Liberland – President ‘s speech in Hong Kong

Vit Jedlicka, a revolutionary Czech politician and founder of Liberland, the world’s first country powered by a blockchain. He will give a talk about blockchain and its role in driving the development of decentralized autonomous governments; January 15, Hong Kong / AsiaWorld-Expo

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The Sunday Crypto Recap – Down the Rabbit Hole 61

Just to add some Christmas spice YouTube went and took down a who’s who of Crypto. After much ado, most of the channels are back up and running again. The silver lining – yet another reminder that centralized services may refuse such services as and when they choose. In addition, commonplace shady practices such as promoting leverage trading and pushing sponsored but undeclared reviews of ICOs/IEOs on ‘information’ channels may be reduced, at least in the short-term.

Though many high-profile projects are up significantly for the year, 2019 didn’t broadly deliver in terms of price. Nonetheless, a lot has been accomplished – the infrastructure of crypto has never been more robust. Doubtless, many more projects will go to the wall in the coming year. A scattershot approach to crypto investing in 2020 is unlikely to pay dividends. Whether next year leads to significant price gains remains unknown but as with most things, patience is likely to be rewarded at some point. The question isn’t really if but when – may as well use the time productively!


Picks of the Week

Hard to look past these two reports – one reflecting on 2019, the other focused on the year to come.


Twitter

Let’s start with some predictions (recommended):
https://twitter.com/SpartanBlack_1/status/1206568081016803328

An optimistic take on the coming year:
https://twitter.com/Steven_McKie/status/1206750565834706944

A decade of inflation compared to BTC (recommended):
https://twitter.com/crypto_rand/status/1208073313161011201

VC funded projects don’t necessarily make for good initial investments:
https://twitter.com/RyanSAdams/status/1206239305397624833

The BTC halvening is not priced in:
https://twitter.com/Knightfall21/status/1209984695229964288

A thread arguing that consistently highlighting ETH flaws is not equal to an attack on the project (recommended):
https://twitter.com/WhalePanda/status/1208687186306064384

Top crypto projects could do with improving their transparency and engagement with investors:
https://twitter.com/twobitidiot/status/1207143847588962305

Perhaps having a figurehead for your crypto project is a mixed blessing:
https://twitter.com/MarkBeylin/status/1207445732095143948

Is a crypto credit bubble really a concern at this point? (recommended):
https://twitter.com/SpartanBlack_1/status/1210159551858671616

ETH2 inevitably a hardfork?
https://twitter.com/thibauld/status/1208398273507143682

Proposed EOS REX changes should be an improvement:
https://twitter.com/ColinTCrypto/status/1208478884695617537

Liquidity is key – not a lot of it going around:
https://twitter.com/lawmaster/status/1209093579509059584

Analysing HitBTC’s wallets – is it insolvent? (recommended):
https://twitter.com/Raindropactual/status/1208241130342629376

2019 asset returns:
https://twitter.com/charliebilello/status/1208386891176792065

Markets at all-time highs:
https://twitter.com/charliebilello/status/1208417033316130817


Articles

Excellent round-up of crypto 2019 (highly recommended:
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vc-DGG0iqEBQqNlsr5x6vxGxWUAEdgV3/view

Looking ahead to 2020 another excellent report (highly recommended);
https://messari.io/report/crypto-theses-for-2020

500 Bitcoin related bylines:
https://www.500headlinesaboutbitcoin.com/

Bitcoin as a hedge against your government (recommended):
https://rhythmofbitcoin.substack.com/p/bitcoin-is-a-hedge-against-your-government

DappRadar 2019 Review ETH/EOS/TRON (recommended):
https://dappradar.com/blog/dappradar-2019-dapp-industry-review/

The next BTC rally will be a thing of beauty – here are three reasons why (recommended):
https://medium.com/swlh/three-reasons-the-next-bitcoin-rally-will-be-monumental-e2d8b407c569

Reflections on a year of playing with BTC (recommended):
https://www.coindesk.com/hanukkah-reflections-on-my-year-of-toying-with-bitcoin

DappRadar 2019 Review ETH/EOS/TRON (recommended):
https://dappradar.com/blog/dappradar-2019-dapp-industry-review/


Podcast

No love for Alts here but many sound arguments re Alt valuations nonetheless (highly recommended):

https://open.spotify.com/episode/1mP4FLxYyPlidAamyBVDQX

YouTube

A brief update on the recent Crypto cull:


Anton Antonopoulos looks beyond single chain dominance (highly recommended):


A brief discussion of crypto folks to be aware of:

https://cheddar.com/media/top-people-to-watch-in-crypto-for


A wide-ranging interview with BTC evangelist Anthony Pompliano:


Colin unpacks recent SEC guidance on the definition of an ‘Accredited Investor.’


