In this episode of Money Never Sleep Radio, Louis Velazquez focuses on the Digital Age.
Last week I spoke about my views on Gold, Oil , Twitter, Facebook and Google on “Money Never Sleeps” and I want to revisit this and add onto that conversation.
So many people are trying to figure out where gold is going, is it going up, down or sideways and the impact that it will have on the rest of the market. On top of that so many people are blaming geo political situations and others are still blaming a strong US Dollar, let me shed my own light on this topic and maybe it will get you thinking a little different about precious metals in general.
Gold was once the backing for currency, there is no question that the more gold you had the more strength your currency had, the perceived value is what drove men to venture to the farthest ends of the earth for the metal despite the level of danger.
That perception was due to the limited supply in the world, which at that time in history it made some type of sense, the money was there to be made and some people did whatever it took in order to stake their claims and get that gold.
The key word I keep using is the perception, what value is put on something based on the perceived value of society, so this is what we go by right?
I’ve traveled the world acquiring gold privately for clients and I wasn’t trading futures I was physically going and acquiring this for them. So I got to see first hand how everything worked from the ground to the retail level, this also goes for diamonds but that’s a story for another day, so I’ve from extraction until it showed up on someone’s finger.
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Twitter has been under fire as of late, the stock slipped hard after their brutally honesty and dark outlook for the company’s immediate growth. I listened to that periscope a few times and then I reflected on when Dick Costolo and Jack Dorsey were on CNBC a month or so prior stating that the company is not changing direction and their plan will remain in tact.
These comments scared investors, threw off analyst and basically left me confused.
Twitter is a great platform, no one can ever dispute that, I was using Twitter when you had to send a text for it to show up and it showed so much promise. When Ashton Kutcher became the evangelist of the platform it started to take off when Oprah used it then it was game on, and it continued to grow. Many people didn’t understand it and even today a lot of people don’t understand it, which is unfortunate and that is the fault of the company.
Twitter cannot be compared to Facebook in the least; Facebook was the original disruptor when it was initially restricted to university students with school emails but it evolved and that’s what technology does it evolves.
Myspace used to be the cool place to be until Facebook came along and really who even uses Myspace any longer?
So Facebook was the place to be, make connections, reconnect, market etc etc, but over time Facebook evolved from being just for the youth to being for everyone, where not only the kids but their parents, grandparents and maybe even great grandparents have an account.
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Today we revolved the show around the future of Twitter, its acquisition of Periscope, making strategic acquisitions and the takeover rumors.
On this episode of Money Never Sleeps we talk about up and coming Athletes / Entertainers and their Financial Future. We started a multi part series on a topic that I think is very important, over the years I’ve seen too many athletes in all fields of sports get thrust into the limelight where money flowed that they never experienced before, they became millionaires over night just doing what they loved to do.
Now there is no problem with that type of success at all, we all love seeing that BUT the issue is that usually these athletes are young and most don’t have that person in their life that can anchor them down to show them how to manage their new found wealth.
What the general public sees is a talented athlete or entertainer making money, living the high life, fancy homes, cars, jewelry etc but those athletes or entertainers that don’t have that direction who jump into the facade game and aren’t thinking about the big picture, those are the ones that could potentially wind up broke once their careers end.
So what we are going to try and do on Money Never Sleeps is highlight some do’s and don’ts for up and coming athletes and entertainers, basically over the course of the series and as it evolves to create some type of general blueprint that may be helpful to someone in this position looking for a path to take in order to avoid the pitfalls that are waiting for them.
We will tackle the structure of their “Financial Future Team”, stock market investments, real estate, franchises, nontradtional investments and much more. We will from time to time bring on a professional who handles such clients just to give additional input on the topic.
I also talk about Twitter and their current situation, the Target CVS working relationship and much more.