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5 Costly Tech Mistakes Crypto Beginners Make

Admittedly, mining or trading cryptocurrency can be a volatile endeavour, but it can also be profitable and rewarding if you know what you’re doing.

How Chapter 11 can Keep Your Crypto Wallet from Being Drained

Due to its novelty and highly volatile nature, cryptocurrency raises a number of issues when it comes to bankruptcy litigations. To a recent poll conducted by INSOL International, only some 5% of insolvency practitioners answered that they had a “comprehensive or practical/working understanding” of cryptocurrency. 

Traditional Payment Processing Companies Are Increasingly Focusing on Crypto

More than two decades after the dot-com bubble ushered in a new era of digital commerce, the payment infrastructure is still very much in flux. That reality is even more prevalent as 2020 approaches, and the cryptocurrency movement is offering a new tool and a unique complication into today’s approach to executing payments. 

How Exactly Does Crypto Arbitrage Trading Work?

You may have heard of people mention arbitrage trading from time to time, but do you really understand how it works? Let’s dive into the different approaches to arbitrage, and how it works when trading crypto.

These Top Exchanges Have Been Hacked so Far… or Not

On Nov. 27, 2019 around $52 million worth of Ethereum (ETH) was transferred from the UPbit hot wallet to the address of someone who is now known as UPbit Hacker #1. This, of course, is not the first or the last hack in the long list of crypto exchange breaches. Still, the more time passes, the more millions get nabbed, which raises concerns about lessons learnt. 

Why It’s so Difficult to Launder Money on the Blockchain

There is still a common misconception about cryptocurrencies amongst the public. They often regard it as a method for shady deals and illegitimate companies. This stems partially from the fact that one of the first real-world use cases of Bitcoin was its use for payments on the infamous dark web marketplace Silk Road, where anonymous users could buy almost any banned product, ranging from illegal drugs to weapons. 

The Boom of Crypto Lending and DeFi – Another Bubble?

The decentralized finance (DeFi) sphere where this is happening is now rapidly gaining popularity. It comprises open-source projects and is designed to make the world of finance open and free with the help of blockchain and smart contracts.

The Internet Inventors' Trilemma; How Can Blockchain Help Solve It?

As a global society, we have become reliant on the internet. It is a tool that fuels almost every aspect of our lives. However, it is a dynamic and evolving tool, but that evolution is not always for the better. Interestingly, the internet was only proposed thirty years ago, by Tim Berners-Lee, yet, its creator has a few concerns.  

Beyond Cryptocurrencies: Why Blockchain Will Be One of History’s Key Technologies

Key stages in history are defined by mankind’s great technological leaps that touch all aspects of the way we live. These technologies, such as steam, electricity and computers, are often classed as a general-purpose technology (GPT) because of their profound impact on economy and society.  

Trading Digital Assets on an Institutional Level Is Broken and Risky. But It Pays

Institutional penetration into digital asset markets has been lacklustre at best. This reticence comes with good reason. As it stands now, trading significant volumes of digital assets is extremely expensive, operationally risky and produces major capital inefficiencies. 

CME Extends Crypto-Derivatives Footprint - What Does It Mean for the Markets?

Last week, CME announced it will launch regulated Bitcoin options starting from Q1 2020. The new product is currently under review by US regulators. However, given that CME has confirmed the news, the exchange must be reasonably confident it will get the go-ahead. The Chicago-based exchange has been successfully trading Bitcoin futures since the end of 2017, so this latest move represents an expansion of its existing cryptocurrency derivatives offering. 

Catch Me if You Can: Are Crypto-Fraudsters One Too Many Steps Ahead of the Law?

Based on a true story, the 2002 Spielberg masterpiece Catch Me If You Can is a thrilling game of cat and mouse between Tom Hanks’ FBI Agent, Carl Hanratty in his never-ending pursuit of Leonardo DiCaprio’s ingenious teenage con-man, Frank Abagnale Jr., who became one of the US’s most prolific fraudsters by the time he was 22 years old. 

