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Cryptocurrency represents the first truly new asset class in decades. And yet it’s already minted more than 100,000 millionaires – creating more than $3 trillion in new wealth in just 10 years. We’re in the early innings here, and we think the moneymaking and growth potential of digital assets is somassive that we’ve made it our mission to get everyone on board. Every. One. We want to see 100% of Americans own and use cryptocurrency by 2030. We’re talking about true “hyperadoption,” when crypto will be the primary means of transaction everywhere for everything from a can of soda to a house.

We want to see our membership claim their fair share of the extreme wealth generated by cryptocurrencies but also by crypto stocks and other digital assets.

To get into the crypto market, you need to set up an account on a crypto exchange. Coinbase is one of the biggest, with listings for all major mainstream cryptos and quite a few others. There are cryptocurrency exchanges worldwide, but we recommend those which are “banked” in the United States, and compliant with U.S. regulatory authorities, like Kraken, Gemini, and Voyager. These exchanges must follow anti-money laundering and Know Your Customer (KYC) laws like any other American bank or brokerage. Opening an account on these exchanges isn’t any different than opening a checking, savings, or brokerage account. You’ll need to provide information like your name, date of birth, primary address, Social Security and driving license or state identification number. These exchanges make it easy, and they’ll walk you through the process with step-by-step instructions. You can use the exchange’s non-custodial “wallets” for storing your crypto, or look into making your own custodial wallet arrangements. You can find out more about wallets all across our site.

According to the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), a digital asset is one “issued and transferred using distributed ledger or blockchain technology.”

In plain, practical English, we’re talking about cryptocurrency – but there’s much more to it. Digital assets can be non-fungible tokens (NFTs) – which are typically unique works of art, real-world or Metaverse-based property or property shares – tokens, “stablecoins” backed by fiat currency, and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). If it’s issued or transferred on a blockchain, it’s a digital asset. In our view, the public should enjoy the use of all of it, and investors should take on exposure to most of it.

It’s a kind of ledger containing an unalterable, indelible record of the debits and credits (or transactions) of every user. In many cases, those users can remain completely anonymous or obscure, but the flow of assets is there and transparent for everyone to see. Fraud is virtually impossible, and settlement is instantaneous. Importantly, the blockchain and digital assets in general are available for use by everyone everywhere at anytime with a smartphone or other device and a little cash.

This sounds great just in theory, but it gets much better when you stack it up against the modern global banking system with all of its injustices and inefficiencies.

There are around seven million “unbanked” households in the United States and more than 1.7 billion “unbanked” adults worldwide. The overwhelming majority of these folks live in poverty too. They’re frozen out – banks see no “upside” there. Outside actors like governments can interfere directly in your accounts. Fraud is endemic to banking, and outrageous fees are the order of the day. Its only days or even weeks later when a final settlement is concluded that you’re (relatively) safe.

The difference between the traditional banking system and the blockchain is stark to say the least. We believe the sooner the blockchain replaces banking, the better off we’ll all be. Hundreds of billions of dollars in lost value will be restored to its rightful owners.

We think everyone should own crypto, but it’s absolutely possible – and profitable – to make money on the entire cryptocurrency “ecosystem” with your traditional brokerage account. There are many publicly traded digital asset exchanges, crypto miners, and blockchain technology companies that you can invest in. And the closer we come to hyperadoption, the more valuable these companies will become. We think of them as a great way to boost and enhance your overall exposure to this incredible asset class – and a great way to gain exposure as you become more and more comfortable investing in crypto itself. American Institute for Crypto Investors (AICI) offers free expert tutorials and guides on all aspects of cryptocurrency and digital assets.

Any investment carries at least some risk, and while AICI publishes world-class research, we can’t provide personalized financial advice. Cryptocurrency does involve some unique risks, such as higher volatility, or losing the passkey to your wallet. We publish research on how investors can take the reins, mitigate and manage these risks, and even profit from volatility.

Our experts believe a good rule of thumb is: Don’t invest what you can’t afford to lose.

Creating hundreds of thousands of new millionaires is, admittedly, a big goal. So we gathered together the industry’s top crypto and digital asset experts – researchers and theorists, millionaire crypto miners and traders, hedge fund managers, technologists, and journalists – a true brain trust under the one “roof” at American Institute for Crypto Investors.

We’ve built AICI from the ground up to be the industry’s top source for actionable investing and trading research on cryptocurrencies and digital assets of all kinds.

We publish free crypto and digital asset investing research five days a week, and we think it’s second to none. We do offer paid memberships with access to trade recommendations, a full suite of crypto evaluation tools, and more – but it’s not required to get our free research.

Our free e-letter will hit your inbox five days per week with the coins and digital assets you need to be watching right now, expert interviews and tutorials, crypto stocks in play at the moment, the increasing adoption of cryptocurrency and how to leverage it, and anything else we think you need to know about. In addition to that, our paid subscribers can look forward to monthly Profit Alerts and trade recommendations, premium reports, and more exclusive content to hit their inbox. Click here to sign up.

We’re proud of the expert team we’ve assembled here! Their depth of experience in trading crypto and digital assets is second to none.

Nick Black got his start in the gold business. Like a lot of us, he was skeptical of cryptocurrency at first, so he sold five ounces of the yellow metal and rolled the $8,000 in proceeds into crypto. A year later, that stake was worth $1 million – until the market crashed. But he was hooked, and Nick began researching the true value of cryptocurrencies. When the latest bull run began, he was prepared – and thanks to his research, better positioned than ever. Today, he’s sharing the tips and tricks he’s learned, showing subscribers the best cryptocurrencies to own and the up-and-coming coins to watch for, and giving you the tools to identify new crypto opportunities for yourself.

Tom Gentile is an experienced trader. He got into cryptocurrencies in the early 2010s when he became intrigued with the idea that anyone with a sufficiently powerful computer could just mine Bitcoin. The days when you could mine sub-$100 Bitcoin with a computer and a spare bedroom are long gone, but Tom is still running ahead of the pack when it comes to digital assets. These days, Tom specializes in “microcurrencies ” – tiny coins that often trade for a few cents or dollars. Most people have never heard of them, but they’ve been created for use in real estate, the tech sector, energy, biotech, health care, financial services – you name it. These small coins enable businesses do financial transactions 1,000 times faster than the outdated technology used today – and cheaper. There’s incredible profit potential in these small coins. They’re Tom’s bread and butter, and he’s showing his readers how to find the best.

Helena Margarido has been a lawyer for more than 15 years in South America. Her original expertise is in startups and new technologies, and since 2012, cryptocurrencies. Helena analyzes the “fundamentals” of a cryptocurrency much like you’d look at earnings per share or return on capital in stocks. She’ll evaluate new crypto projects this way and project how a coin might (or might not) one day go mainstream for long-term gains. Helena’s been writing about the crypto sector for years now and has conducted Blockchain talks in Brazil’s financial epicenter at TEDx SãoPaulo and at TEDxUSP events. She’s given presentations before the National Congress of Brazil and at summits in the United States and China.

Daniel Brody started out in the brokerage industry where he learned finance working at two leading independent brokerages. Armed with this knowledge, he went into business for himself as a serial entrepreneur, building successful companies from the ground up. His developed business chops make him the ideal source for research on the increasing number of “crypto stocks” on offer from companies working in the crypto mining and Blockchain sectors. Daniel is currently the CEO of Elements of Green, a European CBD e-commerce marketplace, TGOD Acquisitions Corp., an investment holding company, and a founder and director of Eat Well Group (EWG), a vertically integrated plant-based foods company on track to generate $100 million in revenue in 2022.