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Is Bitcoin Money?  And Should I be Investing in Bitcoin Now?

Is Bitcoin Money? And Should I be Investing in Bitcoin Now?

Summary Investors are asking “Is Bitcoin money? Should I be investing in Bitcoin now?” Because it facilitates distributed collaboration, Bitcoin is revolutionary. Before bitcoin collaborators (or traders) had to choose between security and freedom. Centralized control is only as good as the gatekeeper. This means participants rely on the gatekeeper (who…

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Confusopoly at TIAA “If They Cry, They Buy”

Confusopoly at TIAA “If They Cry, They Buy”

Yesterday Pulitzer-prize winning author Gretchen Morgenson at the New York Times, wrote another article, New York Attorney General Subpoenas TIAA Over Sales Practices,  highlighting the confusopoly at TIAA. As we discussed earlier, the financial services industry is a confusopoly  (a term coined by Dilbert cartoonist and author Scott Adams), an industry…

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Confusopoly:  Is TIAA Preying on Investors?

Confusopoly: Is TIAA Preying on Investors?

Our readers may be familiar with the work of Scott Adams, who coined the term confusopoly, which describes any industry that benefits from keeping consumers confused. The Financial services industry is clearly a confusopoly. And executives at financial services firms understand human beings are not only irrational, but actually (nearly)…

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My Thoughts on Debt

My Thoughts on Debt

Economic Dangers The primary economic danger of debt is that compounding interest works against you rather than for you. The second economic danger of debt is that debt becomes a trap – getting in takes no effort, but getting out can feel impossible. The feeling of power turns into a…

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