China's Central Bank Eliminates Margin T…

19-01-2017 Hits:530 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

China's Central Bank Eliminates Margin Trading of Bitcoin

There have been rumors that the Chinese Central Bank (PBoC - People's Bank of China) would limit or eliminate margin trading in Bitcoin. It is now official, sort of...

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Is Donald Trump Truly Successful or Born…

18-01-2017 Hits:815 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Is Donald Trump Truly Successful or Born With A Silver Spoon? An Analysis

In social media and mainstream media, I often hear Donald Trump quoted (by himself, and others) as an extremely successful, self-made man. As an entrepreneur for nearly all of my...

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As I Promised, EU Is Colliding Into Prac…

17-01-2017 Hits:1121 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

As I Promised, EU Is Colliding Into Practical Confines of NIRP, Bank Hemorrhaging Up Next

Nearly a year ago, I warned subscribers of consequences stemming from the ECB's negative interest rate program. Here's an exceprt from our resarch report titled European Banking Macro Issues for March...

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Is Bitcoin Too Risky? Whenever the Bitco…

12-01-2017 Hits:1780 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Is Bitcoin Too Risky? Whenever the Bitcoin is Mentioned in Financial Pop Media, Ignorance Ensues

I hate to be the one to break bad news to you, but most of the pop media/mainstream media financial pundits that I hear and see opine on bitcoin have...

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What Happens When Rates Rise While the S…

10-01-2017 Hits:1527 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What Happens When Rates Rise While the S&P 500 Relies on Cheap Credit To Boost EPS?

So, the stock market, bond market and real estate markets are all at all-time highs. Everything is Awesome! You know better than that. You see, when the bond market wakes...

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Debt Encumbered Oil, Sovereign Soil, Toi…

10-01-2017 Hits:756 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Debt Encumbered Oil, Sovereign Soil, Toil & Trouble: Can't You Hear Seems Cracking in the OPEC Empire?

@WSJ reports Libya Ramping Up Oil Production, Threatening OPEC (supposed) Plans to lift global oil place by artificially limiting supply. This would be in violation of federal antii-trust laws in the...

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Ten Years Since BoomBustBlog Was 1st Pub…

09-01-2017 Hits:1076 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Ten Years Since BoomBustBlog Was 1st Published & That Initial Research Still Relevant Today

We have looked into insurance companies' performance last month in regards to our bearish real estate thesis. A small comederie of companies are suffering losses and/or declining profits as we've exected....

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The Macro Truth About The Big Bitcoin Po…

07-01-2017 Hits:1247 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Bitcoin has dropped precipitously, and as is usual, we have the cacophony of instant digital currency pundits cackling about as if they had a clue. This is the inaugural post...

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To Bust or Not To Bust: Are We In A Real…

04-01-2017 Hits:919 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

To Bust or Not To Bust: Are We In A Real Estate Bubble?

Banks are showing thin NIM, yet many of the big banks are able to boast stable if not slightly improving credit metrics. This doesn’t make sense considering the explosive growth...

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What Happens To Real Asset Lending Banks…

03-01-2017 Hits:775 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

What Happens To Real Asset Lending Banks When the Real Funding Rate Appears? We're About to Find Out

During the financial crisis of 2008, money market funds who subjectively agreed to hold their NAV (net asset value) unit prices at $1 “broke the buck”. That is, the unit...

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Stress Test on Banks’ Earnings Facing th…

30-06-2014 Hits:44885 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Stress Test on Banks’ Earnings Facing the Veritaseum UltraCoin Value Transaction Platform

My last post on the topic of disintermediation during a paradigm shift was Wall Street Should Be First To Invest In Reggie Middleton's UltraCoin, Much Of It Won't Be Here In...

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Introducing the "Unbreakable Promis…

09-06-2014 Hits:39650 BoomBustBlog Reggie Middleton

Introducing the "Unbreakable Promise" As a Method Increasing Efficiencies and Decreasing Risk

Continuing on the margin compression theme originally laid out in Margin Compression Is Coming in the Payment Processing Space As $100 Million Pours Into Startups, I illustrate mathematically how the bit...

