MELANIA Trump has launched her first-ever NFT to help kids in need.
The former first lady announced the release of the token on Wednesday, and revealed it is called “Melania’s Vision”.
“I am proud to announce my new NFT endeavor, which embodies my passion for the arts, and will support my ongoing commitment to children through my Be Best initiative,” Melania said in a statement.
“Through this new technology-based platform, we will provide children computer science skills, including programming and software development, to thrive after they age out of the foster community.”
Melania getting in on the latest crypto craze came as Bitcoin and Shiba Inu’s value increased in the early hours of Thursday morning.
As of 10:45am ET, Bitcoin was up more than 3 percent on CoinBase.
At the same time, Shiba Inu was up 4 percent on CoinBase.
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Crypto wealth and luxury goods
Cryptocurrency wealth is leading to a new generation of luxury consumers in the United States, according to Markets Insider.
The news organization pointed to a report from investment bank Jeffries, which found young buyers are spending crypto winnings on expensive jewelry, apparel, and accessories.
The group, comprised of people under 35, is increasingly buying artwork such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs), in addition to luxury brands.
While Chinese consumers are still the major force in luxury spending worldwide, the report said American buyers are set to propel luxury sales beyond pre-pandemic levels.
Gifting NFTs and digital assets, part two
Some young investors are looking forward to gifting friends their first digital asset this year.
A San Francisco-based 26-year-old told CNBC that she plans to gift close friends and family digital assets like Ethereum Name Service (ENS) domains and NFTs.
A domain for the Ethereum blockchain represents an investor’s cryptocurrency address, appearing like “YourName.eth”.
It’s personalized rather than the random string of letters and numbers that typically signifies a user’s wallet.
Gifting NFTs and other digital assets
Young investors told CNBC that they plan to gift cryptocurrency, NFTs and other digital assets this holiday season.
A 23-year-old from San Antonio, Texas, said she will get her sister and parents an NFT of a digital land lot to share in the metaverse.
She also plans to buy collectible NFTs from projects that aim to empower women, like World of Women and Crypto Coven.
The digital gifts could cost thousands of dollars depending on factors like metaverse game, demand, and size, CNBC reported.
What is a crypto ‘fan token’?
Fan tokens are a cryptocurrency that is sweeping the football landscape.
They’ve been launched or are under consideration by 24 football clubs across the five major European leagues, according to BBC News.
Some involve real-world perks for the buyer, like a say in which slogans appear on a trophy or what song should be played for a team’s entrance.
Critics say the benefits are insignificant, and the value of fan tokens rises and falls based on supply and demand.
Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Manchester City and PSG have all jumped on board with the craze.
Donating with cryptocurrency
Churches are starting to see more donations made using cryptocurrency, according to Christianity Today.
James Lawrence told the news organization that donations made on his platform Engiven using the virtual currency were slow in 2019 and 2020.
By fall of 2021, the platform had processed cryptocurrency donations for more than 700 nonprofits.
The list of recipients includes well-known organizations like The Salvation Army and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Up to 400 recipients were churches, Lawrence said, as more congregations move to accept the digital currency.
Sending cryptocurrency on WhatsApp
WhatsApp, a popular messaging app, is testing a cryptocurrency payment feature for some users in the US.
Meta, formerly known as Facebook, owns WhatsApp and is letting some users send and receive Pax Dollars.
Pax currency is deemed a “stablecoin” because it’s connected to the US dollar.
The feature is powered by Novi, Meta’s digital wallet.
According to Novi, making payments will be easy, like sending other kinds of attachments in WhatsApp.
There’s no word on when the cryptocurrency payment feature might roll out to more users and countries.
Robinhood partnership targets crypto trading security
Robinhood announced a new partnership with a blockchain data analytics platform ahead of its planned cryptocurrency wallet launch.
Robinhood will use Chainalysis’ data, analytics, and software to meet compliance requirements and provide secure crypto transactions, Motley Fool reported.
The partnership comes ahead of the planned 2022 launch of Robinhood’s crypto wallet.
More than 1.6 million people are on a waitlist for the new feature, according to Motley Fool.
RIP Mr Goxx: ‘He fell asleep peacefully’
“Mr. Goxx showed no signs of serious illness, besides having some kidney issues as a cause of a professional mite treatment in his early days,” the sad announcement continued.
“While having normal amounts of food until Sunday, he then suddenly refused eating and fell asleep peacefully on Monday morning.”
“For us humans behind Goxx Capital, the situation is hard to grasp and questions about a possible continuance of the project are not relevant to us at the moment (for now, we will leave everything as is),” the statement added.
“Thank you and rest in peace, Max (a.k.a Mr. Goxx). You will be missed, and your memory will live forever on the blockchain.”
RIP Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster
Sadly, Mr Goxx, the crypto-trading hamster, passed away on November 23.
The tragic news was shared on Mr Goxx’s official Twitter account.
“We feared this day like no other and are truly shocked for it to happen just now,” Mr Goxx’s Twitter account tweeted on Wednesday.
“In deep sorrow, we have to announce the loss of our beloved furry friend.”
The account continued: “Being with us as a pet for quite a while, he became famous out of nowhere. Mr. Goxx has brought joy to people all across the globe and reminded us not to take life too seriously.
“He shed light into dark moments of pandemic, inflation and many kinds of trouble.”
