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Judge Jeanine Pirro: Trump’s border emergency shows being a leader means making the tough decisions

February 18, 2019 |

This week, we watched a leader declare a national emergency where one was unequivocally and undoubtedly needed.
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Fear of a market meltdown has frozen this retiree’s money decisions

December 30, 2018 |

Dear Liz: I sold my home two years ago and still have not done anything with my gain of $ 200,000. It’s in a one-year certificate of deposit so at least it’s earning something while I try to figure out what to do with it. I’m 66, retired and have an IRA of $ 500,000 that’s invested in the market….

L.A. Times – Business

Bitcoin ETFs Rejected Again: SEC Denies 9 Hopefuls in 3 Decisions

August 23, 2018 |

Bitcoin ETF Rejections: SEC Shoots Down 7 Hopefuls in 2 Decisions

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has issued three published decisions, covering nine different Bitcoin ETFs. Applications put forward by Direxion, Pro Shares, and Granite Shares were rejected along largely the same lines of argument.

Also read: Meet Bitmain Founder Jihan Wu: A Most Important Man in Crypto

Bitcoin ETFs Denied in Three Published Decisions

The heavily footnoted rejection document runs some 24 pages, but the heart of the matter very well could be tucked away on page 22, under the headings “Protecting Investors and the Public Interest”. In its analysis section, the SEC notes, “The Commission acknowledges that, compared to trading in unregulated bitcoin spot markets, trading a bitcoin-based ETF on a national securities exchange may provide some additional protection to investors,” a concern many bitcoin mainstreaming enthusiasts point out as reason enough to join regulated exchanges.

Bitcoin ETF Rejections: SEC Shoots Down 7 Hopefuls in 2 Decisions

Evidently the SEC doesn’t see it that way. As the denial details further, “the Commission must disapprove a proposed rule change filed by a national securities exchange if it does not find that the proposed rule change is consistent with the applicable requirements of the Exchange Act—including the requirement under Section 6(b)(5) that the rules of a national securities exchange be designed to prevent fraudulent and manipulative acts and practices.”

More Clarity, But a Surprise to Some

That order shot down all five proposals by Direxion. The heavy work out of the way, the SEC basically used the same arguments in Release no. 34-83904; file no. SR-NYSEArca-2017-139, also of August 22, 2018. Similarly titled, “Order Disapproving a Proposed Rule Change to List and Trade the Shares of the Pro Shares Bitcoin ETF and the Pro Shares Short Bitcoin ETF,” it dashes eager hopefuls immediately.

Bitcoin ETF Rejections: SEC Shoots Down 7 Hopefuls in 2 Decisions

In even more heavily footnoted pages and a longer publication of 26 pages, the agency nearly word for word reprints the above rationale, concluding a paragraph later, “Thus, even if a proposed rule change would provide certain benefits to investors and the markets, the proposed rule change may still fail to meet other requirements under the Exchange Act. For the reasons discussed above, the Exchange has not met its burden of demonstrating an adequate basis in the record for the Commission to find that the proposal is consistent with Exchange Act Section 6(b)(5), and, accordingly, the Commission must disapprove the proposal,” ending Pro Shares current bid.

Lastly, Granite Shares fell victim to the same reason as the other two companies above in the SEC’s “Self-Regulatory Organizations; Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc.; Order Disapproving a Proposed Rule Change to List and Trade the Shares of the GraniteShares Bitcoin ETF and the GraniteShares Short Bitcoin ETF,” it titled its denial.

For Bitcoin ETF proponents this an obvious setback, one perhaps they were not expecting (though a decision was rumored by this Thursday). A positive takeaway for future litigation with the agency is the extent it took to deny both ETF tries. There is a lot of information yet to be digested by concerned parties. A careful reading, the right configuration, and perhaps a new day can be had. For now, the SEC is not budging.

Do you think this will have a negative impact on the ecosystem? Share them in the comments section below.

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New Tools Help Crypto Traders Make Smarter Decisions

March 21, 2018 |

New Tools Help Crypto Traders Make Smarter Decisions

If knowledge is power, today’s traders are stronger than they’ve ever been. The range and function of analytical tools is improving by the day, presenting investors with a smorgasbord of options. Sites such as Onchainfx are continually adding new features, empowering traders to make more informed decisions based on more data sets.