Institutional Interest in Cryptocurrencies Rubber-stamps the Industry’s Long-Term Viability

It is somewhat uncanny just how quickly market sentiment can change in the cryptocurrency arena.

Does Decentralized Advertising Really Work?

The internet was built on principles of freedom. It was a place for anyone to say whatever they want, free from persecution or censorship.

Gibraltar Distributed Ledger Technology Update 2019 – Plato’s Wise Men & Fools

As someone who has been involved in the distributed ledger technology (‘DLT’) industry for the past few years, I have found it hard to write up an article on the DLT sector for a while now. 

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Study: How Much Money Does a Crypto Company Need?

Blockchain and crypto startups are attracting immense investor attention on a global scale, within a handful of years, these startups have raised a whopping $46 billion to date. With such a resounding success, it’s easy to get caught up in exuberant stories of the best startups. 

How Altcoins Could Increase the Fault Tolerance of the Digital Ecosystem

A finely tuned engine involves not only a lot of moving parts, but also just the right mix of fuel to air for optimal performance. Too much air and it will lock up, and too much fuel is a waste, leading to weak performance, higher emissions, and bad gas mileage. 

An Expert Guide to the European STO

STOs – Securitized Token Offerings – are the current hot trend in the crypto industry, with more businesses and startups looking to the STO as a viable method of raising funds from public and institutional investors alike.

A Closer Look Into the World of Cryptocurrency Borrowing and Lending

Observers of the evolving digital asset markets will have noticed the increasing prevalence of lending, which comes in a growing number of varieties. 

How Will Better Blockchain Monitoring Make Crypto Safer?

Being able to monitor and query public blockchains is one of the fundamental properties of cryptocurrencies. Publicly verifiable transactions are what proves that a transfer of value occurred. Even in so-called privacy coins, there still needs to be a mechanism to prove value has been moved from one address to another.

Micromanagement: Are We Witnessing a New Era of Mobile Micropayments?

While alternative currencies are nothing new, few could’ve anticipated the sheer magnitude in which Bitcoin took the world by storm. Powered by the ever-disruptive blockchain technology, it took the cryptocurrency less than a decade to achieve a value of almost $20,000.   

Why More Exchanges Need to Adopt the SAFU Fund Model

Moons, lambos, HODLers — understanding the language of crypto means knowing your memes.

Five Ways to Trade Stablecoins

In the increasingly competitive stablecoin market, where several coins peg their value to the US dollar and other major fiat currencies, it can be difficult to stay on top of all the trading action.

Blockchain Will Do to the Real Estate Industry What Smartphones Once Did to Our Daily Routine

The real estate buying and selling process is well known as a complicated and slow one, but blockchain has already started to improve it.

11 Ways Ethereum Can Benefit Enterprises

According to research from Credit Suisse, the average lifespan of an S&P 500 company is now less than 20 years compared to the 60-year average company tenure in the 1950s. A root cause of the problem: disruptive technology.

ZedXe: Estonia-Based Crypto Exchange Reinforced with AI Management Tools for a World-Class Trading Experience, a digital currency trading platform incorporated and licensed by Estonia Financial Authority, is navigating the shift to a highly-secure and Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven trading ecosystem.

Liquidators Take Charge of Cryptopia: Here Are Cryptopia’s Big Mistakes

Although cryptocurrencies themselves are incredibly secure, the exchanges that facilitate their movement have been far more problematic.

Roobee IEO - A New Project for the Investment Industry

IEOs (Initial Exchange Offerings) have fast gained popularity in the crypto space. Roobee is one of the best examples of these new IEO projects.

Germany’s First Security Token Offering Launches a Bounty Program

Business lender Bitbond, which recently launched Germany’s first Security Token Offering has just announced a bounty program where participants can earn Bitbond Tokens.

Networking on Vessel: New A-List Speakers Announced for Coinsbank Blockchain Cruise 2019

IBM Blockchain Director and Ajit Tirtha from ConsenSys join the main conference lineup.

