Bitcoin

  • Bitcoin is gaining traction in SA: Over 30,000 sellers now accept the digital currency
  • Yesterday, South African online payment provider PayFast announced that it's now accepting Bitcoin as a form of payment. Buyers using PayFast can now select Bitcoin as a form of payment. The company's move demonstrates the growing popularity of using the digital currency as means of payment. Let's take a closer look… PayFast and BitX bring Bitcoin to SA PayFast has enabled “Bitcoin a... ››› more
  • [18 July 2014]
  • Where to now for the price of Bitcoin?
  • Since its inception, Bitcoin has scaled the dizzy heights of over $1,100 to come flying back down to only a few hundred dollars. Over the last couple of months, the Bitcoin price has consolidated somewhat. And it looks like this is the start of Bitcoin's move upwards. Let's take a closer look at where the price of Bitcoin looks likely to go… Bitcoin is similar to the Internet back in the earl... ››› more
  • [14 July 2014]
  • Bitcoin is getting ready to soar as it prepares to go mainstream
  • Bitcoin has had its fair share of controversy since its conception. But Bitcoin is a revolutionary new technology. This means Bitcoin is probably set to follow the path of other revolutionary technologies. And if it follows the paths of these other revolutionary technologies, it's preparing for take-off. Let's take a closer look at the evidence… Bitcoin is preparing for rapid growth Have a l... ››› more
  • [09 July 2014]
  • Here's what you need to know about the world's most famous digital currency: Bitcoin
  • Over the last year, the popularity of Bitcoin has soared. In spite of a number of scandals, the digital currency is becoming increasingly more popular. And a growing number of retailers across the globe are accepting it as a form of payment. So what exactly is Bitcoin? How does it work? How can you buy Bitcoin? And is Bitcoin going to survive? Read on to find out the answers to ... ››› more
  • [30 June 2014]
  • 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]
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