9 Top Books About Bitcoin: They Make Great Gifts

Are you a bitcoin novice? Did you ever wonder what the heck bitcoin, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies are all about? Or maybe you want to dip you toe in the water and buy a little but didn’t know how to do it. Possibly, you’ve bought a little and you want a lot more clarification.

The best way to get this information is by perusing some of the best selling books relations to bitcoin. The list below has some of the most popular which are worth reading over the holidays. By the way, these books make great gifts (especially for yourself).

Mastering Bitcoin: Programming the Open Blockchain

Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor’s Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

Bitcoin: The Ultimate Guide to the World of Bitcoin, Bitcoin Mining, Bitcoin Investing, Blockchain Technology, Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency: Mining, Investing and Trading in Blockchain, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Ripple, Dash, Dogecoin, Emercoin, Putincoin, Auroracoin and others (Fintech) [2nd Edition]

Blockchain and Bitcoin Basics: A Beginners Guide To Blockchain, Bitcoin, Other Cryptocurrencies And Why It’s Important To Learn Now!

Bitcoin From Beginner To Expert: The Ultimate Guide To Cryptocurrency And Blockchain Technology

Cryptocurrency Investing Bible: The Ultimate Guide About Blockchain, Mining, Trading, ICO, Ethereum Platform, Exchanges, Top Cryptocurrencies for Investing and Perfect Strategies to Make Money

Digital Gold: Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money

Mastering Bitcoin for Starters: Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies, Mining, Investing and Trading – Bitcoin Book 1, Blockchain, Wallet, Business

Don’t forget, if you want a free list of dozens of bitcoin stocks, check out this article.

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Third Week of December

Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend.

This technique generally works only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets. In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can’t sell the stock until after the ex date.

The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the quarterly dividend amount, and annual yield.

Seagate Technology PLC (STX) 12/19/2017 0.63 5.99%
Tiffany & Co. (TIF) 12/19/2017 0.5 1.98%
Tupperware Brands (TUP) 12/19/2017 0.68 4.24%
Portland General Electric (POR) 12/22/2017 0.34 2.77%

The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found here at wstnn.com. (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn’t show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WStNN.com. Most of the lists are free.

Dividend definitions: Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.

Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.

Monthly Dividend Stock List

Record date: the day when you must be on the company’s books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.

Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.

Don’t forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.

 

35 Bitcoin, Blockchain, and Cryptocurrency Stocks

The news of the rise in price of cryptocurrencies has been ubiquitous during the last couple weeks, with  Bitcoin being the most popular. In simple terms, cryptocurrency is a digital currency which can be exchanged and traded as each transaction is encrypted and then verified independently of any centralized system or bank.

Due to of the lack of necessity for a third party system to verify the transaction, cryptocurrency was supposed to become a fast and simple way to exchange currency, due to what is called the blockchain.

Blockchain Technology

Companies and individuals have relied on an intermediary to ensure that there is a level of trust utilized into the transaction process. This includes authenticating the transactions and the transaction history. The blockchain technology is a distributed database that tracks and verifies all digital transactions. When a transaction occurs, it is grouped together in a block with other transactions that have occurred on the network within a short period of time, which are then validated.

The validation of each transaction occurs when a miner is able to utilize a high powered computer to solve a complex problem. Each transaction is encrypted, thus when the computer is able to solve the problem the transaction becomes decrypted and verified. Each time a transaction is verified it will result in a “reward” to a miner, (often in the form of a cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin) timestamp when the transaction occurred, and add it to a linear chain in a chronological order. This is the blockchain. When this is complete, the ledger is updated and copied across all of the networks to ensure that the latest ledger is always being used to verify each block.

Future Impact

The impact that the blockchain technology could have is significant. The elimination for the need of a third party to verify the transaction removes the need for intermediaries. This could pose an issue to portions of the government, banks, financial institutions, and other companies focused on handling financial transactions. The positive effect, however, that this technology could have on business efficiency on a global scale is enormous. A decentralized currency and financial system could help eliminate barriers that currently limit the way that many small businesses grow their consumer base. Since the blockchain technology is still in its infancy, there are many further applications that have not been explored yet. In the meantime, if you want a piece of the action there are a few ways in which you can be a part of this new wave of technology.

Cryptocurrency and How to Own It

For many new investors the best way to be a part of the action is to simply own some cryptocurrency, the most popular being Bitcoin. One of the most common platforms to purchase and trade Bitcoin is Coindesk. An account can be created where the cryptocurrency can be purchased and then sold at a later time.

