Category Archives: Bit-Talk

Social Website Based on Bitcoin Prepares to Soft-Launch With Free Off-Chain Transactions

A new social media website, called Yours, has quietly launched on Bitcoin’s testnet. For Bitcoiners, that might mean within the next few months off-chain, peer-to-peer bitcoin micropayments on a social network. Yours claims to offer an “array of payment models”, which allow content creators to make money. Also Read: Is Bitcoin the Currency of Artificial…

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What is the minimal risk asset?

This article about minimal risk assets is by former hedge fund manager turned author Lars Kroijer, an occasional contributor to Monevator. He also wrote Investing Demystified. I believe any private investor can create a sound and well-diversified investment portfolio by using just two assets as building blocks – a world equity index fund, and an…

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Bitcoin Mining: A Closer Look Under the Hood

Bitcoin mining is an integral part of the cryptocurrency’s infrastructure. The operation helps process transactions, creates new bitcoins and submits the validated transactions to the publicized and immutable distributed ledger. Currently, the network’s hashrate is running at a phenomenal 3,418,031,852 GH/s, strengthening the bitcoin architecture more so each and every day. But many newcomers hearing…

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Investing for beginners: What is a share?

Most people who invest their money for the long-term decide they should own some shares (or equities, as they’re also called). This is a good idea. Over the past 116 years, the UK stock market has historically delivered an average after-inflation return of 5.5% a year.1 In comparison, bonds have returned on average just 1.8%…

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Many Are Mulling Over the Idea of Retiring on Bitcoin

Bitcoin has surpassed the value of gold for the first time. In parallel, Bitcoin’s deflationary properties are becoming more relevant as the specter of inflation starts lurking again in the U.S. and the Euro area. As a result, for many, the thought of investing their retirement savings in bitcoins is starting to gain traction. Also…

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The Practice of Predicting the Price of Bitcoin

“The hereditary gift of prophecy will go to the grave with me,” the infamous ‘super forecaster,’ Nostradamus, said in the year 1555. Indeed, there have been many investors and economists who tried to predict bitcoin’s price value over the years. Some of them have been significantly on point with their predictions, while others have been…

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Bitcoin Nears Its All-Time High

The price of the digital currency bitcoin is once again testing its all-time highs as a shake-up in China gives a boost to the Japanese cryptocurrency market and speculation mounts about a possible bitcoin exchange-traded fund. Bitcoin on Wednesday traded as high as $1,125, according to Coindesk’s Bitcoin Price Index, approaching its intraday high of $1,150,…

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The Davos Plan For Your Cash and Bitcoin

“The European Commission has quietly launched the next offensive in the war on cash…The ECB…[is also] working towards a Trojan horse blockchain network that will serve only to entrap those naive enough to trust it,” states the publication Activist Post on February 9.  An acceleration in the war on cash and a shift on bitcoin occurred…

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The simplest way to rebalance your portfolio

What’s the right way to rebalance a portfolio is a question often asked and about as simple to answer as what’s the right way to end a relationship – the results vary according to circumstance and personal style. A number of different portfolio rebalancing methods exist, but there’s no clear-cut evidence that there is one system…

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Weekend reading: How high property prices are making many of us relatively poorer

Good reads from around the Web. I think we’re nearly all agreed now that UK property prices are too high, and in the South East at historically stretched levels compared to rents or incomes. You do still hear from the odd Barry Blimp who says that it was just as difficult to buy in his…

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Countdown: Bitcoin Will Be a Legal Method of Payment in Japan in Two Months

Bitcoin will soon be legally recognized as a method of payment in Japan. The bill with provisions for cryptocurrencies has recently passed through the period of public consultation and will enter into force in April. Also read: Coincheck’s Growth Reveals Surging Japanese Bitcoin Trade Bitcoin.com examines what the bill means and how it could affect Bitcoin…

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This Key Bitcoin Indicator is Dropping Like a Rock

Bitcoin volatility has fallen since 2011 and compared to the U.S. dollar currently sits at about 3-4 times higher than the Japanese yen, British pound, and euro. High volatility in the digital currency space has long been cited as a reason against adoption. But, as charts and analysis demonstrate, it is very likely that Bitcoin volatility is trending…

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How to Defend Against Keyloggers That Are after Your Bitcoins

Malware that records your keystrokes and sends them back to the attacker, referred to as a keylogger, is a significant threat to your stash of bitcoins. These nearly undetectable programs could be running on your computer or smartphone right now, copying every password, seed, and pin number you type. When they send back that data…

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Satoshipay is Taking Bitcoin Nanopayments to the Mainstream

