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The Future of Cryptocurrency - The Past Decade and the Coming Decade

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 18, 2020

In the years following its inception back in 2009, Bitcoin was regarded as somewhat of a - however undeserved - poster-boy for cybercrime and illegal activity. Over the past decade, if you asked anyone in the street what they thought about Bitcoin, the small minority that had even heard of it would likely have told you that it’s either a scam, a Ponzi scheme, or only used for illegal purposes. However, this erroneous view is quickly changing.

Little would those calling Bitcoin a scam know that a decade later, the revolutionary power of the blockchain would immerse across the entire financial landscape, changing how we view money and how we transact forever. Now, Bitcoin and the wider cryptocurrency sector is much more recognized than it was just a few years ago. Moreover, the introduction of CBDCs shows cryptocurrencies are just the latest of a growing number of different types of currencies.

However, seeing how massively the cryptocurrency space has changed over the past ten...

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Crypto Use Cases - Where Can You Spend Bitcoin?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 12, 2020

As long as you haven’t been living under a rock, you will likely have heard of Bitcoin. You may know Bitcoin as the revolutionary digital currency, or you may have been led astray by the baseless rumours that Bitcoin “is only used for dark web online purchases” or illegal activities. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies like it are rapidly becoming widely accepted both in institutional sectors and in the wider society. With growing interest, a lot of people are now asking ‘Where can you actually spend Bitcoin?’.

In this article, we cover an assortment of various locations around the world that are accepting Bitcoin as payment for their goods and services alongside global partnerships with crypto services. Firstly though, let’s review why Bitcoin has grown to be so popular and has been claimed it will reset the entire global financial infrastructure.

First of all, though, crypto adoption is...

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About Bitcoin - What to do with Bitcoin?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 08, 2020

Got Crypto? What To Do With Bitcoin

So, say you’ve just invested in your first crypto, more than likely Bitcoin, and now you're wondering what to do with it. There are many different options to explore, some of which we will discuss below. Perhaps you are reading this because you feel close to investing in your first crypto, but you are unsure what to do with Bitcoin afterward. Further on, we shall explain the value of holding Bitcoin, alongside ways and means to make your Bitcoin work for you.

Moreover, buying crypto and Bitcoin is becoming more common. Those in the crypto community who are interested in economics may have come across the phrase; "not everyone that buys Bitcoin understands money, but everyone who understands money buys Bitcoin".

In this article, we illustrate where this phrase comes from, alongside investigating different options for what to do with Bitcoin after you've bought it. As a refresher for those unsure of the value propositions of Bitcoin, or people...

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Where Does Bitcoin Come From - Crypto Mining Explained

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 01, 2020

Most people in today's society have heard of either cryptocurrencies in general, or at least Bitcoin specifically. The crypto market keeps growing, and as of 2020, crypto awareness is arguably bigger than ever before. Along with this surge in public interest, people are also starting to open their eyes to the technology behind cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. The fundamental technology for cryptocurrencies is blockchain, and this is an essential cog in the crypto machine. 

However, even though there’s a large number of people aware of what Bitcoin is, there are still many people who do not know how Bitcoin works or where Bitcoin comes from. Put simply, the process of creating Bitcoin relies on something known as crypto mining, and in this article, we are taking a look at what Bitcoin mining is.

If you feel that you want to learn more about the crypto fundamentals, such as crypto mining, we highly encourage you to enroll in some of the courses available on Ivan on Tech...

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Guide: How to Travel the World with Crypto in 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 30, 2020

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are fundamentally about decentralized, global, financial independence and freedom, and the ability to have complete, full ownership of your assets. Bitcoin is a borderless, censorship-resistant digital currency and available to anyone across the globe with internet access. Consequently, crypto, at least in theory, lends itself well to being an asset class for international travelers or “digital nomads”.

As the growth rate of blockchain technology and crypto adoption increases, it makes sense with rising demand that we are seeing more ways than ever to spend and travel the world with crypto.

In this article, we will cover a range of different ways you can spend your crypto whilst traveling, why people choose to do so, and how moving into the $1 trillion travel sector is a big deal for the cryptocurrency industry.

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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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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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Could The Stock Market Crash? How To Preserve Your Wealth

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 16, 2020

2020 has been an unprecedented year for the traditional financial markets. Perhaps the most noticeable part of this was when stock indices dropped sharply in March, by roughly 30%, constituting the largest and fastest drop in modern times. Now, following attempts to restart the economy, people are speculating at the imbalance between the stock markets and the U.S. economy on the ground - leading many to wonder ‘is the stock market going to crash again?’ 

In this article, we will look at both sides of the argument - the bullish and bearish factors about the stock markets. We will cover views of what the experts are saying, and different strategies for how to preserve your wealth during a bear market. Anyone keeping an eye on the cryptocurrency market will know that crypto is often seen as a way to preserve your wealth in times of financial turmoil. This article takes a closer look at what constitutes a stock market crash, and how to preserve your wealth in the case...

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Bitcoin vs Ethereum: Which Crypto Is Best For You?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 12, 2020

Many people new to the crypto field can be unsure about the differences between the two biggest cryptocurrencies on the market, Bitcoin and Ethereum. Those that have been in this space a while are beginning to wonder which crypto is the best cryptocurrency for them, as we could possibly be on the cusp of a new 2020/2021 bull run. Therefore, we feel that we should explore the fundamental distinctions between Bitcoin vs Ethereum, the history, and the pros and cons of each crypto asset.

This article breaks down all the major differences between Bitcoin vs Ethereum, and looks at their respective benefits and drawbacks. If you want to go even further into the weeds and learn everything there is to know about Bitcoin and Ethereum, Ivan on Tech Academy is perfect for you. Join over 20,000 existing blockchain alumni and get yourself a highly competitive blockchain education.

Bitcoin vs Ethereum Overview:

Below is a side-by-side table view of Bitcoin vs Ethereum from A to Z Markets.

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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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