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America Is Energy Independent (video, left), Fox Business

US Housing Starts Rise For Second Month In April (video, right), Bloomberg

Goldman Sachs Buys United Capital For $750 Million? What Does It Want? Britton/Thrasher, Wealth Management

Ethereum Price Jumps to 8 Month High After Bitcoin Plunges, Yashu Gola, CCN

Bitcoin Sees Discrete Losses As Most Cryptos See Gains, Cointelegraph

Don’t Expect US-China Trade Resolution In Near Future (video, left), CNBC

Dollar Cost Averaging Could Earn You Twice As Much (video, right), CNBC

US Government Records $160.3 Billion April Surplus, Interest On Debt Grows, AP News

Fi360 Fiduciary Investment Score For Mutual Funds And ETF’s – 1st Quarter 2019, Fi360

Bitcoin Analyst Destroys Mr. Wonderful After Shark Tank Star Bashes Crypto, CCN

Coinbase Plans US Debit Card Launch, Considers Margin Trading, P.H. Madore, CCN

Editor’s Choice


Must See – ‘China Was Never Our Friend’: Kyle Bass, Hedge Fund CEO (video, left), Bloomberg

Ray Dalio’s All Weather Portfolio (video, right), Bite Size Biz

Why Warren Buffet Is Wrong On Bitcoin, Antoni Trenchev, Medium

How Much Money Do You Need To Be Wealthy In America? Suzanne Woolley, Bloomberg

Current Price Of Top Coins By Market Cap (As Of 5/17/19)

Counterpoint To Kyle Bass On China: ‘The Future Is Asian (video, left),’ Bloomberg Politics

Fidelity Will Offer Cryptocurrency Trading Within A Few Weeks, Bloomberg; Also see, Fidelity About To Offer Crypto Trading, CNBC

Quote: “Further, of the 450 institutions interviewed by Fidelity for research for its new company, everyone from wealthy families to hedge funds to pensions, 22% of respondents already owned a cryptocurrency.”

Podcast: The Social Security Trust Fund Will Be Depleted By 2035, Ric Edelman

Americans Have ‘Incredible’ Misconceptions About Social Security, Britannia De Lea, Fox Business

BOfA CTO: Have Yet To Find A Use For Blockchain (video, left), Bloomberg Markets & Finance

Must See – ‘Shoot The People You Love’: Ray Dalio Explains His Principles, And More, 60 Minutes

China Trade By The Numbers, US Census

CS Commentary: China is about 17% of total US trade, but only 7% of our total exports. Meanwhile, the US imports over 20% of China’s goods relative to other countries. China is the US’s largest trade deficit – over $400 billion a year at present and it has consistently risen over the years. In 2018, the US exported $120 billion and imported $539 billion from China. This, among other things, gives the US significant leverage in trade negotiations with China.

The Quiet Panic: Kyle Bass’s First Investment Letter In 3 Years, Zero Hedge

Cryptocurrency


Bitcoin On its Way to $8K! Next The Moon? (video, left), Cointelegraph

CS Commentary: According to this, a retracement to $7000 – which we’ve seen late this week – or even $6000, is more than possible, and healthy for the market. The next wall up is around $9300.

Novogratz Sees Bitcoin Struggling At $6000 Before Moving Higher (video, right), Bloomberg Markets & Finance

11% Of Americans Own Bitcoin, Increase In Awareness From 2017, Helen Partz, Cointelegraph

NASDAQ Adds Brave New Coin’s XRP Index To Global Data Service, Adran Zmudzinski, Cointelegraph

Ethereum May 10 to May 16, 2019

Nike Says Just Do It For Blockchain, Michael K. Spencer, Medium

Bitcoin 7 Day Price Chart

Facebook Building Cryptocurrency Based Payments System, WSJ

BNY Mellon Eyes $20 Billion Cryptocurrency Market, Market Mad House, Medium

CS Commentary: This article published September 2018. BNY Mellon is currently around 48.25 per share, one could argue an even better price than when this published.

