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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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Bitcoin Boom - Is It Too Late To Get Into Crypto?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 17, 2020

As anyone following the crypto field will know, there has been a lot of media attention around Bitcoin recently, with recent gains over the past few months, a lot of people are asking is it too late to get into Bitcoin or not?

Few knew about Bitcoin during its first couple of bull runs when the price of Bitcoin went from $0.0008 to around $800, some of whom are now either driving Lambos or holding - “hodling” - tight (or a bit of both). With a current price more than 10X that of the 2012 bull run, many believe that now hearing about Bitcoin for the first time, they've missed the boat.

In this article, we will break down why Bitcoin is considered so valuable and where we are in terms of mass adoption. We'll take a look at the longer-term price predictions people are charting and some of the proposed use cases for Bitcoin in the future.

Firstly, for those of you who have only just recently heard about Bitcoin and still are not entirely sure as to what Bitcoin is and why...

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27 Beginner Bitcoin FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions: Basics Explained

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 12, 2020

If you've stumbled across this page in search of answers around Bitcoin, welcome! There is a lot we can teach you. Ivan on Tech Academy provides Bitcoin, blockchain, and crypto education, and can answer all your Bitcoin FAQs through a variety of different learning techniques including videos, quizzes, and research.

For this post, we have collated questions about cryptocurrency and answered the most frequently asked by beginners, to help you get started on your journey. So let's start with the absolute basic fundamentals:

What Is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, often referred to as a virtual currency or digital currency, used as a method of exchange or store of wealth. On a very basic level, it is a piece of code. There are no physical coins to speak of, rather, there are UTXOs (unspent transaction outputs) that make up the balance in your wallet.

Bitcoin was created following the financial crash of 2008 as a solution to government and central bank manipulation of money and the...

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What Makes Bitcoin Valuable - Comparing Fiat Currencies and Crypto

Written By Ivan on Tech

Aug 10, 2020

If you are questioning what cryptocurrency is all about and feeling unsure as to what actually makes Bitcoin valuable, you have come to the right place! In this article, we will explore some of the different reasons people attribute value to this piece of code, why we have currencies to begin with, examine the blockchain technology that underpins Bitcoin, and how Bitcoin’s properties compare to gold. 

Bitcoin is a digital currency and store of wealth, created by the pseudonymous developer(s) Satoshi Nakomoto as a solution to dwindling fiat currencies following the stock market crash and economic crisis of 2008. Put simply, Bitcoin was born out of the failings of traditional financial markets and fiat currencies.

Bitcoin and Blockchain Technology 

Back in 2009, the original Bitcoin blockchain was launched. Along with its launch came the birth of a new technology that would be adopted by thousands of businesses and millions of humans around the globe. 

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How Do Cryptocurrency Exchanges Work? The Best Ways To Buy Bitcoin in 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 31, 2020

A warm welcome to any and all crypto newcomers! We understand that many of you are probably at the point of wanting to get your hands on some Bitcoin at this exciting time. Still, perhaps you're not exactly sure how cryptocurrency exchanges work - and would like to know a little bit more before converting your beloved fiat currency into invisible magical coins.

In this article, we'll explain the uses and applications of different centralized and decentralized exchanges and take a look at what actually happens on the blockchain when you make a transaction. By the end of this article, you should have the confidence and the knowledge to venture out into the wild, wild land of crypto.

Different Types of Cryptocurrency Exchanges

The first thing to note is that there are several different types of exchanges that operate alongside one another, shifting toward a new financial paradigm of digital finance on the blockchain bringing together fiat currency and cryptocurrencies. Some exchanges...

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Bitcoin vs. Gold vs. Stocks: Complete Comparison of History and the Future

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 30, 2020

To understand the real value and revolutionary properties Bitcoin can bring to the economy, we must first understand the concept and properties of money. If you're researching for your next investment and stumble across Bitcoin vs. gold vs. stocks, this article will help you understand where and how your money moves, allowing you to compose the best investment strategy hard-earned cash.

A Brief History of Money and Currency

Why do we have 'Money'?

Before money was invented, people would transact with one another through the system of bartering. In essence, this a form of negotiating for something you want in exchange for something you already had. For example, "I will give you five apples for your five potatoes."

However, this proved tricky when you only had cows, and you needed to get some apples. "How many apples is a cow worth?" was probably once a legitimate question for a farmer who had to barter with other farmers to eat that night.

Naturally, people began to use 'currency' to...

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