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DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BITCOIN AND LITEBITCOIN

When you get closer to the world of cryptocurrencies, it is not uncommon to confuse reference assets due to the similarity of their names and the fact that very often the source codes are the same.

Well, one of the most common cases is the one that contrasts Bitcoin e Litebitcoin. Although part of the name of the virtual currency is the same, they are two different assets that it is advisable to consider separately understanding the main differences, de.cfds-trader.com is best option for trading.

 

How Bitcoin is used?

Bitcoin is the most famous crypto valuates in the world and is probably also a virtual currency that needs less introduction. Bitcoin is, in fact, the system that has piqued the public and financial opinion in these assets, and is still the most capitalized and traded virtual Currency in the world.

 

How to use Litebitcoin?

This, of course, is less well known, instead Litebitcoin, A newly introduced cryptocurrencies in the panorama of the encrypted virtual currencies, and is the result of the evolution of the same code, the Bitcoin, from which it takes its name in part.

The purpose of this fork was to enable the presence of the blockchain so that it could guarantee a higher speed and stability of the cryptographic system compared to what was already in bitcoin.

 

Differences

By this point, you should have already understood the differences between the two assets, and Bitcoin e Litebitcoin is two different and different currencies, and, as a rule.

The differences didn’t end here. Suffice it to recall that Bitcoin is significantly more traded and capitalized than its counterpart, and how to invest in Bitcoin is much easier thanks to the large number of brokers who have this asset on their platforms. Shortly speaking, capitalization The market capitalization of Bitcoin exceeds 250 billion dollars due to dynamic expansion, especially during this year. On the other hand, the capitalization of Lithuanian bitcoins is much more restrained. Today their capitalization is about 35 thousand dollars price, the price of bitcoin today exceeds 15 thousand dollars instead, the unit of bitcoins is 0.011148 dollars, or 0.00000074 if you prefer bitcoins, Currency in circulation The circulating bitcoins in circulation are a little over a million 3 versus a Bitcoin supply of almost a million 17, total supply As you know, most of the bitcoins have already been extracted. The remainder will be gradually available until you reach a total of 21 million bitcoins. In this sense, the scaling of Lithuanian bitcoins has just begun, given that the 3 million available units represent a small fraction of the more than 161 million bits envisioned by the project.

 

What is the fundamental difference between bitcoin, gold and oil?

Bitcoin, oil and gold have experienced significant price fluctuations for their long-term or short-term history. There are, however, fundamental differences, especially if we look at what happens to their availability when a price change occurs.

 

Oil

Any significant rises in the price of oil lead to an immediate reaction from the producers of this commodity. The higher price of the product they supply prompts them to invest more in the infrastructure to mine this black gold. On the charts, you can see how the price fell when oil production exceeded demand. Since the mining companies did not expect to produce as much oil in this situation, the volume of production decreased accordingly. At another stage, demand increased again, and companies could start mining at higher speeds.

 

Gold

The same goes for gold. As soon as its price rises, companies react accordingly by increasing the production of this metal. When the price of gold fell, its production also stabilized.

 

Bitcoin

However, in the case of bitcoin, he can see the opposite of the commodities as mentioned above. In last year, when the block mining rewards were significantly higher than today, he saw significantly lower prices for 1 BTC. Subsequently, as the price of Bitcoin rose, miners’ rewards decreased.

Thus, there is no cyclical relationship between supply and demand, as is the case with oil and gold. This course has to do with the very nature of this cryptocurrency. Mining fees are halved for every 210,000 blocks.

 

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GEOSPATIAL DATA VISUALISATION MAKES SENSE OF MASS OF COMMERCIAL PROPERTY INSURANCE DATA

Heikki Vesanto, Manager GIS Data Science, LexisNexis Risk Solutions UK & I

 

Like most areas of the general insurance market, data, analytics and technology are helping commercial property insurance providers make faster and more accurate decisions based on a holistic view of risk.  The big difference in commercial property (and to an extent home insurance) is that it is quite literally a picture or map of risk that’s being created – right down to an individual property outline – through the evolution of desktop based geospatial data visualisation tools.

Knowing that visual imagery is more intuitive and speeds up the ability to assess risk, data visualisation tools developed specifically for the insurance sector have become increasingly sophisticated.  They help make immediate sense of the huge and growing volume of data at the market’s disposal.

This data includes the characteristics of a property (floors, height, roof type etc.); its location; the individuals behind the business; the crime and environmental risks including near real-time data on flood and river flows direct from the Environment Agency plus customer and policy data held within an insurance providers’ own databases.

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All this data can now be analysed, aggregated and visualised in map form for use within the insurance continuum – marketing, pricing, underwriting, claims. It reveals where exposures and accumulations exist in an instant and shows insurance providers where there is capacity to write more business.  Fundamentally, the inclusion of all this data allows insurance providers to more accurately price each risk upfront relative to its unique profile.

The demand for this level of insight is only set to grow as commercial insurance providers face changing risks on two fronts. The first is climate change and the cost of claims emanating from extreme weather events. Profitability in commercial property insurance is significantly affected by weather conditions and a recent report suggests commercial property insurance rates were up around 20% on average in Q3 2020[i].

The second is the shift in the use of commercial property space, partially caused by the pandemic.  Surveys suggest that the enforced exodus of workers from offices could be permanent for at least part of the week[ii].  Indeed, several banks across Europe have confirmed they will be closing branches and asking staff to work from home[iii].   There are also questions over the future of town centres which were already in decline before COVID-19.

