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I moved all my Second Life Linden dollars into bitcoin

With all the chatter lately about bitcoin’s surge in value, I figured it was time to try it out for myself. But rather than setting up a “mining” operation to create new bitcoins or investing US dollars, I realized I could transfer some money from one virtual currency into another.<p>As an early user …

Bitcoin

The Bitcoin Bubble and the Future of Currency

A few days ago, the value of all the bitcoins in the world blew past $1 billion for the first time ever. That’s an impressive achievement, for a …

Six reasons why Chinese people will drive the next bull market in bitcoin

Whatever the case against bitcoin as an alternative currency, there’s one country where people probably won’t need much persuading to join the craze. Here’s why China could drive a further bit-boom:<p><b>1. They’ve already done the whole virtual currency thing—with Q Coin.</b><p>Or at least 100 million of them …

Cryptocurrency

Bank of America just filed a patent that would let you send money using bitcoin

Banks are exploring a variety of uses for bitcoin and digital currency, but one area in particular appears to be piquing their interest: transferring funds between countries.<p>The latest evidence of that interest comes from Bank of America, which recently filed a patent for technology that would …

Bank of America

Bitcoin is a currency, the EU admits

When it comes to bitcoin, Europe’s highest court and the US’s major tax agency don’t agree on exactly what it is.<p>In a decision last week, Europe’s Court of Justice effectively decided that bitcoin is a currency, and therefore transactions in which bitcoins are exchanged for other currencies are …

Bitcoin

AmEx just made its first bitcoin investment

Credit card companies and banks are getting serious—or at least more curious—about the potential of bitcoin, making an increasing number of investments in startups involved with the digital currency.<p>American Express late last week confirmed it participated in a $12 million Series A funding round …

FinTech

Jamie Dimon thinks bitcoin is doomed—but here’s what he does like about it

Bitcoin might be the hottest topic in financial technology, but Jamie Dimon isn’t impressed.<p>“It’s just not going to happen…there is no government that is going to put up with it for long,” the CEO of JPMorgan Chase said about virtual currency at the Fortune Global Forum yesterday (Nov. 4), adding: …

Bitcoin

The price of bitcoin jumped over 20% today

Bitcoin has been on an absolute tear since mid-October, and gained more than 20% today (Nov. 4) alone. At one point, it hit a yearly high of more than $491.<p>In August, bitcoin fell to a low for 2015 amid turmoil in the Chinese stock markets. It’s been a completely different story since the fall.<p>It’s …

Cryptocurrency

Apple’s Tim Cook says cash will be dead for the next generation of kids

Apple CEO Tim Cook is making another bold prediction about money. Back in January, he forecasted that 2015 would be the year of Apple Pay (a claim that hasn’t come to fruition, but is looking less and less absurd.) And now, he’s telling university students that their future children will be totally …

Tim Cook

Kleiner Perkins is backing its first bitcoin startup

One of Silicon Valley’s premiere venture capital firms is making a bet that bitcoin will make it easier for businesses to move money around the world.<p>Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers was part of $12.5 million investment in Align Commerce, a San Francisco-based startup that uses bitcoin to enable …

Venture Capital

The Paris attacks look to be altering the EU’s stance on bitcoin

While the EU recently took steps to treat bitcoin like any other currency, the Paris attacks seem to have prompted a new round of debate on the issue in Brussels.<p>Reuters reports that EU interior and justice ministers meeting tomorrow (Nov. 20) will propose cracking down on electronic payments, …

Bitcoin

4 Ways to Make Saving Fun by Turning It Into a Game

Take the pain out of saving by making it fun.<p>We all want to save money — and it sounds easy in theory — but for many us saving is difficult. It may …

Personal Finance

Real estate could be the multivitamin your portfolio needs

Ask a financial adviser to tell you the key to investment success, and most will say diversification.<p>A well-balanced portfolio with a healthy mix of equities, fixed-income securities and cash – the proportion of which will vary based on factors such as the investor's age, lifestyle requirements and …

How Charles Schwab's chief investment strategist manages her own money

Not long before, at a weekend dinner party, a 35-year Wall Street veteran told Sonders, the chief investment strategist of Charles Schwab, that he thought her company's business model was dead — that retail customers would never invest again and that the stock market highs of 2007 would never be …

What Does It Take To Be A Financial Grown Up?

