UST is an algorithmic stablecoin that is supposed to stay pegged to the US dollar at $1. This means, 1 UST should always be convertible into 1 USD. However, in recent days, the stablecoin broke its peg and plunged to $0.14, losing its parity and wiping out over 85% of its value.
Markets are tumbling across the board. Stocks, commodities, gold, bitcoin and other assets are all tanking. The S&P 500 had its worst-performing beginning of the year since 1939. We are officially in a bear market.
The current world order is undoubtedly changing. It’s happening right in front of our eyes today. Timely, legendary investor and hedge fund manager Ray Dalio published a new book called “The Changing World Order: Why Nations Succeed or Fail”. Alongside the book, he released an animated video presentation summarizing key concepts of the book.
Over 70 years ago, economist F. A. Hayek published his book “The Road to Serfdom” in which he warned the world of the dangers of centralization and planned economies. Today, I revisit some of his warnings.
There has been growing concern about the sustainability of sovereign debt in the United States and around the world. While the United States has never directly defaulted on its debt, many people are wondering whether a US debt default might be on the horizon.
Cryptocurrency is a recent phenomenon that started around ten years ago. After Bitcoin was invented, several altcoins appeared on the scene including Namecoin and Litecoin. These altcoins promised improvements such as faster payments and scalability, and sometimes alternative use cases such as decentralizing existing internet services.
After Bitcoin was invented by Satoshi Nakamoto, many others decided to create their own variations of Bitcoin with minor or sometimes significant changes. Today, there are over 14,000 altcoins. This new market is often referred to as cryptocurrency market or simply crypto. There are different types of proponents in the industry.
I’m currently immersing myself in literature about the Great Depression and reading Benjamin Roth’s “The Great Depression: A Diary”. It’s like reading the mind of an investor that lived through the Great D
Bitcoin is often called a hedge against inflation and compared to gold. Historically, gold has been inversely correlated with the stock market. Whenever stocks crash, investors pull out of the stock market and invest into gold. And when stocks are in a bull market, investors move money from gold into the stock market.
Many people claim that bitcoin is one of the greatest bubbles in human history. It has been compared to the Tulip Mania and other bubbles in the past. Despite claims that bitcoin is in a bubble, it has continued growing at an astonishing rate and it shows no signs of slowing down.