Cryptocurrency: What is all the hype about?

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Cryptocurrency: What is all the hype about?

March 12, 2018

The past year in finance has been dominated by the cryptocurrency narrative. Few investors have now not at least heard the story of Bitcoin. And no wonder: the cryptocurrency rose from an $800 (£578) worth at the beginning of last year to nearly $20,000 (£14,439) before retreating to less than half that amount, whilst still […]

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Are Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) legal?

March 5, 2018

It’s a question lots of entrepreneurs have been asking themselves and their lawyers over the past few months, ever since July 2017, when the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) reported essentially on the question of whether an ICO constituted ‘an offer of securities’. The SEC applied the well-known Howey test [SEC v. W.J. Howey […]

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Blockchain syndicated lending – what does this mean for the finance Industry?

November 17, 2017

The $4.7bn global syndicated lending market has been high on the list of potential applications for blockchain technology for over two years, but a flurry of announcements about trials in 2017 indicate that implementation is definitely planned for next year. Alliances plan to place some smaller loan transactions, where participating banks are the agent, onto […]

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How Will Blockchain Affect The Future Of The Financial System?

October 27, 2017

The impact of properly regulated Blockchain on the financial system is becoming clearer, and much more immediate: every respondent taking part in PwC’s 2017 FinTech survey planned to use blockchain by 2020. This is a marked shortening of timescale from Accenture’s 2025 timeframe only last year. Particular sectors have now been identified as most susceptible […]

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How to Implement Blockchain Technology Effectively

October 9, 2017

Consider first what the Blockchain actually is, and can do.  Essentially the Blockchain is a trust creation machine. Currently, transactions require a series of intermediary third parties both to certify asset ownership and confirm the transfer of payments. Information stored on digital ledgers are available to all parties of the transaction, rendering the ledger self-certifying. […]

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Is now the time to start mining Bitcoins?

September 15, 2017

It’s the first amicable split-up in the digital currency world. On 1 August 2017 bitcoin divided into two derivative digital currencies, the classic 1MB chain bitcoin (BTC) and the new 8MB chain Bitcoin Cash (BCH). Two different philosophies underlie the two new currencies. How should investors react? Evidently, the opportunity to make spectacular gains by […]

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The increasing value of Cryptocurrencies in trade finance

September 8, 2017

The consensus is now that cryptocurrencies and the blockchain are sharpening up the notoriously inefficient world of trade finance. But the way it is happening is not at all how the original enthusiasts conceived of it. In the conception of cryptocurrencies, the belief was that using bitcoin trading, in particular, would cut transaction charges, decentralise […]

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Seeing the Unicorn: where is the next big tech investment?

September 1, 2017

The US tech IPO surge just keeps coming, two-thirds of 2017 tech IPOs worth more than $1 billion each.  Dominant player Snapchat’s success has spurred potential tech imitators, all of them dependent like mobile gaming giant Supercell – profits up 10% in the last financial year – or mobile banking FinTech phenomenon Atom Bank – […]

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Blockchain Technology in the Financial Industries

August 16, 2017

The development of Blockchain technology has revolutionised the way that data can be transferred. Through distributing digital information without the data being copied, a whole host of incredible possibilities have been born. 1: Banking & Finance Blockchain is a very useful technology to use in the Banking and Finance sectors thanks to its high level […]

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