Friday, 23 June 2017

A Analysis

The Veritas Tear Sheet & Summary is now available for download, which packs all the information about Veritas in a single page. A step by step guide to purchasing Veritas can be downloaded here.

Veritas Deal Sheet

We will see you on the 25th of April!

Press Release

ICODAO: Autonomous Robot That Obsolesces Bankers, Funds Managers & VCs

For Immediate Release - NY

Upfront:

  • Reincarnation of the DAO, done correctly

  • Autonomous robot selects ICOs and startups without a fund manager or VC

  • Use of “Zero Margin” model drives prices and compensation through the floor - Excellent for consumers, death knell for fund managers/VCs.

  • Powered by one of the most prescient strategists in the business

  • The future of finance, ICO slated for April 25th, 2107 at US market open

 

The man that called Bear Stearns, Lehman, the real estate and EU sovereign debt crashes as well as mobile tech booms is now mobilizing his films blockchain technology to go head-to-head with the captains of global industry - Wall Street. Unlike the vast majority of blockchain tech start-ups that strive to improve upon the business processes within the leaders of the finance , Reggie Middleton’s Veritaseum seeks to disintermediate said leaders in totality, thereby releasing an unprecedented cascading wave of value currently tied up in excessive fees, commissions and economic ents.

This disintermediation is accomplished by using a DAO (digital autonomous organization consisting purely of distributed software that lives on no single computer or server) which is essentially a smart contract (autonomous computer code, analogous to a legal or social contract that produces y or z result after X input, contingent upon the input).

Veritaseum’s ICODAO will have the ability to accept requests for Eth from prospective ICO issuers, evaluate said requests and if the requests past muster from the DAO’s perspective, then dig in deeper with due diligence and proprietary analysis to ascertain whether the offering will be participated in.

This occurs at a cost that is up to 90% cheaper than fund-like vehicles, meaning the ICODAO token holders (those who submitted Veritaseum’s Veritas tokens to the DAO) stand to benefit significantly more than those who may have invested in a fund with a similar gross return and risk profile, reference this complete illustration for more).

Reggie Middleton the Veritaseum team will support the ICODAO with analysis and development services. ICODAO takes robo-investing and brings it to a new, autonomous and significantly more paradigm shifting level, threatening the highest paid of professional financial investors - VCs and fund managers.

Veritaseum is planning its own ICO (initial coin offering) on April 25th, starting at the open of NY financial markets, through May 26th or as long as supply lasts. Click here for more information.

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Web-ready logo https://blog.veritaseum.com/images/logo/latest_logo.png  

Virtual roadshow https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1FMyNvogofqojqG6nkIjgvvjAnsWs1qOtKUFExvtp_m0/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000&slide=id.p

On disripting hedge funds and VCs https://blog.veritaseum.com/current-analysis/1-blog/220-reggie-middleton-shows-what-happens-when-the-fund-fee-fight-hits-the-blockchain

Pathogenic Finance https://youtu.be/_vf8-Hl78pM

Veritaseum: Ushering in the P2P Capital Markets

Veritaseum is in the process of building peer-to-peer capital markets that enable financial and value market participants to deal directly with each other on a counterparty risk-free basis in lieu of going through middlemen, intermediaries and authoritative 3rd parties. We are holding an ICO for our Veritas tokens: the sole means of accessing the vehicles for the P2P economic markets. Here is an overview of the ICO details. The online Veritas presentation deck is rich with descriptions and links to other documentation and instructions on participating should you want to dig in deeper.

The Veritas deal sheet is now available for download.

Veritas Deal Sheet

Executive Summary

  • Veritaseum is to be considered a gateway, or onramp to the P2P economy, akin to how a browser is used to access the World Wide Web, or a Bitcoin or Ethereum wallet is used to access those distributed ledger platforms.

  • Veritaseum’s wallet uses a layman friendly interface to build, distribute, read and execute smart contracts.

  • The Veritaseum wallet interacts with Bitcoin and (soon) Ethereum blockhains and oracles to conditionally store and transfer value.

  • Veritaseum’s primary competition will initially  be the sell side Wall Street status quo. Its aim is two-fold:

    • o provide autonomous asset management and investment vehicles (DAOs) at near zero profit margin, drawing assets from the more traditional players and then selling information, data and advisory services on top of it;

    • Enable self-service P2P smart contract transactions over-the-counter, that mimic the transactional services of the legacy players, at considerably lower cost and without balance sheet exposures, credit risks or counterparty risks.

