Analysis: If Bitcoin Isn’t a Hedge Investment, Who Wants It?  

Is Bitcoin a hedge against stock market risk, like gold, as some early investors hoped? Or something entirely unrelated to investing, a new, extra-official currency, as its creators seemed to intend? The answer could affect investment decisions valued in hundreds of billion of dollars and directly affect Bitcoin’s future valuation. Part of the appeal of […]

Volatility ETFs Wipe Out Leveraged Investors as Stocks Reel

The recent  swings in the stock market  have taken a heavy toll on investors, particularly those who were betting, some with borrowed money, that volatility would continue to remain low. After years of market stability, investment firms began offering ETFs that allowed investors opportunities to profit from a stable stock market environment. These funds were […]

Kidnappers Now Accepting Cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies promise to make all kinds of payments easier, including, it now appears, paying a ransom. In December the New York District Attorney announced an arrest in a kidnapping.  “This case demonstrates the increasingly common intersection between cyber and violent crime — the defendant is charged with coordinating an elaborate kidnapping, armed robbery, and burglary to gain access […]

Opinion: Plain Old FOMO Pushing Wall Street Toward Crypto

Goldman Sachs, the venerated investment banking firm whose chiefs dominate policy and sit on important financial boards in government, may not have jumped into cryptocurrency market. Chances are, it was pushed. Wall Street already has a big problem with fear of missing out, or FOMO. Now it appears that a decision to enter the Bitcoin […]

Gundlach: Bond Bull Market Teeters as Stock Sell-off Signals Change

Bond guru Jeff Gundlach, founder of  DoubleLine Capital, not long ago said that the bond bull market would end if yields on the 10-year U.S. Treasury approached 3%. Yields already have crossed the 2.6% level, which Gundlach predicted would be a negative headwind for stocks. Currently, the 10-year is sitting just beneath this level due to […]

Financial Regulator FINRA Zeroes in on High-Risk Brokers

The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) has taken new steps to identify and weed out high-risk brokers. Under pressure from both investors and lawmakers, the industry-run regulator has created a dedicated examination unit. The unit already has identified between 100 and 200 rogue reps. This is a significant improvement over previous FINRA security measures, which […]

UK Royal Mint Launches Gold-Backed Cryptocurrency

One argument of cryptocurrency skeptics is that the market is based on new, unproven technology. Blockchain technology might be considered new, although it has been around since 2008. Now, skeptics are being forced to admit the technology isn’t unproven. One of the world’s oldest businesses is adopting it. The Royal Mint has announced the creation of Royal Mint Gold, […]