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It´s not the virus, stupid… it´s the economic depression that will kill you


Published March 26, 2020 on Medium.com and TheCapital

 

The uncertainties surrounding the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on the global economy are gripping both the people and the markets with fear. A global recession is now the best case outcome also for JP Morgan while Goldman Sachs foresees the possibility of a second great depression. There are currently few data available. It´s too early to ascertain the damage inflicted to China´s economy, which is still struggling to restart after its economic engine province Hubei grinded to a halt after the city of Wuhan was first put into lockdown on the 23rd of January. The spreading of the virus seems now under control in China, but the economical damage still needs to be assessed.

Italy’s lock-down measures are estimated to have hit tourism and transport activity by 90%, retail by 50%, and ...

Fight wealth inequality with blockchain and tokenization


Published January 13, 2020 on Hackernoon.com and TheTokenizer.io and Medium.com and TheCapital and DataDrivenInvestor and Blockchain4innovation.it

 

While Bloomberg has celebrated the best decade in history for financial returns, it is not a coincidence that the wealth inequality has reached proportions not seen since the roaring´20s. And while this does not seem to concern the financial elites - who celebrated another fat end of the year - this is in reality a major concern for all the others, the 99,..%ers. This has created all sorts of distortions, not only in the economies and in financial markets but also in political systems of countries which were traditionally considered as the most democratic forms of government around the globe, such as the USA and the EU. The massive amount of wealth concentrated in few hands tends to manipulate the markets and to corrupt political systems globally, so much that today it is impossible to see a normally functioning (i.e. not manipulated) financial market or a truly democratic form of government. This "cancer" has spread fast in the USA and throughout the EU.

Stadium financing and the tokenization


Published December 10, 2019 on Medium.com and Hackernoon.com and Thetokenizer.io and DataDrivenInvestor and TheCapital and Blockchain4innovation and Sportbusinessmanagement

 

I love sports and I thank my dad for teaching me its precious values. I have done it all my life since I was 5 or 6 and still do it, everyday, well...almost. And to watch, there is nothing better than American sports. And this is not about the sport itself - for instance I love watching rugby which is not big in the US - but it is about the ability that Americans have to put up an outstanding show, a great entertainment.  Nothing equals superb spectacles such as the Super Bowl, the NBA Playoffs or a big UFC bout.

Above all American sport has always been big business. Big money was involved well before it did anywhere else in the world.  In that respect the tokenization - which can be used as an effective vehicle to raise finances - is a technological development which will impact heavily the future of fund raising also in the sport business. And I am sure we will soon see the first examples of tokenization in the Sport business.  



The rise of peer to peer crowd-lending, the slow death of banks and what tokenization can bring to the sector


Published November 13, 2019 on Medium.com and Altcoin-magazine and Data Driven Investor and Hackernoon.com and Thetokenizer.io

 

Ray Dalio has summed it up pretty well in his latest post - "The World has gone mad and the system is broken" - and in this interview with CNBC.

There is clearly a combination of opportunistic reasons, greed, quest for power and cronyism as to why the bullshit economics behind the trickle down narrative - despite its historical failure and well documented criticism - was sold to the masses by liberal lobbies and special interest groups, in bed with the politicians, during the last decades.


Follow the money, buy Bitcoin and Gold


Published August 22, 2019 on Medium.com and Altcoin-Magazine and Data Driven Investor and Hackernoon.com

and Thetokenizer.io

It is a fact that from 2018, institutional money has started to flow into the crypto sector at an increasing pace. I wrote about it here and this was recently confirmed by Coinbase CEO. To remain bullish on the sector though, it is vital to understand whether this money inflow will continue in the short to medium term and what are the main reasons driving the inflow.

There are different reasons.  I have analyzed in this article why bitcoin is by all means a digital version of gold and the reasons why the whole crypto sector is worth investing into. But the fact that an asset class is a good investment opportunity for any number of reasons, does not necessarily mean that that investors will buy it. There must be a catalyst to drive money into that assets class. Then we must understand why the big money, which is on the verge of what Ray Dalio defines a paradigm shift in investing, will be inevitably driven into precious metals and - my take - into the crypto sector as well.


Libra untangled: what lies behind facebook´s digital currency project


Published August 5, 2019 on Altcoin-Magazine and Medium.com and Hackernoon.com and Thetokenizer.io and Blockchain4innovation.it

 

Libra - Facebook´s digital currency project - has been a very popular talk lately. Even US President Trump tweeted about it. But few have looked at what may be the hidden implications of Facebook´s project.

Libra´s whitepaper is far from exhaustive. It is the first published version and what in the end may be left after the regulators have looked into it may be very different indeed.

All in all the whitepaper is well written and has been put together by a competent team of people, the Libra protocol describes a distributed blockchain which components are open source and can be permissionless built. It is a very "politically correct" whitepaper with mandatory and comforting statements about "banking the unbanked" ...



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