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IPO or ICO?

Future is Cryptocurrency 

Cryptocurrencies are gaining popularity; with bitcoin surpassing $4000 mark more recently. Over 800 digital currencies contribute to the total cryptocurrency market capitalization of more than $130 billion by August 2017. Initial coin offering (ICO) refers to introduction of new digital currency (token) by garnering financial support from early technology backers and investors to develop a dedicated innovative solution. ICO is an analogue of Initial Public Offering (IPO) with several key differences. Initial coin offering is witnessing rapid growth during the recent times. ICO funding has raised over $320 million till June 2017, 10% more than capital raised through VC funding during the same period. Here we discuss some of the most unique and important features of ICO Funding.

http://www.cryptomudra.com…  Wed.,  30  August 2017

Jackson Hole meeting in focus

Speeches by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Friday will be scrutinized

U.S. stocks dipped on Thursday as political uncertainty in Washington kept investors cautious ahead of comments on monetary policy from central bankers gathered for their annual meeting in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Speeches by Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and European Central Bank President Mario Draghi on Friday will be scrutinized for hints on the path of monetary policy, but neither of them is expected to give fresh guidance.

The focus on central bankers’ views will be a departure from the past two weeks, when the stock market was roiled by concerns over geopolitics, mayhem in Washington, and President Donald Trump’s controversial comments. President Donald Trump picked a new fight with fellow Republicans whose support he needs to advance his policy agenda, saying congressional leaders could have avoided a “mess” over raising the U.S. debt ceiling if they had heeded his advice.

http://www.reuters.com…  Fri.,  25  August 2017

Bank of America warns about BREXIT transition

Markets are too optimistic about Britain’s Brexit deal

As many as 70% of investors said that they “expect a transition of near-EU membership for at least 1-2 years,” according to a note circulated to clients on Wednesday from BAML’s European Economics group.

Analysts Robert Wood, Gilles Moec, and Sebastien Cross argued this is unrealistic.

http://www.businessinsider.com…   Thu.,  24  August 2017

US Debt

Americans’ debt level notches a new record high

Americans’ debt level notched another record high in the second quarter, after having earlier in the year surpassed its pre-crisis peak, on the back of modest rises in mortgage, auto and credit card debt, where delinquencies jumped. Total U.S. household debt was $12.84 trillion in the three months to June, up $552 billion from a year ago, according to a Federal Reserve Bank of New York report published on Tuesday.

The proportion of overall debt that was delinquent, at 4.8 percent, was on par with the previous quarter. However a red flag was raised over the transitions of credit card balances into delinquency, which the New York Fed said “ticked up notably.” Loosening lending standards have allowed borrowers with lower credit scores to access credit cards, Andrew Haughwout, an in-house economist, said in the report.

http://www.reuters.com…   Wed.,  16  August 2017

Bitcoin has broken $4,000

Continuing surge

The continuing surge in the price of bitcoin has seen it climb to over $4,000 for the first time since the cryptocurrency was created in January 2009. According to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index, the average price of bitcoin across global exchanges today reached a height of $4,225 at 9:07 a.m. UTC, having opened at $3,917. At press time, the price had dropped slightly to $4,162.

The total value of all cryptocurrencies has also set yet another new all-time high, with the combined market capitalization now sitting at over $137 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. That figure is $11 billion more than the previous high noted by CoinDesk just two days ago, when all crypto assets had a value of $126 billion.

http://coindesk.com…   Mon.,  14  August 2017

Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash

Orders for bitcoin cash are ‘exploding’

On Tuesday afternoon, bitcoin split into two in an event known as a “hard fork” that has divided the virtual currency’s online community.

Two competing strands of bitcoin emerged after some of its leading backers disagreed on the best way to take it forward.

The price of the cryptocurrency fell by around 4pc to around $2,700 (£2,000) after the fork, while the predicted price of Bitcoin cash rose from just over $200 to about $370, but traders are still unsure what will happen when the dust settles.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk…   Wed.,  02  August 2017

Are markets increasingly overbought ?

