Are Safe Haven Assets Becoming Extinct?

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In a matter of months, the COVID-19 pandemic grew from a considerable health threat to a global financial crisis. What followed was a torrent of sell-offs and fund transfers to so-called safe havens, such as gold, government bonds, and the Japanese yen, which quickly weakened the stock markets to an extent comparable only to the worst of market recessions.

The en masse and almost simultaneous investor migration from medium- and high-risk financial instruments to traditionally strong assets in times of crisis inevitably had us asking the question: what are the hidden risks of investing in safe havens in 2020?

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Blockchain Technology: What It Is, How It Works, and Why the Corporate World Finds It So Irresistible

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If you haven’t heard the words “blockchain”, “blockchain technology”, and “distributed ledger technology” (DLT), you must have been living under a rock for the past few years.

But most likely you have heard them repeated over and over again, touted as the greatest thing since sliced bread and the solution to all global woes.

Blockchain could do everything—create money, manage assets, transfer money, track the movement of bananas from the small farm in Ecuador to the supermarket, thus ensuring you are eating fair trade bananas, help you rent a car, manage the smart appliances in your home, offer solutions for personal identification and so on, and so forth. 

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