Site is Back to Normal (and Check Out My Web Classes!)

I’m glad to end the business week on a positive note. Yesterday, I advised readers that this website was having some technical difficulties. Both traffic and subscribers have increased significantly, which put a strain on some of my systems. For the prior two weeks, the site was loading slowly – if it even loaded at…

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Intermittent Website Outages

This website has encountered some issues in the last couple of weeks. You might have noticed that it has been slow to load or simply shows a blank screen. I’ve had an influx of both traffic and subscribers this year, which has seemingly placed pressure on my systems. I’m working with my service providers to…

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First Block Capital Registers as BC’s First Cryptocurrency Investment Fund Manager

In an impressive demonstration of forward thinking, today the British Columbia Securities Commission granted registration to First Block Capital as an investment fund manager and exempt market dealer dedicated solely to cryptocurrency investments. The announcement indicates the regulator’s willingness to work with entrepreneurs in a new and often undefined technology space. While this is a…

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Initial Coin Offerings Are Illegal in China

Yesterday, China announced that Initial Coin Offerings, or ICOs, are illegal and began to investigate dozens of cryptocurrency platforms. This comes only weeks after authorities in the USA and Canada indicated that cryptocurrencies are securities and are therefore subject to regulation. This is bad news for the cryptocurrency industry. While the price of Bitcoin, the…

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Disclosure Vs. Anonymity: Why Cryptocurrency Investments Are Doomed to the Fringe

Cryptocurrencies have grown in popularity and regulators have caught on. In mid-2017, investment authorities in the USA and Canada noted that they are most likely securities and must therefore comply with applicable laws. In my view, this poses an existential challenge for all cryptocurrency investments. The problem The defining feature of cryptocurrencies is anonymity. One…

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Canadian Investment Regulators Give Guidance About Cryptocurrencies

This morning, the Canadian Securities Administrators published a notice (called CSA Staff Notice 46-307) regarding cryptocurrency offerings and whether they may be considered securities (investments). Among other things, it addressed cryptocurrency exchanges and investment funds, initial coin offerings (ICOs) and initial token offerings (ITOs). Why cryptocurrency companies and investors should care Government regulators globally are…

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Tax Lien Investing: What to Know Before Taking the Plunge

Buying tax liens is an alternative investment method that can yield above-average returns. It’s grounded in real estate and involves the government – two attributes that attract investors. But buying and profiting from tax liens can be complex and fraught with risk. What is a tax lien? Property owners are required to pay property taxes.…

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Why You Don’t Need Capital to Create Wealth

If you believe, as I do, that the path towards wealth is to accumulate income producing assets, then you might be wondering: “How can I do that without capital?” Indeed, that’s by far the most common query I receive from and readers, alike. They assume that it takes money to make money, and that they’re…

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Are Cryptocurrencies Securities?

Are cryptocurrencies securities? If a business accepts an investment via cryptocurrency, rather than by cheque or otherwise, is it still considered to be soliciting an investment? What about cryptocurrency investment offerings, like Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Initial Token Offerings (ITOs)? Do these constitute purchases and sales of securities? In many cases, it appears that…

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Seller Financing: A Creative Way to Buy an Asset

Buying a business can require a prohibitive sum of capital – often hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. But what if you could purchase a business by using little or none of your own money? Even better, what if the business you buy could make the payment for you? Introducing the concept of…

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