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Why Apple’s Dividend Could Have Been Higher (CNBC)
Is the Trump Rally Losing Steam? (FOX Business)
Never Throw in the Towel on Nike: Expert (CNBC)
Bitcoin Jumps to 3-Week High Near $8,600 as Fed Plans New Round of Reserve Increases (CoinDesk)
Putting the Hedge Back in Hedge Fund (Forbes)
Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital, authored an article in Forbes about the recent underperformance of hedge funds in the digital asset space and how the crypto industry can combat these results moving forward. Eric called for a renewed focus on products that minimize investors’ risk exposure while maximizing their risk-adjusted returns.
How to Find Growth in Farm Stocks (U.S. News & World Report)
Kian Salehizadeh, Senior Analyst at Blockforce Capital, spoke with U.S. News & World Report on where investors can find growth in the agriculture sector amid U.S.-China trade tensions. Kian pointed to Toro Co. (TTC) as a stock with high dividend growth potential based on DIVCON™, the firm’s proprietary dividend health rating methodology.
6 Mid-Cap Stocks With Sustainable Dividends Look Inviting (Barron’s)
Barron’s consulted Reality Shares’ research to evaluate the dividend strength of popular mid-cap stocks. Based on the firm’s proprietary dividend health rating system (DIVCON™), the following companies were identified as attractive stocks investors should not overlook: Sabre (SABR), ManpowerGroup (MAN), Webster Financial (WBS), National Instruments (NATI) and j2 Global (JCOM).
Nike’s North America Sales Fail to Impress, Shares Slip (Reuters)
Kian Salehizadeh, Senior Analyst at Blockforce Capital, spoke with Reuters after Nike (NKE) announced its revenue results from its fiscal 2019 third quarter. While shares of NKE dropped in the short term, Kian maintained a positive long-term outlook on the company given its strong fundamentals, international expansion efforts and high dividend growth potential.
Bitcoin Volatility Falls To Lowest In Almost 4 Months (Forbes)
David Martin, Chief Investment Officer of Blockforce Capital, shared his thoughts on bitcoin volatility hitting a nearly 4-month low with Forbes. David noted that bitcoin’s current price behavior is similar to the cryptocurrency’s lower-than-average volatility experienced in Q3 of 2018 as investors take a wait-and-see approach on the digital asset.
Don’t Know Much About ETFs? Here’s an Intro (CNBC)
CNBC.com sought insight from Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital, regarding what novice investors need to know about ETFs. Eric explained the key differences between ETFs and mutual funds and outlined the potential benefits of opting for the ETF structure.
Why Interest is Rising in Bank Stocks (U.S. News & World Report)
Kian Salehizadeh, Senior Analyst at Blockforce Capital, spoke with U.S. News & World Report about his long-term outlook for banking stocks. Kian cited improved fundamentals and potential U.S. interest rate hikes as reasons for investors to remain optimistic about the future growth potential of the banking sector.
10 Stocks With Safe, Generous Dividends (Barron’s)
Barron’s turned to research from Reality Shares to determine the top 10 dividend stocks that offer both high yields and steady growth. Based on Reality Shares’ proprietary dividend health rating system (DIVCON™), companies like AbbVie (ABBV), Broadcom (AVGO) and T. Rowe Price (TROW) were named among stocks that look most attractive for investors simultaneously seeking safety and long-term returns.
Are Cryptocurrencies More Trustworthy Than Stocks? (Forbes)
Forbes turned to Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital, to discuss a recent eToro survey revealing that two-thirds of online millennial cryptocurrency traders have more faith in cryptocurrencies than stocks. To help explain these findings, Eric pointed to the generation’s reliance on technology and expects that their trust in cryptocurrencies will grow as the assets and infrastructure mature.
Blockchain and the City: New York State as a “Tough” Model of Crypto Regulation (Cointelegraph)
Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital, provided insight to Cointelegraph regarding the status of cryptocurrency regulation in the state of New York. Eric explained how the state’s system for licensing the use of cryptocurrencies (known as BitLicense) could impact long-term investors on popular crypto platforms, and eventually lead to increased interest from new crypto investors.
No Reason to Bail on Nike After Basketball Sneaker Blunder (TheStreet.com)
Following the Zion Williamson-Nike sneaker incident, Kian Salehizadeh, Senior Analyst at Blockforce Capital, spoke with Real Money about his long-term outlook on the company. Despite the stock’s short-term slide following the game, Kian noted that Nike has room to run due to its direct-to-consumer digital innovations and potential to grow dividends.
Nvidia Beats On Earnings and Revenue (Cheddar)
Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital, joined Cheddar TV following Nvidia’s better-than-expected earnings results. Eric shared his long-term bullish outlook on NVDA given the company’s heavy investment in ground-breaking technologies, such as blockchain and artificial intelligence. As a holding in Reality Shares’ dividend leaders portfolio, NVDA also exhibits high dividend growth potential and strong free cash flow.
