus government bailout levies bank accounts with over $100k. Flight to Bitcoin results in major price spike.
May —Total Bitcoin value surpasses 1 billion USD with 11M Bitcoin in circulation
May — The first cryptocurrency market rally and crash takes place. Prices rise from $13 to $220, and then drop to $70
June — First major cryptocurrency theft. 25,000 BTC is stolen from Bitcoin forum founder
July — Mastercoin becomes the first project to conduct an ICO
August — U.S. Federal Court issues opinion that Bitcoin is a currency or form of money
October — The FBI shuts down dark web marketplace Silk Road, confiscating approximately 26,000 bitcoins
November — Vitalik Buterin releases the Ethereum White Paper: “A Next-Generation Smart Contract and Decentralized Application Platform
December — The first commit to the Ethereum codebase takes place

2014

January — Vitalik Buterin announces Ethereum at the North American Bitcoin Conference in Miami
February — HMRC in the UK classifies Bitcoin as private money
March — Newsweek claims Dorian Nakamoto is Bitcoin creator. He is not
April — Gavin Wood releases the Ethereum Yellow Paper: “Ethereum: A Secure Decentralised Generalised Transaction Ledger
June — Ethereum Foundation established in Zug, Switzerland
June — US Marshals Service auctions off 30,000 Bitcoin confiscated from Silk Road. All are purchased by venture capitalist Tim Draper
July — Ethereum token launch raises 31,591 BTC ($18,439,086) over 42 days
September — TeraExchange launches first U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved Bitcoin over-the-counter swap
October — ConsenSys is founded by Joe Lubin
December — By year’s end, Paypal, Zynga, u/, Expedia, Newegg, Dell, Dish Network, and Microsoft are all accepting Bitcoin for payments

2015

January — Coinbase opens up the first U.S-based cryptocurrency exchange
February — Stripe initiates bitcoin payment integration for merchants
April — NASDAQ initiates blockchain trial
June — NYDFS releases final version of its BitLicense virtual currency regulations
July — Ethereum’s first live mainnet release—Frontier—launched.
August — Augur, the first token launch on the Ethereum network takes place
September — R3 consortium formed with nine financial institutions, increases to over 40 members within six months
October — Gemini exchange launches, founded by Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss
November — Announcement of first zero knowledge proof, ZK-Snarks
December — Linux Foundation establishes Hyperledger project

2016

January — Zcash announced
February — HyperLedger project announced by Linux Foundation with thirty founding members
March — Second Ethereum mainnet release, Homestead, is rolled out.
April — The DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) launches a 28-day crowdsale. After one month, it raises an Ether value of more than US$150M
May — Chinese Financial Blockchain Shenzhen Consortium launches with 31 members
June — The DAO is attacked with 3.6M of the 11.5M Ether in The DAO redirected to the attacker’s Ethereum account
July — The DAO attack results in a hard fork of the Ethereum Blockchain to recover funds. A minority group rejecting the hard fork continues to use the original blockchain renamed Ethereum Classic
July — Second Bitcoin halving to 12.5BTC per block mined
November — CME Launches Bitcoin Price Index

2017

January — Bitcoin price breaks US$1,000 for the first time in three years
February — Enterprise Ethereum Alliance formed with 30 founding members, over 150 members six months later
March — Multiple applications for Bitcoin ETFs rejected by the SEC
April — Bitcoin is officially recognized as currency by Japan
June — EOS begins its year-long ICO, eventually raising $4 billion
July — Parity hack exposes weaknesses in multisig wallets
August — Bitcoin Cash forks from the Bitcoin Network
October — Ethereum releases Byzantium soft fork network upgrade, part one of Metropolis
September — China bans ICOs
October — Bitcoin price surpasses $5,000 USD for the first time
November — Bitcoin price surpasses $10,000 USD for the first time
December — Ethereum Dapp Cryptokitties goes viral, pushing the Ethereum network to its limits

2018


January — Ethereum price peaks near $1400 USD
March — Google bans all ads pertaining to cryptocurrency
March — Twitter bans all ads pertaining to cryptocurrency
April — 2018 outpaces 2017 with $6.3 billion raised in token launches in the first four months of the year
April — EU government commits $300 million to developing blockchain projects
June — The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission states that Ether is not a security.
July — Over 100,000 ERC20 tokens created
August — New York Stock Exchange owner announces Bakkt, a federally regulated digital asset exchange
October — Bitcoin’s 10th birthday
November — VC investment in blockchain tech surpasses $1 billion
December — 90% of banks in the US and Europe report exploration of blockchain tech

2019

January — Coinstar machines begin selling cryptocurrency at grocery stores across the US
February — Ethereum’s Constantinople hard fork is released, part two of Metropolis
April — Bitcoin surpasses 400 million total transactions
June — Facebook announces Libra
July — United States senate holds hearings titled ‘Examining Regulatory Frameworks for Digital Currencies and Blockchain”
August — Ethereum developer dominance reaches 4x that of any other blockchain
October — Over 80 million distinct Ethereum addresses have been created
September — Santander bank settles both sides of a $20 million bond on Ethereum
November — Over 3000 Dapps created. Of them, 2700 are built on Ethereum
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Komodo's 2.0 Infographic Contest: 5,000 KMD Grand Prize!

Komodo's 2.0 Infographic Contest: 5,000 KMD Grand Prize!

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A total prize pool of 7,000 KMD in our infographic contest
Calling all creatives to take part in our infographic contest and compete for a prize of 7,000 KMD. The winning infographic will explain the architecture of Komodo Platform’s technology. Winners will be those who are able to communicate our architecture and tech visually. This contest will run primarily on Reddit, with the exception of resources being posted to Medium and a master twitter thread for submissions on Twitter. You'll find links at the bottom of this post.

Prizes for winning infographics.

Are you a creative designer? Here's what you can win…
  1. A grand prize of 5,000 KMD
  2. Two runner-up prizes of 500 KMD each
  3. Two third-place prizes of 250 KMD each

Prizes for sharing and giving feedback!

Not a designer? That's OK. You can still participate and win! We'll award five lucky winners 100 KMD each for sharing and promoting the contest. Winners will be picked in a raffle. If you'd like to take part click here https://gleam.io/MwMtO/komodos-20-infographic-contest-5000-kmd-grand-prize and share this post with your friends.

Your Goals

  • Create a high-quality infographic that illustrates the genesis of our platform, the working tech that has been created and how Komodo has been built differently, and deliberately, from the very beginning to ensure security, scalability and interoperability. This is why we refer to the architecture, because Komodo was designed to overcome common problems like congestion, governance and attacks that other platforms did not foresee or prevent, from the beginning. This is Komodo DNA.
  • Share your submission far and wide and encourage your friends and followers to vote for you.
  • Encourage feedback, ask questions and make your infographic the best that it can be.

Our Criteria to Judge

Please note that upvotes and shares are not the only criteria we'll use to judge winners. While useful, we will value creativity, good questions and discussion on Reddit highly. When sharing your posts you will score more highly if people comment, provide feedback and are engaged.
  • How well the infographic conveys our working tech, it's core concepts and plans to build on top of it.
  • How well the infographic illustrates our story, purpose and conveys our tech so that it's easy to understand.
  • Constructive discussion, questions and feedback on Reddit that lead to improvement.
  • Sentiment and comments generated across all our social media. This will not include vanity metrics like likes or shares.
  • Upvotes on Reddit for the author's submission post ONLY. All votes will be counted (i.e. doesn't matter which week they were made).
  • Retweets of the submission in our master thread ONLY. Include your handle and a cover image in your submission. This means if you promote yourself on Twitter you ought to promote the tweet with your work in it.

How do you win?

You may submit up to two infographics. By submitting an infographic, you understand Komodo may post and use your submissions on our digital channels during and after the contest. Each infographic must have it's own post.
  • Create a post on Komodo's subreddit using the 'infographic contest' flair.
  • Add the infographic image into the Reddit post.
  • Include your Twitter handle.
  • Include a social media friendly cover image for us to use when we tweet your submission out.
  • Post a link to your submission post here in the comments for all to see.

Contest Timeline Guide (these dates indicative and are subject to change).

  • 7th September. Announcement. If you're reading this on Reddit before the big announcement then well done! You have two extra days before this is announced on Friday.
  • 10th - 21st September. Research and Questions. We will promote the contest, invite questions and requests for resources, in the comments of this master Reddit post (because this means all information and good questions will be visible to all participants).
  • 22nd September. Draft Submissions. Creatives to submit their draft infographics on Reddit. All submissions need to have their own post and then be linked to in the comments of this master post. This is important to remember!
  • 24th - 30th September. Feedback. A period of one week will be devoted to promoting the submissions and asking the community and team to give you feedback.
  • 1st October. Final Submissions.
  • 2nd - 8th October. Voting. A week of promoting your work and at the end we'll count votes, consider feedback and pick our winners.
  • 15th October. Winners Declared. The final decision by judges. Votes and community feedback counts towards judging but do not have final say.

