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Bitcoin and paper money has no real value but our planet does

Bitcoin has skyrocketed so far in 2017, but what is it really worth? Its like other currencies like the US dollars; worthless. Its just like gold; worthless. They are all useful as a means of exchange.

The Nobel Peace Prize 2017 was awarded to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) «for its work to draw attention to the catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons and for ground-breaking efforts to achieve a treaty-based prohibition of such weapons».

The Earth`s climate has changed throughout history. Just in the last 650,000 years there have been seven cycles of glacial advance and retreat, with the abrupt end of the last ice age about 7,000 years ago marking the beginning of the modern climate era – and of human civilization.

The planet`s average surface temperature has risen about 2,0 degrees Fahrenheit (1,1 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.

Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the acidity of surface ocean waters has increased by about 30%. This increase is the result of humans emitting more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and hence more being absorbed into the oceans.

The amount of carbon dioxide absorbed by the upper layer of the oceans is increasing by about 2 billion tons per year.

Money has no real value. Our planet does.

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Cboe is the first to trade with bitcoin futures

Bitcoin has so far been a great deal for many investors in 2017. The price have skyrocketed, and something is about to change right now. Cboe Global Markets, which is the Chicago-based exchange group, launched bitcoin futures on Sunday. That can be a game changer.

Cboe President Chris Concannon is also planning to launch other cryptocurrency`s, and other firms like CME Group has hinted they will launch bitcoin futures very soon, but most of them have a “wait and see” approach.

 

 

As you can see from the chart above, the price is down. The new product will give investors the opportunity to pay a high price for its insurance, and its traders must put a lot of money on the table for their bets.

Bitcoin can be very volatile, and Cboe knows that. Traders are required to have 44% of the bitcoin settlement price set aside for their bet. This is a down-payment for their risk, and margins for the futures are under 10%. VIX margins can get up to 50% because of their risk.

Many are negative to bitcoin, and TD Ameritrade is taking a «wait and see» approach and wont provide the product for clients. Nor will Fidelity, Etrade and Charles Schwab. Two of the largest brokers; JPMorgan and Citigroup didnt start to participate in the market Sunday. Nor did Societe Generale, Interactive Brokers and Wedbush, according to Financial Times.

But anyway, Wall Street are watching the market, and so far there are a number of concerns over Gemini and that is low volumes on the exchange and system outages. Gemini is the cryptocurrency exchange founded by the Winklevoss twins. Cboe is basing its bitoin contracts on pricing on Gemini.

Gemini is still very small and the exchange sees only 1,4% of trading in the entire bitcoin market, and its activity can`t paint an accurate picture of the broader crypto-market. With its low volume and the lack of liquidity, it is also very easy to manipulate.

Cryptocurrency volumes topped as much as $26 billion in a single trading day, but trading firms are under pressure to enhance their technology. The ticker code for bitcoins is XBT and the trading began yesterday, on Sunday, December 10, 2017.

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U.S wages had an all-time high in September and Cyber Monday is the largest online shopping day in history

Money makes the world go around, and online shopping is taking off. Cyber Monday hit a new record of $6,59 Billion in sales which is up 16,8% from last years $5,64 Billion. Black Friday is close with its $5,03 Billion in sales and also that is up 16,9%.

Sales on Smartphones came in at an average orders of $123 on Apple iOS with Google Android close at $110. Adobe predicts this will be the first-ever holiday season to break $100 Billion in online sales. This is impressive.

Cyber Monday is the largest U.S online shopping day ever, but take a look at China and Jack Mas Alibaba. The e-commerce giant reported sales of $25,4 Billion in sales earlier this month on Chinas Singles` Day. Wow.

Top sellers on Cyber Monday included the Nintendo Switch, Apple AirPods and streaming devices like Google Chromecast and Roku.

Smartphones stands for 33,1% of revenue and 47,4% of visits which is a new record. Smartphone revenue grew 32,2% compared to 2016, reaching $1,59 Billion and that is a new all-time high.

The holiday season kicks off with Thanksgiving, followed by Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

Thanksgiving has been celebrated in the U.S nationally on and off since 1789, after Congress requested a proclamation by George Washington.

President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of «Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,» to be celebrated on the last Thursday in November.

The «First Thanksgiving» was celebrated by the Pilgrims after their harvest in the New World in October 1621. That was then, but this is now. Time has changed. Now, people spend most of their time thinking what they might need rather than what they already have.

Retailers have competed to give consumers the best deal and people kicked off their holiday season to go shopping off and online to snap up a great bargain. This mirroring the U.S consumer confidence.

The U.S economy expanded an annualized 3,3% on quarter in the third quarter of 2017. Economic Optimism in the U.S rose 6,6% in 53,6 in November this year. Record low came in at 35,80 in August of 2011.

U.S Wages had an all-time high in September of 2017 peaking at 22,23 USD/Hour.

 

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U.S New home sales soared 18,9% which is the biggest jump since January 1992

Investors didn`t expect much from the housing market this time, but they were all surprised by the numbers coming out. They expected a 1,1% decline but new home sales soared 18,9% MoM last month. Wow. This is the biggest jump since January 1992.

An annual rate of 667 000 in September of 2017 beats market expectations. It is the highest value since October of 2007 and the largest percentage gain since January of 1992. YoY, new home sales increased 17 percent. What`s going on here?

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The median sales price of new houses sold were $319,700 which is higher than last years $314,800. The average sales price was $385,200 which is higher than last years $366,100 in September of 2016.

Sales rose the most in the South by 25,8 percent to 405 000. The West rose by 2,9 percent to 141 000. The Mideast rose by 10,6 percent to 73 000, and the Northeast rose by 33,3 percent to 48 000.

YoY, new home sales increased by 17 percent, and the stock of new houses for sale was flat at 279 000, and this represents a supply of 5 months at the current sales rate.

It`s a big jump thanks to Hurricane Harvey and Irma.

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Foot traffic is declining and Black Friday can be much bigger than Cyber Monday in online sales

You have to wake up before it is too late. Black Friday is not what is used to be. Only a few years ago retailers were crowded with crazy people looking for a great deal. People still get great deals but some of them have already changed their behaviour.

According to Shoppertrak, foot traffic to U.S stores has fallen each year on Black Friday. We can clearly see a shift in the market, and reasons are many.

 

 

You can see it happening right in front of your eyes. Right now. Retailers are struggling and I have talked about if for years. Worst of all; this is just the beginning, and it is understandable. It is a natural thing.

Retailer chains said they will close about 7,000 stores and many of them are filing for bankruptcy. Many of them have too much debt and too many shops in the chain. On top of that we know that consumers wants to buy online.

Online retail activity are ten times bigger today than it was in 2004, and last year, on-line sales on Black Friday was around $2 billion, according to ComScore. Salesforce predicts Black Friday will be much bigger than Cyber Monday in online sales.

I take all the research on Black Friday as a pinch of salt, because retailers are destroying the day by starting the sale a week before the big day. Some call it Black Week, some call it Black Weekend and that will weaken the most important day Black Friday. That too makes the measure of the day a bit wrong. Black Friday is not only on Friday but sometimes for a whole week.

So, if you missed out on your shopping on Black Friday you still have the change to make a great deal on Cyber Monday.

The deals have already started and you can now buy for a discounted price at stores like Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy or Target. Cyber Monday is the online equivalent to Black Friday and the start is early on Monday November 27, 2017.

This is the day you can get deep discounts on Samsung, LG, Sharp, HP and Dell. You can also get a cheap PS4 slim and Xbox One S, Nintendo and iPhone X to name a few. It remains to see Cyber Monday exceeds Black Friday in on-line sales.

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