      • This near zero margin model will be replicated as a platform across the entire FIRE sector (finance, insurance and real estate), and then to sharing economy models (ie. Uber, AirBbB).

  • Veritas launched a long-running beta of its OTC value trading platform in 2013 and claims to not only be the first publicly viable P2P capital markets implementation of smart contracts technology but to to be the first to file for patent protection of the same.

  • Management pulled the Wallet from public access soon after the CFTC announced their regulation of bitcoin out of concerns of a requirement to register as an SEF (swap execution facility). Management’s goal is to be, and to remain, solely a software, software data services and advisory provider - and explicitly not a financial concern.

  • Veritaseum is moving to the Ethereum blockchain, while still retaining exposure to the Bitcoin token, in order to broaden its smart contract capabilities.

Product: What is Veritaseum Providing and How?

Veritaseum provides direct access to smart contract construction, execution and related products the non-technical individual. This direct access facilitates access to what Veritaseum management has coined the “Peer-to-Peer capital markets” - essentially an ever growing pool of users who transact value directly with each other instead of through intermediaries and middlemen, ie. Wall Street banks and brokerages. Veritaseum sees highly customizable and programmatic, direct, P2P transactions as the future of capital markets.

In addition, with the advent of low cost networking and geographically aware computing power (smart phones), blockchain tech and smart contracts, the concept of transferable value is easily expanded past real and financial assets to privacy, labor, data and a cornucopia of things none of us have through of yet.

All assets are stored client side, fully encrypted and are always in the complete control of the client (i.e., you, the individual user). Veritaseum doesn’t even store encrypted copies on its servers. Even in the event of a password compromise, bad actors must also locate the assets to access them. Something that is much easier to do on a centralized server (e.g., JP Morgan or Citibank) than a fully distributed system.

With Veritaseum, one can literally tweet an entire trade, or click a Friend on Facebook to take the other side of a short Goldman long Facebook trade, or transfer BTC linked to the price of gold through a text message. All without having to trust who’s on the other side! This level of friction free finance leads to the inevitable…

Pathogenic Finance - the Rise of Viral Financial Transactions

In the legacy financial world, in order to open a bank account, you have to present various forms of ID, go through multiple levels of KYC/AML, and wait a few days for funds to clear. In order to open a brokerage account, you have to fill out forms, answer questionnaires, meet minimum account balances and wait up to 3 days for funds to clear and 10 to 20 business days for assets to be transferred from account to account. All this is done to essentially remand control, custody, possession, and ownership of your funds and assets to a centralized hosted wallet (bank or brokerage) with oodles of balance sheet exposure to other centralized hosted wallets (banks, brokerages and exchanges). In return, you are given a promise not to plunder. With Veritaseum, you can create multiple accounts in under 60 seconds. You can start trading and transacting with others almost immediately, and in all cases no less than 60 minutes provided you have bitcoin on hand.

 

This ability to do practically everything your bank and brokerage offers through your browser (for dramatically less money) on practically any web-connected device with a modern browser, practically anywhere, with almost anyone, and without having to trust them inevitably leads to a massive proliferation of transactions. This proliferation will spread exponentially, not linearly, as more and more people realize they have been essentially freed from the “Matrix”.

·       This is what AT&T was afraid of in 1915, causing them to miss out on roughly 7 billion “new” customer accounts, and potentially controlling the telecommunications space.

·       This is what AOL was afraid of in the mid to late ‘90s, causing them to go from the Internet access market leader to an “also ran” in the space.

·       This is what the banks and financial industry are fighting against now, likely to have no more success than their historical compatriots in other industries.

This growth and proliferation in peer-to-peer transactions, is truly viral. The outbreak will not be media or telecomm this time around, but the very meaning, application, and use of money and value itself! This is the dawn of “Pathogenic Finance”!

What is the Disruption of the Normal Physiology of the Legacy Finance Mechanism?

