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Bitcoin and Banks - Exploring Banks' Current Relationship to Bitcoin

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 22, 2021

It can seem like only yesterday banks and traditional financial institutions were tripping over themselves trying to bring down crypto. For several years, Bitcoin has repeatedly been declared a scam, a Ponzi, and a bubble. Yet, here we are in the year 2021. Bitcoin and banks are becoming increasingly intertwined as the legacy system finally looks to be embracing blockchain technology. As a result, we’re beginning to see a rise in crypto-friendly banks globally.

Despite Bitcoin historically posing a threat to banks, it appears that banks are looking for new avenues to stay relevant. Facing economic turmoil, many central banks are experimenting with central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). China, Canada, and parts of Europe have already accelerated this transition. Now, even global finance laggards are starting to take notice. The rise of crypto-friendly banks hints towards potentially improved regulation within the industry. Furthermore, it shows great promise for the future...

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Janet Yellen and Bitcoin - The Treasury Secretary and Crypto

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 21, 2021

Late last year, after much ado, the United States' presidential election process was finally formalized, and Joe Biden was declared the victor. On January 20th of 2021, Joe Biden was formally sworn in as the 46th President of the United States. As expected of any new president, several changes are to be made where the commander-in-chief appoints new cabinet members. Some of the most vital positions Biden will need to fill are those of Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and - most importantly when it comes to the future of Bitcoin and crypto in the US - Secretary of the Treasury. What’s more, Biden has nominated Janet Yellen to become the next US Secretary of the Treasury. Nevertheless, according to Janet Yellen Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are far from the future of the financial system. So, what consequences might this have on the wider cryptocurrency market, and how is she likely to treat crypto and Bitcoin under Biden?

Although Yellen is only nominated at this...

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Exploring Cryptocurrency Trading Indicators: What are Crypto Trading Indicators?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 20, 2021

When you’re looking at a cryptocurrency price chart for the first time, it can be a little confusing. So many numbers, lines, and colors, can appear overwhelming initially. You may have heard people refer to “chart patterns” and various other cryptocurrency trading indicators that help traders and investors make choices based on the probability of outcomes, rather than gut feeling and chance. Crypto trading indicators are an essential tool for making the most out of the markets.

By collating dating points and determining probabilities, traders can make informed decisions. By using multiple cryptocurrency trading indicators in conjunction, the savvy trader is equipped to interpret market sentiment in a way that can maximize gains and minimize losses.

In this article, we’re going to look at the most commonly used trading indicators, and the functions they serve. Also, we’ll look at the benefits of on-chain analysis and explain how you can position...

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Top Polkadot Projects 2021 - Exploring The Polkadot Ecosystem

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 19, 2021

Despite Polkadot launching the Genesis block of its network just last year, the project has since gone from strength to strength. Recently, Polkadot’s native DOT token has surged to establish Polkadot as the fourth-largest cryptocurrency by market cap. What’s more, the sheer number of Polkadot projects that have already risen to prominence is remarkable. In fact, Polkadot projects are stealing the hearts and minds of crypto enthusiasts by promoting interoperability and innovation within the blockchain industry.

In this article, we’re going to explore some of the top Polkadot projects within the Polkadot ecosystem. Also, we’ll look at what makes Polkadot such an attractive building ground for developers, and how Polkadot is stamping out blockchain tribalism, and promoting harmony within the crypto space.

If you’re new to cryptocurrency and want to learn more about how to invest safely and securely, see our Crypto Basics course at Ivan on Tech Academy....

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Badger DAO?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 18, 2021

The growth of the decentralized finance (DeFi) field has been fast-paced over the past year, and it has introduced a long list of fascinating projects. What’s more, the Total Value Locked (TVL) in DeFi has risen sharply, as you can see in the chart below. One of these interesting projects is that of Badger DAO and its BADGER token, with which it looks to accelerate the use of Bitcoin in DeFi.

We’ve also seen Yearn.Finance lead the charge against investor-backed projects and instead replace it with their “fair token launch” model. In this kind of model, the community takes ownership of the project from the start. Another leap forward has been the increasing demand for Bitcoin on the Ethereum blockchain.

Many would argue that Bitcoin is the soundest method of exchange or collateral ever invented. Bitcoin usage in DeFi used to be confined to the tiny ecosystem on the Bitcoin network until protocols emerged, allowing Bitcoin holders to wrap their BTC on Ethereum...