Resources

If you need help please post in this thread, or email [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]) with ‘Infographic Contest’ in the subject line.
  1. A list of resources for the Komodo infographic contest including tools to create infographics.
  2. Komodo Platform: Redefining The Architecture Of Blockchain Platforms
  3. A bullet point study aid to help you understand the history of Komodo’s architecture.
  4. Logo Pack https://komodoplatform.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Komodo-Logo-Pack.zip
  5. Mylo's notes on Software & Platform Architecture for Designers in the Infographic Contest
  6. Mylo's Conceptual Model of Architecture
  7. Video: A brief history of our working tech and an animated timeline of the Komodo Platform.
  8. Video: Komodo Atomic Swaps Explained.
Also please let us know if you are, or you know, a good GUI developer because we'd love to hear from them. Ask them to DM ca333#0118 or SHossain#8093 on Discord.

Entries and submissions for the infographic contest. You can click here to see them all in a scrollable thread on Twitter.

25/09/18 - First Round of Feedback

Infographics should use graphical design elements to visually represent the Komodo Architecture Story found here: https://komodoplatform.com/komodo-platform-a-brief-overview/ included in our ‘required reading’. There’s also a bullet point aid: https://medium.com/@benohanlon/bullet-point-aid-to-help-you-the-history-of-komodos-architecture-dced35b29965 you may find useful.
  • We want to stress that the infographic ought to focus on the Architecture story. In the first round we've found many have focused on the five pillars which is a part of it but not the focus.
  • Copy should be short and concise and not dominate the infographic. The idea is to simplify the story and not to copy and paste directly from the story.
  • Colour Palette - avoid heavy usage of the old KMD green and yellow-orange. Would prefer usage of the interim KMD colour palette.
  • Recommended fonts: Montseratt, Roboto, Open Sans, Helvetica, or Arial.
  • Graphical - Imagery should complement the associated copy. Diagrams are encouraged in place of simple icons to explain more complex technology concepts.
  • Interim KMD colour palette
Interim KMD Colour Palette
If you’ve not been included in the first round it’s because the submission hadn’t been made when the team reviewed. Don’t worry though because we’re organising hangouts and further feedback to help.
  • #001 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by thesudio. There’s a lot of good points made, however, these would work better if there is a clear narrative and flow to the information being presented. Otherwise, it can be overwhelming and confusing to the reader. The #1 objective is to visually depict the architecture story and how KMD is redefining blockchain platform architecture.
  • #002 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by thesudio. We like that there is a clear structure and clear messaging aligned to each of the 5 pillars. However, the infographic should be focused on telling the architecture story vs the pillars.
  • #003 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by VolsenVols. Love how you’ve incorporated our existing graphic design elements into the infographic. This is heading in the right direction and the level of copy and content are well balanced. It would be nice to align this closer to the architecture story and to expand on the different layers of our technology using the same style.
  • #004 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by dexter_laabo. Needs to tell the architecture story. This looks more like it took information from our current website. “Anonymous” is not a key aspect of our technology that we’re focusing on.
  • #005 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by savandra. The visuals are strong but the narrative could be stronger. It would be nice to align this closer to the architecture story and to expand on the different layers of our technology using the same style.
  • #006 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by VolsenVols. Team prefers the other submission style in entry #003.
  • #007 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by cryptol1. Doesn’t depict the architecture narrative. Inaccurately describes cross-chain tech as “proprietary”. Simplification has the wrong messaging associated, should be white-label focused. This is considered more of a graphics versus an infographic. Needs to be more comprehensive.
  • #008 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by pacosenda. We like the unique design style and approach taken. Doesn’t follow the architecture narrative. Should be expanded out as it is a bit short on content with no clear flow or narrative.
  • #009 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by jeanetteLine. Great level of detail and thought on the layout and content. Doesn’t, however, cover the architecture story. Would be preferred if the design direction reflects interim colour and style vs. legacy KMD. The roadmap should be avoided. Looks like they borrowed more from the website than the guidelines.
  • #010 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by Meyse. Very creative way to explain and layout the content. This could be expanded out more to encompass the entire architecture story. Cross-chain verifications/smart contracts, blockchain bridging need to be incorporated in.
  • #011 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by Brenny431. Follows the 5 pillars versus the architecture story. Would prefer stronger visuals and design elements.
  • #012 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by ProofDraw. Design elements are good but need to follow architecture story versus 5 pillars.
  • #013 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by sayonara_girl. Needs to follow the architecture story.
  • #014 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by Limiter02. Good thought has gone into the copy, however, there’s way too much of it. Would prefer stronger visuals and utilizing a more visual storytelling approach. Doesn’t follow the architecture story. Remove the lizard.
  • #015 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by piptothemoon. Great thought into visually representing key points. Needs to be expanded out to incorporate the architecture story, but this is heading in the right direction from a visual storytelling POV.
  • #016 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by thecryptofoundation. Love the timeline approach, and mostly followed the guidelines and architecture story. Also, like the incorporation of accomplishments at the end. Would like to get the stock imagery used to reflect our interim colour palette. Not all visuals match what is being represented in the copy.
  • #017 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by jsteneros. As discussed in the Zoom call, this graphic is really solid but a little heavy on the copy. Would be good to see more visualizations of the info. This graphic hits on some of the important messages (e.g. Komodo is built differently from other blockchain platforms and solves many of the issues that first-gen platforms are struggling with) but it would be great if there was more information about Komodo’s architecture and how Komodo is different from other platforms.
  • #018 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by gravigocrypto. This one was also discussed in the Zoom call. Outstanding visuals and overall design. The info follows the architecture story well but could be stronger if the 3 layers of Komodo’s architecture were tied together into one, coherent visual. It’s a challenging task but that’s part of the contest : )
  • #019 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by PacoSenda. This is a really creative infographic, which is great! However, we’d really like to see the visuals a bit more in line with fonts and color palette described above in the “First Round of Feedback” section. Also, as with the feedback for many of the infographic submissions, sticking to the Komodo architecture story would be best.
  • #020 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by emmanmalaman. The visuals are pretty cool but this one misses most of our core messaging. It would be much stronger if it followed the architecture story and touched on the info provided in this post. There’s definitely potential here but it needs some work.
  • #021 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by immimidada. The colors and visuals here are spot-on. It’s also really great that it sets up the problem and then presents the Komodo solution. However, the problem and solution aren’t defined exactly the way we’d like. Check out the architecture narrative to learn more, and try to follow that story a bit more closely.
  • #022 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by mohitgfx3. This one is a bit heavy on the KMD logos. We’re really hoping to see a visualization of Komodo’s infrastructure architecture. As with the feedback for many of the infographics, it would be best to re-read Komodo’s architecture story and try to stick to that as much as possible. Using images from the current website is also not a great approach, as we’re preparing to launch a new site in the coming months.
  • #023 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by u/sayonara_girl. Some of the visuals are cool! It’s missing the narrative we’re looking for. In general, less copy and more visual storytelling would improve this graphic a lot. We’d like to see a smooth, linear flow of information. Take another look at the architecture story and try to follow that narrative.
  • #024 Infographic Link // Reddit Post Link by brunopugens. This one follows the narrative well! But it’s a little heavy on the copy. It would be much stronger if the architecture was displayed visually, rather than explained with text. Also, the design is cool but it’s difficult to read b/c the perspective of the text is skewed. It’s a really cool idea but might be better to put the text flat for the sake of readability and clarity.

We hosted a round of live feedback sessions via Zoom. The recording is here:

https://soundcloud.com/blockchainists/zoom-call-first-round-of-feedback-for-komodos-infographic-contest#t=3:50

Timeline

The first block in the KMD blockchain was mined just under two years ago, on September 13, 2016 to 9:04 PM. Since then, Komodo has demonstrated a commitment to innovation and established a history of execution.
  • February 21, 2016 — The vision for Komodo Platform is born with jl777’s Declaration of Independence.
  • September 13, 2016 — The first block in the KMD chain is mined.
  • October 15, 2016 — Komodo’s initial coin offering (ICO) is launched.
  • November 20, 2016 — Komodo’s ICO comes to a close with a total of 2,639 BTC raised.
  • January 2017 — The Komodo Mainnet is launched, complete with independent assetchains and delayed Proof of Work security.
  • January 31, 2017 — The KMD coins purchased in the ICO are issued.
  • March 2017 — Komodo’s development team develops one of the first atomic swap protocols.
  • July 2017 — Thousands of atomic swaps are made in a public, observable setting.
  • August 2017 — Private, zero-knowledge trades made possible with Jumblr, Komodo’s native shuffler.
  • October 2017 — Komodo develops a way to make atomic swaps in SPV Mode (“Lite Mode”), thus eliminating the need for traders to download entire blockchains to do atomic swaps.
  • November 2017 — First GUI for Komodo’s atomic-swap-powered decentralized exchange (DEX) is released, making atomic swap trading more accessible than ever before.
  • January 2018 — The mobile version of Agama wallet is released.
  • February 2018 — A public stress test allows 13,900 atomic swaps in a 48 hour period.
  • March 2018Komodo bridges the gap between Bitcoin-protocol-based coins and Ethereum-based ERC-20 tokens, providing support for 95% of coins and tokens in existence.
  • March 2018 — Komodo holds its second annual Notary Node Elections.
  • May 2018 — The world’s first decentralized ICO is held on Komodo Platform.
  • June 2018 — The alpha release of HyperDEX, a new GUI for Komodo’s decentralized exchange, is launched.
  • July 2018 — Komodo enters a partnership with Netcoins, making KMD coins available for purchase with fiat currencies at over 21,000 locations across three continents.
  • July 2018 — Komodo announces the 5 Pillars of Blockchain technology and begins introducing some Komodo 2.0 technology features, like Federated Multi-Chain Syncing and Cross-Chain Smart Contracts.
  • August 2018 — Komodo takes two big steps towards mass adoption, announces a collaboration with Ideas By Nature, an industry-leading blockchain agency, and releases a full briefing on the development on UTXO-based smart contracts.

