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In a blog post published on Thursday, Blockchain CEO Peter Smith announced that the startup raised $40 million in its most recent round of funding. That Series B total is significantly higher than the company’s 2014 Series A result of $30.5 million, and was described by Smith as “the most substantial investment in the fintech space since Brexit” and “the largest Series B raised by any digital currency company to date.”
A flash crash on the Coinbase-owned GDAX cryptocurrency exchange caused the price of Ethereum to plummet Wednesday afternoon, temporarily erasing almost all of the coin’s value. The digital currency’s price fell to about 10 cents before it began to recover, during a wild bout of automated trading that resulted in substantial losses for many investors. GDAX VP Adam White addressed the trading activity in a blog post yesterday:
As Cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology continue to experience increased consumer and investor interest, mainstream media outlets have focused their attention on the industry as well. News giant Reuters has apparently also taken note of that increased attention, and will now report on stories about the blockchain and digital currency in one of two new coverage sections launched by the company on Monday.
If you’ve ever wondered how digital currency can ever really hope to achieve its promise of providing real financial empowerment to the people of the world through true democratization of money, you’re not alone. Most crypto-skeptics and even some enthusiasts have long wondered how decentralized currencies can ever manage to meet that goal. In a recent interview with CEOCFO Magazine published on Monday, DNotes Founder Alan Yong offers his take on the problems confronting Bitcoin and most other digital currencies, as well as his ideas about how DNotes can meet those challenges.
Since Bitcoin became the first decentralized cryptocurrency in 2009, digital currencies have been discussed a lot in the media. Much of that discussion has been about the volatile nature of their price. The recent burst of industry growth has not gone unnoticed, and many farsighted investors now see Bitcoin and other currencies as excellent opportunities to make big returns. Many investors, however, find that that their lack of technical knowledge can inhibit their ride to the top.
This is partly because cryptocurrencies don’t have central banks regulating their value, and partly because the global economy doesn’t yet price its denomination. Much of this cryptocurrency volatility is the result of cyclical ‘subsequent’ consequences flowing on from what happens in the traditional finance sector. The internal causes within the uncharted territory of the network is anyone’s guess (but this article is to help you get an idea).
In the brave new world of cryptocurrency, previous performance is not necessarily indicative of future performance. Because the technology is so new, the performance data that due diligence normally requires does not exist in the same way it does for other markets and company stocks. For now, cryptocurrency markets remain speculative, which means investors must avoid emotional trading decisions, and accept their proclivity for risk. Part one and two of this series of articles looked at how money derives its value, and why some digital currencies become worth more than others. This installment of my investment series will help you improve your odds of investment success in cryptocurrency and its related markets.
For citizens of the United States and most other Western democracies, the idea of triple-digit inflation, a crashing currency, and a lack of basic goods is almost impossible to comprehend. That’s the reality for millions in Venezuela, however, where nearly two decades of socialist rule has brought a nation with the world’s largest oil reserves to the brink of economic collapse. As Venezuela continues to be mired in a seemingly endless crisis, ordinary Venezuelans are becoming even more interested in cryptocurrency.
Iran’s National Center for Cyberspace (NCC) has reportedly completed its draft proposal for regulating cryptocurrencies. According to that country’s Financial Tribune website, the document has been in the works since 2013 and is now ready to be considered by Iran’s High Council on Cyberspace. NCC regulation deputy Saeid Mahdavioon has said that the proposal should be finalized within the next two months.
Whenever I hear people talking about cryptocurrencies, much of the conversation always seems to focus on the unsustainability of fiat currency. The common assumption is that the word’s fiat currency system is eventually going to collapse. However, it’s rare to find anyone talking about how that will happen. What issues will drive that collapse, and – perhaps more importantly – how will we be able to recognize it when it’s happening? Because the answers to those questions seem to be so complex, most people don’t ever bother to address them at all. The truth is, though, that the real issues are simple to understand once they’re laid out on the table. This article will attempt to explain some of these complex financial matters in simpler terms to facilitate a greater understanding of the problem at hand.
A bipartisan group of Senators introduced a new bill late last month that would require travelers to declare their digital currency holdings at all ports of entry into the United States. Senate bill S.1241 – the “Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing, and Counterfeiting Act of 2017” – was introduced by Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, and was co-sponsored by Senators Sheldon Whitehouse, John Cornyn, and Diane Feinstein.
It’s become a recurring theme in many political circles: whenever terrorism is discussed, it’s usually just a matter of time before Bitcoin is dragged into the discussion. That pattern repeated itself again this week in the Australian House of Representatives, when opposition leader Bill Shorten decided to include commentary on the world’s most well-known digital currency while talking about terrorism, terror financing, and encryption technology.