Investing in Cryptocurrencies Is About to Get a Lot Easier

Our dithering government may not know what to make of cryptocurrencies.

But hedge funds do. They’ve already made up their minds.

After all, they’re in the business of making money for their clients, something they haven’t done very well in recent years.

What they are good at is sniffing out new and exciting investment opportunities.

Of course, it doesn’t take a keen nose to discern the enticing aroma of “am I dreaming” gains emanating from the cryptocurrency (or crypto for short) space.

Consider these recent returns…

  • 75,063% from Cryptonite
  • 59,577% from Influxcoin
  • 60,450% from MaxCoin
  • And a massive 823,750% from DubaiCoin.

These are some of the smaller coins that have skyrocketed in the past few months. But the larger ones have also surged.

In less than a year, for example, Ethereum has shot up more than 3,000%.

So it’s not surprising that there are more than 15 newly minted cryptocurrency hedge funds. And, according to Hedge Fund Alert, 25 more are on the way.

One of the more interesting ones?

MetaStable Capital. For one thing, it represents a “who’s who” of Silicon Valley professional investors, including Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Union Square Ventures, Founders Fund and Bessemer Venture Partners.

This isn’t just the smart money. This is the smartest of the smart money.

Then again, it’s not that hard to put your faith and money in one of MetaStable’s founders, Naval Ravikant.

As the founder and CEO of AngelList, he’s well-known to us. Ravikant was instrumental in making AngelList the go-to startup portal for angel investors.

And, impressively, he did it in the very early years of online startup investing, before it became a thing.

Early is what Ravikant excels at. He…

  • Recognizes burgeoning tech trends early
  • Makes an investment
  • Establishes a beachhead for others to invest
  • Becomes a leader and influential insider in the space.

MetaStable currently owns about a dozen different cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin, Ethereum and Monero.

Fortune estimates that MetaStable’s returns since its inception now exceed 1,000%.

That’s pretty good.

To get into this fund, all you need to do is write a check for $1 million and be willing to pay the typical “2 and 20” fees hedge funds foist on their limited partners. So for every $10,000 profit you make, you give back $2,000 plus $200 to the fund.

Alternatively, you could choose to invest on your own.

You’d have plenty of company.

Some people are very familiar with this corner of the investing world. Perhaps they’re blockchain developers or entrepreneurs in blockchain-related companies. Others are serious investors with the background necessary to understand and follow blockchain technology developments.

But many are newcomers to crypto investing.

This is the group Adam and I worry about. They can be overly swayed by the hype ICOs try to generate when they launch. And they’re more liable to overreact to bad news.

MetaStable and this group share an interesting (some would say symbiotic) connection.

Josh Seims, who co-founded MetaStable along with Ravikant and Lucas Ryan, says the fund takes a sort of Warren Buffett approach of investing when others are fearful.

Its pitch deck points out an incident when Bitfinex, a major cryptocurrency exchange, was hacked. The price of bitcoin dropped more than 20%. MetaStable doubled its bitcoin position. Since then, bitcoin has more than quadrupled.

If MetaStable is the “smart money,” then this impressionable group of relatively inexperienced investors is the so-called “dumb money.”

More than most people, I appreciate MetaStable’s value investing approach. Heck, I began my investing career many years ago as a value investor.

And if everybody could join MetaStable’s fund, I’d tell them, “more power to you.”

But that’s not the case. Hedge funds, as you well know, are for the very wealthy.

Crypto investing is open to anybody who knows how to open an account on or That can be and should be a good thing… as long as investors are smart about it and avoid knee-jerk reactions.

There are two ways you can go about crypto investing…

Educate yourself. Understand how the various crosscurrents push and pull the crypto markets. Understand use cases and the concept of scaling. Is the market or need being addressed big enough? And will the technology accommodate it?

Or join the “smart money.” The good news? That doesn’t have to mean writing out million-dollar checks to gain entry to a hedge fund.

Instead, you can join a new crypto investing service my Co-Founder Adam is taking the lead on.

Adam understands more about this sector than anybody else I know. He’s an independent thinker and outstanding investor. He jumped into cryptocurrencies extremely early. He bought bitcoin at $83.40, making a 2,400% gain to date.

He bought Ethereum at $9.70, before it rocketed up to nearly $300. He’s up 3,000% so far.

And now he’s creating a financial service dedicated to helping interested investors make smart investments in digital coins, blockchain technologies and ICOs. The service is affordable and promises to give people the inside track for the best opportunities in the crypto investing space.

Sound familiar?

Adam is following the Ravikant script: recognize the trend early, invest early and then pave the way for others to invest.

And I’m not going out on a limb when I say that Adam is an early adopter and thought leader in the growing crypto investing community.

(Full disclosure: I would never get on board with any kind of crypto investing service if it weren’t being spearheaded by someone of Adam’s caliber.)

We like MetaStable. We like Ravikant and its other founders. But it’s not for everybody.

Our crypto investing service is. It doesn’t cost an arm and a leg. And it’s coming your way soon.

Good investing,

Andy Gordon
Co-Founder, Early Investing

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These 3 IPOs Are a Breath of Fresh Air for Investors

Comfort is a double-edged sword.

On one hand, comfort is a reward for a job well done. A chance to sit back on one’s laurels and take it easy for a while, secure in the knowledge that your job, income, investments, etc., will take care of themselves.

