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It has been said if you listen closely, you can hear money talking louder than any other person in the room. For centuries, those with greater access to capital have had the privilege of sitting in the driver’s seat, while others living with less means have kowtowed to the demands of the affluent. In the year 740 B.C., long before you or I walked the Earth in search of avocado toast and AirPods, the Tang Dynasty in China introduced the first pieces of paper currency.

After they invited block printing (think stamps), the government started to print money because metal coins were far too heavy to carry compared to the featherweight nature of paper. Prior to the Tang Dynasty getting that paper, dozens of ancient civilizations used bartering systems to trade for what they needed. Ultimately, someone decided that coins and paper money held greater intrinsic value than shiny rocks or three seashells. 

In the thousands of years following the introduction of paper currency, we’ve seen a tidal shift in not only what money looks like, but how it is spent. According to an April 2017 survey, 40% of internet users in developed countries stated that they purchase items online at least “several times per month.” As we’ve seen with the rise of e-commerce sites like Amazon.com and other online shopping platforms, consumers are losing interest in buying products at brick-and-mortar locations.

Ironically enough, 70% of Americans still say they use paper money on a weekly basis, but several financial analysts believe the global economy is headed in a cashless direction. 

According to reports, Sweden, a nation lauded for being both technologically advanced and full of delicious meatballs, is expected to go completely cashless by March 2023, at which point cash will not be accepted any longer as a form of payment. Back in 2012, the six largest banks in Sweden collaborated to develop a mobile payment platform called Swish, which is now used by millions of Swedes every day. 

TechCrunch recently published a piece discussing how the Chinese government plans to implement the “Village Revitalization Strategic Plan,” which is designed to improve the efficiency and level of financial services for rural communities across the nation.

The goal, according to the set of guidelines jointly published by China’s central bank, the Banking and Insurance Regulatory Commission, the Securities Regulatory Commission, the Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Agricultural and Rural Affairs, is to “make mobile payments ubiquitous in rural China by the end of 2020. 

If we examine America’s potential to shift towards a cashless society, which could catalyze a global movement, the odds of this taking place are fairly likely. According to a 2017 survey conducted by CNBC, 50% of respondents said they carry cash with them less than half of the time when they are out, and if they do, 76% said they keep less than $50 on hand.

This trend has driven consumers to shift towards the use of debit cards. However, younger generations under the age of 18 cannot have their own checking account, so this has left a significant portion of the American population at an economic disadvantage. 

Luckily, a new mobile banking startup called Step wants to assist the next generation in understanding the value of a cashless dollar. The Company, founded by CJ MacDonald and Alexey Kalinichenko, former execs from the mobile gift card platform Gyft, started Step to help the nearly 75 million children and young adults under the age of 21 in the U.S., who are burdened by having to use cash for all their purchases. 

“Step” is banking on (apologies for the pun) the youthful spirit of todays’ teenagers who are hot to buy items on Amazon.com or purchase in-app downloads on their smartphones but are too young to have a debit/credit card. Step CEO Macdonald says the market for the startup isn’t based on the “unbanked,” it’s the “pre-banked.” 

“We’re building an all-in-one banking solution that primarily focuses on teens and parents. We want it to be a teen’s first bank account. We want to be a teen’s first spending card. And we want to teach financially literacy and responsibility firsthand.”

CJ MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer, Step 

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Stock Price Newsletter – September 20, 2019

Joe Samuel

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Microsoft (MSFT) Stock Price Jumps On Increased Dividend and Buyback Announcement

On Wednesday Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) shares gained 1% in extended trading after the company announced that it was raising its quarterly dividend by $0.05. But there’s more to this story than meets the eye.

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Microsoft (MSFT) Stock Price Jumps On Increased Dividend and Buyback Announcement

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On Wednesday Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT) shares gained 1% in extended trading after the company announced that it was raising its quarterly dividend by $0.05.

Share Repurchase Program

The company has also authorized a $40 billion stock buyback. Under the leadership of CEO Satya Nadella, the company has been buying back its shares. In the fiscal year ended June 30, Microsoft bought back it’s a stock worth around $19.54 billion. The year before stock buybacks were around $10.72 billion. In the last five years under the tenure of Nadella, the company has seen it’s stock almost quadruple and exceed a trillion-dollar market cap.

The company has aggressively been repurchasing its stock and at the current rate, they are likely to use all the $40 billion in the latest repurchase program within two years. The new share repurchase program does not have an expiration period but the company could choose to terminate it any time.

Growing Dividends

The company is increasing its dividends by 5 cents barely a year after increased them. The board of directors approved a $0.51 quarterly dividend which reflects an 11% increase over the quarter before. This translates to $2.04 annually. Microsoft has been paying dividends to stockholders since 2003 and it has been pumping up its quarterly dividend each year.

