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10 Reasons You Should Own Bitcoins

10 Reasons You Should Own Bitcoins

Bitcoins have been all over the media lately. As Tim Draper believes: “Bitcoins are opening up a space that will create a revolution like the personal computers did in the 1970’s or the internet did in the 1990’s” . This article presents 10 reasons why you should be owning Bitcoins:

1. Bitcoins are independent of any central authority

Bitcoin is a digital currency that originated in 2009 by a software developer called Satoshi Nakamoto. Bitcoins are independent of any central authority. Therefore, no government nor central bank rules over them

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    2. Lower fees than other traditional online payments

    Bitcoins come with almost no fees. In addition, all the apps and services that have been built around the Bitcoin ecosystem, and which the vast majority of end users end up using also carry lower fees than other traditional online payment methods.

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      3. Its the largest cryptocurrency out there

      As of now, there are lots of cryptocurrency on the internet. However, Bitcoins are by far the one with the largest user adoption and market cap. Therefore, if you have to pick a cryptocurrency, go for Bitcoins!

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        4. Europe just regulated it as a commodity exempt of VAT

        Europe has just approved regulations that qualify Bitcoins as a commodity. Therefore, they are exempt from VAT. The price of bitcoins is defined by demand and supply. The new regulations are likely to produce an increase for the demand of Bitcoins as they are regularized and exempt of tax within the European monetary union.

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          5.  High volatility in the equities market can positively affect the price of bitcoin

          2015 has proven to be a highly volatile year for the equities as stocks markets around the world have been rallying up and down. Bitcoins are seen for some as a substitute to gold and therefore as a mean to store value. High volatility in the markets can create an inflow of money into Bitcoins. During the coming months the markets are likely to be highly volatile.

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            6. More and more companies are creating tools for the Bitcoin ecosystem

            Venture capitalists have poured tons of money into the Bitcoin ecosystem. Different services and apps enabling the end user are now available for the non-technical consumers. As more products are build and used in the bitcoin ecosystem, the adoption rate for Bitcoins will increase and its demand with it. This mean you can easily turn a few hundred dollars into a few thousand dollars with enough increase in demands.

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              7. To prevent a possible bank run (Think Greece or Argentina)

              Remember bank runs? You do not have to go that far in time. Both Argentina and Greece have suffered bank runs in the lasts years. Bitcoins can be a solution to store wealth outside of the traditional banking system and therefore avoiding people to panic when bank runs take place.

              This photo dated October 24th, 1929, shows a view of people rushing to a saving bank in Millbury, Massachusetts as the stock market on Wall Street crashed, sparking a run on banks that spread across the country.

                8-. Upwards trend in the coming month

                If we know something about Bitcoins is that they are highly volatile. Through 2015 it seemed for a while that the cryptocurrency would find a price resistance to stick to but the rally in October and post fall in November proved this stability wrong. However, Bitcoins are on upward trend towards $600 per Bitcoin that should start to stabilize through 2016.

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                  9. Most secure way to pay online

                  The bitcoin protocol provides the most secure system to make online payments and with so many payment processing system creating products for the end user, bitcoins are definitely one of the most secure options to proceed online payments.

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                    10. To be an early adopter of the powerful blockchain technology

                    The most powerful about bitcoins, is not the bitcoin (aka the cryptocurrency). But the blockchain that they have behind. A blockchain is just a confusing name for a share data base and it will have lots of large scale applications. Bitcoins allow you to become one of the early users in this technology that can revolutionize the world.

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                      If you want to learn more about Bitcoins, the powers of the blockchain and why Bitcoins are likely to increase in price over the coming months check: My First 20 Hours With Bitcoin

                      Featured photo credit: Bitcoins via esteve.co

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                      Published on November 20, 2018

                      The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

                      The Best Ways to Save Money Even Impulsive Spenders Can Get Behind

                      The truth is, there are many “money saving guides” online, but most don’t cover the root issue for not saving.

                      Once I’d discovered a few key factors that allowed me to save 10k in one year, I realized why most articles couldn’t help me. The problem is that even with the right strategies you can still fail to save money. You need to have the right systems in place and the right mindset.

                      In this guide, I’ll cover the best ways to save money — practical yet powerful steps you can take to start saving more. It won’t be easy but with hard work, I’m confident you’ll be able to save more money–even if you’re an impulsive spender.

                      Why Your Past Prevents You from Saving Money

                      Are you constantly thinking about your financial mistakes?

                      If so, these thoughts are holding you back from saving.

                      I get it, you wish you could go back in time to avoid your financial downfalls. But dwelling over your past will only rob you from your future. Instead, reflect on your mistakes and ask yourself what lessons you can learn from them.

                      It wasn’t easy for me to accept that I had accumulated thousands of dollars in credit card debt. Once I did, I started heading in the right direction. Embrace your past failures and use them as an opportunity to set new financial goals.

                      For example, after accepting that you’re thousands of dollars in debt create a plan to be debt free in a year or two. This way when you’ll be at peace even when you get negative thoughts about your finances. Now you can focus more time on saving and less on your past financial mistakes.