Autonomy vs. Heteronomy

A pathogen is an infectious agent that disrupts the normal physiology of an organism. In this case, the disease is a new cultural meme. Pathogenic finance is a concept discovered and coined by Reggie Middleton, Disruptor-in-Chief at Veritaseum. Veritaseum acts as a virion (infectious virus particle) for carrying new pathogenic cultural memes, ideas, and practices of finance that can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, rituals, or media. Regardless of what the meme is transmitted through, it is transmitted by… Veritaseum. It is analogous to a virus in that it self-replicates, mutates, and respond to selective pressures on organisms to evolve (i.e., changes in habitat, weather, food availability and type, etc.). Veritaseum, like its biological counterpart, can infect multiple forms found throughout multiple ecosystems. Viruses are the most abundant type of biological entity. Being that Veritaseum now lives as a web page, it can live and multiply anywhere there’s an Internet connection and modern browser. Any geographic location, any device, any user. All it takes is a single Tweet, text, email, or drag and drop to get Veritaseum value transactions to spread and multiply.

Why is the Veritas token needed?

The Veritas token will act as the key and only gateway to access the contracts that build the P2P capital markets. The Veritas token is easily programmed (by the non-technical user) to take on the market exposure attributes of nearly any other financial or  real asset or commodity that has a generally accepted and accessible data feed and/or price discovery. As such, Veritas also acts as the fuel to run the P2P capital market’s engines.

The Veritas ICO will be capped, guaranteeing the scarcity of Veritas, Negotiations are being made to have Veritas accepted off blockchain by legacy institutions.

The New Age, 21st Century Gold Rush: The Grab for Intellectual Property Rights in Smart Contract and Blockchain Technologies

First things, first – let’s quantify the sum of money that is in question. Veritaseum’s platform deals in value transfer. That is not the same as securities, banking or even Wall Street industry. It is literally the exchange of things that are worth something. It is literally the largest potential market in existence. This is a page taken from our crowdfunding information deck.

Addressible market Putting this into perspective, that.s $16.35 of value for every basis point of market penetration. Five basis points of real penetration across markets will dramatically increase the demand and scarcity of Veritas.

Veritaseum doesn’t have to take over markets, it simply has to ensure reliable usage in a very small subsection of markets.

JP Morgan, Bank of America, Goldman Sachs and IBM are just a sampling of the some of the largest, most powerful and most influential companies that have rushed to file patents in this potentially unprecedented arena of profit. From a financial, technological and value perspective, it is literally the second coming of the Internet.


The smart(er) money appears to have started filing financially focused cryptocurrency-related patent applications in the 1st and 2nd quarter of 2014.

 

Below you will find the Veritas digital road show - a slide presentation that goes through what Veritas is, what Veritaseum does, and why you should get involved. This presentation is interactive and chocked full of content. To get the most out of such a dense offering, be sure to make use of the interactive table of contents on the 2nd slide, and please click through all of the videos, links to download the various documents and take your time to read and understand what Veritas is and is not, and what Veritaseum is and plans to be. 

 

Come back here on the 25th of April for more information and the links necessary to access  our crowdsale and initial coin offering smart contracts, be ready to get started! In the meantime, come and find out why we're so excited about this... transformation of capital markets...

 

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For more information, download the Veritas deal sheet and the step by step guide to purchasing Veritas can be downloaded here.

The online Veritas presentation deck is rich with descriptions and links to other documentation and instructions on participating should you want to dig in deeper.

Download the Pathogenic Finance report and view the video.

Come back to Veritaseum.com at the open of NY financial markets (9:30 am, EST sharp) on April 25th, 2017 to purchase your Veritas, and own your keys to the P2P Capital Markets.

Getting Started Down the Road to Purchasing the Keys to the Peer-to-Peer Capital Markets

Veritas sale date: 9:30 am, EST - April 25th, 2017

This Veritas Offering Summary is available for download and sharing with live links. A step-by-step guide to purchasing Veritas can be downloaded here.

The Veritaseum token offering - Veritas - is now available for sale (as of today, 9:30 am, eastern standard time - 4/25/2017). If you are already familiar with Veritaseum and our tokens offering, you can proceed directly to our purchase instructions (by downloading purchasing our tokens, you assent to our Term and Conditions and Purchase Agreement). Click here to proceed to the Veritas 2017 Token Purchase: Step-by-Step Tutorial

For those who prefer a quick primer on Veritas, please proceed to the Veritas Informational Tear Sheet with live links to a plethora of information. 

A long form, interactive presentation can be found  here in the form of a virtual roadshow - Informational Presentation. To get the most out of such a dense offering, be sure to make use of the interactive table of contents on the 2nd slide, and please click through all of the videos, links to download the various documents and take your time to read and understand what Veritas is and is not, and what Veritaseum is and plans to be.

