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Heartland Newsfeed by The 21st Money Team - 3d ago

Crypto News, Analysis, Forecasts, ICOs and Events for the week ending 9/21/2018

Crypto News & Analysis

The government of Switzerland has announced that it plans to tokenize their national currency, the Swiss Franc. A cryptocurrency that is backed by a fiat currency is referred to as a stablecoin. The perception is that a tokenized fiat currency is less volatile in price swings than its purely digital counterpart. The stablecoin proposed by Switzerland will not be the first of its kind. There is a stablecoin backed by the United State Dollar, the Tether , the United States Dollar Token (USDT). The Russian government has proposed the creation of a stablecoin backed by the Russian Ruble, the Crypto Ruble. And the government of Venezuela has also proposed the creation of a stablecoin backed by their reserves of oil, the Petro.

The Venezuelan stablecoin and the Russian stablecoin have more of a presence in the  news media then on the cryptocurrency exchanges. Despite the economic woes of the Venezuelan economy the Petro has not lived up to its hype. It has been reported by several major news sources that cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Dash are where the people of Venezuela have flocked to, in order to preserve what’s left of their  devalued savings. The Venezuelan Bolivar was devalued by 95% in an effort to counteract hyperinflation. The Russian Crypto Ruble proposal has stalled in the legislative process.

Switzerland may not be the first nation to attempt to issue a digital token backed by a fiat currency, but it may very well be the first to successfully create one. A stablecoin model for others to emulate or perhaps become the dominant fiat backed token in the world.

The odds of success for the Swiss are much higher than their predecessors. The Swiss economy is not shrouded with instability. The Swiss economy lays claim to having the highest level of nominal wealth per adult, along with the eighth highest per capita gross domestic product globally. The Swiss Franc has gained 75% more purchasing power compared to the USD over the last 50 years. Switzerland is the world’s largest importer and exporter of gold. Although it is not in the headlines very much there is also a King of the Netherlands, Willem-Alexander. These attributes about Switzerland just exemplify the level of stability it maintains compared to the economies of the prior stablecoin issuers, Tether, The Petro, and the Crypto Ruble.

Tether has been surrounded by rumors of inaccurate accounting practices and market manipulation. The Swiss token proposal guarantees monthly, transparent audits for its investors. It’s not only the stability of the Swiss economy that makes this proposed token interesting, it’s the timing of it. Geneva is well known for its unique brand of tourism. Switzerland has a reputation of being the place where wealthy people go to visit their money. Right now, digital financial transactions are still slower than fiat currency transactions domestically and internationally. Why would a country that has such a dominant presence in international finance move to a vehicle that,  for all intents and purposes, is substandard to what is already in place? The answer to that question may be related to Ripple’s (XRP) latest announcement.

Ripple (XRP) has announced that the launch of their xRapid payment platform will be very soon, possibly within the next 30 days. xRapid claims it will be faster, cheaper, and more accurate because of the blockchain technology behind it. xRapid can effectively knock SWIFT, the reigning international money transfer king, off of their throne. Some analysts feel that SWIFT has already raised the white flag and has adopted the can’t beat them join them posture, predicting an alliance may be forged. And now enter the world’s safe haven for money and money transfers, Switzerland. It appears as though a tidy arrangement may be in the making. The developments are still unfolding and XRP’s value is rising. These events deserve attention. The 21st Money Team will keep you informed.

Forex News & Analysis

The United States Dollar / Swiss Franc (USD/CHF) pairing helps us  understand the historical relationship between two economic powerhouses. The US still reigns supreme as the world’s number one economy and Switzerland is the world’s Banking capital.

USD/CHF                                                                                                 Chart Courtesy of Tradingview

The chart clearly demonstrates how the USD has lost value against the CHF over the last thirty years. But it shows the stability of both currencies against each other in recent years. That is somewhat reassuring as tokenized fiat currencies are emerging. The USD Token, Tether (USDT) is already in existence and the Swiss have announced plans to issue a tokenized version of the CHF as well. Will the USD be able to maintain its stability against the CHF in the crypto market? The USD has certainly maintained its value against the CHF within a few cents over the last few years. But the crypto market has a technological X-factor which could add volatility to a once stable relationship.

Global boundaries are disappearing. Brexit can actually become a reality that will change the economic landscape of the European Union (EU). Bear in mind, Switzerland is still part of the EU. As we enter the digital age of finance will these two currencies still reign supreme? The Swiss franc has a lot more monetary muscle than the USD. The US holds the population with the largest appetite for goods and services worldwide. We’ll see how these two economies fit inside the digitized financial jigsaw puzzle that is taking shape.