There are other alternate coins that can be purchased through other cryptocurrency exchanges across the globe, such as Ethereum, and LiteCoin. And for those that are more tech savvy, purchasing equipment and hardware to mine cryptocurrency may be a desirable option. While it has become increasingly difficult to successfully verify a Bitcoin transaction, there are many alternate coins that can also be mined to produce a reward.

Bitcoin Stocks

For investors who prefer to invest in stocks, there are currently 35 publicly traded companies that are involved in Bitcoin, blockchain and cryptocurrency in some way. Many of these stocks are semiconductor companies, which benefit from the mining of cryptocurrency. Some are blockchain startups. And there is one Bitcoin closed end fund. Keep in mind that some of these stocks are extremely low cap and therefore extremely speculative. Here at WStNN, we have provided a free list of these stocks, that can be accessed here.

This activity regarding Bitcoin has major technology supporting it. And while it may just seem like the next Dot Com Bubble, the blockchain technology may transform the future of global commerce.

 

Top Wall Street & Stock Market Gifts for the Holidays

Have you done your shopping yet? Here are some Wall Street and investing related gifts worth considering.

Office Gifts 

Stock Market Business Card Holder with Pen and Bull and Bear

Silver Bull and Bear Pen Holder On Marble

Stock Market Business Card Holder

Brass Bull & Bear Marble Bookends

Bear & Bull Socks (this is a great one if you need a fun or gag gift)

Books

Stock Trader’s Almanac 2018 (Almanac Investor Series)

The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
    (if you haven’t read this one, you need to read it now more than ever)

Tribe of Mentors: Short Life Advice from the Best in the World

Trend Following, 5th Edition

Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations (Version 2.0, With a New Afterword)

Mastering Bitcoin for Starters: Bitcoin and Cryptocurrency Technologies, Mining, Investing and Trading

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!)

Cryptocurrency: Mining, Investing and Trading in Blockchain

The Intelligent Investor

Stock Market Trivia: Special Section on the Weird Words of Wall Street

 

 

The Top 11 Tax Loss Stocks

What is a tax loss stock, you may ask? It is a stock that is down for the year, with a price that is abnormally suppressed in December due to investors who want to establish a loss before the end of the year, for tax purposes. Investors like to buy these stocks in anticipation of a bounce back in January.

I have gone through a database of all the stocks that are down by at least 50% year-to-date. Then I extracted the companies that are profitable, based on their forward price-to-earnings ratio, and a price to earnings growth ratio of less than 3 (the lower the PEG, the better the buy).

Here is the list:

AK Steel (AKS)
Big 5 (BGFV)
CPL Properties (CBL)
DHI Group (DHX)
Francesca’s Holdings (FRAN)
Genesco (GCO)
The Meet Group (MEET)
NuStar (NSH)
PCM (PCMI)
Smart Sand (SMD)
The Shop Holdings (TTS)

Disclosure: The author didn’t own any of the above at the time the article was written.

 

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the Second Week of December

Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend.

This technique generally works only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets. In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can’t sell the stock until after the ex date.

The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the quarterly dividend amount, and annual yield.

Ameren Corporation (AEE) 12/12/2017 0.458 2.81%
Guess?, Inc. (GES) 12/12/2017 0.225 5.64%
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) 12/12/2017 0.075 1.84%
HP Inc. (HPQ) 12/12/2017 0.139 2.53%
Macy’s Inc (M) 12/14/2017 0.377 6.02%
Nasdaq, Inc. (NDAQ) 12/14/2017 0.38 1.79%

The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found here at wstnn.com. (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn’t show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WStNN.com. Most of the lists are free.

Dividend definitions: Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.

Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.

Monthly Dividend Stock List

Record date: the day when you must be on the company’s books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.

Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.

Don’t forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.

 

Stocks Going Ex Dividend the First Week of December

Here is our latest update on the stock trading technique called ‘Buying Dividends,’ also commonly referred to as ‘Dividend Capture.’ This is the process of buying stocks before the ex dividend date and selling the stock shortly after the ex date at about the same price, yet still being entitled to the dividend.

This technique generally works only in bull markets, and can work in flat or choppy markets, but you need to avoid the technique during bear markets. In order to be entitled to the dividend, you have to buy the stock before the ex-dividend date, and you can’t sell the stock until after the ex date.

