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Where Have I Been?! Updates And Three (3) Apps I’ve Been Using: Circle Invest App, Square Cash App, Robinhood Gold

Sorry for the lack of blog posts. Again!

I’ve spent this entire Spring and beginning of the Summer working, studying, learning, making mistakes, and evolving. Sounds like a lot, I know. I’ve kept investing in various stocks including a few of my favorites that I’ve mentioned on this blog a few times already, such as Facebook and Amazon.

I’ve also continued to save towards a larger cash position, but that is beginning to get even more serious beginning now. I hope to be buying a house and am looking into a few other opportunities within the end of this year and beginning of next. My favorite place to grow my cash right now, as I’ve mentioned, is Marcus by Goldman Sachs. When I originally wrote about them they were offering less, but are now offering 1.8% interest on all savings accounts. On top of that, interest rates are only looking like they will continue to go up right now.

So here’s to some new adventures in life. I’ll be sure to try and keep you updated more! For today I wanted to share a few apps & products that I’ve been using recently, and share my thoughts. So let’s just get into this:

  1. Circle Invest App:  I have really enjoyed using this service. It’s an app in which you can purchase various cryptocurrencies. If you are familiar with crypto, it’s pretty much like Coinbase, but better right now. There are low fees, more of a variety of cryptocurrency, they make it easy to add money and withdrawal, and they have several other interesting features. One of my favorites is the “Buy The Market” feature where with one purchase you buy a fraction of every crypto they currently offer on the app.
  2. Cash App/Square: I really dig Square’s Cash App. Much like Circle, they make it very easy and quick to add money. You can then buy Bitcoin (only Bitcoin at the moment, no other cryptos). You can also use the cash to send to others with the app, or even get the personalized debit card which I did. They have “Boosts” you can load on them where you can get certain discounts when you use the card. A few examples are $1-off each Subway visit, 5%-off each visit at Whole Foods, and 10% off each visit to Chick-fil-A. Not bad at all! It’s overall just a real slick, simple app which I why I like it. You can use the debit card just like any other debit card you’ve used once you load it with money.
  3. Robinhood Gold: I am still a huge supporter of the Robinhood app. Recently I decided to test their Robinhood Gold service. With it you get access to extended trading hours, the option of using margin, and a few other benefits. The cost varies based on how much margin you take on, or as Robinhood calls it, “Gold.” I enjoyed using the platform and testing all of the features. As is always the case with margin, you have to be very careful. It’s easy to make bigger bets than you normally would knowing you have the access to margin. Besides Robinhood Gold, just overall I am very impressed with the Robinhood app. I’ve been trading options (mostly calls) here and there, and am still just learning, but that has become one of my bigger interests in investing. They’re risky, but can lead to big rewards if you’re willing to learn. Biggest thing Robinhood offers… the ZERO commissions for trading stocks, options, AND cryptocurrency. Yes, you can purchase crypto on Robinhood as well and recently they’ve been adding more coins. It’s still only available in certain states, but more and more of those are being added often as well.

I’m going to leave it with those three for now, but I’ve got a lot more that I want to share with you all hopefully soon. Just a few of the things I’ll be blogging about before not too long (hopefully) include the following:

  • Three of my favorite current stocks: Netflix, Nvidia & Tesla, as well as updates on previous mentioned stocks.
  • PayPal Working Capital
  • Adyen
  • GoDaddy Bookkeeping & Quickbooks
  • Vistaprint Promobox
  • Aldi
  • Shift card (Boo!)
  • Amazon Prime
  • the next recession
  • I.R.S. & taxes
  • budgeting
  • WHAT is happening to eBay?

As you see, lots of ideas and plans written down, very little time, but ultimately the passion and determination to eventually get these blogs out! If you have any thoughts, ideas, other suggestions, ANYTHING, just let me know. Have an amazing day!

Brent

“Tech Wreck?” NOPE! Just Another Step In The Trek ;) … AND Cryptocurrency Craze!

I’d like to start off by saying that I apologize for the lack of content on this blog recently. I have so many ideas for posts but with all the individual businesses I run it’s hard to always find the time. I’ll try to do better in setting aside time, as I truly do enjoy sharing my thoughts with you all and I plan on this blog being a huge part of the rest of my life. We’re only getting started!