The United States Dollar /Bitcoin  (USD/BTC) pairing saw the dollar lose value against the crypto giant. The dollar began the week exchanging at $6,491 /1 Bitcoin. The dollar ended the week exchanging at $6729 / 1 Bitcoin losing 3.67% against Bitcoin by the weeks end.

The USD index (.DXY) compares the USD to 6 globally dominant currencies. The USD lost ground when compared to its global counterparts towards the end of the week. The .DXY index recorded a value of 94.5 at the beginning of the week. The Index closed at 94.00 recording a 0.532% loss in value by the week’s end. The Mexican Peso held an advantage over the USD throughout the week. The Mexican Peso (MXN) began the week exchanging at 18.83823 / 1. The MXN closed the week at 18.8810 up 0.227%. While the Japanese Yen (JPY) maintained a slim advantage over the dollar at the close of the week as well. The JPY ended the week marginally stronger, pairing with the USD at 111.823 / 1  at the beginning of the week and closing the week recording an exchange rate of 112.748 a 0.827% increase in value.

Crypto Futures News & Analysis

Bitcoin continues to remain above its charted lower line of resistance. The crypto trading community is eagerly anticipating what will be the catalyst for the next bull run. The ETF conversation will not be a factor until 2019 when the Securities and Exchange Commission will review new or pending ETF applications. What could possibly be on the horizon for Bitcoin? Why is it able to maintain this support level near $6,200?  

Chart Courtesy of TradingView                          Prepared by The 21st Money Team

One of the reasons could be that key investors and intuitive traders recognize that globalization is on the horizon. And it appears as though Bitcoin will be an integral part of the economic globalization process.

A recent statement from the Chinese Premier, Li Keqiang, reinforces this realization of our modern financial era. Premier Li says,

“We are now standing at a crossroads, a crossroads facing a choice between globalization or de-globalization. We are encouraged to see the trend of globalization continue to forge ahead at its own pace. ……Globalization has presented China, and all countries around the world, with tremendous development opportunities. In the age of globalization a new round of Industrial Revolution has come into being.”

The new industrial revolution, is the phrase that really sums it all up. Blockchain technology and all of its applications are still being explored. The full potential of the technology is still unknown. What is known? Bitcoin is at the center of this new industrial revolution, that’s a fact. Bitcoin is the cornerstone of digital currency. Whenever Bitcoin nears its lower threshold of resistance and bounces off that line, it is clear that investors and traders share the same mindset as Premier Li. Globalization is unstoppable.

Crypto Stocks & Analysis

There is a unique relationship between blockchain technology and silicon valley stocks. Buy-in opportunities that become present in the cryptocurrency market are mirrored in silicon valley stocks. Silicon valley adds depth to computing power and speed to the processing of data available from the internet. Those two factors contribute greatly to the functionality of blockchain technology and its integration into the business models of the 21st century.

The silicon valley stock that has caught the attention of The 21st Money Team is NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA). It appears as though the growth of the blockchain and NVDA are interlaced. Timely purchases of NVDA stock can potentially lead to astronomical gains as this technological innovation factory helps the world go around with state of the art graphic cards and chipsets.
 NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)                          Chart courtesy of Yahoo Finance

Purchases of NVDA during the lows of the cryptocurrency market have given those insightful investors a lot to be happy about. In August of 2016 after the Bitfinex exchange hack NVDA was trading near $61 per share. Now NVDA is trading at $266 per share a 336% increase in value since August of 2016.

This week’s Biggest Winners in Cryptocurrencies

1) +114.96% Ripple (XRP) Started the week at $0.274 Ended the week at $0.589

2) +72.82% Global Currency Reserve (GCR) Started the week at $0.195 Ended the week at $0.337

3) +46.97% Power Ledger (POWR) Started the week at $0.132 Ended the week at $0.194

4) +41.56% Electroneum (ETN) Started the week at $0.00542040 Ended the week at $0.00767295

5) +41.45% Eternal Token (XET) Started the week at $0.152 Ended the week at $0.215

6) +38.03% Endor Protocol Token (EDR2) Started the week at $0.0468 Ended the week at $0.0646

7) +37.21% Tezos (XTZ) Started the week at $1.29 Ended the week at $1.77

8) +34.60% ChainLink (LINK) Started the week at $0.263 Ended the week at $0.354

9) +33.90% MonaCoin (MONA) Started the week at $0.941 Ended the week at $1.26

10) +32.61% Cindicator (CND) Started the week at $0.0184 Ended the week at $0.0244

11) +30.64% Ruff (RUFF) Started the week at $0.0173 Ended the week at $0.0226

12) +30.47% Cardano (ADA) Started the week at $0.0663 Ended the week at $0.0865

13) +25.43% Decentraland (MANA) Started the week at $0.0637 Ended the week at $0.0799