Also read: 8 Alternatives to Coinmarketcap

Today’s Investors Have an Enviable Suite of Analytic Tools

From technical analysis to fundamental analysis, the best traders leave no stone unturned in their quest to find hidden gems. Low market cap coins with a solid development team; tokenized projects with the potential to 10x; altcoins that have been unfairly pummeled and are due for a rebound. All this, and much more, can now be gleaned in little more than a few clicks. There’s no need to connect to APIs and painstakingly perfect spreadsheet formulas, for the best online toolkits do it all.

New Tools Make Crypto Investors More Informed Than Ever
The cryptocurrency top 10 ranked by 90-day Github commits

Onchainfx is the jumping off point for many researchers. Altcoin information such as 24-hour transaction volume, number of transactions per day, NVT ratio, fees, and short-term ROI can all be viewed by enabling the appropriate checkbox in the right hand margin. You can then click on a column to filter results based on the metric you’d like to measure. This week, Onchainfx upped its analytics game by adding data for Github repos. It’s possible to filter coins based on the number of Github stars, watchers, commits, lines added, and lines removed. Now lazy altcoin devs have nowhere to hide.

Previously, the only place where this information could easily be compared was on Cryptomiso. According to Onchainfx, the busiest crypto project over the last 90 days has been Lisk (1,620 commits), followed by Tron (1,240) and EOS (1,032). The less said about Dogecoin’s Github activity the better. For anyone who places a lot of weight on Github ratings, Darpal Ratings delves into these in much greater detail.

New Tools Make Crypto Investors More Informed Than Ever
Live Coin Watch

Live Coin Watch Demystifies the Data

Live Coin Watch is another up and coming site making data sexy. The best thing about the cryptocurrency tracker is its customizable layouts. At the toggle of a button, you can view which coins are down the most percent from their ATH. Combine that with data on a coin’s Github activity, or price based on BTC normalized supply, say, and you’ve got a ready reckoner for which alts are unfairly cheap.

For more serious traders, who thrive on log charts and rolling correlations of daily returns, is the only tool that counts. It’s not the easiest platform to master, but the knowledge it bestows upon those diligent enough to put in the time can make the toil worthwhile. Even the simpler charts Coinmetrics cooks up, such as a retrospective of the times bitcoin’s RSI exceeded 75, are fascinating.

New Tools Make Crypto Investors More Informed Than Ever
Areas in red show when bitcoin’s RSI surpassed 75.

After the fact, all sorts of patterns become clear showing when markets were blatantly overbought or oversold. Discerning that at the time though, and using it to guide future trading decisions, is harder than it sounds. In the current market conditions, altcoin trading is a hazardous pastime. But as noted in last week’s podcast and Sunday round-up, it’s a great time for building and learning. The tools you add to your arsenal now will prove invaluable when the time comes to intrepidly venture into the altcoin markets once more.

What’s your favorite site for cryptocurrency research? Let us know in the comments section below.

Images courtesy of Shutterstock, Coinmetrics, Onchainfx and Live Coin Watch.

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California’s two health insurance regulators to investigate Aetna coverage decisions

February 13, 2018 |

Both of California’s health insurance regulators said they will investigate how Aetna Inc. makes coverage decisions, as the lawsuit of a California man who is suing the nation’s third-largest insurer for improper denial of care heads for opening arguments Wednesday.

The Department of Managed Health…

L.A. Times – Business

South Korean Banks Reverse Decisions on Cryptocurrency Accounts

January 15, 2018 |

South Korean Banks Reverse Decisions on Cryptocurrency Accounts

South Korean banks have backtracked from their decisions to stop servicing cryptocurrency accounts as crypto investors protested and the government re-discussed its policy. The country’s 6 major banks have been told that they must follow through with the original plan and install the system that would end the anonymous trading of cryptocurrencies.

