Cryptocurrency – Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin – Everything You Need to Know in 2017

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We have come a long way since the days of a barter system. It hasn’t been necessary to have a specific good and trade it for some other specific good for a long time. For most of written history, there… Continue Reading →

Bitcoin Price Will Go To Zero As Bitcoin Will Struggle To Remain The Dominant Cryptocurrency

Back in 1999, I was in my final year of graduate school in finance and economics.  Most of the students in my class and/or their families were involved in the Indian stock markets.  The game was simple – apply for… Continue Reading →

Student Loan Debt – the New Mortgage Crisis in 2018?

Most people around the world view education as a means to a prosperous life. When reliable manufacturing and physical labour jobs were a staple of Western, industrial economies, tertiary education was considered for the elites only. Costs were relatively low,… Continue Reading →

The Bull Market Roars on, but it’s Time to Saddle up

This year marks the 8th year of the bull run which started in March 2009. It’s a cycle which has shown resilience against all odds and propelled the index higher by 240%. In fact, untoward incidents that were expected to… Continue Reading →

How to buy Bitcoin, Ethereum, Cryptocurrencies, and What to Watch Out for

We’ve written about cryptocurrencies (CCs) before at CityFALCON, and that piece was largely focused on the technological aspects of them and how they can be related to real commerce and trade. In another article, we wrote about Initial Coin Offerings… Continue Reading →

CityFALCON launches Interactive Personalised News on Amazon Alexa

For decades, we have listened to a one-way radio to get our daily dose of news and music.  Spotify came along and redefined the whole experience of consuming music. And now, we, at CityFALCON, are changing your consumption experience for… Continue Reading →

How and When a House Mortgage could be the Biggest Mistake of Your Life

Lehman Brothers, AIG, Bear Stearns, Merrill Lynch, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Countrywide Financial, Royal Bank of Scotland, Wachovia, Lloyds. Are these names familiar? They all suffered major upheaval or failure during the 2008 Financial Crisis, most of them being acquired… Continue Reading →

Week 1 – First Impressions – Zurich, Kickstart Accelerator, and the Swiss way of life

Growing up in India, most of us have been fascinated with Switzerland – not only for chocolates, cheeses, and politicians hiding money but also for the song and dance sequences in the Bollywood movies.  I’ve spent a lot of time… Continue Reading →

CityFALCON raises £550K on Seedrs

CityFALCON, the London-based FinTech company, has raised more than £550K on equity crowdfunding platform Seedrs. Their campaign was oversubscribed at more than 350% and includes investors from several banks and financial institutions. The company has now raised a total of… Continue Reading →

Uncertain Volatile Times Call for Certain Investment and Hedging Strategies in the Stock Markets

The world has always been an uncertain place. That is the reason for the fundamental risk-reward balance in finance. The contemporary world offers unprecedented access to information to unprecedented numbers of people across the globe. Anyone with an Internet connection… Continue Reading →

High Frequency and Algo Trading are Taking Over Markets – What It Means For You

We talk a lot about how machines are being used more and more in finance. This is especially important in High-Frequency Trading (HFT) and Algorithmic Trading or algo-trading (AT). There is simply no way for humans to compete on these… Continue Reading →

Everything You Need to Know About ICOs – The New Way to Finance a Venture

Wherever money is involved, there is innovation. That is no different for blockchain technology. The popular transaction-tracking technology, which we have written on before here, is now being applied in a way to raise funds for a venture. Part crowdfunding,… Continue Reading →

Will Women Traders and Investors Outperform in the Online Trading World?

Back in 2015, when I was raising funds for my FinTech start-up CityFALCON, I mentioned that our most active user on the platform is a woman trader who trades from home while her family is out.  I would never have… Continue Reading →

Are FANG and Tech Stocks Really Expensive at the Current Levels? One Ratio Tells the Story

Summary: FANG Stocks (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google/Alphabet) have rallied a few times over the last 4-5 years. This seems to be the case with other tech stocks as well. The rise in the tech stocks has not only been because… Continue Reading →

Why We Are Valuing CityFALCON’s Crowdfunding Round in June 2017 at £4.7m?

You must be wondering what a baseball hit has to do with a company’s valuation but this is the first thing I let most of our investors know – we are going for a home run even if it means… Continue Reading →

Bottom-Up vs Top-Down Investing – Stock Screening Strategies

The financial world is vast, and the number of investing strategies reflects that. Two broad categories for classifying investment styles is the top-down and the bottom-up approach. As the people who coin these terms are more concerned with clarity than… Continue Reading →

Ex-Skype Architect Koen Vos joins CityFALCON as an Advisor and Investor

For many in the communications industry, Koen Vos doesn’t need much introduction.  He has co-written a codec that most over-the-top voice communications services and apps use.  Koen worked as a senior architect at Skype since the early days for almost… Continue Reading →

The Detailed Guide to Value and Deep Value Investing – How to Build a Long Term Portfolio

