Governments around the globe have taken a no-holds-barred approach to fiscal stimulus. And with President Joe Biden's plan to pump a further $1.9 trillion into the economy, the financial world remains divided about the potential for inflation.But what is inflation exactly, and how could its effects ripple throughout the economy?
The theme of the past week has been short squeezes. Many are treating this as some sort of new development but these short squeezes tend to happen during the frothy stages of bull markets. What is unique is that this may be the first time that a squeeze was organized and coordinated via social media.However, while many in the mainstream media are painting this as some sort of David vs Goliath battle, the reality is that the traders from Reddit's r/WallStreetBets accounted for...

The first major cryptocurrency run that topped in December 2017 with bitcoin around $20,000 featured initial coin offerings (ICO). These were "altcoins" that could be bought with other cryptocurrencies that essentially were similar to stock in a startup. The hype in the ICO market contributed to the rise in bitcoin and its decline as most ICOs valuations burst like Internet stocks during the dot-com era.

This bull market in cryptocurrency, which started in March 2020 with bitcoin around $5,000 seems likely to be defined by non-fungible tokens (NFT). NFTs are essentially digital tokens for collectibles with the blockchain used to prove ownership.

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Many consider this to be a bubble driven by hype and greed, while others see this as a technological breakthrough. The recent high-profile transaction was for $69 million from the artist beeple who produces digital art.

Another example of the rising popularity of NFTs is NBA Top Shots which essentially sells ownership of 15-second highlights of players. Then, these highlights trade on a secondary market. In one sense, it seems absurd that someone would pay substantial sums of money that anyone can see for free on TV or YouTube. However, the same could be said for any painting or sculpture.

Another example is people selling tweets as tokens. Twitter (Nasdaq: TWTR) founder, Jack Dor...

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