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22Mar 2017

British banks handled vast sums of laundered Russian money

HSBC’s building in Canary Wharf, London. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Image

Exclusive: Billions of dollars were moved out of Russia in ‘Global Laundromat’ operation, with anonymously owned UK companies playing major role theguardian.com

Britain’s high street banks processed nearly $740m from a vast money-laundering operation run by Russian criminals with links to the Russian government and the KGB, the Guardian can reveal.

1Jan 2017

Step by Step: How Elon Musk Built His Empire (by Anna Vital)


In a hundred years, when most people reading this and the person writing this are long gone, Musk’s cars and rockets will still be circling the Earth and the skies. How can such a person get started against all odds is the question I ask here. And, more importantly, what can we learn from him?

8Nov 2016

What is waiting for you on the AIM Market today


A hatchling marine iguana stands perilously close to a hunting Galapagos racer snake

If you haven’t already seen this amazing clip from the series of Planet Earth you should. It will give you an idea of what is waiting for you when invest in the Alternative Investment Market.

You are entering a market that is geared up statically for you to lose 90% of your investment in the first year. It’s a ruthless place, make no mistake about it. Money changes people and this is a race that only the fittest will survive.

5Jul 2016

Brexit Bulls – A look at the Indexes, Oil, Gold after some Crazy Weeks


We’ve certainly had some pretty crazy weeks of late with the lead-up to the Brexit Vote and the fallout from the Result. As usual I will whizz through some Charts to get a feel of what the Indexes etc. are doing and look at the Historical backdrop.

I mentioned something on the Podcast I recorded with Justin earlier this week, and I felt it might be a good idea to just explore that a little more as part of this Blog.

11Jun 2016

The Appeal of Long Term Investing


Breaking with my normal method, I am scribbling this quite fast around 4.30pm on a Tuesday Afternoon (blimey, the Markets are about to shut, maybe I should be looking at my Stocks) as I want to watch the ‘Gold Rush’ new series tonight (Discovery Channel) and I know that will distract me from my ramblings (OK, you can see I started this Blog in Draft form way back in October – yes, sometimes they take that long for me to drum up the enthusiasm to finish them off.)

24May 2016

Are Altcoins Bitcoin’s Friends or Enemies?

Altcoins have a long tradition in the Bitcoin community, but they tend to cause a contentious divide among those who think they’re useful and those who think they’re all scams. One side of the argument, articulated by theSatoshi Nakamoto Institute’s Daniel Krawisz, is that altcoins have no chance of success and distract possible users from Bitcoin, while the other side, articulated by many Ethereum supporters, believe platforms such as Bitcoin and Ethereum can work together.Johnny Dilley, who runs strategy at Blockstream, was recently asked for his thoughts on altcoins during an interview on The Crypto Show. Dilley believes the vast majority of altcoins are scams, and he also thinks Bitcoin developers are not threatened by the existence of these alternative cryptocurrencies. The incentive for altcoin speculators to promote uncertainty in the Bitcoin community was also discussed.
21May 2016

BIP 75 Simplifies Bitcoin Wallets for the Everyday User

Although Bitcoin is more than 7 years old, making payments on the network is still a rather cumbersome task. With a user interface that requires users to send money to long strings of letters and numbers rather than human-readable names, it’s no wonder that many individuals have a hard time figuring out how to use this new financial technology.

BIP 70 (Payment Protocol), which was authored by Bitcoin Foundation Chief Scientist Gavin Andresen and former Bitcoin developer Mike Hearn, has been a step in the right direction, but the relatively new BIP 75, which was co-authored by developers from Netki (Justin Newton and Matt David) andBreadwallet (Aaron Voisine and James MacWhyte), takes the main ideas in BIP 70 one step further.

17May 2016

YouTube Stars Can Earn More Revenue With Bitcoin Micropayments

Micropayments have been touted as one of Bitcoin’s main use cases since the early days of the technology, and a recent trial of the Bitcoin-powered content platform PopChest by YouTube Star NurdRage indicates that these claims may not be overblown.

NurdRage has been testing out various alternative content monetization schemes lately, and a test of PopChest generated a 400 percent increase in revenue for the science-focused YouTube channel.

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