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Blockchain Scalability: Why there is Need for Financial Institutions to be Patient

  by David Drake     The emergence of blockchain technology has brought hope for faster, more secure and more affordable transactions for entities across sectors. Since its invention, the technology has become a basis for innovating solutions to address pressing problems in conventional systems due to its ability of increasing transparency. Blockchain-based projects include platforms such as IOU, designed to […]

Can Conflicting Interests Reduce Blockchain Adoption in the Finance Industry

  by David Drake     The status of services in the banking sector is characterized by time lags and high transaction costs. For these reasons, blockchain has been hailed as a revolutionary technology due to its ability to reduce transaction costs and increase the effectiveness of cross-border transactions. But big banks are now beginning to question the ability of blockchain […]

Real Estate Wrap-up and the RIA

Residential Real Estate  There are dozens of reasons why the residential real estate market bubbled and exploded, causing the ensuing credit crisis and economic strife. The popularity of loans requiring no documentation, the easy access to sub-prime loans and the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep interest rates low all intertwined to fuel the housing crisis. The housing bubble was also […]

The Delicate Balance Between Government Financial Reform and Unintended Consequences

In last Saturday’s edition of the New York Times, Joe Nocera wrote an interesting piece outlining some of the major obstacles currently facing the House Financial Services Committee.  The agency, which considers measures ranging from the banking industry to economic issues to insurance, is responsible for drafting a new financial reform package on behalf of the Obama Administration.  At the […]

Pulling the Unemployed off the Ropes and Into the Fight

           As markets continue to produce signs of stabilization over the next quarter, it is unlikely that unemployment figures will show much improvement. With figures the highest they have been in more than 25 years, unemployment appears to have neared its peak. Lowering the rate to levels our economy can adequately support will prove to be a daunting task. But, with […]

Initial Claims Disappoint Again, Failded Banks Weighing On FDIC, Calpers Takes Another Hit, Tishman Faces Office Downturn

The stories below offer further concrete evidence that major issues persist in the US economy. When making investment decisions, we prefer to place more weight behind this type of data than “leading” economic indicators the government likes to laud and CNBC types love to regurgitate. The rally in the US$ last week stalled this week right at the resistance of […]