How Decentralized Finance Makes Investing Accessible
Historically, global financial markets have been restricted to those with exactly the right contacts, in the right locations, and with vast amounts of wealth already at their disposal. Investing for the general population, however, was typically expensive, cumbersome, and inaccessible.
Fortunately, today’s infographic from Abra demonstrates how the decentralized financial market has brought about solutions to these hurdles.
Why Investing Should be More Accessible
Many factors such as theft, inflation, and political or economic shifts can erode personal wealth over time.
Being able to invest in the global financial market offers a hedge against these risks, and yet for those with modest resources and limited connections, investing has typically been out of reach.
Consider several well-known platforms or funds:
- Etrade ─ $500
- T. Rowe Price ─ $2,500
- Vanguard S&P Mid-Cap 400 Index Fund ─ $5,000,000
Investment minimums range from several hundred to several million dollars—making any hope of investing impossible for most.
This is especially urgent for the global middle class, which is expected to swell 180% by 2040. Having access to more avenues to build and protect wealth will be key to sustainable economic growth for a growing majority worldwide.
But how can people actually start investing if much of the current market is still too expensive?
Fractional Investing Offers Better Access
In the past, brokers were limited to buying and selling stocks as whole units.
Fractional investing, however, allows investors with a lower net worth to access valuable, expensive stocks. It also attracts investors that are less likely to buy and sell on a whim and instead focus on long-term growth.
Blockchain technology has been a key component in this democratization of global wealth—much like fractional investing—because people are no longer restricted by their resources, location, or lack of connections.
A New Wave of Investing
Decentralized finance is:
Users no longer need a third-party to verify their transactions.
Users can access decentralized financial markets from anywhere using their smart devices.
Every transaction is made publically viewable.
No one can make arbitrary changes or cause system-wide shutdowns.
Anyone can customize smart contracts based on regional and technical requirements.
Decentralized financial tools, using blockchain and cryptocurrencies, are providing excellent alternatives to building wealth by offering smaller investment minimums, lower fees, and faster transaction times.
The rise of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies introduced the world to the simple concept of fractional investing—owning extremely small fractions of digital currencies.
Now, investors can also own fractions of high-priced stocks, ETFs, fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies, and stable coins, through Abra’s novel platform.
Abra: the Blockchain-based Investment App
Abra is the world’s first global investment app that uses the Bitcoin blockchain to make investing more accessible. Abra makes it fast and easy to manage your investments—all from one app.
- Simple: Easy to use and globally available, Abra’s app makes investing a breeze.
- Secure: Abra is secure and private—backed by blockchain and smart-contract technology—giving investors full control of their funds through non-custodial wallets.
- Fractionalized: Invest in partial shares of traditional and digital assets, starting at $5.
- Global: Trade, store value, and invest in a range of fiat currencies, cryptocurrencies, ETFs, and stocks from 154 countries.
The Future of Investing
Historically, investing in equities has been a key to building personal wealth, and Abra’s technology allows more people around the world to access the same types of investments, no matter their location or income.
A survey of Abra users shows the democratization of investing in action:
Affordability: Most Abra users have roughly US$50 in their portfolios.
Security: Abra users enjoy privacy of information and full control of their assets.
Accessibility: A top priority for Abra users, they are able to invest in financial markets and expensive equities worldwide.
With its intuitive, global platform, Abra has introduced the future of investing for everyone.
“For the first time, we can truly democratize access to investment opportunities at global scale.”
—Bill Barhydt, CEO of Abra
The Consumer Potential of CBD, and Why It’s Here to Stay
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the major compounds in cannabis—and its therapeutic properties and varied applications are driving the $12 billion industry.
The Consumer Potential of CBD, And Why It’s Here to Stay
The billion-dollar cannabis industry is reaching new heights. While stigma and restrictions still exist, these haven’t slowed the industry’s global growth, and it’s projected at almost $32 billion by 2022.
At the core of it is a growing appreciation and understanding for cannabidiol, or CBD—a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis and hemp plants. Today’s infographic from The Green Organic Dutchman wraps up our “Soil to Sale” series, by explaining CBD’s therapeutic benefits and why it’s taking the world by storm.
CBD: A Medical Marvel
CBD is one of two major cannabinoids that naturally occur in cannabis. It has a long history of being used medicinally, but it fell out of favor due to legal issues.
