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Exploring Crypto Futures - What Are Bitcoin Futures?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 28, 2020

The past few weeks have seen a lot of price action in the crypto markets. The price of Bitcoin surged to within 0.9% of its all-time high before undergoing a price correction, which sent it down below the $17,000 price line. However, with crypto and Bitcoin trading being a hot topic once again, there are a lot of expectations and uncertainty about the future price of Bitcoin. As such, this can be a great time to learn more about Bitcoin futures.

Futures are, broadly speaking, financial instruments that allow users to speculate on the future price of an asset. Although this can sound similar to actually owning the asset, there are some specifics of Bitcoin futures that make them more suitable to hold in certain situations, compared to actually holding Bitcoin. What’s more, if you already own Bitcoin, investing in Bitcoin futures can still give you some financial flexibility inherent to these financial instruments. 

For example, Bitcoin futures generally trade on an...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Hegic?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 27, 2020

Hegic is a decentralized options trading platform on Ethereum. With Hegic, you can buy or sell put and call options for ETH and WBTC. Options in decentralized finance (DeFi) work best for those looking to speculate, hedge their positions, or provide liquidity. Hegic Protocol is an on-chain trading protocol which is powered by liquidity pools and hedge contracts. 

If you’re an options trader from the traditional world of finance, you’ll notice some differences when trading options in DeFi. Here are some of the features of on-chain options trading with Hegic:

  • No KYC or email registration required
  • Non-custodial, censorship-resistant trading
  • Verified on-chain settlement for options contracts
  • Choose your strike price and exercise at any time during the contract period
  • Earn yield as a liquidity provider

To trade options on Hegic, you just need to connect with an Ethereum wallet like MetaMask and you’re good to go. We’ll explore the rest of these...

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Crypto Essentials - The State of Blockchain in 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 26, 2020

Blockchain courses are becoming more and more appealing as this new market witnesses another boom, both in terms of cryptocurrency prices and the number of blockchain projects being launched. Once again, the crypto industry is full of exciting news, similar to 2017 when Bitcoin’s all‑time high tested the $20,000 mark - and there’s much more to come. As we face growing economic uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in crypto and blockchain technology is surging.

Put simply, it’s that time of the year again. The last few weeks booming crypto markets are driving market sentiment, with widespread fear of missing out (FOMO) and overall "block hype" in the industry. However, along with this comes a decent amount of misleading information. Here on the Ivan on Tech Academy blog, we give you the best educational blockchain advice, tips on what you can do to act rationally in the crypto market, and valuable information on how to find a job in...

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How to Earn a Passive Income with Ethereum 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 26, 2020

Have you been keeping an eye on the cryptocurrency market these past few weeks? If you have, you’ll know that the crypto market has been pushing towards its all-time high. Although the price of Bitcoin has recently seen a slight correction, interest in crypto and altcoins is already higher than in a long time. As such, you might be interested in earning a passive income with crypto. Perhaps you already have some Bitcoin and are now looking to diversify your portfolio? As many see the beginning of a bull run, people are looking to learn how to earn a passive income with Ethereum - the foundation of decentralized finance - to make gains whilst they sleep.

In this article, we explain exactly what Ethereum is and it’s crucial role and functions within the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Also, we’ll cover several different ways to learn how to earn a passive income with Ethereum. We’ve already gone through some of the ways to make a passive income in crypto - but this...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Matic Network?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 25, 2020

New and exciting DeFi projects launch all the time, and it can be difficult to keep up with them all. More specifically, understanding project fundamentals, the services they can offer to users, announcements of partnerships and integrations can all seem abstract. Matic Network, on the other hand, a Layer-2 scaling solution utilizing Plasma side chains, has a very concrete use case. Put simply, Matic Network is a scaling solution underpinning dApps and DeFi applications, addressing some of the Ethereum Network’s scalability challenges.

In this article, we do a deep dive on the Matic Network, the team behind it, the different use cases and services it provides, and why this project could become hotter than ever in the next couple of years. Matic Network uses a combination of the Plasma framework and Proof of Stake (PoS) to provide secure, off-chain computation offloading the main Ethereum chain.

However, before getting into the specifics of Matic Network, let’s preface...

