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  1. Hello, dear TGFers, Before anything else, I will tell you that's one of the most important posts you would read here on Top Gold Forum. Please do not ignore it. You will thank me in a couple of months. If you are a regular TGFers you know that since 2020 we are preparing ourselves, as a community, to face the global financial crisis which is already here. I've managed to do well in the '08 crisis and also learned a lot of things that helped me see the upcoming crisis and prepare accordingly. So without further ado, I'm going to list 10 things I suggest you doing it to stay safe and why not, make a profit, in these troubling times. 1. Make sure you and your loved ones are healthy and safe. That's the most important piece of advice I can offer you and you should not take it lightly. It's important to make sure that you and your family, your close friends and your loved ones take care of their health and safety. 2. Take care of your expenses and reduce the non-essentials. If you haven't done it already you should have a close look at your monthly expenses and cut the things that are no longer essential. I did this in 2020 right in the middle of the pandemic and I was shocked to see how much money I was spending on things that I could easily cut or reduce. Just to give you some examples: Subscriptions to online tools and services I barely used. Also, I could downgrade my mobile phone payment by around 60% by switching to a smaller plan and the TV subscription with around 30%. So take a look sharply at your monthly bills and start ASAP reducing or cutting what is not essential. 3. Lower your debt or try to remain debt-free. This is important. As the interest rates are rising a lot you'll pay much more for your loans. Also, the banks and lending companies will become ruthless in getting their money back. That's why you need to lower your debt as much as possible and make sure you are paying the loans on time. If you are or you can easily become debt-free would be awesome. Take a look at the following 10 websites that can help you put your personal finances in order. 4. Make sure you're not easily replaceable. This applies to you even if you're employed or a freelancer. During a financial crisis, many companies reduce their working force and the first ones that get laid off are persons that are not essential to the business. So ensure that you bring value to your employer or to the businesses you are working with. Become better, learn new things, and automate as much as possible of your work to have competitive rates. 5. Have 6-8 months of expenses covered. Just in case you get laid off or you simply do not get any more work as a freelancer you should have AT LEAST 6-8 months of expenses for your family covered. I recommend even having 12 months of expenses covered. I know this sounds too much but remember that we don't know how tough the crisis will be. Keep some of your savings in hard cash just in case the banks are going to limit the withdrawals. It's not SCI-FI, it happened before in the 08 crisis in Greece and Cyprus. 6. If you plan to sell anything, do it now. If you plan to sell your house, your car, or some assets you own, I recommend doing it ASAP. That's because soon there wouldn't be so much money in the markets and the interest rates will go up so people will be reluctant to purchase things that are not essential or are overpriced now. 7. Educate yourself - Learn new skills In the 4th point of this list, I've told you to ensure you're not easily replaceable. What I want to emphasize here is that in a recession companies look for ways to cut their costs. And one thing to do is through automation. Besides automation, there are new industries that rise now like blockchain, web3, digital healthcare, electric cars, etc. So don't be afraid to reinvent yourself for the jobs and opportunities of the upcoming years. 8. Develop multiple income streams (side hustles, money-making opportunities, etc) Having multiple income streams ensures you that will still make money even if lose your primary job or income opportunity. In times of financial crisis relying on only one income stream is risky. You may lose your job, your stock investment may plunge in value, etc., so make sure you have a couple of income streams that are in diverse industries. I recommend checking the money-making opportunities here in TGF and choosing one or two that fit your skills and your risk profile. 9. Keep your eyes wide open for opportunities A financial crisis it's not only about hard times but also about opportunities. Netflix, Airbnb, Uber, and a couple of highly successful companies of today were started in the 08 crisis. On top of that the stock, commodities, and other assets were at good discounts. As Buffet says "be fearful when others are greedy and be greedy when others are fearful". In a financial crisis, most people are fearful and sell their assets at great discounts. That's the time when you can get them at a fraction of their true value. Before moving forward I feel I should warn you that not all assets that look to be on discount they actually are. Some of them simply are so low because that's their value and will not go back up. Learn about value investing to understand where the value is and where isn't. 10. Pay attention to SCAMs The last piece of advice that I want to share with you is to pay attention to SCAMs. That's because in troubling economic times the criminality rises sharply and there are many that want to get rich by stealing others' hard-earned money. So research everything, and don't fall for promises that are too good to be true. 11. (Bonus) Have a plan It's mandatory to have a plan and stick to it if you want to be well in these troubling times. If you don't have one you will be easily distracted by the news or the events that rise. As long as you have your plan you can adjust it easily but make sure you do everything in your power to reach your goals. Conclusion And there you have it: 10 things + bonus that you should do to do well in the following financial crisis. To recap, this is what you should do to prepare yourself: Take care of yourself and the health and security of your loved ones; Cut or reduce your debt and your expenses that are not essential; Have money aside in case you get laid off and for investments and opportunities that arise; Learn new skills, and become better at what you do; Develop multiple income streams; Pay attention and do not fall for SCAMS; Have a plan! Even if you have not prepared yet, it's not really too late if you start taking action now. What about you? Are you prepared? What actions would you take to be safe in these troubling economic times? Let me know by posting in this forum and let's all learn and prepare