A last minute Q&A and AMA (ask me anything) video on the Veritas sale can be found here

Veritas Deal Sheet

An Executive Summary

Informational PresentationTo get the most out of such a dense offering, be sure to make use of the interactive table of contents on the 2nd slide, and please click through all of the videos, links to download the various documents and take your time to read and understand what Veritas is and is not, and what Veritaseum is and plans to be.

Veritas Product Purchase Agreement

Terms & Conditions of the Veritaseum 2017 Veritas Sale

 

Veritas 2017 ICO Purchase: Step-by-Step Tutorial

Very Important Note: By continuing past this point and purchasing Veritas tokens, you are hereby acknowledging that you have read, understood and accepted both the Veritas Product Purchase Agreementand theTerms & Conditions of the Veritaseum 2017 Veritas Sale..

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  • Veritaseum Token Tutorial

In order to use anything on the Ethereum network a person needs to have an Ethereum account. The easiest way to do this, is with MyEtherWallet

  • Generate an Ethereum Account

  • Step 1

Click on Generate Wallet and enter a good password. You will always be able to regenerate the same account from the same password.

Click download and save the json file BUT keep this file safe and private. Any person who gets their hands on this file can now access your account, so store it safely.

Open the file and look at ciphertext. This value is your private key. This private key is the part that MUST be kept secret.

Copy this ciphertext/private key into memory and go to the View Wallet Info tab at the top of the page.

Select the Private Key radio button and paste your private key into the box. Click Unlock.

Now you can access your Ethereum account! It is here that you will find your Ethereum address, view the balance that this account has in it, view any tokens that it has, and other interesting things also.

  • Get Ether

As you can see, new accounts do not hold any Ether and you will have to get some.

Click on the Swap tab at the top of the page to exchange your bitcoins for Ether. Alternatively you may use ShapeShift. Be aware that this method is more expensive than sourcing Eth of exchanging it through an established token exchange, ie. Poloniex or Coinbase.

Exchange for VERI Tokens

Once you have some Ether, you are ready to exchange those Ether for Veritaseum Tokens!  One VERI Token costs 0.03333333333 Ether, so for one Ether you get 30 VERI Tokens!

The ICO crowdfunding stage is from 2017 April 25th 9:30 EST (14:30 UTC) and lasts for 31 days. There is even a 20% discount for tokens purchased on day one (after the start), a 10% discount for tokens purchased on day two (after the start), and every consecutive day the discounted rate will reduce by 1% per day until the normal price is reached (day 12)!

The VeritaseumToken smart contract is an Ethereum ERC20 compliant token, which means that you can exchange VERI tokens on any Ethereum based exchange.

Very Important Note: By continuing past this point and purchasing Veritas tokens, you are hereby acknowledging that you have read, understood and accepted both the Veritas Product Purchase Agreementand the Terms & Conditions of the Veritaseum 2017 Veritas Sale..

The address of the VeritaseumToken is at: 0x8f3470a7388c05ee4e7af3d01d8c722b0ff52374

The source code of the VeritaseumToken can be found at: https://github.com/RFVenter/Veritaseum/blob/master/contracts/VeritaseumToken.sol

To purchase VERI tokens during the ICO phase you will have to use another smart contract which has been designed to sell tokens at the correct price during this time.

Very Important Note: By continuing past this point and purchasing Veritas tokens, you are hereby acknowledging that you have read, understood and accepted both the Veritas Product Purchase Agreementand the Terms & Conditions of the Veritaseum 2017 Veritas Sale..

The address of the TokenPurchase is at: 0x599a4b8188676224d4c9b393b947e332b60b15e3

The source code of the TokenPurchase can be found at:

https://github.com/RFVenter/Veritaseum/blob/master/contracts/TokenPurchase.sol

To purchase Veritas, go to the “Contracts” menu in MyEtherWallet as shown below.

Set the selections as shown below...

Click on the Interact with Contract tab at the top of the page. Enter Contract address 0x599a4b8188676224d4c9b393b947e332b60b15e3.

Copy and paste the TokenPurchase ABI code from the box below:

[{"constant":false,"inputs":[],"name":"purchaseTokens","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"uint256"}],"payable":true,"type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"startTime","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"uint256"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"closeTime","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"uint256"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"owner","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"address"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"price","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"uint256"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"}]

If the site asks you again, then enter your private key again and Unlock.

