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I didn’t have the cash to exercise my startup stock options. This Silicon Valley fund offered a way to do it without burying me in debt.

“Chou said ESO Fund is ideal for young people working for startups who do not have the resources to exercise stock options” writes Benjamin Pimentel for businessinsider.com. He had left before the company’s IPO. “I didn’t have money to do the early exercise of the stock options,” he said.ESO Fund has helped clients exercise stock options worth as little as $1,500, and has funded much bigger deals worth a few million, Chou said. Source: businessinsider.com

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Wall St. to Washington: Bakkt Launches New Products, CEO Joins Senate

“Earlier this week, institutional Bitcoin (BTC) futures platform Bakkt launched two new financial products: the first United States-regulated BTC options and cash-settled futures” writes Stephen O’neal for cointelegraph.com. In two weeks, the all-time high rose to 452 BTC futures contracts per day.Bakkt’s main feature is physically delivered BTC futures contracts, which the platform actively marketed ahead of launch.However, the offers of both Chicago exchanges are settled in cash, while the ICE-backed platform debuted physical one-day BTC futures contracts. Source: cointelegraph.com

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A serial entrepreneur with 4 startups on his resume tells us what it takes to build a business, and what makes fintech different

“Wheldon, who didn’t go to business school, said that’s where he learned all about what it takes to grow a business” writes Shannen Balogh for businessinsider.com. Convinced the adtech product was different from the rest, but struggling to stand out in a crowded market, Wheldon invested his own money in 2012.Fintechs, he said, need to operate a bit differently than consumer tech startups, especially when working with business customers.”First, you’re thinking about a product, but generally you need to know how well it’s solving a market need, if any,” said…

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Crypto News 

Binance Adds New Fiat Payment Options Through Integration With P2P Exchange Paxful

“You should seek additional information regarding the merits and risks of investing in any cryptocurrency before deciding to purchase or sell any such instruments” reports coindesk.com. The leader in blockchain news, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies.CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.The information presented herein is accurate only as of its date, and it was not prepared by a research analyst or other investment…

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Commit To Buy Mastercard At $220, Earn 6% Using Options

“For other put options contract ideas at the various different available expirations, visit the MA Stock Options page of StockOptionsChannel.com” writes Bnk Invest for nasdaq.com. Collecting that bid as the premium represents a 6% return against the $220 commitment, or a 2.9% annualized rate of return (at Stock Options Channel we call this the YieldBoost).Worth considering, is that the annualized 2.9% figure actually exceeds the 0.6% annualized dividend paid by Mastercard Inc by 2.3%, based on the current share price of $289.06.And yet, if an investor was to buy the…

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Instagram’s Testing New ‘Layout’ and ‘Shoutout’ Options For Stories

“The Layout option was first spotted in testing by reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong back in August, but now seems to have crossed over to the next stage of beta testing” writes Shomik Sen Bhattacharjee for mashable.com. Instagram has now begun limited testing of a new ‘Layout’ option in Instagram which enables users to select from a range of presentation styles for their visuals within a Stories frame.At that time, Wong also reported that Instagram had been testing a range of new Boomerang modes, which would further add to…

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News Options Reviews 

Options Daily Review December 11, 2019

Options Daily Review for December 11, 2019 Retail Renaissance: New Entertainment Options for Consumers A number of macro trends, including demographics and technology, effecting the industry are resulting in adjustments to the tenant curation within retail real estate properties.   GBP/USD: Demand for weekly put options strongest since September 2016 Sterling investors are hedging themselves against a surprise election outcome – Labour victory or hung parliament – which could spell doom for the Bri   Cheer Up Image courtesy: www.bbtoystore.com Have a nice trading!

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ICE’s Bakkt Launches Bitcoin Options, Cash-Settled Futures

“Just over three months following the launch of its physically-settled Bitcoin futures product, crypto futures exchange Bakkt is expanding its product offerings with the launch of CFTC-regulated monthly Bitcoin options and cash-settled futures contracts” writes Rachel Mcintosh for financemagnates.com. In the time since the launch of the cash-settled futures contracts yesterday, Bakkt said on Twitter that over 1,000 contracts have been traded.Bakkt’s latest announcement comes approximately a month before Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Group is set to launch options on its BTC futures contracts in January. Source: financemagnates.com

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Goldman Sachs says risks of ‘sizable election surprises’ are driving traders into hedges against a plunge in the pound

“Traders are piling into bets that suggest they see downside risks to the pound from a probable Conservative win in a UK election later this week” writes Trista Kelley for businessinsider.com. “Continued high political uncertainty represents a downside risk to this view. ” The pound and UK stocks have rallied recently.Goldman Sachs said implied volatility “is pricing less upside risk of a further GBP/USD rally,” as shown in the chart below: “GBP/USD implied volatility is already pricing higher uncertainty towards next December, another important Brexit deadline,” Goldman Sachs said. Source: businessinsider.com

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Exclusive: China’s Dongfeng plans partial sale of PSA stake – sources

“Dongfeng had sent banks request for proposals to explore options for the stake several weeks ago, according to several sources” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Fiat Chrysler and PSA announced in October they would join forces in a 50-50 share merger to create the world’s fourth-largest automaker, seeking scale to cope with costly new technologies and slowing global demand. Source: 95kqds.com

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