The Beginner’s Guide to Investing in Bitcoin” (including $10 free Bitcoin as you get started)

Are you ready to dip your toe into the world of Crypto? If so, you’re not alone! Google searches for “Bitcoin” are on the rise, as is the Cryptocurrency itself. $100 invested at the start of the year would now be worth over $250!

So, how to get started? The good news is, there’s a wealth of great articles online that’ll teach you all the theory. But nothing replaces first-hand experience. This Beginner’s Guide cuts through all the jargon and complex trading techniques, to get you making your first confident Crypto trades as soon as possible. Along the way, you’ll have fun, hopefully make a small profit (including $10 free Bitcoin as you get started), and lay the foundation, should you wish, to become a serious cryptocurrency investor!

What Matt Drudge Predicted is Now Becoming a Reality After 20 years

Matt Drudge gave a speech before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. in 1998. He was already deemed an internet leader in both news and aggregated news distribution. His Drudge Report challenged the ethos of the newspaper society, which was just the beginning of dynamic revolutionary change in the news world order. The Drudge Report made friends, added enemies, created new futures and helped forced everyone in the industry to change many times over in order just to stay relevant.

House Puts Partisan Differences Aside, Votes to Kill Cadillac Tax

It’s been a busy week on Capitol HillMaybe you’d heard.  Lost in the presidential politics and Democratic din, the House paused on Wednesday to finally deliver a bipartisan whooping to an unpopular element of the Affordable Care Act.  By a vote of 419-6, the so-called “Cadillac Tax” is no more, dead before it was allowed to begin.  The tax, designed to keep health care costs down, had early supporters in each party, but was widely opposed by both.

99 Cents Only Stores Update – Restructuring News

This week, Durig Capital provides a brief update on 99 Cents Only Stores LLC, a deep discount retailer whose bonds we have reviewed in the past for our Fixed Income 2 (FX2) High Yield Managed Income Portfolio. 99 Cents Only Stores has recently been challenged by its outstanding debt obligations. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Deep discount retailer 99 Cents Only Stores recently completed an arrangement with creditors which would eliminate many of their short term debt obligations.

  • Debt to equity swaps are a common method  companies use to improve liquidity.

  • Under the newly agreed upon terms, 99 Cents Only Stores will issue common and preferred stock for some of its outstanding debt.

 Recent Financial Statements

Magnachip Semiconductor Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 7.25% YTM

This week, Durig Capital takes a second look at an issuer involved in the design and manufacture of semiconductors. Magnachip Semiconductor (NYSE:MX) has been around for over three decades and is currently the largest independent supplier of OLED display drivers to panel makers for smartphones. The company is riding the wave of transition from LED to OLED in the smartphone world. This has paid handsomely as its full year 2018 results can attest (above). In addition, the company’s first quarter also posted continued wins for its Standard Products division.

Stand Out – How You Can Build and Promote Your Brand

Do you own a business? Are you looking for low-cost ways to advertise, promote, and sell your services? What could the possible methods be that you should use and take advantage of? For the most part, you’ve heard about word-of-mouth advertisement.

Sure, it’s effective and efficient in spreading information about your brand. However, it’s not enough to spread the word to your potential clients on what your business has to offer. But don’t worry! There are other ways that you can use to establish your business brand. As we all know, the brand conveys your services or products offered. Or in whatever your organization will do, consider the branding strategy.

Jon Corzine: After Overseeing One of America’s Worst Financial Failures, He’s in Charge of People’s Money Again!

After gaining one of the highest levels of public trust, and producing one of America’s worst ethical and financial failures, Jon Corzine is back working with client’s money again.

When I was growing up, I believed America was fair and honest and if you worked hard you could move ahead– and those who get caught cheating will pay a price. Well, now it appears you can get caught cheating, be in charge while over $800 million dollars of client’s money is lost forever, but if you’re well connected you’ll be back in business with a new hedge fund in a just few years. What a country!