Trader Who Called Bitcoin’s 84% Decline Now Says $50,000 In Next Two Years, Zach Guzman, Yahoo Finance

Bitfinex Alleged Cover-Up Explained (video, right), Coindesk

Crypto Market Capitalization As Of March 16, 2019

Bitcoin Surge: New Bull Market? Cointelegraph

Bitcoin ETF: Wall Street’s Path To Crypto, Cointelegraph

Cryptocurrencies Are Here To Stay, Gerald P. Dwyer, AIER; Also see, Facebook’s Crypto Currency Expected To Add $19 Billion in Revenue, Newsbtc.com

You Don’t Understand Bitcoin Because You Think Money Is Real, Maria Bustillos, Medium; Also see, Bitcoin Might Be Crypto-Gold But Ethereum Is Crypto-Silicon, Michael K. Spencer, Medium

Edelman: Bitcoin ETF ‘Virtually Certain’ CNBC; Also see, Finance Expert Ric Edelman: We Will Eventually See A Bitcoin ETF, Ana Alexandre, Cointelegraph

See This Link For Updates & Links On DIG Cryptocurrency

Must-See Videos


Must See: Tesla From $250 To $4000? Cathie Woods Of ArK Invest Defends Her Call (video, left), CNBC

Could Bitcoin Still Go To $25K?, Fox Business

More Wealth Will Be Created In The Next 20 Years Than Ever Before (video, left), Phillip Anderson (2012)

Is The Rollout of 5G & ‘Significantly Higher Speeds’ A Boost For Smartphone Makers?, Fox Business

The Future Of AI: Have Humans Met Their Match? Fox News

Ray Dalio On Lessons From The Great Financial Crisis (video, right), CNBC

Is Now A Good Time To Buy Bitcoin? (video, left) Bloomberg Tech

Why Amazon Alexa And Google Assistant Are Becoming Omnipresent, CNBC

How The Real Estate Cycle Works (video, right), Phillip Anderson

Art Laffer: Economic Damage From Shutdown Reversible, Fox Business

Sell In May And Go Away? (video, right), CNBC

Cyber Threats: The U.S. Is More Vulnerable Than Ever, Judge Jeannine Piro, Fox News Insider

Tech, The Big Picture: Here Are Three Tech Stocks To Buy Right Now, CNBC

The Public Does Not Understand: China Has Been Cheating U.S. For A Long Time, Mornings With Maria, Fox Business;

Is Netflix The Most Powerful Company In Media?, Fox Business

Common Sense Interpretation

(Start Here First To Understand The Investment Arena Big Picture)


Why The United States Needs To Encourage Americans To Own Gold, Sean Fieler, The Federalist

JPM Guide To The Markets April 2019 (video, left), JPM Asset Management Hong Kong

How Should Investors Position Their Portfolios In This Economic Environment? (video, right, Fox Business

America’s Biggest Economic Challenge May Be Its Demographic Decline, Neil Irwin, NY Times

CS Commentary: Harry Dent may have been one of the first to sound the alarm on this problem as far back as 2008-09, but he largely mis-forecasted when and how the problem would become reality, suggesting that there would be a second major stock market collapse soon after 2008 – this never occurred. Has immigration, central bank manipulation, and globalization solved some of this problem in ways that Dent could not foresee? Perhaps not, but only time will tell.

How SIFMA, FSI, FINRA, And The SEC Conspired To Doom The Advisory Profession, Ron A. Rhoades, Advisor Perspectives

CS Commentary: SIFMA stands for The Security Industry Financial Marketing Association. FSI stands for Financial Services Institute. FINRA stands for Financial Industry Regulatory Association, a Congressionally authorized association that regulates broker-dealers. The SEC is the Security Exchange Commission, an “independent federal government agency responsible for protecting investors, maintaining fair and orderly functioning of the securities markets, and facilitating capital formation (Investopedia).

This is the most important article we have published here in sometime, yet, it will be too long and technical for many of our readers. We encourage you to read the introduction and the conclusion. The bottom line here is that the current SEC has, once again, been corrupted by compromise, lobbying and the broker-dealer industry – and the fiduciary landscape may be, once again, about to change. That is, be compromised. At present, investors can rely on the fact that RIA’s (Registered Investment Advisors) are held to a higher Fiduciary standard – this may not be the case much longer if the SEC has its way. For a shorter and simpler explanation of what the fiduciary standard should mean, see the Common Sense Interpretation-Money page and our articles on the Fiduciary Pyramid.