Bitcoin startup Satoshipay has been enabling content publishers to facilitate tiny bitcoin payments with no fees for almost a year now. The company has just raised €1 million to take their ‘nanopayments’ to the mainstream. Also read: Cryptoseed Adds Security to Your Bitcoin Recovery Seed  Big Money for Tiny Payments Headquartered in London with an office…

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Bitcoin Resilient After Chinese Exchanges Start Charging Transaction Fees

As the biggest Chinese exchanges announce the implementation of transaction fees, Bitcoin, once again, shows off its inherent capacity to quickly adjust to the ever-changing environment, and to not only recover from adversity but to also get stronger. The latest shock resulting from the imposition of transaction fees by Chinese exchanges caused bitcoin trading volumes…

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Bitcoin in Numbers – a Collection of Interesting and Recent Charts

Bitcoin charts show many facets of the cryptocurrency’s environment. So far Bitcoin has created a myriad of different markets, value correlations, mining data, and many more constellations of economic measurement. Also Read: Japan Has Become a Big Player Within the Bitcoin Economy This week Bitcoin.com gathered a bunch of different charts from our forum showcasing a…

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Japan Has Become a Big Player Within the Bitcoin Economy

Over the past year, Japan has been laser focused on digital currency and blockchain solutions. Moreover, the country has recently become the second largest Bitcoin trading region in the world. Now one of Japan’s largest IT conglomerates plans on entering the Bitcoin industry with a new wallet and exchange service. Also Read: Making ‘EthereRum’ Distilled by…

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Currency hedged ETFs are one response to the weak pound

Last year’s stellar returns for UK passive investors came with a snag: What goes up can come down. Global trackers and all-in-one products like the Vanguard LifeStrategy fund delivered superb returns last year. But this was in large part due to big moves in the exchange rate. UK listed shares only account for about 7%…

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In the Battle Between Google, Facebook, and Amazon Against Banks: Bitcoin Will Be the Winner

As the banking industry struggles to keep its competitive advantage, experts mull the possibility of Google, Facebook, Apple, and Amazon snatching from banks the exclusivity to provide financial services. Internet companies applying better technology and data could offer higher quality services than banks, provided they use Bitcoin as the primary currency. Otherwise, the vices and…

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Bitcoin Investment Trust Could IPO by October

Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT) wants to be listed on NYSE Arca, according to a registration statement filed Friday with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This is the second proposed Bitcoin investment trust listing on the exchange. The first, Solidx Bitcoin Trust, has yet to be approved by the SEC. Using Solidx as a model,…

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Bitcoin Offers Diversification For Retirement Portfolios

Bitcoin is becoming a recognized asset class with a low correlation to other asset classes. This makes it a good option for diversifying investment portfolios with retirement accounts, and some options do exist for investing in bitcoin for retirement. Also read: Former US Mint Director Brings Bitcoin to Retirement Investing  Diversifying Portfolios Most investment advisors recommend having…

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Gold and Bitcoin Form Symbiotic Relationship

“I had to change my thought process to understand that bitcoin is no enemy of gold and silver,” says monetary expert Andy Hoffman, who writes for the precious metals website Miles Franklin. “When bitcoin hit price parity with gold in 2013, I was angry. I knew nothing about it. I assumed it was like the…

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Russia’s Relationship with Bitcoin May See Brighter Days Ahead

The state of bitcoin’s legality in Russia has been shaky over the past couple of years. Reports of bitcoin bans, jail sentences for holding cryptocurrencies, and other regulatory policy headlines have spread like wildfire. Throughout many of these stories Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister, Alexey Moiseev, has often shared very bi-polar messages concerning the cryptocurrency. Also…

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China’s Smart Money is Staying in Bitcoin This Time

“We are starting to see a lot of smart money enter into the space,” says, Ryan Rabaglia, Head Trader for Octagon Strategy, a Commodity and Digital Asset Trading firm based in Hong Kong. “[The money] is coming moreso from  institutions and it’s smart in that it often rides the frontend of the trend. We are…

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Localbitcoins’ Growth 85% 2016, Signaling Further Use of Bitcoin

For those interested in tracking the progress of bitcoin as a true form of money, an interesting data point to watch is the global Localbitcoins volume.  There are a variety of different metrics people use to track the adoption of Bitcoin. Some simply track the bitcoin price in terms of US dollars, while others prefer…

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The Bitcoin Constellation Is Bigger Than Most Realize

When most people think of bitcoin, they look at the price and its billion dollar market capitalization. However, bitcoin’s ecosystem is bigger than most people can imagine with its constellation of significantly growing micro-economies. Since bitcoin’s inception over the years, the cryptocurrency has created a massive economy of people who work directly with this protocol…

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Bitcoin is Tapping Into the Laws of Nature – Part 1

