Friday, January 31, 2020

10 Reasons Why Bitcoin Will Pass $15,000 In 2020





Time sure flies, the first month of 2020 has gone, and we are now entering February!  Well, the cryptocurrency markets have started the year well with Bitcoin now over $9,000.  February has traditionally been a good month for cryptocurrency, and I expect Bitcoin to hit $10,000 this month.  I also have ten reasons to believe that Bitcoin will pass $15,000 in 2020 as follows:

Reason #1: Bitcoin Halving

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Figure 1: Bitcoin halving logarithmic chart

Bitcoin halving occurs every four years, and it will happen this year sometime around May 20, 2020.  The mining reward will be halved from 12.5 BTC to 6.25 BTC.  Bitcoin halvings will occur every 210,000 blocks until around 2140 when all 21 million coins will have been mined.  Following the economic basics of supply and demand, less Bitcoin mined causes less supply so the demand, the price, goes up accordingly.

As the chart in figure 1 shows, the price in Bitcoin always rises in the long-term after a halving event.  Though the price doesn't shoot up right away, in months and years that follow a halving, the Bitcoin price goes up.

What I expect to occur around May 20, 2020, is that many speculators will purchase some Bitcoin a few days before the halving date, thereby causing the Bitcoin price to rise significantly.  Then, afterward, there will be a significant selloff—kind of like a pump and dump.  Though in the months after that, the price of Bitcoin will steadily increase to pass the $15,000 mark.

Reason #2: Bitcoins are lost every year

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Figure 2: No explanation needed.

Another factor that will lessen the supply of available Bitcoin is lost or "forgotten" coins.  Every year, some BTC is accidentally lost or forgotten in hard drives, mobile wallets, or paper wallets.  Coins can also be "lost" through user error, for example, by sending coins to an invalid address.  With so many forks of Bitcoin now, it's more commonplace for this to occur.  Furthermore, we just went through a significant bear market in the last two years, so many people just lost faith in Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, so they lost track of them this way as well.

Reason #3: The US Stock Market has a high chance of correcting or crashing

The Dow Jones Industrial Average Chart
Figure 3a: The Dow Jones Industrial Average Chart
Figure 3a: The S&P 500 Chart
Figure 3a: The S&P 500 Chart
The US Stock market has been in an overall bull run since 2009, almost 11 years now!  In a sound market, there are pull-backs every eight years or so, but the US stock market is unnatural.  The stock market has been propped up by the central bank, the Fed, by many quantitative easing programs and zero interest rate policies.

It would not surprise me to see a significant correction in the stock market this year.  A pull-back of at least 20% might occur, but I wouldn't be surprised if there is a major crash of 50% or more!

Here is just a tip for those of you still in the US stock market.  It's a seller's market now, so dump some of your holdings and transfer them to undervalued assets such as commodities and cryptocurrency.

Reason #4: Declining US Dollar buying power

The declining buying power of the US Dollar
Figure 4: The declining buying power of the US Dollar

Let's face it--the US Dollar is losing world reserve currency status!  Many countries such as Russia and China are using their own currencies for international trade and bypassing the US dollar.  This trend will undoubtedly continue.  As fewer people see the US dollar as a safe haven, they will allocate more of their portfolio to more speculative assets such as cryptocurrencies, thereby driving the Bitcoin price up.

Reason #5: Global Uncertainties

The “cold war” in the Middle East between the West and the East
Figure 5: The “cold war” in the Middle East between the West and the East.

Global uncertainties and a weakening dollar will push more investors into Bitcoin as more people recognize it as a store of value similar to gold.  As an example, after Iran’s attack on US military bases in Iraq in response to the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani, Bitcoin rose 8% amid investor uncertainty.

The US and its western allies are losing ground in the Middle East to Iran, and it's powerful allies—Russia and China.  The buying power of Western fiat currencies, predominately the US Dollar, will diminish as Western control of the global oil trade diminishes too.

Many people see Bitcoin as a crisis hedge, similar to gold.  Therefore, during uncertain times will invest more into it, thereby causing the demand price to increase too.

Reason #6: Technical Development

A graphical depiction of the lightning network
Figure 6: A graphical depiction of the lightning network.

One of the major weaknesses of Bitcoin is that its blockchain can only process a minuscule 7 transactions per second (TPS) compared to Visa’s average of 24,000 transactions per second.  However, the Lightning Network upgrade by Lightning labs has the potential to increase Bitcoin’s TPS to millions per second.

Basically, the lightning network is another layer above the blockchain that allows transactions to settlement off-chain then later merged back into the main chain.  Not only will this technology allow many more transactions per second, but it will also significantly lower the transaction fees, thereby enabling Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to usage as a form of payment in shops, cafes, bars, and other typical venues.

