Polygon: Crypto’s Killer App?

Everyone loves Ethereum, right? It’s widely used and has a ton of code already out there for developers to slot into their projects.

But there’s one problem.

Ethereum can only process about 15 transactions per second. And the huge amount of computing power needed has gotten expensive. Some transactions can cost over $100 each.

What if there were a way to take the developer-friendly world of Ethereum and make it much, much faster?

That’s where Polygon comes in. Polygon can run at up to 65,000 transactions per second, far faster than even Visa’s huge network.

But developers can still use Ethereum-compatible blockchains and take advantage of the huge amount of code already available on Ethereum.

Similar to an API company like Plaid, the success of a smart contract platform like Polygon is all about developer adoption. The more widely it’s used, the more valuable it becomes.

Given that developers can write code on a platform they’re used to, I think Polygon will have a big advantage over most. It shows in the numbers: daily active users have gone from 750 at the beginning of the year to 192,000 in August.

Polygon is being used for a lot more than price speculation. The most popular project is QuickSwap, which lets you trade 100 cryptocurrency pairs quickly and easily.

My favorite project is Polymarket, where you can bet on real world events like elections or court cases. This could be useful for predicting the weather, a major need of agriculture businesses.

So will I be buying Polygon?

Despite its impressive technology, in a high risk investment like this, I’m looking for the possibility of a 100x return. I’d look for the same in a tech startup.

At a fully diluted market cap of $18 billion, Polygon may have already become so successful that it doesn’t make an ideal investment for me.

But I’ll be watching this awesome team to see what they come up with next!

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How Did High Dividend Stocks Perform In the Last Crash?

The Problem

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to lose patience with bonds. The yields are rock bottom. Inflation is high.

And the interest rate outlook is pointing in one direction: up. This would mean substantial losses for bonds.

So I’ve been looking into high dividend stocks as an alternative. And not just any high dividend companies: the Dividend Aristocrats.

The Dividend Aristocrats

Ultra high dividends are nice, but if the company quickly depletes its cash and has to slash them, it doesn’t do us much good. That’s why Dividend Aristocrats are so attractive.

To get on the list, a company has to raise dividends for 25 years. Straight.

As of 2021, there are 65 Dividend Aristocrats.

The Experiment

Today, I wanted to see how some of the highest yielding Dividend Aristocrats performed in the last stock market crash. It lasted from February 19 to March 23, 2020.

The S&P 500 index lost 33.9% of its value in a matter of weeks. Not gonna lie, it was interesting. 🙂

I focused on companies currently yielding above 3%. I figured there wasn’t much point in replacing bonds with stocks that yield only slightly more.

Only 17 stocks made it into this illustrious group. Call them the Dividend Royals.

The Results

So how did the Dividend Royals do in the last crash?

Not terribly well. On average, they dropped 36%. That’s slightly worse than the S&P 500’s 33.9%.

Why did the Dividend Royals do worse? The fact that a small number of energy and real estate companies in this group suffered huge losses is one major factor.

Bonds, boring and frustrating as they are, did much better. The long-term Treasury fund actually gained 11.7%. The bond market index fund I own lost just 1.2%.

But today, they yield just 1.91% and 1.41% respectively.

Conclusion

Despite being solid, mature companies, high dividend stocks fell further than the market in the most recent crash. However, these creme de la creme of the Dividend Aristocrats all kept paying their fat dividends.

If you can stomach the capital loss, they may be a better bet.

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AMC May Issue Its Own Cryptocurrency, Per CEO

Fascinating news from AMC:

AMC Entertainment Holdings Inc., already bolstered in the past year by technology, may go even further by issuing its own cryptocurrency.

The Leawood-based company’s CEO, Adam Aron, said on CNBC that the company is getting “hyperactive” when it comes to cryptocurrency, though he added that the idea is one of several the giant theater chain is working on.


I think this is an excellent idea. AMC’s business is on an upward trend, but it still suffers from heavy debt.

Its debt, at nearly $6 billion, far exceeds its cash balance of $1.8 billion, per the most recent quarterly report.

AMC could use a lot more capital to pay off that debt and free itself to pursue a bright future. But shareholders recently voted against the issuance of new shares that could’ve brought in over $1 billion.

They don’t want their ownership position diluted, of course.

But issuing a cryptocurrency dilutes no one. It’s essentially free money.

Given the intense interest in AMC by the meme crowd, I would expect these coins to do rather well. AMC could use that money to pay off some debt and be in a stronger position for the future.

Kudos to CEO Adam Aron for this innovative idea! I hope he pursues it.

More on markets:

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AMC Has Burned Short Sellers for $4 Billion in 2021, Per Latest Data

Will Evergrande Spark a Global Financial Crisis?

