It's all over the news. The Net Neutrality Laws have been repealed by the Federal Communications Commission. We all know that this poses a threat to open internet and freedom of speech online, but the question that keeps circulating in my mind is... will net neutrality affect bitcoin?
1. Will net Neutrality Affect Your Bitcoin Wallet and Portfolio?
When the FCC repealed the Net Neutrality laws, this granted internet service providers power to pick and choose which websites, apps, news, and even emails you can have access to. Do you like to use Google Search? Too bad! You might have Verizon Wireless as your internet or phone data provider, and Verizon owns large shares of Yahoo which they might only allow their Verizon customers to use.
I for one have invested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin all using my mobile phone via cryptocurrency wallets that I opened on brokerage apps. What if Verizon (my internet provider) gets large sums of money from Wells Fargo Bank (cryptocurrency's competitor, which stands to be put out of business by blockchain technology)? Wells Fargo's website will be put at the top of the list as far as speed and accessibility goes, but Verizon might even block cryptocurrency exchange apps altogether!
As we see an all time high in the stock market with stocks like Apple reaching new price records, one question lingers in the back of every investor's mind, "What's going to happen to my money when the market goes back down?"
Everyone with a 401k or a retirement account knows that in the blink of an eye your portfolio can go from "private yacht" to "pizza for two!" So what investments can you put your hard earned money in to protect your retirement, your children's inheritance, or your college fund?
We are going to show you the top three safest investments of 2017. (And one of them offers better returns than risky investing too!)
SAFE INVESTMENT #1: Government Bonds
There are two different kinds of bonds: Government and Corporate bonds. Buying a bond is like giving good ol' Uncle Sam a loan from you to him. Both kinds of bonds when purchased promise to pay face value of the bond (what the bond says its worth) on a specific date that is predetermined, while paying a set interest rate along the way.
Bonds usually pay out twice a year to add to your returns, and the country that issues them usually manages them in their own currency. In the United States, the most common bonds are Series EE Bonds. They are a type of savings bond purchased at discount of their face value and accrue a fixed interest rate monthly from the time they are issued. Series EE Bonds mature after 20 years, and the US Treasury guarantees that investors will double their initial investment.
SAFE INVESTMENT #2: Solar Panels
*BEST IN LIST
Depending on where you live (sorry cave dwellers...) solar panels can be a great option for you to have a great return in an investment that is safe from all the downfalls of the economy. For the United States, there is a 30% Federal Tax Incentive to maximize your investment. What?!?! You mean that Uncle Sam will cover almost ONE THIRD of what it costs to invest my own money? The answer: Yes.
Solar panels provide a typical return of doubling your money for people with little incentives, and for people who live in states like Minnesota, they see typical returns of tripling their money within 25 years. States with Net Metering laws (see blue and tan states in picture) have policies in place that force utilities to pay their retail price for overproduced electricity from solar panel investors, giving you and I the chance to own our own small utility company and make a healthy profit. (See Frequently Asked Questions about solar investments here: http://talksolarenergy.com )
Part of what makes solar panels such a safe investment is that they are not effected by the lows of the market, but they benefit from the highs! The price of electricity has historically never gone down since it's invention, and the price for power goes up by almost 4% a year in some regions. Every time the price for energy goes up, solar panels owners make even more money.
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