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The Conversation: Why energy-sapping bitcoin mining is here to stay

Michel Rauchs, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Lead at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, writes about the lack of current alternatives to expensive and cumbersome bitcoin mining. “Given how quickly computing technology develops, perhaps an alternative method will be found. Until…

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Alt Fi News: Crypto lending platform nears launch

Lendingblock announced plans for “an open exchange for cryptocurrency loans.” What this will mean for investors? Michel Rauchs, Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Lead at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, says there are two types of crypto-investor: long-term investors, the ones…

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World Finance: Policing the ICO highway

As more and more blockchain companies start offering their own cryptocurrencies, regulators are now working on policies aiming to control the market. Some countries, including China, Estonia and Uruguay, are currently experimenting with digital currencies and might release their own…

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Crowdfund Insider: European alternative finance market expanded by 41 per cent in 2016

A report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance found that the European online alternative finance market grew by 41 per cent to 7.7 billion euros in 2016. The third European Alternative Finance Industry Benchmarking Report is based on 344…

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Inc: Eight trends in 2018

Blockchain technology will continue to trend this year, according to an article in Inc. magazine. A recent study by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance at Cambridge Judge found that “even conservative central banks are upbeat about blockchain technology and…

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Finextra: Robo.Cash opens for business in Switzerland

An article about alternative lending platform Robo.Cash that is now open for investors in Switzerland features a report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance. The 3rd European Alternative Finance Industry Benchmarking Report found that the online crowdfunding market in…

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Alt Fi News: A Crypto Odyssey

Michel Rauchs, research assistant at the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance, comments on why cryptocurrency and blockchain became so popular, why it is popular among long-term investors and why it’s important to understand how bitcoin works before investing in it.…

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Reuters: Japan’s Orix invests $60 million in Chinese P2P lender Dianrong

A report co-authored by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is featured in the article. The report says that “unsecured consumer lending via Chinese online platforms more than tripled in 2016 to almost $140 billion.” The second Asia Pacific Alternative…

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City AM: The UK is leading the way in crowdfunding as the rest of Europe plays catch-up

European online alternative finance grew 41 per cent to 7.7 billion euros in 2016, says the 3rd European Alternative Finance Industry Benchmarking Report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance (CCAF). The UK remained the largest alternative finance market in…

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FT Adviser: Boost for alternative lending market

A recent report by the Cambridge Centre for Alternative Finance is featured in the article. The report found that “business funding transacted for startups and small and medium-sized firms in 2016 grew by 50 per cent to £3.3 billion, from…

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