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AI-Powered Journalism Means Change for Financial PR

News-writing software that can report current events in real time, with little or no human intervention, has obvious appeal to media companies and newsrooms, and it’s time for the public relations field to take seriously the eventual impact artificial intelligence systems will have on the practice of media relations…

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Blockchain Mini-Consortiums, New DApps: What’s Next for Financial Services in 2017

If 2016 was the year of the Blockchain POC, 2017 will be the year of the Blockchain applicationIn 2016, analyst firms and industry bodies such as the World Economic Forum (WEF) laid out the top use cases to tackle.

Bitcoin ‘May Not Rely on Trust, but Our Members Must Foster Trust to Be Successful’

Cointelegraph correspondent Dan Simon had the opportunity to speak with David Berger, CEO and founder of the Digital Currency Council. They discussed the challenges facing Bitcoin, the importance of the people building businesses atop the blockchain, and the critical nature of trust in a maturing ecosystem.

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‘Using Smart Bitcoin like Dumb Assets is akin to buying a Ferrari and pushing it Around Town’

Reggie Middleton rose to national prominence when he accurately predicted the failure of Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers and his BoomBustBlog became required reading of analysts, investors and the financial media.

Are the Markets Rigged?

There’s an undercurrent in our mainstream culture today, a prevailing sense that our financial markets are rigged. This zeitgeist has existed very strongly since the crash of 2007/08. Some may know very little about how the markets operate and yet they tend to harbor at least a seed of doubt: “Maybe the markets are rigged – I would believe it if they were.”

Currency at the Edges

Money certainly doesn’t grow on trees, but what would you do if it ceased to exist? In Episode 2 of Wall & Broadcast, we look inside a state penitentiary where the use of US currency is forbidden but a secret economic system has taken hold. And we visit a country where the official currency has failed to see how people respond when the money they’ve come to rely on becomes worthless. In the process we discover that, in addition to love, there is one thing that money still can’t buy …

Millennials Vs. Banks

We at Wall & Broadcast keep hearing stories about the millennial generation’s disdain for traditional banks. And there are lots of new finance apps out there, so they should be able to opt out of traditional banking no problem right? But are millennials truly opting out of traditional banking? Walk with us as we discover what it really means to live without a bank account in America. And what alternatives really exist right now for those living an unbanked life.

Wall Street Through the Eyes of Hollywood

If you’re anything like us here at Wall & Broadcast, you love movies about Wall Street.  Whether it’s the sheer outright hilarity of Trading Places, the brutal ruthlessness of Margin Call, the gritty day to day grind of Boiler Room, or the mixture of greed, wealth and power of The Wolf of Wall Street, we can’t seem to get enough of what Hollywood is saying about our industry.  But is Hollywood getting it right?  Strap in for another episode of Wall & Broadcast where we try to find out if the entertainment industry’s portrayal of our industry is accurate. 

The Rise and Fall and Rise Again of Bitcoin Giant, Charlie Shrem

There was a time; not so long ago, that Bitcoin was just an obscure little diversion for the hardest of the hard-core crypto geeks existing on the fringes of the internet.  Out of those recesses rose a quiet young yeshiva student from Brooklyn who would seize upon a unique opportunity, using his own personal experiences and his love of computers to create one of the first successful retail Bitcoin enterprises.  His name was Charlie Shrem, and by the time he was 21 years old he was a Bitcoin titan.  His startup, BitInstant, allowed ordinary people to easily purchase bitcoins from retailers like 7-11 or Walmart. Within months of starting BitInstant, Charlie was traveling and speaking all over the world about Bitcoin and gaining a reputation as a Bitcoin superstar.

The Rebirth of Inmate 92164-054...Charlie Shrem (Pt 2)

This is the 2nd part of a two-part episode on Charlie Shrem, America’s first Bitcoin superstar.  When we left Charlie at the end of Episode 1, he was just being confronted by joint FBI, DEA, IRS task force at JFK Airport in New York.  Upon his arrival, he is arrested and detained by the federal authorities.  Tune into the second part of this two-part episode to find out what happened to Charlie. Why was he detained?  On what charges? We follow Charlie through the shock of these events and discover how his experiences changed him and his relationship to the world of Bitcoin and blockchain.

The Strange Relationship Between Seeking Profit and Doing Good

To some in the business world and on Wall Street, the growing expectation that one must pair “doing good” with “doing business” – described by terms like “corporate social responsibility” (CSR) and “environmental social and corporate governance” (ESG) – feels like being told to eat more fiber. A firm’s leaders may genuinely care about social and environmental issues. They may be actively involved in philanthropic projects to address environmental and social problems. They may even acknowledge that it will enhance their brands’ reputations – “We should probably have somebody in charge of that; people care about that stuff these days.” 

The Love-Hate-Love Relationship Between Patrick Byrne, Wall Street and Blockchain

What if we told you that in 10 years, there would be no more stock exchanges. That the traditional way of trading stocks and bonds was an institution that had outlived its usefulness. That the arbiter of the exchanges’ demise, blockchain, already was here and being used by millions of people every day all over the globe.