Click WRITE

To exchange Ether for VERI tokens you simply have to send the amount of Ether you wish to convert to VERI tokens, to the TokenPurchase smart contract. The smart contract will automatically allocate your tokens to your Ethereum address.

Increase the Gas Limit to about 80,000 and Click Generate Transaction

Congratulations, you now have VERI tokens!

Next you will want to go to your Ethereum account and see your VERI tokens. Click on the View Wallet Info tab and enter your private key again, if the site asks you for it.

Click Add Custom Token and enter the address (0x8f3470a7388c05ee4e7af3d01d8c722b0ff52374) of VeritaseumToken into the Address box, VERI into the Token Symbol box, and 18 into the Decimals box and Save

You will now be able to see VERI tokens for any and each Ethereum account that you may have.

  • Use VeritaseumToken smart contract and Tokens

Once you have Veritaseum Tokens you can do several things with it. Since this is an ERC20 compliant token you can basically exchange VERI tokens on any Ethereum exchange, and there are several. You can exchange them for other tokens, or sell them back to Ether at a later stage.

To use them on MyEtherWallet, click on Send Ether & Tokens tab. Enter your private key and Unlock.

Now, enter the address (0x8f3470a7388c05ee4e7af3d01d8c722b0ff52374) of VeritaseumToken into the Contract Address box.

Copy and paste the VeritaseumToken ABI code from the box below.

click Access

[{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"name","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"string"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":false,"inputs":[{"name":"_spender","type":"address"},{"name":"_value","type":"uint256"}],"name":"approve","outputs":[{"name":"success","type":"bool"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"totalSupply","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"uint256"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":false,"inputs":[{"name":"_from","type":"address"},{"name":"_to","type":"address"},{"name":"_value","type":"uint256"}],"name":"transferFrom","outputs":[{"name":"success","type":"bool"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"decimals","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"uint256"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[{"name":"_owner","type":"address"}],"name":"balanceOf","outputs":[{"name":"balance","type":"uint256"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"owner","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"address"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[],"name":"symbol","outputs":[{"name":"","type":"string"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":false,"inputs":[{"name":"_to","type":"address"},{"name":"_value","type":"uint256"}],"name":"transfer","outputs":[{"name":"success","type":"bool"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"constant":true,"inputs":[{"name":"_owner","type":"address"},{"name":"_spender","type":"address"}],"name":"allowance","outputs":[{"name":"remaining","type":"uint256"}],"payable":false,"type":"function"},{"inputs":[],"payable":false,"type":"constructor"},{"anonymous":false,"inputs":[{"indexed":true,"name":"from","type":"address"},{"indexed":true,"name":"to","type":"address"},{"indexed":false,"name":"value","type":"uint256"}],"name":"Transfer","type":"event"},{"anonymous":false,"inputs":[{"indexed":true,"name":"owner","type":"address"},{"indexed":true,"name":"spender","type":"address"},{"indexed":false,"name":"value","type":"uint256"}],"name":"Approval","type":"event"}]

Now you can access all the public functions that this smart contract has. For more information about ERC20 compliant Tokens goto to ERC20

If you select price you can see that it has a lot of digits. Ethereum has high precision and uses 18 decimal standard precision.

The cost of this token is 0.033,333,333,333,333,333 Ether per one token. OR 1 Ether is 30 tokens.

The function shows you how many tokens your account has.

This function allows you to transfer your tokens to another Ethereum address, like your friends.

  • Conclusion

Using Veritaseum Tokens are fun and easy. If you need more information about Ethereum Tokens, just Google it.

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This article is cross posted from BoomBustBlog.com...

Someone with over 53 years on Wall Street sent me this article from Lex of the Financial Times...

FT Lex articel on butcoin ETF

his article is full of errors and misconceptions. I clarified most of them last week in "Why the Wineklvoss Bitcoin ETF Was Rejected and How to Create a Regulated Vehicle That Passes Muster". In said article I demonstrated that China doesn't have the majority of trade volume. That's just WRONG!

The SEC's problem with Gemini's market reach is easily rectified by thier not trying to be so vertically stack and sharing liquidity with other exchanges - something that will likely have to happen anyway. As you can see, bitcoin exchange trading in its totality, represents a very small portion of bitcoin trading.