The actual dividend may not be paid for another few weeks. WallStreetNewsNetwork.com has compiled a downloadable and sortable list of the stocks going ex dividend in the near future. The list contains many dividend paying companies, lots with market caps over $500 million, and yields over 2%. Here are a few examples showing the stock symbol, the ex-dividend date, the quarterly dividend amount, and annual yield.

Anthem, Inc. (ANTM) 12/4/2017 0.7 1.14%
Kohl’s Corporation (KSS) 12/5/2017 0.55 4.47
Schlumberger N.V. (SLB) 12/5/2017 0.5 3.09%
TiVo Corporation (TIVO) 12/5/2017 0.18 3.05%
Best Buy Co., Inc. (BBY) 12/6/2017 0.34 2.15%
Southwest Airlines (LUV) 12/6/2017 0.125 0.71%

The additional ex-dividend stocks can be found here at wstnn.com. (If you have been to the website before, and the latest link doesn’t show up, you may have to empty your cache.) If you like dividend stocks, you should check out some of the other high yield stock lists at WallStreetNewsNetwork.com or WStNN.com. Most of the lists are free.

Dividend definitions: Declaration date: the day that the company declares that there is going to be an upcoming dividend.

Ex-dividend date: the day on which if you buy the stock, you would not be entitled to that particular dividend; or the first day on which a shareholder can sell the shares and still be entitled to the dividend.

Monthly Dividend Stock List

Record date: the day when you must be on the company’s books as a shareholder to receive the dividend. The ex-dividend date is normally set for stocks at two business days before the record date.

Payment date: the day on which the dividend payment is actually made, which can be as long at two months after the ex date.

Don’t forget to reconfirm the ex-dividend date with the company before implementing this technique.

Disclosure: Author did not own any of the above at the time the article was written.

 

Exclusive Interview with Billionaire Ken Fisher about the 10 Roads to Riches

The following informative interview was provided by Kenneth L. Fisher, founder and chairman of the money management firm Fisher Investments, former long time columnist for Forbes Magazine, billionaire on the Forbes 400 list, and author of numerous books. His latest book is The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!) Second Edition, which I highly recommend. (It is my favorite of all his books, maybe because it is so different from all the other finance publications. Resources include websites and suggested books. It basically tells you ten ways, with all the steps, to get really rich, including “marrying a billionaire.” Lot’s of insight and lots of humor.)

You may have seen him on TV commercials, or you may have spotted his magazine ads. Fisher is on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans and the Forbes world billionaires list. According to Investment Advisor magazine, he is one of the 30 most influential people in the investment advisory business over the last 30 years. Fisher is considered to be the largest wealth manager in the United States.

We cover a lot in this interview, including:

  • Whether or not we are still in a bull market
  • The various roads to success and the roads he has taken
  • What it takes to travel down Road #1 – Starting Your Own Business
  • Stock market outlook for the next year
  • Bitcoin & cryptocurrencies
  • Annuities
  • Does age make a difference for starting your own business
  • One piece of advice for someone who is just starting out with their own business
  • And much, much more
Books by Ken Fisher

Here are some other books by Ken Fisher, which are worth checking out:

 Beat the Crowd: How You Can Out-Invest the Herd by Thinking Differently

The Only Three Questions That Still Count: Investing By Knowing What Others Don’t
(A great companion to the Beat the Crowd book.)

Markets Never Forget (But People Do): How Your Memory Is Costing You Money and Why This Time Isn’t Different

The Little Book of Market Myths: How to Profit by Avoiding the Investing Mistakes Everyone Else Makes

Debunkery: Learn It, Do It, and Profit from It-Seeing Through Wall Street’s Money-Killing Myths

How to Smell a Rat: The Five Signs of Financial Fraud
(If you want to avoid getting ripped off, you really need to read this book.)

Don’t forget: The Ten Roads to Riches: The Ways the Wealthy Got There (And How You Can Too!) Second Edition

The Interview

You will certainly enjoy all this great information that Ken Fisher provides.

To stream the interview, click:

HERE

You can download as an mp3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.”

Enjoy the interview and Happy Investing!

All opinions are those of Ken Fisher, and do not represent the opinions of this site or the interviewer. Neither this site nor the interviewer nor the interviewee are rendering tax, legal, or investment advice in this interview.

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