Today, it’s making a comeback. Medical cannabis relies on CBD for its therapeutic properties, and the personal anecdotes of patients are being increasingly backed by science. There are currently over 300 active and completed clinical trials concerning CBD, and it’s proven to help with a range of health issues, from simple to complex:
- Chronic pain
- Inflammation and arthritis
- Anxiety and depression
- Nausea or appetite loss
- Multiple sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Epilepsy and seizures
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved the first prescription CBD drug, Epidiolex, for its efficacy in reducing epilepsy seizures.
CBD is Going Global
It’s no wonder that over 20 countries have established medical cannabis markets, with more following suit. But there’s a catch—it can be legal to buy CBD-based products, but not cannabis. Ever-changing laws further complicate the legal status of CBD worldwide.
Canada is still one of only two countries to legalize cannabis on a federal level. It also has the resources to become a research leader, and expand product offerings based on changing consumer needs. Meanwhile, cannabis is still highly restricted in the United States, yet 33 states allow medical cannabis and/or the purchase of CBD products.
Many potential patients and consumers are wary to try cannabis, because they’re worried about getting “high”. With CBD-based products, that risk is significantly reduced, and it’s opening up all sorts of doors.
What Do Consumers Want?
Many consumers are drawn to CBD-based products for its therapeutic applications. In a survey of 4,000 Americans, here’s how many found CBD quite effective for different uses:
- 63%: Reducing stress or anxiety
- 52%: For better sleep
- 38%: Joint pain
- 24%: For fun or recreation
Consumers are also starting to explore CBD-based products for more than medication, such as sports recovery, and skincare and beauty. This new wellness segment is creating opportunities for alternative delivery formats—in the same survey, consumers reported using edibles, tinctures, vapes, and topicals to consume CBD the most.
It’s clear that CBD’s multiple applications will propel the market forward. Based on one estimate by Cowen & Co., CBD retail sales could shoot up from a baseline of $600 million to $16 billion by 2025. The most growth will be seen in the health and wellness category, like nutraceuticals (worth $6.4B) and topicals (worth $4B).
The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings Ltd. (TGOD) is a global leading organic cannabis brand, with an eye on CBD’s benefits and future market potential for years to come.
We want to remain on the cutting edge of innovation and establish the foundation for future … novel TGOD-branded cannabinoid products, from beverages and edibles, to topicals and beyond.
—Drew Campbell, Senior Director of Marketing at TGOD
Everything You Need to Know About In-Situ Mining
There is a little know method of mining that does not move a rock, In-Situ Mining. Visual Capitalist outlines the process of mining in this unique way.
Everything You Need to Know About In-Situ Mining
How do you mine without moving a rock?
When most people think of mining they think of massive open pits or deep and winding underground tunnels. But there is one mining method that does not move a rock and leaves the landscape as is.
Today’s infographic from Excelsior Mining Corp. outlines a unique mining method, In-Situ Recovery “ISR”, also known as In-Situ Mining.
An Intro to In-Situ Mining
ISR is not a recent innovation in the mining sector. In fact, ISR has been used for the past 50 years in uranium mining, and 48% of the world’s uranium gets mined this way. Uranium is not the only mineral it can extract; there is also silver, copper, and sometimes gold.
ISR involves dissolving a mineral deposit in the ground and then processing it at surface, all without moving any rock. It is cost effective and environmentally friendly.
But if this method is so great, how come more companies do not mine this way?
The Right Geology
ISR is not widely used because the geological conditions have to be just right. There are few locations around the world that meet the following criteria:
- Highly permeable ore body. In the case of copper, the ore body must be naturally broken, fractured and permeable.
- Mineable. The target mineral must be soluble with the right fluid, typically a weak acid.
- Under the water table. The mineral deposit must be below the water table to allow for the movement of fluids throughout the ore body.
If geologists can find these conditions and it is a large enough mineral deposit, it is time to mine.
The ISR Process
Once the right conditions are met and drill holes are sunk into the ore body, mining can begin.
- Leaching solution is pumped through injection wells
- The solution moves through the naturally fractured rock and leaches the copper
- Recovery wells extract the copper-rich solution
- Solution is pumped to the surface to the plant for processing
- Copper is extracted from the solution to create pure copper sheets
- Mining solution is recycled back to the well field
Once an area is mined, the wells are flushed with water to clean out any remaining leaching solution. Meanwhile, the surface is returned back to pre-mining conditions, allowing it to be used for any purpose in the future.
Advantages of In-Situ Mining
The environmental advantages are clear, including: minimal noise, dust, or greenhouse gas emissions, along with minimal visual disturbance. In addition, it also lowers capital and operating costs while creating a safer environment for mine workers.
Too bad not all mines can operate without moving a rock.
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