Bitcoin Futures Are About To Be a Thing and It’s Sending Prices Soaring

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Description: Bitcoin prices soared as high as $10,700 Friday after the main U.S. currency trading watchdog handed the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board Options Exchange a tentative go-ahead to offer Bitcoin futures. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Dec 02, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/12/01/bitcoin-price-cme-cftc-futures/ Questions for discussion: Explain why the introduction of futures trading would… Read more »

Zimbabwe Doesn’t Have Its Own Currency and Bitcoin Is Surging

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Description: Bitcoin climbed as much as 10 percent on Zimbabwe’s Golix exchange on Wednesday after the country’s armed forces seized power. The price of the cryptocurrency in the Southern African nation jumped as high as $13,499, almost double the rate at which it trades in international markets, according to prices cited on Golix’s website. It traded… Read more »

David Rosenberg: Fifteen reasons why investors should love Japan

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Description: Things are starting to look up in the Land of the Rising Sun Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Nov 02, 2017 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/investing/david-rosenberg-fifteen-reasons-why-investors-should-love-japan Questions for discussion: Of the reasons listed, which three do you think have the most merit? Do you agree with his assessment and thinking?

Bitcoin’s Bewildering Race to $100 Billion

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Description: There is no official measurement of a market bubble, but one could be the speed and force of the rise, a technique borrowed from the physical realm. Dot-com stocks rose 680 percent from the beginning of 1996 to the end of March 2000. Bitcoin has risen nearly 825 percent in the past year alone, to about $5,700. Source:… Read more »

A Start-Up Slump Is a Drag on the Economy. Big Business May Be to Blame.

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Description: Unemployment has fallen, and the stock market has soared. So why has the economic expansion since the recession been so tame, with sluggish productivity and, at least until recently, anemic wage growth? Source: NYTimes.com Date: Sep 20, 2017 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/20/business/economy/startup-business.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fbusiness&action=click&contentCollection=business&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: Explain the arguments made in this article. Do you agree? What… Read more »

Bitcoin Is Plunging After Jamie Dimon Called It a ‘Fraud’

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Description: Bitcoin’s value has dropped 10% since J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon slammed the cryptocurrency Tuesday, briefly falling below the $3,800 mark on Wednesday. Source: Fortune.com – video report Date: Sep 13, 2017 Link: http://fortune.com/2017/09/13/bitcoin-jamie-dimon-fraud-price/ Questions for discussion: Why did Bitcoin drop in value after the pronouncement by Jamie Dimon? Do you agree with his assessment?  

Two Big Tests For Bitcoin

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Description: Bitcoin, the digital currency that has turned into the new “gold” among investors and traders around the world, is in for two big tests. Source: Fortune.com Date: Sep 02, 2017 Link: https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2017/09/02/two-big-tests-for-bitcoin/#704769884473 Questions for discussion: What are the tests meant to show? Do you think Bitcoin will pass them?

Why Lower Oil Could Drive Gold Higher

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Description: With crude back on the move again, the stalled gold-to-crude ratio may be poised to resume the upward trend. Bloomberg Intelligence’s Mike McGlone has more on “Bloomberg Markets.” (Source: Bloomberg) Source: Bloomberg.com – video report Date: Mar 20, 2017 Link: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/videos/2017-03-20/why-lower-oil-could-drive-gold-higher-video Questions for Discussions: Explain the relationship between oil and gold, according to the… Read more »

Loonie is 10% cheaper versus the U.S. dollar: BMO’s Jack Ablin

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Description: Jack Ablin, chief investment officer at BMO Private Bank, joins BNN’s Catherine Murray for a look at why he believes Canada’s loonie still has plenty of room to run up and his latest views on the market. Source: BNN.ca- video report Date: March 17 , 2017 Link: http://www.bnn.ca/video/loonie-is-10-cheaper-versus-the-u-s-dollar-bmo-s-jack-ablin~1080904 Questions for Discussions: What is Jack… Read more »