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Bitcoin: The Global Appeal

Bitcoin – that was launched anonymously in 2008 – is today widely becoming an acceptable and attractive currency.  In its early days it was used primarily for east-west trade routes, today it has established an “almost universal appeal.”

Today with the increasing concern attached to cyber security and online payments, people are becoming more interested in utilizing the services Bitcoin provides.  In addition,  for companies, high net-worth individuals, institutional investors and financial corporations, the currency is attractive when facing economic hardships.

Bitcoin’s popularity is also connected to the fact that it is apolitical and does not require a high socioeconomic status to exist in a country.  As such the following regions are currently benefiting from this:

  1. Venezuela (due to hyperinflation)
  2. Hong Kong (due to political instability resulting in the price of bitcoin go to a 4 percent premium)
  3. America (due to trade war with China)
  4. China (due to the government’s manipulation of the Yuan).
  5. Argentina (election uncertainty, rendering a trading of Bitcoin “10% higher than on many international crypto exchanges).”

Then there is Breez.  The startup company has just launched a new feature which enables lightning-powered direct app bitcoin purchases  thanks to its  new partnership with MoonPay, a fiat-to-crypto broker. According to Roy Sheinfeld, company founder:

Breez CEO and co-founder Roy Sheinfeld told CoinDesk:

“Breez is not just a wallet. It’s a lightning payment service that aims to provide a holistic experience. Breez’s goal is to take the lightning technology and infrastructure and expose it in an experience regular folks could use with compromising on the bitcoin values. Other [lightning] wallets are less UX focused.”

Other countries where Bitcoin is becoming increasing popular according to an article in Best Techie by Alex Hughes are:

  1. Malta (look at its large gambling industry),
  2. Estonia (blockchain technology, government support of the currency),
  3. Switzerland (in Europe but out of the EU),
  4. Belarus (where it was legalized in 2017) and
  5. Slovenia (government is supportive and welcoming to the presence of crypto startups there).

HFA Global Board of Directors

Each year the Hedge Fund Association (HFA) elects new board members.  This worldwide “not-for-profit industry trade and nonpartisan lobbying organization devoted to advancing transparency, development and trust in alternative investments” was created in 1996 and has representation in over 5 continents and 14 countries. Earlier this month, the HFA elected the following new individuals to its board. they… Continue Reading

Overseas Investments: The Options

Where is it best for investors to search for new opportunities worldwide?  In this article we take a look at some of the promising places for 2019 as well as some of the considerations vis-à-vis country jurisdictions and restrictions. According to a recent article in City AM: “Currency risk is a factor to be borne… Continue Reading

Hedge Funds Around the World: A Glance

Hedge funds and the credibility investors give them have fluctuated a lot historically.  In the last ten years, since the 2008 financial crisis occurred.  But until then it was hedge funds that dominated the fiscal market, featuring top money managers, investment levels and high fees. Such characteristics were what kept the hedge funds elite. Much… Continue Reading

18-Jährige Entwickelt App zur Erkennung Sauberen Wassers

Unternehmertun ist nicht nur für Erwachsene, da mehr und mehr Teenager den Arbeitsmarkt betreten mit innovativen Ideen und Lösungen zu einer breiten Palette an Problemen. Die 18-jährige Sharon Linn ist eine von Ihnen. Lin, Studentin im ersten Jahr am MIT, hat gerade den #BuiltByGirls Startup-Wettbewerb gewonnen dank einer App, die sie entwickelt hat, um Leuten… Continue Reading