With virtual currencies, like Bitcoin, becoming one of the most talked about topics on the finance circuit, you might think that Bitcoin is your only option. This isn't the case. There are over 80 different types of digital currencies out there in cyber space. Read on to find out more about the virtual currencies that are most likely to survive…
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Bitcoin has been in the news a lot lately. But few people really have a solid grasp on this ground-breaking digital currency. What many people do know is its price has varied greatly over the past few months. Such large, rapid gains - as well as the currency's volatility - have made Bitcoin a hot topic on financial news channels, websites, and publications. But despite all the attention, Bitcoin r... ››› more
Contrary to popular belief, art does not tank in value during times of stock market weakness or war. According to an exhaustive study by New York University professors Jianping Mei and Michael Moses - using figures from 27 recessions dating all the way back to 1875 - fine art investments hold up very well in bad times. Read on to discover why art deserves a place in your investment portfolio…
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The illusion that Bitcoin is going to vanish from the radar anytime soon is quickly disappearing.
And you know Bitcoin has finally gotten some traction when a small hair salon in Chandigarh, a city in the Northern part of India, is now accepting the virtual currency as payment for a haircut!
This makes the salon, CastleBloom, the first merchant in India to start accepting bitcoins officially.
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There are already hundreds of entrepreneurs making money from Bitcoin-related start-ups.
And these start-ups are very popular with venture capitalists.
But there is a time and a place to invest in a Bitcoin start-up.
Let's take a look.
Invest in Bitcoin when it gets past its growing pains
One of the major concerns about Bitcoin is around how to regulate the virtual currency.
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Just consider that 12 years ago, there were 330 people in employment for every 100 social grant beneﬁciaries.
Today there are just 90!
So the strain on each taxpayer just keeps on rising.
And over the last 20 years, tax revenue has risen by 491%; while social grant expenditure has grown by 700%!
It's a simple truth…
The number of people working to generate taxes to pay for these socia... ››› more
If you ever want to make a geek tear out their hair, tell them Bitcoin is a fiat currency.
This is one of the biggest and most annoying misconceptions about Bitcoin.
And it's not just lay people who are making this mistake.
Everyone who likes to think they know a thing or two about Bitcoin seems to think Bitcoin is ‘not real money'.
Which is not only WRONG, but is just plain bizarre.
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Yesterday, a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM went to for a cool $14.3 million at auction. In the first car auction of its kind for over ten years, 38 vintage cars went for a grand total of $62.8 million. But are vintage cars a worthwhile alternative investment option? Let's take a closer look…
The Art of the Automobile auction held yesterday in New York had buyers lined up to get their hands on vintage ca... ››› more
On Monday evening, at an auction at Strauss & Co, South African artist Jane Alexander's sculpture made the record books. Her piece ‘Untitled,' sold for a cool R5.5 million. This is the highest amount a work of art of this kind has sold for. Let's take a closer look at what happened…
Jane Alexander, a contemporary artist from South Africa, broke records as one of her pieces “sold for R5.5 m... ››› more
Once you've done all your research and preparation for an auction, you need to get ready for the big day. Make sure you get there nice and early. Now all that's left is bidding for the lots you want. Read on to find out how to handle the bidding frenzy at auction...
On the day of the auction, make sure to get there early as you’ll need to register, Bengt Saelensminde in The Right Side explains... ››› more
If you're looking to invest your hard earned cash into something other than the stock market, then an auction might be for you. Whether it's antiques, art or something a bit more unusual, an auction could prove the best hunting ground. You need to get your hands on catalogues for upcoming auctions. Once you've picked items you're interested in and before you even think about just going along and b... ››› more
Here's a great way to shop for deals on anything from property, fine art and antiques, to this year's Christmas present for a loved one. With Christmas looming, now is the time to start acquiring some auction catalogues. You could invest in something really special this year. Here's what you need to do before you set foot in an auction house...
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If you're set to go to an auction and have your eye on a lot, then you need to be prepared. You can't get carried away with what you're willing to pay. So before you go, do some research to ensure you're not overpaying for an item. Read on to find out how not to pay over the odds for a lot at auction...
Let’s say you’ve seen a piece of jewellery that’s of interest in an auction house catal... ››› more
Buying pieces of art is a great way to diversify your portfolio. Now there are an abundance of websites that you can purchase art from. Just make sure you do your research before jumping in. Read on to uncover the ins and outs of buying art online...
The art world is largely unregulated and anyone can set up an online gallery – so buyer beware, Sarah Ryan in MoneyWeek explains...
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If you fancy diversifying your portfolio and investing in autographs, where do you start? There are six key pointers to bear in mind. If you take your time and do thorough research, you could get your hands on a piece that will handsomely rise in value over the years. Read on to uncover your step by step guide to investing in autographs…
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