Bitleex: The World’s First Cryptocurrency Trading Platform With Trust Management

The Bitleex platform was created by an ambitious and young team of developers.

Distributed Versus Decentralized Tech and Why You Should Care About the Difference

Distributed ledgers - digital records stored on many computers at the same time - are everywhere. As is decentralized technology but how are they different and why should you care?

Tether and the Never-Ending Scandal: What Does the Future Hold for Stablecoins?

What started as a notable solution to the highly volatile nature of cryptocurrency markets has since turned into a never-ending scandal.

The Next Generation of Digital Asset Exchange

Recently you may have heard about an exchange called Quadriga CX.

Blockchain & Real Estate: How Tokenization May Be a Game Changer for Investors and Owners

The real estate market represents one of the oldest and most significant investment classes.

Cash Vs Commodities: Examining Variations in Stablecoins

Seen as a solution to volatility in markets, stablecoins aim to offer all the benefits of cryptocurrencies, coupled with reliability and a balanced price.

Three Key Crypto Trends to Watch in Q2 2019

As the second quarter of 2019 gets underway on the heels of an impressive bitcoin and altcoin price rally, more and more eyes are turning back to the crypto markets after the longest bear market in the young industry’s history.

Airdrops, Ledger Giveaway and the Most Generous Referral Program in the Industry

We at ChainRift are proud to provide the early marketplace for innovative projects before they get listed elsewhere.

Widespread Retail Adoption of Crypto: What it Means for Your Taxes

Bitcoin being accepted by what is undoubtedly the foremost coffee business should be a net win for cryptocurrency. In the early days, the vision of spending coins in a range of establishments as actual currency was the life force of the movement.

Are Stablecoins Blockchain’s Springboard to Mass Adoption?

In this guest post, VOIP pioneer and Celsius Network CEO Alex Mashinsky takes a look at stablecoins and how they will be the driving force of Web 3.0.

The Monero Hard Fork – Did it Help GPU Miners?

 Monero underwent a hard fork on 9th March, 2019, resulting in a hash rate plummet of over 80% and a purge of ASIC miners from the network. But what exactly does it mean for GPU miners?

Permissioned Blockchain: Too Many Compromises, or a Private Database Solution?

Industrial giant Siemens is one of the more recent corporations to join the likes of Standard Chartered in unlocking blockchain’s potential

Reimagining Traditional Markets in the Era of Borderless Trading

The financial industry is in a constant state of flux, from the introduction of the first universal credit card in the 1950s, to the proliferation of ATMs in the 1970s, to the recent rise of contactless payment methods.  

How Zooterra is Using Tokenization to Disrupt Nature Conservation Engagement

Tapping into cutting edge technology, Zooterra is the first platform to bring together geolocation, digital tokens, and satellite imaging to reimagine how people engage in nature conservation

Utility Tokens 2.0: The Need for a Real Use Case

With utility tokens, there’s very rarely any middle ground. Investors and industry commentators either love them, believing them to be the future, or hate them, believing them to be unviable long-term.

Exploring the Rise of Blockchain Patents

Blockchain, one of the most notable and controversial technological developments of our time, has shifted our global perception of financial transactions and digital identities.

How Tron’s (TRX) Growth Might Have been Predicted

Starting on the 10th of December last year, TRON showed steady growth, doubling in price in an unstable market. At the moment, TRON is in 8th place in terms of capitalization, not far from the top 5. Could that have been predicted? We think so, because there were a few indicators that this kind of growth might have been coming.

5 Aspects of City Life Set to be Changed by Blockchain-powered Robots

Tokenization of assets is expected to be one of the main trends in 2019. Anything from a pizza delivery service to an artwork can be subjected to tokenization.

The Future of ICOs and the Rise of STOs

Are ICOs dead? The ICO model or concept which fueled the crypto bull market of 2017 is pretty much dead, kaput, or whatever term we may choose to describe its demise

Mapping the Cryptocurrency Derivative Landscape, Is Regulation Needed?