Understanding which insured properties are vacant versus occupied in a flood, fire or a severe storm, knowing roads closed due to fallen trees, where flood water will flow or how a fire in one building could spread to another is now possible through the evolution of geospatial data visualisation tools such as LexisNexis® Map View, enabling complex property data to be quickly and easily understood and acted upon.

When a weather event occurs, insurance providers can look at a specific geographical region, a postcode, an address or a single property outline, pulling on a wide range of data including live feeds from the Environment Agency.  This means that rather than wait for an influx of claims to assess the exposure to a climate event, they can upload their policy and claims data to visualise the risks and exposure for a whole book of business. They can understand which policyholders could be impacted and where on the ground resources need to be located.

The flexibility of the tools offered today makes it easy to filter down to the risks most of interest, focus on one property for underwriting purposes or a whole block of properties in the path of a coming storm.

The use of ‘live’ data also means that Estimated Maximum Loss and Potential Maximum Loss can be calculated.

Risk can be assessed as needed or a constant monitor created for a whole commercial property portfolio. Looking at a whole portfolio alongside past claims may also help insurance providers price more accurately and understand how they could help mitigate future claims and potential losses.

As well as supporting underwriting, pricing and claims management, with this visual depiction of risk, insurance providers can easily identify areas where they can sell more business in large cities and automatically see where they have areas of high concentrations of Sums Insured for reinsurance calculations.

Insurance specific geospatial data visualisation tools are enabling the insurance market to utilise the increasing availability of ‘live’ and new data sources related to commercial property risks.  This is helping the market to price with pinpoint accuracy, manage their portfolio and get on the front foot when a weather event hits to limit their losses and protect policyholders.

 

[i] https://www.artemis.bm/news/commercial-property-insurance-price-rises-accelerate-globally-in-q3/

[ii] https://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/london-office-market-collapses-amid-pandemic-deloitte-survey-finds/5109149.article

[iii] https://www.ft.com/content/a15f17d3-dc86-4030-85fe-74a29eb1fafa

 

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A GUIDE TO HMO PROPERTY INVESTMENT

Many experienced property investors are turning their attention to HMOs and achieving much higher rental yields as a result. Find out what a HMO is, why they are so popular and how to finance these properties.

 

What is an HMO?

A property is considered to be a house in multiple occupation (HMO) if at least 3 tenants live there forming more than 1 ‘household’ and share facilities with other tenants.

HMOs can have a range of tenants such as students, professionals or for social housing.

 

Why are HMOs such a popular investment?

There’s no doubt that HMO properties are very popular with landlords, the main reason for this is the fact that the rental yield is much higher than with a standard single household type let.

HMOs are let on a ‘per room’ basis i.e. the rent generally covers the use of 1 lockable bedroom and use of the shared facilities such as the kitchen and bathroom. This is in contrast to a single let whereby the rent covers the whole property.

As an HMO has scope for multiple tenants, if a tenant was to move out or to stop paying rent for any reason, there will likely be other tenants still making payments. For a landlord, this can help cash flow, especially if the property is mortgaged.

This isn’t the case with a single let, meaning there can be a greater risk of rental voids. As the demand for affordable housing grows, so does the popularity of HMO style investments to landlords.

 

Are there any drawbacks of HMO property investment?

Like most property investments, there can of course be drawbacks when investing in an HMO.

The main factor when considering investing in HMOs is the interest rate of the mortgage. As this is a more specialised area of investment you may need a special HMO mortgage product, this almost certainly means the interest rate will be higher than with a standard buy to let. As HMO rental income is higher compared to a buy to let, there is still a good profit to be made even if you are paying a higher interest rate.

As there are multiple tenants this can mean multiple tenancy agreements and a greater turnaround of people moving in and out. As such HMOs can be more time consuming to manage compared to a single let.

You must also consider the start-up costs when buying a property to let as an HMO. As each room is let individually, you must consider the fire regulations and things such as waste disposal and planning regulations.

 

What finance is available for HMO properties?

As HMO’s have become more popular the number of lenders offering HMO mortgages has increased, this means a greater choice of products. Interest rates and deposit requirements vary depending on both the property type and the applicant’s profile.

A seasoned landlord generally needs to put down a deposit of 25% whereas a first-time buyer would be expected to pay a 35% deposit. A low-value property or a property with a large number of bedrooms may require a larger deposit, even if you are an experienced landlord.

As with any mortgage, there are other factors to be taken into account such as credit history and personal earned income.

 

What should I look for in a potential property?

When considering properties, there are important factors that need to be taken into account to make sure your property investment is successful.

The location should be researched to make sure there is a good demand for HMO properties in the area, if it’s near a university, hospital or near a large town or city you would expect demand to be high, it is worth speaking to a local letting agent to confirm this.

If the area is already flooded with HMO properties the local authority may impose an Article 4 Restriction. This restriction means you cannot simply convert a property to an HMO, you must apply to the local authority for approval.

Another thing to look for is the size of the rooms, depending on the number of tenants you have, the bedrooms and shared areas have to be a certain minimum size. It is easier to buy a property that is already set up and running as an HMO although you may pay a premium for this.

 

What are the key considerations before moving forward?

HMO’s can certainly be a good investment but you should weigh up the pros and cons compared to other types of lets.

You should also compare buying the property in your personal name compared to buying through a limited company. A good accountant will be able to provide advice on the tax implications involved in each route.

Due to the work involved in running the property, it may be worth using a local letting agent to manage the property for you, they will look after the property and deal with tenants, although you will have to pay for the service.

When looking for a suitable mortgage it is worth speaking with a specialist HMO mortgage broker who fully understands the market. Again, there may be a fee to pay for the service but this will often save you money in the long run.

 

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