How “New Money” is Disrupting the “Old Money” World

The crypto market is a source of worry for regulators around the world. Their worries are due, not only to the speculative aspects, but also to the tracking of anonymous money transfers, opportunities for money laundering, and tax evasion. Even the most conservative regulators have begun to realise that they will be forced to deal…

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Rebuilding Finance, one block at a time

Prof. Omri Ross, eToro Chief Blockchain Scientist: My 2019 in Review As I look back on our achievements in the year past, I am proud and honoured by the skill and tenacity of my colleagues and friends with whom I share the vision of redefining finance for the decade ahead. This year, I have been…

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Cryptocurrency Prices Rally Towards Double Digit Gains in 2020

The cryptocurrency market has started 2020 with a huge bang, expanding by an impressive 23% within the first two weeks of the year. The overall market capitalization of the cryptocurrency market – a measure of the size of the market – has grown from $192 billion at the start of the year, to well over…

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How An Anonymous Bitcoin Fund Donated $55 Million to Charity

“Because when you have enough money, money doesn’t matter.” Pineapple Fund The quotation above represents a powerful idea that may not resonate with over 65% of the global population that lives on less than $10 a day*. Despite this, given the sharp rise in wealth inequality since the 1970s**, it is encouraging to come across…

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How DLT is Disrupting Global Trade Finance

Institutional presence in the relatively infant blockchain industry has always been a widely discussed topic. Given its intricate relationship with the general cryptocurrency market, there is a tendency to extrapolate the negatives of the highly volatile market towards the merits of the underlying technology. However, beyond the various manifestations and implementation of the technology, there…

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The Recipe that Causes Bitcoin to Rise: Economic and Geopolitical Uncertainty

As the world anxiously watched the turbulent events in the Middle East this week, investors have turned to the known safe havens for times of crisis. Throughout history, gold has been a proven investment vehicle during similar tumultuous times, from wars to crises to economic depressions. Yet, over the last week, we saw a notable…

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Bitcoin vs. Altcoins

Scroll back two years to 2017, the “breakthrough year” of the crypto market, when concepts such as Bitcoin, blockchain and decentralisation suddenly exploded in the mainstream media. This exposure was driven by price increases that seemed unstoppable and left many viewers completely astonished. At the same time, many experts warned that the party wouldn’t last…

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The Importance of Interoperability for Blockchains

Blockchain, considered the cutting-edge technology of today, has developed greatly since the inception of Bitcoin back in 2008. With the promise of disintermediation, transparency and empowerment, blockchain supports various use cases and applications across a broad range of sectors. Today, we are witnessing the verticalization of blockchains whereby the technology has been crystallized into specific…

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2019-2020 year in review

Bitcoin in Review Going into 2020

As 2019 comes to an end, the still-young and somewhat contentious crypto market has registered an exceptional achievement: one of its own, Bitcoin, was the best performing asset of the year. From December 31, 2018, through the last week of 2019, the price of Bitcoin doubled. The 10-year-old decentralized currency greatly exceeded all other key…

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Exploring Blockchain in Retail Banking

Bitcoin first made its appearance in the wake of the financial crisis of 2008, when numerous financial institutions and banks failed worldwide, and governments had to step in to bail out these distressed institutions. This meltdown shook people’s faith in traditional financial systems and paved the way for a digital currency; a currency not governed…

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