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Elon Is Wrong About Bitcoin. Crypto Miners Are Key to Renewables' Success

I don’t question Elon Musk’s good intentions, but I respectfully disagree with the underlying insinuation that crypto miners in particular are a threat to the climate. It’s just not true, for reasons I explain below.

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Note to Elon: Crypto Miners Are Part of the Solution to Curbing Greenhouse Gas Emissions

And just like that, Elon Musk has turned on Bitcoin.

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No Country Has Ever Taxed Itself into Prosperity

One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from Winston Churchill, who was just as witty as he was a great leader: “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”

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European Union Seeks to Open Its Borders to Vaccinated Travelers this Summer

If you were hoping to visit the Eiffel Tower or Colosseum this summer, you may be in luck.

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With Everything Up Right Now, Where are the Value Buying Opportunities?

With everything up, where are the value buying opportunities?

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Top 10 Countries with Largest Gold Reserves

Central banks have been net buyers of gold for 11 consecutive years.

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Gold Off to a Slow Start as Central Banks Pivot Toward Digital Currencies

Some major changes could be coming soon to a central bank near you, with an estimated 90% of them at some stage of developing a central bank digital currency, or CBDC.

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Are Central Bank Digital Currencies the Future of Money?

More than 60 central banks right now are believed to be exploring the idea of digital currencies, including retail tokens that would be used by citizens as well as wholesale applications for financial institutions.

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Airline Industry Highs and Lows: First Quarter 2021

For this Frank Talk, I decided to take a deep dive in the airline industry to see how it fared in the first quarter of 2021, one year after the start of the pandemic.

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Coinbase Goes Public, Opening the Crypto Floodgates

Digital currencies stormed Wall Street in a big way this week. Crypto exchange Coinbase went public in a direct listing, opening the floodgates for a number of other crypto-related companies.

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RANKED: Top 10 Countries with the Largest Shipping Fleets

There are a few different ways to measure the size of a shipping fleet.

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The Best Business Conditions of the 21st Century?

Millions of Americans, it seems, felt that the time was right to trade in their clunkers for a new set of wheels.

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Positive First-Quarter Data Point to a Global, Sustained Economic Boom

We’re more than ready to put the pandemic in the rearview mirror. For the first time since this all started a year ago, more than one million people per day have been flying commercial in the U.S. for 30 straight days.

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Fully Vaccinated People Are Free to Fly Commercial Again

Last month I forecasted we’d see a travel boom this summer as newly vaccinated Americans book their first big trips and vacations since the pandemic began.

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We’re on the Cusp of Mass Crypto Acceptance

The acceptance of digital currencies as a form of payment expanded greatly this week, foreshadowing the increasingly important role cryptos such as Bitcoin and Ether will play in our lives going forward.