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Financial Advisors Hate Bitcoin. Their Reasons Will Drive You Crazy

2 days ago 6 minute read MarkHelfman $0.35 tipped

Do you have a financial advisor? If not, you should. They almost always know how to manage your wealth better than you do. Nowadays it doesn’t even matter how little money you have. You can get a robo-advisor like Betterment or SoFi, but I recommend...

People Will Not Care About Cryptocurrency Until One Thing Changes

6 days ago 6 minute read MarkHelfman $0.87 tipped

This Tweet: Hey @bitcoin_bacon, guess what? That doesn’t give me confidence. Why would anybody have confidence in a currency that most of its holders don’t even use? And if HODLers don’t even use it, why should I? Here are some other things that hav...

Cryptocurrency Will Go Mainstream in 2020 (in the U.S.) and Other Bold Predictions for the New Year

1 week ago 6 minute read MarkHelfman $0.91 tipped

Everybody’s making predictions about 2020, mostly about the price of bitcoin. That one’s easy—it will hit $38,000 by the end of the year. Everybody knows that. Here are four more predictions for 2020, including one prediction nobody’s even thinking a...

Five Altcoins That Will Moon in 2020

2 weeks ago 7 minute read MarkHelfman $6.14 tipped

Ah, yes. A new year’s upon us and everybody wants to know what crypto they should buy. Why do they ask? I think we both know the answer to that question. Nobody has ever asked me about the potential social and economic impact of cryptographically-sec...

Why Nobody Will Talk About Bitcoin This Holiday Season

4 weeks ago 6 minute read MarkHelfman $0.72 tipped

Bitcoin is dead. As a conversation topic, that is. Price has dropped for months, with only the smallest bounces keeping it from falling off a cliff. Google trends shows bitcoin’s popularity keeps sinking: Last month, Stephen Colbert said he doesn’t...

Why You’re the Only One Who Cares About Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency

14 Dec 2019 10 minute read MarkHelfman $4.78 tipped

Cryptocurrency has an odd and insular community. It attracts anarchists, cypherpunks, libertarians, and cast-offs of all sorts and thrusts them into a world of entrepreneurs, financial professionals, and government officials. Its leaders openly mock...

Three reasons the next bitcoin rally will be monumental

11 Dec 2019 3 minute read MarkHelfman $3.82 tipped

Between July and November 2019, bitcoin’s price crashed from $14,000 to $7,000. This drop triggered panic and despair. A new wave of commentators claimed “bitcoin is dead / blockchain is useless” and some HODLers gave up. Yet the price remains up 100...