Are Cryptocurrencies Doomed?

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This past week has seen a dramatic turn-around right across the board in the crypto-currency space. Literally billions of dollars have been slashed off the market value of many of the currencies and the once darlings of the media have quickly become pariahs.

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I watched a financial commentator on the local news speaking almost with glee on the dramatic fall from grace of Bitcoin and how cryptocurrencies were completely crazy. He then flashed up a few charts that reinforced his point that cryptocurrency investors were obviously bonkers.

I was chatting with my brother the other day and like the news commentator he also missed the single defining point about cryptocurrencies…..and that is, not all of them are created equal. Unlike fiat money which is essentially the same no matter whether its dollars, pounds, euros or whatever, cryptocurrencies can often have a business model that is attempting to solve a real-world problem.

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Not to mention that everyone seems to be conveniently ignoring the fact that the market overall had regained more than half the "l... Read More
21 January 2018
kosap1
Worked out well for me. Bought more when they started to bottom out!
21 January 2018
vanclute
Jeff, between your Constant yet inconsistent Use Of Sentence Case, and your rampant ravings seemingly without basis, I just can't ... Read More
23 January 2018
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What's going to happen in 2018?

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I would like to start by wishing readers a very prosperous 2018. This sounds really good but what does it mean? Where are the opportunities and how will you take advantage of them?

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Whenever I think of investment opportunities I’m forced to reflect upon the underlying business models being adapted. Whether it comes to domains, crypto-currencies or anything else it’s the business models which ultimate will or will not produce the results we all dream of at the beginning of the year.

Let’s tackle the domain investment business models:

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For the past year and a bit, I’ve been working on a platform for better monetising domain traffic. The key here was to build a platform that more accurately understood the traffic while at the same time building both immediate and residual revenue. I can only say, watch this space…..as my first evolution of this will be launched shortly.

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I wish you all the best in the New Year as well!
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Will Bitcoin Continue to Rise and Inevitably Fall?

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I've received quite a lot of feedback on my previous article on Bitcoin and rather than reply to them I thought it would be best to write a follow-up article. Most of the comments I've received mistakenly construed the fact that I was drinking the Bitcoin Kool-aid and that we should all buy, buy and buy some more before it's too late.
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Bitcoin, like fiat currency, at its core is a concept. If enough people buy into the concept, then it has value. What I was commenting in my previous article is not whether you should buy or not but whether the Bitcoin was going to go up. All the indicators from volume of transactions (both monetarily and value) are still rapidly going heading north which suggests a growing demand for essentially a dwindling supply.

The reduction is supply is largely due to people holding their coins in the belief the price will continue to rise. Why sell today when you can sell tomorrow for $1,000 more.

Until the "currency" stabalises the dream of Bitcoin being used to buy a cup of coffee will remain just that, a dream. The wild hourly swings mean Bitcoin is largely driven by speculation.....the question is when will the speculation tap out…..as it must.

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Completely agree with you that Bitcoin has some real problems on both price and speed.....maybe Bitcoin cash will solve these.... Read More
31 December 2017
mgilmour
Yes, I agree that they are a long hold....
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mgilmour
First of all let me congratulate you on the domain sales! Well done on that! Anything worthwhile always takes time. It will be int... Read More
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Why Bitcoin Naysayers are Wrong

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I’ve been reading a lot about the various cryptocurrencies and trying to dig through the misinformation to get to the bedrock of what’s going on. The first thing I’d like to say is cryptocurrencies are a complete game changer for the world financial system…..ignoring them may well be detrimental to your business.

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For those of you wondering….at its simplest level the blockchain operates in a similar fashion to the DNS that most domain investors are familiar with. There are additional levels of cryptography added (sort of like DNSSEC) to ensure transactions are legitimate but what it all boils down to is a ledger of transactions held by a distributed computer network.

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I've just posted an article clarifying my thinking on crytpo-currencies. A few comments though: 1. Transactions that require elect... Read More
29 December 2017
vanclute
I'm with you Michael - Bitcoin has no actual business model. Right now it's just got a massive first mover advantage, and the ins... Read More
29 December 2017
mgilmour
Great comment Vanclute.....I would love to see a mainstream (ie. general population use) crypto-coin but with all the fluctuations... Read More
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