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My Bio : My Curriculum Vitae
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As a serial entrepreneur and perpetual student, Reggie Middleton's unconventional experience has given him the ability to recognize value, or the lack thereof, well before much of the professional populace. His ability to identify opportunity and his "out-the-box" mind-set are due to years of entrepreneurial pursuits in insurance, financial valuation/modeling, technology, media, and real estate

After attending Howard University in Washington, D.C. from which he obtained a BBA in business management. Reggie returned to NY and joined the ranks of Prudential Insurance, training in financial product sales. Feeling constrained in his ability to pursue institutional clients, he moved to a small securities firm and became a series 7 broker. Again feeling constrained in his ability to creatively pursue his ideas, in his early twenties he struck out on his own and created margined mutual fund timing programs for his own trading account. This was the first in many unorthodox proprietary investment and risk management strategies Mr. Middleton has created .with great success

In the early 1990s, Reggie, an entrepreneur in his early twenties, entered the insurance and risk management field by brokering insurance for entire municipalities and political subdivisions on an exclusive basis. He also conceptualized, marketed, jointly prepared and submitted LORIE (the Livery Organizations Reciprocal Insurer Entity - a reciprocal insurer owned by the insureds) - to the NYS insurance department for licensing.

Reggie then formed Municipal Risk Management - a venture with a major accounting/consulting firm to offer risk management, consulting and brokerage services to small and medium sized municipalities.

Mr. Miiddleton also pioneered derivative and structured product use in health insurance via his concept, "Financial Re", a tax advantaged, ERISA compliant, off shore financial reinsurer. It was designed to securitize FASB 106 retirement medical liability risk to be sold through the debt markets using Reggie's own ‘Max Notes' (option embedded notes linked to a proprietary medical loss index). He recruited the assistance of partners from the big five accounting and consulting firms for purposes of validating and marketing Financial Re's derivative debt securities. These securities (Max Notes) had near-zero correlation to conventional equity and debt markets and as such were designed to appeal to institutional investors looking to diversify risk.

In the midst of the DOT.com boom era, Reggie, a self-taught technology buff and student in financial valuation,  recognized opportunities to incorporate his passions for technology and financial valuation and transitioned to the distributed technology and media industries Again, as an entrepreneur, Reggie created, marketed and sold web-based, decision support and financial modeling systems featuring file sharing, collaboration and team based productivity for M&A, LBO, private equity and corporate valuation deals. These high-end financial models, financial modeling techniques, corporate valuation techniques, and methodologies quantitatively captured the intangible assets from technology companies that represented a significant portion of their value such as human capital, brand value, viral marketing and network effects. Reggie's modeling experience includes information technology TCO/ROIC, LBO, M&A, private equity analysis and valuation, financial derivatives, partnership valuation, real estate analysis and valuation, derivative and structured product engineering, and corporate valuation via proprietary economic profit methodologies.

Mr. Middleton was one of the early entrepreneurial dot.commers to adopt the off shoring model, coding  entire software platforms at below market cost through engineering relationships with off shore IT consulting shops & development sites in Bangalore, India. In addition, he expanded this platform to a full featured Application Service Provider platform, web-based office suite and web-based collaborative knowledge sharing platform - known as NuoMedia, which competed with Microsoft's Office suite as a desktop office productivity solution. NuoMedia was the first to market publicly available Web-based office productivity suite and first to be introduced to the public through the media (beating Microsoft and Sun Microsystems as seen in Reggie's interview on CNNfn's Digital Jam, Sept. 1, 1999).

Mr. Middleton began investing in residential real estate, sensing the boom portion of the boom bust cycle in the year 2000. He engaged in real estate investment/management, returning several multiples of the broad market averages, approaching four digit returns from 2000 to 2006.

Sensing the top of the real estate market in 2004, Mr. Middleton started liquidating his portfolio and searched for alternative assets in which to invest. Failing to find any real assets worth pursuing, he spent a year caring for his newborn daughter while contemplating his next venture. In 2007, he opted to start a private alternative investment fund consisting solely of his own account, which could benefit from what he saw as an extremely overpriced credit and real asset market entering the bust phase of the boom-bust cycle. As a fine tuning of his Boom Bust micro/macroeconomic investment methodology, which was an extension of his technology and real estate investment principals, he implemented these principals in his trading account as a real-time demonstration while documenting them publicly via the BoomBustBlog.com. The blog is a global macro investment publication through which he freely publishes his research, opinions, and reasoning behind his investment decisions.