Speaking to the BBC, the two 30-something German men behind Mr Goxx the crypto-trading hamster explained that the idea started as a joke.
“We felt that everything keeps getting more expensive these days and building savings is super-hard to achieve with high rents to pay,” they said.
“It seems like most people from our generation see no other chance than throwing a lot of their savings on the crypto market, without having a clue what’s going on there.
“We were joking about whether my hamster would be able to make smarter investment decisions than we humans do.”
Goxx’s ‘Decision tunnels’
The amount to be traded was determined when Goxx ran through one of two “decision tunnels”.
Depending on which tunnel he ran through, the amount he would buy or sell in cryptocurrency changed in 20 euro increments.
All of the data was rigged to a computer that made the transactions in real-time on Goxx’s behalf.
Crypto-trading hamster, continued
The four-legged financial fiend was not completing transactions himself, of course.
Instead, Goxx’s trading decisions were made inside a camera-rigged “office” attached to his regular cage.
Every day, when he entered the office, a stream was started on Twitch and a tweet was sent out to his followers notifying them that trading had begun.
The hamster then ran on an “intention wheel” that chose one of 30 different cryptocurrencies to trade.
Crypto-trading hamster outperformed market
A hamster in Germany previously traded in cryptocurrencies and consistently outperformed the S&P 500.
The furry animal, called Mr Goxx, was busy working since June, thanks to a specially adapted cage.
He determined which currencies to buy or sell by running on his wheel or walking through one of two tunnels.
Mr Goxx started trading on June 12 this year.
The site states that the page is just for fun and does not offer financial advice.
Bitcoin milestone, part two
Bitcoin was created in 2009 by an unknown computer whizz using the alias Satoshi Nakamoto.
Data from Blockchain.com on Monday showed 18.9 million of the 20,999,999,9769 possible Bitcoins had been mined.
It’s a milestone that took 12 years to reach.
Experts believe the last Bitcoin will be mined in February 2140.
One Bitcoin is currently worth around $47,000.
Value could shoot up as the coins become more scarce, experts said.
Less than 10 percent of Bitcoin left to mine
There is less than 10 percent of Bitcoin left to mine as the cryptocurrency passed a major milestone on Monday.
Data from Blockchain.com showed 18.9 million out of a possible 21 million of the virtual coins have been mined.
Bitcoin is the world’s first entirely virtual currency and new currency is created by mining, a complex online process that uses computer code.
It involves using a computer to solve a mathematical problem with a 64-digit solution to create new coins.
For each problem solved, one block of Bitcoin is processed. The miner that is first to solve the problem is rewarded with a new Bitcoin.
These new coins are then stored virtually through an online database called the blockchain.
The maximum amount of Bitcoin that can ever exist is 21 million.
Risks of investing in cryptos, part five
Finally, the truth in marketing materials is a risk in investing in cryptos.
Firms may overstate the returns of products or understate the risks involved.
Risks of investing in cryptos, part four
Another risk of investing are the charges and fees.
Consumers should consider the impact of fees and charges on their investment which may be more than those for regulated investment products.
Risks of investing in cryptos, part three
A third risk of investing in cryptocurrencies is product complexity.
The complexity of some products and services relating to cryptoassets can make it hard for consumers to understand the risks.
There is no guarantee that cryptoassets can be converted back into cash.
Converting a cryptoasset back to cash depends on demand and supply existing in the market.
Risks of investing in cryptos, part two
Another risk of investing is price volatility.
Significant price volatility in crypto assets, combined with the inherent difficulties of valuing crypto assets reliably, places consumers at a high risk of losses.
Risks of investing in cryptocurrencies
We rounded up five risks of investing in cryptocurrencies.
The first is Consumer protection.
Some investments advertising high returns based on crypto assets may not be subject to regulation beyond anti-money laundering requirements.
Will Shiba Inu’s price rise?
For Shiba in particular, there has been a fair share of volatility this year despite the recent surge.
Up until October 28, the token saw its last record high of $0.00003641 on May 11.
It’s difficult to predict how Shiba Inu’s price will change in the future because of a wide number of factors affecting it.
They include regulatory crackdowns around the world, comments by high-profile individuals such as Elon Musk, and other developments.
Shiba Inu Coin, continued
Whether you’ve already invested or not, keep in mind that making money through cryptocurrencies or other investments is never guaranteed, even with a popular one like Shiba Inu.
Cryptocurrencies are especially volatile, so their values can crash with little to no notice.
What is Shiba Inu Coin?
Shiba Inu is a cryptocurrency token that allows users to hold trillions of them.
The tokens feature the same Shiba Inu dog as Dogecoin, which has risen massively in popularity recently.
Major meme coins, part two
Another dog meme that has picked up traction this year has been Saitama inu, whose logo appears to feature a wolf surrounding a human face.
“Tokens like Shiba Inu, Dogecoin, and newest gainer Saitama are all a part of the evolution of digital finance in their own unique way,” Chris Kline, chief operating officer and co-founder of Bitcoin IRA, recently told The Sun.
Separately, Tiger King is a meme coin based on the popular Netflix series that picked up strong momentum.
The major meme coins
The surge of the meme coins this year all started with Dogecoin.
That was then followed by Shiba Inu, which both feature the same dog breed in their logos.
The image became a popular internet meme called doge, and it features the dog surrounded by text in the comic sans font with words like “much wow.”
Both Shiba and Dogecoin have been popular dog meme coins this year.