Although it is on the cutting edge of technology bitcoin might be more closely aligned with nature than we think. This series of 3 articles compares how bitcoin and the legacy financial systems stack up against the laws of nature. In this first piece, we cover survival of the fittest, along with the concepts of CANI and being anti-fragile. Survival of the…

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FX Markets Shrink While Bitcoin Expands

Daily foreign exchange market volumes have shrunk for the first time in 15 years, according to the Bank for International Settlements (BIS). Banks are increasingly becoming worried as the BIS, which is owned by central banks, warns them of impending financial stability risks. On the other hand, the bitcoin price continues to rise, reaching its…

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Venezuela Prints Bills, Closes Borders – Bitcoin to the Rescue

Venezuela is the world’s worst performing economy, hit by 700% hyperinflation and sinking in debt. Its currency, the bolivar, is currently losing half its value every 18 days. However, the government announced on Monday that it will remove the country’s largest banknote (100 VEF, worth $0.02 on the black market) over a 72 hours period. We tried…

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Markets Yesterday: ‘I Should Have Bought More’

The cry through the Bitcoin community yesterday was: “I should have bought more.” Bitcoin is trading at its highest price since 2014. What a delightful day on the market with only three losses recorded. Bitcoin nailed it at $781.75 with a 0.04 percentage increment to be the number one Crypto as at 18:00 GMT on…

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How to Build Your Own Bitcoin Exchange

Bitcoin exchanges play a vital role in promoting the cryptocurrency by facilitating its use. Most bitcoin users perform their transactions through an exchange. However, bitcoin is not yet mainstream. So far, only a narrow segment of the population, mainly innovators, technology enthusiasts, and visionaries, have adopted bitcoin. Expanding the number of exchanges would help overcome resistance…

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University Business School ESMT Berlin Now Accepting Bitcoin

The international business school ESMT Berlin has just announced it will be accepting bitcoin for tuition and degree certification. The school will be the first German University to accept cryptocurrency as payment. Also read: Local Chinese Government Helps Fund Blockchain Startup ESMT Berlin Accepting Bitcoin a ‘Logical Consequence of Digitalization’ ESMT Berlin is a leading business…

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Italian Referendum Could Send Global Investors to Bitcoin

This year’s Brexit vote caused turbulent economic times for European residents, as many sovereign currencies and stocks plunged. During this period, the British exit from the EU caused Bitcoin’s value to spike as many turned to the decentralized currency as an economic safe haven. On December 4, the cryptocurrency’s price may rise again as the…

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Blockchain Works and Reduces Costs: Japanese Banking Industry Report

Japan’s Blockchain Study Group, consisting of four large financial and accounting firms, today published a report on how blockchain technology will affect their industry. Local bitcoin exchange bitFlyer assisted the group by building an interbank transaction prototype. Also read: Legislator Mulls Regulation for Internet of Things Report Acknowledges Bitcoin’s Contribution The Blockchain Study Group (BSG) formed in…

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University Teams Choose Between Bitcoin and Ethereum

San Francisco-based Kraken, partnering with The Economist, initiated an interesting case study with university MBA groups from around the globe. The teams from multiple universities were asked to submit investment proposals for bitcoin or ether for a chance to win $10,000. Which Investment Will Be More Lucrative: Bitcoin or Ethereum? The school teams have finished their proposals and…

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80% of Businesses Lose to Ransomware via Social Media, Phishing

Over 80% of hacked companies reported that attack entry points were phishing emails and social media, according to a new report by SentinelOne published on Friday. Also read: ‘No More Ransom’: A Summer Ransomware Project by Tech Security Giants ‘Immediate Need for Better Solutions’ The latest findings compound evidence that business security is no match for today’s…

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UK Marketing Firm Goes Bitcoin as Industry Interest Surges

UK digital marketing agency In Front Digital has begun accepting bitcoin as payment following an increase in interest from businesses in the sector. Also read: Did Barclays Just Declare War on Bitcoin Users? Bitcoin Benefits Obvious Over Banks, PayPal The company, based in the country’s second city Birmingham, is still among the first movers in an environment…

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Bitcoin’s Price Value Eyes More Gains

Over the past 48 hours, bitcoin’s fiat value has risen exponentially with the price on a ramp towards US$800 per BTC. Currently, at press time the price is averaging $745. If it reaches $790, it will peak past this summer’s high before the Bitfinex hack. Also read: A Glimpse at Nodio, the Blockchain-Based Router Bitcoin Price Value Bumps…

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Kiss & Tell: Adult FriendFinder Hack Exposes 412 Million Accounts

Adult dating site Adult FriendFinder has reportedly suffered an almost total hack of its user files, with hackers breaching 412 million accounts. Also read: FBI Director: ‘There’s No Such Thing As Absolute Privacy’ Poor Security Means Even ‘Deleted’ Accounts Hacked The huge figure dwarfs previous attacks on the site and its partners, of which there have…

