Cryptocurrencies are the wave of the future that will be ushered in by Millennials, says Tyler Adkison, a cryptocurrency hedge fund CEO. At 22, he retired as a minor league baseball player with the Los Angeles Dodgers to launch a crypto hedge fund focused exclusively on athletes.
<span font-size:="" helvetica="" style="color: rgb(0, 0, 0); font-family: Merriweather, ">While ICOs were supposed to disrupt venture capital, such funding in blockchain-based companies is surging, with startups raising $434 million since December, the most ever in a three-month period, according to CoinDesk data.</span>
Endowments and foundations are steering clear of the crypto-craze. Ninety-six percent of top officers at these organizations said they aren’t investing in cryptocurrencies and have no plans to do so, according to a survey released by consulting firm NEPC. However, many of them are intrigued.
In foreign-exchange markets, investors aren’t waiting to find out if all the tariff threats being thrown around lead to a full-blown trade war. Some money managers have begun piling into traditional havens like the yen; others are trimming currency exposure altogether; and even those who are betting not much will come from the row are hedging just in case.
With crypto mania sweeping the world, a handful of countries have stirred at the possibility of issuing their own virtual currencies based on blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin. Advocates of government-backed cryptocurrencies say that if the movement takes hold, which is by no means assured, it could irrevocably change the international monetary system as we know it.
A pick up in currency market volatility over the last few days after years of suppression by central banks' easy-money policies has prompted some investors to look again at protecting against, or profiting from, sharp moves.
Concerns that Japan could exit stimulus sooner than expected have jolted world markets this week, including emerging economies where a stronger yen could persuade Japanese funds to dial back their slowly rising overseas allocations.
China is reportedly seeking an "orderly exit" from bitcoin mining, according to a leaked document seen by Quartz. The government is reportedly concerned about pollution and the havoc that could be triggered by investors who lose money investing in mining and cryptocurrency.
The price of Bitcoin has climbed past $12,000, reaching its latest record and pushing its year-to-date gain to more than 1,100%. After breaking through this milestone, the digital currency's price kept climbing, extending Bitcoin's gains.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro looked to the world of digital currency to circumvent U.S.-led financial sanctions, announcing on Sunday the launch of the “petro” backed by oil reserves to shore up a collapsed economy.