Another technology that will promote blockchain usage is 5G, which supports faster internet usage.  As 5G becomes more available in cities worldwide, people will experience faster internet connections that blockchain and cryptocurrency technology both depend.

Reason #7: Bitcoin ETF

Many speculate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies ETFs soon
Figure 7: Many speculate Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies ETFs soon.

An Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is a type of fund that owns assets, which can be stocks, commodities, or futures, or possibly even cryptocurrency. However, the ownership divided into shares that trade on stock exchanges.

Many experts speculate that Bitcoin ETF approval in 2020 is highly likely.  The SEC recently approved its first ‘40 Act-approved Bitcoin fund in the form of the NYDIG Bitcoin Strategy Fund.  We already have futures and options trading.  The CME (Chicago Mercantile Exchange) also began offering Bitcoin options.  With a Bitcoin ETF, mainstream adoption will surely increase.

Reason #8: Favorable Regulation by Governments & Institutional Adoption

Favorable Regulation by Governments & Institutional Adoption
Figure 8: The Chinese e-Yaun cryptocurrency

The US Federal Reserve Board recently revealed that it is working on a crypto-like project known as “central bank digital currency.”  China is taking the lead in the blockchain sector.  Many expect China’s e-yuan will roll out in early 2020, and it will be very cautious, initially only focusing on consumer spending.  The Chinese e-yuan will be the world's first digital sovereign currency.

Many experts are comparing the current blockchain and cryptocurrency race between the US and China as similar to the space race from half a century ago. The world is in a rush to see who will be the first to gain the lead in the crypto space, with China currently being ahead of everyone else, especially the US.

Many institutions such as Bakkt, OKEx, FTX, and CME also are now supporting Bitcoin Futures and Options Trading.  Though they still have to open up to retail investors.

Reason #9: Saving in cryptocurrency yields higher rates than savings accounts

Celsius mobile wallet interest rates for BTC, ETH, DASH, and BCH.
Figure 9a: Celsius mobile wallet interest rates for BTC, ETH, DASH, and BCH.
Celsius mobile wallet interest rates for popular stable coins
Figure 9b: Celsius mobile wallet interest rates for popular stable coins.

A decade of zero interest rate policies (ZERP) had led to low yields on your savings accounts and government bonds.  The interest you get by storing your money in your savings account doesn't even make up for inflation.  People are looking to diversify their savings in higher-yielding vehicles such as cryptocurrencies. Many cryptocurrency-based mobile wallets act as a form of savings accounts for your crypto assets such as the Celsius, Monarch, and Uphold apps.  The highest yields for these crypto wallets are usually stable coins, pegged to fiat currencies such as USDT, TUSD, PAX, USDC, and others.

Reason #10:  Fear and greed index is now becoming more greedy

Fear and greed index is now becoming more greedy
Figure 10: https://alternative.me/crypto/fear-and-greed-index/

The cryptocurrency market behavior is very emotional. Thus, people tend to get greedy when the market is rising, which results in the fear of missing out (FOMO).  There is also panic selling when people often dump their coins in mass in an irrational reaction to seeing red numbers. This behavior is a reflection of basic human psychology, where people follow a "herd mind" mentality.

Extreme fear can be a sign that investors are too worried, which can be a sign that it's a buyer's market.  On the other hand, when Investors are getting too greedy, that means a significant sell-off is not too far off as the market corrects itself.

Since the current fear and greed index has recently switched to be more greedy, this indicates that we are currently in an accumulation phase and that prices will start to stabilize soon so that prices won't go rise too much further.

Conclusion:

I predict that 2020 will be a good year for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.  After two long years in a bear market, prices will rise again to turn the crypto market to overall be more bullish.  However, I don't expect all times highs whereby Bitcoin passes $20,000!  In my opinion, this will mostly occur in 2021, so I recommend people start to accumulate Bitcoin and other crypto-assets this year and hold for the long-term.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

10 FREE Ways To Get Cryptocurrency In 2020!


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Alright so you want to start earning some cryptocurrency but don’t want to spend any money, not even 1 unit of fiat currency, to do so!  If you have the time to devote, you can start earning some cryptocurrency right away, which you can then convert into regular currency, cash, later on.  Here is the very first step:
You need to open up an account with crypto to fiat currency exchange.  If you are in North America, you can use Coinbase for example.  In other countries, you will have to research what is the top crypto to fiat currency exchange in your country.  As an alternative, you can use LocalBitcoins.com to exchange crypto for fiat currency in your country as well.