As Debt Ceiling Approaches, Both Sides Scramble for July Deal

Just before the weekend, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin dropped a bombshell to those paying attention to Friday news: the federal government may run out of cash by early September.  “Based on updated projections, there is a scenario in which we run out of cash in early September, before Congress reconvenes,” the secretary wrote in a letter to Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.  “As such, I request that Congress increase the debt ceiling before Congress leaves for summer recess.”  Since then, Mnuchin and Pelosi have become besties, negotiating directly, and almost continuously, by phone.  Both sides want a deal before July 26, yet both sides remain far apart.

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Dogs of the Dow: Does It Work, and Should It Have a Place in Your Portfolio?

Last month, Durig Capital explored several variations of the classic Dogs of the Dow Investment Strategy. Later in the article, we examined the historical performance of these strategy variations, benchmarked against the performance of Durig’s own unique Dogs of the Dow Portfolio Strategy. The original strategy designed by Michael O’Higgins in the book “Beating the Dow” in 1991 was designed for just that; beating the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJI).

Recent Changes in Facebook and How it Affects Content Creators

What does it mean for content creators after the recent changes in Facebook Algorithms and the platforms itself? Considering the diverse changes Facebook is developing to the platform and the algorithm supporting organic content and Facebook Ads, the company continues to maintain dominacne to guarantee that your business can maximize its marketing campaigns.

Wewgo Ball Bearings 608-2RS: Over 70% Fake Reviews on Amazon – by a Fake Company

We went through the reviews of Wewgo Ball Bearing 608-2RS and they had an incredible rating of 4.4 stars by Amazon. For this very high rating they were awarded an Amazon Choice Badge.

Having 4.4 stars made everything about this product look great, but there’s one major issue: The reviews were bought. Worst yet, over 70% of the total reviews for the Wewgo Ball Bearing 608-2RS were fake. Wewgo is another cheater!  It appears everything about Wewgo was set up from day one to be a consumer scam, more on that later.  Wewgo never deserved the Amazon Choice Badge.  We’ve asked Amazon publicly to remove fake advertisers /reviews from their platform but after many complaints about Ebanel (so far the most successful at being a serial perpetrator of consumer fraud), they haven’t even removed the Amazon verified fake reviews or Amazon’s Choice Badge!

PMP® Exam Outline Changes from 16th December 2019! What Do PM Experts Recommend?

The scope and extent of project management is changing and so are the certifications related to project management. In the latest advancement, Project Management Institute (PMI®) has announced changes to the Project Management Professional (PMP®) examination. From 16th December 2019, the PMP Exam is going to change. PMI has already released the new exam content structure. Anyone taking the examination from 16th December onwards will have to adjust their preparations based on the new exam Content.

Southwest Border Migration Recorded a Sharp Drop of 28% in 2019

Is President Donald Trump’s new policy with Mexico working?  Or is the seasonal drop in migration due to the weather?

First, if you take the May to June average for the last five years of Southern Border illegal migration and end prior to this year or 2018, the average seasonal drop is 9%. Without a doubt, there seems to be something real going on because it just dropped around 300% more than the average season decline.

France Approves Digital Tax on Google and Facebook

France’s parliament approved legislation to impose a three-percent tax on Internet and technology companies like Google and Facebook to re-establishing financial justice, says Justice Minister Bruno Le Mayer. The 3% tax will be levied on the sales of multinational companies in France. The French Senate passed a new tax on Thursday, one week after the National Assembly approved it.

Federal Rate Cut is Coming; Powell is Showing His Hand; Maybe Keeping His Job

Fed chief Jerome Powell has given further fodder to those expecting Fed rate cuts this year in testimony before Congress. The market believes Powell will lower rates as early as the next Fed meeting and Powell’s testimony reassured them about the Fed’s dovish shift in June.

Powell said that the lower U.S. business investment and slower growth among American manufacturers as worrisome signs. He said U.S. gross domestic product is likely to moderate in the second quarter from the 3.1% annual pace of growth in the first three months of the year.

Ebanel Laboratories Review Fraud on Amazon Sinks to a New Low – Part 2

 A continued investigation into Ebanel Laboratories fraudulent reviews on the Amazon Marketplace.

