Economy

Cryptocurrency exchanges shut down due to heavy trading on Bitcoin

Cryptocurrency exchanges shut down trading Bitcoin

The Bitcoin market hit record highs over the weekend before dropping further than it has in years. Several exchanges for the cryptocurrency suffered outages during the fluctuation, leaving customers unable to buy or sell for hours. Coinbase, one of the most popular ways to buy and sell popular cryptocurrencies such …

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Market manipulation: $4 billion of gold futures ahead of Comey testimony

Just minutes ahead of James Comey’s testimony that many hoped would lead to Trump impeachment, it appears someone decided it was an opportune time to dump $4 billion notional gold futures, seemingly confident this will not be a “constitutional crisis.” Over 30,000 contracts suddenly flushed ahead of Comey… This move …

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Bitcoin smashes $2,900 mark to hit record high

Bitcoin record high cryptocurrency

Bitcoin’s rocketing rise in value shows no sign of abating after breaking the $2,900 mark Tuesday. The digital payment reached a value of $2,967.48 at around 1.20pm UTC Tuesday, according to the Coindesk Bitcoin Price Index. The pricing is a record high for the cryptocurrency which has been hit with …

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The 2017 ASX Australian investor study top 10 findings

Top 10 2017 ASX Australian investor study

The 2017 ASX Australian investor study results were recently released, here are the top 10 findings from the report: 1 – 60% of Australian adults or 11.2 million people hold investments outside of their institutional superannuation fund. 2 – 37% of Australian adults or 6.9 million people hold investments that are available …

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Will blockchain technology disrupt this $7 trillion industry?

Blockchain technology

Recently, I wrote about a small $100,000 trade of cheese and butter. Why? This one trade changed 400 years of history in just four hours. How so? Normally, it would take 10 days to handle the paperwork. But this trade concluded in less than four hours. The solution: a blockchain platform that …

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Volkswagen to pay $2.8 bn fine in diesel emissions scandal

Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal

German carmaker Volkswagen will pay a $2.8 billion criminal penalty for cheating on diesel emissions test, in a negotiated settlement with the US Justice Department. US District Judge Sean Cox ordered the fine on Friday, following the terms of the deal in which Volkswagen pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction …

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Maduro planning to swap Venezuela’s gold for dollars

Nicolas Maduro Venezuela gold dollars

It was almost exactly two years ago when a cash-strapped Venezuela quietly conducted its first, little-noticed gold-for-cash swap with Citigroup, as part of which Nicolas Maduro converted part of his nation’s gold reserves into at least $1 billion in cash courtesy of the US bank. As Reuters reported then, the …

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Steve Keen: “Can we avoid another financial crisis?”

Steve Keen Can we avoid another financial crisis

Economic theory is like a layer cake: Explanations within one layer make sense, but once you move to another layer, they no longer apply. Economist Steve Keen‘s new book “Can We Avoid Another Financial Crisis?” is an illustrative example. The good news is that Keen accurately describes the current economic …

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Brexit-proof your savings with a stocks and shares ISA

ISA Brexit

Whether you are for or against it, Brexit poses uncertainty regarding what the effects will be on the UK economy and the wealth of the individual. Will Theresa May continue with her hard Brexit approach if the conservatives win the general election, or will a surprise result mean we go …

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