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Trends in Crypto in 2020 - What Is Happening?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 09, 2020

Anyone keeping an eye on cryptocurrencies and blockchain will know that the industry is currently hotter than ever before. However, as crypto is such a sprawling field - which can sometimes be hard to get an overview of for the casual observer - it can be beneficial to take a birds-eye view of this burgeoning industry.

In the following article, we are going to take a closer look at some of the top trends that define the crypto and blockchain space in 2020. If you want to learn even more, feel free to enroll in Ivan on Tech Academy - one of the leading blockchain education platforms available. With all the new trends and ideas emerging in the crypto space, there has never been a better time to get into blockchain!

Top Trends in Crypto in 2020

The cryptocurrency industry is one of the most fast-paced, ever-changing fields in the world. Although this might sound daunting at first, this dynamic environment presents a wealth of opportunities. Whether you are completely new to...

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Can You Retire With Bitcoin? How To Store Your Wealth Over Time

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 08, 2020

With recent uncertainty in the media about the stock market and gold prices, rumors of an upcoming crash, the worst since The Great Depression, and money being printed in the trillions, more and more, people are looking at options to retire with Bitcoin

In this article, we breakdown the basics of how and why people would choose to retire with Bitcoin and the safest ways of doing so.

U.S. Debt Clock

The U.S. Debt Clock is a website that displays a breakdown of real-time debt and liabilities of the United States of America, different departments, and averages of the amount of debt per citizen and per taxpayer.

The debt is split between 'government' debt, approximately $7 trillion, and 'public' debt, which is around $19 trillion.

At the time of writing, the total debt amounts to more than $26.5 trillion, increasing by $1 million approximately every 20 seconds.

To put this into perspective, 1 million seconds ago was 11 days, 13 hours 46 minutes, and 40 seconds. 1 billion seconds ago is...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What Is Weird Decentralized Finance?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 07, 2020

To the outsider, decentralized finance (DeFi) sounds weird enough by itself. Now try and imagine a new sector of DeFi called, “Weird DeFi.” “Weird” is probably the best description for it because it’s hard to tell exactly what’s going on under the hood with these new protocols. 

Before we get into the specifics though, let’s travel back in time. It was only a short while ago when DeFi was motoring along like a tugboat making steady gains against the waves or market resistance. Then on June 15th, Compound came along with their governance token, COMP, and the speed boat of Yield Farming was unleashed.  

Yield Farming

Yield farming gave DeFi users even more incentives to participate in a platform offering governance tokens. This afforded users voting rights, along with the normal profit potential expected on other DeFi platforms. In fact, there is a pre-COMP / post-COMP dividing line in DeFi if you think about it. 


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Blockchain Technology in Practice: Top 10 Blockchain Use Cases

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 06, 2020

Many analysts believe blockchain technology may represent a paradigm shift akin to the introduction of the internet. When all is said and done, blockchain technology may end up becoming the greatest invention of the 21st century. However, despite its numerous use-cases, many still believe that blockchain equals bitcoin. We don’t know about you, but that doesn’t sit right with us. So, in this guide, we will be looking into some top 10 blockchain use cases. These are all use cases that show that blockchain technology applications lie far beyond merely powering a monetary system.

What are the use cases for blockchain?

To preface and more properly understand these use cases, let’s first revisit the three main properties of blockchain technology. 

  • Decentralization: One entity doesn't control the data inside the blockchain. In other words, blockchains don’t have a centralized governing body running in the background calling all the shots. The blockchain is...
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Holding Cryptocurrencies - What is Hodling?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 06, 2020

Cryptocurrencies are growing bigger and bigger by the day, and it is more popular than ever before to trade in these virtual currencies. The most well-known cryptocurrency out there is Bitcoin. Bitcoin was the trigger that started the cryptocurrency trend, and it is common to associate crypto with Bitcoin. The increase in interest also results in new creative strategies such as, for example, hodling. 

The value of Bitcoin is continually changing, but the increase in value since its inception is quite staggering. In the beginning, a single Bitcoin was worth next to nothing, and at one point in 2017, the value reached almost $20,000. Following this, the value of Bitcoin has continued to hover around levels previously inconceivable.

The value of a Bitcoin was approximately $11,714 in the past week, which means the value has almost halved since 2017. Since this, Bitcoin has taken a minor tumble towards levels below the $11,000 line. However, if we look at Bitcoin's price...