Credit 2.0: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

What is credit? Why does it exist? How do we decide who gets it? In episode 9 of the Wall & Broadcast we explore the evolution of the concept of credit and how we determine who is creditworthy. Many of us take advantage of credit every day without thinking twice – whether through the use of our American Express, Visa or CITGO cards, our mortgage or home equity loans. But what happens when, through no fault of our own, we do not have access to these financial tools?

The Trump Card: Social Media & Wall Street

Social media is everywhere. Even if you wanted to, it seems you cannot escape its influence. This is just as true for the financial markets. Today’s investors and traders are looking for an edge, and the smart ones are turning to social media to gain that advantage. But it’s not in the way you might think.

Regulation vs Deregulation in the Age of Trump

If there’s one thing the election of President Donald J. Trump has taught us, it is to question everything we’ve historically assumed to be true. What if you had to guess someone’s political affiliation based solely on their stated views on market regulation? Do you think you’d be able to do it?

Confessions of a Wall Street Informant

In July of 2012, Guy Gentile, a self-described business maven from the Bahamas by way of Mt. Vernon (New York), was arrested while sitting on the tarmac of White Plains Airport in Westchester, New York. 

Time - ''s turtles all the way down'

So, you think you know what time it is? Right now? Even if you are not sure, you probably assume that the machines running our financial markets do, right?

Time in the markets is routinely measured in milliseconds or microseconds and transactions occur on the nanosecond scale. 

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How the Financial Crisis and an Explosion of Technology Created The World of Fintech

Dan Simon Talked Vested Millennial Money Study on Cheddar TV

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'Startup Nation:' Financial Comms Expert See Opportunity in Going out on Their Own

A number of well-known financial PR experts have recently left established firms to start their own shops.  Why now? Technology is changing communications, and it’s easier than ever to launch a company. 

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Integrated Strategies Boost PR’s Profile, Bottom Line

The PR industry has entered a new era. Case in point: The top independent PR firms ranked by O’Dwyer’s this year accounted for a combined total of more than $3.14 billion in net fees, more than double the $1.4 billion recorded by this magazine a year ago. Number-one PR giant Edelman, with its 2017 earnings of nearly $894 million, is on track to break the billion-dollar mark within the next few years.

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Need a catchy moniker? Use this tool

What’s in a name? For financial technology startups, it might be just a click away.

Vested Ventures, a New York-based venture capital firm investing in financial and technology sector startups, has created the Fintech Name Generator, a web-based program that allows individuals to select a type of business, click an icon and get the computer-generated name.

Cognito Public Relations v. Vested

The last couple of months have been difficult for Cognito – at least that’s how it seems. First some of Cognito’s PR people and then some of their clients left Cognito – forming a new company (Vested) and new alliances. It began during the summer when two of Cognito’s former top executives left to launch Vested.  Not long after they opened their doors, Vested also brought a former Cognito director over to be their COO, Ishviene Arora.

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The Career Issue 2016

PR is in the midst of reinventing its own story. The world of integrated communications has forced agencies to reshape their capabilities, shift budgets, and transform business practices to lure creative talent. But as agencies build their capabilities and craft their own stories, they all run into a common problem: How do you make PR the most attractive option to generations native to social media?

The underground economy in prison is way more sophisticated than you might think

The underground economy in prison is way more sophisticated than you might think.

Inmates aren’t allowed to carry cash. What they earn from prison jobs goes into commissary accounts, which allows prisoners to buy better food and other personal care items from the prison store.

Wall Street Holiday Cocktails: The Fiscal Snifter

There’s a nip in the air, and it’s not just winter. It’s the coming bite from higher capital gains taxes and other inevitable “punishments” for being successful.

So before we go off the “fiscal cliff,” or before at least some taxes rise to avoid it, here are ways Wall Street is bracing for the new year. It’s the annual list of finance-related cocktails created by Cognito, a financial marketing and PR firm. (Read MorePar-ty! Office Holiday Parties Are Back.)

Launch of Binance US Can Have Far-Reaching Effects on Crypto Market

From the outside looking in, the United States seems to present a host of amazing financial opportunities. However, when it comes to launching cryptocurrency exchanges or altcoin trading platforms, these possibilities start to dwindle and fade quite rapidly.

These luxury hotels now take bitcoin

The five-star Dolder Grand Hotel in Zurich now accepts Bitcoin as payment for overnight stays, spa treatments and food and beverages.

The hotel partnered with Swiss fintech firm Inacta AG which developed a mobile app called Inapay to facilitate the payment and conversion of cryptocurrencies into Swiss Franc or Euro once the payment is completed.

Bitcoin, ETH, XRP, And LTC Rally, As Libra Is Crushed—What Is Missing?

Libra has been crushed — but major cryptocurrencies supposed to be crushed along with it have staged a big rally, catching many cryptocurrency observers by surprise.

Apparently, there’s something missing here, and identifying it is crucial to determine whether the recent rally in major cryptocurrencies has legs.

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