14) +25% FunFair (FUN) Started the week at $0.0140 Ended the week at $0.0175

15) +20.96% Dragonchain (DRGN) Started the week at $0.229 Ended the week at $0.277

Crypto Chart of the Week

Ripple (XRP)                                                                           Chart Courtesy of Coinvaluator

Ripple (XRP) ranks 3rd on the list of cryptos ordered according to their market capitalization. XRP’s current market cap is $23,480,000,000. Ripple connects banks and payment providers via RippleNet to provide one frictionless experience for sending and receiving money globally. RippleNet runs on the most advanced blockchain technology. It is scalable, secure, and interoperates with different networks. Customers have optional access to source liquidity using the world’s fastest and most reliable digital asset for payments. $842,000.00 worth of XRP changed hands September 21 at an average price of $0.593.

Ripple has announced that their xRapid Payment Platform may be live within the next 30 days. Many analysts attribute the rapid rise in price to that announcement.

Heard Through the Grapevine Upcoming ICOs and Events Upcoming Events

September 21 – BitFest Conference Amsterdam, Netherlands

September 26 – Blockchain Live London, England

October 1 – 2 – SWELL Conference San Francisco, California USA (Special Guest Speaker – Bill Clinton)

October 8 – 10 – Blockchain East Summit And Trade Show New York, USA

October 9 – 10 – XBlockchain Summit Bali, Indonesia

October 15 – 16 – SolarTech Summit Porto, Portugal

October 17 – Financial Times Digital Health Summit New York, New York USA

October 23 – Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Malta Mellieha, Malta

October 30 – November 2 – Devcon IV in Prague Prague, Czech Republic

October 31 – November 2 – World Crypto Con Las Vegas, Nevada USA

November 1 – 2 – Malta..

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (Heartland Newsfeed) — The NBC affiliate in Phoenix, 12 News, held a mayoral debate Monday night featuring the four candidates for the city’s special election for mayor.

The debate, conducted in partnership with the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, featured:

  • Kate Gallego and Daniel Valenzuela, two former members of the city council
  • Moses Sanchez, a former Tempe school board member
  • Nicholas Sarwark, a business executive and chairman of the Libertarian National Committee

The hour-long debate was broadcast on Facebook Live and can be viewed below (video courtesy of News 12):

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For months since the March 20 gubernatorial primary, we’ve seen nothing more than political ads full of mudslinging, lies and deception from Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner and Democratic opponent JB Pritzker. Like many registered voters in Illinois, I’m fed up with the lies and deception from both major party nominees.

I’m beyond fed up after seeing this most recent attack ad from the Rauner and Pritzker camps:

How fed up am I? I’m fed up to the point of having written a parody to the latter ad:

When you’re a failure, you lie.

When you’re desperate, you lie more.

Bruce Rauner and JB Pritzker are now completely making things up.

Both parties and their nominees have nothing good to offer.

The objective of Rauner and Pritzker is to screw over as many residents as possible.

Rauner and Pritzker are wasting millions on a race that doesn’t even pay half a million,

But that doesn’t prevent the fact how idiotic they are in their mudslinging campaigns and attack ads.

[Paid for by Illinois Voters with Common Sense appears at the bottom, with pictures of Rauner and Pritzker.]

Two party politics: 200 years of failure and lying is enough.

Since 1986, there have been three Republican governors (James Thompson, Jim Edgar and George H. Ryan) and two Democratic governors (Rod Blagojevich and Pat Quinn). What’s equally as bad, if not worse, is the career politicians on both sides of the aisle in the General Assembly, especially that of House Speaker Michael Madigan. Some politicians have gone into retirement or had to step down due to the governor’s patronage hires to departmental directorships.

Both parties in 32 years are responsible for the downward spiral Illinois has been undergoing. Both are equally responsible for the blatant obviousness of fiscal irresponsibility and disregard of their constituents they claim to represent.

With the disregard that both political parties — even now with Rauner and Pritzker — have toward 12 million Illinoisans by airing attack ads without presenting any solutions to the state’s serious issues.

And voters wonder why the incumbent is down 17 points to Pritzker. Rauner stabbed conservatives in the back by signing taxpayer-funded abortions into law, as well as allowing the City of Chicago to become a sanctuary city. Rauner has revealed himself as being a Democrat with a RINO-esque name.

The Conservative Party nominee, state Sen. Sam McCann, hasn’t presented any valid solutions to our state’s issues either. He’s too busy with his internal drama with Rauner, which has been going on since Rauner was sworn in. And as revealed by many voters, McCann’s running under the banner of “conservative” is oxymoronic because he’s nowhere close to being a true conservative.

So, amidst the three shades of Democrat that is Rauner, Pritzker and McCann, there is Libertarian Kash Jackson, the only candidate who has actively attempted to present solutions to our state’s everyday problems.

