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Buffett Buys Gold Not Stocks!

REUTERS FRI AUG 14, 2020 / 4:35 PM EDT Berkshire reduces Wells Fargo, JPMorgan, Goldman stakes; adds Barrick Gold   (Reuters) – Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc said on Friday it has reduced its investments in some of the largest U.S. banks, lowering its stakes in Wells Fargo & Co and JPMorgan Chase & Co and eliminating a stake in Goldman Sachs Group Inc In a regulatory filing detailing its U.S.-listed investments as of March 31, Berkshire also disclosed a new 20.9 million share investment in Toronto-based Barrick Gold Corp,…

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Gold to Stay Above $2,000

FX Empire Gold Prices Expected to Stay Above $2,000, on Growing Global Geopolitical Uncertainty Adesina Olumide August 9, 2020, 12:09 AM The precious metal prices, however, remained above $2,000 a critical support level, showing the pullback in prices recorded recently might be for the short term. Gold traders are still relatively bullish on growing global geopolitical uncertainty on what will follow in the months ahead. President Trump is likely to increase more pressure on the Chinese ahead of the US Presidential election scheduled to hold in November. China presently has…

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Investors Move 10% of Their Gold From Hong Kong Amid Financial Censorship Fears

Hong Kong investors are moving their gold offshore as China’s new national security law prompts fears of financial censorship. Some 10% of private holdings have been moved to safer jurisdictions such as Singapore and Switzerland since the beginning of protests in Hong Kong last year. In a recent interview, Joshua Rotbart, head of Hong Kong-based gold dealer and storage provider J Rotbart & Co, said the new legislation has revived the bullion flight. “Many clients now perceive Hong Kong as riskier than other jurisdictions,” Rotbart said. The development comes as…

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Nasdaq-Listed Company Sued for Backing $2 Billion Loans With 83 Tons of Fake Gold

The Nasdaq-listed company that allegedly used 83 tons of fake gold bars as collateral to secure loans worth about $2 billion from multiple financial institutions in China is now in default and facing several class-action lawsuits. $2 Billion Fake Gold Scheme Unravels The gold industry was recently shaken when it was discovered that a U.S. publicly-traded company was allegedly using 83 tons of fake gold bars to secure loans worth $2 billion in China. Kingold Jewelry Inc. is based in Wuhan, China, but it is listed on Nasdaq in the…

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Germany Begins Closing Down All Bitcoin Unlicensed ATMs

Germany’s Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin), the country’s top financial regulator responsible for regulating crypto service providers, has begun actively closing down unauthorized bitcoin ATMs, a BaFin spokesperson has confirmed to news.Bitcoin.com. All Unauthorized Bitcoin ATMs to Shut Down German financial regulator BaFin has begun actively closing down all unlicensed bitcoin ATMs in the country. This followed Germany’s new regulation that went into effect in January, requiring crypto service providers to obtain authorization from BaFin. A spokesperson for BaFin told news.Bitcoin.com: Currently, BaFin is taking action to shut down all…

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Goldman Sachs Cryptocurrency: Possible Collaboration With JPMorgan and Facebook

Goldman Sachs is considering creating its own cryptocurrency. Having recently appointed a new head of digital assets, the company indicated a possible collaboration with other companies, including JPMorgan and Facebook. JPMorgan has created the JPM coin and Facebook has proposed the Libra cryptocurrency project. Goldman Sachs’ Cryptocurrency Plan Global investment bank Goldman Sachs has recently appointed a new head of digital assets, Mathew McDermott, a managing director who ran the investment bank’s internal funding operations. He has now revealed that Goldman is exploring creating its own cryptocurrency, CNBC reported on…

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Square’s Cash App Bitcoin Revenue Surges 600% to $875 Million in Q2, Profit Up 711%

Square Inc. has reported a significant bitcoin revenue increase in the second quarter. Its Cash App generated $875 million in revenue, a 600% increase from the previous year. In addition, Square’s bitcoin gross profit jumped 711%. Square Cash App’s Bitcoin Revenue Square released its performance report for Q2 2020 on Tuesday. The company’s net revenue, including bitcoin revenue, was $1.92 billion, an increase of 64% year over year. Its gross profit, including from its bitcoin business, rose 28% year over year to $597 million. Cash App, Square’s popular payment service,…

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Samsung Adds Support for Hardware Wallets on Galaxy Smartphones

Galaxy owners will be able to connect hardware wallets to their smartphones and transfer coins to the built-in wallet that comes with most devices in the popular lineup. Samsung says that makes it easier for users to access their cryptocurrency and make transactions. Update Allows Galaxy Users to Link Their Crypto Wallets to Cold Storage Devices Samsung has released an update that will increase the utility of its cryptocurrency wallet, first introduced with the Galaxy S10 series two years ago. The app can now link to select hardware wallets such…

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The Fear Factor: A Volatility Index for Crypto Arrives