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Now here are some ideas of how you can start earning cryptocurrency for free:

1)  If you are in North America, you can watch entertaining educational videos on Coinbase Earn to start earning crypto.

2)  You can join an AirDrop campaign for crypto.  Just do a google search on “airdrop campaigns” to get the latest info.

3)  You can download and use the Brave browser that lets you easily earn cryptocurrency just by surfing the Internet and joining reward programs too!

4)  You can join Crowd Holding, which is currently in Beta as of this writing, which is an open innovation platform empowering anyone to earn crypto rewards, and entrepreneurs to get insights.

5)  You can read, comment, and write blog articles on PublishOx and Steemit to earn some free crypto.

6)  You can play games that pay you in cryptocurrency! Tip: You can have your children or little cousins use your game account!  It’s the best of both worlds, they are kept busy and are entertained while you make some crypto on the side!  As of this writing, on the Apple store, good games for earning crypto are Alien Run, Storm Play, Free Bitcoin, Bitcoin Aliens, and Blockchain.

7)  You can set up a cryptocurrency payment gateway, using services such as Coin Payments, on your website or social media site to start selling your services or products for crypto!

8)  Convert your old gaming computer or mobile devices into cryptocurrency miners!  Minergate provides free crypto-mining tools!

9)  You can become an affiliate for popular cryptocurrency exchanges and have new people signup to get crypto rewards!  Binance, Coinbase, KuCoin, and LocalBitcoins exchanges have affiliate programs.  Popular crypto wallets such as Robinhood and the Celsius mobile app have affiliate programs too!

10) In all your blog posts and social media posts, you can also append your Bitcoin wallet address and PayPal pay link. For example:
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Well, there you have it!  You now have 10 good ways to start earning cryptocurrency for free!  Once you have earned some cryptocurrency, you can now convert it into fiat currency using the crypto to fiat exchange you are registered with!  You can also convert cryptocurrency into physical gold or silver!  I recommend https://goldsilver.com/ to do this!  Many popular online sites such as Overstock.com and Expedia.com also accept cryptocurrency as a way to pay for products and services sold!  Check out this website to find popular websites that accept cryptocurrencies as a payment method:  https://99bitcoins.com/bitcoin/who-accepts/

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Friday, November 8, 2019

How To Secure Your Cryptocurrency In 2020


There is a history of cryptocurrency being lost or stolen.

Unfortunately, in the cryptocurrency industry, there is a history of coins being lost or stolen.  One of the most notable occurred with the Mt. Gox exchange in 2014.  Approximately 850,000 Bitcoins belonging to customers and the company were missing and likely stolen, which amounted to more than USD 450 million at the time.
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Figure 1: The Binance hack caused the price of the cryptocurrency to slip drastically.
More recently, in 2018, Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck lost approximately USD 533 million worth in cryptocurrency.  Online digital wallets lost an estimated 500 million NEM tokens. Just last May 2019, hackers withdrew 7,000 Bitcoin worth about USD 40 Million at the time from Binance via a single transaction in a "larger-scale security breach."

Use common sense and apply necessary security principles to protect your cryptocurrency

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Figure 2: Two-factor authentication is a good security measure.

As Eric Larcheveque mentions, many exchanges due to the rapid increase of investors, attracted by the hype, did not have the time or resources to build resilient security solutions.  Crypto exchanges are prone to hacks because they centralize the risk and must keep part of their private keys online to allow for real-time withdrawals.  Larcheveque, recommends to use common sense and apply necessary security principles as follows:
  • Don’t use a cryptocurrency exchange for long-term storage.
  • If you do, use two-factor authentication, preferably one that is not limited to devices connected to the internet.
  • For your hardware wallet, choose a PIN code that you can remember, but is secure and not easy to guess.
  • Keep your 24-word recovery sheet well secured and never enter it on any device that is connected to the internet.
  • Only trust what you can see on your hardware wallet screen. Verify your reception address and payment information on the device.
  • Always treat with caution information shown on your computer or smartphone screen. Assume software can get compromised anytime.
Personally, from time to time, I move cryptocurrency from exchanges that I use for trading to my desktop wallet, mobile wallet, or a hardware wallet for long-term storage.  I also diversify risk by using more than one exchange.

There are many different types of cryptocurrency wallets.


According to Simona Vaitkune (2017), there are five types of cryptocurrency wallets that you can use:
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Figure 3: MyEtherWallet allows you to send ether and compatible ERC-20 tokens.

