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FinTekNeeks Weekly Recap – April 7, 2017

Posted in Money on April 7th, 2017

We want to share with you some articles and videos that we have come across in the last week or so that we think provide insight and we find helpful, along with some of our content for newer readers. To save you time, we summarize what the content covers.

Articles and Videos

If you ever wanted to learn the history and the basic concepts of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, check out Coursera’s online lessons from Princeton University. When I took it early this year, it was free. It even allowed you to submit projects in Java to develop basic cryptocurrency and blockchain elements. Although the lectures are several years old, the content is still relevant and provides perspective in today’s acceleration in cryptocurrency.

I theorized with a few friends a while back that if Trump could avoid going to war and avoid increasing the national debt, he’d be a better president than Bush or Obama. Last night he failed on both accounts, since war always increases national debt and there are no exceptions. Oil and gold reacted with a huge jump. My viewpoint on war mirrors Jack Ma’s view: it steals money from hard-working Americans and gives that money to the most corrupt people in the country, while lowering the standard of living. I’ll warn everyone here: this may not be a minor war and if it becomes bigger, exit all crypto-tokens as quickly as possible. Only one thing wins in war and it won’t be digital money.

Vanessa Van Edwards did an interview with Michael Covel. She is coming out with a new book called “Captivate” at the end of April. It may not follow a trend following theme, but it does highlight a system to successfully network, “work the room,” and initiate conversational sparks. I like systems.

Notes This Week

Baseball season has started. Each team playing about 162 games squeezed into six months. I usually am not a big fan of baseball, but two things are keeping me interested this year. One – Chicago Cubs won the World Series last year. My first live baseball game was at Wrigley Field, during the day, eating a hot dog and drinking a beer. Second – I am learning more about data analysis, so I am keeping some data on baseball. Moneyball. This makes it more interesting for me, but boring for the majority of you. Also, I would like to encourage any fan to actually watch a Japanese baseball game. It is very entertaining from the crowd as well as on the field. Informal bands in the stands would start a song/chant for each of the home players at bat. I really mean a different song or chant for each home player! A combination of enthusiasm and respect for the game of baseball.

Blast From the Past

5 Reasons Renting Beats Owning. If you’re smart, you can rent in a way that still hedges you correctly against a rise in real estate, while having a ton of mobility. If you don’t know how to do this, this is definitely worth a direct consultation, as many people have saved money by side-stepping the cost of buying a home that continues to eat at their wallet.

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