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An Island in Caribbean is for sale and owner is only accepting Bitcoins as payment 

A beautiful plot in Caribbean Islands is for sale at the price of $7.1 million, but the most interesting part is that the owner is only accepting Bitcoins as payment method.

The tropical hideaway on Union Island in St Vincent and the Grenadines, is one of the latest multi-million pound properties where the owners will only accept the digital currency.

There is currently no house on the land being offered for sale at Bloody Beach Bay , but it does come with plans to build a villa and beach bar

Recent property sales in Bitcoins 

This is not a surprise for Bitcoin community as there are examples in recent times where property owners in Dubai, London and Melbourne listed their properties for sale only in Bitcoins

Melbourne home for sale in Bitcoins

Landlords in New York are also accepting rent from tenants in Bitcoins

Now pay your rent in Bitcoin

In view of all the above mentioned examples, this is not a surprise for global property market and real estate brokers should promote this idea

Island Property specifications 

The land for sale is within a few minutes of a small airport linking Union Island with St Vincent and the other Grenadine islands.

On the neighbouring Canouan Island, more than £150million has been spent by the owners of the famous Sandy Lane resort in Barbados on developing the Pink Sands Club.

They’ve also added a 6,000 ft runway – the longest in the Grenadines and a multi-million dollar super yacht marina.

Property owners shifting towards crypto currency payments 

As mentioned in the above examples, there is a boom in crypto currency in the real estate sector as well and real estate market slowly adapting the Crypto technology

 

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Australian Taxation Office warned against crypto retirement funds

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Regulatory authorities around the world have tighten the grip on crypto projects. Taxation authorities like Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and Australian Taxation Office (ATO) are the latest to join the list with strong initiatives.

Australian Taxation Office recently sent warning letters to the investors who have invested a large part of their retirement savings in crypto related funds. ATO sent these letters in order to warn investors against high risk investments like crypto. One of the key responsibilities of regulatory authorities and taxation authorities is to keep investors away from high risk investment schemes.

A spokesman from ATO told local media that “We have already seen instances in 2018 where investors lost significant amount of their retirement fund in crypto investments, so it’s our duty to make them aware about the kind of risk crypto market posses”. The spokesman further explained that they are also against the huge exposure in any single asset class. “We are not saying that we are all and all against the crypto market or crypto assets, but we are more concerned about the kind of exposure these crypto retirement funds have in single crypto asset like Bitcoin”

“If an investor is putting more than 90% of his retirement savings in crypto then obviously it is at high risk and that’s what we discourage, we have no issues in diversified portfolios but if crypto retirement funds are having 100% exposure in crypto assets then we have to warn investors about the potential losses.

Self-Managed-Super Funds (SMSFs)

SMSFs are type of retirement accounts privately managed by individuals rather than the institutions or regulated financial companies. Australian Securities and Investments Commission also supports ATO’s decision, in a recent statement ASIC said

“Be wary of services offering to establish an SMSF for you in order to gain exposure to cryptocurrencies. Not only does operating an SMSF involve significant time, skills and responsibility, you may also be putting your retirement savings at risk”

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“Coinbase seeing $200-400 million in new crypto deposits every week”: Armstrong 

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CEO of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong says that “Adoption of crypto by Institutions is no more an uncertainty. The question was valid about 12 months ago, but now everything has changed as we’re seeing $200-400 million a week in new crypto deposits from institutional clients”

In a recent tweet, Armstrong further says that trust and safety means a lot to crypto investors and Coinbase is on a mission to provide safe infrastructure to institutional clients in order to increase adoption.

Coinbase has completed acquisition of Xapo which helped them in institutional business. In a recent blogpost, Coinbase further mentioned that in just one year of launch, Coinbase custody has reached a staggering number of $7 billion of assets under custody, stored on behalf of 120 clients from 14 different countries.

The highlight of today’s tweet from Brian Armstrong was the numbers from Institutional investors. Safety have always been a big issue for investors and that’s why there were lot of discussions regarding adoption of crypto at Institutional level, but with $200 – 400 million coming into Coinbase every week, we can easily say that crypto adoption at institutional level is no more a question, it’s a reality.

The way forward 

We already discussed about the importance of safety of funds in crypto market, but in order to increase adoption, crypto market must create new traders. Traders love leverage, borrowing and lending which allows them to trade the market even with limited resources. Retail forex market is a prime example of such facilities. Coinbase did mentioned in the blogpost that they are excited to explore new ways to monetize and leverage crypto assets like borrowing and lending.

Bitcoin ETF

Decision about the Bitcoin ETF by securities and exchange commission is pending in October. Exchange traded fund approval from SEC can open new doors for crypto adoption at an institutional level.

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