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Read this before doubling down on Ripple

You’ve probably heard that Ripple (abbreviated as XRP) has soared, more than tripling since Christmas. The overall market cap for XRP (i.e. the combined value of every single token) now exceeds $140 billion. In the incredibly faddish and volatile cryptocurrency sector, this makes Ripple the flavor of the month. Now… this week we’ve

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The second time I went broke

A looong time ago, back when I must have been around 25 or so, I launched my first really BIG deal. It was the first time in my life that investors were backing me in a deal worth more than $1 million… which at the time seemed like an unfathomable amount of money.

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Simple wisdom from one of the most famous people to go broke

In the late 1800s towards the end of his life, Mark Twain wrote one of his greatest observations of humanity: “When you remember we are all mad, the mysteries disappear and life stands explained.” Twain’s quote was primarily a commentary on himself. A lot of people don’t know this, but Mark Twain went

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How to make 13% on your favorite song

[Editor’s Note: As we’re coming up on the end of the year, we thought it would be appropriate to republish some of our most popular articles. Today’s was originally published on December 9, 2016] Did you know that until June 28, 2016, the song “Happy Birthday” was actually copyrighted material? Yes, I’m serious.

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Concerned about Bitcoin security? Try this

It happened again. Last week, hackers stole 4,700 Bitcoins (over $80 million at today’s price) from mining marketplace NiceHash. (The company pairs up people with spare computing power with others who are willing to pay to use that capacity to mine Bitcoin– and then announced they would reimburse users who lost money from

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Think people got rich from Bitcoin? We haven’t seen anything yet.

Recently a group of archaeologists and anthropologists published a really interesting, comprehensive study of prehistoric civilizations and their sources in wealth. It turns out that the most prosperous people and civilizations across ancient history– and I’m talking 10,000+ years ago before any recorded history– were those who harnessed new technologies to become more

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In case you missed Bitcoin’s epic rise…

Over the weekend in Denver, my friends and I hosted an annual charity event– a sort of business and investment bootcamp that ended with around $100,000 worth of toys being donated to kids in low-income families. It was a lot of fun, and I really want to thank the dozens and dozens of

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There’s something important you should know about Bitcoin

After spending the last few days in the Philippines scouting new factory locations for one of my businesses, I flew back to Singapore this morning to conclude negotiations with a large, publicly-listed conglomerate that’s made an offer to buy one of our assets. It’s been a hectic trip so far. But while in

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How a trip to Shenzhen, China tripled our money

Last year, I attended the Benjamin Graham Conference in New York City – this annual event brings together the best value investors in the world. A speech by billionaire hedge fund manager Leon Cooperman stood out to me. He discussed why the hedge fund industry was on the ropes. “[O]ur industry is in

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Here’s how people get fooled into buying bankrupt companies

In 1906, American entrepreneur William T. Grant opened his very first “W.T. Grant Co 25 cent store” in a small town outside of Boston. The store became popular and fairly profitable. So Grant opened another. And another. Three decades later, Grant’s retail empire was generating $100 million in sales (an enormous sum back

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The one way governments could actually kill Bitcoin

Something pretty miraculous happened recently. It appears that Jamie Dimon, CEO of JP Morgan Chase, went nearly TWO WEEKS without bashing Bitcoin. This must be a record for Mr. Dimon, who seems to have barely been able to last an hour without calling out Bitcoin as a “fraud”, or a refuge for criminals

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Investment advice from Paris Hilton

Angelina Umansky, a 39-year-old spa owner from San Francisco, was visiting a friend in Miami two weeks ago when she heard about a new condo development downtown. Hoping to find a vacation home, but worried that others were interested, too, Ms. Umansky arrived at the sales office at 8 a.m. the day after

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Customizing your Plan B [Video]

Over the past few days you’ve learned A LOT including… • How to generate exceptional investment returns, while taking minimal risk, with lucrative investment strategies outside the mainstream • How to protect your assets and become invincible to financial crises and frivolous lawsuits • How to save tens of thousands of dollars by

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Read this before following Warren Buffet’s investment advice

Not too long ago I received an email offering the luxury trip of a lifetime to Iceland. It was a package tour… and super impressive. We would have our own private helicopters taking us all over the island for seven days. There was horseback riding, dune buggies, even racing Ferarri and Lamborghini supercars

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How to earn a safe 10% return with minimal risk