BTC exch vs outstanding 

Most BTC trades are P2P and/or OTC. Lest the SEC complain about that, real estate is handled the same way (and unregulated) yet there are plenty of real estate ETFs. Now, despite the fact that most BTC is traded OTC, you can still buy your BTC at or close to exchange prices. Yes, a large purchase may create some slippage, gaps and spreads, but that is the same nature of any thinly traded market - and BTC is much more liquid than most - again, referencing the real estate market. No market maker in commercial real estate can be assured he can pick up office building or condo units at a certain price or spread, or even the entire complex.

The fact that Lex is comparing Bitcoin to cannabis shows a material misunderstanding of what bitcoin is. Silicon Valley gets it, which is why Microsoft, IBM, et. al. are jumping on board (bitcoin is more akin to the Internet than it is to weed), but the finance guys in the east are still behind the curve. Unfortunately, it appears the finance guys in the east don't even understand the financial portions of Bitcoin. Reference my educational articles from the recent past. After reading what is essentially Fake News about Bitcoin from Financial Times, London Business School and Credit Suisse, I have created an easy to understand metric that allows anyone to compare the risks and rewards of Bitcoin to basically any currency, commodity, stock or asset class.

Now, taking into consideration the (properly) risk-adjusted reward of bitcoin relative to most major asset classes, one can easily understand why smart institutional investors would want some exposure - hence the rush to build ETFs. Take a look at what will happen to bitcoin prices if such ETFs were to be approved.

BTC price increase from ETF Demand

You see, the introduction of even a small ETF will set the Bitcoin platform on FIRE!

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 If you haven't heard, we're giving out free, fully smart contracts as a 5% rebate to anyone who purchases any of our research packages above the introductory novice $50 level. This is not your Daddy's rebate! The rebate actually gets larger as DB goes down in price. For those who may be coming late to the party, we can offer a 5x long gold (or even a long gold, short DB) smart contract rebate as well. Of course, the bulk of our research targets banks and entities other than DB, but I thought we'd make DB the subject of the rebate to drive the point home. Below is an actual contract crafted off of the price of a single share of DB for about 2 weeks.

Veritaseum 5x Short DB Smart Contract

Click here to explore and subscribe to our research. You will have to be willing to fully identify yourself and comply to the terms or our program (in essence, promise not to use the package for anything other than our rebate) in order to qualify for the rebate. Once the subsciption is paid for, email us to get started.

Oh yeah, if you haven't heard...

An Analysis of Deutsche Bank's Likely Recapitalization - German Tax Payer Bailout or German Bank Depositor Bail-in?

Deutsche Bank is going to need some money, and it's going to need some quite soon. The next two or three articles that I write will focus on why there is such a need. In a concerted effort to reduce or potentially eliminated the risk of taxpayer-funded bail-outs of European banks, the EU implemented a new “bail-in” regime beginning on January 1, 2016. As such, rules which require banks and certain systemically significant market participants in EU member states will have to write-down, cancel, convert into equity or otherwise modify certain unsecured liabilities if such steps are required to recapitalize the institution. What is the most bountiful unsecured liabilities of a bank? Read more...

 

Our next article will continue to hammer home the liklhood that DB will have to recapitalize, and where they probably WONT'T be getting the money from, as well as the likelihood it will come from someone who really didn't plan on giving it up (Ahem, depositors/savers/checking account holders). For those who are not yet convinced, peruse these related items...

The research and knowledge subscription module "European Bank Contagion Assessment, Forensic Analysis & Valuation" contains a full report of a very large European Deutsche Bank counterparty that faces a full 27% downside from current levels. It appears as if no one suspects a clue. It also contains much, much more (including at least 3 to 5 suspect banks). We can break this apart a la carte, if requested.

As excerpted:

Susceptible Bank 1: Financial Modeling

 

Americans are trained to know and to cherish the ideals of democracy and to believe in the American Dream which teaches most Americans that equal opportunity is here for all and that the chances for success for anyone lie within him/herself. None of us are taught to know and understand the American status system which is an important part of our American Dream and often makes the success story a brilliant reality. We all are trained in school to understand democratic ideals and principles and to believe in their fullest expression in American life, but we only learn by hard experience, often damaging to us, that some of the things we learned in early life exist only in our political ideals and are rarely found in the real world. We never learn these things in school, and no teacher teaches us the hard facts of our social-class system, and by extension, our capitalist class system.

