S&P Bull: Fundstrat’s Tom Lee Says ‘Buy Stocks Even at New Highs’

By CCN: Fundstrat Co-Founder Thomas Lee has been covering the stock market for longer than he’s been analyzing bitcoin. And while crypto has been a tough nut to crack, he’s got a pretty good track record with stocks. Lee’s scorecard bodes well for his latest prediction that the S&P 500 index will reach 3,125 by year-end, which is higher than his previous forecast of 2,925. So why so bullish? For one thing, stocks have already blown past Fundstrat’s previous target of 2,925 with the S&P currently hovering at 2,940. Also, while many analysts were anticipating a dismal first quarter for

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Blockchain Hype Turns to Mainstream Adoption in Multi-Billion Dollar Corporations: Study

By CCN.com: Forty percent of senior finance executives expect their firms to invest in blockchain technology over the next two years, according to a recent survey by audit firm Grant Thornton LLP. That’s in addition to the 22 percent who report their firms have already implemented the technology. This marks a dramatic change from only a year ago, when blockchain was more talked about than practiced, according to Chris Stephenson, Business Consulting principal at Grant Thornton LLP and author of the report. In its 2019 CFO Survey, Grant Thornton along with partner CFO Research surveyed 378 senior finance executives in

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Amazing! Ripple Inks a Deal with a $40 Billion Money Transfer Giant

By CCN: Ripple has announced its latest partnership. Ria Money Transfer will use RippleNet to facilitate real-time blockchain-powered global payments. XRP, of which Ripple is the largest holder, is up 1% today. Ria Money Transfer’s yearly money transfer volume is approximately $40 billion. They rank as the No. 2 service provider in the remittance industry. Ria will leverage RippleNet technology to gain access to hundreds of financial institutions in Ripple’s global blockchain payment network. Some of the most recently added RippleNet customers include WorldCom Finance and BFC Bahrain, to name a couple. According to a report published by BlockData, money

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West Ham Goes Crypto: English Soccer Club Launches Fan Token on Blockchain

English Premier League soccer team West Ham United turns to blockchain to launch its own token. The “fan token,” powered by Socios.com will allow West Ham’s 40 million supporters to vote on club decisions and gain access to exclusive rewards. The fan token initiative has already been adopted by Juventus and Paris St. Germaine and comes during a wave of mainstream blockchain adoption. Just this week, Jaguar Land Rover inked a deal with cryptocurrency platform IOTA.  West Ham United is proud to announce a partnership with @socios, the blockchain-based fan engagement platform.https://t.co/NPBs1bcww7 — West Ham United (@WestHamUtd) April 30, 2019

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Blockchain Will Revolutionize 300 Years of Stock Trading: London Stock Exchange

By CCN.com: The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is weighing the benefits of using blockchain technology for issuing stock and settling trades. In an interview with CNBC, the LSE chief executive Nikhil Rathi said he was inspired by early blockchain initiatives at other stock exchanges, and sees the benefit of distributed ledger technology: “You can certainly see distributed ledger technology having an application in the issuance process… I can see that technology being used in settlement too.” LSE, the world’s sixth-largest exchange, has been surprisingly open to blockchain technology. Earlier in 2019, the exchange led a $20 million investment round in

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Crypto Payments: Canada and Singapore Central Banks Send Each Other Digital Currencies

By CCN.com: The Bank of Canada and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has conducted a successful pilot test of central bank-backed crypto assets to clear cross-border and cross-currency payments. The official statement of MAS released on May 2 described the potential of “central bank digital currencies” in increasing the efficiency and reducing risks for international transactions. “The Bank of Canada and the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have conducted a successful experiment on cross-border and cross-currency payments using central bank digital currencies. This is the first such trial between two central banks, and has great potential to increase efficiencies

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Elon Musk Wants Crypto’s Best Ideas. Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin Delivers 13

By CCN.com: Elon Musk is getting deeper and deeper down the cryptocurrency habit hole. After yesterday’s mysterious tweet which read simply “Ethereum,” the Tesla chief then asked Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin for suggestions on what to develop on the blockchain platform. What should be developed on Ethereum? — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 30, 2019 Buterin responded with a list of 13 real-world use cases for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. The list included everything from payments to insurance to new governance systems. Here’s Vitalik Buterin’s list in full. 1. A globally accessible financial system Buterin highlights cryptocurrencies most obvious use case

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