Although cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin were created as a mechanism for private, peer-to-peer transactions in a way that bypasses institutional intermediaries, a growing number of investors are treating cryptocurrencies as dynamic fiat money alternatives--effectively a new asset class--that generate, so far, attractive returns.
Small businesses have been slow to recover from the Great Recession and the consequent credit crisis, which hit them very hard and has exacerbated the credit gap between small and larger business lending. But we see the situation gradually improving, as a result of three significant, converging forces -- alternative lenders, crowdfunding and cryptocurrency.
Creating a robust global economy depends on engaging more borrowers and lenders worldwide and one key may lie in combining the efficiency of peer-to-peer lending with blockchain technologies.
Diversification has long been recognized as one of the keys to successful investing, helping limit excessive and undue exposure to any one asset type. And despite controversy, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can help you achieve an balanced asset allocation.
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