Achievements

  • Cryptomiso.com is a website that ranks 866 different blockchain projects according to the Github commit history of that project’s most popular repo. Komodo is ranked #1 overall for Github commits over the last 12 months.
  • China's Ministry Research Initiative regularly ranks Komodo in the top 10.
  • Binance CEO highlights Komodo (see this Five Bullet Friday edition for more info).

If you would like to update your post, please edit and add to the post so people can see the different iterations. Entries and submissions for the infographic contest. You can click here to see them all in a scrollable thread on Twitter.

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For Trading Jan 22

For Trading January 22nd
CORONA VIRUS SPOOKS MARKET, AIRLINES, HOTELS, AND GAMING STOCKS
BA BITES THE BULLET ON MAX
TSLA CROSSES $550 ON NEW STREET TARGET OF $800
Join Us Every Day, Link Below
Today’s market started off lower and by 11:00 we had made the early low -113 before a rally that took us back to down just 7 before we worked sideways until about 1:30 when the news broke that BA had again pushed out the return of the MAX to June or July and the market fell to the new and final low of the day -202. After a brief rally back to -100 we finally finished -152.06 (.52%), NASDAQ -18.13 (.19%), S&P 500 -8.83 (.27%) the Russell -13.74 (.81%) and the big loser, the DJ Transports -203.11 (1.80%) on the Corona virus news. The A/D was pretty much the same for both NYSE and NAZ at 1.5:1 down, and the DJIA was 17 down, 13 up with the big loser BA -73, GS -25, AAPL -15, CVX -15 and CAT & MM -13DP’s each. The only double-digit gainers were V +18 and UNH +15DPs. IBM was +.86 at the close, but reported and actually beat for the first time in 5 quarters and is currently up $6.68 in real terms, so that will add to the DJIA in the morning.
Our “open forum” on Discord, which allows me to interact with subscribers and others to allow direct questions and chart opinions on just about any stock, continues to grow with more participants every day. It is informative and allows me to share insights as the market is open and moving. The link is: https://discord.gg/ATvC7YZ and I will be there and active from before the open and all day. It’s a great place to share ideas and gain some insights.
SECTORS: Other names in the news: We started the day with the weekend news that a new Coronavirus has been identified in China and that there were 6 dead and at least several hundred sick. Later in the day that number increased, including at least 1 case in the U.S. in Washington state. The reaction was swift in several industries that cater to travel, including airlines, hotels, gambling, and booking services. In the gaming sector the most exposed to Macao were the worst hit with MLCO which has just recovered from $18.84 to close $25.02 gapped down and finished $22.62 -2.40 (9.59%). WYNN was 142.31 -9.31 (6.4%), LVS 70.07 -$4.00 (5.4%) and MGM $32.39 -2.15 (6.22%). Hotels were led lower with MAR $144.37 -5.89 (3.92, and Carnival Cruise (CCL) $50.69 -1.21 (2.33%). On the booking side, BKNG was as low as $1963 managed a close of $1990.57-64.12 (3.12%) and TRIP 30.49 -.44 (1.42%).
BYND was higher all day with the statement from SBUX wants to expand its “plant-based” offerings. It finished $129.18 +20.06 (18.3%). BA actually opened up this morning but around 2:00 it was slightly lower and the word got out (later confirmed) that the MAX isn’t expected to be back until the summer. The stock was actually halted (news pending) and it had fallen to a low of $305.75 before both a rally to back to 322 and another slide to close $311.64 -12.51 (3.66%).
On the earnings front we had mixed results from NFLX and after a slight gain on the headline of a beat in revenues it fell to -11, then rallied to $352 and is last $346.13 +6.46 (1.9%). IBM broke its 5 consecutive down revenues quarters and had a slight beat on net rallied as high as $144.30 and is last $144.10 +5.79 (4.19%).
And, lastly, early morning news of the FDA fast-tracking Nanoflu for Novavax (NVAX) sent that one up from its close of $5.74 to trade as high as $9.99 and it settled at $9.82 +4.08 (71%), but:
The HOMERUN OF THE DAY WAS GENPREX (GNPX), who also got a fast track for its treatment for lung cancer, and closed Friday at $ .36, traded as high as $1.74 before giving back a bit but still managing $1.15 +.79 (219%). How many stocks can you recall that finished 40%below its high still up over 200%?
BIOPHARMA: was LOWER with BIIB +1.69, ABBV -.08, REGN -21.94 (5.68%) even though they are one of the leaders in the development of a vaccine for the above mentioned virus, ISRG +1.62, MYL +.04, TEVA -.16 (I’m looking to get back into that one), VRTX -1.84, BHC -.52, INCY _1.85, ICPT -5.37 (5.06%), LABU -2.62 and IBB $120.72 -1.16 (.96%).
CANNABIS: stocks were LOWER with TLRY +.18, CGC -.65, CRON -.35, GWPH +1.68, ACB -.12, PYX -.36, APHA +.12, NBEV -.08, ACRGF -.39, CURLF +.43, KERN -.74 and MJ $18.30 -.45 (2.4%).
DEFENSE: was MIXED with LMT -.56, RTN -2.35, GD +.91, TXT -.62, UTX -.30, NOC -1.84, BWXT -.86, TDY +11.12, and ITA $229.55 -2.66 (1.15%).
RETAIL was LOWER with M -.58, JWN -.65, KSS -.99, DDS +.14, JCP -.04 (5.18%), WMT +.64, TGT -2.75, TJX -.29, RL -3.09, UAA -.36, LULU +.97, TPR -.57, CPRI -.12, and XRT $45.64 -.24 (.52%).
FAANG and Big Cap: were MIXED with GOOGL +2.48, AMZN +27.38, AAPL -1.40, FB -.48, NFLX +5.53, NVDA -1.13, TSLA +43.90 (8.6%), BABA -4.87, BIDU -2.61, IBM (see above), BA -12.47, CAT -1.94 and XLK $97.35 +.23 (.24%).
FINANCIALS were LOWER with the slip in interest rates and GS -3.51, JPM -1.20, BAC -.42, MS -1.51, C -1.14, PNC -2.55, AIG -1.23, TRV +.22, AXP -1.32, and XLF $30.77 -.26 (.84%).
OIL, $58.38 -.20. Today’s action was a catch-up day from the holiday and a fairly big range day. We managed a test of both $58 and $60 and finished barely changed. I think this market is in a “no-man’s land” until we break one-way or the other. The stocks were LOWER with the market and XLE $58.11 -1.06 (1.79%).
METALS, GOLD: $1,557.90 -2.40 after breaking out “of the box” earlier last week, and the Iran news, we traded as high as $1,613 before turning down. I bought the GLD calls after we traded down to my area of support around $1,545 and after the small consolidation started higher today. We bought the GLD 2/149 calls @ $1.10 today.
BITCOIN: closed $8,750 -175. We broke to the downside today and managed a close well off the low 8,515. I now expect a test of $9,200 to $9,500. We own 750 GBTC with an average of $8.99. GBTC closed $9.72 -.35 today.
Tomorrow is another day.
CAM
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For Trading Jan 22

