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Making Sense of Traditional Finance and CeFi vs DeFi

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 13, 2021

Today, more or less everything is digital - and that even includes conventionally analog fields, such as finance. A few decades ago, the traditional finance field looked more or less like it had always done. However, innovations in technology, payment processors, and applications have now made it possible for centralized finance (CeFi) and decentralized finance (DeFi) solutions to offer the same services historically offered within traditional finance. Sometimes it can be challenging to get your head around the differences between CeFi vs DeFi, and how these differ from traditional finance (sometimes known as TradFi). However, fear not - we are here to help explain traditional finance and CeFi vs DeFi!

In this article, we’ve broken down these three common forms of financial infrastructure. Furthermore, we discuss the pros and cons of each while looking at the many crossovers that occur between them. We explore how CeFi vs DeFi applications may not be competing but...

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Exploring Promising Altcoin Projects

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 12, 2021

As the past weeks’ bull market has continued to rage, we’ve seen prices for the two most well-known cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and Ethereum, rocket upwards. However, many believe that the wider altcoin market could very well follow in Bitcoin’s wake. Essentially, the reasoning is that altcoins are lower-priced alternatives with more potential upside. So, when traders believe the price of BTC and ETH has gotten too high, they could instead look for undervalued altcoins. This is why we are taking a look at some promising altcoin projects that have traders talking.

We’ve previously answered the question “what are altcoins” and gone through the main cues you need to know about altcoins in 2021. This article, on the other hand, takes a closer look at some of the more obscure altcoin projects, but which have got cryptocurrency enthusiasts excited.

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The BSI Crypto Trading Indicator - Combining Technical Analysis and On-Chain Analysis

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 11, 2021

All traders are, whether they know it or not, in constant competition with one another. However, short-term investing is not a level playing field. Certain traders gain an unfair advantage through having access to better information than others. When it comes to trading, the old adage ”knowledge is power” still rings true. Although no serious trading tool can guarantee risk-free profits, having access to the most relevant trading information means you can base your trading strategies on accurate trading intelligence and maximize the probability of your strategies succeeding. This is where the Ivan on Tech BSI Indicator comes in.

For decades, Technical Analysis (TA) was seen as one of the best tools for getting a leg up on most other traders in traditional financial markets. With the advent of the cryptocurrency market, so-called ”On-Chain Analysis” - or simply ”blockchain analysis” - gave traders access to blockchain fundamentals that could...

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Understanding the ETH Hype and the Ethereum Bull Run 2021

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 10, 2021

The recent Ethereum bull run has caused quite a stir in the crypto space. Although the continuation of the 2020 Bitcoin bull run is still in full swing, eyes are turning to Ethereum as it approaches its previous all-time high. Some Ethereum predictions even suggest that we could see an Ethereum bull run in 2021 perform in a similar way to Bitcoin's atmospheric rise during late 2017. Many believe that it is only a matter of time before Ethereum embarks on a similarly explosive bull run. Moreover, as the roll-out of Ethereum 2.0 progresses, Ethereum’s infrastructure fundamentals are improving substantially.

In this article, we’re going to look at what is driving the recent price action of Ethereum. Also, we’re going to discuss the future of the Ethereum network, as well as go through some common Ethereum predictions for 2021.

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Exploring Altcoins - Why Should You Care About Altcoins 2021?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 09, 2021

Most would agree 2020 was a highly eventful year. Although it was a turbulent year, one gleaming light of 2020, among other dark events, was the astounding performance of the crypto market seen in late 2020. Since the beginning of April last year, the overall cryptocurrency market cap has been growing at an astounding rate. The clearest example of this is the 2020 Bitcoin bull run, as the price of Bitcoin has increased by about 650% in just under a year. This growth has continued during 2021 and is growing by the minute. However, this is not the only coin that has increased astronomically in value; some altcoins in 2021 have seen the same growth level. In fact, some believe altcoins 2021 could be a, if not the, major growth driver in the cryptocurrency market.

Along with Bitcoin, altcoins such as Ethereum are reaching numbers close to the previous Etherum all-time high that we saw nearly three years ago. Furthermore, not only is Etherum growing, but the wider altcoin market as well....

