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Digital Coins, Tokens, Cryptocurrencies for Beginners

September 29, 2018

Digital Coins Digital coins, virtual coins, tokens, or cryptocurrencies are bits of computer code. What makes this computer code special is that it is created on something called a “blockchain.” Blockchain technology allows people to engage in financial transactions directly with each other, without a bank or other financial intermediary. Transactions taking place on a blockchain are protected through cryptography and recorded on thousands of identical computer ledgers all over the world. There are some great introductions to blockchain technology and bitcoin that you can watch on YouTube. Here are a few I have blogged about previously. http://bit.ly/2xKWjWS http://bit.ly/2Iowr70  

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Regrets of creator of collateralized mortgage obligation

September 7, 2018

Lew Ranieri regrets creating the CMO “‘I’m the guy who played a central role in this home thing and I regret it because…it got abused beyond everybody’s imagination, ‘” says Lewis Ranieri, creator of the collateralized mortgage obligation (CMO), according to the Wall Street Journal. Ranieri’s creation of the CMO was nifty financial engineering by a sophisticated Wall Street investment banker that revolutionized the home mortgage market. But the CMO ended up being a financial weapon of mass destruction that crashed the global economy in 2008. The CMO brought us the Great Recession, from which we are still recovering.

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Our brains cause us to make bad investment decisions

August 24, 2018

We invest like Dr. McCoy, not like Mr. Spock. As investors, we make bad investment decisions because we are emotional, distractible, impatient, and inconsistent. But that is not our fault. There are things that developed in our primitive brains that do not help us when we have to make decisions about complex matters like investments. Knowing how our brains are hard-wired can help us to avoid the tragic mistakes that we so often make in investing.

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The gift of material nonpublic information

July 11, 2018

Material nonpublic information – the perfect gift The gift of material nonpublic information always fits, is never returned, and can be regifted easily. It is the perfect way to say “I love you.” The SEC has filed an action against Robert Carr and Katherine Hanratty for illegal insider trading in the shares of Heartland Payment Systems, Inc. (“Heartland”), a New Jersey-based company, ahead of its December 15, 2016 announcement that it was to be acquired. 

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Private placements – great for broker, not so much for investor

June 25, 2018

Private Placements – what are they? Private placements can be stocks, limited partnership interests, or other securities issued by companies that are not publicly traded. Private placements can be investments in things like a single apartment complex, a single oil well, a basket of properties or oil wells, or a biotech company. The companies issuing these securities do not have to comply with many federal securities laws such as publicly filing their quarterly and annual financial statements. They are not required to provide ongoing disclosures to investors like public companies are. You cannot sell these securities on exchanges like the NASDAQ or NYSE when you need money.

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When is a cryptocurrency a security – remarks of SEC Chairman

June 10, 2018

When is a cryptocurrency a security? When is a cryptocurrency a security? The cryptocurrency industry has been looking for clear guidance from regulators for some time. Recently, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton in an interview with CNBC has clarified this question.

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Disability Law for Land Use & Zoning Decisionmakers

May 14, 2018

Legislators and others making zoning and land use decisions should ensure that their decisions comply with applicable disability law. While local government officials often have read zoning ordinances, they rarely have read applicable disability laws or even read about them. Given that an estimated 20-30 percent of families have a member with a disability, that is no longer acceptable.

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Regulation Best Interest is really Regulation Status Quo

April 24, 2018

Regulation Best Interest ? Under the SEC’s proposed Regulation Best Interest, the SEC says a broker-dealer would be required to act in the best interests of a retail customer when making a recommendation of any securities transaction or investment strategy involving securities to a retail customer. This is the SEC’s plan to displace the Department of Labor’s uniform fiduciary standard for retirement accounts which was adopted after YEARS of analysis.

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Madoff ponzi scheme victims to recover more

April 12, 2018

$504 million more to victims of Madoff ponzi scheme. Madoff ponzi scheme victims are to receive another $504 million from assets that government seized after the collapse of one of the largest frauds in history. Payments to victims could reach $4 billion. Much of these funds were recovered from Madoff’s family and friends, Madoff’s bank J.P. Morgan Chase, and from wealthy investors who had cashed out billions of what turned out to be fictitious profits.

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Martin Shkreli investor to recover losses

April 11, 2018

Shkreli investor to recover losses. A NJ federal court ordered convicted fraudster Martin Shkreli to pay one defrauded hedge fund investor about $388,000 in restitution. 

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