For Trading January 22nd
CORONA VIRUS SPOOKS MARKET, AIRLINES, HOTELS, AND GAMING STOCKS
BA BITES THE BULLET ON MAX
TSLA CROSSES $550 ON NEW STREET TARGET OF $800
Join Us Every Day, Link Below
Today’s market started off lower and by 11:00 we had made the early low -113 before a rally that took us back to down just 7 before we worked sideways until about 1:30 when the news broke that BA had again pushed out the return of the MAX to June or July and the market fell to the new and final low of the day -202. After a brief rally back to -100 we finally finished -152.06 (.52%), NASDAQ -18.13 (.19%), S&P 500 -8.83 (.27%) the Russell -13.74 (.81%) and the big loser, the DJ Transports -203.11 (1.80%) on the Corona virus news. The A/D was pretty much the same for both NYSE and NAZ at 1.5:1 down, and the DJIA was 17 down, 13 up with the big loser BA -73, GS -25, AAPL -15, CVX -15 and CAT & MM -13DP’s each. The only double-digit gainers were V +18 and UNH +15DPs. IBM was +.86 at the close, but reported and actually beat for the first time in 5 quarters and is currently up $6.68 in real terms, so that will add to the DJIA in the morning.
Our “open forum” on Discord, which allows me to interact with subscribers and others to allow direct questions and chart opinions on just about any stock, continues to grow with more participants every day. It is informative and allows me to share insights as the market is open and moving. The link is: https://discord.gg/ATvC7YZ and I will be there and active from before the open and all day. It’s a great place to share ideas and gain some insights.
SECTORS: Other names in the news: We started the day with the weekend news that a new Coronavirus has been identified in China and that there were 6 dead and at least several hundred sick. Later in the day that number increased, including at least 1 case in the U.S. in Washington state. The reaction was swift in several industries that cater to travel, including airlines, hotels, gambling, and booking services. In the gaming sector the most exposed to Macao were the worst hit with MLCO which has just recovered from $18.84 to close $25.02 gapped down and finished $22.62 -2.40 (9.59%). WYNN was 142.31 -9.31 (6.4%), LVS 70.07 -$4.00 (5.4%) and MGM $32.39 -2.15 (6.22%). Hotels were led lower with MAR $144.37 -5.89 (3.92, and Carnival Cruise (CCL) $50.69 -1.21 (2.33%). On the booking side, BKNG was as low as $1963 managed a close of $1990.57-64.12 (3.12%) and TRIP 30.49 -.44 (1.42%).
BYND was higher all day with the statement from SBUX wants to expand its “plant-based” offerings. It finished $129.18 +20.06 (18.3%). BA actually opened up this morning but around 2:00 it was slightly lower and the word got out (later confirmed) that the MAX isn’t expected to be back until the summer. The stock was actually halted (news pending) and it had fallen to a low of $305.75 before both a rally to back to 322 and another slide to close $311.64 -12.51 (3.66%).
On the earnings front we had mixed results from NFLX and after a slight gain on the headline of a beat in revenues it fell to -11, then rallied to $352 and is last $346.13 +6.46 (1.9%). IBM broke its 5 consecutive down revenues quarters and had a slight beat on net rallied as high as $144.30 and is last $144.10 +5.79 (4.19%).
And, lastly, early morning news of the FDA fast-tracking Nanoflu for Novavax (NVAX) sent that one up from its close of $5.74 to trade as high as $9.99 and it settled at $9.82 +4.08 (71%), but:
The HOMERUN OF THE DAY WAS GENPREX (GNPX), who also got a fast track for its treatment for lung cancer, and closed Friday at $ .36, traded as high as $1.74 before giving back a bit but still managing $1.15 +.79 (219%). How many stocks can you recall that finished 40%below its high still up over 200%?
BIOPHARMA: was LOWER with BIIB +1.69, ABBV -.08, REGN -21.94 (5.68%) even though they are one of the leaders in the development of a vaccine for the above mentioned virus, ISRG +1.62, MYL +.04, TEVA -.16 (I’m looking to get back into that one), VRTX -1.84, BHC -.52, INCY _1.85, ICPT -5.37 (5.06%), LABU -2.62 and IBB $120.72 -1.16 (.96%).
CANNABIS: stocks were LOWER with TLRY +.18, CGC -.65, CRON -.35, GWPH +1.68, ACB -.12, PYX -.36, APHA +.12, NBEV -.08, ACRGF -.39, CURLF +.43, KERN -.74 and MJ $18.30 -.45 (2.4%).
DEFENSE: was MIXED with LMT -.56, RTN -2.35, GD +.91, TXT -.62, UTX -.30, NOC -1.84, BWXT -.86, TDY +11.12, and ITA $229.55 -2.66 (1.15%).
RETAIL was LOWER with M -.58, JWN -.65, KSS -.99, DDS +.14, JCP -.04 (5.18%), WMT +.64, TGT -2.75, TJX -.29, RL -3.09, UAA -.36, LULU +.97, TPR -.57, CPRI -.12, and XRT $45.64 -.24 (.52%).
FAANG and Big Cap: were MIXED with GOOGL +2.48, AMZN +27.38, AAPL -1.40, FB -.48, NFLX +5.53, NVDA -1.13, TSLA +43.90 (8.6%), BABA -4.87, BIDU -2.61, IBM (see above), BA -12.47, CAT -1.94 and XLK $97.35 +.23 (.24%).
FINANCIALS were LOWER with the slip in interest rates and GS -3.51, JPM -1.20, BAC -.42, MS -1.51, C -1.14, PNC -2.55, AIG -1.23, TRV +.22, AXP -1.32, and XLF $30.77 -.26 (.84%).
OIL, $58.38 -.20. Today’s action was a catch-up day from the holiday and a fairly big range day. We managed a test of both $58 and $60 and finished barely changed. I think this market is in a “no-man’s land” until we break one-way or the other. The stocks were LOWER with the market and XLE $58.11 -1.06 (1.79%).
METALS, GOLD: $1,557.90 -2.40 after breaking out “of the box” earlier last week, and the Iran news, we traded as high as $1,613 before turning down. I bought the GLD calls after we traded down to my area of support around $1,545 and after the small consolidation started higher today. We bought the GLD 2/149 calls @ $1.10 today.
BITCOIN: closed $8,750 -175. We broke to the downside today and managed a close well off the low 8,515. I now expect a test of $9,200 to $9,500. We own 750 GBTC with an average of $8.99. GBTC closed $9.72 -.35 today.
Tomorrow is another day.
CAM
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Famous Persons in Crypto Industry

Famous Persons in Crypto Industry
Like any developing industry, the cryptocurrency world has its own stars and celebrities. StealthEX has made a list of the most influential people in the crypto world. So here are the TOP-5 people who are leading the digital revolution by transforming financial markets.
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Brad Garlinghouse
Ripple’s CEO, investor, businessman and a huge fan of blockchain technology.
Garlinghouse was born on February 6, 1971, in Kansas, USA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Kansas and holds an MBA diploma from Harvard Business School.
Brad has worked for some major technology companies, such as Yahoo, AOL, Hightail, Tonic Health.
Nowadays he is the CEO of Ripple (a real-time gross settlement system, currency exchange, and remittance network) and a member of its Board of Directors. Ripple (XRP) is the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization and Brad as CEO owns 6% of the company’s stock.
“There are a lot of really fabulous things that get done with digital assets and blockchain technologies to reduce friction, to reduce costs, and enable things that weren’t possible before.”
Brian Armstrong
CEO and co-founder of the Coinbase platform, software engineer, risk manager, and public speaker.
Brian Armstrong was born in 1983 in San Jose, California. Armstrong was interested in technology at school and learned Java and CSS at an early age. He got his first job at school: he created websites for local businesses. In 2001, Armstrong joined Ryerson University in Houston and studied economics and computer science.
After graduation, he was an intern at IBM and then worked as a consultant and risk manager at Deloitte & Touche. Later, he founded the UniversityTutor.com, which allowed users to search for a suitable tutor based on various parameters: education, location, and topics. Brian also worked as a software engineer at Airbnb.com.
Great success came to Brian with the creation of a digital currency exchange platform – Coinbase. Today Coinbase serves 9.5 million customers in 32 countries and the volume of completed transactions exceeds $20 billion. Armstrong’s fortune is estimated in the range of $900 million — $1 billion.
“We can actually change the line, actually bend this curve and materially change the economic freedom of the entire world by what we’re going to build. … The vision for Coinbase is creating more economic freedom for every person and business in the world over the next ten years.”
Charlie Lee
Creator of Litecoin, managing director of the Litecoin Foundation, computer scientist and an iconic figure in the cryptocurrency community.
Charlie was born in West Africa and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 13. Charlie received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After graduation, Lee worked as a programmer at Kana Communications, Guidewire Software, and Google.
Charlie Lee first learned about cryptocurrency in 2011 and decided to create his own coin — Litecoin, which became the best version of Bitcoin: transactions became faster, the number of coins increased, another mining algorithm appeared.
Now Charlie Lee is engaged in the popularization of digital currencies as an expert in the field of blockchain technology.
“I believe that cryptocurrency will take over fiat currency and become the reserve currency.”
Changpeng Zhao
Founder and CEO of Binance, computer scientist and China’s crypto-king.
Zhao was born in Jiangsu province in China and moved with his family to Canada in the late 1980s. He graduated from McGill University with a major in Computer Science. Before setting up his own company, Zhao worked at OKCoin and Bloomberg.
In July 2017, Zhao launched the cryptocurrency exchange platform — Binance. The ability of the platform to process a high number of transactions (1.4 million per second) and a reliable system of protection quickly made the Binance one of the most popular crypto exchanges in the world. In January 2018, Binance came out on top among crypto-exchanges in the world in terms of the trading volume. And Zhao, who became the owner of about $2 billion in crypto, got on the cover of Forbes magazine.
Today Changpeng Zhao is one of the main figures of the crypto world who is actively promoting cryptocurrencies in Asia and North America.
“Cryptocurrency will survive regardless of any one country. Most countries that try to ban bitcoin cause their citizens to want cryptocurrency more.”
Vitalik Buterin
Co-founder of Ethereum, co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine, computer scientist and wunderkind.
On January 31, 2018, the guy will only turn 25, but he has already had a significant impact on the crypto industry.
Vitalik was born in Kolomna, Russia and moved to Canada at the age of six with his family. He has always had a flair for math and programming. His favourite childhood toy was Microsoft Excel.
Buterin is the winner of the Thiel Fellowship, thanks to which he was able to focus on the study of the Bitcoin network and then create his own — Ethereum, which has been called “the world’s hottest new cryptocurrency.” Ethereum network allowed to launch a giant ICO market, the volume of which almost $4 billion.
Nowadays Buterin works with such companies as Microsoft, HP, and JPMorgan. He was ranked “30 most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 30” by Forbes magazine.
“The main advantage of blockchain technology is supposed to be that it’s more secure, but new technologies are generally hard for people to trust, and this paradox can’t really be avoided.”
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For Trading Jan 9