Infographic

IEOs largely failed to deliver value for investors in 2019:

https://twitter.com/zhusu/status/1206808582026477568/photo/1


Signing off for 2019. It’s going to be a profoundly interesting decade! As always, looking forward to hearing from you.


Note on Sources:

Twitter & Reddit (cryptos current meta-brains) / Medium / Trybe / Hackernoon / Whaleshares / TIMM and so on/ YouTube / various podcasts and whatever else I stumble upon. The aim is a useful weekly aggregator of ideas rather than news. Though I try to keep the sources current – I’ll reference these articles and podcasts etc. as I encounter them – they may have been published just a couple of days ago or in some cases quite a bit earlier.

HDR Toning in Photoshop CS6 – Beach pilings, Spurn point, Easington UK.

Here are 2 examples of Using the HDR toning feature in Photoshop CS6.
First image : ‘surrealistic setting’.

Second image uses the ‘More saturated’ setting.

To use HDR toning you need to go to : ‘image’ then ‘adjustments’ then select HDR toning. You can then access a menu which uses the settings that are similar to ‘merge to HDR pro’ but without having to use multiple images to gain the HDR effect.

Here is the original image.

” Spurn Point is one of the most striking features of Britain’s coastline, stretching for three and a half miles across the Humber Estuary. “
http://www.bbc.co.uk/england/sevenwonders/yorkshire/spurn/

Merry Christmas to all!

The greatest Christmas gift you can give is your love and faithfulness. Together we can achieve many great things in the new year. Thank you all!

Liberland news – nomination of New Finance Minister Ali Kassab

Photos from the Liberland Christmas Party and the nomination of New Finance Minister Ali Kassab in our Prague representative office on December 19. We were honored with the presence of ambassadors, consuls as well as greetings from Sandor Habsburg-Lothringen. The President and Cabinet welcomed guests and laid out their vision for 2020.

The Sunday Crypto Recap -Down the Rabbit Hole 60

With the year coming to a close there’s lots to reflect on. Did price – rocket as hoped -no it did not. Is that a problem for the health of the cryptosphere as a whole – no – not at all. 2020 may also flatter to deceive but in the long-run, there’s much to look forward to.


Picks of the Week

Once again it’s hard to select just a few items to highlight. Perhaps if you only check out one thing it should this top 100 figures in crypto. If you can stretch to two then this thread on Ethereum’s ‘Ice Age’ feature is well worth your time.


Twitter

BTC as an NFL team – who knew?:
https://twitter.com/AlexIlten/status/1205693922342834178

Dan Hedl refutes ‘Satoshi’s Vision’:
https://twitter.com/danheld/status/1084848063947071488

BTC lows have a trend of some sort (2019 figure yet to be decided):
https://twitter.com/themooncarl/status/1203971458487275520

Blockchain as disruptor across a wide range of sectors:
https://twitter.com/MarshallHayner/status/1204507375757152263

In defense of The Block (recommended):
https://twitter.com/hongkim__/status/1204617082005905411

On Ethereum’s ‘Ice Age’ (highly recommended):
https://twitter.com/udiWertheimer/status/1206684805175398400

From one extreme to the other (recommended;
https://twitter.com/ErikVoorhees/status/1205104637310914565

On central bank and state approaches to digital currencies (highly recommended):
https://twitter.com/SpartanBlack_1/status/1205438393145942016

On value and belief:
https://twitter.com/woonomic/status/1206321498127917056

What is ‘useful’ in life is rarely simple:
https://twitter.com/shl/status/1204799385646665728


Articles

A who’s who of crypto (highly recommended):
https://cryptoweekly.co/100/

Why it’s early days for crypto (recommended):
https://markhelfman.com/2019/12/13/why-nobody-else-cares-about-bitcoin-and-cryptocurrency/

It’s prediction time:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/biserdimitrov/2019/12/11/what-are-the-top-10-blockchain-predictions-for-2020/#73e59554d395

Gas flaring and BTC:
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-12-06/why-bitcoin-mining-is-being-touted-as-a-solution-to-gas-flaring

Binance didn’t become a dominant player through luck (recommended):
https://decrypt.co/11327/the-inside-story-of-binance-explosive-rise-to-power

Comparing Visa and lightning:
https://medium.com/galoymoney/visa-and-lightning-how-do-they-compare-1f4d89bdbbaf

Is KYC/AML really so bad?:
https://medium.com/exmo-official/everybody-is-freaking-out-about-the-5amld-is-mandatory-verification-as-scary-as-it-seems-6ccd2f92bb7d

So that was 2019 (recommended):
https://brukhman.substack.com/p/this-was-a-year-of-steady-infrastructural


Podcast

Larry Cermak of the Block on crypto (highly recommended but skip frequent Ads):

https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/larry-cermak-block-on-what-90-bitcoin-trading-is-for/id1347049808?i=1000459488613


YouTube

A brief review of BTC price action for 2019 (in terms of Elliott wave theory):


2020 looking good for BTC? (highly recommended despite light-hearted style):


Chainlink overview (recommended for research but strong pro Chainlink bias here):


Browser ‘incognito mode’ isn’t as secret as you may think:


A bullish take on gold by a long-time market participant:

https://www.realvision.com/tv/shows/interviews/videos/the-kaplan-doctrine-conservation-preservation-and-value?