We posit that one should study the basic facts of our status system and learn them through systematic, explicit training which will teach at least the adult student much of what he/she needs to know about our status order, how it operates, how he/she fits into the system, and what he/she should do to improve their position or make their present one more tolerable.

The primary drivers of social class mobility (i.e. Less stringent socio-economic stratification) are knowledge and access. Barriers to each of these is what drives socio-economic stratification and stifles social class mobility. For the extreme minority on the top of the socio-economic ladder, it is in their best interest to stifle mobility as much as possible, for mobility only represents:

  1. 1) Downward movement for them, or
  2. 2) Upward movement for those below them.

Any which way one can look at it, mobility, at best, represents displacement and lesser access, less capital, less relative status.

For those who are not members of the very top minority, socio-economic mobility usually means brighter outlooks – as long as said mobility is upward-facing (remember, mobility can be in both directions). As a matter of fact,

The primary products of Veritaseum are knowledge (through our interactively delivered research and opinion) …the lower you move down the socio-economic hierarchy, the more critical and leveraged the shift in socio-economic status becomes.... And access (through our patent-pending blockchain technologies) …

We are, in essence, the socio-economic mobility vendors.

Click here to access the Veritaseum Socioeconomic (Social Class) model... 

This model congeals basic materials about social class in America, identifies the multiple levels, and makes apparent the categories that can facilitate the movement from lower levels to higher ones, and vice versa. Its fundamental goals are to tell the reader (1) how to identify any class level, and (2) how to find the class level of any individual.

Social class enters into almost every aspect of our lives, into marriage, family, business, government, work, and play. It is an important determinant of personality development and is a factor in the kind of skills, abilities, and intelligence an individual uses to solve his problems. Knowledge of what it is and how it works is necessary in working with school records and the files of personnel offices of business and industry. What a woman buys to furnish her house and clothe her family is highly controlled by her social-class values. Keeping up with the Joneses and proving "I'm just as good as anybody else," although fit subjects for the wit of cartoonists because these slogans touch the self-regard of all Americans, are grim expressions of the serious life of most American families. The house they live in, the neighborhood they choose to live in, and the friends they invite to their home, consciously, or more often unconsciously, demonstrate that class values help determine what things we select and what people we choose as our associates.

This model provides a ready and easy means for anyone to equip him or herself with the basic knowledge of socio-economic class so that they can use this type of analysis whenever such factors are important in helping them to know a situation and adjust to it. I have used the model to help predict behavior in the investment real estate market, particularly the residential market in the NYC area where gentrification was rampant. It is now even more apropos, given the significant asset deflation, constriction and selective re-expansion of credit, and considerable shifting of wealth and resources within the US and worldwide.

The businesses of those who make, sell, and advertise merchandise as diverse as houses and women's garments, magazines and motion pictures, or, for that matter, all other mass products and media of communication, are forever at the mercy of the status evaluations of their customers, for their products are not only items of utility for those who buy but powerful symbols of status and social class. This model, and the more detailed and sophisticated one that shall follow, can greatly aid them in measuring and understanding the human beings who make up their markets. Note: This model has been geared towards the NYC Metropolitan area, hence may need to be fine-tuned for dissimilar rural, suburban or non-US areas.

The model has been built upon a modified version of the Index of Status Characteristics (I.S.C.).

 

Social Mobility

 Social class is defined (on this blog) as the amount of control one has over one's socio-economic environment. It is much more than money, although money is a large component. For instance, Barack Obama is in a higher class than Robert DeNiro or Michael Jackson, although Robert DeNiro and Jay-Z are most likely wealthier. Obama's higher class stems from his ability to exert more control over his socio-economic environment. The factors that this author uses to determine class combine (with the associated weights) to create a "socioeconomic index":

Socioeconomic Index=

(Occupation X 12) + (Income source X12) + (Income X 7) + (Wealth X 14) +

(Education X 7) + (Dwelling area X 15) + (Class Consciousness X 7) +

(Housing X 12)

As you can see, wealth is the largest contributor to the class standing, and coincidentally it is the factor that is the most at risk in this current economic climate. I believe that there will be a significant entry into the upper middle class by those who were once firmly entrenched into the upper classes! While that may not seem like a big deal to many, it is damn big deal to those who are moving down the ladder. This also means, that there will be some space for others to move (relatively speaking) up the ladder. One man's (or woman's) misfortune is another's opportunity. I believe this blog can not only be used to insure and proof against downward mobility for those in the upper strata, but can also be used by those in the lower, middle and lower upper strata to rise upward a notch or even two. Social Mobility is the name of the game in times of severe dislocation - times like we will ikely be experiencing soon.

