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Alexander Lielacher

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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.

Major European Banks Form Blockchain-based Digital Trade Chain Consortium

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Major European Banks Form Blockchain-based Digital Trade Chain Consortium

Seven of Europe’s largest lenders have created a consortium to collaborate on a new blockchain-based supply chain management and trade finance platform called ‘Digital Trade Chain.’ Digital Trade Chain (DTC) is the brainchild of Belgian banking group KBC, which has been working on the proof-of-concept throughout 2016 and was awarded the EFMA Accenture Innovation Award for best new service of...

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DTCC to Rebuild Credit Default Swaps Clearing Platform on the Blockchain

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DTCC to Rebuild Credit Default Swaps Clearing Platform on the Blockchain

Despite the initial skepticism about Bitcoin on Wall Street, it is now commonly accepted that its underlying distributed ledger technology will play a significant role in the future of financial services. The blockchain's importance has again been reiterated on January 9 when the Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC) announced that it would rebuild its credit default swaps clearing platform...

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30 BTC Reward for Arrest of KeepKey CEO Phone Hacker

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30 BTC Reward for Arrest of KeepKey CEO Phone Hacker

It is nothing new that bitcoin startups are attractive targets for cyber-criminals. Due to the pseudo-anonymous nature of bitcoin, it is easier to get away with the cyber theft of the digital currency than it is when stealing fiat currency as no bank accounts need to be used to transfer the illicit funds. In fact, since the birth of Bitcoin...

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How the Blockchain will Help to Shape the Future of Private Transport

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How the Blockchain will Help to Shape the Future of Private Transport

If we can make payments at shops, supermarkets and for public transport using our mobile phones, why not use these devices to pay for parking, highway tolls, and car-sharing fees using dedicated in-built eWallets in our cars?; this is what in under development thanks to UBS, innogy, and ZF. Swiss bank UBS has teamed up with German energy company innogy...

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Hold Bitcoin? Return the Favor By Running a Node

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Hold Bitcoin? Return the Favor By Running a Node

As the New Year began, we were able to witness the price of bitcoin surpass the $1000 mark for the first time in a little over three years. With the price rise putting bitcoin back into the limelight of mass media, once again interest has been sparked in the cryptocurrency beyond the scope of its community. Topics such as where...

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Will a National Cryptocurrency be Scotland’s Solution to a Life After the Pound?

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Will a National Cryptocurrency be Scotland’s Solution to a Life After the Pound?

Since the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union in the June 2016 referendum, Scotland’s political leaders have been calling for a second independence referendum to gain separate from the UK. While in the 2014 Scottish independence referendum, the Scottish people voted to remain part of Great Britain the situation has now changed. Many Scots at the time voted...

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ValueShuffle: A Way to Improve Bitcoin's Fungibility

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ValueShuffle: A Way to Improve Bitcoin's Fungibility

Bitcoin’s privacy concerns have been a hot topic this year. Due to the cryptocurrency's pseudonymous status, many newcomers to believe its transactions to be untraceable. However, that is not the case. As all bitcoin transactions are publicly recording on the blockchain, there are various ways in which transaction can be traced by linked users’ public bitcoin addresses to them. A...

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Bitcoin Acts as a Glimmer of Hope for Zimbabwe’s Failing Economy

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Bitcoin Acts as a Glimmer of Hope for Zimbabwe’s Failing Economy

Zimbabwe is once again finding itself in a disastrous economic situation as the country is suffering from the worst drought in 35 years and an acute shortage of cash to uphold an already fledgling economy. BTCManager reported on November 30 that, in an attempt to provide some stability in Zimbabwe’s economic system, President Mugabe’s cabinet introduced a new currency called...

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Is the Blockchain the Solution to Global Cyber Security Woes

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Is the Blockchain the Solution to Global Cyber Security Woes

Cyber security is a hot topic for corporations, governments, and private individuals across the globe. The frequency and severity of large-scale cyber attacks has increased substantially, whereby the World Economic Forum has recognized cyber attacks to be one of the biggest global risks in 2016. Not surprisingly, there is heavy investment pouring into this sector and leading cyber security firms,...

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10 Ridiculous Things You Can Buy with Bitcoin

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10 Ridiculous Things You Can Buy with Bitcoin

When Bitcoin first launched, it was primarily used by developers, hackers, and libertarians who did not want banks or the government to track their financial transactions. However, since the early days of Bitcoin, a lot has changed. Now, there are well over 100,000 merchants accepting bitcoin as a means of payment and you would be surprised what kind of ridiculous...

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