Infographics

Early December snapshot of key BTC mine related metrics (link also leads to an article on the subject):

https://bravenewcoin.com/insights/bitcoin-price-analysis-miners-squeezed-by-dropping-prices


Visualising BTC layers:

https://twitter.com/HillebrandMax/status/1205517645753257984/photo/1


Website / Utility

Excellent resource for tracking BTC mining/network metrics:

https://bravenewcoin.com/data-and-charts/assets/BTC/price


That’s a wrap for yet another fascinating week in crypto. As always, looking forward to your comments and suggestions.


Note on Sources:

Twitter & Reddit (cryptos current meta-brains) / Medium / Trybe / Hackernoon / Whaleshares / TIMM and so on/ YouTube / various podcasts and whatever else I stumble upon. The aim is a useful weekly aggregator of ideas rather than news. Though I try to keep the sources current – I’ll reference these articles and podcasts etc. as I encounter them – they may have been published just a couple of days ago or in some cases quite a bit earlier.

Worst Stocks Of This Decade

Yesterday, I wrote a post about Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg was onto something in his dorm room at Harvard before he dropped out to focus on Facebook. The company went public in 2012, dropped 50%, switch their focus to mobile and the stock price hasn’t looked back. If one invested $1000 in Facebook during the IPO, you would be up over $5000 or a 500% ROI.

But all that is glitter is not gold. “All that glitters is not gold” is an aphorism stating that not everything that looks precious or true turns out to be so. This can be applied to just about any experience in life. It could also be applied to the stock market.

So the worst stocks of the decade go to:

  1. Apache. Ten-year performance: -78%
  2. Freeport-McMoRan. Ten-year performance: -68%
  3. Devon Energy. Ten-year performance: -66%
  4. The Mosaic Company. Ten-year performance: -65%
  5. CenturyLink. Ten-year performance: -63%
  6. Kraft Heinz. Ten-year performance: -56%
  7. Perrigo. Ten-year performance: -54%
  8. Under Armour. Ten-year performance: -54%
  9. Occidental Petroleum. Ten-year performance: – 51%
  10. Schlumberger. Ten-year performance: -31%

Now if you know these companies, 40% of the companies on the list were in the oil and gas industry. The oil and gas sector (aqua block) was the worst performing sector this year.

Source

  1. Technology: 48%
  2. Communication: 32%
  3. S&P 500: 31%
  4. Financials: 31%
  5. Industrials: 28%
  6. Staples: 27%
  7. Discretionary: 27%
  8. Real Estate: 26%
  9. Materials: 22%
  10. Health Care: 20%
  11. Energy: 10%

And Energy compared to the SPY has under-performed going back for five years.

Now the Dow Dogs involves buying the ten stocks with the highest yields among the thirty in the Dow Jones Industrial Average at the end of each year then holding them until the end of the next year. I don’t know what they call the worst stocks of the decade and potentially hold them for 10 years. But that’s what the Smart Money is doing.

Over the last several weeks, I have been posting about the bullishness going on in the oil and gas industry by way of the Smart Money buying up assets. In particular Sam Zell, Steven Cohen, Ken Griffin and Ray Dalio, all billionaires are buying distressed oil assets in the US.

I have to start looking at this sector as well. Besides that’s the premise of my trading edge, follow the Smart Money. I’m feeling the trade that Ray Dalio bought more of. Ray didn’t become wealthy by buying asset at high prices. Recently Ray’s hedge fund bought an additional 1,177,026 shares to the fund, increasing his stake to over 2.5 million shares.

EQT Corporation operates as a natural gas production company in the United States. It produces natural gas, natural gas liquids (NGLs), and crude oil. EQT is the largest natural gas producer in the U.S. with its asset base located in the heart of the Appalachian Basin with a focus in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.

I would like to see price close above $13 as confirmation that price will continue to rise.

I thought EQT Corp was a Master Limited Partnership, but they aren’t, so don’t they pay much dividends. Thus, I’m not interested in own the stock, but look what I just found. The Smart Money already bought LEAP options going out to January of 2021. So best believe I will be buying some options on Monday.

Look at that, went from taking about the worst stocks of the decade to wanting to get in the worst sector of decade on Money.

This post is my personal opinion. I’m not a financial advisor, this isn’t financial advise. Do your own research before making investment decisions.