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DeFi Deep Dive - Exploring Dune Analytics

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 28, 2020

On-chain analysis is one of the most interesting emerging fields in crypto. Moreover, while there are many firms offering blockchain data analysis today, there are a few things that make Dune Analytics unique.

First off, Dune Analytics’s data is open and community-driven. But what separates Dune Analytics from the rest of the other on-chain analytics platforms is its focus on decentralized finance (DeFi). 

If you’ve ever used on-chain analytics, then you’re familiar with having to wait for the company to choose which projects they will prepare data for. With Dune Analytics, however, you can build your own data sets. You can do this by running simple or complex queries of on-chain data through the Dune editor. This not only means more freedom of choice but also faster, and more up-to-date information than what the “closed” platforms can offer.

What is On-chain Analysis?

On-chain analysis helps users enhance their trading strategies. If you’ve...

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Exploring Blockchain Scaling Solutions in 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 27, 2020

The growth of Ethereum over recent years has propelled blockchain technology beyond what many thought was possible. As the crypto community eagerly awaits the seemingly ever-delayed Ethereum 2.0 upgrade, many are wondering, could Layer-2 solutions provide the sustainable growth and scaling of the network that is needed?

Successful implementation of Ethereum’s Layer-2 solutions can be said to be important  both for the security and overall success of the network, but also the mass adoption of cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. Specifically, scaling solutions are imperative for increased network activity. 

Proponents of Ethereum would say that Ethereum is at the forefront of various fields such as payments technology, financial infrastructure, and global enterprise, but with network congestion and gas fees at all-time highs, scaling solutions are highly sought after, as the demand for Ethereum usage far exceeds the capacity of the network.

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Ampleforth?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 26, 2020

If you stumbled across Ampleforth’s native token, AMPL, whilst perusing A site such CoinGecko, you might have dismissed it as just another DeFi token. Maybe you thought it was another one of those governance tokens that granted voting rights. Or maybe you’d heard about it and assumed it was some over-hyped accounting trick. However, this article breaks down all there is to know about Ampleforth.

Yes, AMPL is another ERC-20 token that operates on top of the Ethereum. But if you dig a bit deeper, you’ll find it is unique in the DeFi space. Whether it’s worth investing in or not is a different story. But it is certainly a ground-breaking protocol worth looking into.

 Ampleforth is different in that it changes its supply of AMPL tokens daily. That’s right, the supply of AMPL tokens automatically adjusts in response to demand. That means your wallet’s supply of AMPL tokens can change each day.  This happens because the Ampleforth protocol has...

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Institutional Companies Investing in Bitcoin and Exploring Crypto

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 25, 2020

Bitcoin is without a doubt making a big splash in institutional investment circles. Specifically, news stories are pouring out daily about institutional investment firms and regulators enacting new policies and partnerships to assist in the process of blockchain technology integration into their businesses and crypto adoption.

However, this has not always been the case. Rather, institutional investors were initially reluctant to embrace crypto. There have been several large companies such as PayPal, Grayscale, and Visa - just to name a few - that in the past years have publicly stated their disliking, or misunderstanding of Bitcoin, and written it off as a scam. These companies, amongst others, have since been quietly working in the background to invest with hopes to regain first-mover advantages, before publicly stating they are now investing or partnering with cryptocurrency projects.

Blockchain in enterprise and growing institutional adoption of Bitcoin is a significant step...

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What is Rarible - The Ultimate Guide to Rarible and RARI

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 24, 2020

If you are an avid follower of the crypto and altcoin market, odds are you have heard of Rarible. Rarible brands itself as the world’s first “community-owned NFT marketplace”. Furthermore, Rarible leverages its RARI token - which, similarly, is the world’s first governance token in the NFT field - to power this community-run platform model. In giving users a token with governance powers, Rarible is borrowing a page from the DeFi playbook. Now it remains to be seen whether this strategy will work in the NFT space as well.  

Furthermore, those keeping an eye on the price charts will likely know Rarible as the RARI token price has shot up nearly tenfold during the past two months. As always, violent price swings are not necessarily indicative of crypto projects with a lot of potential. 

Hype, FOMO or even outright price manipulation are always something traders should keep in mind. Moreover, this article should only be seen as educational material...