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Bitcoin’s Biggest Wallet Provider Is Having Its Best Month Ever

After Donald Trump’s shock win in the U.S. presidential election, gold and silver went up in value — as well as bitcoin. A recent piece from Business Insider informs us how this affected Bitcoin’s biggest wallet provider Blockchain in a very positive way. In fact, the company is having its best month ever. Also read:Trump…

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Rupee Out, Bitcoin In: How India Could Become New China

Indian interest in Bitcoin has skyrocketed following sudden rupee reforms, revealing serious potential to challenge major markets including China. Also read: India Becomes No.2 Bitcoin Amazon Buyer Amid Rupee Shake-Up India Bitcoin Searches Spike as Rupee Falls Bitcoin.com reported Thursday on India’s government withdrawing the country’s two highest-value banknotes, supposedly in a bid to curb corruption. The notes…

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India Becomes No.2 Bitcoin Amazon Buyer Amid Rupee Shake-Up

India is now the second biggest user of Purse.io’s ‘Bitcoin Amazon’ as sweeping changes take effect over the country’s currency, the rupee. Also read: India’s Law Enforcement Probes Dark Net Markets Cash Removals ‘Strengthening the Common Man’ PM Narendra Modi In a televised speech, Prime inister Narendra Modi declared this week that larger-denomination rupee bills, specifically 500 ($7.50)…

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Bitcoin Hailed as ‘Nominated Exit Plan’ During Yuan, Dollar Turbulence

Bitcoin’s steady growth is more enticing than ever as a “nominated exit plan” as China, the U.S. and Italy prepare to give markets a hard time in December. Also read: China’s New Blockchain Drive: Who’s Leading it, and Why? Dollar, Yuan, Euro Downside Risks While Chinese government reactions to Bitcoin helped knock several percentage points off Bitcoin’s value…

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The FCA Is Testing Bitcoin Cross-Border Transactions

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) is currently testing clearing and settlement solutions using Bitcoin. The financial services regulatory commission has been working with digital currency operation Epiphyte, a firm that settles cross-border payments using blockchain technology. Also read: Le Cercle du Coin Creates a ‘Bitcoin Boulevard’ in Paris UK Financial Conduct Authority Is Testing the…

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Tesco Bank Gives £25 Handouts as ‘Gesture’ for Stolen Customer Funds

UK bank Tesco Bank has suspended online payments after funds disappeared from 20 thousand accounts, while customers report being offered ‘goodwill gestures’ worth just £25. Also read: Did Barclays Just Declare War on Bitcoin Users? Tesco Bank: Accounts Blocked As ‘Precaution’ Tesco Bank, owned by the UK’s largest supermarket chain of the same name, has so far not given details…

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Reports of China Banning Bitcoin Are Greatly Exaggerated

On November 3 the Bitcoin price took a dive from a high of US$745 to a low of $675 with news of China circling the internet. A so-called report from the publication Bloomberg had other media outlets assume that China was planning on curbing Bitcoin use in the near future. However, the reports have remained…

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The problem with low interest rates

Very low interest rates have been with us for nearly a decade. There are strong arguments to justify their use. But that doesn’t mean we have to like them. In trying to address various ills, low interest rates may cause their own problems. I think there are signs that politicians and central bankers are getting…

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Circle’s Bitcoin Services Now Available In Spain & Ireland

Bitcoin company Circle Financial recently announced it’s expanding into Spain and Ireland. The firm is also focused on pricing aimed at “consumer value exchange” with a vast array of currencies. Also read: Storj Partners With Heroku as Marketplace Add-on Circle Financial Available to Spain and Ireland Residents Founded in 2013 by Sean Neville and Jeremy Allaire, Boston-based Circle…

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Switzerland’s SBB Railway Offers Bitcoin at 1,000 Kiosks

Swiss railway system SBB will soon offer Bitcoin sales through its train ticket machines. On November 11 those with a Switzerland-based phone number and a QR readable wallet will be able to purchase the cryptocurrency from associated stations. Also read: Switzerland Won’t ‘Obstruct’ Bitcoin Startups, Eases Regulations  Switzerland’s National SBB Railway Sells Bitcoin The SBB railway service…

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Barry Silbert Reveals 10 Bitcoin Predictions for 2017

Expect 2017 to be a very good year for Bitcoin’s price. That’s according to prominent Bitcoin investor Barry Silbert, who shared his ten predictions for the upcomming year. Also read: Did Barclays Just Declare War on Bitcoin Users? Many Applications for Bitcoin and Blockchain Silbert, founder and CEO of Digital Currency Group (DCG), recently shared his…

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