For Trading January 9th
DJIA Reverses 800 Off Lows Finishes +161
Bonds, Oil & Gold Lower TSLA Closes in on $500
Join Us Every Day, Link Below
Today’s market started off lower by just 60 after last night’s decline on the Iran bombing of al-Asad base in Iraq but within minutes we were unchanged and higher. The lows overnight in the DJIA were 28,084 but we were never below 28,522 today. There were similar moves in all of the futures with Oil exploding up to $65.65 (finished 59.61), Gold to $1,613 (1,560), S&P 3181 (3250), DJ (28,770), NAZ 8678 (8944), Bonds 159-19 (156-12). These moves are amazing in size. The only time I’ve ever seen this kind of reversal overnight was Election night 2016. So, the closes were DJIA +161.41 (.56%), NASDAQ +60.66 (.67%), S&P 500 +15.87 (.49%), the Russell +5.29 (.32%) and the Transports +96.08 (.88%). The NAZ and S&P made new all-time highs. Market internals were 3:2 on NYSE and 1.3:1 NAZ. DJIA was 21:9 with the biggest losers, BA -40, WBA -24DPs, BA on the crash in Iran and WBA on earnings.
So, my opinion on what happened last night: I was impressed by the restraint of the “Tweeter-in Chief” and was somewhat pleasantly surprised. Not sure I could have done the same. My assumption is that China (his only possible success) caused the restraint, since they absolutely support Iran. But after thinking about it all day, and this is where being an OLD guy pays off, I recalled the nuclear proliferation of the 50’s and 60’s and the doctrine called “MAD,” mutually assured destruction. And it occurred to me that that doctrine may have gone through changes over the years, but it seems that with all of the posturing, that no one actually wants the kind of war that we would have on the escalation with a state that has nothing to lose. There are no wars like WW1 or WW2, or Korea or Viet Nam. We’re not landing 150,000 young men on the shores of the Arabian Sea (as in Normandy), the technology of war having changed so dramatically. One other minor comment based on history, wars are both highly inflationary and the stock market loves them. (Good thing nobody told Trump). During WW1 and WW2, the DJIA rose 152%. We had up markets during Korea and both Bush Gulf/Iraq wars. We’re still in Afghanistan, but the market has under 9,200 in October 2001 when that mess started. Just the facts…
Our “open forum” on Discord, which allows me to interact with subscribers and others to allow direct questions and chart opinions on just about any stock, continues to grow with more participants every day. It is informative and allows me to share insights as the market is open and moving. The link is: https://discord.gg/ATvC7YZ and I will be there and active from before the open and all day. It’s a great place to share ideas and gain some insights.
SECTORS: Other names in the news: Today’s market was clearly governed by the Iran news, but there were still earnings related issues. Walgreen (WBA) was the problem with softness in both the RX and front of the store sales. Volumes grew a paltry 1.8% and while the company said they stand by full year guidance, the stock finished $55.83 -3.46 (5.84%). There are rumors that KKR is interested in a deal, but no word from either company. The BA news was about the crash of a Ukrainian Air 737 in Tehran. While there is no information regarding any manufacturing issue, the stock sold off to close $331.37 – 5.91 (1.75%).
On the downside, as I mentioned here 10 days ago, ITCI, a “homerun of the day” that had moved from $12 to $43 on news of their approval of a new schizophrenia drug, decided to replenish their cash with a new offering, did 10 million shares at $29.50 sending the stock back to $26.34 -4.66 (15.03%).
On the upside we had Applied Therapeutics (APLT) had solid topline results for Galactosemia, a metabolic drug, which sent the stock, which traded around $10 all last year and doubled in late October, and had risen to close $26.16 yesterday opened $31.75, traded $40.14 and finished the day $35.18 +9.02 (34.48%).
And, today’s HOMERUN OF THE DAY was Shiftpixy (PIXY) a company that has designed a staffing platform for the disruptive “gig” economy and has assigned 60% of its contracted book of biz for $20million and expects to replace its cash-flow to breakeven in their next-gen platform business. The stock was reversed 1:40 in December and close yesterday $8.07, opening today $24.51 and trading to $27.50 before closing $19.25 +11.18 (138.54%).
BIOPHARMA: was HIGHER with BIIB +2.47, ABBV +.73, REGN +9.29, ISRG -1.02, MYL +.05 TEVA -.11, VRTX +6.21, BCH -.07, INCY -.51, ICPT +1.56, LABU +2.29 and IBB $120.89 +1.74 (1.46%).
CANNABIS: stocks were MIXED with TLRY +.67, CGC +.35, GWPH +2.75, ACB -.05, PYX -.07, APHA +.03, NBEV -.05, ACRGF +.18, CURLF +.12, KERN -.45 and MJ $15.39 +.15 (.92%).
DEFENSE: was MIXED with No moves over 1% and ITA $229.80 -1.53 (.66%).
RETAIL was MIXED with M +.45 (on better sales), JWN +.66, KSS -.79, DDS -.06, JCP +.02, WMT -.18, TGT -.07, TJX +.33, RL -.29, UAA -.28, LULU +3.78, TPR +.18, CPRI +.43 and XRT $45.40 +.09 (.20%).
FAANG and Big Cap: were HIGHER across the board with GOOGL +9.93, AMZN -11.36, AAPL +5.60, FB +3.04, NFLX +9.25, NVDA +1.07, TSLA $495.05 +26.99 (5.75%), BABA +1.37, BIDU +1.90, BOX -.11, IBM +1.31, BA -5.02, CAT +1.30, and XLK $93.51 +.99 (1.07%).
FINANCIALS were HIGHER with GS +3.03, JPM +1.62, BAC +.41, MS +.86, C +.86, PNC +.96, AIG +.60, TRV +1.45, AXP +3.34 and XLF $30.73 +.20 (.66%).
OIL, $59.61 -3.09. Today’s action was downhill from the start after trading as high as $65.65 last night on the Iran news, but today after tensions were seemingly over, prices fell all day. The stocks were LOWER with the XLE $59.71-1.00 (1.65%).
METALS, GOLD: $1,560.20 -14.70 after breaking out “of the box” earlier last week, and the Iran news, we traded as high as $1,613 before turning down. On a technical basis, I would be a buyer anywhere near 1,540-1,545.
BITCOIN: closed $8110 -170. We broke to the upside on the news and traded up to 8595, a new recovery high. I said “I really interested to see what happens with the 5 and 20-day MA’s now since they are within .02 of each other. Well, they resolved to the upside and I believe we will try 8,000 again but as a pull-back this time. We own 750 GBTC with an average of $8.99. GBTC closed $9.33 -77 today.
Tomorrow is another day.
CAM
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For Trading Jan 9

