Bitcoin

  • How did Bitcoin win the race to become a leading digital currency?
  • Bitcoin wasn't the first attempt at a digital currency. There have been numerous tries at making a successful digital form of money. But none of them cut it until Bitcoin. So why is Bitcoin unique? Let's take a closer look… Until Bitcoin all digital currencies had the same problem Before Bitcoin came along, all other attempts at digital currencies failed. And it was down to one major problem... ››› more
  • [26 June 2014]
  • How you can buy Bitcoins
  • Since the fall of Bitcoin's largest exchange, Mt Gox, the news surrounding the digital currency is sparse. And as Bitcoin shows how it's strong enough to survive a variety of disasters, more investors want their slice of the action. So how can you buy Bitcoins? Let's take a closer look… Food for thought before buying Bitcoins At the moment, it isn’t as easy to buy Bitcoins as it is shares ... ››› more
  • [25 June 2014]
  • How to know which Bitcoin exchange to use
  • The downfall of Mt Gox, which was the largest Bitcoin exchange, didn't exactly help the reputations of other Bitcoin exchanges. So if you want to buy Bitcoins through an exchange, which one should you turn to? Which exchanges are the more reputable out there and which ones should you avoid? Read on to find out… Bitcoin exchange #1: Bitstamp This is the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange by v... ››› more
  • [23 June 2014]
  • Five reasons why Bitcoin could become the most favoured currency
  • Over the centuries there have been different forms of currencies used across the world. These currencies include gold and fiat currencies like the dollar, the pound and the rand. Then Bitcoin came along. Many view Bitcoin as an alternative investment, whilst others see it as a currency of the future. Let's take a closer look at why Bitcoin could be shaping up to become just that… Reason #1: T... ››› more
  • [13 June 2014]
  • Should you have exposure to Bitcoin in your retirement pot?
  • It shouldn't be long until the first Bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF), the Winklevoss Bitcoin Trust, launches in the US. So have you thought about adding some Bitcoin flavour to your retirement fund? This might sound a crazy idea, but many retirement experts advocate up to 10% of your pot in alternative investments. So you could opt for some Bitcoin exposure. Let's take a closer look at whether ... ››› more
  • [10 June 2014]
  • Could the Bitcoin price be consolidating in a maturing market?
  • Bitcoin has hit the headlines a lot over the past six to seven months. And over the period, the price of Bitcoin has been very volatile. The Bitcoin price reacted violently when news came out about it. But for the last month, the Bitcoin price has stabilised. With no scandals hitting the headlines, the digital currency is quite stable. Let's take a closer look at what this shows about Bitcoin… ... ››› more
  • [27 May 2014]
  • A Bitcoin ETF is a step closer
  • Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss are the twins behind the Winklevoss Bitcoin ETF (exchange traded fund). They've applied for the necessary regulatory approval to get their ETF launched. The process is now a step closer. The ETF would list on the NASDAQ. So how would the ETF work? And why would a Bitcoin ETF be a good thing? Let's take a closer look… How the Winklevoss ETF would work Speculato... ››› more
  • [23 May 2014]
  • The hype of Bitcoin: What it reveals about the digital currency
  • Consider the hype surrounding a new technology. Think the dotcom boom and bust. Expectations peak, then investors become disappointed as the shine of the new technology fade. Only then does the technology get on the road to meeting its full potential. And this is exactly what appears to be happening with Bitcoin. The digital currency has taken the world by storm, along with its fair share of contr... ››› more
  • [26 March 2014]
  • Bitcoin prices dip but are rising again after the Mt Gox shenanigans
  • Over the last couple of weeks there's been a lot of coverage over the demise of the Mt Gox exchange. The price of Bitcoin took a knock, but it's back on the road upwards once again. Let's take a closer look at what's going on with Bitcoin prices after this latest bout of scandal… What happened with Mt Gox? The first Bitcoin exchange, Mt Gox, went down on 25 February, David Zeiler in Money M... ››› more
  • [10 March 2014]
  • No amount of controversy appears to stand in Bitcoin's way
  • Bitcoin has had its fair share of controversy over the last six months. Various governments have restricted its use. There's been links to illicit goings-on. And, just recently, the world's first Bitcoin exchange caused havoc by suspending its trading. But Bitcoin appears to shrug off these issues and marches on. Let's take a closer look at what this means for Bitcoin… At the beginning of the ... ››› more
  • [13 February 2014]
  • Why the price of Bitcoin plunged
  • The price of Bitcoin fell on Monday after Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox led everyone to believe that there was a serious flaw in the software that controls the digital currency. Panic saw hundreds of dollars wiped off its price. Read on to what led to the price of Bitcoin falling so much… The world’s first Bitcoin exchange, Mt Gox, stopped the transfer of Bitcoins out of the exchange to personal w... ››› more
  • [12 February 2014]
  • Could a rival virtual currency be preparing to knock Bitcoin off its top spot?
