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Alex is a former bond trader who now runs the personal finance blog SmartMoneySmartLiving.com with the aim to empower millennials to take control of their financial future and support them along their journey towards financial freedom. Away from personal finance, his interests lie in entrepreneurship, cryptocurrencies and engaging in humanitarian work.

Tokio Marine and NTT DATA Develop Blockchain Solution for Insurance Component of Shipping Trade

Category: Blockchain, Business, News

Tokio Marine and NTT DATA Develop Blockchain Solution for Insurance Component of Shipping Trade

Japanese insurance company Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance and system integration specialist NTT Data Corporation announced that they had completed a proof of concept for blockchain-based cargo insurance certificates for the international trade finance market. The test involved creating a data bill of lading, letter of credit, and a commercial invoice on a distributed ledger and was then tested...

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Microsoft Drives Forward with the Blockchain: BTCManager’s Week in Review April 24

Category: News, News Digest

Microsoft Drives Forward with the Blockchain: BTCManager’s Week in Review April 24

Microsoft has announced a new Plugin for Office10 that makes it possible to store a hash of documents on the blockchains of Bitcoin and Ethereum Classic. With this, you can prove the authenticity of any document - without the need for a notary or a lawyer. Microsoft has potentially created Bitcoin’s first non-monetary killer app. The new notary app for...

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Could Brexit Force Further Fintech and Cryptocurrency Innovation in the UK?

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, Business, News, Regulation

Could Brexit Force Further Fintech and Cryptocurrency Innovation in the UK?

The United Kingdom has relied on its financial services industry to drive economic growth for decades. However, in light of the British population’s vote to leave the European Union and, thereby, potentially lose the access to the European Single Market, the UK’s status as Europe’s leading financial hub may wane. Is this for better or for worse regarding the crypto...

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Soramitsu and the Central Bank of Cambodia to Develop New Payment Infrastructure Using Hyperledger Iroha

Category: Blockchain, Business, Finance, News

Soramitsu and the Central Bank of Cambodia to Develop New Payment Infrastructure Using Hyperledger Iroha

Japanese blockchain startup Soramitsu Co. and the National Bank of Cambodia have announced that they will collaborate to co-develop the open source distributed ledger project Hyperledger Iroha with the aim to build a new payment infrastructure based on blockchain technology. Hyperledger Iroha is an open-source software framework and part of the Linux Foundation’s Hyperledger Project. Hyperledger Iroha is a distributed...

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You Can Now Put Ethereum’s Ether In Your Retirement Fund

Category: Ethereum, Finance, News

You Can Now Put Ethereum’s Ether In Your Retirement Fund

The California-based startup BitcoinIRA.com has launched a new Ethereum IRA investment product that allows individuals to invest in a self-directed IRA that holds Ethereum’s cryptocurrency ether as an investment in a retirement fund. BitcoinIRA.com is the first and only financial services company that enable investors to gain investment exposure to bitcoin in their retirement funds. Investors can choose to hold...

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Russian Political Party Launches Blockchain-based Social Project ‘Upcoin’

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, News, Tech

Russian Political Party Launches Blockchain-based Social Project ‘Upcoin’

The Russian political party Partiya Rostiya has launched the world’s first blockchain-based social project by issuing its cryptocurrency called Upcoin in collaboration with the blockchain startup Waves to promote blockchain technology awareness and to incentivize its party members to engage in more community-based activities. Russia and the Blockchain Initially, when bitcoin and the blockchain first made waves in Russia, the...

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Litecoin's SegWit Activation Imminent: BTCManager’s Week in Review April 17

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Litecoin's SegWit Activation Imminent: BTCManager’s Week in Review April 17

It has been another interesting week for the cryptocurrency community. Litecoin is coming closer to activating SegWit, which, if successful, could act as a powerful use case for a potential SegWit soft fork for bitcoin in the near future. Stellar has also expanded its footprint and galvanized its place in the world of blockchain, pioneering a way to pay coffee...

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A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Using Smart Contracts in Banking

Category: Business, Ethereum, News, Tech

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Using Smart Contracts in Banking

Smart contracts are one of the most talked about new technologies in financial services today. Blockchain-based smart contracts can be used for two or more parties to electronically agree on terms and conditions of a contract involved in a financial transaction. In the case of banking and financial services, the applicability of smart contracts is very broad and ranges from...

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Bonds Will Soon Come to the Blockchain

Category: Blockchain, Finance, News

Bonds Will Soon Come to the Blockchain

Using blockchain technology to trade, settle and clear financial securities is one of the most talked about applications for the distributed ledger technology in the financial services industry. Currently, several international securities exchanges are trialing the technology to improve the efficiency of their processes and to reduce operational costs. However, as of now, very few financial securities are trading on...

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Synereo Launches First ‘Attention Economy’ App Qrator

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, Entertainment, Interviews, News

Synereo Launches First ‘Attention Economy’ App Qrator

Blockchain startup Synereo announced that is has launched its first app for the “attention economy” called Qrator. Qrator allows individuals to get rewarded for creating digital content and enables curators to be paid for spreading quality content online. Synereo is a Tel Aviv-based startup that was founded in 2014 by Dor Konforty with the aim to develop an entirely decentralized...

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