For most of us, there comes a moment when we realize we need to pay more attention to our money. It might happen when we get our first paycheck and realize how many times we need to divide it to cover all of our expenses—and also put some savings aside and pay down any student debt, and, oh, don’t …

The Tried-and-True Guide to Wealth Creation

You work hard day after day and feel that instead of working for your money, you could make money work for you. It is likely that you know people who …

7 Retirement Planning Steps Late Starters Must Take

These strategies will aid in padding your nest egg for a comfortable retirement.<p>Most Americans aren't saving enough for retirement — and worse, many …

Millennials could be millionaires – if they start investing instead of saving

In a new poll, 64% of working millennials said they couldn’t see themselves ever becoming millionaires – but it’s a much more reasonable goal than many realize<p>Pity the poor millennials.<p>The 83 million or so members of this generation – a quarter of America’s population, the largest age cohort – have …

Financial Services

Influential investor Raoul Pal says the dollar is your best investment bet for the next year

Mirror, mirror on the wall, which asset is most mispriced of all? According to a Goldman Sachs alum who predicted the financial crisis in 2008, it’s …

Stock Markets

How a 29-year-old grew a $1 billion tech fund in 7 months

<i>Carpe diem</i>! And in some cases <i>carpe</i> ETF may be a wise mantra. That is part of the story behind one rising star in the increasingly popular tech-fund …

Investing

7 Lessons About Money From the World's Richest People

5 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>The rich folks in the world think and act differently than everyone else. The thing is, a lot of the wealthiest people not only had to earn their wealth, but now they also have to add to it and maintain it. If you ever wanted to …

Finance

What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast

Mornings are an underutilized tool to aid productivity.<p>Let me explain.<p>We’re often at our peak in the mornings. This is why Mark McGuinness suggests …

Time Management

These 5 Billion-Dollar Companies Were Just Supposed to Be Side Businesses

What if you could turn your hobby into a billion-dollar business? These five founders did exactly that.<p>In today's startup scene, the phrase "fail fast" is thrown around a lot.<p>We're constantly reminded of the importance of creating a minimum viable product, market testing it, and throwing it away if …

San Francisco

Father And Son Become Billionaires With Tanium, The Hottest Cybersecurity Startup

Fathers and sons everywhere can learn a lesson from David and Orion Hindawi.<p>Working together, the duo cofounded Tanium, a cybersecurity startup that helps protect governments and many of the world’s largest companies (including Amazon, Target, Visa, and Verizon). It’s a technological breakthrough …

Venture Capital

A small-business owner who expects to bring in $20 million next year describes how she fights her biggest distractions at work

When you're running a small business, you need to stay focused to succeed.<p>"As a small-business owner, there are so many tasks that need attention, which makes optimizing productivity especially important," says Jennifer Bandier, founder of BANDIER, a luxury athletic-apparel company.<p>BANDIER opened …

Salary or equity? This website wants to help you understand startup job offers

Job offer letters can be confusing, especially in the startup industry. Instead of just having a base salary and a benefits package, early-stage …

5 essential keys to building a multi-million dollar company

What does it take to build a company valued at over a hundred million dollars?<p>A while back, I had asked this question to Ambarish Gupta, CEO and Founder at Knowlarity, a major cloud telephony company.<p>Incorporated in 2009, Knowlarity has 15,000 customers in more than 65 companies across the world. …

How a 29 Year Old Went From Living On Welfare to Starting a Business That Earned Nearly $1 Million in Its First Year

How a 29 Year Old Went From Living On Welfare to Starting a Business That Earned Nearly $1 Million in Its First Year<p>In 2012, Kimra Luna was broke.<p>She …

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China is now the billionaire capital of the world

The mainland, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan provided 90 of the new entries, which swelled the ranks of Chinese billionaires to 568 and meant China overtook the US, which had 535. China's billionaires had a combined net worth of $1.4 trillion.<p>Despite the global slowdown, the wealth of the world's …

Small Beginnings - How CV-Library Built An £18m Revenue Business From A £9,000 Loan

Cast your mind back to the year 2000, a watershed in the history of internet commerce. Here in the UK, the year began on an optimistic note as “dot com” poster child Lastminute.com prepared for a successful flotation. A month later some the optimism began to evaporate on news that another European …