Year by year the Amazon Marketplace grows and flourishes, creating bigger opportunities and increased competition. How is a new company to compete in oversaturated markets against heavy competition, especially competition that produces better products? Well our friends at Ebanel Laboratories sure have it figured out!

Publisher Direct Advertising – For Small Companies a Better Path

Communal News is now offering Publisher Direct Native Advertising (PDNA)

Possibly one of the most challenging questions for marketers is whether to buy Publisher Direct Advertising. The alternatives are to contact an ad network to purchase inventory from them (called a Direct Buy), or go through indirect channels using real-time bidding (RTB) like Google and Facebook.  We believe Publisher Direct is a better, lower-cost model but, in addition, with Communal News your price performance makes this an outstanding value.

Denbury Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 18.25% YTM

This week, Durig Capital looks at an oil producer who has built its company using non-traditional production techniques. Denbury Resources (NYSE:DNR) has been successfully using enhanced oil recovery (EOR) techniques to build its name in the world of tertiary oil production. The company had a fantastic 2018 as well as a solid first quarter.

She Might Become the Most Powerful Person in Europe and You’ve Never Heard of Her Before?

No she is not in charge of Germany or a major country but she will soon be in charge of the European Central Bank– the European version of the United States Federal Reserve. Her name is Christine Lagarde and she has won European Union support to become the first female President of the European Central Bank (ECB). It will be the first time a women has been placed in charge of all European banking, as the ECB is one of the largest financial institutions in the World.

Free Online Digital Content Publishing Platforms – Where Readers Have a Voice

Communal News is one of the fastest growing free online digital platforms…where the readers have access to write on our open contributor platform. Between Communal News readers, Google News distribution, and distribution on all the main social media sites where people get their news, CN is the most open content publishing platform on the internet. We have added a wide variety of contributors (well over 600!) and in a very short time have seen over 2,000 articles published on the Communal News free online digital platform– not bad for a very new product launch!

Cease Fire at the G20: Trump and Xi Declare Truce on Trade

It’s said that nothing ever really gets done at the G20, which is currently meeting in Osaka, Japan.  Nineteen member countries and the European Union agreed to a new deal to tackle climate change.  Guess who was the lone holdout.  President Trump was harshly criticized, at home and abroad, for praising Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, who ordered the killing of Washington Post columnist (who had legal residency in the U.S.) Jamal Khashoggi.  There was one cautiously positive development to emerge from the summit, however.  Trump and Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed to restart talks and temporarily de-escalate the trade war.

Promotional Products Marketing: Avoid These Mistakes

Promotional products are an age-old marketing strategy applied by a lot of businesses. Though they are found to yield encouraging results and a high ROI for your marketing campaign, you must approach the promotional products route strategically in order to get the best results. Here are a few mistakes you must avoid while investing in promotional products.

Not paying attention to choose the right product Promotional Products you distribute must be useful in the everyday life of the recipients. In such case, the recipients can get to remember your company information time and again besides projecting it to their other contacts on the move. If you fail to choose the right kind of products that can be used widely, your promotional products will end up sleeping in the safe failing to fulfill their intended purpose.

Should You Invest in Silver? Is Now a Good Time to Buy?

Precious metals have always been a popular investment among those looking for a hedge against inflation or for a way to decrease the volatility of their portfolios. Although silver is not commonly seen as a high yield investment, it can actually be quite profitable. If you bought silver in July of 2009, when it was worth around $13 an ounce, and sold it in April of 2011, when it was worth $47 an ounce, you would have pocketed a 260% return on your investment over 21 months.

Nationalize Healthcare? Sanders, Warren, & Harris (3 of the Top 4 Democrats) Say Yes

According to the Real Clear Politics poll average, the leaders for Demoractic Presidential nomination are (first place) former Vice President Joe Biden (D), (second place) Sen. Bernie Sander (D), (third place) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D), and (forth place) Sen. Kamala Harris. Three of the top four Democratic candidates are planing on nationalizing our health care system according their latest debate answers.

Gran Colombia Gold Bonds or “Gold Notes”, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 8% YTM

Beyond Belief… this may be the most fascinating debt instrument we have ever reviewed.