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  2. Travis Fauque recently discussed how to start investing in cryptocurrency. LANDER, WY / DEC. 10, 2021 / Cryptocurrency is one of the hottest topics discussed in the investment world. The currency is creating new millionaires weekly while providing investors an opportunity to further diversify their portfolios. Travis Fauque explains that many people are further looking into this currency and searching for a basic understanding as well as how to get started investing. Bitcoin and the Creation of Cryptocurrencies Bitcoin was created at the heels of the 2009 economic recession to be a virtual peer-to-peer decentralized network. This network was created using blockchain technology and the protocol cannot be changed or altered in any way by any sole person or entity, including governments or even Satoshi Nakamoto himself. When cryptocurrencies are released, the inventor(s) set the currency’s parameters (how much there is, rules for buying and selling, as well as how many new coins will be added to the marketplace, etc..), on a protocol before launching the coin. With bitcoin’s protocol reflecting a max supply of 21 million coins, many investors see this as deflationary and a store of value. “Governments can print more money when they want, but no one can issue more bitcoins," Fauque said. "This results in scarcity, and ultimately proving a financial hedge against deflationary assets, specifically fiat currency. The change from Bitcoins' first appearance in the marketplace to where the current market sits today provides evidence of the vast amounts of opportunities for ordinary people to create substantial wealth. The speed and size of a wealthy investor experience, makes many people wonder how to get started. Fauque explained that the cryptocurrency market, as of the date of writing, is just under 3 trillion dollars in total market cap, with bitcoin dominating the market by 35 percent. “Bitcoin is the north star for current cryptocurrencies, ultimately paving the path for other currencies to follow," Fauque said. Cryptocurrency Trends Fauque believes other competing currencies will someday overtake Bitcoins' dominance, however, Fauque suggests investors stay current with the dominating cryptocurrencies trend and trade in favor of their trend. "The trend is your friend. It's essential to never go against the trend," Fauque said. Fauque advises to never invest blindly in cryptocurrencies, rather seek to understand the currency before investing. Technical Analysis “Investors must understand technical analysis, as well as how to utilize this analysis," Fauque said. Technical analysis is not a guarantee for future market movements, technical analysis provides the investor with a competitive advantage, inevitably increasing profits while strategically minimizing your losses. “People lie, but charts don’t lie,” Fauque said. “Technical analysis lowers risk long-term but maintain a solid risk management plan is the foundation of any successful investor." "You are only one trade away from losing profits if you don’t value risk management," he added. Lessons Learned Fauque experienced losses exceeding tens of thousands of dollars his first few months investing in cryptocurrencies. He attributes the losses to not following a proper risk management plan, as well as investing in opinions rather than on facts. The loss really wasn’t a loss in hind site, more of an invaluable lesson on risk management,” Fauque said. He expressed the importance of risk managing and the need for investors to obtain proper financial education before making any financial decisions. Tips for Beginners from Travis Fauque As a beginner in the crypto space, Fauque suggests that investors perform their own analysis and not blindly follow the crowd. The crowd is broken and easily manipulated. He warns new investors to stay cautious when investing in new coins and to fully understand the fundamentals in the coin before investing. Fauque suggests the 40-30-30 percent diversification strategy inside your crypt portfolio, with 40 percent allocated in large market capitalization cryptocurrencies, 30 percent in mid-cap, and the remaining 30 percent in low cap cryptocurrencies. "Buy the investment before the crowd buys it. That’s where the substantial returns are made,” Fauque said. Smaller financial capital invested into one currency tends to elevate the financial risk of the asset and experiences major price movements. However, traditional investors advise investing up to ten percent of your total portfolio into cryptocurrencies, specifically the top ten by the size of market capitalization. Fauque does not follow traditional investor advice, while currently holding nearly 50 percent of his total portfolio in cryptocurrencies alone, while the remaining diversified in other asset classes. “You’re not late to the crypto game, as long as you show up," Fauque said. Starting small and becoming a long-term student of the asset is key. Fauque suggests utilizing the D-C-A investment strategy for beginner cryptocurrency investors. DCA refers to dollar-cost-averaging. Fauque explained this method tends to smooth out the price volatility for the given currency while decreasing the risk of emotionally trading. He suggests finding a trustworthy platform that provides this option, such as crypto.com. Fauque utilizes crypto.com for the enhanced security the platform provides, as well as its reward programs. A user has the option for the platform to withdraw funds from their bank account as frequently and often as the user specifies. “You can treat the automatic withdrawal like a tax, only this tax will create wealth for upcoming years," he explained. In conclusion, Fauque suggests, getting started in crypto, regardless of current market conditions. Many new investors attempt to successfully time price tops and bottoms resulting in inaction, or even worse emotionally trading. This makes the DCA strategy more appealing for the new investor. Fauque explained this strategy is a good start but maintains his stance in expanding to the strategy, as the investor's financial education increases. Travis Fauque’ holds firm to the 40-30-30 rule for diversification and emphasizes he is not a financial advisor and does not provide any financial advice. He simply shares his personal successes as well as previous learning experiences with others.