While neither Rauner nor Pritzker have any real solutions to resolve the state’s current financial quagmire, Jackson has a multi-factor plan to resolve this problem and save taxpayers money.

From his platform:

I support a multi-pronged approach to fiscal solvency for the state of Illinois. We need to balance the budget and cut wasteful spending……support reducing excessive regulations, taxes and fees that make starting and running a business difficult……switch from a pension plan to a defined-contribution 401(k) for new state employees……devise a plan for the pensions for those retiring or retiring many years later will ensure full funding while saving taxpayers money……a plan to cap spending to a fixed percentage of the state’s GDP……encouraging economic opportunity and competition within Illinois, which will be done from day one.

While both parties debate the issue of abortion, a highly controversial issue in the state, Jackson offers a pragmatic approach to the issue, targeting the underlying causes leading to the practice:

I am determined to find solutions that accommodate the greatest freedom for the greatest number of people……I believe the best approach is to work together to identify and eliminate the underlying causes, such as financial issues, the lack of a stable family structure or other issues that encourage women and families to choose abortion.

Both parties push different views on the issue of criminal justice reform, but nothing plausible enough to change the system for the better. Jackson presents an excellent stance:

I am a firm believer that the state exists to protect its citizens from threats of violence from within, or overreach from the Federal government……rehabilitation over retribution, which calls for the release of those imprisoned for victimless offenses like marijuana possession and with vocational training.

Illinois has dealt with enough failure under the Democratic and Republican parties — or as I would rather refer them as, the Republicrats — and it’s time for voters to face the music and realize both of their major options are not viable, not when half of the state’s registered voters didn’t show up in 2014.

It’s overdue for some change, the death blow to two-party politics, which allows for the establishment of a third major party for the first time since 2006, when the Illinois Green Party earned their major party status, holding it for eight years before losing their status as a result of the 2014 gubernatorial election.

In addition, Jackson has received far more press coverage than 2010 nominee and former Libertarian Party of Illinois chairman Lex Green or 2014 nominee Chad Grimm — an accomplishment that rivals all other campaigns.

Jackson has also attained history for the party: the first-ever inclusion in a gubernatorial debate, with the first one taking place this Thursday evening on NBC Chicago and participating NBC affiliates.

It is without hesitation that not only the Heartland Newsfeed Editorial Board, but myself as well, issue a strong message of support and endorsement for Jackson.

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CARTERVILLE (Heartland Newsfeed) — Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner may be in more trouble than he thinks in his 2018 re-election bid for governor based on a new poll.

A recent poll jointly conducted by Research America and the Illinois Broadcasters Association has Rauner down nearly 17 points against Democratic opponent JB Pritzker, 44% to 27.1%.

The RA/IBA poll is the sixth poll to include all ballot-qualified candidates, which include Libertarian activist Kash Jackson and state Sen. Sam McCann, who’s running under the Conservative Party banner. McCann received 6.4% and Jackson received 4.3%.

A combined total of 17.3% refused to support a candidate, were undecided or will write in someone else.

The margin of error for the poll was +/- 3.1%. A recap of the poll is included below.

IBA_Illinois_Poll_Summary_Data_9-13-18_revised

Three of the four candidates will be participating in the first gubernatorial debate slated for Thursday night on NBC Chicago and most NBC affiliates in the state. Check your local television listings.

As of this publication, there was no announcement that McCann was included in the debate.

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For nearly two years, the Witt City Council has attempted to make crucial changes to their employee handbook and have been met with unfortunate delays due to meeting unavailability for special sessions, as well as legal and internal municipal hurdles which include resignations of elected officials.

Add the resignation of city clerk Angel Lynch to the line of official resignations – which include former aldermen Jay Martin and Tim Taylor and former treasurer Rebecca Martin – as motivation for the council to complete the update of the employee handbook.

Lynch, who has been the city clerk since 2007, submitted her resignation in writing to the council as well as Mayor Greta Akers. Akers read the letter during the August 28 meeting. Lynch’s resignation becomes effective September 24.

The council discussed options in regards to taking action for the upcoming consolidated election, as Lynch’s resignation leaves a term with more than two years remaining.

Some options include re-establishing the city clerk’s salary and potentially establishing a separate position for water clerk (or whatever the position ends up being called) prior to the next election. The council approved the resignation after much discussion and set a committee hearing for September 11 for further discussion on how the council wants to move forward.

Envision Witt president Shannon Keiser presented the monthly Speedboy Hometown Spirit Award to David Martin. Martin, a senior at Greenville University, was recognized for winning the men’s decathlon during the National Christian College Athletic Association’s track and field championship, as well as securing All-American scholar-athlete honors from the university for the 2017-18 academic year.