This is total madness. The European Central Bank (ECB) is currently in the midst of a ridiculous crusade to buy an unbelievable 2.3 TRILLION euros worth of European government debt. In the ECB’s estimation, by conjuring trillions of euros out of thin air and using that money to buy the debt of bankrupt

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The US Stock Market is overvalued

The US stock market is highly overvalued. Here’s why…

This is really starting to get out of control. No doubt you’re familiar with the S&P 500, the stock index that measures the performance of the largest US companies. And as we’ve discussed before, one of the most important benchmarks in measuring whether stocks are overvalued or undervalued is the Price/Earnings, or P/E

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Reconsider holding these Dividend Aristocrat Stocks

On May 23, 1719, one of the greatest financial bubbles in the history of the world kicked off when the Compagnie Perpetuelle des Indes was granted a monopoly by the French monarchy over all the trading rights of all French colonies worldwide. The company’s stock price quickly soared, from 300 livres per share

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The most successful investment strategy in the world

The most successful investment strategy in the world

Education is a BIG part of a having a Plan B… especially when it comes to money. In light of the obvious risks that we discuss on a regular basis, safeguarding (and growing) our savings is absolutely critical. Finance can be a little bit scary and seem quite complicated at first. No one

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How I earned 16% in a single week

I don’t understand Snapchat. I hate sounding like a grumpy old curmudgeon (I’m only 38!), but it’s true. If you have kids, you may have seen Snapchat… or if you’re one of our many younger readers, you probably use it yourself. I understand the basic premise– people share photos with each other, and

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WSJ: "Dow Industrials Top 10000" & "If This Is a Bubble, It Sure is Hard to Pop"

US stocks are now the most overpriced since the 2000 crash.

On March 30, 1999, the Wall Street Journal’s front page headline blasted the good news across the world: “Dow Industrials Top 10,000” The day before, the all-important US stock index, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, closed above 10,000 for the first time in history. It was a major milestone, and investors cheered. A

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073: How to identify the most compelling investments on the planet

[Editor’s note: We have made this content available as an audio and video podcast, but I encourage you to watch the video with the slides.] In the video I mention a preview issue of our 4th Pillar Investment Service. Click here to download it. For most of the past week, we’ve been spending

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This is definitely an asset that you want to own

I’ve got auditors sitting in my office here in Santiago right now. No, not those auditors. Not the kind from the IRS that strike fear in the hearts of taxpayers. The auditors in our office are from one of the big international accounting firms, and we invited them to review our agriculture company’s

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Incredible opportunities in a hidden corner of the world

[Editor’s note: This email was written by Peter K, a former McKinsey consultant and securities analyst who now leads the private investment division at Sovereign Man.] Simon Black sent me to the former Soviet republic of Georgia to spend some time on the ground conducting due diligence on some potential private investments. Georgia

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Investing through the Looking Glass

There are problems, and there are solutions. Problems first. 1. Banks. That a bank as big as RBS could crash spectacularly, twice, says something about the immutability of human nature. This is not to single out the Scots. Citibank, one of North America’s largest banking organisations, has also gone bankrupt at least twice.

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Trade-off

[Editor’s note: Tim Price, London-based wealth manager, is filling in for Simon today.] After the fall of France in 1940, Great Britain, under Churchill, fought on against the Nazis, virtually alone. Although she would ultimately be joined by the overwhelming military and economic might of the United States, for a period she fought

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This is a great way to make a lot of money overseas

I just had a great lunch with a couple of entrepreneurs that our Sovereign Man: Private Investor group funded a few months ago with a $1.5 million investment. These guys are incredibly bright entrepreneurs, and they co-founded a wonderful business. Essentially they’re becoming an Alibaba or Amazon.com, supplying business product needs from office

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Not your mate

[Editor’s note: Tim Price, London-based wealth manager, is filling in for Simon today.] The consumption of financial media can be dangerous. Mixed with overpriced global brands, it can be deadly. In August 2000, Fortune Magazine published an article entitled ‘Ten stocks to last the decade’. As befits something written during the latter stages

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Turn those machines back off!

Back in the 1970s, the BBC started broadcasting a children’s show called ‘Why Don’t You?’ Its full title: ‘Why Don’t You Just Switch Off Your Television Set And Go Out And Do Something Less Boring Instead?’ Out of the mouths of babes. Rolf Dobelli, the best-selling author of ‘The Art of Thinking Clearly’

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