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A tour to bitcoin

Jonathan Johnson chairman of the board of overstock and president of Medici venture become and how this technology will be use in transactions. His business partner did the same. Both partners come to know that bitcoin is a rising star,  and it has a large number of users. At the end of the year, both had different sessions of discussion about blockchain technology.

Management discussion

The discussion ended up with positive waves. They include their senior management in the discussion. With more discussion, their interest for bitcoin increases. Then, Both partners want to provide a secure, absolute ways to buy the product.

Overstock already had a lot of project in the queue but it was the target to get bitcoin coding during the first half of 2014. Everyone come to know that company is going to launch a new project and for this purpose best developers of the company voluntarily did this instant duty.

From here on, team member doing their duty volunteering. They lock themselves in a room and order for the pizza, slid under the door. So, they can work on mixing the technology into overstock websites.  On the other hand, workTeam exception works on this project over the holidays, because they were bitcoin believers. Finally, on 9th January 2014, exact after two weeks of hard work, Overstock became the first retailer to accept bitcoin.

At this point, bitcoin news holders came to overstock and started the purchase of the products. Afterward, both partners start to speak about the bitcoin and tend their company toward accepting cryptocurrency. Overstock is a company, who do care about customers and provides complete eases and best shopping experience.

Therefore, with the began of bitcoin acceptance, bitcoin community moved toward overstock. In addition, they spend plenty of bitcoin. They increase their business with the tight margin of e-commerce. They had experience that bitcoin provide secure, crystal clear system of exchanging.

You may not hear about its retail cases, but most of the companies, individuals are going to use its. They feel that bitcoin is safer and world widely accessible way to purchase a good or services from any company.

It’s simple to say that “its technology era and this the time of bitcoin.”

You can easily purchase a thing from any company all over the world by using bitcoin.

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What are the Top Blockchain Trends in 2017?

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Top trend in 2017

By creating its own entity and reputation blockchain finally enter to the typical awareness in 2017. No doubt, blockchain has the capacity to change industrial operating models. Whereas, the distributed ledger industry grew up throughout the year. However, most of the companies are still stuck in survey phase. In addition, are unable to bring fascination into the reality because they are charmed by its beauty.

The primary application is still in banking. 15% of the banks have the plan to put blockchain into the commercial production by 2017.  Whereas, 91% of banks are investing in blockchain technology. The world economic forum estimates that 80% of banks are actively working on blockchain technology.

Technology is evolving, $1.4bn invested in blockchain technology startups across different sectors. Whereas, it is not only financing that blockchain is set to disrupt.

Investor look more use cases

Funding to blockchain increases day by day. According to the latest report of KMPG and GB, plus of fintech Q3 ‘16’ investment of this technology fell to $87 million in the third quarter of 2016. $119 in the second quarter and $153 in the first quarter. This is expected thatThe fall specifies that investors are beginning to grow anxious that exploration is not translating into action. In addition, excitement remains the same, this is what the report said.

The report says, ‘To-date, however, the ability to move blockchain from proof-of-concept to adoption and production has been minimal. While the market is still giving blockchain companies plenty of room to prove themselves. Investors are also becoming more concerned about results’. In addition, ‘Over the next year, investors will make more rational assessments of where the main use cases associated with fintech are and how long it will be before they are implementable.’

Growth in Asia

In North, Asia blockchain has received more attentions as compare to other. Where a number of the financial institutions are investing in blockchain related projects. In China, with record breaking of fintech investment, increases for each of the past four quarters. And, there is still a room for growth in Asia in 2017. Accordingly, KPMG China’s fintech investor and innovation partner say that investor is still interested in investment. Not only in massive rounds CV investors are investing in small blockchain technology companies in Asia. Few of them companies are at the second or third round of funding. These small projects are starting to lead the large investment. A Chinese investor has made an investment of $1.7 million for Taiwanese startup Bitmark. A trend may continue in next year.

Outside finance     

Companies like Uber and Airbnb provide the services by linking consumers with their needs. They are still playing the role of the middle person. Accordingly, they still take a cut. Whereas, blockchain is entirely different from all this. It has the ability to remove the middle person from needs and its satisfactions. Which clearly means that someone needs take their full dues.

For example, arcade city is the new ride-sharing app that connects the customers with drivers by using Ethereum blockchain. Christopher David, Arcade city’s driver, a former Uber driver says that ‘The Achilles’ heel of Uber and Lyft is their centralized management of pricing. By decentralizing that decision to the level of the driver and rider, Arcade City frees the driver to be an entrepreneur and empowers the rider with control over their entire experience. Both drivers and riders are loving it so far’. May of this year, Arcade city become first in blockchain startup at GTEC awards.

