Posts Tagged ‘digital currency’


Artificial Intelligence Changes the Finance Game

As far back as 1990, financial experts were predicting that in the not too distant future, investment and money management would be aided by sophisticated computer technologies. Flash forward a couple of decades, and that future is here. Robotics experts predict that by 2025, robots and other kinds of “smart” digital technology will have achieved […]

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Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme: New Coin, Old Scam?

The Bitcoin is looking more and more like traditional money every day. In just a few short years, the upstart digital currency has gone from a mere novelty to a multimillion dollar trading commodity subject to many of the ills that plague “real” money backed by national and international banks. The latest step: a massive […]

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The Bitcoin Bounces Back

After a rough couple of years, the Bitcoin is surging back with a vengeance. Just a year after its fall from grace in the Silk Road drug site scandal, the digital currency’s market value has even beaten gold in the world’s markets. Whether hailed as a welcome alternative to government-controlled currencies or despised as a […]

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The Dollar: The World’s Go-To Currency

When your country’s facing economic turmoil, who you gonna call? For worried consumers around the globe, the obvious answer is the trusty US dollar. Just ask the Russians. As Russia slides deeper into economic crisis, dollars are in high demand, followed by the euro. That leaves the country’s own currency, the ruble, far behind. As […]

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Drug Lord or Hero: The Silk Road’s Founder Confounds Expectations

The Silk Road is dead. That eclectic online marketplace for trafficking in illegal substances of every kind was raided and shut down in 2013 by the FBI and other federal agencies, who confiscated its multimillion dollar store of Bit coin. But its mysterious founder, known online as Dread Pirate Roberts, continues to confound. This enigmatic […]

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A Cash Free Society? Sweden Leads the Way

Hard metal in the hand or virtual numbers on a card, money is what people agree that it is. And now, as Sweden moves quietly toward a cash-free society, the very nature of money – and what it means – could be forever changed. Sweden has long been in the vanguard of cultural shifts. Its […]

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The Fed’s Stimulus Strategy: Silencing Skeptics?

In the end, did hard easing work? That contradictory term for Qualitative Easing version 3, the Federal Reserve’s controversial and much disputed stimulus plan, has been in the news and on the minds of economists and financial advisers since it was conceived in 2012 as the latest attempt to boost the nation’s economic recovery. From […]

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Data Theft Crosses All Borders

The Digital Age has all but erased many of the world’s conventional borders. While that’s undeniably useful for commerce and communication, it’s also made cybercrime a household word, as thousands of American Express cardholders in California found out this spring. Back in March 2014, the American Express Company revealed that data hackers had stolen the […]

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The MintChip: Mainstream Banking Tries to Get Digital

It sounds like a new kind of snack: the MintChip. But this product of the Royal Canadian Mint represents a new stage in the evolution of digital currency: digital money created and controlled by a state bank. And its demise in April 2014 serves as a cautionary tale about the efforts of governments and traditional […]

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What’s In Your (Dark) Wallet?

The Bitcoin is making more and more strides toward worldwide acceptance—and that’s fueling increased efforts to regulate use of the new digital currency. But Bitcoin supporters who embrace the freedom and anonymity of the Bitcoin and other monies like it are fighting back as only they can –with new technology. The newest weapon in their […]

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The Dollar’s Stil a Mainstay of World Currency

The venerable American dollar has taken a beating of sorts in recent months, facing fluctuating values in world markets and incursions from digital alternatives like the Bitcoin. But even with its ups and downs, the dollar’s still king in a world hungry for currency that’s stable, solid and backed by a secure government. As a […]

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Exchange CEO’s Suicide Adds to Bitcoin Turmoil

The Bitcoin, pioneer of the digital currency movement worldwide and once the darling of liberty lovers everywhere, has suffered some major setbacks in its march toward acceptance as a real alternative currency. But whether – and how – the Bitcoin weathers those rough spots may prove the true test of its staying power, as the […]

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Can The World Have Too Many Currencies?

While the Bitcoin continues to grab headlines for reasons good and bad, other digital currencies are quietly staking their own claim in the international money markets. As it’s becoming clear that virtually anybody can put a digital money system in place, economists and financial experts worry about the impact these upstarts could have on the […]

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Do It Yourself Digital Money: The Open Transaction Project

Bored with the Bitcoin? Frustrated with the limitations of the Ven, the LItecoin, the Feathercoin? Just make your own digital currency – it’s easy and free. While that may be a slight exaggeration, the very proliferation of those Bitcoin clones and other alternatives confirm the fact that available technology makes it possible for anyone to […]

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The Bitcoinvention Opens Doors to Asia

Amid controversy and criticism, the Bitcoin marches on. Though the digital currency is gaining ground around the world as a legitimate means of exchange, it’s being given an especially warm reception in the emerging economies of Asia. And the upcoming Bitcoinvention in Manila demonstrates how far the Bitcoin has come as a viable currency in […]

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Is There a Bitcoin Backlash?

The clearest indicator that the Bitcoin is here to stay may be the fact that the digital currency has made enemies in high places. As the upstart coin continues its march toward global legitimacy, advocates of the Bitcoin have worried that it might become the target of government and financial institutions threatened by its growing […]

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Can Cybercurrency Change the World?

Digital currency keeps on making news – and making financial experts worry. In what appears to be the perfect marketing move, the Bitcoin – an electronic currency – was recently used to buy the Tesla, an electric car. And while many hail the move as another step toward the Bitcoin’s eventual dominance of world money […]

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Digital Currency Trades Strong in a Changed World

When James Howells tossed out an old hard drive recently, he didn’t realize he’d tossed out a fortune. But the hard drive contained 7500 Bitcoins the Welsh-born IT professional had “mined” several years before – now worth a whopping $7.5 million, as the digital currency is trading for $1,000 a coin. That’s a strong showing […]

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Can the Coin Make Wallets Obsolete?

The boundary between the physical and digital worlds continues to blur. More and more financial transactions are one-click easy thanks to an array of digital tools. Now, a new device called the Coin aims to convert a user’s entire wallet to a single digital device with the aid of a smartphone – and that has […]

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Is the Gold Standard Becoming Obsolete?

After months in free fall, the price of gold is expected to rise in 2014, and changing conditions both in the US and around the globe are fueling an increase in gold investments. But as the prices of this precious metal swing up and down – in recent times, mostly down – some market watchers […]

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