Using Veritas to Construct the "Per…

29-04-2017 Hits:84612 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:79083 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:78930 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:83416 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:79980 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:82287 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:53261 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:81293 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:81294 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:81103 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:86955 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:84971 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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I've decided to add this topic, as a way for the retail and high net worth investors to see if their advisors are on their toes. These are the type of questions I would as if I paid an investment advisor (feel free to just hit the "email to friend" link the end of the article, or copy and paste).

  1. How is is that some are able to produce strong returns in this down market? This guy Reggie Middleton is boasting about 106% return based upon blog research, and a proprietary account (personal investment) return of over 330% for 2008 - all while taking less risk per unit of reward gained than nearly all of the popularly published money managers. His 2007 returns aren't too shabby either. He apparently has a significant amount of detailed documentation to back up his numbers available for free on his blog. How is he able to produce such numbers when most, if not all, of my money managers turned in negative numbers for the year? Is this a fluke? Why, or why not? Will you be able to produce similar numbers?
  2. Who do you work for and why? The extreme makeover of Wall Street has seen many firms morph, merge, and disappear - from Neuberger Berman, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, Lehman Brothers, and others to the big commercial banks which are now basically extensions of the government such as Citibank and the (now) aptly named "Bank of America". I would presume that the meritorious compensation caps and general downturn in Wall Street business in general will put significant pressure on brokers, traders and bankers who have fixed living expenses (mortgages, tuition, etc.) and suddenly extremely variable (to the downside) income. This would make any person anxious to generate more money. How can I be assured, or can I be assured, that I won't be the recipient of unnecessary churn, burn or pushing of inappropriate products? This Reggie Middleton guy posted an article that appears to show the investment performance of sell side brokers to be sub par - Super Brokers form to push Super Broken products to make those with High Net Worth Super Broke.
  3. So, if the banks are not truly insolvent, why does Reggie Middleton's research differ so widely from that of the analysts at practically every bank and advisor that I deal with? 
      1. About this Bank Plan - It Won't Save the Truly Insolvent Banks!
      2. Is JP Morgan Taking Realistic Marks on its WaMu Portfolio Purchase? Doubtful!
      3. Reggie Middleton on the New Global Macro - the Forensic Analysis of a Spanish Bank
      4. Re: JP Morgan, when I say insolvent, I really mean insolvent
      5. The Doo Doo 32 : the gift that keeps on Giving! 
      6. 666: That's the sign of your big broker giving you bad investment advice
      7. The banking backdrop for 2009
      8. A few grim thoughts for the New Year, as I reflect upon the past year
  4. Am I being placed with managers because of their brand names? Reggie Middleton has pointed out that many brand name investors have underperformed their "brand" (see Quickly revisiting name brand investors...). At first I simply thought this was another competitive investor talking his book, but upon doing a little digging I noticed that he has a very valid point. Do you have me with any brand name investors who seem to have more "brand" than investment return? How do I determine if I am?
  5. What risk is posed by insurers and foreign bank risk? Reggie Middleton has been crowing the systemic risk over-leveraged insurers face with their surplus heavily invested in financial equities and fixed income products. To date, he has successfully called the near demise and share downfall of: the Principal Financial Group (Principal Financial Group Actionable Intelligence Note - Pro version Principal Financial Group Actionable Intelligence Note - Pro version 2009-01-15 11:18:50 252.74 Kb), the Hartford Insurance Group (Anyone who subscribes to my blog should have earned their initial investment back several times over), MBIA, Ambac, as well as a few other insurers he anticipates taking a fall, which are currently only available to his blog subscribers (ex. As I Continue My Analysis of Global Insurers). His track record has been pretty impressive and causes me to query if my coverage is intact with the insurers that I am with. What fallbacks and protections are available from my state insurance departments? Are there a system of mandatory reserves that will protect me? If Reggie is right about the condition of the insurers, why would the insurance departments consider allowing insurers to release reserves to shore up their operating capital? Doesn't this weaken my position as a policyholder? Why or why not?

  6. How significant is my real estate exposure? As a subscriber to Reggie Middleton's blog, I have witnessed him call the fall of both the residential and commercial real estate industries with uncanny accuracy. What is most disturbing about this is that his initial calls are contrary to practically every analyst and pundit that I see or hear. Despite this contrarian perspective, he has proven to be right much more often than not. In considering his accuracy and the rate or deterioration in the CRE retail and office space, should I be concerned about my direct and indirect exposure to the commercial real estate market? I know this is is a cyclical business and we just had a cyclical downturn after 9/11, but is this one going to be particularly severe? Reggie's calls on the downfall of commercial real estate and the share price collapse of the big REITS:
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      1. Will the commercial real estate market fall? Of course it will.
      2. Do you remember when I said Commercial Real Estate was sure to fall?
      3. The Commercial Real Estate Crash Cometh, and I know who is leading the way!
      4. Generally Negative Growth in General Growth Properties - GGP Part II
      5. General Growth Properties & the Commercial Real Estate Crash, pt III - The Story Gets Worse
      6. More on GGP: A Granular View of Insider Selling and Lease Rate Growth
      7. GGP part 5 - The Comprehensive Analysis is finally here
      8. GGP and the type of investigative analysis you will not get from your brokerage house
      9. Macerich Forensic analysis: Undervalued REIT or the Commercial Real Estate Bankruptcy
      10. The Macerich Sensitivity Analysis
      11. Commercial REIT update
      12. The next GGP??? A timely actionable note, and a new large REIT that is available to subscribers.