In the same way, blockchain allows an artist to upload, sell or market their work without any middle authority. Edith Suarez of CNN discuss about the blockchain transparency, which other platforms failed to provide, ‘Music is placed in the decentralized server, then each song is embedded with a piece of code (meta information) […] [When people download] a track with a cryptocurrency, a payment is automatically sent to anyone involved, be it the writer, the producer, the singer, as well as many others.’’

Government’s involvement

Now, government and establishment fail to maintain their trust in the public. In that scenario, public related information should be held in transparent easily available manner. Where anyone will have the ability to verify the ledger and also have the copies of that data.

Most of the countries in the world want to move their currencies to blockchain trend. And, they are also exploring the other areas of the government. A prominent example of this year is, Governor Jack Markell, announce two blockchain initiatives. Whereas, Estonia use the blockchain technology to enhance an e-residency program. In addition, anyone from anywhere in the world can apply to become e-resident of Estonia.

Environment takes shape   

In 2016 Japan’s legislatures pass a bill to regulate bitcoin in a country. Furthermore, with the adoption and popularity of bitcoin, they have a plan to focus on security and other risk issues. While regulators are trying to provide a transparent system. Not only Japan is starting working on digital world but US, South Korea and many more countries trying to provide a transparent system to the public.

Education and collaboration

Education is the biggest challenge while blockchain is still new in market trends. There are security issues, companies must not put off or panic if proof of concept does not reveal themselves immediately. They are going to improve their work and understandings with other companies. Early adopters of any technology get benefits. That is why organizations need to know how they can use blockchain technology as soon as possible.

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Will Bitcoin Casinos Continue to Grow in Popularity?

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Online Casinos and Cryptocurrency

There was a time when the word “cryptocurrency” raised a lot of questions and doubtful expressions. But with the impressive amount of attention bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have gained through the media, digital currencies are one thing everyone is shuffling around to get their hands on.

With more and more outlets bitcoin games accepting Bitcoin as a payment option worldwide, including online casino operators. We’re aware that casinos have become a huge business in the industry and the competition there is very fierce. Thus, casinos have opted for a different attraction like offering deposits and withdrawals via bitcoin.

Now the question is will Bitcoin casinos really get somewhere or is this just a waste of time?

A setback that we’re aware of is that there aren’t many online casinos for bitcoin gambling. Unibet, a famous online casino might eventually add Bitcoin to its list of banking options however, that will take its own time since it depends on its demand. Due to this, there are lesser possibilities of bitcoin casinos to be on the rise, although there might be a possibility in the long run.

It’s only fair if we look at the positives and really, there are many. The major reason why customers would definitely opt for online bitcoin casinos is that they ensure 100% anonymity for the player and owner. Cryptocurrencies are completely independent which means that all your personal information is kept safe and never at risk. Another plus point is that with cryptocurrencies you never have to worry about chargeback issues which is a common problem for credit cards.

Also, with normal online casinos, you usually have to wait around for 2 to 3 days for the money to be withdrawn to your bank account. But that’s not the case with bitcoin, your withdrawals are almost instant each time.

When compared to a few minor setbacks, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. The more the people become aware of these cryptocurrencies the more the demand. It is true though, we need to give cryptocurrencies their space to become mainstream so a number of people take notice and decide to acquire it.

 

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Will Sam Ling Beat Warren Buffett With Cryptocurrency?

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Chinese entrepreneur Sam Ling and his partner spent 2.35 million US Dollars in 2015, on a bid on a private lunch with one of the richest man in the world. This richest man was no other than Warren Buffett, whom Sam Ling still considers his idol. The main purpose of such a costly and unusual lunch was that they were hoping to get some real time advice from the legendary investor in terms of their cryptocurrency index project which could lead to nourish their future investment plans in the same direction. Even today, the 31-year-old Sam Ling still uses the photo of that memorable buffett as his phone’s wallpaper to pay a debut to the legendary Warren Buffet however, his present day intentions are quiet thrilling as now he has a motto of beating his hero on the sticky grounds of cryptocurrency.

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In Spite of such “Deadly” intentions, Sam Ling, now founder and CEO of Supwin Financial Services Group exclaimed in his interview with CNBC that Buffett is still his idol, he has been pursuing and studying his investment strategies for so many years just as a loyal fan of his without any ill intentions.

 

In fact that loyalty of Sam King did not stop him from betting even something bigger than his last bet on Buffett. According to Sam’s opinion the world’s third-richest person Warren Buffett will come to a bad ending due to cryptocurrency index fund.

What Did Sam Learn From Warren Buffett?

Many people have asked that question from Sam Ling which also seems to be a key to his present day success. The answer of Sam to that question is very simple, If there’s anything really learned from Buffett, it was just an appreciation for index funds. Ling, however, innovated that outlook to his own concept of digital currency kingdom.

