Just when you thought cryptocurrencies had bottomed out, the market was hit by yet another crash last week. Bitcoin’s value plummeted 14% in under 24 hours last week, dropping to below $5k, a new low for the cryptocurrency in over a year.
In fact, this has been one of the biggest bear market crashes in the history of Bitcoin. In a period of about 300 days, Bitcoin has slumped over 80% from $19.6k to about $3.7k. Back in 2011, the cryptocurrency nosedived almost 97% to $2.2, shedding nearly all its value.
Marius Kramer, touted as a cryptocurrency expert, highlighted that the correction could be triggered by investors who entered the market at below $5k, liquidating their investments in the cryptocurrency to avoid losing their initial investment – eventually driving its price down further.
Why is Bitcoin plummeting?
Despite critics, Kramer claims that the recent pullback was engineered by crypto whales who manipulate prices regularly. They have driven the crypto market lower, where the Bitcoin reached a 14-month low of $3.5k.
The speculative movements in the cryptocurrency market may result in significant losses for investors and could cause the market to tank. Most often, crypto whales use this move to re-enter the market at a much cheaper price.
Despite the catastrophic crypto developments of late, Kramer claims the downturn is simply the calm before the storm.
According to Kramer, Bitcoin might touch $50k by the end of the next bull run, estimated to be six months away. “I predict the bull market to start in late September, reaching a Bitcoin price of $20,000 throughout October, November and reach its peak of $50,000-$100,000 in December, January or even $150,000 with a bit of luck,” he wrote.
Bitcoin has risen by an average of 17x in every bull run. With the cryptocurrency trading at $4k per coin, a 17X return — the price might touch $68k. However, with the next bull run at least six months away, the market might well be choppy heading into the end of 2018.
Bitcoin price prediction
Crypto experts believe that the next rally will begin around Jan. 24, 2019, which is the estimated launch date of BAKKT – a trading platform for digital assets that is set to be launched by NYSE owner, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).
Kramer expects Bitcoin’s price to rise to $10k around this time. He has also predicted a pullback to around $6k shortly after its rise.
Here’s a timeline of Kramer’s forecast for the cryptocurrency.
- November 2018: Bitcoin will move back and forth between $4k and $4.8k
- December. 2018: Price will touch $6k by Dec.10 and $8k by end of 2018.
- January 2019: Price picks up momentum with the upcoming BAKKT launch and reaches $12k by Jan. 24. It then gets dumped to $8k
- February and March 2019: Price bounces between $8k and $10k
- April 2019: Price crosses $12k again
- May-December 2019: Price may touch an all-time high and reach $50k with several blockchain and tokens showing users numerous technology applications.
This Mogul Became America’s 1st Black Billion-Dollar Businesswoman
Where to start?
She’s the first black billion-dollar businesswoman. Before Oprah Winfrey.
She started as a TV executive, founding Black Entertainment Television (BET), the first TV network targeting African Americans. She then became a real estate mogul.
Oh, she also owns a stake in three major sports franchises, the NBA Wizards, NHL Capitals and the WNBA Mystics, the African American, period, to boast that claim.
In honor of Black History Month, let’s dive into her remarkable career.
- Born Sheila Crump in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, Johnson co-founded BET in 1979 with then-husband Robert Johnson. The couple sold it to Viacom in 2000 for $2.9B
- Sheila Crump Johnson became the first African American woman on the Forbes’ Billionaire list in 2000—beating Oprah Winfrey to the distinction.
- Per Forbes, Johnson has an $820M net worth as of 2019
Foray into real estate…
After closing the sale to Viacom, Robert and Sheila pocketed around $1.5B each. Johnson used that windfall as seed money to build a hospitality real estate empire in 2005.
“There’s a disparity in paychecks between whites and blacks,” she told the Wall Street Journal. “I will never forget that.”
As CEO of Salamander Hotels and Resorts, Sheila controls a spectacular portfolio of six luxury hotels in Florida, Virginia and South Carolina. And she’s built it from the ground up—literally—in her own spirit.
“I’ve been to many hotels, not only in the US, but all over the world,” she told Forbes last year. “And I wanted to find something that was going to really make Salamander stand out beyond all of these hotels.”
So what does that mean?
“You have to understand, there are a lot of people, investment companies, with very deep pockets,” she says. “They can do it, but they don’t have the experiences that we’re able to bring. I am constantly trying to find a way to help Salamander Resort & Spa stand out head over heels above any other hotel — not only in the area, but in the nation.
