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20Jul 2017

Bitcoin swings as civil war looms

The value of the virtual currency Bitcoin has always been volatile. Even so, there has been particular turbulence in recent days as fears of a “civil war” among its adherents first grew and then subsided, although they have not gone away altogether.

27May 2017

Chart: The Coin Universe Keeps Expanding

 

 

BITCOIN’S RECORD YEAR IS JUST A PART OF THE BIG STORY

The Chart of the Week is a weekly Visual Capitalist feature on Fridays.

Bitcoin is the original cryptocurrency, and its meteoric rise has made it a mainstay of conversation for investors, media, and technologists alike.

In fact, the innovation of the blockchain is changing entire markets, while causing ripples with central banks and the financial industry. At time of publication, the bitcoin price now hovers near US$2,200, a massive increase from this time last year.

21Apr 2017

The Blockchain Could Change the Backbone of the Stock Market

Modern technology enables stock markets to be faster and more complex than ever.

But while the speed of order executions are infinitely more impressive across the board, the conceptual backbone behind the stock market itself hasn’t changed much. In fact, the model we use today for settling trades and ensuring proper share ownership is still based on the one initially created in the 17th Century.

16Apr 2017

How Fintech is Digitally Disrupting the Financial World

JEFF DESJARDINS

The market for fintech, or financial technology software, was one of the hottest sectors in 2015.

The time is ripe for financial innovation: new technologies are helping end users skip past gatekeepers and intermediaries to customize their use of financial products. Meanwhile, many of the same technologies are also erasing the inefficiencies of banks and other financial institutions to cut costs in ways the industry never deemed possible. Lastly, innovations such as the blockchain are changing the way banks approach their most basic mechanisms – as a result, even the most fundamental practices in banking are evolving.

23Feb 2016

The Bitcoin Revolution

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At the beginning of the year, the UK Government’s Office for Science released a paper entitled ‘Distributed Ledger Technology: beyond blockchain.’

For many who heard the government’s chief scientist, Sir Mark Walport, discussing the report on BBC’s Radio Four, it might have felt liked they’d banged their heads and woken up a few years later to when a technology called blockchain was being adopted so widely that even the government were paying attention to it. But in reality this is still a relatively new technology that most people haven’t even heard of, yet right now the government, regulators and institutions want a look in.