Rising with the price of gold, the cash flow and yield of Gran Colombia Gold’s senior secured “Gold Notes” appears to be headed straight into the land of unbelief.  Perhaps what we see here is either wrong… or something in this picture seems to have quietly escaped the attention or the view of most other investors in the high yield bond market.  Granted, this is not a straightforward and easily understood issue because of the quarterly interest boost linked to its amortized quarterly redemption of principle when the price of gold is higher 1250 per ounce.  However, it is precisely this “hard to be understood” feature that is driving its current push into the land of dreams.

Did Chairman Powell Just Change Course? Did Trump Influence Him?

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said “The Fed will act as appropriate to sustain economic expansion.” Powell claimed “The outlook for the U.S. economy has become cloudier since early May, with rising uncertainties over trade and global growth causing the central bank to reassess its next move on interest rates.”

He also said “The crosscurrents have reemerged, with apparent progress on trade turning to greater uncertainty and with incoming data raising renewed concerns about the strength of the global economy.” To add to the disappointments, economic reports also show a big surprising drop in consumer confidence, plus added weakness in the housing market.

Housing Prices Flat, Trending Down as the 10-year Treasuries Break Below 2%

Housing prices in the key spring summer season appear to be going sideways, which is quit disappointing, as interest rates and refinance mortgage rates have dropped where mortgages are at their lowest point in 20 months. The cost of financing a home often exceeds, over the life of a house, the cost of the home itself. With interest rates dropping, it should be a benefit to the housing market, but this could be an indication that many investors think housing prices have peaked. Even with the added incentive of lower monthly payments, it’s still not enough for seasoned investors to step up.

Gold Moves Up Big; Is This the Beginning of a Monster Move, or a Dead Cat Bounce?

First, why is gold moving up?

We talked with experts and they explain the dollar is weakening. They are pricing in rate cuts they expect to U.S. interest rates. Donald Trump lashed out at the Federal Reserve, comparing it to ‘a stubborn child.’ He and the stock market are pushing for lower rates. As rates appear to be going down, gold historically moves in the opposite direction of U.S. currency. This downward push in dollars is pushing gold up.

Is gold being pushed out by cryptocurrencies?

Libra Cryptocurrency Could Be the Ultimate Winner – Bitcoin and Ethereum Have Deffects

Blockchain backed by Facebook and other big companies wants to be more reliable and mainstream than established cryptocurrencies. From technical points to governance, here is what Libra cryptocurrency proposes:

Libra cryptocurrency marks a milestone in the history of cryptocurrency: never before has such a currency been designed and supported, not by one, but by 28 companies, many of which are world-renowned. In a world fraught with frauds, bugs, and cyber fraud, some could see Libra as the first final “frequentable” cryptocurrency. It is true that it is built around stability as a mantra, even if it means sacrificing this decentralization that made the eyes of blockchain activists shine.

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Has Oil Bottomed? If Demand is So Low Due to China, Why isn’t Copper Showing Any of the Same Patterns?

If oil demand is down so much due to the China trade war and tariffs, how come the more economically sensitive materials, such as copper, have not felt the same economic downward price effects?

Today China has asked it’s refineries to hold off on placing new orders for crude oil imports in anticipation of lower prices once and if demand stalls further. The Chinese buyers have cut off purchases of U.S. crude oil as the trade dispute between Beijing and Washington continues.

¡Arriba! Mexico First to Approve USMCA with the Potential of a Win for all 3 Countries

One down, two to go.  On Wednesday, the Mexican Senate passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, becoming the first nation, of three, to ratify the new trade deal.  The agreement was met with little resistance, relative speed, and enthusiastic celebration from the Mexican government upon ratification.  That was the easy part.  The USMCA still faces an uphill battle in Washington, and a race against time in Ottawa.

Value of Negative Yielding Debt Hits Record $12.5 Trillion – Indicating European Troubles

A negative interest rate definition:  The issuer (for example a bank) will charge negative interest. Instead of receiving interest on the deposit funds, depositors must pay regularly, or have negative interest rates deducted, to keep their money with the bank. This is intended to incentivize banks to lend money more freely and businesses and individuals to invest, lend, and spend money rather than pay a fee to keep it safe.

