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Top Websites for Crypto, Bitcoin, and ICO News, Research, and Analysis

Cryptocurrencies are here to stay. Even if the fervour has died down from its heights of Winter 2017-2018, the technology itself is still developing and will continue to do so. Bitcoin futures launched in December 2017 in the United States… Continue Reading →

ETFs, Mutual Funds – Everything You Need To Know

In this final instalment of our series of posts (see the earlier posts here – Part I- Introduction to ETFs, Mutual Funds, REITs, ETNs , Part II- All you need to know about REITs, ETNs), we will assume you have decided to… Continue Reading →

REITs, ETNs – All You Need To Know

While we termed REITs as funds, technically they do not have the term “fund” in the name. Either way, they are still pools of assets to help investors gain exposure to otherwise inaccessible assets. In this case, the asset class… Continue Reading →

An Introduction to Mutual Funds, ETFs, REITs, ETNs

MFs, ETFs, REITs, ETNs. Four acronyms many investors may be familiar with, and in their expanded form, they are familiar to many members of the noninvesting public. Mutual funds, born in their modern form in the early 20th century, enable… Continue Reading →

The Complete Guide to Concentrated Portfolio Stocks Value Investing – Play to Win

Daring. This is how most of the people would describe concentrated value investing. Getting head to head with high-speed rail could certainly be thrilling and exciting, but in modern financial markets where everything is decided in a brink of a… Continue Reading →

10 Questions About Value Investing in Stocks And Shares That Most Beginners Ask

CityFALCON’s goal is to provide our users with digestible data to inform investment decisions. For those who are beginning their journey into value investing, we would like to extend our welcome by helping you start off in the right direction…. Continue Reading →

What 400 Year History Tells Us About Emerging Asset Classes Including Cryptos

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This post is inspired by the presentation by Ashish Kaushal at London Value Investing Club.  The content of the post, however, is the view of the author. Humans have always considered some objects as assets. Food, shelter, clothing, water. These have… Continue Reading →

Must Know Cryptocurrency Terminology: Shorthand & Slang Used by Community

The term cryptocurrency has taken the world by storm. There are plenty of articles, and office watercooler gatherings around the globe are buzzing with crypto-this and crypto-that. It is the “next big thing”. The recent spectacular rise in several currencies’… Continue Reading →

The Biggest Reason Why People Lose Money in Stock Markets & Cryptocurrencies

We, humans, are social creatures by nature. Our banding together and sharing of information has catapulted us from cavemen to spacefarers in just a few millennia. Society and human contact are essential to our success. But, as with anything, there… Continue Reading →

2018 Stock Market Predictions by 10+ Investment Banks

2017 was a wild year. The inauguration of Donald Trump, the Brexit impasse and negotiations, possible far-right populist victories in European elections, the threat of nuclear war in East Asia, separatist movements within the EU, the meteoric rise of cryptocurrencies… Continue Reading →

How to Make Money in a Stock Market and Cryptocurrency Bubble?

Many investors, old and new alike, suggest that you stay away from bubbles. And if you have long-term capital appreciation interests in mind, then it is definitely advisable to avoid them. But if you are willing to trade on the… Continue Reading →

Fundamental vs Technical Analysis for Stock Market Investing and Trading

We’ve written about the differences between investing and trading before – Difference Between Stock Market Investing and Trading – Don’t Mix Up the Strategies. These two strategies sound similar, but they have very different foundations and philosophies. Here, we will… 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 →

Bank earnings upbeat but stocks drop. Is there a buying opportunity for investors?

Bank earnings topped estimates, yet prices of bank stocks JPM, C, WFC dropped. What drove their earnings? Buoyant markets helped drive investment banking revenues for these banks, but lack of volatility impacted their trading revenues that proved to be a… Continue Reading →

Crude oil prices’ fine balancing act. Will the markets rebalance?

Crude oil prices rose on reports of global demand picking up and are up about 4% through Thursday Supply woes intensify While the markets welcomed the good news, they continue to remain cautious about increasing supply. The oil market, since… Continue Reading →

UK’s slowing wage growth despite record employment levels – good news or bad news?

After last week’s dismal industry and trade data from the UK, yesterday’s news of falling unemployment levels lent some support to the sterling.However, UK’s slowing wage growth once again reminded the markets of UK’s dimming growth prospects. Why are wages… Continue Reading →

Q2 earnings underway – will energy sector deliver or disappoint?