Disney and Snap Beat on Earnings (Cheddar)
Blockforce Capital Senior Analyst Kian Salehizadeh appeared live on Cheddar TV to discuss his outlook on dividend growth leader Disney (DIS) and Snap (SNAP) following the companies’ quarterly earnings results. After both stocks beat analyst expectations, Kian broke down which key business areas DIS and SNAP need to focus on in order to sustain long-term revenue growth.
The Impact of Disruptive Solutions in Asset Management (Money Management Executive)
Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital, was featured in Money Management Executive’s latest issue exploring how cutting-edge technologies are disrupting the asset management industry. In particular, Eric shared how applications of blockchain technology in financial services are creating more efficient, secure and transparent processes.
Amazon Notches Third Record Profit in a Row (Wall Street Journal)
The Wall Street Journal turned to Kian Salehizadeh, Senior Analyst at Blockforce Capital, to weigh in on Amazon’s recent earnings report. Although Amazon (AMZN) achieved record profits this quarter, Kian noted a few areas of the company’s growth investors may want to keep a close eye on moving forward.
Shutdown Impact Lingers For ETFs (ETF.com)
Kian Salehizadeh, Senior Analyst at Blockforce Capital, spoke with ETF.com about how the ETF industry has been impacted by the U.S. government shutdown. Kian explained that new ETF launches have been stuck in a “holding pattern,” and addressed how ETF issuers can adjust their strategy for bringing new products to market moving forward.
Bitcoin Volatility Falls To Lowest Since Mid-November (Forbes)
Forbes cited Blockforce Capital data to demonstrate the recent decline in bitcoin price volatility. Research conducted by Blockforce Capital’s cryptocurrency team revealed that bitcoin’s rolling 14-day volatility dropped to a level of 40, its lowest since mid-November 2018.
Top 5 Blockchain-Related Stocks For 2019 (Forbes)
Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital, authored an article in Forbes discussing the top five companies in the blockchain economy at the start of 2019. Using Reality Shares’ proprietary Blockchain Score™ methodology, Eric identified IBM, Alibaba Group (BABA), Fujitsu (FJTSY), Mastercard (MA) and ING Groep (ING) among the most innovative companies at the forefront of blockchain technology.
Is Bitcoin Building Support Above $3,500? (Forbes)
Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital, commented on bitcoin’s recent price activity in Forbes. Eric explained that the cryptocurrency has exhibited its lowest volatility since mid-November 2018 and could potentially experience a price breakout in the near term based on Blockforce Capital’s data analysis.
Is The ICO Market Truly Dead? (Forbes)
Forbes turned to Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital, to discuss factors driving the initial coin offering (ICO) market today. Eric explained how developments in blockchain technology, increased popularity of security token offerings (STOs) and investor desire for more credible projects could impact digital token sales moving forward.
Top 5 Dividend Growth Stocks For 2019 (Forbes)
In his latest Forbes column, Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital and Reality Shares, identified Visa (V), Ross Stores (ROST), Nvidia Corp. (NVDA), Domino’s Pizza (DPZ) and United Healthcare (UNH) as top dividend growth stocks over the next 12 months based on the firm’s dividend-health rating system, DIVCON®. Extensive research conducted by Reality Shares indicates companies with the highest dividend growth rates have historically outperformed the S&P 500 by upwards of 8 percent.
December 2018 Monthly Report – a Month Marked by Volatility (CryptoGlobe)
CryptoGlobe sought insight from Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital, regarding his thoughts on cryptocurrency activity in 2018 and outlook for 2019. Eric discussed whether the cryptocurrency markets experienced a “Santa Claus rally” and outlined other factors that may have driven a year-end surge in digital currencies.
7 Stocks That Offer Save Dividend Growth (Barron’s)
Citing Reality Shares’ proprietary research, Barron’s identified Estee Lauder (EL), Expeditors International of Washington (EXPD), Nike (NKE), Starbucks (SBUX), Texas Instruments (TXN), Tractor Supply (TSCO) and Visa (V) as companies with high dividend growth potential over the long term, rather than high-yielding stocks with unsustainable dividend payouts.
Utilities May Not Be a Safe Harbor (WealthManagement.com)
Kian Salehizadeh, Senior Analyst at Blockforce Capital, spoke with WealthManagement.com about whether investors should turn to utility stocks as a safe haven from market volatility. Using Blockforce Capital’s proprietary DIVCON™ dividend rating system, Kian spotlighted five utility stocks that are most likely to cut their dividends within the next 12 months.
20 Expert Market Outlooks for 2019 (Kiplinger)
Kiplinger turned to Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital, for his 2019 outlook on cryptocurrency investing. Eric noted he expects to see accelerated growth in the crypto markets and discussed the likelihood of a bitcoin ETF launching in 2019.
Blockforce Capital CEO: Apple’s Rout Could Be Good Buying Opportunity (CNBC)
CNBC Europe called upon Eric Ervin, CEO of Blockforce Capital, to weigh in on Apple’s Q1 revenue guidance cut. Eric offered his long-term outlook on the tech sector in light of this news, and discussed how investors can identify potential buying opportunities in this space.
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