The Difference Between The Economy And The Stock Market (video, right), CNBC

After Two Of The Greatest Bull Markets In History, Why Are Investors So Broke? Lance Roberts, Advisor Perspectives

70% Of Wall Street Believes Trump Will Be Re-Elected, Fox Business

China Militarizing Space: They Are Ahead Of US In Space Race, Fox Business

Gundlach: We Are On The Road To A Large Debt Problem, Robert Huebscher, Advisor Perspectives; Also see, Does The US Debt Matter? (as of 7/28/18), CNBC; Also see, What Would Happen If The US Stopped Paying Its Debt?, Infographics; Also see, How To Solve America’s Spending Problem, Prager U

Live 24/7 World Debt Clocks

CS Commentary: This may not be exactly in sync with the US Debt Clock, here but it is close as of 2/14/19.

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Resources

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More Common Sense


Books:

American Betrayal: The Secret Assault On Our Nation’s Character, Diana West

Culture:

US Birth Rate At 32 Year Low: Why Its Troubling News For The Future (video, left), Fox Business

Uber And Lyft Drivers Reveal Things You Should Never Do On A Ride, Graham Rapier, Business Insider

For Many Young South Koreans Dating Is Too Expensive Or Too Dangerous, Sophie Joeng, CNN

Hershey’s Changing The Look Of Its Candy Bar For The First Time In History, Jordan Valinsky, CNN

How To Stop Pesky Robocalls And Text’s To Your Cell Phone, Kathleen Joyce, Fox Business

$2.5 Trillion Holy Grail Found? Breakthrough Discovery And 100% Recyclable Plastic, Chris Ciaccia, Fox News

Health/Fitness/Relationships:

How To Be Certain About A Potential Partner (video, left), Esther Perel

How To Naturally Reverse Alzheimer’s And Arthritis, CBN, Charisma

Low Dose Aspirin May Be Linked To Bleeding In Skull, New Study Finds, Kristin Lam, USA Today

Top 10 Signs Of Aging Poorly And How To Reverse Them, Rebekah Edwards, Dr. Axe

Movies:

One Of The Most Important Films Ever Is Hardly Known, Seaborn Hall, Medium

Legendary Singer Actress Doris Day Dead At 97, Sasha Savitsky, Fox News

Film Review: John Wick, Chapter 3: Parabellum, John DeFore, The Hollywood Reporter

CS Commentary: Parabellum is Latin, for ‘Prepare For War,’ as in the famous Latin quote, ‘Si vis pacem parabellum,’ or “If you want peace, prepare for war.”

Avengers: Endgame Shatters Box Office Records Worldwide, Fox Business; Also see, Avengers: Endgame Has Best Opening Day Ever, Frank Pollatta, CNN

Music:

Maelyn Performs Rhianna’s ‘Stay’ (video, left), The Voice 2019

Rod & Maelyn Perform The Beatles ‘Yesterday, (video, right)’ The Voice 2019

CS Commentary: Might be one of the best covers since the original by McCartney and this song has been covered as much as any song in history.

Sports:

Austin Riley Hits Home Run For Braves In Major League Debut (video, left), You Tube; Also see, Braves Highly Touted Prospect Homers In Major League Debut, Dayn Perry, CBS Sports

Top 25 NFL Rookies In Best Position For Year One Success, Dan Parr, NFL.com

Maximum Security Jockey Suspended 15 Days For Kentucky Derby Interference, Scooby Axson, Sports Illustrated

NFL Schedule, Week One, NFL

Travel:

10 Best International Airports/10 Worst International Airports, Fox Business

Trip Advisor Reveals Best Travel Destination For 2019, CNN

TV/Streaming:

Howard Stern On Interviewing Trump And How He Could Have Made Hillary President (video, left), ABC News

The Anger Of ‘Game Of Throne’ Fans Is Part Of The Game, Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times

Game Of Thrones Season 8: Subtle Details You May Have Missed In Episode 5, Daniel Van Boom, CNET

The Real DEA Agents Of ‘Narcos’ Break Down What Season 2 Got Right, Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter

‘The Orville’ Has Been Renewed For A Third Season, Julie Muncy, Gizmodo

Quotes Of The Month:

“Now, more than ever before, the people are responsible for the character of their Congress. If that body be ignorant, reckless and corrupt, it is because the people tolerate ignorance, recklessness and corruption.” – James A. Garfield, an ordained minister and 20th president of the United States

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