Diversification via alternative assets is among the best ways to help protect your portfolio.  Nothing ever grows and grows forever. There are always peaks and valleys, and the timing varies depending on the commodity. If you’re starting to think about retirement and your IRA (and you should be, no matter what age you are,) then this fact has probably crossed your mind.  For those that have primarily invested in stocks and bonds, it leads them to ponder the dreaded worst-case scenario: “What if the markets tank when I’m about to retire?” We saw the effects in the crash of 2008… Read More

If you've been paying any attention to world news the past few months, you've no doubt heard about the coronavirus.  Not only can it take a fatal toll on it's growing list of victims, but its effects are starting to creep into the daily lives of the general population.  Throughout Asia, we're starting to see increased levels of quarantine, the cancellation of public gatherings like concerts or sporting events, and negative economic impacts. With the fears of a global pandemic rapidly growing, so too does the apprehension of the markets  Could the coronavirus be what finally triggers a worldwide recession?… Read More

(Originally posted at Forbes.) Marketing teams thrive on engaging with customers. Sometimes a little bit of fun competition can offer a great incentive for customers to engage with your brand. Consumers are individuals, and finding ways to connect with them on a fundamental level may be challenging. Assets like data and analytics can inform a company where it should focus, but the actual act of driving customer engagement falls to the marketing team. Competitive, fun ways of engaging consumers can drive a marketing team's efforts toward success. Below, 10 experts from Forbes Communications Council discuss several ways that marketing teams can increase… Read More

More And More Enterprises Are Starting To Leverage Bitcoin Technology Bitcoin is by far the most popular digital asset in the world, with it consistently maintaining nearly 70% dominance over the entire cryptocurrency market cap. In 2019, we saw yet another year of explosive Bitcoin price increases and further adoption around the world.  Overall though, this has been the year of the institutional Bitcoin. We saw the birth of multiple Bitcoin products from the institutional trading world, such as Bakkt’s physically delivered Bitcoin futures, Fidelity Digital Assets Bitcoin custody solution and TD Ameritrade’s trading offerings. It’s no wonder why.  In… Read More

These Key Indicators Will Help You Stay Ahead Of The Game Stocks have been riding high and the Federal Reserve has hit the pause button on rate cuts.  Even after some big recession scares in 2019, everything seems peachy again now, right? Not so fast. There are the obvious signs of a recession that everyone knows about.  Falling GDP, high unemployment, a plummeting stock market. Those metrics seem fine, so what's to worry about? The savvy investor looks deeper though, and consequently, they're ready and prepared for trouble before the average person. Those indicators we just mentioned?  Usually, by the… Read More