Using Veritas to Construct the "Per…

29-04-2017 Hits:88635 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Using Veritas to Construct the "Perfect" Digital Investment Portfolio" & How to Value "Hard to Value" tokens, Pt 1

The golden grail of investing is to find that investable asset that provides the greatest reward with the least risk. Alas, despite how commonsensical that precept seems to be, many...

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The Veritas 2017 Token Offering Summary …

15-04-2017 Hits:82312 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Veritas 2017 Token Offering Summary Available For Download and Sharing

The Veritas Offering Summary is now available for download, which packs all the information about Veritas in a single page. A step by step guide to purchasing Veritas can be downloaded here.

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What Happens When the Fund Fee Fight Hit…

10-04-2017 Hits:82201 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What Happens When the Fund Fee Fight Hits the Blockchain

A hedge fund recently made news by securitizing its LP units as Ethereum-based tokens and selling them as tradeable (thereby liquid) assets. This brings technology to the VC industry that...

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Veritaseum: The ICO That's Ushering in t…

07-04-2017 Hits:86699 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Veritaseum: The ICO That's Ushering in the Era of P2P Capital Markets

Veritaseum is in the process of building peer-to-peer capital markets that enable financial and value market participants to deal directly with each other on a counterparty risk-free basis in lieu...

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This Is Ground Zero for the 2017 Veritas…

03-04-2017 Hits:83121 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

This Is Ground Zero for the 2017 Veritas Offering. Are You Ready to Get Your Key to the P2P Capital Markets?

This is the link to the Veritas Crowdsale landing page. Here is where you will be able to buy the Veritas ICO when it is launched in mid-April. Below, please...

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What is the Value Proposition For Verita…

01-04-2017 Hits:85243 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What is the Value Proposition For Veritas, Veritaseum's Software Token?

 A YouTube commenter asked a very good question that we will like to take some time to answer. The question was, verbatim: I've watched your video and gone through the slides. The exchange...

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This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relat…

28-03-2017 Hits:56349 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

This Real Estate Bubble, Like Some Relationships, Is Complicated...

CNBC reports US home prices rise 5.9 percent to 31-month high in January according to S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller. This puts the 20 city index close to an all time high, including...

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Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As …

28-03-2017 Hits:84593 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Bloomberg Chimes In With My Warnings As Landlords Offer First Time Ever Concessions to Retail Renters

Over the last quarter I've been warning about the significant weakness in retailers and the retail real estate that most occupy (links supplied below). Now, Bloomberg reports: Manhattan Landlords Are Offering...

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Our Apple Analysis This Week - This Comp…

27-03-2017 Hits:84283 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Our Apple Analysis This Week - This Company Is Not What Most Think It IS

We will releasing our Apple forensic analysis and valuation this week for subscribers (click here to subscribe - lowest tier is the same as a Netflix subscription). As can be...

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The Country's First Newly Elected Lame D…

27-03-2017 Hits:84138 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Country's First Newly Elected Lame Duck President Will Cause Massive Reversal Of Speculative Gains

Note: Subscribers should reference  the paywall material here for stocks that should give a good risk/reward scenario for bearish trades. The Trump administration's legislative outlook is effectively a political desert, with...

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Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactl…

22-03-2017 Hits:90643 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Sears Finally Throws In The Towel Exactly When I Predicted "has ‘substantial doubt’ about its future"

My prediction of Sears collapsing once interest rates started ticking upwards was absolutely on point.

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The Transformation of Television in Amer…

21-03-2017 Hits:88206 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

The Transformation of Television in America and Worldwide

TV has changed more in the past 10 years than it has since it's inception nearly 100 years ago This change is profound, and the primary benefactors look and act...

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From Bloomberg: Time Warner to Post Loss After $25 Billion Writedown of AOL, Cable Assets

Time Warner Inc., the owner of HBO and AOL, will report its first annual loss in six years after writing down the value of its cable-system, publishing and Internet assets by about $25 billion in the fourth quarter. Now, that's a lot of money for one quarter. This makes the bank's asset deflation problems look downright joyous!

The shrinking U.S. economy hurt advertising at the AOL and publishing units more than anticipated, the world’s largest media company said today in a statement. A $281 million verdict against its Turner Broadcasting System and the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., a tenant in the Time & Life building, also hurt results.

“It’s a little startling they didn’t have a handle on this decline in advertising,” said Fred Moran, an analyst at Stanford Financial Group in Boca Raton, Florida. “The trends were readily available, so this downward adjustment is definitely surprising.” What the hell is so startling???!!! Don't you read my blog?Tongue out

The recession and falling consumer confidence have compelled companies to cut marketing. TNS Media Intelligence issued a report Dec. 11 saying U.S. ad spending fell 1.7 percent through September. Even as the Internet unit is attracting more users, advertising sales are “disappointing,” Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Bewkes said last month at a conference in New York. I really think it is time to rethink the advertising model. Notice how I don't have even one ad on my site. The margins are too thin, and the market is too fickly and volatile. Someone needs to create a more educational, involving and interactive delivery system. Interactive, educational marketing needs to be done, not advertising. This is not TV, people!

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New York-based Time Warner now anticipates a loss for 2008 after forecasting a profit from continuing operations of as much as $1.07 a share in November. The November projection was a reduction of a previous earnings outlook of as much as $1.11. Analysts in a Bloomberg survey expected profit of $1.06.

The company last reported an annual net loss in 2002, when it posted a shortfall of $98.7 billion, at the time the biggest in U.S. history. The loss stemmed from a charge to reflect the declining value of AOL and the cable systems, a year after America Online Inc. bought Time Warner Inc.

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AOL Deals

Since becoming CEO a year ago, Bewkes has explored possible deals for AOL with Yahoo! Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. Last month he said talks were still under way. In 2007, AOL accounted for 11 percent of revenue at Time Warner, down from 17 percent the year before. I don't believe the management of Time Warner understand the new world of Web 2.0. They have critical mass, thus they don't need to approach other firms with criticial mass. What they need is a more creative, immersive and synergistic method of delivering their massive cabal of content channels. It's like a rich man who doesn't know what to do with his money as he slowly goes broke.

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Cable Growth

Time Warner Cable Inc. said today that it expects to record a pretax charge of about $15 billion and a loss for last year.

The second-biggest U.S. cable operator wrote down the value of its investment in Clearwire Corp. by $350 million. Chipmaker Intel Corp. today wrote down its stake in Clearwire, which is building a wireless mobile-phone and Internet network, by $950 million. Intel also reported fourth-quarter sales that trailed forecasts.

Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt said in December that customer growth had slowed “dramatically” and demand for premium services continued to decline. In November, the company cut its 2008 sales forecast, citing slower subscriber growth and less revenue from pay-per-view services, premium channels and digital-video recording rentals.

Time Warner Inc. is disposing of its 84 percent stake in the cable unit because it no longer needs in-house distribution for CNN, HBO and its other networks. Time Warner Cable fell $1.20, or 5.3 percent, to $21.45 in New York. This destruction of value is a shame. If I were them, I would cannabilize my own business before the market forces or my competitors do it for me. For instance, the cable company should simple drop distribution of the proprietary content through the conventional means and switch to delivery through interactive Web 2.0 websites via its broadband system. This would decimated revenues, but would have made them the frontrunners in Internet TV, and allow them to build Cable content based MySpace/ pages for HBO, LinkedIn style pages for CNN, etc., complete with instant messaging, txt messaging, discussion groups and live blogging - all deeply integrated into the video delivery channel over the web. Just imagine the boost this will give the Internet businesses and the new type of interactive marketing/advertising channels and models available!

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