Also read: South Korea Urges 23 Countries, EU, and IMF to Collaborate on Curbing Crypto Trading

Banks U-Turned

South Korean Banks Reverse Decisions on Cryptocurrency AccountsSouth Korean banks have reportedly reversed their decisions to stop servicing cryptocurrency accounts. “They will stick to their initial plans to allow clients to open accounts for cryptocurrency transactions using their real names within the month,” Korea Joongang Daily reported.

The original plan has been for banks to stop issuing virtual accounts and install the new government-mandated, real-name identification system. From that point on, they would only issue real name accounts. This new system is expected to be introduced around January 20.

The news outlet detailed:

The country’s financial regulator has pushed banks to stop opening new accounts until they establish a way to verify that the accounts bear the real name of the customer, to prevent money laundering.

Last week, the regulators began inspecting the country’s 6 major banks to ensure they have fulfilled their anti-money laundering (AML) obligations with regard to virtual account services, as reported.

South Korean Banks Reverse Decisions on Cryptocurrency AccountsWhile the inspections will not conclude until January 16, some banks decided to pull out of servicing cryptocurrency accounts “due to strong pressure from financial authorities” and criticism that “banks are supporting virtual currency transactions,” Money Today described.

The regulators then informed the 6 banks that their decisions regarding whether to service crypto accounts do not have any bearing on their obligations to install the new real-name system. As such, banks agreed to install the new system as planned. The Korean Financial Services Commission (FSC) said Sunday, as reported by Korea Joongang Daily:

Banks will open new accounts after it [FSC] releases guidelines about avoiding money laundering.

Shinhan Bows to Investor Complaints

South Korean Banks Reverse Decisions on Cryptocurrency AccountsAmong the banks that decided to stop servicing cryptocurrency accounts was Shinhan Bank. A letter regarding this decision was immediately sent to the crypto exchanges currently using the bank’s virtual account services, including the country’s largest exchange Bithumb.

Following the bank’s announcement, “some Shinhan users – possibly bitcoin traders – threatened a boycott of the bank,” the publication noted. Yonhap elaborated:

After the news was announced, investors rebelled and the financial authorities decided to re-discuss the policy when they asked for a real-name confirmation service.

Shinhan Bank subsequently reversed its decision, stating that the bank will review its virtual account opening policy and “will allow deposits to existing virtual accounts for the time being,” the news outlet detailed.

Korea Joongang Daily added, “Shinhan Bank notified major local cryptocurrency exchanges such as Bithumb and Korbit that they should come up with measures to get rid of existing anonymous accounts.”

While it remains possible for Shinhan Bank users to deposit into existing virtual accounts, the government announced on Sunday that anyone doing so would face a fine once the real-name system is implemented.

What do you think of banks reversing their decisions on crypto accounts? Let us know in the comments section below.

Images courtesy of Shutterstock and Shinhan Bank.

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Nobel Economics Winner Knows Your Money Decisions Aren’t Rational

October 9, 2017 |

The winner of the Nobel economics prize says the most important impact of his work is “the recognition that economic agents are humans” and money decisions are not made strictly rationally. Richard Thaler , of the University of Chicago, was speaking in a phone call to a news conference immediately after…


Justin Bieber’s Dad Flies to L.A. for Quality Time On Heels of Major Life Decisions

August 1, 2017 |

Justin Bieber’s blood father is back on the scene … just days after some huge events in his son’s life, and word he had been leaning on Pastor Carl Lentz for fatherly guidance. Bieber’s pops, Jeremy, flew to L.A. from Ontario, Canada over the…

EPA’s bee decisions are sweet for growers, but they sting environmentalists

January 15, 2017 |

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency backed away from tough restrictions on how pesticides can be used while honeybees are pollinating crops, and it declared that three of the pesticides most closely associated with bee deaths are safe in most applications.

The assessments, released late Thursday,…

L.A. Times – Business

The argument for having different caretakers for healthcare and financial decisions

December 25, 2016 |

Dear Liz: My mother is 74 and her health is starting to deteriorate. She had a last will made up about 15 years ago when my stepdad left her. I found out that she named me executor and gave me power of attorney for healthcare decisions. After the last year, when she became very contentious about…

L.A. Times – Business