Great content you can use in talking with clients – from financial luminary Ric Edelman as well as guest columnists.

Security Tokens: Not What You Might Think

Has someone suggested that you invest in a security token? Make sure you understand them before you invest. In the crypto world, tokens are a means of exchange, and we can generally think of them as similar to shares and coins, just a different (third) name. There are many kinds of tokens, and we’ll focus here on security tokens.[…]

Understanding Digital Wallets

Part of the appeal of bitcoin and other digital assets is that they are not controlled by a central authority. But that also means there’s no “help button.” So, if you lose your private key, your bitcoin is gone forever, and if someone obtains your private key, they can steal your bitcoin. Wallets are therefore key to storing and safeguarding your digital assets, such as bitcoin.[…]

Take Your Blinders Off

Last week, I posted a question on my LinkedIn page: “Why does it take 3 days at a cost of 3% to send money from New York to London via your bank, when you can do it in 10 minutes for $2 with #bitcoin?” My point, of course, is that blockchain technology is revolutionizing the financial services industry (and every commercial enterprise in the world as well). I’ve been involved with crypto since 2012, and over the past 10 years, I’ve tried hard to tell my colleagues in the financial field that this new technology is going to change business as dramatically as the internet did. […]

Why You Need To Know About NFTs

2021 was the year non-fungible tokens (NFTs) became a multi-billion-dollar industry, with $23 billion in sales. The year before, volume was just $14 million.

At first glance, NFTs look like pure hype. But there’s much more to this technology than pixelated art and bored apes. It’s an entirely new kind of commerce. Here’s what you need to know.[…]

Should You Generate Income via Stablecoin Lending?

Zero point nothing. That’s about the rate of interest you’re earning from bank accounts these days. This is causing lots of people to seek alternatives, in an effort to obtain higher yields. Enter stablecoin lending – a new way to earn passive income. You accomplish this by lending your digital assets to others. A stablecoin is a digital asset whose price is pegged to a fiat (government-issued) currency, such as the dollar, euro, rupee, or yen. More than 200 stablecoins exist worldwide, worth an aggregate $130 billion. That’s a 6x increase from a year ago, demonstrating the increased engagement by investors around the world.[…]

Bitcoin backwardation. Wait, what?

When bitcoin’s price crashed last spring from $58,000 to $30,000, the prices for bitcoin futures contracts fell to a discount versus bitcoin’s price. This phenomenon, called “backwardation,” is happening again. On December 13th, the front month bitcoin futures contract slipped to an annualized discount of nearly 14%, the steepest in 18 months. That means you could buy a contract giving you the right to buy bitcoin for 14% less than you’d pay by buying bitcoin directly from an exchange.[…]

The Convergence of Innovation

Special Contribution by Jake Ryan, author of Crypto Investing in the Age of Autonomy

What if, instead of allowing Google to make money by selling your personal data, you could monetize your own data stream? Or imagine having an investment bot that scoured the internet 24/7 to find the best interest rates for your savings account? Sounds far-fetched, but it’s already possible today, thanks to the convergence of Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, robotics, and blockchain technology (aka crypto and digital assets).[…]

Watch Out For These Crypto Frauds

The realm of digital assets is new, confusing, famous for making people rich – and often unregulated. In other words, it’s a perfect setting for scams. Here’s a quick look at the most common scams, and how to avoid them.[…]

Three Reasons Why Crypto Is Here To Stay

Special Contribution by Jake Ryan, author of Crypto Investing in the Age of Autonomy

Crypto is having its moment. From late-night talk show hosts to blue chip institutional investors— everyone’s got a hot take on bitcoin and the blockchain. But will it last? More importantly: Should you bother taking time to understand how it works? While it’s smart to be skeptical about anything getting so much hype, you must also realize that the technology underlying this new asset class has the potential to fundamentally change the way we live. Here’s why.[…]

Crypto Isn’t Just An Investment. It’s An Entirely New Economy.

Special Contribution by Jake Ryan, Tradecraft Capital

Remember the early days of the internet when, unless you were a programmer, it wasn’t entirely clear why computers needed to talk to each other? And then just a few years later we couldn’t imagine a world without the internet? That’s how I see blockchain, the technological breakthrough that made Bitcoin, Ethereum and countless other crypto apps possible.[…]

Still Hate Bitcoin? You’re Fast Becoming a Minority

Four percent of U.S. adults 18-65 own bitcoin. That percentage could easily lead you to conclude that there’s little consumer interest. But you couldn’t be more wrong: 63% of adults describe themselves as crypto curious, according to a recent survey by Gemini, a crypto exchange.[…]

The Premium/Discount Feature of Digital Asset OTC Trusts

Buy $100 worth of bitcoin. Assuming the price doesn’t change, and ignoring expenses, how much bitcoin do you own? It’s not a trick question, but yeah, it’s a trick. You might be surprised to discover that you could own more or less than $100 worth of bitcoin. This article explains how this can happen. […]

Dogecoin is a Danger to Us All

Blockchain and digital assets, which have already entered the mainstream, continue to gain momentum. Naysayers look increasingly foolish with their wave-of-the-hand dismissiveness (“It’s just a fraud!,” “It’s just a fad!”) and name-calling (“It’s rat poison squared!”) as investors demand better reasons to reject the legitimate and undeniable investment thesis these revolutionary technologies offer. […]

Bitcoin vs. Gold

Every financial advisor knows someone who’s a gold bug. Folks who distrust the government, eschew paper assets and fear inflation wrought by monetary and political instability. They want to hold their money – and besides, gold is pretty to look at.[…]