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Reasons To Be Excited About Crypto: Are We In A Bitcoin Bull Market?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 23, 2020

If you are a Bitcoin trader, you will likely have heard of the term “Bitcoin bull market”. Put simply, a bull market is the period during which the price of an asset turns sharply upward, following the rough trajectory of a bull’s horns. So, are we in a Bitcoin bull market? Well, we could potentially be gearing up for another big Bitcoin bull run yet, which many are referring to as a potential ‘supercycle’ that could take us to new highs in the crypto markets. Let’s, therefore, look at some of the different factors that could make Bitcoin investors feel bullish.

Big price moves and fluctuations are common in crypto, and it is not unusual to see altcoins doubling in value or dropping by 50% overnight. After all, crypto is not for the faint-hearted.

With so many exciting new announcements and developments in crypto, it could look like we are about to enter the next bull run. Consequently, a lot of attention is drawn to the wealth of...

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DeFi Deep Dive - Exploring TokenSets

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 22, 2020

The decentralized finance (DeFi) sector continues to both evolve and amaze and yet another platform worth looking into is that of TokenSets. TokenSets is an asset management platform that automates crypto trading strategies. It provides an interface to create and buy Strategy Enabled Tokens (Set tokens). And each Set token holds a basket of cryptocurrencies whilst also representing a trading strategy.

The TokenSets team set out to create a smart contract system that could time the market for better trade position entries and exits. So, TokenSets helps traders purchase an asset that does the management for them. Moreover, it is non-custodial like other DeFi protocols. Additionally, it is also based on the assumption that the average retail traders do have the time nor the technical know-how to develop and implement these strategies themselves.  

Are you getting interested in the DeFi field? After all, it is one of the hottest developments in the crypto and blockchain field...

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Blockchain Interoperability and Why It Matters For Mass Adoption

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 21, 2020

Certain buzzwords are currently making names for themselves in the cryptosphere. Most notably, these include DeFi, NFTs, and oracles. These could conceivably be among the top trends that may act as catalysts for a potential 2020/2021 bull run. Another buzzword that is making the rounds, although perhaps does not receive as much attention as the previously mentioned terms, is blockchain interoperability.

Interoperability fundamentally refers to a seamless exchange process of transactions or data between blockchains. If you are unsure what this means or if you are interested in finding out how this works - read on!

In this article, we will briefly cover how blockchain technology works, why interoperability is such a crucial part in the next stage of cryptocurrency adoption, and live projects and use cases using protocols with blockchain interoperability.

If this peaks your interest regarding blockchain technology in general, then you’ve come to the right...

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What Are Crypto Ratings and Weiss Crypto Ratings?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 20, 2020

Traditional investors tend to look closely at so-called “credit ratings” in order to judge the creditworthiness, or perceived “quality”, of a borrower. Moreover, similar types of ratings are available for most asset classes, with many actors offering ratings for various stocks, companies, or even financial instruments.

Now, with cryptocurrencies becoming increasingly popular as an asset class, people look to crypto for everything from preserving wealth to even believing blockchain technology, decentralized finance and crypto could replace the traditional finance system. Nevertheless, the crypto industry is still somewhat lacking when it comes to tools for rating the different cryptocurrencies and altcoins. 

Granted, one can look at relative market dominance, where Bitcoin is the clear leader followed by Ethereum. However, this only presents a somewhat crude snapshot of the current popularity of different cryptocurrencies. Wouldn’t it instead be...

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Banking and Bitcoin - Can Crypto Kill The Banks?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 19, 2020

As we enter an exciting new paradigm of finance and technology, many traditional institutions are struggling to keep up with the blockchain revolution. What once seemed like a pipe dream - providing financial services to the masses without the need for traditional banks - is now becoming a highly debated topic. As cryptocurrencies, blockchain technology and decentralized finance become increasingly popular, a seemingly radical question emerges: can crypto kill the banks? 

If you have been following the Ivan on Tech Academy blog for a while, you will know by now that traditional banks are in a bit of trouble. With multiple bailouts and unprecedented levels of stimulus, the global economy is about to undergo an important change as we move into the digital era. Moreover, blockchain technology could kickstart a paradigm shift in financial services, which threatens to render traditional banks irrelevant.

In this article, we’ll discuss the role of blockchain and cryptocurrency...

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