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Active Fund Managers Underperform Indexes

Posted on April 14th, 2017.

Are active fund managers worth their fees? Not according to a newly-released report from S&P Dow Jones Indices that reports on actively managed fund performance. Actively managed funds did not fare well against indexes in the last 1-,3-, 5- 10- and 15-year spans, meaning investors are better off sticking with passive funds that track...

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Economy

What Do Rising Interest Rates Mean For Investors?

Posted on April 4th, 2017.

With interest rates inching upward in the U.S. and elsewhere following a period of sustained low rates, what should investors do to maximize their earnings? Last month, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates and signaled it will raise interest rates more this year. This followed a raise in December, the first in more than a year....

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The 10 Most Famous Traders Of All Time

Posted on March 28th, 2017.

The careers of the world’s most famous traders are colored by both triumph and tragedy, with some exploits achieving mythological status within the industry. The dramatic and varied stories of the most famous traders have made compelling material for books and movies.

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Articles

5 Painful Losses In The Stock Market

Posted on March 26th, 2017.

This month, activist investor Bill Ackman lost around $4 billion on an investment in Valeant Pharmaceuticals. Ackman’s loss is one of many stock market trading losses in recent years. Because of the secretive nature of many hedge funds and fund managers, some big losses may never be reported to the public. Following are five painful...

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Analysis

Time To Short The Market?

Posted on March 25th, 2017.

The six-year bull market is coming to an end, some say. To profit from falling stocks, short investors borrow shares and sell them, believing the shares will be cheaper to buy back and return to lenders in the future. But when a short call is incorrect and the stock rises, the downside can be hard. David Tepper, a billionaire investor,...

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Quantum Resistant Ledger Readies For Battle Against Quantum Computing, Hires Testers And Seeks Feedback

Posted on March 22nd, 2017.

Quantum Resistant Ledger (QRL), a blockchain technology designed to mitigate quantum computing attacks, has recruited testers to create 50 nodes and released an updated white paper by founder Peter Waterland. QRL is seeking comment on Slack prior to a presale. Waterland has commented about the bitcoin scaling issue and the danger posed...

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Could a Warren Buffett Emerge Today?

Posted on March 21st, 2017.

Could someone today do what Warren Buffett did and parlay a $105,000 investment into more than $50 billion? In considering the things Buffett did to become the world’s wealthiest man, the answer is yes. But comprehending the things he did takes a measure of study. Not to mention the commitment needed to execute it. Much has changed...

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Articles

A Safe Approach To Doubling Your Money? More Than One Exists

Posted on March 19th, 2017.

Double your money on an investment? The phrase represents a holy grail for many. The challenge sounds especially daunting today when most “safe” investments are returning historically low returns. Bankrate, which tracks U.S. certificates of deposit, currently lists a 2.0% 5-year return on a $25,000 deposit. According to investment author...

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Bitstamp Teams With Servicing Bank To Support Bitcoin Investments Within A Regulated Framework

Posted on March 15th, 2017.

Bitstamp, the bitcoin exchange, is partnering with CACEIS, the servicing bank of Credit Agricole, to allow fund promoters to accept bitcoin investments from retail and corporate clients, opening new opportunities for fund managers, both companies have announced. This allows bitcoin investments to be made in a fully regulated framework....

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Researcher Sees Major Gains Ahead For Bitcoin, Silver And Gold

Posted on March 13th, 2017.

Bitcoin’s recent price swings will seem inconsequential in a few years if the predictions of one researcher come true. Clif High, a self-described expert on “predictive linguistics,” expects bitcoin, silver and gold to soar in value (live price charts) as part of major political and economic changes taking place in the United States....

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Cybersecurity

Privatoria Ensures Privacy for Web Users, Preventing Identity Tracking and Hacking

Posted on November 15th, 2016.

With Internet privacy increasingly under attack, web users have to consider ways to ensure they won’t fall victim to a breach or have their online activity exposed to unwanted external parties.   A subscription-based Internet privacy service called Privatoria provides web traffic encryption services to protect everyday web users...

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Blockchain

vDice.io, The World’s First Full Decentralized Gambling Platform

Posted on November 2nd, 2016.

vDice.io, having launched in June as the first fully-decentralized betting game for the first programmable P2P network, will host a crowdsale from November 15 to December 15. In exchange for Ether (ETH), investors will receive “vSlice” tokens, each of which is directly tied to the profits of the game. The “vSlice” token will regularly...

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Bitcoin

Bitcoin Wallet Provider Blockchain.info Suffers DNS Hack Attack

Posted on October 13th, 2016.

Blockchain.info suffered a domain name system (DNS) hacking yesterday that sent users to the wrong servers, exposing bitcoin users’ passwords. Blockchain.info took its website offline for several hours to restore its service. The problem has been corrected and the website is now functioning. The hack occurred around 11:00 GMT as...

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Blockchain

The Benefits of Blockchain Technology in Healthcare

Posted on October 8th, 2016.

A blockchain-based information exchange could remove friction and costs presented by intermediaries in existing health information exchanges, according to a Deloitte white paper [PDF] on blockchain’s potential benefits for health care titled, “Blockchain: Opportunities for Health Care.” The white paper was written in response to the...

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Sponsored Story

Trust.Zone VPN Use Skyrockets amid User-Tracking Concerns on the Internet

Posted on October 6th, 2016.

Trust.Zone, an anonymous VPN, has garnered a huge amount of attention from VPN review sites in a very short time period, demonstrating the major concern Internet users have over privacy nowadays. Based in Mahe, Seychelles, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean, Trust.Zone faces no requirement to retain data on its servers. No outside court...

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Cybersecurity

Busted: Israeli Teens Behind DDoS-For-Hire Service That Made $600,000

Posted on September 22nd, 2016.

Israeli police arrested two men alleged to be the co-owners of an attack-for-hire service, according to KrebsOnSecurity. The pair was arrested around the same time that KrebsOnSecurity published an earlier story naming them as the masterminds behind a service called vDOS that can be hired to knock Web sites offline with powerful blasts...

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Breaches

How Cybercriminals Target Victims: Report Cites Top Information Resources

Posted on September 19th, 2016.

Cybercriminals, whose attacks cost organizations millions of dollars a year, do extensive research on their targets. They gather organizational and personal information before deciding which vulnerabilities to exploit. SurfWatch Labs, a security consultancy, has released a report on research resources cybercriminals use. The purpose of...

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Bitcoin

ICYMI, Bitcoins Were Successfully Sent to Space

Posted on September 16th, 2016.

Genesis Mining made both financial and bitcoin history recently by sending a 3D model of a bitcoin with a paper wallet 34 kilometers into space, then sending 1 BTC to the wallet from Planet Earth, completing the first-ever peer-to-peer financial transaction in space.  A youtube video recorded the 34-kilometer space journey, along with...

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Bitcoin

How Mimblewimble Could Make Bitcoin Work Better

Posted on September 4th, 2016.

Mimblewimble claims to use a new cryptographic protocol that could revolutionize the way bitcoin works, making it more scalable and private.

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Blockchain

How Digital Technology Will Bring the End of Traditional Banks

Posted on September 3rd, 2016.

Digital technology has introduced a new era of innovation that will change consumers’ relationships with banks. What many people both inside and outside the banking industry do not realize is that these changes could, in fact, bring the end of banks as they have existed for centuries.