First off, as you may have heard, a week or two back there was a “Tech Wreck,” as CNBC liked to call it. Shares of technology stocks were plummeting, but if you checked the market now, you wouldn’t know it as they’ve mostly all came back. To me, it seemed like market manipulation at its finest. I was following the charts closely, and the way the trades were happening while the stocks were falling it simply looked like computer generated trading. Tech stocks have been on a tear this year and my best guess is that the algorithms of today’s trading softwares were rebalancing portfolios.

The valuations of many tech companies are high. There is no denying that fact. But many of these stocks have future growth potential that boggles the mind. I won’t get in to every single tech stock in this blog post, but take Amazon for example. Amazon continues to dominate, and expand to areas that nobody ever thought possible. Just a short week after this so-called “Tech Wreck” news broke that Amazon is buying Whole Foods in a $13.7 billion dollar all cash deal. This will give Amazon a huge physical retail footprint on the market. Once this news broke, retail stocks began taking a HUGE hit, and still are.

Amazon is killing it with its web services, they continue to work on likely future drone deliveries, and just imagine what we HAVEN’T heard rumors about as of yet? I see this buyout of Whole Foods as just the beginning. I can see them possibly purchasing more grocery store chains, or even a department store chain. I’ll go out on a limb here and say that I could see Amazon buying Kohl’s in the next few years. Perhaps instead they may even buy Sears?! Not only can Amazon expand its business in many different ways with the Whole Foods purchase, but they can also expand their warehouse and fulfillment capabilities. It’s truly a win-win for Amazon.

When this “Tech Wreck” hit, while many were talking about how Amazon’s days of grace were over, I immediately went on the offense and started to buy and was able to purchase more shares of Amazon and Facebook at a discount. I bought more Facebook at $149.60 per share (as of this writing back to $155.07) and more Amazon at $978.31 per share (as of this writing back to $1,003.74).

Unlike many, I DO NOT see a recession coming any time soon. Not in 2017, at least. 2018 in its entirety is too far out to predict right now, but I would say the chances are slim. Will there be pullbacks? Yes. A correction? Yes, likely several. But are we in for a huge recession filled with doom and gloom? Not yet. My best prediction is that the Dow will reach closer to 30,000 (up from its current 21,394.76) before we get closer to the next recession. As for the stocks I mentioned, Facebook and Amazon, my target price for Amazon is around $1,250 per share and my target price for Facebook is around $200 per share, all within the next 6 to 12 months. What am I saying here? BUY. BUY. BUY!

I’d also like to mention that when there is a recession, eventually, which there WILL be, I’ll be ready. You should also. You should make sure you are sitting at least a little cash aside every time you invest for when it does happen. A recession is the single greatest opportunity for anyone to grow their money and business, despite the initial loss which will likely occur if you are already in the market. Then again, it’s NOT a loss if you DON’T sell, which I won’t be doing. A recession is a HUGE buying opportunity.

Now, to my other current obsession, cryptocurrency. What is cryptocurrency you may ask? Well, thanks to Google, here goes: “a digital currency in which encryption techniques are used to regulate the generation of units of currency and verify the transfer of funds, operating independently of a central bank.” When you read a lot about cryptocurrency you hear a lot about the underlying “blockchain technology.” What is that? Again, thanks to Google: “A blockchain facilitates secure online transactions. A blockchain is a decentralized and distributed digital ledger that is used to record transactions across many computers so that the record cannot be altered retroactively without the alteration of all subsequent blocks and the collusion of the network.”

I believe this technology is a huge part of the future. Right now the market for these cryptocurrencies is very volatile, but I’m slowly growing a small position which I plan to hold for the long-term. There are literally thousands of cryptocurrencies, but only a few main ones, which I consider to be Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin. I have bought all three at various prices, and do so using Coinbase. It’s one of the more reliable places to purchase cryptocurrency, although the site does sometimes have issues where it goes down temporarily. Hey, when you’re blazing trails sometimes there are issues. We’re really still just in the beginning stages of this. If you look at the rate of return that Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin have had in the last year, to me anyway, it’s well worth a small risk. Am I going to sell all my stocks and cash out my savings to “bet the farm” on cryptocurrency? No. Am I going to continue to grow a small position and take a chance on what I believe to be a huge part of the future? You bet your ass I am, and I think that you should too.

I’ll be writing more on tech and cryptocurrency in the near future, as well as sharing more shopping hauls, and information on other investments I have recently made. Plus you never know what else may give me the spark of motivation to begin blogging about. I’ve got a ton of ideas planned out as well. THANK YOU SO MUCH for reading and if you have any questions, comments, or anything else, PLEASE leave them below!

THANK YOU!

Brent Ott