Bitcoin continues to be a volatile instrument to trade, but recently the movements have been a little subtler compared. Certainly this is still a speculative investment but with the introduction of more mainstream investment options, the price may begin to settle. Even though there is no true value behind the coin other than the blockchain, it is becoming more widely accepted.

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2017 has been a successful year for the equities market, continuing on their bull run of nearly 10 years. Retail has struggled and the geopolitical climate has impacted markets more than they have in previous years. The Federal Reserve continues to raise rates and will continue to do so into 2018. That being said, there are many other spaces in the market, but these are the most notable. Bitcoin came onto the scene and has people taking note of the cryptocurrency world.

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Campbell Soup has been in the news for their recent acquisition of Snyder’s-Lance, which will be financed through $6.2B in both long-term and short-term notes. Campbell is probably most known for their soup, which includes the classic holiday season commercial that depicts a child melting away the cold while consuming the tomato soup. The snack business appears to be the play for Campbell as they push further into the space.

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Apple Air Pods came out a little more than a year ago, providing people a wireless way to listen to music, podcasts, and take calls hands free. This year, they seem to be just as popular as many stores have sold out and Apple won’t have any more in time for Christmas. Maybe a surprise to many as these were not that popular of a product for awhile. A few months after their initial release, people wanted them and stores were selling out.

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Targets latest attempt to compete with Amazon is the acquisition of the grocery delivery company Shipt. This deal will cost $550 million and allow Target to ship food same day, which directly competes with Amazon and their acquisition of Whole Foods. Retail has been a difficult sector to pull profits from this year, but companies similar to Target have their grocery businesses to worry about as well. 2018 is when the service is scheduled to go live, but we’ll hear more in the coming weeks.

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Streaming devices continue to grow in popularity as people look to cut the cord and find less expensive alternatives. Roku offers products that all people to stream Netflix, YouTube, and other channels millions use on a daily basis. Over the last month, the stock has soared, matching or beating many price targets set by investment banks.

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With Bitcoin nearing a record $10,000 per coin, many people are comparing this movement to that of the tech bubble of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. If you take a quick glance at any chart, you will notice the price of Bitcoin has moved in a parabolic manner, which many investors know could be an omen of what is to come. For those unaware, Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that is used to pay for goods and services, as well as being traded. The technology behind a cryptocurrency, blockchain, is what people are excited about.

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Big box retailer Best Buy is preparing for the biggest single day in retail. Best Buy is an electronics store that sells anything from batteries to large screen televisions. For those familiar, this space faced troubles with Radio Shack and Circuit City, both falling to bankruptcy. This is attributable to online sales increasing, but despite the increase in e-commerce, Best buy has been able to survive.

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Simon Property Group is a company that purchases real estate, most notably retail real estate including malls and shopping centers. Retail has been struggling these last several quarters and many fear it still could fall even lower. The biggest day in retail is rapidly approaching and it may be a time to monitor investments that are related to this category. The reason property is in focus in this article is with all of the stores going bankrupt, you want to ensure that the companies owning retail real estate are properly diversified and able to handle the slow down.

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As the financial system grows and evolves, the way we process payments changes with it. From cash, to checks, to debit cards, we have found more efficient ways to process payments. Popular names in this space include Visa, MasterCard, and PayPal. Square is a mobile payment system that allows people to accept payments via phones and other devices. However, that is not the reason the market is now watching Square closely. News has come out that the company is testing the ability to accept and process Bitcoin payments, which adds another notch to the viability of the cryptocurrency.

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