For Trading January 9th
DJIA Reverses 800 Off Lows Finishes +161
Bonds, Oil & Gold Lower TSLA Closes in on $500
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Today’s market started off lower by just 60 after last night’s decline on the Iran bombing of al-Asad base in Iraq but within minutes we were unchanged and higher. The lows overnight in the DJIA were 28,084 but we were never below 28,522 today. There were similar moves in all of the futures with Oil exploding up to $65.65 (finished 59.61), Gold to $1,613 (1,560), S&P 3181 (3250), DJ (28,770), NAZ 8678 (8944), Bonds 159-19 (156-12). These moves are amazing in size. The only time I’ve ever seen this kind of reversal overnight was Election night 2016. So, the closes were DJIA +161.41 (.56%), NASDAQ +60.66 (.67%), S&P 500 +15.87 (.49%), the Russell +5.29 (.32%) and the Transports +96.08 (.88%). The NAZ and S&P made new all-time highs. Market internals were 3:2 on NYSE and 1.3:1 NAZ. DJIA was 21:9 with the biggest losers, BA -40, WBA -24DPs, BA on the crash in Iran and WBA on earnings.
So, my opinion on what happened last night: I was impressed by the restraint of the “Tweeter-in Chief” and was somewhat pleasantly surprised. Not sure I could have done the same. My assumption is that China (his only possible success) caused the restraint, since they absolutely support Iran. But after thinking about it all day, and this is where being an OLD guy pays off, I recalled the nuclear proliferation of the 50’s and 60’s and the doctrine called “MAD,” mutually assured destruction. And it occurred to me that that doctrine may have gone through changes over the years, but it seems that with all of the posturing, that no one actually wants the kind of war that we would have on the escalation with a state that has nothing to lose. There are no wars like WW1 or WW2, or Korea or Viet Nam. We’re not landing 150,000 young men on the shores of the Arabian Sea (as in Normandy), the technology of war having changed so dramatically. One other minor comment based on history, wars are both highly inflationary and the stock market loves them. (Good thing nobody told Trump). During WW1 and WW2, the DJIA rose 152%. We had up markets during Korea and both Bush Gulf/Iraq wars. We’re still in Afghanistan, but the market has under 9,200 in October 2001 when that mess started. Just the facts…
Our “open forum” on Discord, which allows me to interact with subscribers and others to allow direct questions and chart opinions on just about any stock, continues to grow with more participants every day. It is informative and allows me to share insights as the market is open and moving. The link is: https://discord.gg/ATvC7YZ and I will be there and active from before the open and all day. It’s a great place to share ideas and gain some insights.
SECTORS: Other names in the news: Today’s market was clearly governed by the Iran news, but there were still earnings related issues. Walgreen (WBA) was the problem with softness in both the RX and front of the store sales. Volumes grew a paltry 1.8% and while the company said they stand by full year guidance, the stock finished $55.83 -3.46 (5.84%). There are rumors that KKR is interested in a deal, but no word from either company. The BA news was about the crash of a Ukrainian Air 737 in Tehran. While there is no information regarding any manufacturing issue, the stock sold off to close $331.37 – 5.91 (1.75%).
On the downside, as I mentioned here 10 days ago, ITCI, a “homerun of the day” that had moved from $12 to $43 on news of their approval of a new schizophrenia drug, decided to replenish their cash with a new offering, did 10 million shares at $29.50 sending the stock back to $26.34 -4.66 (15.03%).
On the upside we had Applied Therapeutics (APLT) had solid topline results for Galactosemia, a metabolic drug, which sent the stock, which traded around $10 all last year and doubled in late October, and had risen to close $26.16 yesterday opened $31.75, traded $40.14 and finished the day $35.18 +9.02 (34.48%).
And, today’s HOMERUN OF THE DAY was Shiftpixy (PIXY) a company that has designed a staffing platform for the disruptive “gig” economy and has assigned 60% of its contracted book of biz for $20million and expects to replace its cash-flow to breakeven in their next-gen platform business. The stock was reversed 1:40 in December and close yesterday $8.07, opening today $24.51 and trading to $27.50 before closing $19.25 +11.18 (138.54%).
BIOPHARMA: was HIGHER with BIIB +2.47, ABBV +.73, REGN +9.29, ISRG -1.02, MYL +.05 TEVA -.11, VRTX +6.21, BCH -.07, INCY -.51, ICPT +1.56, LABU +2.29 and IBB $120.89 +1.74 (1.46%).
CANNABIS: stocks were MIXED with TLRY +.67, CGC +.35, GWPH +2.75, ACB -.05, PYX -.07, APHA +.03, NBEV -.05, ACRGF +.18, CURLF +.12, KERN -.45 and MJ $15.39 +.15 (.92%).
DEFENSE: was MIXED with No moves over 1% and ITA $229.80 -1.53 (.66%).
RETAIL was MIXED with M +.45 (on better sales), JWN +.66, KSS -.79, DDS -.06, JCP +.02, WMT -.18, TGT -.07, TJX +.33, RL -.29, UAA -.28, LULU +3.78, TPR +.18, CPRI +.43 and XRT $45.40 +.09 (.20%).
FAANG and Big Cap: were HIGHER across the board with GOOGL +9.93, AMZN -11.36, AAPL +5.60, FB +3.04, NFLX +9.25, NVDA +1.07, TSLA $495.05 +26.99 (5.75%), BABA +1.37, BIDU +1.90, BOX -.11, IBM +1.31, BA -5.02, CAT +1.30, and XLK $93.51 +.99 (1.07%).
FINANCIALS were HIGHER with GS +3.03, JPM +1.62, BAC +.41, MS +.86, C +.86, PNC +.96, AIG +.60, TRV +1.45, AXP +3.34 and XLF $30.73 +.20 (.66%).
OIL, $59.61 -3.09. Today’s action was downhill from the start after trading as high as $65.65 last night on the Iran news, but today after tensions were seemingly over, prices fell all day. The stocks were LOWER with the XLE $59.71-1.00 (1.65%).
METALS, GOLD: $1,560.20 -14.70 after breaking out “of the box” earlier last week, and the Iran news, we traded as high as $1,613 before turning down. On a technical basis, I would be a buyer anywhere near 1,540-1,545.
BITCOIN: closed $8110 -170. We broke to the upside on the news and traded up to 8595, a new recovery high. I said “I really interested to see what happens with the 5 and 20-day MA’s now since they are within .02 of each other. Well, they resolved to the upside and I believe we will try 8,000 again but as a pull-back this time. We own 750 GBTC with an average of $8.99. GBTC closed $9.33 -77 today.
Tomorrow is another day.
CAM
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Famous Persons in Crypto Industry

Famous Persons in Crypto Industry
Like any developing industry, the cryptocurrency world has its own stars and celebrities. StealthEX has made a list of the most influential people in the crypto world. So here are the TOP-5 people who are leading the digital revolution by transforming financial markets.
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Brad Garlinghouse
Ripple’s CEO, investor, businessman and a huge fan of blockchain technology.
Garlinghouse was born on February 6, 1971, in Kansas, USA. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Kansas and holds an MBA diploma from Harvard Business School.
Brad has worked for some major technology companies, such as Yahoo, AOL, Hightail, Tonic Health.
Nowadays he is the CEO of Ripple (a real-time gross settlement system, currency exchange, and remittance network) and a member of its Board of Directors. Ripple (XRP) is the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization and Brad as CEO owns 6% of the company’s stock.
“There are a lot of really fabulous things that get done with digital assets and blockchain technologies to reduce friction, to reduce costs, and enable things that weren’t possible before.”
Brian Armstrong
CEO and co-founder of the Coinbase platform, software engineer, risk manager, and public speaker.
Brian Armstrong was born in 1983 in San Jose, California. Armstrong was interested in technology at school and learned Java and CSS at an early age. He got his first job at school: he created websites for local businesses. In 2001, Armstrong joined Ryerson University in Houston and studied economics and computer science.
After graduation, he was an intern at IBM and then worked as a consultant and risk manager at Deloitte & Touche. Later, he founded the UniversityTutor.com, which allowed users to search for a suitable tutor based on various parameters: education, location, and topics. Brian also worked as a software engineer at Airbnb.com.
Great success came to Brian with the creation of a digital currency exchange platform – Coinbase. Today Coinbase serves 9.5 million customers in 32 countries and the volume of completed transactions exceeds $20 billion. Armstrong’s fortune is estimated in the range of $900 million — $1 billion.
“We can actually change the line, actually bend this curve and materially change the economic freedom of the entire world by what we’re going to build. … The vision for Coinbase is creating more economic freedom for every person and business in the world over the next ten years.”
Charlie Lee
Creator of Litecoin, managing director of the Litecoin Foundation, computer scientist and an iconic figure in the cryptocurrency community.
Charlie was born in West Africa and moved to the United States with his family at the age of 13. Charlie received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). After graduation, Lee worked as a programmer at Kana Communications, Guidewire Software, and Google.
Charlie Lee first learned about cryptocurrency in 2011 and decided to create his own coin — Litecoin, which became the best version of Bitcoin: transactions became faster, the number of coins increased, another mining algorithm appeared.
Now Charlie Lee is engaged in the popularization of digital currencies as an expert in the field of blockchain technology.
“I believe that cryptocurrency will take over fiat currency and become the reserve currency.”
Changpeng Zhao
Founder and CEO of Binance, computer scientist and China’s crypto-king.
Zhao was born in Jiangsu province in China and moved with his family to Canada in the late 1980s. He graduated from McGill University with a major in Computer Science. Before setting up his own company, Zhao worked at OKCoin and Bloomberg.
In July 2017, Zhao launched the cryptocurrency exchange platform — Binance. The ability of the platform to process a high number of transactions (1.4 million per second) and a reliable system of protection quickly made the Binance one of the most popular crypto exchanges in the world. In January 2018, Binance came out on top among crypto-exchanges in the world in terms of the trading volume. And Zhao, who became the owner of about $2 billion in crypto, got on the cover of Forbes magazine.
Today Changpeng Zhao is one of the main figures of the crypto world who is actively promoting cryptocurrencies in Asia and North America.
“Cryptocurrency will survive regardless of any one country. Most countries that try to ban bitcoin cause their citizens to want cryptocurrency more.”
Vitalik Buterin
Co-founder of Ethereum, co-founder of Bitcoin Magazine, computer scientist and wunderkind.
On January 31, 2018, the guy will only turn 25, but he has already had a significant impact on the crypto industry.
Vitalik was born in Kolomna, Russia and moved to Canada at the age of six with his family. He has always had a flair for math and programming. His favourite childhood toy was Microsoft Excel.
Buterin is the winner of the Thiel Fellowship, thanks to which he was able to focus on the study of the Bitcoin network and then create his own — Ethereum, which has been called “the world’s hottest new cryptocurrency.” Ethereum network allowed to launch a giant ICO market, the volume of which almost $4 billion.
Nowadays Buterin works with such companies as Microsoft, HP, and JPMorgan. He was ranked “30 most promising entrepreneurs under the age of 30” by Forbes magazine.
“The main advantage of blockchain technology is supposed to be that it’s more secure, but new technologies are generally hard for people to trust, and this paradox can’t really be avoided.”
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For trading Jan 3

