Category: Other investment-related information

Oil- Here We Go Again

Jun 29, 2017 / News

After rebounding sharply from lows around $26 a barrel in 2016, oil markets are once again under pressure. After trading to nearly $60 a barrel on output cuts from OPEC, oil is once again under pressure trading down to a recent low of $42. Increased production from U.S shale producers and Iran, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria have flooded the market despite OPEC’s efforts. Energy analysts are making bearish predictions for […]

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Blockchain Technology & Securities Laws

Jun 28, 2017 / Blockchain

Table of Contents Introduction I. Initial Coin Offerings Under Federal Law A. Federal Securities Laws First Element: Investment of Money Second Element: Common Enterprise Third and Fourth Elements: Expectation of Profits Solely From the Efforts of Others Conclusion B. Federal Criminal Law Unlicensed Money Transmitting Obtaining a Money Transmitting License II. Initial Coin Offerings Under State Law A. Florida Securities Laws (“Blue Sky” Laws) B. Florida Criminal Law Obtaining A […]

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Abuses in the Bond World Relate to Lack of Transparency and Conflicts of Interests

Last month’s FINRA Disciplinary Actions (April 2017) triggered this bond focused post. In April of 2017, FINRA took disciplinary action against J.P. Morgan Securities and Morgan Stanley Smith Barney related to their respective bond activities. Sadly, this is far from the first time that major firms such as JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley have been sanctioned by regulators. What is unique, however, is that both were sanctioned in the same […]

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Big Companies and Big Government can be a Dangerous Combination

Apr 10, 2017 / News

Monsanto is a company that, based on certain financial metrics, is bigger than some countries. Unfortunately, companies of this size command an incredible amount of influence that can lead to abuse. An example of this potential for abuse involves Roundup, one of the most popular products manufactured by Monsanto. Roundup is one of the most widely used weed killers in the world. Some experts have asserted that a key ingredient […]

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