As Coti ramps up efforts to bring a decentralized fear index to crypto, it has enlisted the help of Professor Dan Galai, one of the pioneering brains behind the Cboe Market Volatility Index (VIX), to help the organization develop a crypto-oriented version. VIX Co-Creator to Join Coti-Backed Volatility Project Since exchanges for cryptocurrencies first arose, the market and accompanying price action have proven to be among the most volatile around. Intraday swings of double-digit percentage rates are regular occurrences. While it might seem like outsized volatility given the market’s dramatic…

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Liberian Central Bank Asks Local Crypto Startup to Drop its Plan to Launch a Digital Asset

The Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) has warned against a local crypto startup’s plan to proceed with the introduction of a digital financial product without adhering to the required regulation. According to the CBL, this act will not only be illegal but this will likely “undermine the country’s financial system.” The CBL’s warning follows an announcement by an organization known as The Abundance Community Coin (TACC) that plans to launch a crypto asset on May 14. According to a report, TACC claims that its token “has been created to help…

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Bank of Korea to Monitor Crypto Transactions Using Financial Records

South Korea’s monetary policy regulator, Bank of Korea, plans to obtain documents from financial institutions to track crypto transactions involving bank accounts. Cryptocurrency prices fluctuate independently from the real economy, the bank says, adding that market growth could pose a risk to the country’s financial system. South Korean Central Bank to Intensify Screening of Crypto-Related Bank Records The central bank of South Korea intends to exercise its powers to conduct monitoring of crypto transactions through real-name bank accounts, according to a paper sent to an opposition lawmaker in Seoul. In…

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Ciphertrace Report Shows Crypto Crime Moving to Defi

Ciphertrace, a blockchain analytics company, has announced that crypto-related crimes have moved to the realm of decentralized finance (defi) apps and protocols. Now, the impact these hacks and exploits represent is way bigger than the one classic hacks to centralized exchanges and other scams do, according to their latest “Cryptocurrency Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Report.” Ciphertrace: Crime Moves to Defi Ciphertrace, one of the biggest cryptocurrency crime and blockchain analytics companies, has found that most of the crypto-related crimes have now moved to decentralized finance (defi) protocols. The information, that…

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Why Bitcoin Eats Altcoins For Lunch

Other cryptocurrencies have no chance at all in competing with the monstrously large Bitcoin network. Mimesis Capital: Inside The Event Horizon, Report #16 Bitcoin Versus Ethereum And Other Alts It’s been “alt season” for the past couple months. Bitcoin has remained situated around $50,000 while Dogecoin, Shiba Inu and Ethereum are soaring. While short-sighted gamblers like to make bets on the next big dog meme coin, it’s important to review the basics of why bitcoin has accrued value and compare bitcoin to other tokens. Bitcoin is the best monetary good.…

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Low Energy Proof-of-Work: Bitcoin Improvement Proposal Wants to Change Network’s Algorithm

The most topical conversation in the world of cryptocurrencies right now is the effects of bitcoin mining on the global environment after Elon Musk heated up the conversation. Following the recent Tesla announcement, the cofounder of Siphox and Powx, Michael Dubrovsky, revealed the nonprofit Powx has recently submitted a Bitcoin Improvement Proposal (BIP) that aims to produce a “durable, low energy” Bitcoin Proof-of-Work (PoW) system. A Low Energy PoW Proposal Submitted to the Bitcoin Developer’s Mailing List This week Tesla’s Elon Musk ignited the conversation surrounding bitcoin mining and the…

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Bitcoin Information Theory: B.I.T.

Entropy, a natural phenomenon, is closely related to money and information energy — Bitcoin as information is a reduction of entropy. When Buckminster Fuller was asked by a 12-year-old boy how he would suggest solving international problems without violence, he answered: “I always try to solve problems by some artifact, some tool or invention that makes what people are doing obsolete, so that it makes this particular kind of problem no longer relevant. My answer would be to develop a world energy grid, an electric grid where everybody is on…

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Bitcoin Mining Operation Greenidge Generation Plans to Be Carbon Neutral Next Month

On Friday, the bitcoin mining operation Greenidge Generation has announced that starting June 1st, the firm will be “carbon neutral” for the rest of 2021 and beyond. Greenidge’s announcement follows the recent statements from Tesla and Square after the companies cited environmental concerns over bitcoin mining. New York-based Bitcoin Miner Aims to Be Carbon Neutral by June 1st and Beyond Ever since Tesla cited environmental concerns over bitcoin (BTC) mining and told the public it would not be accepting BTC for electric cars, the topic has spread widely across social…

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DBS Private Launches Asia’s First Bank-Backed Bitcoin Trust Services

DBS Private Bank has launched a bank-backed trust to manage bitcoin for clients, the first such product in Asia. DBS Private Bank has launched the first bank-backed cryptocurrency trust in Asia, which will allow private banking clients to invest in and manage bitcoin, according to a Bloomberg report. Per the report, the trust services are built on DBS Digital Exchange and it would be offering cryptocurrency services to private banking clients for asset management, including for ether, bitcoin cash and XRP in addition to bitcoin. DBS Exchange was launched in…

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