For Trading January 3rd
New High Abound APPLE TOPS 300
Bonds Rally Off Lows
RAD Falls Back To Earth, Again
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Today’s market started off higher by about 200 on the news of Chinese lowering the “reserve requirement” to prompt more lending. The market took no notice of the “initial claims for unemployment” rose to the highest level (4-week moving average) since January 2018. Bonds, especially the long end started lower but came back very strongly on continued soft manufacturing numbers out of China and Europe, and the possibility that the overbought market is due for a pullback, and investors moving to a more defensive stance. As I have written, I’m using our position for the later move that I label a “flight to safety.” By 10:30 we had fallen to the low of the day, +89, and started a sideways to higher move and just after 2:45 we broke to new highs again and in the last 15 minutes we added an additional 100 DPs and finished +330.36 (1.16%), NASDAQ +119.59 (1.33%), S&P 500 +27.07 (.84%), while the Russell, lower all day finished -1.70 (.10%) and the Transports were +93.03 (.85%). A/D was roughly 1.4:1 on both NYSE and the NAZ. DJIA was 24:6 with the big winners AAPL, BA, MMM, GS, and MCD. We bought a small position in LULU 1/17 220 puts at $1.65 to $1.70 (closed $1.55) and we still have our position in TLT calls @ $1.33 (closed 1.40) and I shorted the RAD 300 [email protected] $16.87 (trading 14.40 in extended hours). When I start to hear statistics like AAPL is now a market-cap greater than the entire energy sector, that makes me nervous. I love the stock, and the products, but when did a consumer electronics company become bigger that the industry that powers our cars and planes, our manufacturing sector, and our power grid?
Again: CAUTION IS REQUIRED.
Our “open forum” on Discord, which allows me to interact with subscribers and others to allow direct questions and chart opinions on just about any stock, continues to grow with more participants every day. It is informative and allows me to share insights as the market is open and moving. The link is: https://discord.gg/ATvC7YZ and I will be there and active from before the open and all day. It’s a great place to share ideas and gain some insights.
SECTORS: Other names in the news: Today’s market was not really that unusual for the first trading day of the year, since there is a massive amount of money that flows in from pensions, 401K’s and bonuses paid either at year-end or in the new year to delay tax liability. Early on, there was a little selling of the big winners but it was overcome by the rally. As mentioned in the headlines, AAPL rose to close $300.25 and is now $300.85 +7.20 (2.46%) in extended trading. TSLA got a new price target from Cannacord today, calling for $515 from 375, and it is trading $430.98 +12.65 (3.02%). Many of the Chinese stocks were strong with BABA at a new high $219,82 +7.72 (3.64%) and BIDU $138.22 +11.82 (9.35%).
There were several biopharma names in the news with varying results. INCY had a failed trial and after closing $85.97 -1.35, it has fallen to 73.01 but is now 77.28 – 8.59 (10%). Also on the downside was Durect (DRRX) who had a failed trial for its Plaque psoriasis treatment and it fell from a recent recovery high of $3.95 to trade $2.05 and close $2.62 -1.18 (31.05%).
But the Disaster Du Jour was Novan (NOVN), which reported a failed study on molluscum contagiosum, a viral skin infection that causes lesions. The stock, public since mid-2016 has traded as high as $30.90, had fallen to trade as low as $ .65 last year, had traded $3.72 last week but fell to a low of $ .77 with a last of $ .86 – 2.55 (73%).
And, the HOMERUN OF THE DAY was Pulmatrix, Inc. (PULM) whose licensing and development agreement with JNJ for their Lung Cancer Initiative will net it $7.2 million upfront and additional $2 million milestone payments in its study on COPD. The stock had been trading between $ .61 and $1.02 and closed $ .84 on 12/31 and opened today $1.62, traded $1.79 and finished the day $1.62 +.76 (88.37%).
BIOPHARMA: was LOWER with BIIB -2.49, ABBV +.95, REGN -2.13, ISRG +6.11, MYL +.55, TEVA -.24, VRTX +1.05, BHC -.01, INCY -10.21 (see above), ICPT -5.24 (4.23%), LABU -1.15, and IBB $119.97 -.54 (.45%).
CANNABIS: stocks were LOWER with TLRY -.71, CGC -1.03, CRON -.32, GWPH -.25, ACB -.11, PYX -.64, APHA -.21, NBEV -.02, ACRGF -.08, CURLF -.15, KERN -.41 and MJ $16.90 -.22 (1.29%).
DEFENSE: was HIGHER with LMT =9.82, RTN +5.25, GD +1.66, TXT +.88, UTX +3.88, NOC +11.73, BWXT +1.55, TDY +11.41, and ITA $227.38 +5.30 (2.39%).
RETAIL was MIXED with M -.42, JWN -.82, KSS -1.90, DDS -3.43, WMT +.17, TGT -2.13, TJX +.69, KR -.33, RL +1.56, UAA +.18, LULU +1.78, TPR -.04, CPRI +.13 and XRT $45.66 -.35 (.76%).
FAANG and Big Cap: were HIGHER across the board with GOOGL +29.29, AMZN +51.38, AAPL +7.20, FB +4.57, NFLX +6.43, NVDA +4.73, TSLA +12.67, BABA +7.66, BIDU +11.66, BOX +.46, IBM +1.38, BA +7.05, CAT +2.85, and XLK $93.40 +1.73 (1.89%).
FINANCIALS were HIGHER with GS +4.41, JPM +1.76, BAC +.43, MS +1.13, C +1.38, PNC +.74, AIG +.43, TRV +.56, AXP +1.79, and XLF $31.13 +.35 (1.14%).
OIL, $61.18 + .12. Today’s action was a rally after testing 60.50 again today and back to just slightly higher. The stocks were HIGHER with the XLE $60.64 + .60 (1.00%).
METALS, GOLD: $1,228.10 +5.00 after breaking out “of the box” earlier last week, and has moved higher, and is now approaching the resistance around 1535 range. Today’s high was $1534 and we’ll see how it acts when it approaches $1,542.
BITCOIN: closed $7040 -210. We broke to the upside but ran into a brick wall just under $8,000. I was very disappointed to see the break, although we are right back to the lower Bollinger Band. I’m really interested to see what happens with the 5 and 20-day MA’s now since they are within .02 of each other. We own 750 GBTC with an average of $8.99. GBTC closed $7.98 -.21 today.
Tomorrow is another day.
CAM
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For Trading Jan 3rd

For Trading January 3rd
New High Abound APPLE TOPS 300
Bonds Rally Off Lows
RAD Falls Back To Earth, Again
Join Us Every Day, Link Below
Today’s market started off higher by about 200 on the news of Chinese lowering the “reserve requirement” to prompt more lending. The market took no notice of the “initial claims for unemployment” rose to the highest level (4-week moving average) since January 2018. Bonds, especially the long end started lower but came back very strongly on continued soft manufacturing numbers out of China and Europe, and the possibility that the overbought market is due for a pullback, and investors moving to a more defensive stance. As I have written, I’m using our position for the later move that I label a “flight to safety.” By 10:30 we had fallen to the low of the day, +89, and started a sideways to higher move and just after 2:45 we broke to new highs again and in the last 15 minutes we added an additional 100 DPs and finished +330.36 (1.16%), NASDAQ +119.59 (1.33%), S&P 500 +27.07 (.84%), while the Russell, lower all day finished -1.70 (.10%) and the Transports were +93.03 (.85%). A/D was roughly 1.4:1 on both NYSE and the NAZ. DJIA was 24:6 with the big winners AAPL, BA, MMM, GS, and MCD. We bought a small position in LULU 1/17 220 puts at $1.65 to $1.70 (closed $1.55) and we still have our position in TLT calls @ $1.33 (closed 1.40) and I shorted the RAD 300 [email protected] $16.87 (trading 14.40 in extended hours). When I start to hear statistics like AAPL is now a market-cap greater than the entire energy sector, that makes me nervous. I love the stock, and the products, but when did a consumer electronics company become bigger that the industry that powers our cars and planes, our manufacturing sector, and our power grid?
Again: CAUTION IS REQUIRED.
Our “open forum” on Discord, which allows me to interact with subscribers and others to allow direct questions and chart opinions on just about any stock, continues to grow with more participants every day. It is informative and allows me to share insights as the market is open and moving. The link is: https://discord.gg/ATvC7YZ and I will be there and active from before the open and all day. It’s a great place to share ideas and gain some insights.
SECTORS: Other names in the news: Today’s market was not really that unusual for the first trading day of the year, since there is a massive amount of money that flows in from pensions, 401K’s and bonuses paid either at year-end or in the new year to delay tax liability. Early on, there was a little selling of the big winners but it was overcome by the rally. As mentioned in the headlines, AAPL rose to close $300.25 and is now $300.85 +7.20 (2.46%) in extended trading. TSLA got a new price target from Cannacord today, calling for $515 from 375, and it is trading $430.98 +12.65 (3.02%). Many of the Chinese stocks were strong with BABA at a new high $219,82 +7.72 (3.64%) and BIDU $138.22 +11.82 (9.35%).
There were several biopharma names in the news with varying results. INCY had a failed trial and after closing $85.97 -1.35, it has fallen to 73.01 but is now 77.28 – 8.59 (10%). Also on the downside was Durect (DRRX) who had a failed trial for its Plaque psoriasis treatment and it fell from a recent recovery high of $3.95 to trade $2.05 and close $2.62 -1.18 (31.05%).
But the Disaster Du Jour was Novan (NOVN), which reported a failed study on molluscum contagiosum, a viral skin infection that causes lesions. The stock, public since mid-2016 has traded as high as $30.90, had fallen to trade as low as $ .65 last year, had traded $3.72 last week but fell to a low of $ .77 with a last of $ .86 – 2.55 (73%).
And, the HOMERUN OF THE DAY was Pulmatrix, Inc. (PULM) whose licensing and development agreement with JNJ for their Lung Cancer Initiative will net it $7.2 million upfront and additional $2 million milestone payments in its study on COPD. The stock had been trading between $ .61 and $1.02 and closed $ .84 on 12/31 and opened today $1.62, traded $1.79 and finished the day $1.62 +.76 (88.37%).
BIOPHARMA: was LOWER with BIIB -2.49, ABBV +.95, REGN -2.13, ISRG +6.11, MYL +.55, TEVA -.24, VRTX +1.05, BHC -.01, INCY -10.21 (see above), ICPT -5.24 (4.23%), LABU -1.15, and IBB $119.97 -.54 (.45%).
CANNABIS: stocks were LOWER with TLRY -.71, CGC -1.03, CRON -.32, GWPH -.25, ACB -.11, PYX -.64, APHA -.21, NBEV -.02, ACRGF -.08, CURLF -.15, KERN -.41 and MJ $16.90 -.22 (1.29%).
DEFENSE: was HIGHER with LMT =9.82, RTN +5.25, GD +1.66, TXT +.88, UTX +3.88, NOC +11.73, BWXT +1.55, TDY +11.41, and ITA $227.38 +5.30 (2.39%).
RETAIL was MIXED with M -.42, JWN -.82, KSS -1.90, DDS -3.43, WMT +.17, TGT -2.13, TJX +.69, KR -.33, RL +1.56, UAA +.18, LULU +1.78, TPR -.04, CPRI +.13 and XRT $45.66 -.35 (.76%).
FAANG and Big Cap: were HIGHER across the board with GOOGL +29.29, AMZN +51.38, AAPL +7.20, FB +4.57, NFLX +6.43, NVDA +4.73, TSLA +12.67, BABA +7.66, BIDU +11.66, BOX +.46, IBM +1.38, BA +7.05, CAT +2.85, and XLK $93.40 +1.73 (1.89%).
FINANCIALS were HIGHER with GS +4.41, JPM +1.76, BAC +.43, MS +1.13, C +1.38, PNC +.74, AIG +.43, TRV +.56, AXP +1.79, and XLF $31.13 +.35 (1.14%).
OIL, $61.18 + .12. Today’s action was a rally after testing 60.50 again today and back to just slightly higher. The stocks were HIGHER with the XLE $60.64 + .60 (1.00%).
METALS, GOLD: $1,228.10 +5.00 after breaking out “of the box” earlier last week, and has moved higher, and is now approaching the resistance around 1535 range. Today’s high was $1534 and we’ll see how it acts when it approaches $1,542.
BITCOIN: closed $7040 -210. We broke to the upside but ran into a brick wall just under $8,000. I was very disappointed to see the break, although we are right back to the lower Bollinger Band. I’m really interested to see what happens with the 5 and 20-day MA’s now since they are within .02 of each other. We own 750 GBTC with an average of $8.99. GBTC closed $7.98 -.21 today.
Tomorrow is another day.
CAM
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r/Bitcoin recap - January 2019

