Emerging Markets: Strong Dollar & The Path to Emerged Markets

How do you value pieces of paper? What creates currency? What makes the dollar a reserve currency?

There are several different models used to value currency, including Purchasing Power Parity and the BEER (Behavioral Equilibrium Exchange Rate) model, amongst others. There are several variables that go into those models, most notably conditional expectations, current rates, term premiums, national savings/investment, demographics, and interest rate differentials.

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Dollar vs Yuan: Podcast Version

Click here for the link to my FIRST podcast EVER.

Expanding the blog into a new territory.

I learn by reading (hence, the blog). Some people learn by listening. Some by seeing. Some learn through kinesthetics (I’ll have to brainstorm some ideas on that one).

I want information to be accessible to everyone. That’s why I post a ton of graphs. That’s why I write the blog. And now, that’s why this podcast exists.

Exciting things coming for Scanlon on Stocks. Thanks for joining me on the adventure.

Enjoy.

Trading Naked: How to Cover Your Assets

I recently had a conversation with a good friend of mine. Our friendship blossomed when he talked about puts one day in our Applied Investments class. My head whipped around to locate the person that was finally speaking my language, and once we did the options trader secret handshake, we became fast friends.

One of our more recent conversations surrounded the economics of options – He said that basically, if you’re on the sell side of a naked option, your margin requirement (collateral) is going to be pretty high.

But I disagree.

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Governance through Decentralization on the Blockchain

Decentralization is an important part of the blockchain, and one of the reasons that a lot of investors are curious in the product. The way that the blockchain operates is on a peer to peer network, utilizing consensus mechanisms. There is no over-arching “person-in-charge” (on Bitcoin). On some of the other coins, such as Ethereum and Vitalik Buterin, there is direction and input from the creator of the coin, but they don’t control the entire exchange process.

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