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24hr Trading

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 10, 2018 7:10:34 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Bitcoin, Stock Market Volatility, stock market, Hedge fund, S&P

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Have you seen the new Lionel Richie TDAmeritrade commercial, where two guys are trying to get the singer to say “All night long”, as in now with TD you can trade stocks outside of the typical 9:30am EST to 4:00pm time frame? This offering was attempted several years back by another brokerage firm, but it didn’t catch on. Will it work this time?

Not that any of you reading this are itching to buy Apple or short Tesla while watching Late Night, but it is an opportunity to build on my last couple of blogs where we discussed liquidity and some of the interesting dynamics surrounding it.

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The Elephant and the Rider

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 24, 2018 1:27:59 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Bitcoin, Stock Market Volatility, stock market, Hedge fund, S&P

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Look at this picture. Let me ask you a couple questions. 

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3 major differences between today’s market and 2008

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 8, 2018 7:43:32 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Bitcoin, Stock Market Volatility, stock market, Hedge fund, S&P

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I just finished up teaching a Retirement Planning class at Fairfield University.  I generally ask at the beginning of class how many of the attendees had some level of motivation to sign up because the 2008 collapse remains in the back of their mind.  With teaching this course for the past 4 years, I would say over half the people raised their hand and did so with legitimate concern on their face.  But this most recent class, I witnessed a lot of shrugs, “Eh, that was 10 years ago.”

My gut is that it’s less about the time frame and more the double digit returns the markets provided in 2017.  Now, this blog isn’t going to be a Debbie Downer about the market and economy.  I’m actually quite happy with the growth of corporate revenue and earnings, dramatically lower unemployment, Trump’s implementation of promises and yes, I believe what he’s doing with Tariff’s is not only brilliant, but necessary.

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Confidence…but in what?

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 4, 2018 6:59:56 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Bitcoin, Stock Market Volatility, stock market, Hedge fund, S&P

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It's All About Infrastructure

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 28, 2018 2:30:03 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Bitcoin, Stock Market Volatility, stock market, Hedge fund, S&P

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In the Spring of 1998 I was having lunch at an outdoor restaurant in Stockholm Sweden, while on break from a Wall Street analyst meeting. As I was about to enjoy another bite of crispbread, I watched a guy walk up to a vending machine, point his phone and click - a pack of cigarettes dropped out. I put my food down, literally rubbed my eyes and turned to my colleague next to me and asked incredulously, “Did you see that?” My associate was too busy gawking at the natural blonde women at a table across from us, so I was left with my own thoughts: Why can’t we do this back in the United States? Obviously, this is universal technology, how can Sweden be so far ahead of us?

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Free Blockchain Webinar

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 21, 2018 2:18:56 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Bitcoin, Stock Market Volatility, stock market, Hedge fund, S&P

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BITCOIN Update

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 4, 2017 12:50:06 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Bitcoin, Stock Market Volatility, stock market, Hedge fund, S&P

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Is F.O.M.O. Affecting Your Investment Strategy?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 30, 2017 10:42:02 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Stock Market Volatility, Trump, stock market, Hedge fund, S&P

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Tezos… Is It Too Late to Invest in Cryptocurrencies?

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 12, 2017 2:01:08 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

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There's a famous story about how Joe Kennedy (John F.’s father, who was ruthless and manipulative as he was wealthy) avoided the 1929 stock market crash. He said that when his shoeshine boy gave him some stock tips, he knew it was time to get out. I believe Joe had a bit more inside knowledge that instigated his timely exit before the greatest meltdown in stock market history. So, a question before us is, should we pay attention to what ‘certain’ investors or institutions do with their money? I will argue yes, but let’s come back to this in a bit.

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Harvey or Tax Cuts – Which will drive the market this fall?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 26, 2017 1:33:44 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency

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I’m typing this blog after the market close on Friday with the Dow and S&P up fractionally and the NASDAQ off slightly. Wall Street not only had the entire day to chew on Hurricane Harvey news, but I will tell you that they had information much sooner than what you’ve been witnessing on the television Friday afternoon... and it didn’t spin the market into a sell-off. Why? We’ll get to that in a second, but let’s focus on Harvey for a moment.

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