Month: February 2020

An Iranian general is reportedly calling for the use of cryptocurrency to evade sanctions. Saeed Muhammad, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ “Army of Guardians of the Islamic Revolution” (or Sepâh for short), a branch of the Iranian Armed Forces, said in a speech Wednesday that Iran should look to cryptocurrencies to bolster international
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The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Small Business is set to discuss the benefits blockchain technology can bring to entrepreneurs. Slated for March 4 at 16:30 UTC, the “Building Blocks of Change: The Benefits of Blockchain Technology for Small Businesses” hearing will explore the ways in which some startups are utilizing blockchain technology to
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With each passing day, fears surrounding COVID-19 elevate as the equity sell-off pressed on for the seventh day on Friday. The biggest winners have and will continue to be muni issuers, as they can sell debt at historic lows and participants don’t see the movement slowing. COVID-19 has pushed benchmark muni yields down to record
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Investment Thesis Last July, I wrote two articles for Seeking Alpha in which I examined six of the most popular preferred stock ETFs. In the first of those articles, I considered the Invesco Preferred Portfolio ETF (PGX) alongside two of its competitors. In response to a lively discussion in the comments of that article, I
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Decentralized derivatives exchange Digitex has fallen victim to a significant data breach believed to have exposed the email addresses and possibly other information of more than 8,000 users. A former employee stole private information for more than 8,000 users, Christina Comben, who heads Digitex’s communications, said Friday. Comben told CoinDesk the exchange was “aware of
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Thesis Welcome to Orchid’s Platinum Weekly report, in which we discuss platinum prices through the lens of the GraniteShares Platinum Trust (PLTM). PLTM reached a high of $10.00 per share on February 19, missing our Feb-20 target of $10.30 per share. Platinum has performed the worst among the precious metals space so far in February,
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Coinhako, a cryptocurrency exchange backed by Tim Draper, has restricted user withdrawals after falling victim to a “sophisticated attack.” The Singapore-based exchange told users Friday that account send functions for cryptocurrencies had been temporarily disabled. Although a spokesperson initially said this was for “network maintenance”, the exchange admitted Saturday it had been victim to an
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An employee works while sitting under a mural at Etsy Inc. headquarters in Brooklyn. Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images Check out the companies making headlines after the bell: Booking Holdings—Amidst the coronavirus outbreak, the travel company’s stock fell over 2% in extended trading despite posting a double beat on earnings and revenue for the
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Puerto Rico-based creditors took steps Tuesday to oppose the two biggest proposed restructurings of the commonwealth’s bonds. Backyard Bondholders, which consists of Puerto Rico-based holders of Puerto Rico bonds, released a statement opposing a restructuring deal for the central government’s debt. The Puerto Rico Oversight Board negotiated the deal with several other parties and released
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Polkadot is readying itself for its expected network launch after it announced its integration with Chainlink oracles on February 25. The progress made with the integrations is an indication of a systematic approach that will allow porting with Ethereum infrastructure. Polkadot Announces Integrations of Chainlink Oracles The integration of Chainlink oracles is vital in the
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A lawsuit claiming Ripple violated securities laws will be allowed to move forward – though with a caveat favorable to the San Francisco-based payments firm. In a ruling Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton, of the Northern District of California, allowed a putative class-action lawsuit by retail XRP buyers to proceed. Hamilton said the suit
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As the energy industry faces a time of reckoning — pressured by consistently low oil prices, high operating costs and a growing sustainable investing movement — oil and gas companies are increasingly turning to Silicon Valley for help streamlining operations and boosting efficiencies. By some estimates, the addressable market for digital oil and gas solutions
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Jordan Katzman, co-founder of SmileDirectClub Inc., left, and Alex Fenkell, co-founder of SmileDirectClub Inc., watch traders during the company’s initial public offering (IPO) at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York, U.S., on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019. Michael Nagle | Bloomberg | Getty Images Check out the companies making headlines after the bell: Salesforce.com—The software company’s
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