Using Veritas to Construct the "Per…

29-04-2017 Hits:94582 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:85497 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:85873 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:89975 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:88413 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:88154 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:59291 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:87746 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:87290 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:87627 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:94041 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:91327 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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The reinsurer analysis recently reported results in line with that forecasted in my analysis. The shares have been, nonetheless, driven by this recent bear market rally, as has the shares of HIG. I have released a rash of HIG research warning subscribers of the trouble they are in, and it seems the industry in general and particularly those that have sold variable annuities will have problems for the foreseeable future.

From Bloomberg: Hartford Financial Reports Third Straight Loss Amid Equity-Market Slump 

April 30 (Bloomberg) -- Hartford Financial Services Group Inc., the Connecticut-based insurer, had its third straight quarterly loss as the stock-market slump raised the cost of protecting customers from declines in retirement accounts.

The first-quarter net loss was $1.21 billion, or $3.77 a share, compared with profit of $145 million, or 46 cents, in the year-earlier period, the company said today in a statement distributed by Business Wire.

Hartford’s earnings shrank, then disappeared amid the six- quarter drop in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index as the company shouldered declines for savers with equity-linked variable annuities. That depleted capital at the life insurance division, and Chief Executive Officer Ramani Ayer, who also oversees a profitable property-casualty unit, is under pressure to stanch the losses or break up the 199-year-old insurer.

“The life side clearly is overexposed to variable annuities, and I’m not sure how they back away from that,” Randy Binner, an analyst at Friedman, Billings, Ramsey Group Inc., said in an interview before the results. “At the end of the day, really the S&P 500 determines where the stock goes and what their opportunities are.”

Hartford, based in the city of the same name, has plummeted 84 percent in the last 12 months on the New York Stock Exchange, more than the 50 percent decline in the KBW Insurance Index. The S&P 500 slipped 12 percent in the first quarter and is down about 44 percent from its high of 1,565 in October of 2007.


Private investors have shunned life-insurance stocks, and Hartford’s request for $3.4 billion in government aid remains unanswered by Treasury more than five months after the insurer asked for a bailout. That’s pushed Hartford to reach out to rivals and seek bids for the company’s property-casualty business, people familiar with the matter said last week.

Hartford and its main rivals including MetLife Inc., the biggest U.S. life insurer, and No. 2 Prudential Financial Inc. are also accumulating losses on fixed-income holdings as the recession pinches borrowers. The industry has been battered by writedowns linked to the housing slump, and faces more losses as the recession spreads among companies that issued debt.

A raft of credit downgrades may make it harder for Hartford to compete against higher-rated life insurers like Prudential and New York-based MetLife. Hartford was cut three times this year by S&P, which said the insurer’s brand may be damaged.

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pdf As I have been saying in the comments section, nothing has changed yet. The fundamentals and macro outlook are still very negative.