1)  Online Wallets (also known as "hot wallets"): Online wallets run on the cloud so they can be accessible from multiple devices with an internet connection.  They are practical and convenient to use.  However, they are also more susceptible to theft, as is evident by many past hacks of online wallets used by cryptocurrency exchanges exemplifies.  Besides utilizing online wallets provided by exchanges, you can use your own such as MyEtherWallet or Metamask.

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Figure 4: The Jaxx multi-cryptocurrency wallet has a responsive design.

2)  Mobile Wallet (also known as "warm wallets"): Mobile wallets are applications that run on your smartphone device.  They are very convenient because they are a means of payment.  Overall, mobile wallets are considered to be safer than cloud-based, online wallets.  Of course, there are still risks associated with mobile wallets such as losing your crypto assets in case your phone breaks down, gets stolen, or becomes hacked.  Examples of good mobile wallets are Blockchain, Trust, Jaxx, and Mycelium.

Recommendation:
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Figure 5: The Robinhood wallet allows you to invest in a variety of assets—all commission free!

The Robinhood mobile wallet allows you to invest Commission-Free! Invest in stocks, ETFs, options, and cryptocurrencies, all commission-free, right from your phone or desktop.

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Figure 6: The Celsius wallet allows high annual interest payments on stored cryptocurrency.

The Celsius mobile wallet allows you to get 10% annual interest or more on stable coins such as TrueUSD (TUSD), Gemini Dollar (GUSD), Paxos (PAX), USD Coin (USDC), MakerDAO (DAI), and Tether (USDT).  Plus, you can also get an annual interest on other popular cryptocurrencies.

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Figure 7: The Exodus multi-cryptocurrency desktop wallet has an intuitive interface.

3)  Desktop Wallet (also known as "warm wallets"): Desktop wallets can be downloaded and installed on your desktop or laptop device.  These desktop wallets are considered safer than online wallets or mobile wallets.  However, you can still lose your crypto if your computer is infected with a virus, gets hacked, or becomes damaged in some way.  Examples of good desktop wallets are Exodus, Atomic Wallet, Bitcoin Core, and Jaxx.

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Figure 8: The Ledger Nano cryptocurrency cold storage wallet.

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Figure 9: The Trezor cryptocurrency cold storage wallet.

4)  Hardware Wallet (also known as "cold wallets" or "cold storage"): Hardware wallets store users' private keys typically on a USB drive.  Some even can make online transactions.  However, most of the time, they are kept offline to be secure.  Examples of good hardware wallets are the Ledger Nano, the Trezor, or the ColdLar Pro.

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Figure 10: An example of a cryptocurrency paper wallet.

5)  Paper Wallet: Paper wallets are the safest option to store your digital assets but not necessarily the most convenient or practical to use. Basically, a paper wallet is a physical copy of your generated public and private keys and can even refer to a printed sheet of paper. You can send funds by transferring the cryptocurrency to the wallet's public address, and you can withdraw or send your coins by entering your private keys or by scanning the QR code on the paper wallet.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Top 10 Passive Ways To Make Money With Cryptocurrency



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Figure 1: Warren Buffet Quote.

One of my favorite investors, Warren Buffet, says, "if you don't find a way to make money while you sleep, you will work until you die.".  Most people think that to get rich, you need progressively higher-paying jobs, but this is only half of the equation.  More often than not, as you go up the corporate ladder, you get higher-paying jobs but also much more stress and have less time to devote to your investments.
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Figure 2: Lounging on a beach.

Now, imagine lounging on the beach and still making money through passive sources of income!  The good news is that there are a wide variety of sources for passive income.
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Figure 3: The game Cashflow 101 by Rich Dad.

One way to generate passive income is by owning real estate so you can charge people rent.  You can also receive stock dividends or royalties from books or songs you have produced.  Additionally, you can own a business that is managed by someone else. An excellent game to play to learn about generating a passive income that I recommend is "Cashflow 101" by the Rich Dad Series.  Remember, most millionaires on the average have seven streams of income that are mostly passive income-based.  The great news is that there are many new and exciting ways to make passive income with cryptocurrencies.  Using all my research, practical experience, and the occasional run-in with scams, here are the top 10 passive ways to earn income with cryptocurrencies that I discovered:

  • Buying / Building a Mining Machine
  • Invest in a Mining Farm
  • Lease a Mining Share
  • Own a Mining Farm
  • Direct Dividend Coins
  • Exchange Dividend Coins
  • Staking
  • Masternodes
  • Hard Forks
  • Trading Bots

