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June 26, 2019 | Bitcoin Is Just a Game, but Real Estate Speculation Is a Looming Disaster

Rick Ackerman

Rick Ackerman is the editor of Rick’s Picks, an online service geared to traders of stocks, options, index futures and commodities. His detailed trading strategies have appeared since the early 1990s in Black Box Forecasts, a newsletter he founded that originally was geared to professional option traders. Barron’s once labeled him an “intrepid trader” in a headline that alluded to his key role in solving a notorious pill-tampering case. He received a $200,000 reward when a conviction resulted, and the story was retold on TV’s FBI: The Untold Story. His professional background includes 12 years as a market maker in the pits of the Pacific Coast Exchange, three as an investigator with renowned San Francisco private eye Hal Lipset, seven as a reporter and newspaper editor, three as a columnist for the Sunday San Francisco Examiner, and two decades as a contributor to publications ranging from Barron’s to The Antiquarian Bookman to Fleet Street Letter and Utne Reader.

They don’t ring a bell at the top, as the old saying goes. Still, if you’re looking for scary signs of excess in the stock market, you couldn’t find better evidence of it than bitcoin’s psychotic rally. I’ve projected a move to at least 21,032 (see tout below), a 66% gain from current levels, but I hesitate to assert that that would be the end of it. It is matched by rampant speculation in the housing sector, where corporations have been snapping up 25% of all homes on the market to rent them or flip them for quick profits. Unlike the wilding spree in bitcoin, which is just a silly, stupid game, the inevitable collapse of the housing bubble holds grave implications for the U.S. economy.

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June 26th, 2019

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