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  • Want to invest in alternative investments? Your first port of call is a dealer
  • Investing in alternative investments is a good way to add some diversification to your portfolio. And unlike most other investments, they can give you aesthetic pleasure too. So if you're serious about alternative investments, where do you start? You need to start with dealers. Let's take a closer look at what you need to look for in a dealer… **************************************************... ››› more
  • [14 April 2014]
  • A rare tiny Chinese cup scoops $36 million at auction
  • Earlier this week, at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong, the sale of a Chinese cup set records. The cup is of the Ming-era and went for a staggering $36.05 million. The cup is of only 17 known to exist in the world. Let's take a closer look at the auction of this tiny Chinese cup and why it raised such an eye-watering amount… ****************************************************** A proven path... ››› more
  • [11 April 2014]
  • Why alternative investments deserve a place in your portfolio
  • Turning to alternative investments like rare coins, art and collectibles can add diversification to your portfolio. Alternative investments offer other advantages. So what are the benefits of investing in alternative investments? And how can you start investing in them? Let's take a closer look… ****************************************************** A proven path to a lifetime of wealth Mo... ››› more
  • [11 April 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]
  • The Pope's Harley Davidson fetches R3.6 million at auction
  • Last June, Pope Francis received a Harley-Davidson motorcycle from the company. But the church recently made a decision to auction off such items to raise money for charity. The motorcycle, bearing the signature of Pope Francis, went on auction yesterday in Paris. Let's take a closer look at what went on… Pope Francis has adopted some money saving measures since taking over as the head of the ... ››› more
  • [07 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]
  • 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]
  • 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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