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What Is Tornado Cash and TORN?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 08, 2021

Tornado Cash is a decentralized protocol designed for those looking to transact privately on the Ethereum blockchain. This protocol helps solve the privacy problem on Ethereum because whenever you buy or sell on that blockchain, your transactions are public. It's not like the blockchain will publicly post your name, but your address will be. For that reason, Ethereum is considered pseudonymous. However, if an observer can connect you to a wallet address, they can track you with research tools like Etherscan.

That means they could track things like the source of your funds, your balances, and your payments. In short, they could analyze your on-chain activity, including your entire transaction history. That's because transparency is the default position of Ethereum. 

So, this is why Tornado Cash has introduced private transactions. They exist to serve those who want anonymity and complete privacy. Therefore, if you're one of those people who doesn't like others snooping on your...

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DeFi Token Industry Review - Understanding DeFi Tokens in 2021

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 07, 2021

Decentralized Finance (DeFi) has taken the crypto world by storm over the past year, as 2020’s “Summer of DeFi” propelled many projects and tokens into the spotlight. Now, with record amounts of value locked in Ethereum-based DeFi platforms and a multitude of top-performing DeFi tokens showing incredible price action, it seems only fitting that we bring you this DeFi token review. It’s time to reflect on the progress made in the DeFi space and see just how far this industry has come in such a short time. Furthermore, we want to look to the future and see how DeFi is set to disrupt the legacy financial system. 

In this article, we’re going to provide a comprehensive overview of the top-performing DeFi tokens and projects. We’re going to look at how decentralized finance works and the promise it holds for the future. Also, this DeFi token review will include an analysis of the projects behind the DeFi tokens and the use cases that give them...

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What is TRON & the TRX Token?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 06, 2021

TRON boasts of being the world's fastest-growing blockchain with over 18 million accounts and 1.4 billion transactions passing through its ecosystem. Now, with a growing number of decentralized applications (dApps) being built on TRON, it is quickly becoming a cost-effective competitor to Ethereum. Furthermore, The TRON ecosystem has seen huge growth over recent months, with a host of cryptocurrency platforms and DeFi protocols built on the TRON blockchain. But, what is TRON and the TRX token?   

In this article, we’re going to dive deep into the TRON ecosystem and explore the many different applications and services built on TRON. Also, we’ll explore the TRX token and the role it plays within the TRON ecosystem.

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Cryptocurrency Trading - How to Trade Crypto in 2021

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 05, 2021

The crypto industry started off 2021 with a bang. In fact, some of the biggest cryptocurrencies are already trading at all-time highs, less than a week into 2021. Just during the last month, Bitcoin has seen a massive price increase, with the price of Bitcoin surging by more than $13,000. As such, people are arguably more interested in the crypto market than ever before. The last few weeks' bullish crypto market shows there is a lot of potential in trading crypto, and everything points towards 2021 being an exciting year for cryptocurrencies. Read on for a full breakdown on how to trade crypto in 2021!

With the price of Bitcoin north of $32,000, a lot of investors are wondering whether they should join in on the crypto trading rage, or whether to wait out the current Bitcoin bull run. However, cryptocurrency trading is not without risk. The crypto market is characterized by volatility, meaning that there are some risks involved. Therefore, when trading crypto, you need to...

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Exploring the Crypto Derivatives Market

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jan 04, 2021

Crypto derivatives are beginning to make some serious noise. A whole new asset class is emerging in the blockchain space, and the crypto derivatives market is taking the industry by storm. An entirely new generation of investors is gaining access to investment opportunities that were difficult to participate in before crypto.

Investors and institutions alike are beginning to realize that the crypto derivatives market is both huge and largely untapped. Additionally, crypto derivatives innovations help the blockchain industry integrate with the traditional financial sector like never before.

In this article, we’re going to explore the crypto derivatives market, how it functions, and industry-specific features that are appealing to investors. We’ll also take a look at some of the most popular crypto derivatives platforms in use currently and discuss the impact this could have on the traditional derivatives market.

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