Monthly Archives: June 2019

Crowdfunding Helps, But Financiers Are Needed For Black Filmmakers

Independent film production seems to get harder every year. And, notwithstanding Black Panther, if you are a minority filmmaker, it’s even tougher. So, while acknowledging that her productions stand on the shoulders of “Moonlight” and “Get Out,” writer/producer Lena Waithe, … Continue reading

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Builders of Crowdfunded Wall Face Jail

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Maybe bad intentions also, since the crowdfunded border wall that was built on private land in Texas was, according to Buzzfeed, “illegally constructed, city officials say, charging the landowner … Continue reading

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Crypto-Optimism By Individuals

The neat thing about trading markets is that they represent opposing views on the value of an asset and those opposing views create value in themselves. The CME Group (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) is  where one can trade Bitcoin futures. There … Continue reading

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Hong Kongers Crowdfund Ads To Protest Extradition Bill

The protests in the Chinese territory of Hong Kong have died down but the issue has not disappeared. The extradition bill has been postponed indefinitely by Chief Executive  Carrie Lam, but the crowd continues to push. It has just crowdfunded  … Continue reading

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Have you received a hot tip phone call from someone claiming to be a broker but aren’t sure if it’s legitimate? You may want to check the Securities and Exchange Commission’s “black list” nicknamed PAUSE. PAUSE stands for Public Alert: … Continue reading

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Crypto Broker Licenses Stalled

Companies that have filed applications with the Financial Industry Regulation Authority and the Securities and Exchange Commission to become cryptocurrency brokers have been stymied, some for over a year. With the SEC Chairman voicing concerns that the vast majority of … Continue reading

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Facebook Unveils Its Cryptocurrency

As noted here last week, Facebook is embracing cryptocurrency by today launching Libra, a Swiss foundation issued crypto entity (to evade US regulation, perhaps) that will be raising money in the near future. Backed by 28 real companies (but no … Continue reading

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Crowdfunding Tipping Points

What’s the psychological trick in getting people to donate to a crowdfunding charity? Two professors who studied this noted: (i) that if you feel like you are the “tipping point” in getting the charity over its target goal, you’re more … Continue reading

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Facebook To Introduce Cryptocurrency

Say what you will about Mark Zuckerberg, he’s not stupid. He’s now using OPM (Other People’s Money) to create a new cryptocurrency to be called “Libra.” The Wall Street Journal noted today that his partners include VISA, Mastercard, PayPal and … Continue reading

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Grisly Crowdfunding Campaign A Fake

Charity crowdfunding appeals tug at your heart. But the problem is that there is no one that vets these appeals. The most grisly fake  in recent memory emanated out of Chicago for Baby Xander, allegedly born prematurely and in a … Continue reading

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