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Which Could Be The Top Crypto Exchanges 2021?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Dec 21, 2020

If you’ve ever had to do with cryptocurrencies, odds are you’ve come across at least one cryptocurrency exchange. In fact, according to CoinGecko, there are 418 crypto exchanges available where users can buy and sell their cryptocurrency. That is an overwhelming amount to choose from, with some unregulated and scam exchanges lurking in the corners. We don’t want our readers to lose out in any way, so we’ve compiled a list of the top cryptocurrency accounts as we head into next year. Without any further ado, let us, therefore, take a look at the “top crypto exchanges 2021” to use when entering the crypto space or managing your crypto funds.

In this article, we’ll look at the largest and most popular crypto exchanges, often used by those who are new to crypto. Secondly, we have split the article into two parts, explaining the difference between centralized and decentralized exchanges and the benefits and drawbacks of both. We have listed the...

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DeFi Deep Dive - What is Injective Protocol (INJ)?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Oct 27, 2020

The launch of the Injective Protocol has caused a wave of headlines and speculative video content across the crypto ecosystem. The project appears to have solid foundations with a credible team of developers and advisors, who have previously worked in large tech or other blockchain projects. The whitepaper for Injective Protocol was released in December 2018, avoiding the ICO hype, successfully receiving funding from venture capital firms, other DeFi platforms, and a public IEO through the Binance Launchpad. 

The Injective Protocol team has been busy developing the latest tweaks and updates to ensure quality efficiency with the protocol, evident from the history of activity on their Github profile. Injective Protocol is the first successful project that has been developed and launched through both the Binance Labs and Binance Launchpad. So, what is it that makes Injective Protocol more than just another DEX?

In this article, we’ll explain how the protocol works, the token...

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The Kyber Network - Decentralized Exchanges and Kyber

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 10, 2020

The Kyber Network offers a way to swap ETH and other ERC-20 tokens instantly without a centralized exchange (CEX). Kyber’s popularity has soared in 2020. In fact, the popularity of Decentralized Finance (DeFi) as a whole has. Just look at how the total value locked in US dollars has grown over the past few years:

  • 2018: $190 Million
  • 2019: $638 Million
  • 2020: $2 billion

The DeFi ecosystem consists of decentralized exchanges, insurance, stablecoins, synthetics, and money markets. Today, however, we will be focused on decentralized exchanges—specifically the Kyber Network—a fully on-chain liquidity protocol.

Decentralized Exchanges

If you read the previous article, “Decentralized Exchanges – What Is A DEX?”  then you already know some of the advantages of trading on a DEX. They are: 

  • Pseudo-anonymous: You can participate without filling out lengthy forms, providing background info, or an official ID. 
  • Automatic: So long as there is...
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Decentralized Exchanges - What Is A DEX?

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jul 03, 2020

While token prices in the crypto market have been sleepily drifting sideways, for the most part, decentralized finance (DeFi) has been pumping and is currently the most exciting place to be. And decentralized exchanges (DEXs) are part of that ecosystem. 

What is a DEX?

A DEX, or decentralized exchange, is mainly a type of cryptocurrency exchange. It operates like a stock exchange, except it is run by a smart contract on the Ethereum blockchain that enforces rules and executes trades. Users can trade cryptocurrencies and DEXs do not require a centralized authority to operate, but they do need access to a reliable source of liquidity to service their users.

To better understand how they operate, let’s compare a DEX to a centralized exchange (CEX). 

Financial exchanges are where users buy and sell financial assets. Traditionally, the CEX takes orders from buyers and sellers and takes custody of their assets. DEXs do the same thing but without...

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The Ultimate Guide to Decentralized Finance (DeFi)

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jun 15, 2020

What is DeFi (Decentralized Finance)?

Decentralized Finance, more popularly known as DeFi, is an umbrella term for the next-generation financial applications ecosystem currently emerging. What sets the DeFi field apart from traditional finance applications is that it employs public blockchain technology. This is the same technology underpinning cryptocurrencies, and has become hotter than ever in past years.

DeFi, which is sometimes known as “open finance”, encompasses a broad variety of various subjects. To name a few, these include decentralized exchanges, decentralized stablecoins, decentralized money markets, decentralized synthetics and decentralized insurance.

This can all be a lot to take in. No matter what, it is clear that the most important takeaway is that the various applications in the DeFi field are decentralized. You might have heard about decentralization in relation to blockchain technology or cryptocurrencies - but what does it mean?

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What is DeFi - A Brief Introduction to Decentralized Finance

Written By Ivan on Tech

Jun 14, 2020

Blockchain-driven innovation is heating up. However, Bitcoin is still the elephant in the room when it comes to discussing crypto with the average person. In terms of sheer brand recognition, it always wins hands down. However, there are more interesting things going on right now in the crypto space, and one of them is Decentralized Finance or DeFi.

Not to dismiss Bitcoin or minimize its role in bringing about the blockchain revolution, but let's just say that while Bitcoin's price has been lurching sideways like a dawdling old grandpa (falling off its walker each time it bumps into the $10k resistance barrier), DeFi has been sprinting around the track like Usain Bolt. In fact, some observers are already predicting that DeFi might well be the next big thing in the blockchain field.

Things can change quickly in crypto, but presently, DeFi is performing well as a family of assets and frankly, it's a more exciting space to be in. So, if you're new to crypto or you've only been...

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