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7 Reasons To Get Into Crypto in Late 2020

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 23, 2020

You’ve seen it in the headlines, you’ve heard your friends talking about it. The cryptocurrency market is arguably hotter than ever, with the price of Bitcoin pumping to highs not seen since the late 2017 Bitcoin bull run. As such, it can be more enticing to get into crypto than it has been for a long time. Nevertheless, it can be hard to know whether to get into crypto or not - should you trust the crypto skeptics or the blockchain believers? That’s why this article presents an unbiased list of 7 reasons to get into crypto, so you can see some of the fascinating opportunities in crypto for yourself!

In this article, we’re going to explore some of the most compelling reasons that are making so many people get into crypto right now. What’s more, we look at some of the innovative ways that blockchain technology is shaping the future, and how you can position yourself to take advantage of getting into crypto right now. If you’re wondering how to...

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Different Global Approaches to Cryptocurrency Regulation

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 16, 2020

The cryptocurrency space has been largely unregulated throughout its existence, but with continued integration between the traditional financial sector, central banks, and cryptocurrency firms, crypto regulation has become a high priority as we enter this new economic paradigm. In fact, many believe that cryptocurrency regulation could facilitate greater crypto adoption, bolster investor confidence and boost consumer protection.

In this article, we explore some of the different approaches taken towards crypto regulation and look at how regulation has evolved throughout the short history of this young industry. We’ll also explore some of the implications of various regulatory measures and what they could spell for the future of cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrency regulation is a topic that seems to be all the rage at the moment. Growing crypto adoption is putting pressure on regulators to properly address cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, and outline clear guidelines. If you want the...

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What is Crypto Arbitrage - Exploring Cryptocurrency Arbitrage

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 09, 2020

Arbitrage is the process of profiting between price discrepancies of assets between different markets. It is often used in FOREX trading and can be a profitable source of passive income when applied correctly. Crypto arbitrage is no different. In fact, the opportunities afforded by the innovation in the blockchain industry has propelled innovation within the space, using arbitrage in complex and nuanced ways.

The price of cryptocurrency on exchanges is set by the price of the most recent trade. As supply and demand fluctuate, so too do the prices of crypto assets. When prices of the same asset vary from one exchange to another, this creates an opportunity for crypto arbitrage.

Arbitrage is used across many different markets, particularly in local currency exchanges. This tool utilizes a small window of opportunity whereby traders have the chance to profit from time-sensitive variations or discrepancies during fluctuations in asset prices.

Fundamentally, arbitrage is about getting...

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How Is Cryptocurrency Used: Advantages of Crypto

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 06, 2020

Cryptocurrencies have evolved massively over the past decade. What was once perceived as a novelty or even a joke, is now at the forefront of technological innovation, pushing towards a new era in modern finance. But how is cryptocurrency used, and what are the advantages of crypto?

In this article, we explore some of the various innovative use cases for cryptocurrency, the advantages of adopting blockchain technology, and how it is implemented across various sectors. After reading it, you’ll know all about how cryptocurrency is used, and various advantages crypto presents over legacy technologies.

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Learn About Bitcoin With Bitcoin Courses

Written By Ivan on Tech

Nov 01, 2020

Terms like Bitcoin, blockchain technology, and cryptocurrency alone can feel intimidating to some people, others though may feel excited to hear about it. Blockchain is a relatively new technology given to us by an anonymous developer(s) known as Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008, and is still in the ‘early adoption’ phase. As such, there is still some fear or confusion around the subject, due to a lack of understanding and education. Some people, however, are intrigued about the subject enough to dig a bit deeper, and will start searching the internet for Bitcoin courses to learn more - if you are one of those people, welcome! 

In this article, we briefly cover what Bitcoin is, and how it functions to give context for your next stage of learning. We explain why people are buying Bitcoin, and why more and more people are wanting to take that next step of education in the crypto and blockchain industry, before suggesting the best course to start with that’s right for...

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COVID-19 & Crypto - The Pandemic's Impact on Cryptocurrency

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 28, 2020

Does the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic affect cryptocurrency in any way? In this age of information, it can sometimes be difficult to determine what is true and what is not. The rise of “fake news”, coupled with extreme economic uncertainty is distorting our perception of reality and changing the fabric of our lives. Throughout mainstream media, there is an abundance of misinformation and misrepresentation of facts, with much of the conversation in the news falling short of any substantial discussion.

What we do know, however, is that a deadly virus has spread across the planet, already killed an estimated 1.16 million people and bringing the global economy to a standstill. The long-term implications of the COVID-19 pandemic are chilling, but the damage to society and the global economy are not openly discussed as governments and central banks quietly try to print their way out of economic disaster.

Though people are free to socialize now, businesses have closed down,...

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Exploring Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) - What is CBDC?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 25, 2020

Cryptocurrencies have become increasingly commonplace over the past few years. Ever since Bitcoin’s dramatic price rally during late 2017, the notion of crypto and digital currency has become widespread all over the world. However, the cryptocurrency sector is not the only example of digital currency. Central banks are waking up to some of the advantages offered by cryptocurrency and are instead looking into the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) field. So far, traditional central banks have printed physical fiat currencies, and banks have provided financial services to consumers.

However, the advent of cryptocurrencies threatens to upend this traditional notion of both currencies and financial services. On the one hand, cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin allow for virtually immediate international transfers of funds, which is far faster than traditional financial transactions and available at a fraction of the cost. Moreover, the oft-cited decentralized finance (DeFi) field...

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DeFi Deep Dive - Is Crypto Becoming Centralized?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 19, 2020

One of the main draws of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin is that they are decentralized. However, at what point does crypto’s interoperability with the traditional financial system make it all part of the same centralized entity as legacy financial systems? As you will likely know, Bitcoin can be traded like a stock or share, and crypto exchanges are acting increasingly as traditional banks, so is crypto becoming centralized? Some signs are arguably pointing towards that. However, as this is going on, the world of decentralized finance (DeFi) is flourishing. So, what is the state of crypto - is it in risk of becoming centralized, or is crypto truly decentralized? 

New decentralized finance (DeFi) projects are popping up almost every day, with many of them being unaudited, unregulated and more or less decentralized. In this article, we’re going to look at the spectrum of decentralization within the crypto space, and how different schools of thought are creating...

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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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Different Types of Currencies - From Fiat to Crypto

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 16, 2020

Are you confused about all the different types of currencies available in 2020? Ever since 2008, there has been an increase in the number of different currency terms and definitions to wrap your head around. As the world is going digital, it makes sense that our finances and financial services will migrate online too. However, there are some critical differences between the traditional currencies and the digital assets that are worth getting educated in, in order to preserve your wealth and prevent it from being controlled or lost.

In this article, we break down the different definitions of the key currencies available today, explaining the history and use cases for each. It is crucial that you truly understand the distinctions between currencies as we head towards the digital financial revolution. The term “decentralized finance”, or DeFi, is often thrown around, and could hold the keys to a paradigm shift for traditional finance.

Before getting into the different types...

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