The explosive rise of cryptocurrency prices in Q4 2017 seemed to shock everyone on the sidelines, and exceed the expectations of virtually everyone with skin in the game. Alongside the rise in prices came increasing amounts of blockchain activity, exposing the limitations and novelty of the current state of this technology. Lengthy transaction times and heavy fees were looked over in favor of speculation on where the price would go next.

Who Will Win the Race to be the “Crypto Valley of Asia”?

Operators within Asian crypto-economies are at a crossroads. It’s a time where some firms are largely staying away from the cryptocurrency sector, which they perceive lacks investor protections, while others are pumping investment into blockchain hubs, with the hopes of becoming the “Crypto Valley of Asia.”

A Big Future in a Microscopic Package: How Decentralization Will Herald a New Era of Microtransactions

In this guest post, Dmytro Spilka, CEO at Pridicto, takes a look at how decentralization is set to usher in a new era for micropayments in several industries.

Current Crypto Market Trends: ICOs Are Out, STOs Are In

Late 2017 was a time of explosive growth in blockchain, when many projects made money virtually out of thin air. In the recent months, the cryptomarket went through an expected cooling-off period and is now entering a new stage in its development.

Here’s Why Crypto Traders Need a Commission-free Futures Exchange

Does the crypto space need commission-free trading? Considering the evolving ecosystem of cryptos, especially in the world of trading, zero trading fees could be argued to be long overdue. The way to mass adoption isn’t about following traditional business models or acting as the new middleman. There’s more to it than that.

Why Chicago is Fast Becoming the Crypto Trading Capital of the World

In December 2017, both Cboe Global Markets and the CME Group began trading futures on bitcoin. The two derivative exchanges are the most prominent local enterprises to enter the cryptocurrency markets but an entire ecosystem has begun to emerge in Chicago and is rapidly gaining momentum.

Applying Blockchain to Solve the SME Funding Problem

There are many challenges facing small and medium-sized enterprises. SMEs form the backbone of most major economies, but ensuring that they reach their full potential is an issue that has remained without a tangible solution for decades. SMEs still face barriers to entry and scant protection from conditions that would barely affect larger competitors. Up until now, no solution has emerged that would shelter SMEs from these challenges and allow them to reach their full potential.

Stock Exchange 2.0 – What’s Next?

In this guest post, Gibraltar Blockchain Exchange CEO Nick Cowan examines how blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize the stock exchange.

The Importance of Asset-Backed Cryptocurrencies

Of particular interest to many recently has been the phenomenon of ‘stablecoins’ – that is, digital money where each unit is backed by assets. We take a closer look at this growing asset class and why it is so important.

How Miami is Pioneering Blockchain Adoption

Staying on the bleeding edge of technology has helped America immensely, which is why cities across the nation are embracing the latest breakthrough in digital innovation - blockchain technology. And Miami is keen on leading the charge.

How Can Blockchain Make Autonomous Vehicles Safer?

Back in 2016, it was estimated that there will be 10 million self-driving cars  on the road by 2020. Seeing that we are halfway there, time-wise, it is safe to say that the science-fiction future of autonomous vehicles is almost upon us. 

It’s Bot Versus Scambot in the 2018 Crypto Arms Race

When crypto exploded into the public consciousness last year, it also came to the attention of a new breed of criminal. No longer was it the drug lords attracted to the dark web and the notorious silk road marketplace that was shut down by the FBI. No, this time it was a more white-collar criminal that was interested in fraud. Here we take a look at the rapid evolution of crypto scams.

8 Ways to Spot an ICO Scam

An ICO is considered to be a modern fundraising tool. Fraudulent ICOs have made their way into the digital trading ecosystem to the point that some people just assume that an ICO is a sure way to get scammed, even though that’s not always the case. Here's how to spot ICO scams.

In Spite of the Bear Market, Crypto-Funds Show No Signs of Slowing Down

Bear trends are a time for building infrastructure. The price may shake speculators, but serious parties are in it for the long haul. Advancements in trading infrastructure, regulatory progress and institutional grade custodianship are propelling crypto funds from strength to strength despite the ensuing bear market.