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Can Global Brands, Starbucks and Amazon are Bridge the Gap between Crypto and Traditional Financial Ecosystems?

By David Drake Last week, two world-known U.S. brands – Amazon and Starbucks – alluded to plansto  either integrate virtual currency or blockchain technology in their corporate models. LendEDU queried 1000 Amazon clients on whether they would use the ‘Amazon Coin’ if the company was to  launch it.. Results showed that more than 50 percent of the participants said they would. […]

Will the Rising Number of Ripple’s xRapid Trials Boost XRP Value

by David Drake Ripple, a company based in San Francisco, had a difficult start in 2018. The virtual currency, XRP, has lost about 70% of its value since the start of the year due to the wide cryptocurrency crash that took place in January. But things are now looking up for XRP as the list of financial institutions, including banks, […]

3 Factors Boosting Ripple’s XRP Value

By David Drake Following last week’s price plunge, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are beginning to recover. However, the road to recovery has not been smooth, it’s filled with ups and downs.  Just this past Monday we saw the prices of all crypto coins drop by at least 10% based on CoinMarketCap data. At the time of writing this article, the […]

How Cryptos Can Complement Conventional Monetary Systems for Governments

By David Drake Cryptocurrencies continue to dominate the financial market, particularly after their explosive growth in 2017. As such, they have attracted the attention of central banks in different countries. Towards the end of 2017, central banks in seven leading economies, the G7 countries, indicated that they would start acquiring cryptocurrencies for purposes of strengthening foreign reserves. Coming at a […]

Three Reasons to Invest in Bitcoin this Year

by David Drake During the last 12 months, the price of Bitcoin increased from $1000 to almost $20,000. However, last month, the value of this leading cryptocurrency plunged below the $6,000 mark, a demonstration of its high volatility. The unpredictable nature of cryptocurrencies, coupled with their high volatility, has raised questions regarding whether or not they’re worth investing in. “I […]

Will Bitcoin Remain Strong in the Face of Rising Competition?

By David Drake Even though Bitcoin was launched in 2009, it became very popular in 2017. High speculation saw its price rise throughout the year to a high of almost $20,000, up from $1000 at the beginning of the year. Despite its speedy growth in value, this leading cryptocurrency has had its fair share of high volatility characterized by frequent price […]

The Real Reason the SEC is Cracking Down on ICO Companies

By Michael Hull Chief Editor, FamilyOffices.Today US financial regulator, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has launched a major crackdown on initial coin offerings (ICOs). Recent reports show the regulator has already issued subpoenas to various ICO companies and their advisors. The SEC’s action comes about a month after its Chairperson, Jay Clayton, promised sanctions for firms that do not […]

How Russia’s ICO-hub Will Increase Investor Voice in Implementation ICO of Projects

by David Drake Reports on Russia’s media platform, Izvestia, indicate that the country will be launching a system called ICO-hub to guarantee investments in initial coin offerings (ICOs) this year. The system will be developed in partnership with several players including the Globex Bank, an auxiliary of Vnesheconombank (VEB), a bank owned by the government, CrowdHub platform and Russian Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain (RACIB). Alexander […]

Does Russia’s Investment Guarantee System Vest Too Much Power on Investors?

By David Drake A Russian network of banks, associations and blockchain platforms is set to develop a system for guaranteeing the safety of investments made in initial coin offerings (ICOs). Once in place, the system will enable investors to monitor implementation of the ICO projects they finance. Via a voting procedure, the system referred to as ICO-hub will give investors […]

Why ICOs Find Russia’s ICO-Hub System Unfavorable

By David Drake Russia is set to develop a system to guarantee investments in initial coin offerings (ICOs). Development of the guarantee system, commonly referred to as the ICO-hub, is being undertaken by a Bank called Globex, a platform called CrowdHub, RACIB – the Russian Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain, a subsidiary of Vnesheconombank (VEB), bank owned by the state. Once operational, companies seeking […]