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How To Earn A Passive Income With Cardano

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 03, 2020

There are essentially two types of income people can make; active income or passive income. Every day, billions of people go to work to earn an active income, trading their time for money. This is something most of us are all too familiar with and something that can be hard to scale, as you basically need to trade more of your time to make more money. The flip side to this is making a passive income - where your income isn’t directly correlated to the time or resources you expend. Setting up a passive income is arguably the ultimate goal for those who wish to achieve financial freedom and independence. The advent of the cryptocurrency industry is providing some interesting new opportunities for making a passive income. Let’s take a look at how to earn a passive income with Cardano!

In this article, we explore what the Cardano Network is and how it is shaping the crypto ecosystem. Additionally, we look at four different ways to learn how to earn a passive income with...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is PAID Network?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 02, 2020

PAID Network (PAID) is a project which aims to provide blockchain-based DeFi-driven legal agreements known as “SMART agreements”. So, why is this needed and what does it mean? To begin with, the current global framework for cross-border settlements is fractured. As such, interoperability between regional legal systems is lacking in many parts of the world, and legal procedures can be drawn out, complex, and expensive. What’s more, systemic inefficiencies of the current legal infrastructure make it difficult for small settlements to be pursued. PAID Network looks to be a simple and easy-to-use alternative to this.

The costs and complexities of cross-border legal proceedings and the uncertainty of the outcome often means that settlements and agreements are deemed not worth pursuing. However, by harnessing the power of blockchain and DeFi, PAID Network is eliminating many of the inefficiencies in cross-border legal settlements. In this article, we’ll explore the...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is YFDAI Finance?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 01, 2020

YFDAI.Finance seeks to provide a full-on DeFi ecosystem that combines lending and borrowing, staking and farming services, a decentralized exchange (DEX), automated predictions trading, insurance, and a secure platform for new product launches. 

So, unlike your average protocol, YFDAI offers an entire suite of DeFi services. The team has ambitious plans as we’ll see in this article. So, with that in mind, let’s look at some of their basic features before digging deeper into the ecosystem itself. 

  1. Accessibility 

YFDAI wants to offer an intuitive user experience (UX)—part of that being a detailed list of instructions to make the platform easier for their users to navigate. 

  1. Trustlessness

YFDAI is committed to the philosophy of distributed trustlessness. 

  1. Intuitive Governance

The YFDAI.Finance team believes in nourishing a healthy community, that’s why they offer the first of its kind, a free on-chain voting mechanism. 

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Institutional Investment In Crypto: 7 Publicly-Traded Companies Invested in Cryptocurrency

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 30, 2020

The recent week’s Bitcoin price rally highlights the changing appetite for Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. A mere decade ago, you could have been laughed at for suggesting that your boss or company should consider investing in Bitcoin. Until recently, cryptocurrency was not even considered a legitimate investment or asset class, and unworthy of focus. However, times are changing, rapidly. Today, there are several publicly-traded companies invested in cryptocurrency.

At the time of writing, more than 4% of all Bitcoin in circulation is held by institutions. Largely, this is a hedge against inflation. Institutions are scooping up more Bitcoin than can be mined each day, leaving many crypto exchanges dry. The scarcity of Bitcoin is being felt by traders and investors on all steps of the ladder. Nevertheless, the fact that large publicly-traded companies are investing in cryptocurrency can be seen as a bellwether of the growing interest in the sector. 

In this article, we...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Yield.App and YLD?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 29, 2020

Yield.App aims to offer a decentralized finance (DeFi) banking solution at scale. The recent announcement that the Yield.App YLD token offering will be available on TrustSwap on December 7th has sparked some interest among crypto investors. Let’s therefore take a look at Yield.App and the DeFi solution’s recent partnership with TrustSwap.

Yield.App (YIELD) looks to give users easy access to investing in DeFi using either cryptocurrencies or traditional currencies. With this in mind, the Yield.App is opening up a convenient avenue for onboarding new users. The Yield.App has been designed to streamline the entire DeFi process into a matter of a few simple steps. Released via the TrustSwap LaunchPad, this looks to be a serious contender for the future of DeFi.

In this article, we’ll explore the Yield.App and how you can use it to work toward financial freedom. Alongside this, we’ll discuss the roles and functions of the Yield YLD token, and how the Yield.App is...

