Investing.com | Feb 16, 2018 12:24AM ET
Tho’ Bitcoin and its volatile price swings tend to hog the headlines, most will agree it’s blockchain technology that’s the true disruptor. Blockchain acts spil a decentralized ledger, recording all gegevens at the same time across all knots on its network. Ratings agency Moody&rsquo,s reports blockchain will convert and disrupt myriad industries. It expects the technology will pose a potential long-term competitive threat to a multiplicity of business sectors&mdash,eventually.
Shmulik Grizim, the founder of LeadCoin believes blockchain has the potential to disrupt a multitude of industries, te particular web marketing:
&ldquo,For example, web marketing is an enormously centralized industry predominated by the Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL ) and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB ) duopoly. A decentralized web marketing solution that’s based on blockchain technology could shift the power back to the mitts of the businesses themselves permitting for trusted and secured transactions inbetween two anonymous parties without any middleman.&rdquo,
He foresees numerous switches occurring via blockchain to a growing number of centralized industries including banking, gegevens storage and supply chain management.
Still, however it’s relatively effortless&mdash,albeit potentially expensive&mdash,to invest ter at least some blockchain based cryptocurrencies, there are a growing number of ways to invest ter, and even profit from blockchain technology without wielding any digital currencies. From publicly traded mega caps to fledgling start-ups, spil well spil two ETFs, the following 11 alternatives could be adequate vehicles if you don’t feel up to weathering the extreme volatility recently seen ter crypto markets:
1. Eastman Kodak
The once seemingly impregnable photography giant has experienced some rough years recently along with a slide toward obscurity spil the photo industry moved beyond paper and chemistry and toward digital technology. Kodak (NYSE: KODK ) missed that boat and shares have bot drowning for years on lower growth and diminished profitability.
However, shares of the company spiked on January Ten after the company announced on January 9 it planned to launch its own form of blockchain technology which it dubbed &ldquo,KodakCoin,&rdquo, for use by photographers to help protect their picture copyrights. Tho’ some eyed it spil a potentially canny way for the faded giant to regain some of its luster and positioning, others see it spil something of a sham. Nevertheless, the idea has merit. It will likely depend on the eventual product and how Kodak treats it.
The computing giant’s blockchain spil a service toneelpodium (Leidinggevende) is being marketed by the tech behemoth spil a service designed to accelerate the development, governance and operation of any multi-institution business network. However still relatively fresh, a latest partnership with Unilever (NYSE: UL ), the world’s 2nd largest advertiser, calls for IBM’s (NYSE: IBM ) business strategy unit to create a blockchain solution to simplify Unilever’s digital ad supply chain and provide more transparency spil a way of enhancing trust with consumers. Similarly, Agility, a third party logistics provider has joined IBM and global container shipping hard Maersk‘s (OTC: AMKBY ) collaboration to build a global trading toneel predicated on blockchain technology.
The megacap technology giant is working to scale blockchain for a distributed ID scheme. Microsoft’s (NASDAQ: MSFT ) Identity Division has announced that overheen the past 12 months the stiff has bot incubating a set of ideas for using blockchain (and other distributed ledger technologies) to create fresh types of digital identities.
Ubitquity LLC, a privately held, Delaware-based hard has bot using blockchain to track property records and deeds spil well spil transfer their ownership with its blockchain SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) toneelpodium. Its very first property ownership transfer via blockchain wasgoed recorded te 2016. Since then a growing number of real estate firms and more recently city governments have bot using blockchain technology for registering, monitoring and enabling property transfers.
This AirBnB-type startup uses blockchain technology to match homeowners with vacation renters. Earlier this week they announced a partnership with WTC, Japan’s largest travel agency, which should boost the uptake of CryptoBnB’s CKey token, potentially enabling it to become the very first hospitality utility token used across global rental platforms.
6. Kryptonite 1
Formerly known spil Guild Acquisitions, then rebranded Kryptonite 1 but more recently referred to spil KP1, this blockchain investment company concentrates on early stage projects and blockchain-based digital assets. It’s publicly traded via London’s NEX exchange. According to the company’s webstek there are presently 103,099,702 shares outstanding.
7. Big Wind Capital
Ter late December, Big Wind Capital (OTC: BGGWF) announced it had entered into an agreement with Hill Top Security, which operates ter the blockchain sector and is concentrates on finding and eliminating military-grade cyber threats. The groups have inked their overeenkomst te order to introduce major blockchain advancements ter security and cryptocurrency.
8. HIVE Blockchain Technologies
HIVE Blockchain Technologies (OTC: HVBTF ) wields numerous cryptocurrency mining facilities globally including a successful facility te Iceland. Ter mid-December 2018 HIVE announced it wasgoed expanding its digital currency mining operations ter Sweden during 2018. Spil well, HIVE will be receiving another round of funding from a syndicate led by GMP Securities and Eventus Capital. Tho’ the infusion hasn’t bot fully set, it could amount to up to $100 million ter financing. The Canada-based company presently mines seven cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum , Litecoin and Monero .
Private wealth management toneelpodium Bankorus markets itself spil a fresh paradigm for high televisiekanaal worth individuals whose capital is tied up ter illiquid assets. The company says it applies AI and blockchain technology to crypto investing te order to help thesis individuals stir their assets into the digital environment. Gregory Van dennenboom Bergh, co-founder and chief executive officer explains that blockchain provides a giant possibility for asset and security tokens which back real world assets, such spil real estate, investment funds, or kunst. Bankorus says it treats a combined AUM of $30B with more than 200,000 of the world&rsquo,s wealthiest clients across China, Europe, and the US. It has offices from Beijing to London.
Ten. – 11. Blockchain ETFs
Freshly launched ETFs Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy Fund (NASDAQ: BLCN ) and Amplify Transformational Gegevens Sharing Fund (NYSE: Speelgoedblok ) are worth considering, however shares of both don’t directly correlate to cryptocurrency price moves. Of course, for some more risk-averse investors that may be the largest selling point for thesis funds.
BLCN tracks an index it created “comprised of companies committing material resources to developing, researching, supporting, innovating or utilizing blockchain technology for their proprietary use or for use by others.” Among its top Ten holdings, by weighting are Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC ), IBM, Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO ), Microsoft and HIVE Blockchain.
Huizenblok calls itself “an actively managed ETF that seeks to provide total terugwedstrijd by investing at least 80% of its nipt assets te equities of companies actively involved ter the development of and utilization of transformational gegevens sharing technologies.” Some of Huizenblok’s top Ten holdings by weighting include Taiwan Semiconductor (NYSE: TSM ), NVIDIA (NASDAQ: NVDA ), Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD ) and HIVE.