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Why the blockchain will change financial services delivery forever

One area that has lagged in innovation is financial services. Though money is inherently a conservative market, many predicted some time ago that providers would innovate quickly or be replaced.

The power of fintech

The proliferation of fintech solutions presents a remarkable opportunity for small and midsize financial institutions not only to compete on a level playing field with the big banks but also to leverage their exceedingly hard-to-compete-with strengths to win new customers.

The bitcoin solution to cannabis payments

Marijuana is now legal in several states, but financial institutions currently do not allow their credit or debit cards to be used for purchasing cannabis. Thus, kiosk manufacturers are turning towards cash management solutions and bitcoin to provide secure payments for cannabis retailers.

Blockchain 101

Two weeks ago, we tackled the basics of bitcoin. Now it's time to explore the basics of the blockchain — and its future.

Are banks right for the blockchain?

Banking giants are moving toward the blockchain at an increasingly aggressive pace. But, are they right for the blockchain? Will their efforts translate into apps? What does it mean for the bitcoin industry?

Looking ahead: Virtual currency predictions for 2016

Bitcoin recently celebrated its seventh birthday. It has come from humble beginnings, but this year bitcoin prices and blockchain tech are ready to explode.

VCT's Top 7 news headlines of 2015

Last year in virtual currency news, several major players such as banks, Bill Gates and states have begun to take virtual currency seriously. It's time to take a look back at the top news stories of 2015.

Preview: 2015 ATM & Mobile Innovation Summit

During the ATM summit, execs will learn about the disruptive nature of bitcoin and new payments technology and how to navigate its regulatory framework.

Digital wallets: how merchants can use the platform to draw in consumers

How can mobile wallets help customers and merchants? Teri Llach, chief marketing officer at Blackhawk Network, discusses the potential benefits.

The blockchain crafts future opportunities

Bitcoin has an aura of rebellion, danger and newness that gets much of the media attention. However, the technology powering bitcoin has remained in the background until recently.

Fintech 2.0 takes financial world by storm

Fintech startups are taking the financial world by storm, as they take advantage of new technologies such as cryptocurrency. Dan Glessner, chief marketing officer at Quisk, provides his thoughts.

Bitcoin 'rebittance': serving the financially underserved

With remittance fees as high as 12 percent, many migrant workers are stuck in a bind. Hence, some migrants are turning to bitcoin "rebittances" as a less expensive alternative.

Regulators still grappling with cryptocurrency approach

At the recent Virtual Currency Today Summit, representatives from the Massachusetts government and the FTC discussed their views on the virtual currency regulatory landscape from the state and federal level.

A beginner’s guide to bitcoin

To the mainstream population virtual currency remains a great mystery. Virtual currency is a tool of the informed and an arcane secret to the uninformed. This division between the tech savvy and the mainstream audience has yet to be bridged by any virtual currency entrepreneur. However, education remains the great bridge builder in this situation.

Legal marijuana and virtual currency: natural allies in search of growth?

One virtual currency ATM operator, Ann Arbor, Michigan-based Bitcoin Brands Inc., has found medical marijuana dispensaries among the most receptive retail customers. Company owner Peter Klamka sees the bitcoin ATM as a natural fit for medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Banks are now taking a hard look at virtual currencies, particularly as these emerge as a serious competitor to traditional money-transfer providers. Explore the compliance and cost issues here. 

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