The 1,364% Crypto Catalyst — Again!?

1,364% in a single year…

That’s how much you could have made if you had bought a single Bitcoin in January 2017, then sold it in January 2018.

But that wasn’t a once-in-a-lifetime event.

In fact, our James Altucher tells us that the same conditions are setting up in cryptocurrencies again.

“This is reminding me of 2017,” he says.

I’ll tell you what he sees ahead in a second — as well as a low-cost way to take advantage of it.

First, though, let’s look at our Top Stories and the Reader Forum.

Your Top Stories & Analysis of the Week:

  • “Fake Science!” (Altucher Confidential, Chris Campbell): When COVID hit, the FDA's flaws floated to the surface like coffins in Hurricane Katrina's flood waters. Now everyone knows that government institutions are too big and outdated to deal with modern health crises. So Chris discusses a new way of doing things — using blockchain technology, unrestricted collaboration and citizen participation to cut through fake science and red tape.
  • “Inner Circle Elite: Going Wild in the Metaverse” (Altucher’s Investment Network Pro, James Altucher): Just a few years ago, it seemed like everyone was excited about the “metaverse” — a blending of our physical and digital lives. Then the idea seemed to just disappear. But as James recently told his Altucher’s Investment Network Pro readers, the technology simply entered a new phase — and is set to finally deliver its profit promises. He highlights one in-development project that could lead the way. And while James says it’s still too early to jump in, I’ve unlocked it to give you a sneak peek at what’s coming.

Remember, we publish tens to HUNDREDS of stories. The write-ups and presentations above are our TOP ones for the week — including one that had been roped off from the public. If you want to stay ahead of the pack, make sure you’re caught up now.

If you’d like to nominate any of our stories for next week’s “Top 3,” just let me know at

And if you’re on Gmail, you can also click the “thumbs up” button at the end of your favorite articles.

The Reader Forum:

James Altucher just launched a private Facebook page for his Altucher’s Investment Network members. One of the first people to join was Dae S., who left a comment to say:

Thank you, James. My AI stocks subscription of $79 rewarded me great returns already. I bought all 10 AI suggested stocks. Two of them have taken off, and my investment has paid off already.

I hope you’re reading this, Dae, because that’s great to hear! I’ve always said that $79 is a steal for the world-class research that James and his team provide.

And as you’ve noted, his AI stock recommendations are performing very well. I expect we'll have more gains like this in the future, too. James has already seen your comment, of course… but I look forward to sharing this with everyone at Paradigm.

Next, Margaret B. has some words for anyone who complains that we send too many emailsonly care about money… or talk too much politics:

I’m not really the kind of subscriber that Paradigm prefers since I’m not interested in market tips. What I value most are the “freebies” — 5 Bullets, Rude Awakening, Daily Reckoning, Morning Reckoning, etc., and lately the YouTube offerings. These are a major source of news for me, far preferable to the mainstream media, which I avoid. I also value the information and insights I get about economic matters. I’m always sad when people complain about the work you and your colleagues do in these publications. I feel blessed that you are willing to take the time and put forth the effort needed to provide these services without any direct payback.

Margaret sent this to the 5 Bullets team, so she might not be able to see my response here. (Remember, this Concierge Letter is sent exclusively to our paid members.) But she’s exactly the kind of member that we want!

Obviously we need to keep the lights on. But we also want to show as many people as possible what’s really going on in the world. The better informed you are, the better decisions you’ll make — and that will benefit everyone.

Finally for today, while we’re encouraged by the compliments we receive, I’m also happy to answer your questions whenever I can.

This week, Chuck S. asks:

Have you noticed the Strategic Intelligence calls that Jim Rickards makes are exactly the same time as Greg Guenthners’s Top Trade Live calls on Tuesdays? So I have to decide who will be the best person to listen to?

Thanks for the concern, Chuck. Obviously there are a limited number of hours in the day, and Jim and Greg both have packed schedules. So we built their broadcasts around their availability.

It’s an unfortunate coincidence that they only had the same time slot open every week.

But the good news is that you don’t have to choose who to watch. While they broadcast at the same time, we also post replays of both presentations not long after they air.

If you catch one live, you can view the other at your leisure. Personally, I’d probably watch Greg first. Top Trades Live usually features a time-sensitive recommendation.

And while Jim’s insights are also important, they aren’t usually immediately urgent. In most cases, his research will still be actionable by the time you have time to see the recording.

I hope that helps!

That wraps up this week’s Reader Forum.

Remember, your feedback is vital to our success… so please email me at

Questions? I’ll get answers! Comments? Let me hear them! Problems? I’ll try to solve them!

This is YOUR forum!

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Now, here’s what’s happening around the water cooler this week…

The Water Cooler — Upcoming Events and More

Cryptocurrencies are roaring back to life, with Bitcoin topping $50,000 and Ethereum now worth more than $2,900 apiece.

One big reason for the surge has been the launch of Bitcoin-based exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

The ETFs allow you to buy a stake in cryptocurrencies as easily as you buy any other stock.

And they’ve become some of the fastest-growing ETFs in history — with the fund managers buying Bitcoin to keep up with demand.

Crypto investors are also piling into Bitcoin ahead of its next “halving.” Without getting too technical, Bitcoin production is scheduled to automatically slow down — essentially increasing the value of every other Bitcoin.

But James is much more excited about what’s happening with Ethereum, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency.

For one thing, investment companies are looking to create Ethereum-backed ETFs. Once launched, they will have a similar effect on Ethereum prices as the Bitcoin ETFS had for its crypto.

More importantly, Ethereum is about to undergo a massive software upgrade — one that will make the cryptocurrency even more attractive.

That, in turn, will benefit other cryptocurrencies that use Ethereum’s infrastructure.

James and his team are preparing a report to explain the upgrade — and identify the “alt-Coins” that will benefit most.

The Ethereum upgrades and ETFs will also lend more legitimacy to cryptocurrencies as a whole — meaning Bitcoin could go even higher.

So you might want to consider buying one of the Bitcoin ETFs.

James and his team prefer the Fidelity Wise Origin Bitcoin Fund (FBTC).

Fidelity is one of the top names in finance, meaning its fund will attract cash by virtue of reputation.

The company has also waived the fund’s management fees until August, meaning your invested funds won’t lose any value to salaries and upkeep (for now).

Finally, while most Bitcoin ETFs store their fund’s Bitcoins with Coinbase, Fidelity takes possession of every Bitcoin it buys.

It’s like buying gold and storing it in your own personal vault, instead of trusting it to a bank on the other side of town.

You can buy shares of FBTC for a fraction of what it would cost to buy a single Bitcoin.

And you’ll have a chance to cash in on the cryptocurrency catalysts James sees ahead!

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