Last week Bitcoin crossed $58,000 per coin. This extremely volatile digital currency has been becoming increasingly popular and getting more media attention than ever. Despite the scrutiny that comes with popularity, the technologies and concepts involved in Bitcoin are fascinating. We dedicated this episode to diving deep into what cryptocurrencies are, how they work, and whether they could be good investments. Stay tuned until the end of the episode, where Grant explains what you should keep in mind if you have plans to get involved in Bitcoin.Continue reading
With the stock markets going straight up, equities being more expensive, and bonds offering extremely low interest rates, many people seem to be wondering what’s the best way to invest extra cash they have. In today’s episode, Grant dives into some of the best investments you can make at this point, the current status of the market, and whether it’s a good idea to invest in certain asset classes. Stay tuned until the end of the episode, where Grant talks about whether buying Bitcoin is a good idea right now.Continue reading
With the GameStop incident further escalating we have been getting more questions about the whole situation. So we dedicated this episode to reviewing some of the specific areas related to short a squeeze. In today’s episode Grant dives into how short squeezes work, the controversy around Robinhood’s decision to suspend trading activities, the impact short selling has on our market, whether short selling should be banned, and more.Continue reading
Short selling has been in the news quite a bit recently as a result of this whole “meme stock” debacle. With the army of Reddit traders creating short squeezes in GameStop, AMC Theaters, and a few other companies the practice of short selling in general is being questioned.
This is partly because the media is framing this as a David vs. Goliath story. A group of underground Reddit traders bully the big bad hedge funds of the world by creating a short squeeze that sends share prices soaring.
Hooray for the little guy!
This storyline isn’t entirely accurate though. Melvin Capital made a lot of news for being short, but many other professionals and hedge funds made a lot of money benefiting from the short squeeze by being long. There’s a report that Blackrock pulled in $2.4 billion on the trade.
Nevertheless, David vs. Goliath is an easy story for people to get behind. And since it’s easy to root against a villain, short selling is coming under fire because that’s the side Goliath was on.
Short selling as a practice captures the financial spotlight every few years – usually during times of market turbulence. It’s often used as a scapegoat for corrections, which nearly always leads to calls for some type of short selling ban or suspension. That argument doesn’t have much merit, but the discussion attracts strong opinions anyway. Elon Musk, for example, is notoriously in favor of outlawing short selling.
I’ll explain my take on short selling in this post.
In the past couple of weeks, an exciting and dramatic chain of events has been going on around GameStop Corp., where their stock price skyrocketed in a very short time. GameStop is a video game and gaming merchandise retailer. While they have been performing adequately, GameStop hasn’t come up with fascinating and innovative things in the past couple of years as other growth companies do. For that reason, this stock price surge triggered numerous headlines in the news and rumors and stories in the financial community. In today’s episode, Grant dives into what caused this situation, how things escalated, and whether there’s anything illegal going on. Stay tuned until the end of the episode, where Grant talks about what you should do if you’ve made a bunch of money in GameStop shares or options.Continue reading
Tax gain harvesting is a strategy of selling investment assets at a gain and paying tax at that point as opposed to waiting and paying the tax later. Depending on your income and how your income may fluctuate in the future, there might be situations where it makes sense to take advantage of tax gain harvesting. Throughout today’s episode, Grant reviews how tax gain harvesting works, when it may be and may not be a good idea, and what you should consider before deciding whether tax gain harvesting might be beneficial in your specific scenario.Continue reading
We’re now nearly a full month into 2021, and stocks, bonds, and virtually all other asset classes continue to post excellent returns. The question is…..why? We’re at a point where the market seems to be impervious to bad news. Meanwhile bitcoin and cryptocurrencies continue to post new highs, and college students are even becoming famous for posting their trading strategies on social media. As easy money central bank policies abound across the globe there is a lot of market froth out there. We’re starting to see all the classic signs of a bubble.
Interestingly, equities in small cap and value shares led the pack in the fourth quarter of 2020. This is the first quarter that’s happened for quite a while, but both areas have a lot more ground to cover if they’re to make up for the last decade.
Here’s this quarter’s market update.
The national debt level in the United States is an important topic that usually gets quite a bit of attention in the financial and economic news. However, with everything else that’s going on in the world, it seems the conversation about the debt level has been getting less attention than it deserves. We dedicated today’s episode to talking about the national debt level. Throughout the episode, Grant dives into where we are in the national debt cycle, how much debt we have, at what rate our national debt is growing, and long term economic consequences that might occur as a result of the growing national debt.
In today’s episode, we have another distinguished guest: Greg K Williams. Greg is a certified mergers & acquisitions professional who has years of experience helping business owners and buyers through the process of selling or buying a business. Throughout the episode, Greg shares his wisdom on the process of selling a business from both a seller’s and a buyer’s perspective, common ways you can boost what you get from a business, and several other things you should know if you’re interested in buying or selling a business.Continue reading
It’s easy to forget, with everything happening in Washington D.C. in the last week, that we have a new stimulus package. After sitting on the bill for about a week, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act into law in the late hours of December 27th.
It was a massive bill, with many sections other coronavirus related stimulus. I haven’t read the entire Act, and hope that I never do. I have read the sections related to stimulus checks, the paycheck protection program and a few others though, as they relate directly to many of our clients.
This post will cover what you need to know about those sections: whether you’re entitled to a stimulus check and/or PPP loan, when you might receive one, and other relevant details.