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Ex-PayPal CEO: Cryptocurrencies Are ‘Useless’ And Could Drop To Zero

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After peaking at $829 billion earlier this year, cryptocurrencies are witnessing one of its biggest free falls, losing more than $600 billion since Jan. 7.

Bitcoin—the biggest cryptocurrency—has taken the biggest hit, losing over 57% of its value. Former PayPal CEO Bill Harris attributed much of the volatility to his belief that the cryptos, simply, have no value.

“The cult of bitcoin [makes] many claims — that it’s instant, free, scalable, efficient, secure, globally accepted and useful — it is none of those things,” Harris said on a recent interview with CNBC.

Harris said Bitcoin is “useless as a payment mechanism” and said  it will continue its decline until it gets “whole lot closer to zero.”

At its wild January peak, the cryptocurrency market was worth more than some of the biggest tech giants—Alphabet, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft—put together.

                                                      2018 cryptocurrency returns

(Crazy in retrospect when you think about it, since Apple just became the first trillion-dollar company.)

Harris emphasized that its volatility is largely due to nothing backing it, which would make it “ridiculous as a store of value.” Backing Harris, Economist Nouriel Roubini has voiced similar concerns, calling it the mother of all bubbles. [CNBC]

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3 Ways To Invest From Your Smartphone For Under $5

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The numbers say 80% of millennials don’t invest in stocks.

Reason? Half say they don’t have money, one-third says it’s too early and another third says they don’t know how.

In addition to that, there’s demographic gap. “The average age of a financial advisor is 55,” said Douglas Boneparth, a New York City-based financial planner. “There are more financial advisors over the age of 70 than there are under 30.”

Despite these beliefs, you don’t really need much money, nor experience, to get started. (Just look at our fearless co-founder Odunayo Eweniyi and what she’s pulled off here)

Be that as it may, here are three ways to get started for $5 or less.

1. Stash

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What: A micro-investment app (iOS and Android) with over 30 ETFs according to industry, sector and risk tolerance.

How it works: Download the app and choose your investment.

Minimum investment: $5

Cost: Fees range from $1 a month for accounts under $5,000 to 0.25% a year.

“We help people who don’t have a lot save money on a weekly basis,” CEO and co-founder Brandon Krieg said in one interview. “Stashers look like America, they look like people you meet every day: they are nurses and teachers and Uber and Lyft drivers.”

2. Acorns

 

What: iOS and Android app.

How it works: Download the app and choose one of six index funds. When you buy, say a cup of coffee for $1.75, it rounds up the change to $2 and deposits the difference.

Minimum investment: $5

Cost: Just like Stash, fees range from $1 a month for accounts under $5,000 to 0.25% a year.

“We’re not trying to preach austerity to the client, because that’s a bummer,” CMO Manning Field says. “Some people will say, ‘Don’t have the cup of coffee.’ We’ll tell you to have the cup of coffee and invest along the way.”

3. Robinhood

What: A commission-free investment app (iOS and Android).

How it works: Download and start buying stocks.

Minimum investment: Whatever stock you want to buy.

Cost: Free.

And by the way, if you want to get a fast start on real estate, here’s Forbes’ list of nine REITs with yields between 8% and 10%.

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CHART: How Blockchain Powers Bitcoin

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Blockchain, Bitcoin. Bitcoin, blockchain.

The two terms go hand in hand—and have become almost ubiquitous with this year’s insane rise (and fall) of Bitcoin.

But what does it all really mean? How does it come together? In this week’s chart, our friends at CB Insights break down exactly how blockchain powers Bitcoin.

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VIDEO: Shark Tank’s Mr. Wonderful Demonstrates Compound Interest

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How young should your children be when you start teaching them about money? How should I teach my children about money?

The key to children and money is explaining what it is to them early in life. Shark Tank’s Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary, answers all these questions with this tip on explaining compound interest to your kids.

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