Lower Strata

Underclass/Poor

 
 

Working Poor

 

Middle Strata

Lower Middle Class

 
 

Upper Middle Class

 

Upper Strata

Lower Upper Class

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Higher Upper Class

 

  Now, in term of wealth (not social class and influence, just wealth) we can split the upper strata into three different categories (there are only two above because of the other factors that come into play when social class or socioeconomic standing is taken into consideration). There is the poor wealthy, those guys and girls that are just a hair's breath from being pulled into the upper middle class strata due to marginal wealth. This would be the $1m to $10m net worth crowd, who rely on business profits, salary and investment returns for income. The next would be the middle strata of the wealthy, hailing between $10 t0 $100 million in Net Worth, and then there is the upper strata wealthy at above $100 million. Each of these three strata of wealth represent, in my opinion, distinct behavior tranches in terms of discretionary expenditures, investment, and politics and (what passes as, this is a story for another post) philanthropic activities.  

 

Demographic

Source of wealth

Net Worth

Lower strata wealthy (High net worth)

Service professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, inheritors

Salaries, stock options, restricted stock, small business profits, investment returns

$1 m to $10 m

Middle strata wealthy (Very High Net Worth)

Corporate executives, entrepreneurs, inheritors

Business ownership, investment returns, salaries, restricted stock, stock options

$10 m to $100 m

Upper strata  (the truly Rich!)

Entrepreneurs, inheritors, very few CEOs

Business ownership, investment returns

$100 m to several $billion

A trip to practically any decent sized yacht club or recreational vehicle port reveals the relatively stark differences in discretionary spending behavior. The first strata can be found in the 36 ft. to 68 ft. yacht docks (where a captain is optional, but not mandatory and you really don't need a crew). The second strata can be found 50 ft to 120 ft docks, where captains, crews and semi-custom fiberglass boats abound. The third strata are almost exclusively in the super yacht category, where the carrying cost alone for these (basically waste of money) fully custom built hulls and vehicles are about million a year to start with. You can also see the other social economic strata as well, upper middle class in the 20 to 35 ft boats, the middle and working class in the considerably smaller fishing boats - as opposed to the ultra fast Viking and Hatteras deep sea fishers, etc. It is an interesting and instructional study in social studies and anthropology just walking along your local docks! Once you are aware of how these things break down, you will see many settings in a different light.

Many of those in the higher strata would not be there if they had to compete on a more level playing ground. Alas, elimination of said level playing ground is a goal of those in the upper strata. The problem with that is that such behavior is good for the individual in the upper strata, but bad for society in general for it prevents efficient utilization of human capital. Basically, the best people don't get to do the most things, because they are blocked by those of lesser capability but greater access - access to infrastructure and access to knowledge.

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Saturday, 17 October 2015 00:00

The Great Global Macro Experiment Has Failed

My thoughts on today's financial climate. ..

A summary and critique of the Veritaseum Wallet after one month of use. I'd like to note that in regard to the expiry portion of the comment, you can type in any expiry you wish, or use the advanced granular method. The dropdowns are just suggestions.

One Month Review of Veritaseum 1.2.0 Beta

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I have tried out the Demo and Live Modes of Veritaseum 1.2.0 Beta.  I am satisfied with this derivative trading platform and look forward to seeing future Beta versions.

The platform fairly & accurately updates your P&L until contract expiration, and trades are updated periodically in real time to reflect market conditions. 

The platform currently gives you four order parameters to choose from -- "Principal", "Receive", "Pay", and "Expiry."  Other variables that can be modified are "Deviation" from Principal and two advanced variables -- "Collateral" as a percentage of Principal, and "Leverage" as a percentage of Principal.  

"Principal" refers to principal at risk.  "Receive" is what you buy.  "Pay" is what you sell.  "Expiry" refers to the terms of the contract, which currently is one of six time periods between one minute and five weeks.  The Receive and Pay inputs are keyword sensitive;  so for example, inputting the letter "F" gives you a drop down list of eight possible visible ticker's.  Additionally, there is a scrolling list of tickers which match your keyword phrase.

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