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Exploring Crypto Futures - What Are Bitcoin Futures?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 28, 2020

The past few weeks have seen a lot of price action in the crypto markets. The price of Bitcoin surged to within 0.9% of its all-time high before undergoing a price correction, which sent it down below the $17,000 price line. However, with crypto and Bitcoin trading being a hot topic once again, there are a lot of expectations and uncertainty about the future price of Bitcoin. As such, this can be a great time to learn more about Bitcoin futures.

Futures are, broadly speaking, financial instruments that allow users to speculate on the future price of an asset. Although this can sound similar to actually owning the asset, there are some specifics of Bitcoin futures that make them more suitable to hold in certain situations, compared to actually holding Bitcoin. What’s more, if you already own Bitcoin, investing in Bitcoin futures can still give you some financial flexibility inherent to these financial instruments. 

For example, Bitcoin futures generally trade on an...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Hegic?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 27, 2020

Hegic is a decentralized options trading platform on Ethereum. With Hegic, you can buy or sell put and call options for ETH and WBTC. Options in decentralized finance (DeFi) work best for those looking to speculate, hedge their positions, or provide liquidity. Hegic Protocol is an on-chain trading protocol which is powered by liquidity pools and hedge contracts. 

If you’re an options trader from the traditional world of finance, you’ll notice some differences when trading options in DeFi. Here are some of the features of on-chain options trading with Hegic:

  • No KYC or email registration required
  • Non-custodial, censorship-resistant trading
  • Verified on-chain settlement for options contracts
  • Choose your strike price and exercise at any time during the contract period
  • Earn yield as a liquidity provider

To trade options on Hegic, you just need to connect with an Ethereum wallet like MetaMask and you’re good to go. We’ll explore the rest of these...

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Crypto Essentials - The State of Blockchain in 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 26, 2020

Blockchain courses are becoming more and more appealing as this new market witnesses another boom, both in terms of cryptocurrency prices and the number of blockchain projects being launched. Once again, the crypto industry is full of exciting news, similar to 2017 when Bitcoin’s all‑time high tested the $20,000 mark - and there’s much more to come. As we face growing economic uncertainty related to the COVID-19 pandemic, interest in crypto and blockchain technology is surging.

Put simply, it’s that time of the year again. The last few weeks booming crypto markets are driving market sentiment, with widespread fear of missing out (FOMO) and overall "block hype" in the industry. However, along with this comes a decent amount of misleading information. Here on the Ivan on Tech Academy blog, we give you the best educational blockchain advice, tips on what you can do to act rationally in the crypto market, and valuable information on how to find a job in...

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How to Earn a Passive Income with Ethereum 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 26, 2020

Have you been keeping an eye on the cryptocurrency market these past few weeks? If you have, you’ll know that the crypto market has been pushing towards its all-time high. Although the price of Bitcoin has recently seen a slight correction, interest in crypto and altcoins is already higher than in a long time. As such, you might be interested in earning a passive income with crypto. Perhaps you already have some Bitcoin and are now looking to diversify your portfolio? As many see the beginning of a bull run, people are looking to learn how to earn a passive income with Ethereum - the foundation of decentralized finance - to make gains whilst they sleep.

In this article, we explain exactly what Ethereum is and it’s crucial role and functions within the cryptocurrency ecosystem. Also, we’ll cover several different ways to learn how to earn a passive income with Ethereum. We’ve already gone through some of the ways to make a passive income in crypto - but this...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Matic Network?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 25, 2020

New and exciting DeFi projects launch all the time, and it can be difficult to keep up with them all. More specifically, understanding project fundamentals, the services they can offer to users, announcements of partnerships and integrations can all seem abstract. Matic Network, on the other hand, a Layer-2 scaling solution utilizing Plasma side chains, has a very concrete use case. Put simply, Matic Network is a scaling solution underpinning dApps and DeFi applications, addressing some of the Ethereum Network’s scalability challenges.

In this article, we do a deep dive on the Matic Network, the team behind it, the different use cases and services it provides, and why this project could become hotter than ever in the next couple of years. Matic Network uses a combination of the Plasma framework and Proof of Stake (PoS) to provide secure, off-chain computation offloading the main Ethereum chain.

However, before getting into the specifics of Matic Network, let’s preface...

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