There are plenty of approaches to investing. Some are more akin to gambling than investing, and some are more of an art than a science. In this article, we are going to discuss value investing, who uses it, and how… Continue Reading →

Founder-led Companies Will Continue to Outperform in the Stock Markets

Founder-CEOs are the people who start a company, grow it, and then continue to run it once it has become a large corporation. Some of the most famous names are Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Mark Zuckerberg. Are founder-CEOs better… Continue Reading →

Play on Cyclical Commodity of Intrepid Potash Through a Terribly Cheap Company

Disclaimer: This is a guest post from Michael Wiggins De Oliveira, and does not reflect the views of CityFALCON and its stakeholders. Stock: Intrepid Potash Price: $1.80; $220m market cap Upside potential: 35% Date: 18/4/2017 Investment Thesis of Intrepid Potash… Continue Reading →

Tesla is NOT Valued at More Than General Motors and Ford. Hint: Enterprise Value

For the last few days, you would have probably seen headlines such as “Tesla is worth more than Ford – and GM is in sight” and people arguing about whether Tesla is worth being valued at the same level as… Continue Reading →

Resolute Forest Product (RFP): Cyclical, Out of Favour but 34% Owned by Prem Watsa

Disclaimer: This is a guest post from Michael Wiggins De Oliveira, and does not reflect the views of CityFALCON and its stakeholders. Resolute Forest Product (RFP) Date: 10/3/2017 Market Cap: ~ $400m Price per share: $4.50 Net debt: ~$761m EV:… Continue Reading →

16 Must Watch Movies For Traders And Investors

16 Must Watch Movies For Traders And Investors Not too long ago we reviewed what impact the hit film The Big Short can teach us about value investing. See the original post here.  The blog post prompted us to take… Continue Reading →

SnapChat IPO Price Trend. Will it Follow Google, Facebook or Groupon?

Summary of SnapChat IPO price trend so far: Post their IPOs, tech companies go through 4 phases: Euphoria, Pessimism, Optimism, and Realism. Snap Inc is obviously in the Euphoria stage. Price data of 7 big tech IPOs show that most… Continue Reading →

Polar Bear Pitching – CityFALCON Dream from an Ice Hole…Why, How, What’s Next?

  The Polar Bear Pitch, held in Oulu, Finland in the dark cold days of mid-February, is an annual event for startups pitching their ideas for the chance to win the 10,000 euro prize and, more importantly, get coverage and… Continue Reading →

Stock Screeners – How to identify value and growth stocks to research

Half the battle of investing is finding the right stock. There are thousands of listed stocks, but some are (much) better than others. How can you find the right ones? One way is to glean large amounts of data from… Continue Reading →

I Invested My Own Money to Compare Top UK Stock Brokers

At our value investing clubs where we now have more than 1800+ members in the UK and in Europe, I often get asked about the best brokers for investing in shares, ISAs, ETFs, etc.  I personally do not use the… Continue Reading →

NVIDIA’s GPUs in the AI and VR Revolutions

Summary NVIDIA’s stock has rallied 3x in the last one year and now trades at a market capitalisation of $63bn. NVIDIA is leading its way in the GPUs market and benefiting from significant progress we are seeing in the fields… Continue Reading →

Portfolio Strategy in a Rising Interest Rate Environment

The U.S. stock markets have rallied since the presidential election in Dec 2016 on expectations that the fiscal stimulus proposed by President Trump will benefit the economy. 10-Year U.S. Yields rose from 1.86% during election day to 2.45% in Dec…. Continue Reading →

How to Raise Money for a Start-Up in Risk-Averse UK; fcuk innovation, problem, solution

If you’re sitting somewhere outside of the start-up ecosystem, the media can make you believe that there is tons of liquidity floating around the UK that’s waiting dormant to be utilised by green-eyed entrepreneurs. But the unfortunate reality is that… Continue Reading →

What Financial Stocks and Sectors Benefit from the Cloud and Artificial Intelligence?

Cloud computing and AI are becoming staples of everyday life – even if you don’t know it. The cloud is ubiquitous (by design and by adoption), and artificial intelligence, a completely different area in tech, is reaching into our lives… Continue Reading →

Harte-Hanks – A Value Stock

Disclaimer: This is a guest post from Michael Wiggins De Oliveira, and does not reflect the views of CityFALCON and its stakeholders. Harte-Hanks Date: 19/1/2017 Market Cap: $93m Share price: $1.52 Valuation / target price: ~$2.50 Investment Thesis Harte-Hanks (NYSE:… Continue Reading →

10 Life Changes That Will Get You Ready for Entrepreneurship

As a first time entrepreneur (and a single founder at that!) who has been building a product company for the last 3 years, I’m the first to admit that I’ve made tons of mistakes. If I were to do everything… Continue Reading →

Greatest Investors of All Time – How Did They Do It and What We Can Learn from Them

There are literally tens of millions of stock market and private investors today. The personal investing revolution has enabled anyone with a few hundred dollars to trade stocks. But we don’t have millions of great investors. Only a select few… Continue Reading →