Discussion took place regarding the treasurer’s report, inquiring as to why the balance for the motor fuel tax fund shows a balance of -$221,443.75. Akers noted that a check approved by the council in the July meeting to satisfy a reimbursement request from Prairie Engineers for railroad work completed a few months ago is currently on hold, pending receipt of funds from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). The final cost, confirmed by treasurer Sonia Hodson and as previously reported, was in the amount of $226,104.03 and upon receipt of IDOT funds, the check will be mailed out.

In other business:

  • The meeting minutes from the July 24 meeting was approved.
  • Motions to approve the monthly bills, as well as the police and fire reports from departmental chiefs Scott Woods and Tom Rogers, were approved.
  • After discussion of the treasurer’s report, the report was approved with the provision of further explanation for the negative motor fuel tax fund balance.
  • City attorney Chris Sherer stated before the council that there are trials set regarding two properties and inquired as to how the council wants to proceed. In regards to resolutions, one of the properties has already been sold with the other still under current ownership. After considerable discussion, the council agreed to direct Sherer toward negotiating a plea bargain toward the property owner(s).
  • The council revisited the motion regarding forgiveness of sewer charges related to major water leaks presented to City Hall, which was agreed upon in the previous meeting. The previously approved motion allowed for forgiveness of said charges related to major water leaks which took place no earlier than January 2018. Revised motions to include filling and adding water to swimming pools, as well as changing the retroactive effective date from July 24, 2018 to May 1, 2018 – the beginning of the city’s fiscal year – were approved.
  • Akers asked the council if they should hold a fall trash cleanup and after brief discussion, the council opted against holding trash cleanup days for this fall.
  • Akers brought up the mowing of residential properties and the potential of placing municipal liens on properties that city employees are mowing. She will compile a list of properties the city is currently mowing, inquire as to whether invoices have been mailed out to the owners and report her findings to the council at the next meeting. Editor note: A municipal government can file a lien, specifically described as a municipal lien, on a property for non-payment for multiple services, including the cutting and removal of weeds, grass, trees and shrubbery, under 65 ILCS 5 of the Illinois Municipal Code. The citations under 65 ILCS 5/1, 65 ILCS 5/8 and ILCS 5/11 allow for such liens. This is only effective if the municipal government is actively mailing invoices to property owners. A key legal case describing such instance is Village of Arlington Heights v. Schroeder (328 N.E.2d 74, 28 Illinois Appellate 3d 1) from April 1975.
  • Water superintendent Stephen Bowers noted to the council that he currently uses an “app” to monitor the condition of the water tower as well as the water quality. Discussion on alternative options were placed on hold, while Akers contacts the water company about their software, as well as research other options, before presenting them at the next meeting.

With additional business to discuss, the meeting adjourned with the next meeting set for September 25.

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Many of us grew up during the 1960s. Some, like me, never grew up. But we’ve continued to age without expiring.

Let’s see…where was I? Oh, yes. If you grew up back then, you probably remember a neighborhood visitor called the “milk man.” He worked for a local dairy, and came by in a truck two or three mornings a week delivering fresh products.

Now, back in those days most milk and cream came in thick glass bottles. You would leave your old bottles out on the porch for him to pick up and recycle. And, you’d leave a note telling the milkman (they were nearly always guys) what you wanted that day.

Our route man brought us regular and chocolate milk, cream, butter, and ice cream. But what happened to this wonderful tradition?

Apparently, as suburbs expanded, each person’s route got longer. His added expenses meant he was forced to raise rates. So, many shoppers just added dairy products to their supermarket shopping lists.

The good news, however, is that in some rural areas milk routes are coming back. It’s a welcome reminder that some old traditions deserve to return.

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Heartland Newsfeed by The 21st Money Team - 1w ago

Crypto News, Analysis, Forecasts, ICOs and Events for the week ending 9/14/2018

Crypto News & Analysis

It’s ironic how the Chinese government restricts its citizens from engaging with cryptocurrencies, and at the same time Chinese companies like Bitmain dominate the industry. The Chinese government has blocked access to 124 foreign cryptocurrency exchanges that offer their services to Chinese citizens. VPNs have helped Chinese traders of Cryptos get around the government imposed restrictions.

The Cryptocurrency Exchanges have also found ways to circumvent the ban by relaunching themselves with new domain names that are registered in other countries outside of China. The government has begun to intensify their scrutiny of foreign websites that have home pages in the Chinese language. They have also censured cryptocurrency media outlets, claiming that they were manipulating the crypto markets. The popular WeChat App has blocked all crypto and blockchain media accounts in order to comply with the government’s directives.  