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BSI - How a Cryptocurrency Trading Indicator Predicted Bitcoin's January 2021 Dump

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 17, 2021

The second week of 2021 saw a significant correction in the price of Bitcoin, following the premier cryptocurrency’s frantic rally to new all-time highs. Although Bitcoin’s price has since recovered somewhat, it initially fell from a high of over $41,500 to nearly $33,000. Perhaps even more interesting is how the Ivan on Tech BSI Indicator was able to predict this Bitcoin dump several days in advance. Read on for the full breakdown of how a cryptocurrency trading indicator predicted Bitcoin’s January 2021 dump!

First and foremost, certain trading indicators sometimes ”luck out”. Nevertheless, the BSI Indicator has consistently revealed impressively accurate Bitcoin buy sell signals for the past few years. The BSI Indicator’s chief differentiating feature from other crypto trading indicators, or trading indicators in general, is that it uses both technical analysis (TA) data and on-chain analysis sentiment. Combining these two data groups in a...

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Ultimate Utrust Review - What is Utrust and the UTK Token?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 17, 2021

It is an open secret that the traditional payments industry struggles with keeping up with today’s digital society. Legacy technologies like SWIFT mean cross-border payments can take days to process and often incur huge fees. Furthermore, the risk of fraud or financial loss as a result of using traditional financial systems is also alarming. This is something that Utrust and the HOLD app are looking to tackle.

By harnessing the transparency and security of blockchain technology, Utrust has developed a payments service that benefits consumers and merchants alike. Furthermore, the UTK token underpins the development and expansion of the platform, while also incentivizing users. This article answers the question “What is Utrust” and provides a Utrust review for anyone interested in the project

In this article, we’re going to explore the Utrust platform, the UTK token, and the HOLD app powered by Utrust. Also, we’ll look at how Utrust makes it simple for...

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What is Bondly - Exploring Bondly NFTs & the BONDLY Token

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 16, 2021

You may already have heard about the Bondly ecosystem, and perhaps you’re not sure what it’s used for? Imagine this scenario: It’s a Friday night. You’re out with your friends and you realize at the bar you’ve lost your wallet. However, your friend kindly lends you money for the night and you promise to pay them back. Then, the following morning, your friend calls to ask for the money as they need it for food shopping on Sunday. As it’s a Saturday, and with no bank card, your only option is to hop onto a painfully slow online banking app. This could mean the money won’t be with your friend until at least Monday. What can you do? 

Bondly is one of the solutions to this. To remedy this hypothetical scenario a few readers may relate to, Bondly has created a peer-to-peer payments solution to be used between friends, family, colleagues, and strangers alike. This can be done at any time, any day of the week. Also, Bondly’s innovative...

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Why You Should Have a Cryptocurrency Investment Strategy

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 15, 2021

So, you’re thinking of investing in cryptocurrency? If so, you’ve come to the right post for learning more about the importance of a cryptocurrency investment strategy! Even if you’ve already dipped your toes into crypto, it’s always good to research the various ways you can improve your cryptocurrency investment strategy. Learning more about trading in general and educating yourself regarding the crypto space is one of the best ways to make sure your investments are well thought out. Nevertheless, there are hundreds of different ways to invest your digital assets. Often, it can feel slightly overwhelming trying to structure the best way to invest in cryptocurrency. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this article, we’ll explain the importance of creating a cryptocurrency investment strategy, and why ultimately, your choice of investment strategy will be up to you. Furthermore, we’ll explain in detail the most common ways of...

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What is Reserve Protocol? Exploring the Reserve Token & RSR Tokenomics

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 14, 2021

Reserve Protocol and its Reserve Rights token (RSR) has been gaining interest for months. As the RSR token has quietly gained traction, RSR tokenomics are also gaining recognition. The Reserve app is already used in places like Venezuela as a safe-haven against hyperinflation. However, the Reserve Protocol also reduces the risk for DeFi users and yield farmers thanks to its Reserve token.

Reserve Protocol aims to build a censorship-resistant stablecoin and decentralized fiat gateway network that serves as a borderless, inflation-resistant store of wealth, that can be easily transacted with low friction. Furthermore, the goal is to create a stablecoin that cannot be debased and is free from government corruption.

In this article, we’re going to dive deep into the Reserve Protocol and see exactly how it operates. Also, we’re going to look at the Reserve Token (RSV) and the Reserve Rights token (RSR). We’ll look at the RSR tokenomics, the different uses for...

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