Big banks like $JPM, $C, $WFC will set the ball rolling for the Q2 earnings season with their reports pouring in on Friday this week. As per estimates, Y/Y earnings and revenue growth in Q2 are expected to be around… Continue Reading →

Illinois credit downgrade – hanging in the budget balance

Moody’s warned yesterday of a credit rating downgrade to junk for the US state of Illinois. The background The state hasn’t had a full year budget for the last 2 years because of disagreement over spend/revenue plan between its Republican… 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 →

North Korean Crisis – how does it impact the world markets?

Yesterday, North Korea’s missile launch marked an escalation of its nuclear program as part of its survival and security enhancement program. This event has heightened geopolitical tensions and is impacting global markets. The dynamics The Korean peninsula has been marked… Continue Reading →

China’s manufacturing data – is this recovery sustainable?

China’s upbeat PMI manufacturing data for June, published this week, points to an expanding economy and improving economic conditions in Q2. But how should one read this data in light of growth prospects for China? Short-term outlook improving Concerns of… Continue Reading →

Amazon’s acquisition of wholefoods a game changer? Don’t jump the gun yet..

Amazon last week announced its intent to acquire Whole Foods for ~14bn. The acquisition would initiate Amazon’s foray into brick-and-mortar space, a reversal of current e-commerce trend sweeping the retail industry. Food retailer stocks suffered a setback on the announcement… Continue Reading →

MSCI’s China A-Shares inclusion – how does it impact the markets?

MSCI announced its decision to include shares of 222 large cap China A-share companies in its benchmark Emerging Markets Index on Tuesday. What does the decision mean? It means that China’s A shares – that are shares of mainland China-based… Continue Reading →

UK and Brexit Negotiations – trapped in the exit?

The Brexit negotiations that started yesterday mark the beginning of 2 years of the extraction process of the UK out of the EU. The beginning of the negotiation process doesn’t change much at the get-go – other than being symbolic… Continue Reading →

Section 232 investigations: will tariffs on steel imports help restore American jobs?

Trump proposed a probe on the impact of steel imports on the nation’s national security via section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act, in April. The results of the investigation are expected to be released this week. Why the… 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 →

Tech slump eases – did the global markets overreact?

Stocks of tech giants Apple, Facebook, Google fell more than 3% on Friday with the sell-off continuing on Monday as well and spreading to Europe and Asia. But the slump has abated since then. Why the drop? While there was… Continue Reading →

Qatar conflict – impact on oil prices, trade, and investments

Last week, Arab nations that include Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE and Bahrain, severed diplomatic relations with Qatar citing its support for terrorism. Oil prices rose 1% as the markets reacted to the possibility of supply disruption, but pared gains… 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 →

Trump’s adieu to the Paris Accord

President Trump announced the withdrawal of the US from the Paris climate agreement last week, arguing it was destroying American jobs. Though the US markets broadly reacted positively to the news, there were winners and losers. Coal stocks trended higher,… Continue Reading →

Dodd Frank Repeal – will the Congress pass the reform bill?

US House votes for the Dodd-Frank repeal this week. What it means? The Dodd-Frank, a law for the regulation of the financial industry, was introduced in 2010 to promote financial stability. Trump is proposing a repeal of the law to… Continue Reading →

UK Elections this week

UK elections happen this week. The conflicting polls about the Conservatives lead over the Labour Party have added an element of uncertainty to the almost certain expectations of a landslide win by the Tories (Conservative Party) a month ago. It… Continue Reading →

Greece Crisis – harbinger of doom or a toothless threat?

European shares, this week, were hit by growing investor worries about the Greece crisis. What does this mean? Greece’s debt repayments are due in July and its lenders meet in June to work out a solution. Greece recently deepened austerity… Continue Reading →

Gold prices: catalysts that could support its rise this year

Gold is holding on to its monthly high at the start of the week. The metal is up ~9% YTD. A few catalysts could support gold prices going forward: 1) A no hike / reduced pace decision from Fed could… 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 →

Will OPEC’s deal extension help lift oil prices in long term?

On Thursday, OPEC and other non-members extended the November production cut agreement by 9 months. If the deal cut announcement was in keeping with the market consensus, why did oil drop ~5% after the news? The drop could be a… Continue Reading →

Moody’s China downgrade is a warning, not a verdict

Moody’s downgraded China’s credit rating on Wednesday citing rising debt levels. The country’s benchmark equity index fell 1% but recouped losses. The reaction of the global stock markets was also muted. Given the fact that the global markets have been… Continue Reading →

FCC’s vote against net neutrality: impact on stakeholders

Last week, the FCC voted to start the repeal of Obama’s key internet policy of net neutrality. What does it mean? In 2015, broadband internet was reclassified as a vital utility, subjecting it to heavier regulations. The idea was to… 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 →

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

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 →

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