Bank Of America Sets A Date For The Market’s “Great Fall”

With the US stock market likely to continue its levitation today, it means that by close of trading, the S&P500 will be above 2,400, the same as Goldman’s year end price target, and 100 points away from Bank of America’s “euphoric blow off top” destination, which is also known as Michael Hartnett’s Icarus Trade. In a note released overnight, Hartnett confirms that he is “sticking with our “Icarus Trade” targets: SPX 2500, GT30 3.5%, DXY 110, oil $70/b”, even as he admits that the euphoria level in stocks is unprecedented:

  • Yes, markets are increasingly overbought (it’s now 96 trading days since SPX fell >1% in one session).
  • Yes, sentiment is increasingly bullish (our Bull & Bear Indicator is 7.0, close to the 8.0 sell-signal).
  • Yes, the easy money has been made. But we believe a March Fed rate hike at a time of booming macro data will cause the bears to fully capitulate into risk assets, causing the melt-up toward our targets in Q2.

He also notes that the renewed jump in bond yields is coinciding with renewed outperformance by small cap & banks, and by high yield bonds vs. investment grade bonds, “thus we are willing to remain long risk assets for a little longer.”

http://www.zerohedge.com…   Tue.,  11  July 2017

Brexit referendum is nor legally binding

Lawyers believe Article 50 has not been triggered and Brexit could collapse under a legal challenge

The wording in the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Act doesn’t actually contain a decision saying the UK wants to leave the EU. The referendum was only advisory and not legally binding.So perhaps, some barristers say, Article 50 has not technically been triggered and might fall in a legal challenge.

It almost sounds like the plot of a thriller: What if the government has not actually triggered Article 50, and insiders all know the Brexit negotiations in Brussels are a sham that will fall apart as soon as they are challenged in court? And — to take that a step further — what are the real motivations of Prime Minister Theresa May and the rest of the EU if they all know that Article 50 has, in reality, not been legally triggered?

http://www.businessinsider.com…   Mon.,  10  July 2017

Paris, Franckfurt, Dublin, Amsterdam fight to poach post Brexit businesses

France outlines plans to attract business post-Brexit

  • producing a set of measures to attract financial business due to Brexit
  • Paris has great potential
  • will cancel planned extension of tax on share trading to intra-day trading
  • will review on a case-by-case basis those French laws that go beyond the EU financial regulations they implement
  • EU financial rules will in the future be implemented in France without additional constraints, to ensure fair level playing field across single market
  • plans to scrap highest bracket of payroll tax for firms like banks that do not pay VAT
  • bankers bonuses will no longer be taken into account when labour courts calculate unfiar dismissal compensation

France out the blocks post-election in the bid to secure any spoils of Brexit fallout. Given the latest French-German alliance/initiatives then we must guess that these plans have been run past Merkel & Co. A joint share of the spoils perhaps?

http://www.forexlive.com…   Fri.,  07  July 2017

Oil glut fears

Asian stocks rise, oil languishes near 10-month low

Asian stocks advanced on Thursday, but oil futures hovered near a 10-month low hit overnight on concerns over a supply glut and falling demand. European stocks were mixed with financial spreadbetter CMC Markets expecting Britain’s FTSE 100 .FTSE to open up 0.1 percent, Germany’s DAX .GDAXI to be little changed and France’s CAC 40 .FCHI to start the day down 0.1 percent. All three closed in negative territory on Wednesday. MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan .MIAPJ0000PUS climbed 0.7 percent. Japan’s Nikkei .N225 rose almost 0.1 percent. Shares in auto air bag-maker Takata Corp plunged 50 percent as they exchanged hands for the first time since sources said last week it was preparing to file for bankruptcy.

South Korea’s KOSPI .KS11 added 0.3 percent, while Australian shares jumped 1 percent. Taiwan shares .TWII hit a 27-year high. Chinese shares added to gains made on Wednesday after MSCI included mainland shares in its emerging market indexes. The blue-chip index .CSI300 rose 1.3 percent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng .HSI climbed 0.5 percent. Crude oil was subdued as investors’ doubts that OPEC-led output cuts would dent a three-year glut offset data showing a drop in U.S. inventories.

http://www.reuters.com…   Thu.,  22  June 2017