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The Emergency of Crypto Banking - Crypto Banks in 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 24, 2020

As uncertainty around the US dollar mounts, faith in the existing financial legacy infrastructure is dwindling. Specifically, this sees many people now searching for possible alternatives to traditional banks for storing their wealth, and opportunities to borrow and lend capital. What’s more, the advent of decentralized finance (DeFi) promises to be able to potentially bank the unbanked. As such, could the notion of crypto banks be a middle-ground solution between the benefits of cryptocurrencies and the traditional financial ecosystem?

One of the driving forces and marketing techniques for banks to acquire new users is offering substantially more interest returns than other banks offers. Traditional bank interest rates currently are at the lowest they can positively be, and various governments around the world - such as the UK’s - propose moving into negative interest rate territory to help stimulate the economy. As such, this means that people could potentially...

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7 Reasons To Get Into Crypto in Late 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 23, 2020

You’ve seen it in the headlines, you’ve heard your friends talking about it. The cryptocurrency market is arguably hotter than ever, with the price of Bitcoin pumping to highs not seen since the late 2017 Bitcoin bull run. As such, it can be more enticing to get into crypto than it has been for a long time. Nevertheless, it can be hard to know whether to get into crypto or not - should you trust the crypto skeptics or the blockchain believers? That’s why this article presents an unbiased list of 7 reasons to get into crypto, so you can see some of the fascinating opportunities in crypto for yourself!

In this article, we’re going to explore some of the most compelling reasons that are making so many people get into crypto right now. What’s more, we look at some of the innovative ways that blockchain technology is shaping the future, and how you can position yourself to take advantage of getting into crypto right now. If you’re wondering how to...

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DeFi Deep Dive - Smart Contract Security

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 22, 2020

The world of decentralized finance (DeFi) is an exciting space to be in. It can seem like every day there’s someone or some initiative introducing a new protocol, upgrade, or some other creative, new way of putting various DeFi building blocks together. Nevertheless, this also increases the need for prudent smart contract security, and smart contract audits.

Anyone familiar with the DeFi sector will have seen the massive influx of capital to DeFi projects in 2020. Unfortunately, along with all that excitement and the $13.5 billion flowing through the ecosystem (see DeFi Pulse), DeFi has also proven attractive for some opportunistic hackers. There have been several highly publicized hacks in DeFi in 2020. We’ve already covered some of these, such as the bZx hacks, the Harvest Finance hack, the Eminence hack, the Balancer hack, and others.

Suffice to say, DeFi can be an interesting and highly profitable space to be in, but it’s also a risky one....

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Bancor?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 21, 2020

The Bancor Network is one of the longest-standing cryptocurrency projects, and among the first to pioneer decentralized financial applications (dApps) and token swaps. Despite a heavily-publicized attack and various legal hurdles throughout its infancy, the Bancor Protocol is emerging as a stand-out platform. Bancor shows great potential, thanks to recent upgrades and services to the network and the higher utility of the BNT token.

In this article, we’re going to dive into how the Bancor Protocol operates, what the Bancor Network consists of, the roles of the BNT token, and what’s in store for the future of the Bancor v2.1 upgrade. It was only in July this year that Bancor v2 was released, and the voting took place a few months later between October 15th and 18th for the next protocol upgrade. Read on to learn all about Bancor!

Bancor shot back into public consciousness earlier this week, and its DeFi Pulse listing surged. If you want some help in keeping track of the...

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An Introduction to Public vs Private Blockchains

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 20, 2020

Blockchain technology, which was largely popularized by Bitcoin, became famous for using decentralized, transparent, censorship-resistant and immutable ledgers. After Bitcoin first came into the public consciousness, cryptocurrencies have become increasingly popular throughout the last decade. When most people think of blockchains, they usually think of public blockchains such as Bitcoin or Ethereum, but private blockchains are being implemented by all types of businesses, large and small. So, what is the discussion of public vs private blockchains all about?

In this article, we look at the key differences between public vs private blockchains and some of the exciting projects creating enterprise-ready solutions to implement blockchain infrastructure in a way that is scalable and can be tailored to the needs of individual businesses. Depending on the desired use case, both private and public blockchains have their own advantages.

Nevertheless, taking a look at public and private...

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