Category: Financial Tech

5 Ways to Protect Your Finances From Fraud

There is nothing good about fraud, and yet sometimes we glorify it when major financial institutions fall victim to it. Our growing distrust of the banking system is perhaps the explanation, but multi-billion dollar heists hurt ordinary people just as much as wealthy bankers, if not more. Our friends at have studied countless banking hacks throughout history, and the usual offenders are average individuals with above-average computer skills. No matter how relatable we find these fraudsters, they are no Robin Hood. They often do it for their own gain at the expense of innocent consumers. Now that the financial

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Fears of a China Bubble and Federal Reserve Tapering – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT053

Was it a stutter step or have markets lost their balance? Anybody who knows football can tell you a lot goes into every play. Strategy, practice, game review, and preparation all affect outcomes, as do decisions and execution during games. Many, many factors influence gains and losses on the field. Similarly, numerous issues affect the… Click for more / Podcast Player>

Strong Domestic Demand in China Drives Imports to Record Highs – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT052

The People’s Republic of China (PRC) appears to have taken the words of American industrialist Henry Ford to heart. Ford said, “There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible.” Last week, we learned from CNBC China’s… Click for more / Podcast Player>

Is Topping 3% a Bad Thing? – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT051

Like the mother of a bride reviewing flower arrangements and fretting that a brilliantly sunny day could be marred by dark clouds hidden just beyond the horizon, pundits have been parsing the exceptional year-to-date performance of U.S. stock markets and fussing over the future. It’s true. U.S. stock markets look like they may be headed… Click for more / Podcast Player>

Top 10 Posts for The Average Guy in 2013

I was inspired by my friend and podcast guest host Paul Braren to create this Top Ten list of 2013.  It’s been a great year for and 2014 looks even brighter!  Hope you enjoy and find this useful. Some year over year stats before we get started   2012 2013 Visits 24,040 35,993 Unique Visitors 15,863 23,732 Pageviews 38,797 58,099 Pages / Visits 1.61 1.62 Avg Visit Duration [spp-timestamp time="1:43"] [spp-timestamp time="1:29"] Bounce Rate 72.60 71.88 Just a note:  Christian installed a new service in late December of 2013 and we have already seen a significant improvement in Bounce Rate (now

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Things You Wish You Never Would Have Said – The Guide Rock Capital Market Commentary – FT050

You really need to take predictions with a grain of salt. Consider these esteemed opinions.  "I think there is a world market for maybe five computers." Thomas Watson, Chairman, IBM, 1943.  "Who wants to hear actors talk?" H. M. Warner, Founder, Warner Brothers, 1927. "Everything that can be invented has been invented." Charles Duell, Commissioner,… Click for more / Podcast Player>