 

The term cryptocurrency index may be new for some our readers as it is not commonly used. The fact is that most of the cryptocurrencies i.e; bitcoin are too much unstable to become a trusted mode of investment, and that’s why investors like Sam Ling have started to launch cryptocurrency indexes of their own in order to bring their crypto investments to a relatively safer mode. It has been noted that over the past few months, Sam Ling’s cryptocurrency index has a lower decline rate as compared to the bitcoin. That ratio pertains to the corrections, on the other hand outperformed bitcoin by 50 to 80 percent during upsurges.

Further Progress By Ling

Ling has not stopped yet, he has finalized his plans to launch the “BB Index”, which is an advanced form of that kind of index and will consist of a family of 26 cryptocurrency indexes. These indexes would be further grouped by market capitalization according to their categories and strategy. These indexes would range from a “Blockchain Top 7 Index”  to a “Blockchain Top 50 ex top 20 Token Index”.

 

The major difference between these two kinds of Blockchains is that the “Blockchain Top 7 Index” covers the largest cryptocurrencies while “Blockchain Top 50 ex top 20 Token Index” is used to represent mid-cap assets. All these indexes are updated every three minutes on the company’s official website according to Sam Ling.

A Summary Of Buffet’s Conversation With Ling

Later Sam Ling shared a summary of his conversation with Buffet. He related that Buffett discussed a lot of core issues with him and his friend during that precious lunch, but in the end, he just gave them a piece of advice that they should focus on what they were doing and were already successful at. Ling further recalled the conversation which took place ten years ago in which Buffett made it clear that he believed in the craze of cryptocurrencies which will not come an end and will keep on increasing with the passage of time.

 

When asked what were his thoughts about the fate of cryptocurrencies, Ling exclaimed that in his opinion cryptocurrencies would meet a very bad ending and those who are investing in it including his idol Buffet, they would have to pay for their overconfidence.

 

On the other hand Ling also stated that he was quiet confident that the BB Index devised by him would even beat traditional crypto investor including Buffett. He further stated that Warren Buffett just won a 10-years bet stating that an index fund would outperform a collection of hedge funds over that time. Now, Ling has a bet that his cryptocurrency index will outperform Buffett’s portfolio over the same period of time.

 

According to a correspondent of CNBC when they reached out to Warren Buffett’s office in order to know his views in this regard, they could not receive any satisfactory response.

 

We are waiting for your worthy opinion in the comments section below.

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Bitcoin taxes- another terrifying story

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Currency comes with three faces mainly.

  • A unit of account
  • Store of wealth
  • Means of exchange

Cryptocurrencies around seem to serve the second part only. So, talking about the taxation of these currencies means taxing changes in realized wealth, that is your income tax.

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As with more growing acceptability and increasing comfortableness with risks among the regulators, the crypto world is coming out stronger. But IRS has its eye on the crypto investment.

In 2014, IRS issued a legal statement stating that virtual currency will be treated as the capital asset if convertible into cash. Same rules of capital assets loss and gain apply to these digital currencies. Despite these implications, there are very fewer guidelines provided by the authority.

The gaining acceptance of these blockchain-based currencies has attracted many with tales of massive fortunes. Being decentralized and unregulated, these currencies show a great deal of volatility. The currency needs to hold its volatility in order to replace the fiat currency in long terms.

Basics

Running on the system of Blockchains which are decentralized and constantly updated. Despite the extremely complex mechanism, these blockchains are easily verified and are highly encrypted. Due to these features, blockchain has backed many cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin.

A few popular cryptocurrencies include,

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Ripple
  • Litecoin
  • Monero
  • Dogecoin
  • Dash
  • Tether

All the crypto coins other than Bitcoin are known as altcoins. Perks of being the pioneer, right?

Due to lesser global uniformity and lack of consistency coming with the nature of digital currency, there is a lot of challenges and understanding surrounding the tax regulations of this system. Some basic tax trends to be kept in mind are,

Different rules, different countries

The same basis as traditional businesses rules applies here. As there are different rules for different countries around the world, similarly different tax rules apply to digital currencies taxation around the globe.

If you wish to purchase services or goods using your digital currency, the cryptocurrency used will be written an asset or property. the gain over the currency will be accounted as income subject to tax- for the purchaser. The total value of the transaction is recognized as transaction tax. The seller is bound to collect and remit this value.

Countries like the U.S impose their own set of rules and regulations over tax rates and other categories of goods and services.

From small entrepreneur business planning to global, it can be a great amount of confusion and mayhem for them. In a number of countries, these tax systems are in multiple layers, including taxation for think city, federal and state altogether.

The task is not only to determine the tax payables, the real task will be to figure out the jurisdictions it falls into.