Understanding Debt, Equity & Risk Reward Ratio – Investing for Newbies

This is episode 2 in our new to investing series – Understanding Debt, Equity & Risk Reward Ratio. Enjoy! Transcript of video When you start thinking about investing in the stock market, you’ll hear a lot of financial jargon thrown… Continue Reading →

What is Market Capitalisation? – Investing for Newbies

This is the first episode of Investing for newbies. Here we talk about what is market capitalisation and why it’s what you should consider why buying a stock. Transcript of video If I told you can buy this apple in my… Continue Reading →

Fossil (FOSL) – Plenty of Meat on the Bones – 50% Upside

Disclaimer: This is a guest post from Michael Wiggins De Oliveira and Laurent M. Thibeault, and does not reflect the views of CityFALCON and its stakeholders. FOSSIL (NASDAQ-GS:FOSL) Current Price: $31 Target: $50-$55 Background: If you haven’t heard of this company… Continue Reading →

Why the Apple Stock is the Perfect Short for Your Tech Portfolio

Summary: 2016 has been a crazy year on geopolitical and other fronts; Apple has struggled to innovate over the last several years compared to the other technology companies such as Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Tesla; If your portfolio comprises technology… Continue Reading →

The Decline from Demonetisation Provides a Great Opportunity for Long term Investors to Buy India

In continuation to the Indian Government’s reform agenda, PM Modi on November 8, announced immediate demonetisation of Rs. 500 & Rs.1000 notes, in a move to reduce black money in the system, curb funding of illegal activities and address the… Continue Reading →

Why Single Founder Discrimination is More Severe Than Gender or Racial Discrimination in the Start-Up World?

Imagine someone going to a woman and saying – “You will fail because you’re a woman…how many women do you see in the boards of big companies?… clearly the stats prove that you’ll fail if you’re a woman”.  If you… Continue Reading →

L.B. Foster: Under the Radar and Undervalued

Disclaimer: This is a guest post from Michael, and does not reflect the views of CityFALCON and its stakeholders. L.B. Foster Co (NASDAQ:FSTR) Date: 10/11/2016 Price: $12 Valuation: Easily $25 Business overview: FSTR is a manufacturer of products for rail,… Continue Reading →

7 Steps in 2 Years to ‘Smash’ £150K Equity Crowdfunding Target on Seedrs – the Process – the Great, Good, Bad and Ugly

Disclosure: I’m an investor in Seedrs, and CityFALCON has business relationships with Seedrs. If you depend on the media you may not realise this but fundraising at an early stage remains a real challenge in the UK unless you have… Continue Reading →

Value Pick – Gulfmark Offshore is a Multibagger to Buy for the Next 2 Years

Disclaimer: This is a guest post from Michael, and does not reflect the views of CityFALCON and its stakeholders. Stock: Gulfmark Offshore (NYSE:GLF) Date: 1/11/2016 Current Market Price: $1.10 Price target over two years: $5 per share, possibly $10-$15 Downside… Continue Reading →

Octopus Labs Accelerator – Week 2 – Game ON

As expected, in the first week we were settling down, and the real action started in the last week, week 2 of the program.  Also on the business front, we had a very positive week at CityFALCON (touch wood!). We… Continue Reading →

Octopus Labs Accelerator – Week 1 – The Pilot

Why join an accelerator program again? Whether accelerators are helpful or a waste of time depends on several factors, and we, at CityFALCON, have declined a few of these that have approached us in the past.  Apart from whether they… Continue Reading →

CityFALCON Financial News API for £20 Donation to ActionAid

The story goes that Nathan Mayer Rothschild, once reputed to be the wealthiest man of his generation, made a fortune because he was the first to learn of Napoleon’s defeat at the Battle of Waterloo. Informed by his couriers, the… Continue Reading →

Why and How to Invest in India

Summary India is starting to represent the new breed of high-growth emerging market, as Indian GDP grew by 7.5% in 2015, outpacing Chinese GDP growth (6.0%) for the first time. While China has spent the past several years developing infrastructure… Continue Reading →

Why We Are Valuing CityFALCON’s Crowdfunding Round at £4m?

As a value investor, I look to buy assets quoted below their ‘intrinsic’ value.  If you’re in London, come down to the London Value Investing Club, where we have over 800 active members and hold 2-3 events each month. At… Continue Reading →

Four Things That We Failed At Within Our First Two Years Of Start-up Operations

One of the key differences between Silicon Valley and the rest of the entrepreneurial world, is that the rest of the world does not celebrate failure as much as it should. Here in UK, “success” is the primary focus, and… Continue Reading →

How Developments in Financial News Aggregation are Transforming the Financial News Industry

Financial news is very different from news relevant to other sectors, because financial news drives markets and can greatly determine which investors profit, and which face losses. In a way, financial news has ‘split-second value,’ where even a mere split-second… Continue Reading →

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