On the other hand, comfort breeds sloth. It invites a level of overconfidence and carelessness that can be devastating to your job performance, income streams and investments, if allowed to fester.

Like many investors, I’ve grown a bit too comfortable this year. Not only have I been loath to leave the comfort of my home office and my daily routine, I’ve grown way too accustomed to markets hitting all-time highs every other week.

It’s past time to diversify and inject a bit of new blood into your portfolio. Trading IPO stocks can be a risky bet, but it can also be quite rewarding.This week, I’m shaking things up a bit. I’m writing to you from a cozy little cabin in the Smoky Mountains just outside of Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I’m sitting at a stylized log-cabinesque kitchen table as my family enjoys the outdoors in a cold mountain stream right behind our back door.

With the change in setting comes a change in perspective. We’ve become too accustomed to riding the coattails of big-name tech companies in 2017. As I noted last week, market leaders like Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB), Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) might be all that stand between us and a major market correction.

It’s past time to diversify and inject a bit of new blood into your portfolio … especially in the tech sector. It’s time to get a little uncomfortable.

When It Comes to IPOs, It’s Quality Over Quantity

Investors were scared off from the initial public offering (IPO) market early in the year. It’s not hard to see why. Both Snap Inc. (NYSE: SNAP) and Blue Apron Holdings Inc. (NYSE: APRN) were extremely hyped heading into their respective IPOs, and both turned out to be abject failures for investors.

Another issue that investors have clung to is the diminishing number of IPOs. Since 1996, the number of companies going public dropped from more than 8,000 to about 4,400 last year. That number is expected to fall even further in 2017.

It’s past time to diversify and inject a bit of new blood into your portfolio. Trading IPO stocks can be a risky bet, but it can also be quite rewarding.

The latter issue can be attributed to a wealth of funding from private offerings — due to the current easy-money environment from the Federal Reserve — and a wealth of red tape. In fact, the head of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Jay Clayton, and the president of the New York Stock Exchange, Tom Farley, said that they believe regulations are the No. 1 reason for the decline in IPOs.

But if red tape was really the issue, no company would ever go public.

In fact, the problem with this year’s class of IPO offerings has been quality, not quantity. Snap emerged on the scene only to be copied heavily by Facebook and every other social media company on the market. Blue Apron, meanwhile, was smacked down by Amazon Inc.’s (Nasdaq: AMZN) acquisition of Whole Foods Market.

But when you look beyond this disappointing duo, you find that there are excellent opportunities to be had.

Roku Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU)

ROKU stock was priced for an IPO of $14 per share. However, Investors weighed concerns about the company’s future ahead of the stock’s launch and decided that Roku has plenty of potential. The shares surged 68% in their public debut, closing at $23.50. ROKU stock has since consolidated nicely despite its ups and downs.

While concerns about content and competition remain for the set-top box maker, Roku has done more than hold its own against much bigger competitors. In fact, Roku had a 32.6% market share of America’s 150 million connected-TV users last year — ahead of Google Chromecast (29.9%), Amazon Fire TV (26.3%) and Apple TV (19.9%), according to research firm EMarketer.

Once the company starts focusing on content — and potentially its own licensed content — it’s off to the races.

Switch Inc. (NYSE: SWCH)

Data centers are big businesses … just ask IBM, Amazon and Alphabet. But legacy data centers are long overdue for disruption. That’s where Switch steps in.

The company offers ultra-advanced, high-tech data center solutions focused on security and sustainability. The company also manufactures all its own data centers using patented technologies, simultaneously increasing margins and cutting down on costs.

It’s part of the reason why SWCH stock jumped 44% during its IPO. Switch currently owns three large high-tech data centers and is developing a fourth. Furthermore, Switch’s SEC filings show that it has been profitable in every quarter of its existence, save one where it paid $27 million to unbundle its power use from Nevada’s grid. This level of profitability and growth should be music to investors’ ears.

Coming Down the Pike

As with most IPOs, SWCH and ROKU will bounce around for a while, providing opportunities for those who missed out on the initial surge. But if you are looking to get in on the ground floor of an IPO later this year, there is at least one “do” and one “don’t” to keep in mind.

Do consider database specialist MongoDB. Why? The company operates what is called a NoSQL database that is poised to disrupt old-school database firms like Oracle and Microsoft. While this may not sound flashy, MongoDB makes the most popular NoSQL software on the market.

Don’t consider HelloFresh. Why? HelloFresh is basically another meals-to-order company like Blue Apron. The firm claims that its IPO will be different than Blue Apron’s, but the business model is essentially the same. What’s more, the real reason that Blue Apron is struggling — Amazon’s Whole Foods acquisition — continues to be the 400-pound gorilla in the room for this market.

It’s past time to diversify and inject a bit of new blood into your portfolio. Trading IPO stocks can be a risky bet, but it can also be quite rewarding.Remember, trading IPO stocks can be a risky bet, but it can also be quite rewarding. After all, you have to take a few chances here and there to keep your portfolio fresh.

On a side note: I took a break in writing today’s article to go for a quick hike, and got to see a black bear mother and her cubs playing from about 500 feet away. Risky? Yes. Rewarding? Most certainly.

Until next time, good trading!

Joseph Hargett
Assistant Managing Editor, Banyan Hill Publishing

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