Alternative finance

I wish I knew what dogecoin was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask
Too embarrassed to ask: what is dogecoin?
Too embarrassed to ask

I wish I knew what dogecoin was, but I’m too embarrassed to ask

In the first four months of 2021, the value of cryptocurrency dogecoin shot up by around 9,000%. But what is dogecoin and why has it gone up so much?
20 Apr 2021
“Joke” cryptocurrency dogecoin goes to the moon. What’s going on?
Dogecoin cryptocurrency
Bitcoin

“Joke” cryptocurrency dogecoin goes to the moon. What’s going on?

Dogecoin – a cryptocurrency created as a joke – has risen by more than 9,000% this year alone. Saloni Sardana looks at how something that began as an …
19 Apr 2021
Is bitcoin replacing gold?
Bitcoin

Is bitcoin replacing gold?

The bitcoin price has more than doubled this year, but gold has disappointed.
16 Apr 2021
Bitcoin mania: private currencies are nothing new
Portrait of Charles II by John Michael Wright
Bitcoin

Bitcoin mania: private currencies are nothing new

The idea is gaining ground that bitcoin and the plethora of other new currencies are here to stay. But the existence of private currencies operating p…
15 Apr 2021
What does the Coinbase listing mean for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies?
Coinbase and bitcoin
Bitcoin

What does the Coinbase listing mean for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies?

As the bitcoin price hit new highs, the world's biggest cryptocurrency exchange, Coinbase, listed on the stockmarket. John Stepek looks at what that m…
15 Apr 2021
Yes, NFTs are a bubble. But like many bubbles of the past, they will change everything
Bitcoin

Yes, NFTs are a bubble. But like many bubbles of the past, they will change everything

You may think that NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are just another bubble in a world full of bubbles. Well, they are. But that’s actually no bad thing, sa…
13 Apr 2021
The bitcoin bubble will burst: here’s how to play it
Bitcoin

The bitcoin bubble will burst: here’s how to play it

The cryptocurrency’s price has soared far beyond its fundamentals, says Matthew Partridge. Here, he looks at how to short bitcoin.
12 Apr 2021
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Central banks are rushing to build digital currencies. What are they, and what do they mean for you?
Bitcoin

Central banks are rushing to build digital currencies. What are they, and what do they mean for you?

As bitcoin continues to soar in value, many of the world’s central banks are looking to emulate it by issuing their own digital currencies. But centra…
8 Apr 2021
Pippa Malmgren: Covid, NFTs and Trump’s next big adventure
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Pippa Malmgren: Covid, NFTs and Trump’s next big adventure

Merryn Somerset Webb talks to author, analyst and former presidential adviser Dr Pippa Malmgren about the Covid recovery, NFTs and digital flashmobs, …
1 Apr 2021
Is bitcoin going mainstream, and should you buy in?
Bitcoin

Is bitcoin going mainstream, and should you buy in?

Bitcoin mania shows no signs of abating. And despite the scepticism of the world’s central banks, commercial banks and institutional investors are pil…
31 Mar 2021
Young investors could bet on NFTs over traditional investments
Isas

Young investors could bet on NFTs over traditional investments

The first batch of child trust funds and Junior Isas are maturing. But young investors could be tempted to bet their proceeds on digital baubles such …
29 Mar 2021
Why you should own bitcoin and gold as inflation returns
Gold

Why you should own bitcoin and gold as inflation returns

Bitcoin and gold are both useful assets to own in an inflationary environment – Charlie Morris explains why.
29 Mar 2021
Digital art: a new chapter in art history or just a fad?
Art

Digital art: a new chapter in art history or just a fad?

How will history judge Beeple and the new digital way of making art?
26 Mar 2021
What’s behind the meteoric rise in obscure cryptocurrency Cardano?
Bitcoin

What’s behind the meteoric rise in obscure cryptocurrency Cardano?

Cryptocurrency Cardano has shot up in value to become one of the crypto-world’s biggest currencies behind Bitcoin and Ethereum. Saloni Sardana looks a…
16 Mar 2021
What are NFTs and why are they so popular?
Bitcoin

What are NFTs and why are they so popular?

The $69m sale of a digital artwork backed by a cryptographic token known as an “NFT” hit the headlines recently. But what are NFTs and why are they su…
15 Mar 2021
Key update could send cryptocurrency ether even higher
Bitcoin

Key update could send cryptocurrency ether even higher

A technical change could see ether, the world’s second-favourite cryptocurrency – already up by 600% in the last year – soar even higher. Saloni Sarda…
8 Mar 2021
A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: where to store your bitcoins
Bitcoin

A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: where to store your bitcoins

Once you've got hold of some bitcoins, you need somewhere secure to keep them. Dominic Frisby outlines some of the best options, from exchanges to col…
4 Mar 2021
Why gold has been such a bad investment so far this year
Gold

Why gold has been such a bad investment so far this year

Gold – the ultimate safe haven investment – is proving anything but safe. It’s lost over $200 an ounce since its high at the start of the year. Domini…
3 Mar 2021
A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: how to buy bitcoin
Bitcoin

A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: how to buy bitcoin

For the novice, buying bitcoin can be a daunting prospect. Here, Dominic Frisby outlines the process from start to finish.
3 Mar 2021
A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: the technical genius behind bitcoin and the blockchain – and how it all works
Bitcoin

A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: the technical genius behind bitcoin and the blockchain – and how it all works

In the second in his series on bitcoin, Dominic Frisby looks at the blockchain – bitcoin’s unique underlying architecture – and what makes it and the …
2 Mar 2021
A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: what is bitcoin?
Bitcoin

A beginner’s guide to bitcoin: what is bitcoin?

As a completely novel concept for many people, bitcoin can take a little effort to get to grips with. In the first of a short series on the cryptocurr…
1 Mar 2021
The days when you could get 7% from your bank are long gone – so what do you do?
Bitcoin

The days when you could get 7% from your bank are long gone – so what do you do?

With interest rates at rock bottom for so long, we’ve been forced to move from saving to speculating to earn any sort of return. Dominic Frisby asks w…
24 Feb 2021