  • The growing popularity of Bitcoin has certainly brought the use of virtual currencies into the public realm. Even the former chairman of the US Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, said that Bitcoin “may hold long-term promise”. Acceptance of using Bitcoin for payments is still in its infancy, but it's growing in spite of some governments trying to block its use. But could a better virtual currency ... ››› more
  • [06 February 2014]
  • Bitcoin: The need for virtual currencies
  • The world's central banks dominate fiscal history. And central banks are in a race to debase. Over the past decade this has been an accelerating trend. After a century of massively inflated fiat currencies worldwide, it's little wonder people have flocked to a totally independent form of new money. But that could all be changing. Read on to uncover what led to the emergence of virtual currencies... ››› more
  • [05 February 2014]
  • US authorities charge two men with money laundering over their Bitcoin dealings
  • Last night it emerged that the US authorities arrested and charged two men with money laundering. One of the men is CEO of a well-known Bitcoin exchange and vice chair of the Bitcoin Foundation. Once again, controversy surrounds Bitcoin. Let's take a closer look at what happened… Yet again Bitcoin is hitting the headlines for all the wrong reasons. Yesterday, the US Department of Justice re... ››› more
  • [28 January 2014]
  • Bitcoin: Is it worthy of a currency status, an investment status or neither?
  • $10,000 "invested" in Bitcoins a year ago would be worth roughly half-a-million dollars today… This "digital currency" is up around 5,000% in the past year… and that includes a (roughly) 30% fall over the last few months. With gains like that, Bitcoin is the "in" thing to talk about at cocktail parties today. It's fun to talk about. Read on to uncover if Bitcoin ticks the boxes as a currency o... ››› more
  • [28 January 2014]
  • Bitcoin news: Three predictions for the digital currency in 2014
  • Bitcoin certainly held a lot of people's attention last year as its price ping-ponged all over the place. And Bitcoin hit the headlines as some governments tried to ban its use. But what is going to happen to the infamous digital currency this year? Read on to uncover three prediction for Bitcoin in 2014... As time goes on, a growing number of companies and investors are embracing Bitcoin, David... ››› more
  • [27 January 2014]
  • What to expect from Bitcoin in 2014
  • Bitcoin exploded onto the financial world last year. But it immediately became enveloped in controversy, with just as many predicting its imminent doom as were declaring it a revolutionary form of money. The Bitcoin news in 2014 will have less drama. But it will be far more important to the fate of the digital currency. So what lies in store for Bitcoin this year? Read on to uncover two prediction... ››› more
  • [24 January 2014]
  • Why Bitcoin is proving a hit with shoppers
  • Bitcoin is gaining popularity with web shoppers. For instance, unlike other forms of payment, it makes it increasingly difficult for companies to data mine your shopping habits. And the digital currency is only going to become more popular in its use. Read on to uncover more… Bitcoin that is appealing to web shoppers, David Zeiler in Money Morning US explains… Bitcoin’s anonymity makes ... ››› more
  • [23 January 2014]
  • Why using Bitcoin is safer than using a credit card online
  • A recent data breach at Target, a large retailer in the US, is one of the worst breaches of credit card information ever. But if those millions of Target customers had been using Bitcoin instead of credit cards, the thieves couldn't have stolen any of their personal data. Read on to find out why… The thieves who stole the credit card data from Target customers took the information from Target&... ››› more
  • [22 January 2014]
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