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It’s an investment question that has become increasingly popular over the last year or two: are cryptocurrencies better than stocks? People invest for all kinds of reasons. Some people are looking for a low-risk investment that will build into a nest egg over time. Others want to play the high-risk, high-reward end of the stock market to see how quickly they can grow their initial investment.

Cryptocurrencies have typically favoured investors who are willing to take risks. That’s still the case but it might be less true than it once was, as the concept becomes better understood and the longest-standing currencies begin to find some stability. …

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Cryptocurrencies were designed to challenge the established financial services industry. Where banks are centralised and strongly influenced by governments, cryptocurrencies are decentralised and controlled by no one. Where banks act as middle-men in numerous transactions, cryptocurrencies allow two parties to transact with minimal friction.

So, is it fair to say that cryptocurrencies are better than banks? Overall, the answer is that it depends what you want to do. If you want to withdraw cash so that you can shop at the supermarket, then a bank is still better. …

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During last week’s podcast with Will Harbourne the Chief of Operations at Ethfinex, we discussed the future of decentralised exchanges and what their impact on the cryptosphere will be. The main takeaway from the discussion is that despite the inevitability of fully functional and optimised decentralised exchanges hitting the space before the end of 2019, it is very unlikely they will monopolise the market by displacing the behemoth centralised exchanges we see operating today. It is far more likely that both centralised and decentralised exchanges will operate in harmony in the space, in 2019 and long into the future.

The main reasoning behind this opinion is simply that most people are unwilling to take responsibility for their own private keys, which is what you must do in order to use a decentralised exchange. They want a custodian (centralised exchange) to have control on their behalf. This should not be surprising, as if a user loses their private keys or worse hands them over by accident to a dishonest actor, the user’s Cryptocurrencies will be as good as gone. In such a case there is no one to blame, no one to call for help and certainly no insurance policies in place to reclaim lost funds. …

As posted on IrishTech.com (25/02/2019)

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Traditionally one of the greatest obstacles to rapid technological progress in society has been the inability for worthy projects to find the funding required for an entrepreneur to turn a vision into a reality. In response to this problem, there has been a lot of innovation surrounding alternative funding mechanisms over the past few decades. These innovations have occurred most notably in the Venture Capital and Angel Investor circles, as well as in crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter. …

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