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Should You Take a Bite of Bitcoin?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 27, 2017 1:39:27 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Central Banks, Bitcoin

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The first vinyl music record was made in 1951 by inventor Ewing Dunbar Nunn. Dictaphone Corp introduced the first magnetic tape cassette in 1957 and the 8-Track cartridge, later replaced by the compact cassette carried us through to 1982 when the first Compact Disc became available. In 2001 Apple Inc. launched the iPod, moving us to digital and now we listen to our favorite songs via streaming Apple Music, Spotify, Pandora and Rhapsody.

So, in 50 years we’ve gone from listening to music on a 12-inch vinyl plate to all of our tunes being in the cloud. Why do we still walk around with dollar bills, ATM and credit cards?

I first recommended Bitcoin as a hedging investment in my January 2015 Position Paper. At that time it was priced at $288 and I suggested buying while under $350. Today it stands at $2,709. That’s an 841% return in 2 ½ years. Bet your kicking yourself now…

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Central Banks vs Trump, Who's Agenda Will Win?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 5, 2017 8:45:58 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Central Banks, central bank debt, Trump, Trumponomics

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agen∙da: an underlying often ideological plan or program

I want to continue to build on the theme over the last several blogs with regard to understanding what’s going on in the bond market in relation to the stock market. The stock market is the tuxedo wearing, glamor star who upon walking in the room causes everyone’s head to turn. It did again this week…more records on the Dow, S&P 500 and NASDAQ.

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Behold TRUMPULUS! Supply And Demand Economics is back!

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 12, 2016 5:38:13 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Central Banks, Economic Impact, Economic Outlook, Supply And Demand

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Supply and Demand on the surface seems like a simple concept, but its influence can often be misinterpreted.  There aren’t many indulgences better than a warm Krispy Kreme donut.  Of course, my problem is I can’t eat just one; more like 3 or 4.  Then I take a nap.

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3 BIG Mistakes Central Banks are Making Across The Globe and Won't Fix

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 5, 2016 9:17:56 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Central Banks, Federal Reserve, Deutsche Bank

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3 Facts About The Federal Reserve's Agenda You Need To Know

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 14, 2016 6:48:02 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Non-traditional investing, Central Banks, Economic Outlook, Federal Reserve

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The market sold off over 2% this past Friday and then gained a little over half that back on Monday, only to lose all that again on Tuesday. What happened?

The consensus seems to be a combination of continued poor economic numbers and some Federal Reserve lieutenants leaking that our Central Bank, regardless of the mounting recession indicators, will raise interest rates soon.  

And yesterday oil, both in crude price and oil stock financial’s, got clobbered.  For over a year I've been writing about the danger of US fracker bankruptcies being another Shearson moment, but let's set that aside for now and focus on last Friday. What’s really going on?

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3 Reasons Why Precious Metal Prices Are Going Up in the Near Future

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 31, 2016 2:27:51 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Non-traditional investing, Central Banks, Precious Metals, Inflation

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Sticking to our month long theme about significant issues that will unfold on the world stage this October and how China is embroiled in many of them, let’s discuss an asset that everyone reading this should have some participation in: Precious Metals.

If you listen to the radio or watch television for an hour, you will witness at least 1 advertisement for gold ownership.  This should be the first tip that investing in gold and silver has increased substantially.  After all, if investors weren’t purchasing the precious metal, the firms wouldn’t bother spending their pretty penny on expensive ads.  

There are 3 specific reasons I believe gold (and silver) will appreciate significantly over the next several years and if you’re considering participating, doing so before October will be important.
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What is China’s Impact on the World Bank and Global Reserve Currency?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 22, 2016 11:48:08 PM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Non-traditional investing, Central Banks, reserve currency, sdr

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The question I’ve been asked most frequently over the past month is ‘how will the markets react with a Hillary versus Trump White House?’.  My answer has been consistent; it won’t make a bit of difference, because both the stock and bond market have been taking their queue from the Federal Reserve and this won’t change because a new President takes office.

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Two Reasons Why the Fed Chief Met with President Obama in April

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 23, 2016 5:45:29 AM / by Robert Brinkman posted in Central Banks, Advanced Investing

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Politics or Bank Failure OR could it be both?

The four most powerful central banks (Federal Reserve, Bank of Japan, ECB and China CB) are not only struggling to obtain local economic results, but their coordination is beginning to strain.  What about local, United States banks?  The "systematically important" banks, like Bank of America, New York Mellon, JP Morgan, Chase, State Street, Wells Fargo and CitiCorp?

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