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Bitcoin has just “halved” again – what does that mean, and should you buy in?
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Bitcoin has just “halved” again – what does that mean, and should you buy in?

Cryptocurrency bitcoin has just hit a milestone, where the rate of new coins being produced halves. Dominic Frisby explains what that means.
13 May 2020
Is bitcoin going mainstream?
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Bitcoin

Is bitcoin going mainstream?

The cryptocurrency suffers from all the problems it has always had and that may never change. But digital currencies more broadly may be about to take…
9 May 2020
Market crash exposes the risks in P2P lending sites
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Market crash exposes the risks in P2P lending sites

The increased risk that goes with the supercharged returns from P2P lending is coming to the fore.
24 Apr 2020
Why now is the time to own gold – and bitcoin
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Why now is the time to own gold – and bitcoin

The amount of money spent bailing out our financial system is incredible. Every government and central bank is at it. It’s times like these when you n…
8 Apr 2020
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The juicy yields on offer in European fintech
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The juicy yields on offer in European fintech

With interest rates still at historic lows, income seekers should consider looking beyond traditional asset classes. Here are three ideas.
9 Mar 2020
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Is it time to buy bitcoin? This chart suggests it is
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Is it time to buy bitcoin? This chart suggests it is

Dominic Frisby’s simple trading system is based on making as few decisions as possible then sitting tight. And right now, it’s telling you to buy bitc…
5 Feb 2020
Whatever happened to blockchain?
Alternative finance

Whatever happened to blockchain?

Not long ago investors were getting hyped up about blockchain. Then they dropped it. But they should take another look, says Ben Judge.
2 Jan 2020

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Don’t give up on P2P lending
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Don’t give up on P2P lending

The P2P lending sector has had a torrid year and the rules are being tightened. But it’s hardly game over, says David Stevenson.
24 Dec 2019
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The future of money is borderless – and difficult to tax
Economy

The future of money is borderless – and difficult to tax

Borderless money was once the norm, says Dominic Frisby. We used it for centuries before the era of the nation state. And as the physical economy dema…
23 Oct 2019
Bitcoin has just crashed hard – where will it go next?
Currencies

Bitcoin has just crashed hard – where will it go next?

The bitcoin price has taken a beating, down by 15% in one day. Dominic Frisby looks at what’s behind the crash, and where the cryptocurrency might go …
25 Sep 2019
Peer closely – but carefully – at peer-to-peer property investments
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Peer closely – but carefully – at peer-to-peer property investments

The interest rates on peer-to-peer property investments may look appealing, but investors should tread carefully.
16 Sep 2019
P2P lending hits a speed bump
Alternative investments

P2P lending hits a speed bump

The P2P lending sector is slowing, but it remains appealing in an era of zero interest rates, says David Stevenson.
3 Sep 2019
How and where to buy bitcoin in the UK
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How and where to buy bitcoin in the UK

There are many ways of buying in to the bitcoin boom. Dominic Frisby looks at the most common, and explains exactly how to buy bitcoins in the UK.
28 Aug 2019
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The demise of Lendy, and why P2P can’t reinvent the basics of finance
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The demise of Lendy, and why P2P can’t reinvent the basics of finance

If you are offered a temptingly high return on anything, says Merryn Somerset Webb, it is because it is illiquid and risky. That’s something that inve…
24 Jul 2019
Another bubble in bitcoin for traders to short
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Another bubble in bitcoin for traders to short

This surge in the bitcoin price seems no more likely to endure than the last one, says Matthew Partridge.
16 Jul 2019
CITR: how you can do well by doing good
Investment strategy

CITR: how you can do well by doing good

Ignore corporate virtue-signalling. The CITR is a more practical and tax-efficient way for investors with a social conscience to help struggling commu…
14 Jul 2019
Bitcoin is back in a bear market – but don’t sell now
Currencies

Bitcoin is back in a bear market – but don’t sell now

After its recent spectacular rise, bitcoin suffered a whopping great selloff that, technically, put it back in a bear market. But that doesn’t mean yo…
3 Jul 2019
Why Freetrade is my favourite fintech
Alternative finance

Why Freetrade is my favourite fintech

Many investors restrict themselves to major platforms such as Hargreaves Lansdown. But there are other options. Freetrade is one that's well worth a l…
1 Jul 2019
Libra, Facebook’s faux cryptocurrency, could really take off
Currencies

Libra, Facebook’s faux cryptocurrency, could really take off

Libra, the proposed new cryptocurrency from Facebook, could be huge, says Merryn Somerset Webb. Not because it is a cryptocurrency. But because it isn…
24 Jun 2019
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With its Libra cryptocurrency, Facebook wants to disrupt money
Currencies

With its Libra cryptocurrency, Facebook wants to disrupt money

Economist Friedrich Hayek argued that corporations should compete with governments to issue currencies. Facebook's Libra is the start.
21 Jun 2019
Facebook’s Libra is not really a cryptocurrency – but it could still be world-changing
Currencies

Facebook’s Libra is not really a cryptocurrency – but it could still be world-changing

Facebook could be on to a winner with Libra, its new cryptocurrency, says Dominic Frisby. Here, he explains why.
19 Jun 2019
What will it take for us to value real stuff again?
Economy

What will it take for us to value real stuff again?

The intangible economy has ballooned in recent decades and today it looks all but unassailable. Dominic Frisby looks at what could bring it back down …
29 May 2019