Cryptos have come to another professional sport franchise. A baseball team is now a participant in the crypto world. The Los Angeles Dodgers now have the distinction of being the first sports team to be involved in a crypto giveaway. They are offering their fans a free download of a digital bobblehead. The first 40,000 fans that walk through the turnstiles of Dodger Stadium on the 21st of September will receive the gift. The Dodgers will face the San Diego Padres that day.

The fans will have 3 bobblehead collectable characters to choose from, pitchers Kenley Hanson, and Clayton Kershaw, or third baseman Justin Turner. Dodgers Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Lon Rosen expressed his elation about the giveaway this way,  

“We’re excited for our first-ever Crypto giveaway, and (the opportunity) to explore an entirely new marketplace with our fanbase. We hope this piques the interest of Dodger fans, and will help launch a new age of collectables and promotions.”

Every fan that participates in the giveaway will receive a card with a private code and a set of instructions. They will be led to a webpage where a digital bobblehead token, randomly chosen, can be unlocked and put in the participant’s Ether wallet.

Forex News & Analysis

Chart provided by Investing.com & Prepared by Tom Whitbread

The United States Dollar /Bitcoin  (USD/BTC) pairing expressed marginal movement throughout the week. The USD appears to have lost some ground. The dollar began the week exchanging $6,209 /1 Bitcoin. The dollar ended the week exchanging $6,517 / 1 Bitcoin losing 4.96% against Bitcoin by the weeks end.

The USD index (.DXY) compares the USD to 6 globally dominant currencies. The USD lost ground when compared to its global counterparts towards the end of the week. The .DXY index recorded a value of 94.5 down 0.05% from the previous trading day. The EUR ended the week marginally stronger against the USD, exchanging at 1.169 / 1, up $0.0004. While the Great British Pound(GBP) maintained a slim advantage over the dollar at the close of the week. The GBP ended the week marginally stronger, pairing with the USD at $1.3115 / 1  gaining $0.0010 translating into a 0.08% gain against the USD from the previous trading day.

Many analysts attribute the dollar’s loss of momentum to the Consumer Price Index value that was announced at the end of the week. The result was weaker than expected. The currency markets reacted accordingly. The USD’s weakness is reflected in the small gains in value of the EUR and GBP against it.

Crypto Futures News & Analysis

Chart Courtesy of Tradingview             Prepared by The 21st Money Team

The line has been drawn and the the lower resistance level of Bitcoin has been tested again. Traders and investors have been able to log the levels of Bitcoin trades that have given credence to the lower resistance level of support. Not only that, fibonacci averages applied to Bitcoin’s trading levels have shown consistency as well.

We all wish we had the crystal ball that could tell us where the Bitcoin market will be everyday, but there is no such thing. What is available for investors and traders are the laws of averages. And the hope of the most likely outcomes. This is the fifth instance of Bitcoin bouncing along its low resistance level this year. When Bitcoin rebounds off the low it may not be as high as some dream, but it is substantial. A $1,700 swing in any market oozes with trading opportunities for buying and selling. If the laws of averages hold true for Bitcoin, the graph above illustrates a pattern that could be useful for both long term and short term investors. Although Bitcoins rebounds from its low level of resistance have decreased in size, they fall in line with the fibonacci averages.

Over the last few weeks rumors of an ETF application being approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission ignited a short lived bull run. Now technology and world events are so intertwined its difficult to imagine what will increase or decrease the value of Bitcoin. Investors and traders may be inclined to use the law of averages to navigate the stormy seas of Bitcoin price fluctuations.

Crypto Stocks & Analysis

New Age Technology has brought a new member to our New Age Society. Artificial intelligence (AI) combined with blockchain technology have reshaped the security industry. Blockchain technology has taken the functions of a mall cop from this …..


Characters from the Disney Movie Toy Story 3

to state of the art crime stopping machines. Ladies and gentlemen allow us to introduce you to KnightScope.

Photos Courtesy of KnightScope

Knight Scope is a company that manufactures robots designed to provide security. They offer 4 models, the K1, the K3, the K5, and the K7. These robots are not a joke. they are bonafide state of the art security devices. These robots have already assisted in the prevention of crime and the apprehension of criminals. They are the first of their kind, and now available to be purchased and utilized by the general public. An actual product that is enhanced by artificial intelligence and the blockchain, to fight crime.

The qualifications of KnightScope’s security devices are quite impressive. The Robots have already logged in more than 400,000 hours of active operation. They have patrolled more than 194,000 miles. They are being used in 15 American states, at 42 different locations, across 4 different time zones. There are currently 51 machines in the network, serving 39 clients. The KnightScope robots have assisted law enforcement in issuing an arrest warrant for a sexual predator. They have assisted a security guard in catching a thief at a retail establishment. They have prevented a fraudulent insurance claim. They have aided in the apprehension of an armed robbery suspect. They have helped to eliminate vehicle break-ins.
They have assisted in the apprehension of a corporate vandal. And they have helped to eliminate trespassers with the aid of a force multiplier effect.

