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Altcoin Season - Exploring Alt Seasons and Crypto Market Cycles

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 27, 2021

Altcoin Season seems to be upon us - but what is it? As Bitcoin takes a breather, attention is turning to lesser-known cryptocurrencies. Much of the crypto market is still poised, ready to take advantage of a drop in Bitcoin dominance. The cryptocurrency market often revolves around the sentiment towards Bitcoin. However, Altcoin Season, or “Alt Season” as it is commonly referred to, is when investment into cryptocurrency flows more heavily into altcoins than into Bitcoin. Altcoins are often more volatile than Bitcoin, which can be great for the savvy-trader looking to make some tasty gains. However, this volatility can result in a one-way trip to Rekt City for the naive crypto investor. Although navigating the Altcoin Forest can be treacherous at times, it is also one of the most exciting places to be!

In this article, we’re going to explore the broader cryptocurrency space beyond Bitcoin, and the cycles that move the market. Also, we’re going to look at why...

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Exploring 1inch Exchange and the 1INCH Token

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 26, 2021

Since the 2020 Christmas airdrop of the 1INCH token, 1inch Exchange has gained great popularity among users of decentralized finance (DeFi). The decentralized exchange (DEX) aggregator made a name for itself after tackling the issue of high slippage for traders and arbitrageurs profiting at the expense of liquidity providers (LPs). With the addition of the Mooniswap automated market maker (AMM), 1inch Exchange seems to be expanding into new territory. But, what is 1inch Exchange, and why is it becoming so popular?

In this article, we’re going to discuss the 1inch Exchange DEX aggregator and the recently launched 1INCH token. We’ll explore the impact of the 1inch Network on the cryptocurrency space and the project’s continued innovation. Furthermore, we’re going to look at the Mooniswap platform, and why 1inch Exchange is positioned to provide a great deal of utility to users of DeFi in the future.

If you're new to DeFi and unsure how to use decentralized...

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US Crypto Taxes 2021: What You Need to Know

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 25, 2021

For many years, crypto taxes have remained a relatively obscure subject to many. During blockchain technology and crypto’s infancy, cryptocurrency adoption was still relatively low. As such, regulatory scrutiny was almost non-existent. As the popularity and adoption of cryptocurrency increased, so too did governments’ interests in taxing this burgeoning asset class. With Bitcoin’s 2020 bull run still fresh in mind, it should come as no surprise that interest in US crypto taxes has increased in recent months. This has prompted concern among crypto investors, as many have little education around the subject. If you are unable to know your potential tax obligations, you could end up facing severe punishments, resulting in a loss of your crypto earnings. Therefore, learning how to calculate US crypto taxes and understanding Form 8949 has never been more important.

In this article, we’re going to dive into US crypto taxes, and what they mean for you as an...

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Exploring Smart Contract Frameworks for Developers

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 24, 2021

At its very core, blockchain technology is decentralized, immutable ledgers used to securely transfer information or assets without third-party intermediaries. While Bitcoin is the best-known blockchain application, a common misconception still exists that Bitcoin and blockchain technology are the same thing. Rather, blockchain technology is the technology underpinning different cryptocurrencies and also entire emerging fields like DeFi. The DeFi industry, for example, relies heavily on smart contracts. As such, this article takes a closer look at some of the most popular smart contract frameworks for developers to make the most of blockchain technology.

It’s understandable that those new to crypto might confuse the two terms “Bitcoin” and “blockchain”. And that’s because Bitcoin is a more popular brand name than its parent technology. In reality, Bitcoin is just a cryptocurrency that uses the blockchain to complete transactions. So, if...

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Understanding Bitcoin’s 2021 Bull Run and Bitcoin Predictions

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 23, 2021

So far, 2021 has seen the price of Bitcoin surge to new all-time highs. This was primarily driven by the 2020 Bitcoin bull run, which spilled over into 2021. Although the price of Bitcoin has recently seen a significant correction from its 2021 all-time high, it can still be interesting to compare Bitcoin’s recent 2021 bull run with previous bull runs. January of 2021 has seen a lot of price action in the crypto market, and a good way to stay calm in a volatile market is to look at what has come before. Consequently, investors can better understand current market performance and Bitcoin price predictions.

Bitcoin’s perceived price potential has varied dramatically throughout the years. However, since late 2017, Bitcoin price predictions have continuously fluctuated in tandem with the crypto industry's overall sentiment. Nevertheless, the increasingly widespread adoption of Bitcoin and blockchain technology has drawn high-profile investors' attention in recent years,...

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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.

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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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