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Depending on who you ask cannabis was, up until recently, one of two things—a medical drug or a laziness-inducing opiate. This all changed when Canada recently announced out of the blue that it’s going to legalise the recreational use of marijuana.
Suddenly, what was once an illegal substance has since become a highly sought-after asset for many professional investors and common folk alike as both attempt to cash in on a multibillion dollar business. But will this industry be here to stay?
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In about two years the global economy may enter a new financial crisis, thinks Ray Dalio, founder and co-chief investment officer of the Bridgewater Associates hedge fund.
In a recent interview for the popular business and economy website Business Insider, Dalio noted that the current situation is quite similar to that preceding the 1937 recession.
- The latest Apple event revealed 3 new iPhones for 2018 and a smart watch
- The company quietly removed iPhone X and other devices from their store
- Many thought the event lacked the polish and enthusiasm of previous releases
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After initial bouts of excitement preceding the most anticipated 2018 event for Apple fans, many were left largely disappointed by what the company had in store. Naturally, this sentiment was instantly picked up by the global markets and negatively impacted the company’s stocks.
Now that the latest Keynote is behind us, was the public’s response warranted and was its reaction to Apple’s 2017 event really any different?
Pre-seed stages. Seed stages. Venture capital rounds. In just a handful of years, startup financing in Europe has transformed from mere bank loans to an elaborate, multi-layered system.
Because of this, today we distinguish 4 main tiers of startup investors based on how far the company has evolved at the time of funding, how big is the investment, and other factors.
Instagram. Uber. Pinterest. Airbnb. This is just a small excerpt from the miles-long list of startup companies that managed to transform a unique idea into a profitable venture.
But as startup markets near the point of oversaturation (developing countries included), is this type of investment still worth the many risks it entails?
For the past decade, we’ve all probably heard the words “blockchain” and “blockchain technology” one time too many, much like a broken jukebox that is hopelessly stuck in an endless loop.
And when the cryptocurrencies drastically declined in price last year, we all thought we saw the end of it. Yet companies like Google and Facebook still seem more than inclined to invest millions into blockchain research.
Why is that? To answer that question, we need to start from the very beginning.
- Netflix’s underwhelming subscriber report for Q2 shocked investors
- Company stock fell by 13% almost immediately following the news
- CEO Reed Hastings expressed positive outlook despite rising rivals
125 million subscribers worldwide. Isn’t that more than enough for a video streaming platform to be considered successful?
Well, not when you are running an ambitious company such as Netflix, and especially not when you severely underdeliver on your subscriber growth forecast and leave your investors feeling confused and with a bitter taste in their mouths.
- Microsoft’s Surface Go tablet is expected to hit store shelves on August 2
- With this gadget, the company aims to rival Apple’s cheaper iPad lineup
- Keyboards and other accessories for the device will be sold separately
Starting from July 10, users will be able to pre-order Microsoft’s latest technological offering, the Surface Go. This presents consumers with two important questions:
- How will this device differ from the company’s very own Surface Pro and,
- Will it hold up against Apple’s meticulously engineered iPad products?