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Hamutaro: Anime’s Cutest Character?

My wife, who is from Japan, recently showed me a cartoon. It may be the cutest thing in the known universe:

The star: the adorable Hamutaro! Hamutaro is an enchanting little hamster who has all sorts of adventures.

In this opening song, you can see him running around the globe, playing on his wheel, and enjoying his favorite food: sunflower seeds.

If you’re wondering what they’re saying, here’s some of it, filtered through my mediocre Japanese:

“Hamutaro runs quickly.”

“His favorite is sunflower seeds.”

“Hamutaro is sleepy.”

I’ve never been into anime, but Hamutaro just might change that!

Enjoy!

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How Elrond Could Take Over Payments Worldwide

I recently sent a wire transfer. The money was destined for a promising tech startup. I was so excited!

Then I logged into my account a few days later and noticed a mysterious $20 charge. Next to it, the dreaded words “Wire Transfer Fee.”

Eww. Why should sending what amounts to a text message cost $20? Because they can, that’s why.

I found another bank that offers free wire transfers, which is very rare. But this experience got me thinking: what if we blew up this system?

That’s where a new cryptocurrency called Elrond comes in. Since its launch last year, this innovative coin’s price has gone vertical:

But what’s even more impressive than that is its capabilities. The Elrond Network can process up to 263,000 transactions per second.

That’s more than ten times Visa’s capacity and over 25 times Ethereum 2.0’s.

It also uses a new technique called adaptive state sharding. This means that the network can create more nodes, which process transactions, as the network grows. It can also merge them if participants leave.

This means a network that scales up and down easily. No other cryptocurrency that I know of has this feature.

So what does it cost to process payments on Elrond?

Practically nothing. In fact, someone recently transferred $17 million for less than a penny on the Elrond Network.

Take that, banksters!

One fly in the crypto ointment could be Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations. These require identity verification for all accounts and payments and are designed to avoid money laundering.

But the entire banking industry handles KYC for just $500 million a year. The blockchain could actually make it easier and cheaper by letting banks share that info. That way, each bank doesn’t have to go through the process again with the same person.

So, does Elrond work as an investment? I’m not sure, and I’m eager to hear your thoughts on that. Leave a comment at the very bottom. (I don’t own Elrond currently.)

For anything this high risk, I’d like to see the possibility of a 100x or greater return, just like with early-stage startups.

The fully diluted market cap currently sits at $8 billion. Can it get to $800 billion?

That will depend on how much of the existing financial structure it replaces.

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Why I Just Invested in Kippo, Where Gamers Find Love

The Hamster Crypto Trader That’s Outperforming Me

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Why I Just Invested in Kippo, Where Gamers Find Love

Almost every dating app out there today is fundamentally the same. You swipe, you match, you text. They have different names but offer the same one-dimensional experience. Bored yet?

Enter Kippo, a new app that specializes in helping video game fans find dates and new friends. Your profile is a lot more fun than the typical dating app blurb. You can list your favorite games and match with someone who loves them too! 

You can even create fun little cards within your profile. You can show off your pet, your personality type, and more.

Kippo gives people something to bond over: the games they love. No more awkward “how’s your day going?” after you match. 

And for a low pressure virtual first date, how about a little Fortnite?

Kippo is growing at warp speed as gamers flock to the platform. There just might be someone there who loves Muscle March as much as you do!

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Male Contraception With an Ultrasound Device?

Why I Just Invested in Capbase, The Startup in a Box

How Solana Could Wipe Out Visa and MasterCard

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Why the SEC Report Is Crap

After nearly 9 months, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its report on January’s meme stock mania yesterday. Their dramatic conclusion:

There are many different types of investors, and they buy and sell stocks for many different reasons.

Good thing we’re paying these guys, huh?

The report is mostly a bland summary of the run-up in stocks like GameStop Corp., AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., and others. It ends with a series of milquetoast “areas for potential study” including “forces that may cause a brokerage to restrict trading”.

I’ll give you something to study: how about the internal chat logs at Robinhood in which the person who made the decision to restrict trading describes selling all his AMC shares first?

This allegation appears in a pending lawsuit in US District Court in South Florida. I find it incredible that the SEC never even bothers to mention it or investigate its veracity.

I just came back from vacation, and I was hoping to feel relaxed. But frankly, reading this report pissed me off.

This is the usual government hemming and hawing while strong evidence exists of crimes by well-connected fatcats.

The only way it’s going to change is if the public speaks out.

