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I’m worried about Uniswap (UNI). Uniswap is one of crypto’s most well-known decentralized exchanges. UNI is the governance token for Uniswap. And since September, the price of UNI has been plummeting. In fact, not even bitcoin hitting its all-time high of more than $68,000 in November could rescue UNI from its downward spiral. So what exactly is going on with UNI? In the first few days of September, investors…

DOJ Gives Bitcoin Investors an Unexpected Assist

By Vin Narayanan on February 25, 2022

The Department of Justice gave bitcoin investors an unexpected assist earlier this month. On February 8, the DOJ announced that it had seized more than 94,000 bitcoins that were allegedly stolen when Bitfinex was hacked in 2016. The DOJ also announced…
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Most American investors can’t take advantage of some of the best markets and most explosive growth opportunities just because they’re happening outside the U.S.  So we’re forced to seek workarounds.  We can invest in shares of non-U.S. companies through American…

What Disruptive Startups and Figure Skating Have in Common

By Allison Brickell on February 23, 2022

In the startup world, big ideas have the potential to become big moneymakers. Good ideas — especially if they’re executed well — can change the world.  But revolutionary ideas scare people. They often fail because the world isn’t ready for them yet.  As startup…
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Investing in Alternative Social Media Platforms

By Adam Sharp on February 22, 2022

There’s a war going on in social media. Government is applying pressure to platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to censor “misinformation.”  There are many examples, but conversations around COVID are especially prone to being censored. For example, for much of 2020 and 2021, talking…
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The Risks of Keeping Your Crypto on an Exchange

By Adam Sharp on February 18, 2022

This week the Canadian government ordered crypto exchanges to freeze certain accounts tied to the Ottawa freedom protest. This set off a wave of concern over the risk of government seizing crypto assets. And that’s a very real danger.

Cause for Optimism

By Adam Sharp on February 18, 2022

Last week I wrote about the disturbing rise in financial censorship. This is especially visible in Canada, where the government is increasingly desperate to stop the flow of funds to protestors in the capital.  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has now invoked…
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Blendid Makes a Smooth Transition to the East Coast

By Andy Gordon on February 17, 2022

I first recommended Blendid in December 2020.  To refresh your memory, Blendid is not only the name of the startup, but also the name of the food robot that makes delicious and incredibly healthy smoothies. Blendid uses the latest technological advances…

Startup Investing and Impact Investing Go Hand in Hand

By Andy Gordon on February 16, 2022

I don’t have many hard-and-fast rules as an investor. But one I follow to the letter.  I don’t invest in jerks. I have my own ideas of how to put that into practice.  When I’m looking at a public stock company, I…
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The Biggest Problem Remote Working Startups Need to Solve

By Vin Narayanan on February 15, 2022

Remote work isn’t going away. Workers want it — even if the companies that employ them don’t. And because companies are competing hard for top talent, they have to offer some flexible working options.  That doesn’t change the fact that it’s HARD to collaborate remotely. It’s…
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The SEC decided to increase its regulatory oversight of alternative trading systems — specifically those dealing with government securities (treasurys, debt, etc.). Notably, this expanded oversight opens the door for regulators to poke their noses into crypto. It will allow them to regulate DeFi (decentralized finance),…
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Federal Reserve Threatens a 0.5% Interest Rate Hike

By Adam Sharp on February 11, 2022

The Federal Reserve is now openly hinting at a 0.5% interest rate hike, which could come at any time. It might do a 0.5% hike just to look like it’s trying to control inflation. But I remain confident that it can’t actually raise rates back to…

The Rise of Financial Censorship

By Adam Sharp on February 11, 2022

A good friend of mine recently bought a house in Florida.  To secure the best rate, he pledged his stock portfolio as collateral. But he encountered a problem when he went to get a loan from his bank, Wells Fargo. He owns marijuana stocks.
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I worry a lot about Mark, Liz and Julia. Mark was my flatmate in London in 1975, and we’ve kept in close touch ever since. Liz and Julia are my sisters-in-law. They all have diabetes. I already lost a dear friend to diabetes last year. I don’t want…

How to Play Today’s Jittery Stock Market

By Vin Narayanan on February 9, 2022

The stock markets are a mess this year. The S&P 500 is down 4.07% this year. The Nasdaq is down 7.95% and in correction territory. The Dow is down 1.56%. And the Russell 2000 is down 7.69%. My group texts — normally reserved for sports discussions…
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Take Advantage of the Golden Age of Medtech Investing

By Vin Narayanan on February 8, 2022

A basic market inefficiency has created a massive opportunity for startup investors interested in medical technology and drug development startups. And angel investors savvy enough to understand what’s going on have a rare opportunity to invest in medtech startups with massive upside that have been significantly…