Hi Bitcoiners!
I’m back with the 25th monthly Bitcoin news recap.
For those unfamiliar, each day I pick out the most popularelevant/interesting stories in Bitcoin and save them. At the end of the month I release them in one batch, to give you a quick (but not necessarily the best) overview of what happened in bitcoin over the past month.
You can see recaps of the previous months on Bitcoinsnippets.com
A recap of Bitcoin in January 2019
Adoption * The number of daily bitcoin transactions has been increasing rapidly again (10 Jan) * Bitcoin ads in Tokyo (11 Jan) * A fish-market in San Diego accepting bitcoin (12 Jan) * A discussion on handing out bitcoin at work (14 Jan) * Bitcoin transactions have increased by 50% over 6 months, with fees at a 2 year low (16 Jan) * LocalBitcoins has more volume than the Venezuelan stock market (16 Jan) * A popular content creator deletes his Patreon account and starts accepting bitcoin (16 Jan) * Buying bitcoin at one of 20k coinstar machines (17 Jan) * A story from a European teacher working in China using bitcoin to send money home (22 Jan) * Germany has 1/5th of the world’s Bitcoin nodes (23 Jan) * SatoshiLabs’ Lightning Node routes over 1 btc in transactions in one day (27 Jan) * Someone in Cambodia uses the Lightning Network and Bitrefill to pay their $1 weekly phone bill (30 Jan) * The Lightning Network reaches 600 btc in capacity (30 Jan)
Development * A special thank you to all the Bitcoin Core contributors in 2018 (1 Jan) * A discussion on the need for a lightning network stress test (6 Jan) * New Lightning apps made at the Seoul Bitcoin Lightning Hackathon (7 Jan) * Wasabi wallet can now mix large amounts faster (12 Jan) * Bitcoin Core developer Adam Gibson talks about fungibility, privacy and coinjoin (16 Jan) * A new Bitcoin developers school is launched in Switzerland (28 Jan)
Security * Bitcoin’s immune system (2 Jan) * A discussion on the importance of running full nodes after an attack on another cryptocurrency (8 Jan) * Google Play store requires Samourai Wallet to disable some of its security features (8 Jan) * The Kraken exchange CEO warns users to not store coins on an exchange if you’re not actively trading (16 Jan) * LocalBitcoins.com is compromised (26 Jan)
Mining * Bitmain lost 28% of its bitcoin mining market share in 6 months (2 Jan) * An analysis of a strange nonce pattern in Bitcoin since block 400k (7 Jan) * Bitcoin mining becomes more decentralized as Bitmain loses dominance (18 Jan)
Business * Overstock becomes the first major US company to pay taxes in bitcoin (4 Jan) * Gemini exchange promises it will start using SegWit, Bech32 addresses and transaction batching by the end of Q1 2019 (7 Jan) * Gab emails its 850k users about its switch to Bitcoin (9 Jan) * Bitrefill launches a Lightning channel opening service (9 Jan) * Jihan Wu is stepping down from his role as CEO of Bitmain according to an insider leak (10 Jan) * Bitcoin crowdfunding powered by BTCPay (10 Jan) * Bitmain shuts down its btc.com office (14 Jan) * One of the biggest banks in the Netherlands launches a bitcoin wallet (23 Jan) * A ‘leaked’ photo shows that the Samsung Galaxy 10 has a cryptocurrency wallet (24 Jan) * Data collection by bitcoin businesses (29 Jan) * Fidelity will launch its bitcoin custody service in March (30 Jan) * Paxful a P2P bitcoin marketplace, launches its second school in Rwanda (31 Jan) * The QuadrigaCX exchange goes bankrupt after losing access to its cold wallets (31 Jan)
Research * Data on the Proof of Keys event over the last 9 years (2 Jan) * 50% of the bitcoin supply hasn’t moved in a year (10 Jan) * A rebuttal to the reports of Bitcoin’s environmental damage (31 Jan)
Education * Bitcoin’s first block was mined 6 days after its genesis block (10 Jan) * TIME on why Bitcoin matters for freedom (24 Jan) * A simple explainer video of the Lightning Network (27 Jan)
Regulation & Politics * Coinbase bans Gab.com and its founder (5 Jan) * Some Yellow Vests in France are calling on their supporters to withdraw their money from the banks (8 Jan) * Wyoming introduces bill offering cryptocurrencies legal clarity (19 Jan) * The government of Zimbabwe shuts down the Internet country-wide and hurts its economy (21 Jan) * Venezuela’s new interim president is pro-bitcoin (25 Jan) * Iran lifts its Bitcoin ban (29 Jan)
Archeology (Financial Incumbents) * The European Central Bank has printed €2.85T since 2015 to help sustain the EU economy (4 Jan) * Some of the Yellow Vests in France are calling upon supporters to withdraw money from the banks (8 Jan) * EU fines Mastercard for €570M for high fees (22 Jan)
Price & Trading * Don’t look at ATHs, look at yearly lows (3 Jan) * Whenever you doubt your investing decisions, remember this guy (4 Jan) * Someone creates an open-source terminal dashboard for automated trading and charting (15 Jan)
Fun & Other * Someone put 5% of their paycheck into bitcoin for 3 years (1 Jan) * Bitcoin featured in The Times newspaper on its 10th anniversary (2 Jan) * Bitcoin was launched 10 years ago (3 Jan) * A “How to use bitcoin anonymously” article gets banned on Medium (5 Jan) * A street art treasure hunt in Paris with a Bitcoin puzzle (7 Jan) * An AMA with the co-founder of Wasabi Wallet (7 Jan) * People are trying to encourage others to quit smoking and acquire bitcoin with those savings (8 Jan) * 10 years since Hal Finney’s “Running Bitcoin” tweet (9 Jan) * Gab calls bitcoin “free speech money” (9 Jan) * Nick Szabo on Central Banks, gold and bitcoin (11 Jan) * A discussion on the public perception of ‘hodl’ (12 Jan) * A Twitch streamer receives 20 bitcoin in donations (13 Jan) * The Paris bitcoin puzzle was solved (14 Jan) * An AMA by Blockstream (16 Jan) * The challenges of launching a new cryptocurrency with Proof-of-Work today (16 Jan) * A bitcoin logo on a football team’s shirts in Israel (21 Jan) * Buckminster Fuller on an energy-value system in 1981 (22 Jan) * Someone started anonymously broadcasting messages over Blockstream’s satellites (24 Jan) * Bitcoin is inspiring a new generation of investors (28 Jan) * A story from someone who lost ~$2M USD in btc (29 Jan) * A discussion on tokenization in stock and bonds trading (31 Jan)
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