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Frank Holmes: Keynote: New Technologies will Disrupt Mining, Investing, and how to Spot Opportunities

Frank discusses the world of quant trading and why it is increasingly essential in our interconnected world. Quant trading can make accurate decisions much faster than any human. The technology has now evolved towards both inductive and deductive thinking. Quants do a lot of probability analysis with machine learning and artificial intelligence. People are now using this tech from companies like Apple and Amazon through Alexa and Siri. Frank says, “Applications for A.I. and machine learning are going to show up in the real world every day medical devices soon, and they will save lives.”

He feels the recent bear market in cryptos was just a correction and discusses his journey in exploring the blockchain world. Frank is seeing ongoing massive growth in the crypto world with billions of dollars being built out in infrastructure. There is a lot of volunteer labor available in the crypto space as it’s a passion for a lot of people.

He asks,” If the price of gold fell by 90% how many people would come out to a resource conference?” That’s how it is in the crypto space as conferences are currently selling out. Last year the G20 countries and big companies like Facebook were blocking advertising and bashing bitcoin in the media. This year both JP Morgan and Facebook are creating their own cryptocurrencies.

Hive is the first blockchain public company. They are in the crypto mining space generating new coins, and as a result, Hive has become a fundamental way for investors to get some exposure to bitcoin.

He says, “The quant world doesn’t look at fundamentals like NAV or book values they look for vision, goals, and value per share.”

Talking Points From This Week’s Episode
• Cryptos are volatile because they are so new.
• Quant trading and A.I. are changing the industry.
• Darpa is the secret tech weapon of the U.S. Government.
• The bear market of 2018 in cryptos was just a correction.
• Quant systems look at different company metrics.

Time Stamp References:
2:15 – Quant machine learning.
5:30 – Rapid processing of data.
6:30 – T3 Quant Trump video.
9:30 – Hive Blockchain as a proxy.
12:00 – Analyzing Fed Reserve reports.
14:30 – AI for setting pricing.
17:00 – Types of thinking.
22:00 – Cycles in the crypto world.
25:00 – AI and medical research.
26:00 – Intro to blockchain video.
30:00 – Bitcoin early adoption.
33:00 – Bitcoin advocates are passionate.
36:00 – Collusion by the G20 against Bitcoin
38:00 – AI based KYC/AML onboarding.
39:00 – Big Taco aka B.I.S. Darth Vader
43:00 – Manipulation of bitcoin by B.I.S.
44:00 – ETF’s not allowed in crypto.
44:30 – Hive Blockchain crypto mining.
48:00 – Quants look at different company metrics.

Frank Holmes is Independent Chairman of GoldSpot discoveries. He is also Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer at U.S. Global Investors, a leading mutual fund and asset management firm. In 2015, Mr. Holmes led the company into the exchange-traded fund (ETF) business with the launch of the U.S. Global Jets ETF, which invests in the global airline sector.

In 2017, U.S. Global Investors made a strategic investment in HIVE Blockchain Technologies, listed in Toronto, and Mr. Holmes was appointed non-executive Chairman of the Board.
Thought leader in both the technology and mining space and a pioneer in using a quant-approach to investing.

He is a sought after keynote speaker at international investment conferences and a regular guest in business media. His Frank Talk CEO Blog is one of the most widely read in finance.

Mr. Holmes is a native of Toronto and is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He is a former president and Chairman of the Toronto Society of the Investment Dealers Association.

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