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Cryptocurrency roundup: US overtakes China as biggest bitcoin miner
Cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: US overtakes China as biggest bitcoin miner

The US becomes the world’s biggest bitcoin miner, Russia’s Vladimir Putin gets onside and JP Morgan’s Jamie Dimon gets sceptical. Saloni Sardana round…
15 Oct 2021
US approves ‘‘bitcoin lite’’ ETFs
Bitcoin & crypto

US approves ‘‘bitcoin lite’’ ETFs

The US financial regulator has begun approving bitcoin-themed exchange-traded funds, but with important caveats.
15 Oct 2021
Cryptocurrency roundup: bitcoin approaches its all-time high
Cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: bitcoin approaches its all-time high

The price of bitcoin rose above $55,000 this week, its highest since May. Saloni Sardana looks at what’s behind the rise, and rounds up the rest of t…
8 Oct 2021
Cryptocurrency roundup: bitcoin shrugs off China's ban
Cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: bitcoin shrugs off China's ban

The bitcoin price rose by almost 7% this week despite China banning virtually all cryptocurrency transactions. Saloni Sardana looks at the stories tha…
1 Oct 2021
China comes close to banning cryptocurrencies
A pedestrian walking past a Hong Kong cryptocurrency exchange
Bitcoin & crypto

China comes close to banning cryptocurrencies

Chinese regulators have effectively banned cryptocurrencies, declaring all transactions to be “illegal financial activities”.
1 Oct 2021
Cryptocurrency roundup: litecoin blunder, cardano update and bitcoin mining in Laos
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: litecoin blunder, cardano update and bitcoin mining in Laos

Saloni Sardana looks at the week’s biggest stories in the world of cryptocurrencies.
17 Sep 2021
Klarna’s Sebastian Siemiatkowski: fintech innovator gunning for the banks
People

Klarna’s Sebastian Siemiatkowski: fintech innovator gunning for the banks

Sebastian Siemiatkowski’s Klarna app allows customers to buy now, pay later, without racking up interest charges. He’s excited about the future. Regul…
12 Sep 2021
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Cryptocurrency roundup: Bitcoin sells off even as it becomes legal tender
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: Bitcoin sells off even as it becomes legal tender

In a week when El Salvador made bitcoin legal tender, cryptocurrency values fell hard – with one exception. Saloni Sardana looks at the stories that c…
10 Sep 2021
What is Solana and why has the cryptocurrency rocketed this year?
Bitcoin & crypto

What is Solana and why has the cryptocurrency rocketed this year?

Cryptocurrency Solana hit an all-time high this week after rising by around 350% in the last month alone. Saloni Sardana explains what’s going on and …
8 Sep 2021
How to invest in blockchain without buying bitcoin
Bitcoin & crypto

How to invest in blockchain without buying bitcoin

Many investors have been searching for a way to invest in bitcoin in their Sipp or Isa via a regular broker account. This fund fits the bill nicely, s…
8 Sep 2021
El Salvador could be the shape of things to come for bitcoin – and emerging nations
Bitcoin & crypto

El Salvador could be the shape of things to come for bitcoin – and emerging nations

El Salvador has become the first nation to adopt bitcoin as legal tender. That’s an extraordinarily bullish move both for bitcoin and for El Salvador,…
7 Sep 2021
Bitcoin is now legal tender in El Salvador. What does that mean for investors?
Bitcoin & crypto

Bitcoin is now legal tender in El Salvador. What does that mean for investors?

El Salvador has become the first country in the world to adopt bitcoin as legal tender. Saloni Sardana explains why, and looks at what it might mean f…
7 Sep 2021
Everything you wanted to know about ethereum but were too afraid to ask
Bitcoin & crypto

Everything you wanted to know about ethereum but were too afraid to ask

The ethereum blockchain and its ether cryptocurrency is second only to bitcoin in size and importance. But what exactly is it and what is it for? Domi…
1 Sep 2021
Cryptocurrency round-up: PayPal taps into UK crypto market and FCA blacklists Binance
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency round-up: PayPal taps into UK crypto market and FCA blacklists Binance

In a mixed week for crypto, PayPal taps into the UK market and the FCA blacklists Binance. Saloni Sardana looks at the week in crypto.
27 Aug 2021
Boom, bust - what's next for bitcoin?
Bitcoin & crypto

Boom, bust - what's next for bitcoin?

The price of bitcoin has been on a rollercoaster journey since the start of the year. Dominic Frisby explains where we are in the cycle now.
25 Aug 2021
What PayPal’s foray into cryptocurrencies means for your money
Bitcoin & crypto

What PayPal’s foray into cryptocurrencies means for your money

PayPal on Monday announced it is tapping into the UK market by allowing its UK users to buy, hold, and sell virtual currencies. Saloni Sardana assesse…
24 Aug 2021
Cryptocurrency roundup: Ethereum’s network update kicks in
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: Ethereum’s network update kicks in

The price of ether surged this week after the much anticipated “London” update, while the US financial regulator stuck the boot into the sector. Salon…
6 Aug 2021
What Joe Biden's bipartisan infrastructure deal means for cryptocurrency investors
Bitcoin & crypto

What Joe Biden's bipartisan infrastructure deal means for cryptocurrency investors

The US’s $1trn bipartisan infrastructure agreement contains provisions for raising taxes on cryptocurrency investments. Saloni Sardana looks into the …
4 Aug 2021
Bitcoin miners are cleaning up their act, using green energy to drive higher profits
Bitcoin & crypto

Bitcoin miners are cleaning up their act, using green energy to drive higher profits

Bitcoin has been criticised for its vast energy consumption in its pursuit of profit. But that same desire for profit is powering a green energy revol…
4 Aug 2021
Alternative finance – tap into new sources of credit for your business
Small business

Alternative finance – tap into new sources of credit for your business

Britain’s booming alternative-finance sector is a boon for small businesses, says David Prosser.
27 Jul 2021
Bitcoin price jumps as Amazon mulls accepting cryptocurrencies
Bitcoin & crypto

Bitcoin price jumps as Amazon mulls accepting cryptocurrencies

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies jumped in price on Monday after a report suggested Amazon will begin accepting bitcoin payments.
26 Jul 2021
Cryptocurrency roundup: US and EU impose tougher regulations
Bitcoin & crypto

Cryptocurrency roundup: US and EU impose tougher regulations

Cryptocurrencies have had a volatile week with news of regulatory crackdowns across different continents dominating the news. Saloni Sardana looks at …
23 Jul 2021