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Spain’s first Bitcoin-only apartment sale goes on real estate market

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A residential attic in the center of the Catalonian city in Spain became the first Spanish real estate property that has been put on the market only for Bitcoins.

Bitcoin (BTC, XBT) is a decentralised global digital currency that isn’t backed by a central bank or single administrator, in other words, it is a peer-to-peer electronic cash system which has seen a massive increase in its value in recent times.

According to Víctor Monreal, executive director of the Barcelona-based real estate company Mister Piso, which has put this residence on the market said on Wednesday Bitcoin enabled “a much speedier and effective transaction than the traditional payment method.”

In his opinion, normal payment “is managed by banks engaged in financial intermediation and subject to excessive and unnecessary regulation,” Efe reported.

The apartment that can only be purchased in Bitcoins is located in Tarragona’s central Plaza Imperial and it was its owner who decided that payment could only be made in Bitcoins.

The attic has gone on the market with a price tag of 40 Bitcoins, which at Wednesday’s BTC virtual exchange rate is the equivalent of $583,950.

In the event a potential buyer does not have Bitcoins, he will be directed to one of the numerous bitcoin exchanges operating on the internet, Monreal said.

Bitcoin transactions take place between users directly, are verified by network nodes through the use of cryptography and recorded in a public distributed ledger called a “blockchain.”

An independent verification of the “chain of ownership” of any and every Bitcoin value is achieved as each network node stores its own copy of the blockchain.

Bitcoin was invented by a person or group behind the name Satoshi Nakamoto and released as open-source software in 2009.

Since the beginning of 2017 Bitcoin has experienced a spectacular rise in value, passing from $999 per Bitcoin in Jan. 2017 to the current but volatile, $14,633 per coin.

The director of Mister Piso said he believed there will be a growing number of consumers opting to make their daily purchases with this digital currency.

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Post-2014, India ‘richer’ by 601 new billionaires, Mukesh Ambani on top

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Mumbai, Sep 25 : India added a whopping 601 new billionaires since 2014, with Reliance Industries Ltd Chairman Mukesh Ambani topping the ‘Barclays Hurun India Rich List-2018’ for the seventh consecutive year with an estimated wealth of Rs 371,000 crore.

As per the report, in 2014, there were 230 billionaires or multi-billionaires, which shot up to 831 in the 2018 in the BHI Rich List.

Earlier, in 2012, the figure was a modest 59 billionaires, which climbed to 141 in 2013. But after notching 230 billionaires in 2014, the list has grown phenomenally with 296 (2015), 339 (2016), 617 (2017) and now 831 billionaires in 2018.

Similarly, the number of USD billionaires in India in the past seven years at the prevailing exchange rates has shot up from 59 (2012) to 141 (2018) as the USD’s value grew from INR 55.60 to INR 68.40 during the period.

Among women, there was only one self-made billionaire in 2013, which increased to 11 in 2018. Women multi-billionaires shot up from just five in 2013 to 136 this year.

The cumulative wealth of these 831 individuals featured in the latest list stands at USD 719 billion, or one-quarter of the Indian GDP of USD 2,848 billion as per the IMF’s April 2018 estimates.

After Ambani, next comes S.P. Hinduja and family of Hinduja Group with estimated wealth of Rs 159,000 crore, Arcelor-Mittal’s L.N. Mittal and family at Rs 114,500 crore in the top bracket.

Following them are: Wipro’s Azim Premji at Rs 96,100 crore, Sun Pharmaceuticals Ltd’s Dilip Shanghvi at Rs 89,700 crore, Kotak Mahindra Bank’s Uday Kotak at Rs 78,600 crore, Serum Institute of India’s Cyrus Poonawalla at Rs 73,000 crore, Adani Group’s Gautam Adani and family at Rs 71,200 crore, Shapoorji Pallonji Mistry’s Cyrus P. Mistry at Rs 69,400 crore,

Five of the Top 10 belong to Maharashtra, one each from Gujarat and Karnataka, two are London-based and one is in Monaco, as per the rich list.

As expected, the country’s commercial capital Mumbai tops the billionaires’ list with 233 names, followed by New Delhi at 163 and IT capital Bengaluru at 70, said Barclays Private Clients CEO S.N. Bansal.

The annual list is a compilation of the super-richest Indians having a net worth of Rs 1,000 crore or more. This number has increased by a staggering one-third – from 617 in 2017 to 831 in 2018, said Hurun Report India’s Managing Director Rahman Junaid.

While 306 new entrants made it to the list this year, 75 of those featured in 2017 failed to find a place in the super exclusive club this year.

“The Indian edition of the list is the fastest growing rich list in the world, highlighting the optimism of a young, vibrant and ambitious country,” Junaid pointed out.

As far as top wealthy business clans are concerned, more than 50 percent of the businesses listed in the 2018 rich list belong to just 10 Indian families – Ambani, Godrej, Hinduja, Mistry, Shanghvi, Nadar, Adani, Damani, Lohia and Burman.

Four of these family-run businesses are in the first-generation and second generation, one is in third generation and one in fifth generation of operations.

“Wealth creation in India is growing at an unprecedented pace, and the time it takes to accumulate wealth is shorter than before,” said Bansal at the report launch.

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Rupee extends losses, nears 73 against Dollar

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New Delhi, Sep 25: The Indian rupee slipped in the early trade on Tuesday. It weakened by 33 paise to 72.82 against the US dollar. 

The rupee closed at 72.63 against the greenback on Monday.

The key Indian equity indices opened on a negative note today, owing to a weak rupee and rising crude oil prices.

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Mumbai, Sep 25: The key Indian equity indices opened on a negative note on Tuesday, owing to a weak rupee and rising crude oil prices.

At 9.30 a.m., the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange traded at 10,918.85 points, lower by 48.55 points or 0.44 per cent from its previous close.

The BSE Sensex which had opened at 36,350.25 points, traded at 36,183.86 points, lower by 121.16 points or 0.33 per cent from its previous close of 36,305.02 points.

So far, it has touched an intra-day high of 36,454.03 points and a low 36,180.16 points.

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