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  3. The world of cryptocurrencies is an exciting one. For the first time in history, humanity has begun to accept the concept of digital assets. Since its inception, Bitcoin has always been favoured by individuals on the cutting-edge of technology. In the early days, surfers of the deep web opted to use Bitcoin as a medium of exchange thanks to the pseudo-anonymity it offered them. Additionally, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies facilitated the seamless transfer of funds from one person to another nearly instantaneously. And all without having to make use of a bank or money transfer service. Nowadays Bitcoin is supported by investors due to its inflation-proof characteristics. Fearing the onset of inflation caused by the sudden surge of liquidity in the economy, investors have turned to digital assets as a method of hedging against reduced buying power. So what do the deep web and the economy have to do with Bitcoin? The answer is decentralization. Unlike fiat currencies, digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum are not issued by governments or central monetary authorities. They are instead controlled by the community itself - thus lending the currency a degree of anonymity. This does have its fair share of drawbacks, however. Given the decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies and their increasing value, there still exists the very real risk of theft and hack attacks by unscrupulous individuals. Furthermore, cryptos are purely digital assets and do not exist in any tangible form in the real world. Because of this, you may find yourself getting the short-end of the stick should you somehow lose access to your cryptocurrencies. So, with all of that in mind, let’s take a look at some proven tips that will keep your crypto fortune safe. Note: some of these suggestions may appear to be fairly simple and innocuous, but you’d be surprised by how many people overlook them. 1. Have a backup Backups can be a real lifesaver should you suddenly find yourself somehow being unable to access your holdings of cryptocurrencies. Hot wallets are online-only services that allow you to store and receive cryptocurrencies. While convenient they aren’t exactly the best choice when it comes to long-term storage options. With crypto wallets a favourite target for hackers everywhere, it’s best that hot wallets are used as a temporary storage point at best. You should check first the safest and best Bitcoin wallets of 2021. Cold wallets on the other hand while secure are reliant on the reliability of the device used to store your keys. Disaster could strike and a hard disk could be lost, damaged, or stolen. It could randomly fail on its own and while the data could possibly be recovered, is that a risk you’d be willing to take? Rather than leaving your crypto assets up to chance, make backups of your crypto keys at regular intervals. Store them on different drives and have both offline and online backups. Having several redundancies and fail-safes in place minimizes the risk that you’ll be ever locked out of your assets. 2. Update your software regularly Hackers work around the clock developing new ways to gain access to your hard-earned cryptos. To counter this, developers regularly release software patches and updates to keep their assets secure. This is why it’s especially important that you regularly update your crypto wallet software and anti-virus applications. New security updates will ensure that you’re protected from the latest threats. 3. Use a paper wallet Ironically, one of the safest ways to store cryptos could also be the oldest and most archaic. Paper wallets are basically printouts of private keys and addresses on a piece of paper. These wallets can be easily hidden and stored thus making it difficult to steal. However, they can become damaged or destroyed which is why you need to handle them with care. With a paper wallet, the user is basically invulnerable to cyber-attacks or malware and an individual would need to physically steal it from you in order to gain access to your cryptos. These are 3 basic yet highly effective tips for securing your cryptocurrency holdings. Remember: the key to security is to make yourself a non-worthwhile target for criminals and thieves.
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