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Here’s Why Warren Buffett is Already Invested in Ripple (XRP)

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Warren Buffett was at it again this week touting his disdain for the cryptocurrency market. Having famously warned of the markets impending “bad ending” some months ago, the investment guru is back in the headlines slamming none other than Bitcoin (BTC). Pulling his punches from the entire crypto-scene and focusing on Bitcoin (BTC) may just mask the fact that, indirectly at least, Warren Buffet is already invested in the tech behind the most famous of altcoins, Ripple (XPR).

While Mr. Buffett scoffs at the list of overvalued companies representing the majority of cryptocurrencies, his words against Bitcoin (BTC) this week speak volumes to his investment strategy. In an interview with Yahoo Finance, Buffett remarked, “If you buy something like Bitcoin or some cryptocurrency, you don’t have anything that is producing anything, you’re just hoping the next guy pays more.” And while he openly admits he doesn’t really know much about the various budding blockchain technologies, he has mentioned in the past that he would buy five year puts on every one of the cryptocurrencies. However, when taking in the investment strategies of the Oracle of Omaha, a closer look reveals that this ‘buy and hold’ strategist has a number of positions that seem to contradict his opinions concerning the altcoin scene.

Warren Buffett is invested directly in a number of financial institutions. From Bank of America to Wells Fargo, these long-term holds make up a sizable portion of the latest traded stocks in his portfolio. And while Bank of America may have recently admitted that cryptocurrencies represent a threat to their business model (amazing considering these coins don’t produce anything /sarc) others on his list are experimenting with crypto-systems as a way of reinventing payments.

Examples of financial institutions using blockchain technology, and specifically Ripple (XRP), to facilitate cross-border transactions should not be news to anyone anymore. Ripple (XRP) is in use by over 100 of these institutions in an ever-growing list of users and partnerships. And as these experiments take hold, revolutionizing payment systems across the globe, the solid product that Ripple (XRP) represents seems to fly in the face of old Buffett’s stark warnings.

One such example lies with the Bank of New York, Mellon (BNY Mellon). In a recent report, this institution (of which Buffett is or has been directly invested in) expresses optimism in distributed ledger technology. Seeking to ‘reinvent payments,’ BNY Mellon sees potential in using blockchain technology to deliver a global payment experience within the decade. And the Bank of New York doesn’t stop there, indeed they call out Ripple (XRP) and their interledger protocol as a potential standard in the technology.

So as Warren Buffett narrows his attacks from the cryptocurrency market as-a-whole to Bitcoin (BTC) specifically, it may be that he is realizing that without needing to invest in any specific coin company, the market itself, and namely Ripple (XRP), may be boosting the shares of his direct stock picks in the banking industry.

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Blockchain-Focused ETF Arrives on London Stock Exchange

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The crypto community is still waiting for the US SEC to approve Bitcoin ETFs, with speculation which application might get approval being one of the hottest topics in 2018. However, come 2019, the US government shutdown dragged on, and the Bitcoin ETF request which had the most potential to see a grant got withdrawn by the very companies that submitted the application.

While the question of BTC ETF remains hanging in the air, blockchain-focused ETFs seem to be a different matter entirely. In a recent announcement by an independent investment managed firm called Invesco, the company has stated that it was about to launch the largest blockchain-focused ETF in the world. They managed to go through with this plan, and the ETFs have reached the London Stock Exchange today, March 11th.

The exchange-traded fund includes a portfolio containing as many as 48 different firms which are bringing exposure to the emerging technology. Among them, there is Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, which is a well-known creator of chips used for crypto mining, as well as the CME Group, which is the first regulated exchange in the US which launched Bitcoin futures. There are many other well-known companies as well, such as Intel, Microsoft, and others.

Chris Mellor, the Invesco’s head of ETF equity product management in Europe, said that blockchain has a huge potential to increase earnings, even though…

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Could Jeff Bezos Turn to Bitcoin to Hide Fortune from Wife?

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Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has made numerous headlines recently due to his overly-publicized divorce, which shows all signs of being one of the most expensive ones — if not THE most expensive one — in modern history. According to estimates, it might cost him as much as $70 billion, which will make his soon-to-be-ex-wife the richest woman in human history.

However, as the process continues to unfold, many have started wondering if things may have ended up differently for Bezos if he turned to Bitcoin for help.

Bitcoin as a divorce tool?

In the last several years — since Bitcoin and other cryptos hit fame — many have started turning to BTC during their divorce proceedings. In fact, it can even be said that using the largest cryptocurrency in this way has become a new trend. The trend has been gaining so much strength that numerous law companies started including advice on what to do in regards to Bitcoin as part of their websites.

However, while the trend has been picking up in recent years, it is nowhere near as easy as it might seem. For example, if there is even a suspicion of a spouse having undisclosed holdings appears during the divorce process, it might be enough to impact the final decision of the judge. In other words, even if there is a complete lack of evidence, but…

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Three Biggest Things To Know Come Cryptocurrency Tax Season

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In recent years, digital cash systems known as cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Litecoin have exploded into the public eye. A blend of cash and stocks, their use and value has grown exponentially. In 2017, the IRS decided to focus great effort on taxing them. In theory, this should be as simple as calculating taxes on any other type of property, bond, or other assets. Cryptocurrency, however, presents a unique challenge. The full extent of one person’s crypto activity can stretch across dozens of platforms and take a variety of different forms. This makes it difficult to gather all of this information cohesively, much less begin the seemingly- complicated process of reporting it.

These three tips should help anyone looking to legally report their crypto activity to figure out where to start.

Documentation is key!

There are dozens of different “exchanges” individuals can use to change their cash into crypto. When the flat currency is changed into cryptocurrency at the exchange, you establish your cost basis. This makes this data crucial when you begin the process of reporting.  Those who have used a variety of different exchanges should keep detailed records of everywhere that they made trades. Once tax season arrives, most exchanges will allow users to view their entire trading history with that exchange. This information will be necessary later to complete taxes.

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