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A Tidal Wave of Personal Data Theft & Fraud Is Coming This Year

A Tidal Wave of Personal Data Theft & Fraud Is Coming This Year

With the Biden's Administration's forthcoming $1.9 Trillion in transfer payments will come a tidal wave of personal data theft & fraud. We experienced this once already with the Trump transfer payments of 2020. A Public-Private Partnership ("PPP"), that invests in Technology infrastructure across key industries would do much to mitigate these risks while bolstering the … Continue reading A Tidal Wave of Personal Data Theft & Fraud Is Coming This Year

How To Restore Integrity To The Capital Markets

How To Restore Integrity To The Capital Markets

On February 18th the House Financial Services Committee will hold a virtual hearing related to the GameStop (GME) fiasco. "Accountability" in a word is how the SEC may act to restore integrity to the capital markets. Jail time for scammers: Should you decide it is a good idea to execute a pump and dump scheme … Continue reading How To Restore Integrity To The Capital Markets

The Social Media-Enabled Pump and Dump

The Social Media-Enabled Pump and Dump

Hopefully prospective SEC Chairman Gary Gensler will work to rein in the frothy activity that has occurred in the capital markets over the past decade. These range from slap on the wrist fines (large banks in particular), which amount to nothing more than a Cost of Goods Sold charge, to SPACs to more recently social … Continue reading The Social Media-Enabled Pump and Dump

Elon Musk Is A Carnival Barker At Best, A Criminal At Worst

Elon Musk Is A Carnival Barker At Best, A Criminal At Worst

The retail trading crowd views Elon Musk as a populist hero. The reality is Musk is a carnival barker and borderline fraudster in the vein of WeWork founder Adam Neumann. Mr. Musk got off easy under lax former SEC Chairman Jay Clayton. Recall in August 2018 when Musk posted on Twitter that he had secured … Continue reading Elon Musk Is A Carnival Barker At Best, A Criminal At Worst

A “FinTech” Approach To Election Technology

A “FinTech” Approach To Election Technology

If state election commissions and state legislatures would have adopted voting technology platforms that mimic the Trade Order Management/ Execution Management financial technology systems available on the market today, much of the drama around the 2020 General Election could have been avoided. Many electronic voting systems lack full auditability and therefore leave themselves exposed to … Continue reading A “FinTech” Approach To Election Technology

Square’s Cash App Has A Fraud Problem

Square’s Cash App Has A Fraud Problem

We compared a number of Fintech apps in the Google Play Store. Square's Cash App ranked #7 (See our analysis for Fintech rankings). Venmo failed to rank in the top 600. Recent Cash App user reviews from the same Google Play Store analysis suggest Cash App is frequently hacked. View our analysis by clicking the … Continue reading Square’s Cash App Has A Fraud Problem

Fraud – A Sign of The Times

Fraud – A Sign of The Times

Fraud always spikes during frothy markets. If it feels like we are beating you over the head as it relates to Quality CEOs and CEO Integrity it is because we are. High Quality, High Integrity CEOs are the best preventive measure against getting burned by fraudulent companies. 2020 has delivered massive equity market valuation froth … Continue reading Fraud – A Sign of The Times

Institutional Investors Forgot They Have A Voice. PLUS – Big Tech Regulation.

Institutional Investors Forgot They Have A Voice. PLUS – Big Tech Regulation.

It is amazing what institutional investors - especially large holders - put up with. Do Portfolio Managers communicate with CEOs any longer? PMs used to speak with management teams to provide feedback around capital allocation decisions, financial disclosures and more. My sense is that less of this interaction occurs today. Below we cover a few … Continue reading Institutional Investors Forgot They Have A Voice. PLUS – Big Tech Regulation.

There Is No Substitute For In-Person Due Diligence

There Is No Substitute For In-Person Due Diligence

This week Wirecard announced that EUR 1.9 billion of cash is missing. A trip to the company's profit center would have spared investors from suffering a major headache and major losses. The Financial Times put forth a detailed case about Wirecard's red flag-waving accounting practices in its October 2019 article: "Wirecard’s suspect accounting practices revealed," … Continue reading There Is No Substitute For In-Person Due Diligence

F for Fake

F for Fake

F for Fake. No, not the 1973 Orson Welles movie by the same name, but rather deepfakes - one of the scarier AI derivative technologies. Samsung's "Few-Shot Adversarial Learning" models could render a video of you from a single profile photo. Researchers at Samsung's Moscow-based AI research center have developed a "deep convolutional network" capable … Continue reading F for Fake