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                      How to Effortlessly Track Your Spending

                      Stop manually tracking your spending.

                      Leverage powerful analytic tools such as Personal Capital and these money management apps to do the work for you. This tool has worked for me and has kept me motivated to why I’m saving in the first place. Once you login to your Personal Capital dashboard, you’re able to view your net worth.

                      When I’d first signed up with Personal Capital, I had a negative net worth, but this motivated me to save more. With this tool, you can also view your spending patterns, expenses, and how much money you’re saving.

                      Use your net worth as your north star to saving more. Whenever you experience financial setbacks, view how far you’ve come along. Saving money is only half the battle, being consistent is the other half.

                      The Truth on Why You Keep Failing

                      Saving money isn’t sexy. If it was, wouldn’t everyone be doing it?

                      Some people are natural savers, but most are impulsive spenders. Instead of denying that you’re an impulsive spender, embrace it.

                      Don’t try to save 60 to 70% of your income if this means you’ll live a miserable life. Saving money isn’t a race but a marathon. You’re saving for retirement and for large purchases.

                      If you’re currently having a hard time saving, start spending more money on nice things. This may sound counterintuitive but hear me out. Wouldn’t it be better to save $200 each month for 12 months instead of $500 for 3 months?

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                      Most people run into trouble because they create budgets that set them up for failure. This system won’t work for those who are frugal, but chances are they don’t need help saving. This system is for those who can’t save money and need to be rewarded for their hard work.

                      Only because you’re buying nice things doesn’t mean that you’ll save less. Here are some rules you should have in place:

                      1. Save more than 50% of your available money (after expenses)
                      2. Only buy nice things after saving
                      3. Automate your savings with automatic bank transfers

                      These are the same rules that helped me save thousands each year while buying the latest iPhone. Focus only on items that are important to you. Remember, you can afford anything but not everything.

                      How to Foolproof Yourself out of Debt

                      Personal finance is a game. On one end, you’re earning money; and on the to other, you’re saving. But what ends up counting in the end isn’t how much you earn but how much you save. Research shows that about 60% of Americans spend more than they save.[1]

                      So how can you separate yourself from the 60%?

                      By not accumulating more debt. This way you’ll have more money to save and avoid having more financial obligations. A great way to stop accumulating debt is using cash to pay for all your transactions.

                      This will be challenging, depending on how reliant you are with your credit card, but it’s worth the effort. Not only will you stop accruing debt, but you’ll also be more conscious with what you buy.

                      For example, you’ll think twice about purchasing a new $200 headphone despite having the cash to buy them. According to a poll conducted by The CreditCards.com, 5 out of 6 Americans are impulsive spenders.[2]

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                      Telling yourself that you’ll have the discipline to not buy things won’t cut it. This is equal to having junk food in your fridge while trying to eat healthy–it’s only a matter of time before you slip. By using cash to make your purchases, you’ll spend less and save more.

                      A Proven Formula to Skyrocket Your Savings

                      Having proven systems in place to help you save more is important, but they’re not the best way to save money.

                      You can search for dozens of ways to save money, but there’ll always be a limit. Instead of spending the majority of your effort saving, look for ways to increase your income. The truth is that once you have the right systems in place, saving is easy.

                      What’s challenging is earning more money. There are many routes you can take to achieve this. For example, you can work long and hard at your current job to earn a raise. But there’s one problem–you’re depending on someone else to give you a raise.

                      Your company will have to have the budget, and you’ll have to know how to toot your own horn to get this raise. This isn’t to say that earning a raise is impossible, but things are better when you’re in control right? That’s why building a side-hustle is the best way to increase your income.

                      Think of your side-hustle as a part-time job doing something you enjoy. You can sell items on eBay for a profit, or design websites for small businesses. Building a side-hustle will be on the hardest things you’ll do, be too stubborn to quit.

                      During the early stages, you won’t be making money and that’s okay. Since you already have a source of income, you won’t be dependent on your side-hustle to pay for your expenses. Depending on how much time you invest in your side-hustle, it can one day replace your current income.

                      Whatever route you take, focus more on earning and save as much as possible. You have more control than you give yourself credit for.

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                      Transform Yourself into a Saving Money Machine

                      Saving money isn’t complicated but it’s one of the hardest things you’ll do.

                      By learning from your mistakes and rewarding yourself after saving you’ll save more. What would you do with an extra $200 or $500 each month? To some, this is life-changing money that can improve the quality of their lives.

                      The truth is saving money is an art. Save too much and you’ll quit, but save too little and you’ll pay for the consequences in the future. Saving money takes effort and having the right systems in place.

                      Imagine if you’d started saving an extra $100 this next month? Or, saved $20K in one year? Although it’s hard to imagine, this can be your reality if you follow the principles covered in this guide.

                      Take a moment to brainstorm which goals you’d be able to reach if you had extra money each month. Use these goals as motivation to help you stay on track on your journey to saving more. If I was able to save thousands of dollars with little guidance, imagine what you’ll be able to do.

                      What are you waiting for? Go and start saving money, the sky is your limit.

                      Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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