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ANDY EDSTROM, CFA, CFP is a financial advisor and a member of the investment committee at WESCAP Group, where he manages wealth and provides financial advice to clients. His opinions on regulation of the Internet monopolists have been published in The Economist, and his opinions on Bitcoin have been published in The Wall Street Journal. In addition to the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) credentials, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Williams College. Find out more about Andy at AndyEdstrom.com.
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Countercycle Media (September 2, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 206 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1733219609
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1733219600
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 10.1 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.47 x 9 inches
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ANDY EDSTROM, CFA, CFP is a financial advisor and also Head of Institutional at Swan Bitcoin. His opinions on regulation of the Internet monopolists have been published in The Economist, and his opinions on Bitcoin have been published in The Wall Street Journal. In addition to the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA®) and Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) credentials, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Williams College. Find out more about Andy at AndyEdstrom.com.

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