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Blockchain In Supply Chain Management: 7 Projects Working Toward A Decentralized Future

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 05, 2020

In 2020, the cryptocurrency narrative has been dominated by decentralized finance. The hottest trend in crypto has seen exponential growth in recent months and has been a catalyst for a wave of innovation in the space.

For many, the conversation has largely focused on lending, borrowing, liquidity mining, arbitrage, and token swaps, but the use of blockchain in supply chain management is increasing across many sectors. 

The explosion of value locked in Eth has caused a great deal of network congestion and many are beginning to realize that the current framework for Defi is not yet ready to be scaled.

While Defi certainly appears to be a primary factor for growth and development in crypto, the limitations of the infrastructure could mean that further developments are required to see the mass adoption of open finance protocols to the extent that the technology truly competes with the legacy financial system. 

That is not to say that Defi won’t challenge traditional...

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What is Technical Analysis: Analyzing Market Psychology

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 04, 2020

So, are you looking to learn about trading? If you are new to either traditional trading or crypto, you may have heard of the term 'technical analysis', as it is used by every professional trader and most influencers in the cryptocurrency industry. Technical analysis relates to understanding the various metrics underpinning assets, in order to make more informed trading decisions.

Ivan on Tech Academy has recently released a fresh course, Technical Analysis 101, for anyone new to trading who wants to learn key insights and skills to become confident in trading for the first time.

To celebrate, we have covered a few introductory basics of this Technical Analysis course and answered some common questions around trading. Below, we answer the question “what is technical analysis”, and explain how trading differs from gambling and investing, and a few key factors of technical analysis to consider to give you some foundational knowledge for your future learning.

So, let's...

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How To Keep Up-To-Date In Crypto: 10 Essential Research Tools

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 03, 2020

As you probably know, blockchain technology is one of the fastest-growing industries right now, with breaking news, updates, and fresh innovations reaching the market almost daily. Consequently, it can be difficult to keep up-to-date in the crypto industry and a little overwhelming at times! 

Specifically, there are several key indicators used by successful traders and investors to get real-time updates and time-sensitive data to stay ahead of the market and avoid getting rekt. Of course, one of the best ways to learn more about crypto is to enlist in a top-of-the-line blockchain academy, such as Ivan on Tech Academy. Nevertheless, there are also many other research tools you can employ to stay up-to-date with the latest crypto news!

How To Keep Up-to-date In Crypto

As such, we’re going to take a look at some of the best and most important ways to stay informed within the crypto space. Knowing exactly where to look and where to find information first, gives you a...

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Top 5 Crypto Hacks and How To Protect Yourself

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 02, 2020

The cryptocurrency space has seen explosive growth over the past few years. However, with this rapid growth, the crypto space has also had its fair share of highly publicized hacks. Malicious actors have managed to make off with millions of dollars in their respective heists. However, with every pitfall, there is a lesson. So, in this article, let’s look at the five biggest bitcoin hacks of all time, in order to learn how to protect yourself. We have made the selection of the top crypto hacks based on the following categories:

  • The amount of money stolen.
  • The impact of the hack.

So, without any further ado, let’s take a look at the top 5 crypto hacks by amount of money stolen and the impact of the hack, as well as how you should protect yourself.

Top Crypto Hacks #1: The DAO Hack

Yes, that meme pretty much captures what happened during the infamous DAO hack. As you may know, the abbreviation “DAO” stands for Decentralized Autonomous Organization. DAOs are...

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Introduction to DeFi Hedge Funds and the Melon Protocol

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 01, 2020

Decentralized finance, or DeFi, is rapidly opening up new opportunities through democratising finance. Have you ever dreamed of starting a hedge fund but thought it was too expensive? If that is the case, you might want to consider starting a DeFi hedge fund instead. That is now possible through using solutions such as Melon. This is a decentralized asset management platform that allows anyone to set up and manage a hedge fund. But, before we get into all the things Melon can do, let’s look at how a traditional hedge fund operates.

Hedge funds are wildly popular largely because of the lore that surrounds them. To the average person, the world of hedge funds is all about glitz and glam. Theirs is an insider’s game where savvy traders strategically allocate billions of dollars to generate obscene profits. They make the kind of money average traders can only dream about.

Hedge fund managers are mythical figures in the financial landscape. They’re like the magicians of...

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