More on markets:

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Robinhood Knew Its Platform Was Falling Apart, But Kept Signing Up Record Numbers of Users

AMC Fails to Deliver Are 40,000 Times Amazon’s, Per Latest Data

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Robinhood Exec Dumped AMC Right Before He Limited Trades, Lawsuit Alleges

A new lawsuit in federal court in Florida alleges that a top Robinhood executive sold his stock shortly before he limited buying in shares of some meme stocks:

Robinhood Securities President and COO, James (Jim) Swartwout, who Tenev points to as making the ultimate call to PCO, says in an internal chat on January 26, 2021, “I sold my AMC today. FYI – tomorrow morning we are moving GME to 100% – so you are aware.”

When Robinhood froze buying in shares of stocks like AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc. and GameStop Corp. in January, it caused large losses for many customers. With demand for the stocks artificially reduced, prices plummeted.

Angry as customers were then, I wonder how much angrier they’ll be to know that the top executives of Robinhood may have conspired together to save themselves before throwing their customers to the wolves.

If these allegations are proven, top Robinhood executives could be headed to prison. Such actions are illegal and totally unethical.

One thing I wonder is if Robinhood executives were dumb enough to put this in an online chat, how did they get their jobs in the first place?

There will be no blog next week. I’ll be on a trip to celebrate my grandmother’s 87th birthday!

In the mean time, enjoy a few of my favorite posts:

Why You Should Tell Your Boss You’re Not Coming in on Friday

The Swami Who Taught Me About Politics

How China’s Tech Industry Dies

What if Everyone on Earth Had Super Fast Internet for $1?

The Best Mexican Food Is In…New Jersey?

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Robinhood Knew Its Platform Was Falling Apart, But Kept Signing Up Record Numbers of Users

On January 28, 2021, Robinhood cut off buying in shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings, Inc., GameStop Corp. and other popular stocks.

This caused the shares to fall, infuriating investors.

Just 3 days before, Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev and top engineers knew the platform was under incredible stress. From an internal chat:

So, what did they do? Restrict new sign-ups? Pull some ads? No.

In fact, despite being well aware that its systems were buckling under enormous volume, Robinhood barrelled ahead to its biggest day for downloads ever.

That was January 27th. One day later, all hell broke loose.

This is but one gem from a class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

As someone who invests in tech startups, I can certainly understand their desire to grow. But when your internal systems are so strained that you can barely service your existing customers, throwing gasoline on the fire isn’t the answer.

This behavior jeopardizes your reputation for the long term in order to reach a short-term goal.

Something tells me this won’t be the last lawsuit.

More on markets:

AMC Fails to Deliver Are 40,000 Times Amazon’s, Per Latest Data

Will Evergrande Spark a Global Financial Crisis?

If Citadel is Trolling on Twitter, Where Else Are They?

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If Citadel is Trolling on Twitter, Where Else Are They?

Some unusual online behavior from major broker Citadel Securities recently:

“Refuse to believe an American landed on the moon.” Does this sound like a normal PR department of a major company?

Not remotely. With the hyperbole and mudslinging, Citadel Securities sounds like an online troll.

The Financial Times notes that the firm has rarely said anything online. Indeed, its last tweet was from January.

This behavior strikes me as unhinged and speaks to dysfunction within the company. Why would the largest processor of stock trades in America get into online trashtalking?

If this slipped past management’s filter, I’m willing to bet a lot of other things have to.

And that’s where the lawsuit comes in. A suit in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida alleges that Citadel pushed Robinhood to restrict trades in shares of AMC, GameStop and other meme stocks to benefit its associated hedge fund.

Both sides have already admitted meeting shortly before the restriction, but deny anything inappropriate happened.

Citadel seems to be getting desperate in fighting these allegations. And if they’re trolling on Twitter under their company account, I wonder where else they’re pushing their narrative.

I would not be surprised to see reports of Citadel employees pushing the company line under their personal accounts or pseudonyms. And with botnets available for just a few hundred dollars, why not?

Something has gone wrong inside this company.

It may take a federal court to sort it out.

More on markets:

AMC Fails to Deliver Are 40,000 Times Amazon’s, Per Latest Data

Will Evergrande Spark a Global Financial Crisis?

AMC Has Burned Short Sellers for $4 Billion in 2021, Per Latest Data

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This platform lets me diversify my real estate investments so I’m not too exposed to any one market. I’ve invested since 2018 and returns have been good so far. More on Fundrise in this post.

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Misfits Market

My wife and I have gotten organic produce shipped to our house by Misfits for over a year. It’s never once disappointed me. Every fruit and vegetable is super fresh and packed with flavor. I thought radishes were cold, tasteless little lumps at salad bars until I tried theirs! They’re peppery, colorful and crunchy! I wrote a detailed review of Misfits here.

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