Microsoft has indicated that it will pay shareholders of record on November 21 a dividend of $0.51 on December 12. The 11% increase is an improvement from last year’s dividend increase of 9.5%. The increase is slightly more than the company’s average dividend growth percentage of around 10.4%.

The share repurchase program and dividend increase are a no brainer for Microsoft. In 2019 the company brought around $38.3 billion in free cash flow of which $13.8 billion was given to shareholders in the form of dividends. The company returned around $33 billion to shareholders this is inclusive of the cash spent on stock repurchases.

Considering how trivial the company’s dividends are relative to its free cash flow, it appears like Microsoft will keep increasing its dividends each year.

A Clear Focus On Groundbreaking Technology

Global spending on security solutions is projected to reach $7.4 billion in 2019 and increase to over $11.3 billion by 2025 with a CAGR of 8.2%.  The urban Security explosives and Weapons Detection market is slated to grow to nearly $7.5 billion by 2025 and is forecast to see consistent growth for the next several years [2].

What does this mean? Well, for investors it could signal big opportunities but with so many large companies targeting surveillance systems and weapon detection devices as a “go-to,” is there anything that could truly disrupt this market?

In short, yes

Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) (LDDFF) Is Positioning To Change The Face Of Threat Detection For Good

The truth of the matter is that mass shootings now happen more than once a day in the US and as we’ve come to find, there’s no real way to stop these attacks after an attacker enters a space. This is where the real opportunity is: stopping an attack before someone even enters a vulnerable space.

Liberty Defense (TSX: SCAN.V) (OTC: LDDFF) plans to do that using HEXWAVE, a next-generation high-tech security scanning system that will use advanced, low-power radar, 3D-imaging, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to screen people at public gatherings such as sports games, unobtrusively.

Liberty Defense (SCAN.V) (LDDFF) Is Positioning To Change The Face Of Threat Detection For Good

The truth of the matter is that mass shootings now happen more than once a day in the US and as we’ve come to find, there’s no real way to stop these attacks after an attacker enters a space. This is where the real opportunity is: stopping an attack before someone even enters a vulnerable space.

Liberty Defense (TSX: SCAN.V) (OTC: LDDFF) plans to do that using HEXWAVE, a next-generation high-tech security scanning system that will use advanced, low-power radar, 3D-imaging, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to screen people at public gatherings such as sports games, unobtrusively.

Liberty Defense WSJ

The advanced attack prevention system can detect if someone is armed before they enter a building using radar energy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect weapons and explosives in real-time. You may be thinking that the processes and screening technology that you see in airports can achieve the same thing in our communities.  

Urban Threat Detection

But we’re talking about urban detection; where high people traffic flow and attempts to provide airport-like screening processes can be extremely disruptive to business activity because of security entry delays. 

As important to providing a higher rate of threat screening is that there also needs to be a way to detect other potential mass attack weapons including explosives, pyrotechnics and other non-metallic threats.

Utilizing a new disruptive technology under an exclusive global license from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Liberty Defense (TSX: SCAN.V) (OTC: LDDFF) is developing HEXWAVE.

Liberty Defense WSJ

The advanced attack prevention system can detect if someone is armed before they enter a building using radar energy and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to detect weapons and explosives in real-time. You may be thinking that the processes and screening technology that you see in airports can achieve the same thing in our communities.  But we’re talking about urban detection; where high people traffic flow and attempts to provide airport-like screening processes can be extremely disruptive to business activity because of security entry delays. 

As important to providing a higher rate of threat screening is that there also needs to be a way to detect other potential mass attack weapons including explosives, pyrotechnics and other non-metallic threats.

Utilizing a new disruptive technology under an exclusive global license from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Liberty Defense (TSX: SCAN.V) (OTC: LDDFF) is developing HEXWAVE.

Click Here To Learn More About Liberty Defense and its HEXWAVE

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Stock Price Newsletter – September 19, 2019

Joe Samuel

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Acadia (ACAD) Stock Price is up 60% This Month; Bullish Signal For Biotechs?

ACADIA Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ACAD) had been one of the better-known strugglers in the industry. That was reflected in the stock price as well. But recent developments have breathed new life in the stock, which could be an indicator for the biotech industry at large.

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Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) Stock Price Consolidates After the Recent Rally: What Next?

The Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMD) stock has now reached such a stage according to keen observers and hence the stock is now trading within a very narrow range as the squeeze continues. In such a situation, it is only natural for investors to wonder which way this whole thing is going to go in the short term.

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Multi-Billion Dollar Markets Are Ready For A Shake-Up; 1 Biotech Stock Could Hold The Key

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