Photos Courtesy of KnightScope

If you’re impressed with that list of accomplishments. Here’s one more piece of information that some may find interesting. KnightScope is raising capital to expand their operations. KnightScope is offering a Series S Preferred Stock through a private placement for qualified investors.

This article is not a solicitation and The 21stMoney Team is not a financial advisory service. The 21st money Team is just sharing information for those that may have an interest in this subject.

The Offering Terms

  • DIVIDENDS: Noncumulative dividends before any dividend on any existing shares of the Company’s Preferred Stock or Common Stock at 6% of the Series S original purchase price, if and when declared by the Board of Directors. 
  • SECURITY: Series S Preferred Stock (“Series S”). 
  • VALUATION: Approximately $300,000,000 pre-money. 
  • AGGREGATE PROCEEDS: Up to $50,000,000. 
  • PRICE PER SHARE: $8.00 per share. 
  • ANTICIPATED CLOSING DATE: Initial closing on or before November 15, 2018, with one or more
    additional closings at the discretion of the Board of Directors.

If you want a Security robot of your very own the price is based on an hourly rate of less than $9 an hour or $6,500 per month over a 3-5 year term contract.

The fact that an innovation of this type is actually a reality takes me to the storyboard of a classic movie thriller,’Terminator.’ Is this how it all begins?

This week’s Biggest Winners in Cryptocurrencies

1) +70.70% OneRoot Network (RNT) Started the week at $0.0662 Ended the week at $0.113

2) +64.42% Wagerr (WGR) Started the week at $0.104 Ended the week at $0.171

3) +60.61% FuzeX (FXT) Started the week at $0.0198 Ended the week at $0.0318

4) +40.78% Odyssey (OCN) Started the week at $0.00319889 Ended the week at $0.00450324

5) +39.32% BitcoinDark (BTCD) Started the week at $43.52 Ended the week at $60.63

6) +35.22% Cindicator (CND) Started the week at $0. 0159 Ended the week at $0.0215

7) +32.91% Genesis Vision (GVT) Started the week at $6.29 Ended the week at $8.36

8) +30% Prizm (PZM) Started the week at $0.40 Ended the week at $0.52

9) +28.41% Metal (MTL) Started the week at $0.697 Ended the week at $0.895

10) +29.75% Tezos (XTZ) Started the week at $1.21 Ended the week at $1.57

11) +29.63% Credits (CS) Started the week at $0.162 Ended the week at $0.210

12) +28.06% APIS (APIS) Started the week at $0.00372169 Ended the week at $0.00476591

13) +25.81% Storiqa Token (STQ) Started the week at $0.00215307 Ended the week at $0.00270870

14) +22.40% Dragonchain (DRGN) Started the week at $0.183 Ended the week at $0.224

15) +22.34% Waves (WAVES) Started the week at $1.88 Ended the week at $2.30

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OneRoot Network RNT                                                             Chart Courtesy of Coinlib

OneRoot Network (RNT) ranks 141st on the list of cryptos ordered according to their market capitalization. RNT’s current market cap is $29,370,000. The ONEROOT Project brings together the tangible and intangible resources inside and outside the industry. In the process of optimizing and integrating resources, ONEROOT extends the idea of a shared economy and separates the right to use and the ownership of resources, and proposes the concept of a distributed business engine. With the help of blockchain technology, the co-builders can digitize the right to use resources, including software,..

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Sports fans, stop me if you’ve heard this one before – but soccer is on the rise in the United States. This time, however, this isn’t just a vague assertion from a hopeful commentator hoping to inflate the sport’s relevance with words. Rather, it’s a statistically proven fact. Per Gallup, soccer’s popularity has tripled in the last decade. It’s now the United States’ third most popular sport, and is closing in on the “big three” of football, basketball, and baseball (and yes, this means it’s already surpassed hockey, even if the NHL remains incredibly popular in select areas).

What we don’t know is where the rise will stop. It could be that this is about as popular as soccer gets in the U.S. Or, with the sport more relevant and the World Cup on its way to North America in 2026, it could be that soccer can climb even higher. And if that’s the case, at a certain point it will begin to capture public attention even beyond those who already enjoy and follow the sport. For that reason, those of us in the U.S. who love sports should probably get used to the idea that we’re going to become soccer fans, at least casually. So just for fun, as well as because I firmly believe in the sport’s growing relevance, I’ve written up a guide for how to be a soccer fan in America.

