It has been more than five years in the making.
And it's been touted as the biggest upgrade to Ethereum's code in its history.
But more than that, it will have reverberations that extend FAR beyond Ethereum itself.
Here's what I'm talking about...
What is the Ethereum Merge - aka Ethereum 2.0.
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The American economy shrank by 1.6% in the first quarter of 2022, with a second quarter contraction of 0.9%.
This stoked a massive online debate over whether the US economy is in recession or not.
So, what is it, and should we be worried? What is a recession?
The US National Bureau of Economic Research defines a recession as “a significant decline in economic activity that is spread acros... ››› more
The term banking crisis is often overused. Certainly, there are times when it's appropriate, like during the 2008 Global Financial Crisis, however it's usually just a term used to describe a rather minor disruption to the normal functioning of a country's banking sector. Well, that's not the case with China currently.
The country is in the midst of a true banking crisis. How bad is it? Well, th... ››› more
The US has just entered into a technical recession. That is, two consecutive quarters of negative GDP growth.
Now, some think the US economy will struggle over the next year as inflation remains high, the Fed hikes interest rates, and consumers become more conservative with spending.
Others believe our economy has a lot of room to run — especially as we start to get back to normal followin... ››› more
Recently, we received the following question from one of our South African Investor members:
The reader was interested in the “Gone Fishin” portfolio model as a possible way to invest his son's inheritance…
So let's start with a recap of the “Gone Fishin” Portfolio and how it works… “The Gone Fishin’ Portfolio” explained…
In 1990, Dr Harold Markowitz won the Nobel Priz... ››› more
Interest rates and inflation are soaring. The market is down nearly 13% since March. Resource stocks have crashed 30% and more.
Many investors are running for the hills, and you might also ask - “where should I put my money now?” It literally feels like nothing is safe…
Well, usually these are the best times to invest. When stocks have crashed and bargains become available.
Warren B... ››› more
Q. “I read your very interesting take on Netcare and Mediclinic in the article this week. I was wondering if you are a strong believer of investing in healthcare in the future. Could you briefly list some points on why you would or wouldn't be an investor in healthcare”
A. The future of healthcare, is very exciting!
I am an avid believer that with an everincreasing population and with be... ››› more
Practically everything we do requires this precious metal…
You wouldn't be able to drive…
Your phone, laptop and many other gadgets wouldn't work without it…
That's why it's been dubbed a “strategic metal”.
And as the world spends trillions on ushering in new technologies like 5G, clean energy, and precision medicine, the demand for this precious metal will skyrocket!
Just... ››› more
Over the past six months the JSE All Share index dropped over 11% on average.
The JSE's Resources index is down a whopping 28% for the same period.
Does this mean the losses are permanent? Should you be selling your stocks? Or does it show us an opportunity? The stock market is volatile – but that shouldn’t worry you too much
When stock markets drop, like they just have – it is due ... ››› more
The US consumer price inflation rate (CPI) for June 2022 was released last week, coming in at a shocking 9.1%. By comparison, the number for last year, June 2021, was 4.9%. And back then, this was seen as a huge problem. Remember, the US targets an inflation rate of just 2%.
That's the bad news. The good news is we're seeing definite signs the inflation rate is set to fall.
US gasoline price... ››› more
Three Arrows (popularly known as "3AC") is a crypto hedge fund based in Singapore.
The company had no retail customers, but it borrowed money from many crypto firms that did, such as Celsius and Voyager. That money was largely made up of customer deposits.
Three Arrows made a lot of risky bets with it.
Some of the money was invested in start-ups, but hundreds of millions went into crypto-... ››› more
The US Fed is a main player in the world's financial system.
As the central bank of the world's largest economy, and thus the institution that controls the world's reserve currency, its rate decisions are always closely watched.
However, in the current high inflation environment, it takes on an extra level of significance. I would go as far as to say, that if you are looking to make any type... ››› more
After rallying 373% from its pandemic lows, Bell Equipment (JSE: BEL) stock is sitting at a six month low. As recently as March 2022 the stock traded at R17.50 - yet it's at R11.84 now.
During the pandemic the agricultural and mining equipment supplier saw a big recovery in demand as commodity prices soared. As a result, demand recovered and the company had a big recovery.
For example, in Ma... ››› more
Or so I hope.
You see, on Wednesday 6 July 2022, the European Parliament voted to back a proposal that labels natural gas and nuclear energy as "green".
This comes at a time where the EU is experiencing a severe energy crunch.
In fact, things are so bad that some EU countries have re-started coal power plants.
But of course, there's strong opposition from many law... ››› more
Inflation is high, prices of everything, except for stocks, are rising.
It's been a tough time investing in 2022 so far.
But still there are great opportunities on the JSE.
In fact, some small cap shares are doing exceedingly well…
Let me explain. In case you missed it: Pickpocket’s Trader X closed out a USDZAR trade for a 155% gain on 27 June and just yesterday he moved his stoplo... ››› more
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