“I want them to leave that resort wanting to come back and not just say, ‘I’ll be back in six months.’ I want them to come back all the time.”
And so far it’s worked. In fact, on Forbes Travel Guide’s 61st list of Star-Rated hotels, Johnson’s Salamander Resort & Spa outside of Washington, DC earned a Five-Star distinction.
Forbes: “Everything [she] touches turns to gold.”
That’s a real quote. From Forbes. Last year. It’s also true.
BET? Billion-dollar exit. Washington Capitals? Stanley Cup.
And Roma. Won 10 Oscars. Who showed it before a single soul started caring? Johnson’s Middleburg Film Festival. (Which, by the way, has 32 films and counting in Academy Award contention.)
Remember her golf resort at Innisbrook? Oh, yeah. Hosts the Valspar Championship, one of the PGA calendar’s most-anticipated tournaments.
Becoming a billionaire comes with a new level of clout as well. “When you don’t have money, you’re not invited to special events; you really don’t matter,” she told WSJ. “It’s a society thing.”
So instead, she’s turned to giving back. Her Sheila Johnson Fellowship’s paid for more then 40 scholarships at Harvard University for students who otherwise wouldn’t afford to attend.
Breaking glass ceilings.
There’s an alarming statistic in business and diversity—especially as it pertains to women. According to research by investor Richard Kerby, 18% of all VCs are women—and only 3% are black. In addition, less than 50 black women ever have raised $1M in funding.
“When I got started,” Johnson says, “I couldn’t get a loan. I had to use my own money to get Salamander Resort and Spa.”
She explained to WSJ last year that men can go to any bank with a bank proposal. And no matter how “wacky” the idea is, she said, “they’re going to get the financing. Women do not have that ability.”
Johnson’s taken it upon herself to do something about that, becoming one of the founding partners of WE Capital, an investment firm that invests in female entrepreneurs.
“I started out in a very unique position where I had my own capital to be able to get started,” she says. “But there have got to be banks and investors that believe in helping women who want to be entrepreneurs in the hospitality business.
“And it’s just really, really important that they really take a look at this.”
5 Quick Ways To Get Rid Of Your Student Loans
Student debts have hit a whopping $1.5 trillion. To put that into perspective, you could buy the two biggest tech giants – Apple and Facebook, and still have money left to splurge. Nearly half the students who head to college take out student loans, and despite the worries on how you’re going to meet the interest and repay it all back, it’s doable if done right.
1. Consolidate Your Student Loans
You might have opted for multiple student loan options, all with with different payment dates, repayment terms, and interest rates. If you bunch them together, the perks could be significant – anything from extending your terms to decades, to enrolling in debt forgiveness programs.
2. Refinancing Your Old Loans
Some borrowers are given the option to refinance their loans by taking out a loan to pay down the old loan. The best bet is to refinance your older loans with a new loan at a lower interest rate. Here’s a great post that compares both loan consolidation and refinancing.
3. Gradually Increase Your Repayments
Paying off your debts right out of university might work out tough. But after you’ve settled into a stable job, raise your repayment levels every year and you can scratch months of repayment off your debt.
4. Check Out Employers Who Offer Assistance
While this should not be the only criteria to filter out your employer, an added incentive to finance your student loans could be a big bonus.
5. Use Your Lender’s Autopay Plan
Most loan programs come with an autopay program that gives a small discount of 0.25%. Does this help at all? If you look at repayments of small amounts over a short period, it might not be significant. This can be used to chip away at bigger payments you owe.
[VIDEO] ETF, Explained
Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, hedge funds, REITs, S&P, indices…there’s a lot of jargon that goes with investing. Lucky for you, #wealthgang, we have all the breakdowns here, in a non-boring way that’s easy to understand.
So what’s an ETF? Well, ETF stands for exchange-traded fund, which basically is a fund that owns various stocks. Giving you the luxury of diversifying your investment dollars into several stocks vs. just one.
Or as wikipedia puts it, an “ETF holds assets such as stocks, commodities, or bonds and generally operates with an arbitrage mechanism designed to keep it trading close to its net asset value, although deviations can occasionally occur.”
There are now over 6,000 ETFs on 60 exchanges and ETFs exist for everything from corporate bonds to gold bars to oil futures.
If that doesn’t make sense, just check out this Bloomberg video.
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