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Jeff Yastine
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Last year, Bain & Co. identified 80 young companies it called “emerging regtechs” whose products and services are finding their way into compliance-heavy industries like insurance and banking that are in need of a tech-supplied boost to profits. It’s a huge investment opportunity.

#regulation #regulations #regtech #RegTechSummitNY #banyanhill
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The “death of retail” is probably the most overwritten, overhyped story in the business universe.

Apparently, by this time next year, the U.S. will be renamed the “United States of Amazon.”

Serious investors are starting to bet big money that the paragraphs above are as ridiculous as they sound…

#Retail #Amazon #onlineshopping #REIT #banyanhill
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Behavioral biometrics exploit personal characteristics to assess whether a user is friend or foe in the ongoing battle with hackers — and provide yet another fertile area for future cybersecurity investment.

#CyberSecurity #cyberattacks #DigitalSecurity #biometrics #hackers #Security #banyanhill
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If you believe the surveys that say 62% of Americans have less than $1,000 in their savings accounts … what does that tell you about their ability to absorb the additional cost of gasoline for their vehicles — without missing a payment on a credit/student/equity/personal loan of some kind?

#debt #consumerdiscretionary #collapse #banyanhill
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At only $10 million a plane for the basic version, the A-29 Super Tucano has already proven popular with other militaries that need a plane that can drop sophisticated weaponry — without paying a sophisticated price tag for the delivery vehicle.

#Military #investing #stocks #stockmarket #opportunity #banyanhill
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In August, the Pentagon — worried about leaks of military and intelligence secrets — purchased a revolutionary cybersecurity technology dubbed “Mayhem,” developed by a team of researchers from Carnegie Mellon University.

What’s so revolutionary about it? The Mayhem software constantly roams about the system on its own to identify — and fix — those weak points first.

#CyberSecurity #Hacking #CyberAttack #Security #banyanhill
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It’s hard not to notice the number of successful value-based hedge fund managers heading for the exits or returning significant amounts of money to their investors because they see few opportunities to invest at the market’s frothy levels.

#StockMarket #collapse #investing #stocks #banyanhill
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When it comes to investing, there are two kinds of stocks: those with value, and those that are “value traps.”

Here's how to know the difference so you don't get trapped.

#valueinvesting #Buffett #Sears #Investing #BanyanHill
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Since I first started writing about this exciting sector on August 15, the sector’s been on fire. Shares of the ETFMG Prime Cyber Security ETF, which I recommended later that month, are up more than 4%, and more than 50% since February 2016. Could there be larger gains ahead? I think so.

#cybersecurity #digitalsecurity #hackers #investing #BanyanHill
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At a recent investment conference, someone asked me my opinion on bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies…

I said they were worth paying attention to — not for speculating, but for solving one of the biggest problems of our time: keeping computer networks and data safe from hackers.

I mean, if you want to speculate in bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin — you name it — go right ahead. But the bigger profits will be in the underlying technology that makes cryptocurrencies possible. It’s called a blockchain.

Not Just About Bitcoin
Like anything that’s new, it all sounds a bit scary with a lot of “what ifs” attached. But blockchain is going mainstream faster than most people realize.

Lockheed Martin wants to use blockchain technology to keep its defense secrets safe.

The Walt Disney Co. built a platform called Dragonchain that’s now open-source.

Credit Suisse and other banks are running experiments with logging and tracking their financial deals using blockchain.

We happen to have two companies in the Total Wealth Insider portfolio that are pioneering the use of blockchain technology by major banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions. One is already up more than 25% in six months, and the other I see rising 60% over the next 18 months.

So what is blockchain, exactly? Basically, it’s a bit of data — it could be a transfer of money, a contract to buy or sell something or just some information that needs to be kept track of.

But instead of keeping it a secret and hidden away in one place (where it could be stolen or altered without your knowledge), the material is recorded as a “hash” — a random series of numbers and letters — and broadcast to a series of other computers on a network.

The information is attached with other transactions on the network and embedded into a cryptographically sealed “block.” With each series of transactions, the system creates more and more blocks.

Suddenly, it becomes next to impossible to steal or tamper with your data. It would be like hanging a basket (it could be full of cash, or something else) over the crowds in Times Square — everyone can see who makes a grab for it.

Incidentally, what is buried deep inside the new $700 billion spending request from the Defense Department, recently approved by the U.S. Senate?

A request for a new government report that would outline the possibilities of “offensive and defensive cyber applications of blockchain technology.”

Kind regards,

Jeff L. Yastine
Editor, Total Wealth Insider
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