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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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Guide: Different Ways To Get Your Hands on Crypto

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 05, 2020

The cryptocurrency space is as popular as ever, and there are many people out there who want to join the world of crypto. As many of you will know, the growth of the crypto market over the last decade has been staggering. The price of cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum has increased by thousands of percent since their inception, but a lot of people still do not know how to get into crypto, or how to get their hands on crypto. This shows that the market still has great potential for growth. However, even though most people have heard about cryptocurrencies, they might not know precisely how to get crypto. 

Moreover, the cryptocurrency market - just like any market for financial assets - is in constant flux, and the prices of certain cryptocurrencies are volatile. The highly volatile nature of many cryptocurrencies means that there is inherently risk involved with investing in them. This can result in people not wanting to spend their hard-earned money on...

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Confidence in Crypto - Why Is It Surging?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 04, 2020

As little as a decade ago, you might have been laughed at for bringing up Bitcoin as an asset class you had tremendous confidence in. You might have heard people asking “isn’t crypto a scam?”, dismissing it as something restricted for nefarious activity or cybercrime. In 2020, however, the picture is quite different. In fact, confidence in crypto has never been higher - and a lot of factors suggest it is set to keep rising. Moreover, with trust in traditional financial systems and fiat currencies at a low level, having confidence in crypto is no longer something merely for eccentrics.

In this article, we’ll take a look at how confidence in crypto is currently on the rise, and explore some of the recent blockchain integrations that are boosting market sentiment and bringing awareness to various benefits of blockchain technology.

After all, growing confidence in crypto is vital to greater cryptocurrency adoption. As such, it is clear that surging trust in...

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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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Can Blockchain Technology and Crypto Help End World Poverty?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 29, 2020

Global economic parity has been a hot subject for discussion during many years. With the rise of industry and technology, the rich have become insanely wealthy, while the wealth divide has never been bigger. Can crypto end world poverty? In this article, we’ll explore some of the fascinating ways that blockchain technology is being used to transform the lives of many people, while providing an even playing field for economic parity.

In the current economic state, following the onset of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, many people are facing financial difficulties. Currency instability, capital controls, and an outdated cross-border payment system are incredibly difficult both for people and businesses across the world.

With wealth inequality growing at an alarming rate, can crypto end world poverty and provide a sustainable economy for struggling nations? In this article we’ll take a look at some of the ways that cryptocurrency can change the way we create...

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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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DeFi Deep Dive - Exploring TokenSets

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 22, 2020

The decentralized finance (DeFi) sector continues to both evolve and amaze and yet another platform worth looking into is that of TokenSets. TokenSets is an asset management platform that automates crypto trading strategies. It provides an interface to create and buy Strategy Enabled Tokens (Set tokens). And each Set token holds a basket of cryptocurrencies whilst also representing a trading strategy.

The TokenSets team set out to create a smart contract system that could time the market for better trade position entries and exits. So, TokenSets helps traders purchase an asset that does the management for them. Moreover, it is non-custodial like other DeFi protocols. Additionally, it is also based on the assumption that the average retail traders do have the time nor the technical know-how to develop and implement these strategies themselves.  

Are you getting interested in the DeFi field? After all, it is one of the hottest developments in the crypto and blockchain field...

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What Are Crypto Ratings and Weiss Crypto Ratings?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Sep 20, 2020

Traditional investors tend to look closely at so-called “credit ratings” in order to judge the creditworthiness, or perceived “quality”, of a borrower. Moreover, similar types of ratings are available for most asset classes, with many actors offering ratings for various stocks, companies, or even financial instruments.

Now, with cryptocurrencies becoming increasingly popular as an asset class, people look to crypto for everything from preserving wealth to even believing blockchain technology, decentralized finance and crypto could replace the traditional finance system. Nevertheless, the crypto industry is still somewhat lacking when it comes to tools for rating the different cryptocurrencies and altcoins. 

Granted, one can look at relative market dominance, where Bitcoin is the clear leader followed by Ethereum. However, this only presents a somewhat crude snapshot of the current popularity of different cryptocurrencies. Wouldn’t it instead be...

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