Play FIFA Video Games

It’s not a huge stretch these days to say that playing a sports video game can actually make you a better real life sports fan. For one thing, it familiarizes you with how the game is played to some degree. More importantly though, playing FIFA can expose you to the rosters for the most noteworthy teams in the world, on both the club and national level. It’s easier to get into a sport if you know who’s playing it, and while a video game isn’t the real thing you might be surprised how much you learn and how many opinions you form based on the game versions of live players.

Watch The Premier League

Soccer leagues around the world actually have very different styles. This isn’t just something fans say – it’s even reflected in betting markets. One guide specifically notes users should decide what kind of football they’re going to bet on before picking a site. That should indicate the depth of stylistic difference, and because of that I’d recommend you give lots of popular leagues a shot. If you want to know where to start though, the Premier League is the world’s most famous league and the one it’s easiest to follow as an American, because of everything from match times to TV availability to fellow fans.

Follow The Americans & USMNT

National team soccer is a little strange. Teams play on somewhat random schedules and because players are busy with their club teams, the national team can look very different from one competition to the next. It’s still a good idea to watch the USMNT whenever possible though so that you can infuse your growing soccer fandom with some national pride and a sense of the highest level of U.S. soccer. For that matter though, there are also great U.S. players to watch in Europe if you want to get a feel for who the top Americans are. (Hint: Christian Pulisic at Borussia Dortmund is the best American player in a generation, if not ever.)

Watch A Local High School Game

This might seem like a strange recommendation, and you certainly don’t want to be weird about it. But one of the reasons soccer has continually been projected as a rising sport in the U.S. is that there’s a lot of enthusiasm for youth soccer. Particularly with concussion concerns plaguing football and young people losing interest in the slow pace of baseball, a lot of great athletes gravitate toward soccer. This means that top high school programs can be very good, and can give you a more raw sense of the joys of the sport. If you get a chance, take in a local high school game. You might be surprised how much fun it is, and it may even get you interested in watching the sport at higher levels.

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The state of Illinois has initiated a program, called Invest in Kids, to help students pay for private school. The program offers state tax credits for donations that give thousands of students tuition assistance for the school year.

Donors to the program receive a 75% state tax credit while the program helps a total of almost 5,600 students. Empower Illinois is one of the organizations that distributes the donations. According to their Executive Director, Anthony Holter, the students apply because their local public school is not their ideal choice. When accepted by the program, the students get to attend the private school of their choosing.

Still in its first year, the program was signed into law last fall as part of sweeping school funding reform legislation in Illinois. The program has a limit of $100 million in donations, but as of January it had only brought in $44 million. According to Empower Illinois, this considerable sum is far outweighed by the demand for tuition assistance, as over 30,000 students are still waiting for aid.

Holter says that even if the donations hit the $100 million limit, it would not be enough money to help every student who applied for a grant. In an effort to meet the incredible demand, Empower Illinois has hired more fundraisers. The program is set to expire in 2024, but until then any money donated before the end of the calendar year would go to a student for that entire school year.

Democrats in Illinois have criticized the program, arguing that it uses state money that should go to public schools. Out of all schools in the United States, only 25% are private schools. Politicians like Democrat J.B. Pritzker is using this disparity in Illinois’s upcoming gubernatorial race, saying he will end the private school-focused program to direct funds to public schools.

According to a report released by the Education Trust, Illinois has a troubling funding gap when it comes to public schools. In fact, Illinois has the most dramatic gap in the nation between the poorest school districts and those on the wealthier side. The poorest districts received less than 22% in state and local funding than the districts with the lowest poverty rates.

When school funding is lacking in certain districts, it also means that they lack resources such as advanced course offerings, school counselors, high-quality teachers, and early education programs. These resources are necessary in creating a school that has high graduation rates and graduates who break the cycle of poverty, making school funding a hotly debated topic among politicians and lawmakers.

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Not long ago, a man I work with asked me how to make a big impression on a first date. For most well-mannered guys, I suggest a fancy restaurant.

These generally require a reservation, and few offer a drive-through window. Therefore, the girl will dress nicely. Males should put on a real tie, not that tee shirt with one painted on it.

I also suggest that guys follow these basic tips:

When you pick up your date, remember your manners. Open the car door for her. Compliment her dress. If she accidentally burps, do not say “Good one!”

A date may be impressed if you drive to the front door of the eatery, and ask a valet to park your car. The valet will likely give you a claim check. This is something you must give back to him later, along with a healthy tip.

At dinner, the server will hand you a menu that might be printed in elegant type, which makes every word look fancy. I once ordered two servings of “gratuity.”

Ask the server to recommend his favorite entrée. When he describes it, don’t ask “Is it canned?”

Sometimes, there may be foods on your plate you don’t recognize. Ask the waitperson to tell you what it is, but never laugh and say “Why is this junk green?”

Finally, after an elegant dessert, you will be presented the check. If it’s more than your apartment rent, ask if you can make monthly payments.

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