Taxman digitalized

Being a digital currency, the most undertaking is done by the digital goods here. The regulations are being monitored and are coming in shape by the EU and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Taxing majorly base on where the consumer rides. The collection will happen via holding platforms. The tax will be collected and remitted on merchant’s behalf or the tax holder on payments sent to offshore clients.

The anonymity of this crypto nature can be of a great challenge here. There will be minimal information available regarding the receiver or the sender of the transaction.

The government is also working on simplifying this issue. They have introduced guidelines under the title, know-your-client (KYC). Records will be requested through these plans and unwilling or any party unable to disclose their credentials may dwindle.

A global default rule regarding crypto-based businesses may be introduced, accumulating same jurisdictions and rules applied to all.

Tax implied

The tax will be implied specifically in these areas.

  • Trading- it produces capital gain or loses, it has to offset gains and reduce tax.
  • Exchange- exchanging one crypto coin with another creates a taxable event. The token is sold so generates loss or profit.
  • Payment received in Crypto- receivables in exchange for goods or services will be treated as ordinary income.
  • Spending cryptocurrency may gain price during the holding period, subject to capital gain.
  • Conversion to fiat currency
  • Air Drops- income becomes the basis of the coin when sold or exchanged there will be a capital gain.
  • Mining coins

•    Initial coin offerings

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Bitcoin in Business – What Role Bitcoin May Play in B2B Community

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What Role Bitcoin May Play in B2B Community

Since the introduction in 2009, Bitcoin has been on an incredible rise. The value is always going up, and so is the speculation about BTC’s future.

At the time of writing, Bitcoin had already gone past the $2500 mark – and the trend is still expected to continue. Incredible! Isn’t it?

Considering bitcoin’s popularity, it is clear as rain that this currency is surely going to play a huge role in the B2B (Business to Business) community in future. However, the question is; what role will it play and how will bitcoin affect the B2B community worldwide?

Anyone with the slightest of the knowledge of business community would know that the volume of B2B transactions is way too higher than the volume of P2P (Person to Person) transactions.

Moreover, bitcoin in business has all the potential and tech to replace traditional payment systems – wire transfer being the most common one. In terms of speed, wire transfer is quite slow. The transfer between two countries may take up to a week; which, in business terms, is a waste.

Another traditional payment method used in the business community is ACH (Automated Clearing House). The method is cheaper but slower than the wire transfer, so it needs replacing too.

On the other hand, the client, as well as the merchant prefer instant Bitcoin payments and is a perfect fit for it. The crypto can be used to send/receive payments within a short period of time which may range from one to a couple of hours.

After reading all that, one might wonder: “if Bitcoin is instant and convenient, what’s stopping it from breaking into the Bitcoin B2B community?” It’s the acceptability and lack of usage. Bitcoin payments can only work if both parties are willing to use it – and considering the risks associated with this currency, not many are ready to accept bitcoin as a payment method.

However, if the business community decides to go with bitcoin, here are some benefits that they can enjoy:

Speed:

Compared to conventional payment methods, Bitcoin is super-fast. The ability to complete international transactions within a few seconds/minutes can solve the speed issues.

Cost:

Low transaction cost is another advantage of Bitcoin. Where other methods cost up to 10-40 USD, transactions through Bitcoin only cost a few cents.

Ubiquity:

The majority of the adult population relies on services like Money Gram or the Western Union for money transfer. Services like these follow a set of rules and restrictions imposed by the government; which greatly affects one’s ability to do business.

However, Bitcoin can solve the issue as it is regulated by a third party to impose restrictions on users. It ultimately provides users with more freedom and makes the transfer process simple. Anyone with a regular PC and access to the internet connection can transfer the coins to whichever part of the world they want.

These are some of the pros that Bitcoin brings with it for the business community. However, all is not that simple. Bitcoin adoption in B2B community can also bring about some harms with it – security and price volatility being the most common ones in Bitcoin community.

Security:

One of the biggest issues with Bitcoin is that the security is the responsibility of the individual making payments. For example, if someone is sending a certain number of bitcoins to someone else, the first thing they will need to make sure is to send it to the right address. A slight mistake and the coins are gone forever.

Another issue is that your computer at which bitcoins are stored must not have any spyware and other suspicious programs installed on it. It compromises the security of the bitcoins.

Volatility:

Another issue with Bitcoin is high volatility. The value of Bitcoin changes in a matter of minutes. With such instability, it’s almost impossible for the business community to adopt Bitcoin payments.

Conclusion:

Although Bitcoin is the most popular form of cryptocurrency and allows instant transfers, there some issues with it – stopping it from a wider adoption. Once these issues are dealt with, there is no doubt that bitcoin will rule the business world.

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