Hertz Bonds, Short Term, High Yield, Fixed Income Investment, Yielding 6.5% YTM

For this week’s bond review, Durig Capital ventures into the auto world to look at one of the leading auto rental companies in the U.S. and around the world. Hertz Global (NYSE:HTZ) had a fantastic 2018 and 2019 looks to be shaping up much the same.

  • First quarter 2019 is the seventh consecutive quarter the company has recorded year-over-year growth.
  • Total revenues were up 2% (during one the company’s historically slow quarters), up 4% on a constant currency basis.
  • Revenues in the U.S. grew by 7%.
  • Cash flow provided by operating activities grew by 28% over first quarter 2018.
  • First quarter 2019 interest coverage of 3.4x.

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Virtual Reality is Changing Timeshare Group Presentations

Microsoft PowerPoint is the leading presentation software by a distance and is said by Microsoft to have been installed on over a billion computers worldwide. What began as a very basic piece of software, has become an incredibly powerful design tool for storytelling and putting a guest or potential owner in the picture for timeshare developers.

Technology is most certainly changing the way we all present, providing new ways to engage audiences and interact with content, and the timeshare presentations of the future could be unrecognisable to those we sit through today.

Dogs of the Dow: Durig’s Past Performance Runs Ahead of the Pack

This week, Durig Capital explores a popular variation of the classic Dogs of the Dow investment strategy, introduced by Michael O Higgins in the early 1990’s.  The strategy has been widely accepted by some for its simplicity and repeatability, yet denounced by others for the exact same. Durig Capital believes less complicated is better; fewer moving parts mean fewer potential points of failure, and has done well historically with it’s own unique version of this simple strategy, discussed later in the article.

Trump’s Tariffs: Mexican Concessions, Republican Rebellion

President Trump is set to unilaterally levy an escalating 5% tariff on all Mexican goods next week, and just about everybody is working diligently to stop them. The two countries continued talks Thursday, aimed at satisfying Trump’s demands that Mexico do more to stop the flow of migrants from Central America. To that end, Mexico has begun to deploy the National Guard on its southern border with Guatemala. Back in the States, members of the president’s own party have begun to show their own frustrations with Trump’s tariffs. This time, they might be serious.

3 Effective Social Media Lead Generation Strategies

Are you using social media to generate leads? Are you doing more than posting a link or a quote and hoping that people will contact you? Here are the most advanced social media lead generation techniques for you to implement. Most of you might have heard about these methods but they are a little more complicated and strategic. It requires a little more work but worth the effort.

Is the Fed Looking Forward to Lower Rates or in the Rear View Mirror Again?

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell told reporters the Fed was “closely monitoring” the effects of trade tariff talk and developments and would “act as appropriate,” holding out that the Fed is calculating the possibilities of a future interest rate cut.

St. Louis Fed President James Bullard claimed the global economic outlook has “darkened” with a hint that many interpreted as an indication he thinks the U.S. economy “is expected to grow more slowly going forward, with some risk that the slowdown could be sharper than expected due to ongoing global trade regime uncertainty.” Bullard also pointed out that a “downward policy rate adjustment may be warranted soon.” This pushed the 10-year bond yields to multi-year lows.

DHX Media, Convertible Bonds Mature September 2024 – Pick Up Over 12.5% YTM

(all price quotes are in Canadian Dollars, CAD)

This week, Durig Capital looks at a company that focuses on children’s content and brands. DHX Media (TSX: DHX; NASDAQ: DHXM) is the company behind such well-known names as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Inspector Gadget and the Degrassi franchise. With children spending more time viewing content not only through traditional television and cable, but also on various devices with online streaming capabilities, DHX is looking to optimize its proprietary children’s content through various channels. Having acquired the rights to the Peanuts brand a few years ago, the company is now starting to realize revenues from this iconic brand through licensing agreements with retailers like Lands’ End, Baskin Robbins, Tupperware, Levi’s and Macy’s just to name a few.