Blockchain technology and digital assets rose to new heights in 2021; with a record $30 billion in investments, interest in this sector of FinTech has never been stronger. But what's happening with all that money? That was the subject of 1871's recent Tech Talk: Digital Assets and Cryptocurrency: A Breakout Year, with experts weighing in on where developments in digital assets … [Read more...] about The Future of Digital Assets: Not a Zero-Sum Game
Another week has closed with another crypto price rally, in what has been a banner year for the market. Bitcoin's been enjoying historic highs - though not without some of its trademark volatility - throughout 2021, and with another climb to $50,000 Friday that trend doesn't look to be ending anytime soon. But Bitcoin's surge wasn't the only story in crypto this week - along … [Read more...] about Could Altcoins Surpass Bitcoin?
The financial media took a more basic view this week, covering some of the basic questions on digital assets and payments after nearly six months of major interest and investment. The end of privacy? The Financial Times reports on the plans of central banks to launch digital coins. The article emphasizes their reluctance to give up monetary control while giving them the … [Read more...] about Five Basic Digital Asset Questions this Week
For nearly a decade now, Bitcoin and other digital assets have flown somewhat under the radar when it comes to tax law. While the IRS officially registers them as property, with profits on their sale falling under capital gains taxes, the very nature of how exchanges are set up has historically made profits in this space very difficult for the IRS to track. Enforcement … [Read more...] about IRS Takes Aggressive Posture on Crypto Taxes
Private and public investments in FinTech firms surged in the first quarter of 2021. Research firms are predicting that 2021 will set a record for FinTech funding. Understanding what sectors and regions receive venture funding provides perspective to traditional financial institutions, notes The Financial Brand in its coverage. "Seeing where venture capital money is flowing. … [Read more...] about FinTech Funding Doubles; Crypto Prices Plunge
It’s been a theme throughout the year: digital assets like Bitcoin are breaking into mainstream financial services. The expectation is that technology can bring its services to the consumer on a pre-dawn Sunday when they want to make an impulse buy – and that’s exactly what digital assets enable. They let financial institutions put a disposable asset in the hands of a … [Read more...] about Navigating a Path to Digital Assets