At the beginning of last week, a major step forward in the evolution of digital currencies happened.
That is, the launch of the Coinbase Bitcoin Exchange, the first licensed exchange for the digital currency in the US.
So what does this mean for Bitcoin?
Read on to find out…
The launch of the Coinbase Bitcoin Exchange
Last Monday, the Coinbase Bitcoin Exchange launched in the U... ››› more
We are on the cusp of a revolution with money.
Thanks to the introduction of digital currencies, the global economy, the financial system and the ways payments are processed are going to change.
Digital currencies have the scope to slash financial fees, allow people to use their money without the need for a bank account and bring about a new way for transacting around the globe.
And with... ››› more
The world of Bitcoin hit the headlines last year. Its price was a big talking point as well as some scandal.
This year, the price of Bitcoin remains down after tumbling over 60% last year. But this also means that you can get your hands on Bitcoin for a lot less than you previously could.
The potential for Bitcoin and its technology is vast. It's just going to take time for more people to us... ››› more
The price of Bitcoin has had it tough over the last year. But just because the price is down, it doesn't mean that there isn't amazing potential with the digital currency and the technology it uses.
So what is so special about the technology that Bitcoin uses? And how can you get your slice of the action?
Read on to find out…
The special thing about Bitcoin is the blockchain
The t... ››› more
In its short life, 2014 was by far the worst year for Bitcoin. The digital currency shed a massive 67%. That means it earns the worst performing ‘currency' award of last year.
So far, 2015 isn't looking much better for Bitcoin. Two weeks ago it plummeted another 47% to $170. Now it's back around $265.
Let's take a closer look at what's going on and what may lie ahead…
What happened... ››› more
Investing isn't all about putting your money into stocks and bonds. You can add diversification to your portfolio by adding exposure to property, gold and cash.
But you're not just limited to these investments either.
You can also consider buying alternative investments to add further diversification.
So what types of alternative investments can you think about including?
Read on to f... ››› more
If you have a passion for literature, chances are you're aware of the market for rare books.
So does trying to get your hands on rare books pose a good investment option?
Let's take a closer look…
Are rare books a viable investment option?
There are some who don’t see rare books as a true investment. They believe they are something you collect.
The basis of that belief is tha... ››› more
If you're thinking about putting some cash into an alternative investment, rare books could be worth a look.
They're a bit different to other collectibles. The market isn't very liquid and you might have to hold onto a book for decades until you can sell it on for a profit.
But if literature is a passion of yours, you can combine this love with investing.
So before you leap in, check out ... ››› more
When it comes to investing in coins, the first thing that may come to mind is Kruger rands.
But dig a little deeper into the world of numismatics and you'll come across ancient coins.
If you're passionate about history, this investment vein may take your fancy.
But is investing in historic coins a worthwhile venture? And if you decide to take the plunge, what's the best way to go about it... ››› more
If you want to invest in art, the costs can be high. Picking up pieces by artistic greats isn't cheap.
If your budget doesn't stretch to that, the next best thing to do is concentrate on artists showing fantastic potential.
And if photographic pieces are you thing, this artist is worth taking a closer look at.
Read on to find out more…
A photographic artist showing great potential... ››› more
Investing in artistic masterpieces is an expensive hobby. The more famous the artist, the higher the price tag.
One option you have is to try to identify up-and-coming artists who are showing promising signs of potential and whose pieces could rise in value in the future.
So where can you look?
Let's take a closer look…
Invest in art by focusing on up-and-coming artists
The bes... ››› more
If you like photography and want to invest in some masterpieces of the genre, you can't go by Ansel Adams. He was an American photographer and environmentalist.
He's one of the best-known photographers in the history of art.
So if you want to invest in a piece of his work, what sort of price tag are you looking at? And how can you get your hands on one of his pieces or other artists online?
... ››› more
Do you own a property? A range of different unit trusts? And a carefully selected blue chip share portfolio?
If this is you, you are diversifying your investments well. You also probably achieve returns that are the same as the JSE's performance.
But you're still missing out…
You see today I'm going to introduce you to a special investment where you can earn up to 60% on your investme... ››› more
Go back just 18-months and the number of people who knew about Bitcoin was small. Fast forward to the present, and the vast majority of people know about this digital currency.
Bitcoin is gaining traction. The amount of investment money going into it and the projects surrounding it are growing at breakneck speed.
But if you want to put some rands into Bitcoin, where do you start? How do you ... ››› more
When you think about investing, chances are you think about shares, unit trusts and other conventional investment routes.
But do you know you can put your money to work in other forms of investment? I'm talking about things like art, coins, stamps, antiques and much more.
Not only can you enjoy owning these “alternative investments,” but invest in the right pieces and you can make a ret... ››› more
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