Cryptocurrency ICOs – risk, reward, and why should you care?

If you are involved in the cryptocurrency space, or you are looking to get involved, there is no getting away from the trend of Initial Coin Offerings (ICOS). Often lambasted in the main stream media, the ICO has become the mainstay vehicle for blockchain projects to raise initial investment for their development. This post gives an overview of ICOS – the risk, the reward, and why you should be interested in this space

What is an ICO?

An ICO is an investment vehicle for a cryptocurrency (blockchain company) to raise starting capital for their project. Typically, investors buy units of the new cryptocurrency or token with a more established crypto coin such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Once the new cryptocurrency is released on an exchange the investor can sell, hopefully for a higher price as the project gains momentum or hold for the longer term to secure a greater rise in value.

The ICO has become a tool that has revolutionised the financial system: barriers to participation are low, and the rewards can be staggering,

Risk versus reward

With any investment, there is always risk versus reward. The adage springs to mind that you can only lose 100% of your initial investment, but you can make 1000s % profit. This is even more so in the largely unregulated space of the ICO.

Take some of the popular cryptos of today and their return on investment (ROI):

NXT (1 million percent + ROI)

IOTA (300.000 percent + ROI)

Ethereum (150,000 + percent ROI)

Stratis (80,000 percent + ROI)

NEO (formerly AntShares) (100,000 percent + ROI)

However, the flip side of the coin is that ICO tokens can launch and trade well below their issue price. This can continue for months after the ICO, or indefinitely if the platform is poorly received which can be for several reasons. Additionally, the space is unregulated, so you have to extra vigilant in how you participate. If you send your funds to the wrong address, then you have no recourse. If you are hacked, you have no recourse.

Buying new digital currencies at the ICO stage is a very risky investment, much riskier than buying bitcoin or investing in established altcoins such as Litecoin (LTC), Ripple (XRP), or DASH. But, in my opinion, without risk there’s no reward.

How to maximise the chance of ICO success

I, for one, am huge fan of the ICO and I understand the risk and reward that comes attached with this tool. To maximise your chances of success there are a number for steps that can be taken. First, do your research and vet the blockchain play. Second, get involved in the crypto community and learn the ropes. A wonderful place to start is Next, invest only what you can afford to lose, so start small and build up.

If you want to get involved in the crypto space, then it maybe could be the best decision that you will make. If you are interested in discovering the best ICOs around today, then visit my blog which uncovers those hidden gems that can potentially provide the sort of gains that makes the eyes water and the heart race.

Author Bio

This post has been written by Crypto Coin Dude. Crypto Coin Dude is an avid crypto currency investor, technologist, futurist, and all round duderino. He can be found most days over on his blog

Don’t Call GE a Dog Just Yet

This article is only my opinion and should not be seen as trading advice.

One story plastered over financial news boards across the world lately has been the fact that General Electric (GE) has been vastly underperforming its own expectations, as well as its peers in the Dow. From leadership changes, to a dividend cut, GE has dropped around 20% in the past 2-3 months. Some are calling for GE to be removed from the DJI on the grounds that it is sandbagging the rest of the widely successful companies. However, I have a different view on GE, and I believe that we should not only keep GE in the Dow, but I believe now may be the time to buy GE.

First of all, GE is a huge conglomerate, with a mass of diversified industries which allow them to shift capital from less successful investments to more successful ones. I believe this is the stage that the company is in now. They were caught with too much money in industries with lower profitability, but they will now be able to increase profitability through sectors like renewable energy, digital technology, healthcare, etc.

Also, once oil prices continue to increase, this will increase GE’s margins, leading to more short time return on their huge investment in their oilfields, which will allow for better cash flows and a return to the normal dividend level.

Lastly, GE has many of its operations in international locations, and with the strength of the U.S. dollar, the returns on these investments should also look promising in the short to medium term.

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MEG was alerted by us @ $4.23 on July 19th

MEG Energy is a pure play Canadian oil sands producer engaged in exploration in Northern Alberta. All of its oil reserves are more than 1,000 feet (300 m) below the surface and so they depend on steam-assisted gravity drainage and associated technology to produce (heavy bitumen must first be brought to the surface). The company’s main thermal project is Christina Lake. 85-megawatt cogeneration plants are used to produce the steam used in SAGD which is required to bring bitumen to the surface. The excess heat and electricity produced at its plants is then sold to Alberta’s power grid. Its proven reserves have been independently pegged at 1.7 billion barrels (270×106 m3) and probable reserves (also called recoverable resource) 3.7 billion barrels (590×106 m3) (by engineering firm GLJ Petroleum Consultants Ltd [1]); That’s significant considering only 300 billion barrels (48×109 m3) of the 1.6 trillion barrels (250×109 m3) of bitumen in Alberta is considered recoverable under current technology.[3] The value of those reserves is over $19.8 billion.[4] CNOOC has a minority 16.69% interest in MEG Energy.[5]

CGI was alerted by us on July 18th @ $4.12

Celadon Group, Inc. (, through its subsidiaries, provides long haul, regional, local, dedicated, intermodal, temperature-protect, flatbed, and expedited freight service across the United StatesCanada, and Mexico. The Company also owns Celadon Logistics Services, which provides freight brokerage services, freight management, as well as supply chain management solutions, including logistics, warehousing, and distribution.

LUN (on Toronto) was alerted by us @ $8.11 on July 16th.

Lundin Mining is a diversified Canadian base metals mining company with operations in Chile, the United States of America, Portugal, and Sweden, primarily producing copper, nickel and zinc. In addition, Lundin Mining holds an indirect 24 percent equity stake in the Freeport Cobalt Oy business, which includes a cobalt refinery located in Kokkola, Finland.

AMX was alerted on July 11th @ $16.70


América Móvil is a Mexican telecommunications corporation headquartered in Mexico City, Mexico. It is the fourth largest mobile network operator in terms of equity subscribers and one of the largest corporations in the world.

We alerted AAOI on July 11th @ $70.0

Applied Optoelectronics, Inc. (AOI) is a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced optical products, including components, modules, and equipment. AOI’s products are the building blocks for broadband fiber access networks around the world, where they are used in the internet data center, CATV broadband, fiber-to-the-home and telecom markets. AOI supplies optical networking lasers, components and equipment to tier-1 customers in all four of these markets. In addition to its corporate headquarters, wafer fab and advanced engineering and production facilities in Sugar Land, TX, AOI has engineering and manufacturing facilities in Taipei, Taiwan, and Ningbo, China.


This week – NASDAQ crossed 6000 and investors greeted the move with a yawn.  The index which is laden with tech names turned the industrial and bank Trump rally on its head by closing at new record highs just yesterday. Technology stocks which are not direct beneficiaries of Trump’s heavy industry protectionism have found a way to prosper. AMZN ($909.29), GOOG ($871.73) and CSCO ($33.40) have been big beneficiaries of this powerful move higher. The only thing that could derail this tech love in would be a rate hike and that doesn’t seem to the case. Trump is in love with a lower dollar to help the steels and other industries so look for more upside on some of these NASDAQ heavyweights.