Passive Method 1: Buying / Building a Mining Machine

A great way to make passive income with cryptocurrency is to buy or build a "money-making" mining machine. When you maintain a mining machine, you aid with the global proof of work network used by many popular cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin.  There are two types of ways to mine for cryptocurrency, either graphics processing unit (GPU) based or application-specific integrated circuit chip (ASIC) based.  Figure 4 shows a basic 6 GPU Mining Rig, and figure 5 shows an ASIC based, AntMiner S9 Bitcoin Miner.  GPU based mining is not as effective as ASIC based mining but is less expensive, consumes less power, and generates much less sound.  Hence, GPU mining can be done at home or in your office.  ASIC based miners have high performance but are more expensive, consume lots of power, and generate deafening sound.  Therefore, ASIC based miners are better suited for warehouses or rooms with lots of soundproofing and sound blocking amenities that also allow for lots of power consumption.
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Figure 4: A 6 GPU Mining Rig

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Figure 5: AntMiner S9 Bitcoin Miner

Tip: A great website to purchase pre-built GPU mining rigs is www.mining.sg or cryptocurrencyminingrigs.info.  For purchasing ASIC based miners, asicminermarket.com is a useful resource, but available units are frequently sold out!

Passive Method 2: Invest in a Mining Farm

Alternatively, for a passive income, you can invest in a cryptocurrency mining farm.  You can spend money on an upcoming mining farm endeavor.  Cryptocurrency mining farms typically are ASIC based because of the high return on investment (ROI) of ASIC based mining versus GPU based mining.   Many are located in colder climates to lessen cooling costs.  Mining farms typically mine the most established cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), etc.

Tip: If you want to invest serious money into a mining farm endeavor, it might be worthwhile for you to visit the mining location in person first.

Passive Method 3: Lease a Mining Share

For people who are not technically inclined or don't have space or time to maintain a GPU based miner at home or in their office, leasing a mining share, also known as cloud-based mining, is a viable option.  Again beware of many online scams and Ponzi schemes, especially concerning cloud-based mining.  Double-check with http://www.badbitcoin.org/ if the site is a verified cloud-based mining operation.  It is very convenient to lease a mining share temporarily.  Typically, 1 to 2-year mining share contracts is available.  Mining shares that give the best ROI are those that have minimal energy and cooling costs.

Tip: Hashflare, Genesis Mining, and Minergate are dependable cloud-based mining services.

Passive Method 4: Own a Mining Farm

If you are technically inclined and have time and space to devote, then you might consider building your own home-based cryptocurrency mining farm instead.  Home-based cryptocurrency mining farms are typically located in the garage or storage area and employ GPU based mining more often due to the lower cost involved, lower power usage, and less sound. However, ASIC based mining can be accomplished as well if the mining room has excellent sound-absorbing / proofing amenities and can support higher power consumption too.

Tip: There are some ASIC based miners specifically built for home use such as the Antminer R4 model though the return on investment with these types of miners is typically less than their much louder counterparts!

Passive Method 5: Direct Dividend Coins

A dividend is a distribution of a portion of a company's earnings.  Similar to traditional stock dividends, some cryptocurrency coins offer dividends too.  You hold the crypto coin and get regular dividends, which vary for each cryptocurrency coin.

Tip:  Here are some examples of direct dividend coins:  Neo (NEO), OmiseGo (OMG), Ark (ARK), Lisk (LSK),  and Waves (WAVES).

Passive Method 6: Exchange Dividend Coins

Exchange dividend coins are similar to regular dividend coins but supported by an official exchange.  They usually contain other perks, such as the ability to pay for various exchange fees using their official coins.  Exchange dividend coins are also an effective way to raise money through crowdfunding.

Tip: Here are examples of exchange dividend coins:  Binance (BNB), Kucoin Shares (KCS), Huobi Token (HT), and BiBox (BIX).

Passive Method 7: Staking

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Figure 6: Proof of Work and Proof of Stake Illustration

Instead of Proof of Work (POW), also known as mining, you can do Proof of Stake (POS).  POW relies on proof that a certain amount of work has been done to verify transactions and was the chosen way of the first cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin.  POS, on the other hand, only requires participants to hold a certain amount of native cryptocurrency in a specific wallet for a specified period.  POS nodes are called "validators" instead of "miners."  For POS, no specialized computer hardware is needed to become a node.  POW nodes also tend to become centralized over time, while POS nodes tend to stay decentralized.  Furthermore, POS is much more environmentally friendly because significantly less power is used to maintain the validator nodes.

Tip: Staking, POS, seems to be the future trend for the next generation of cryptocurrency coins because of a multitude of advantages.  However, critics argue that POS might lead to centralized creation of the coins which the POW methodology prevents.  Some coins are a combination of both POW and POS methodologies.

Passive Method 8: Masternodes

Masternodes are the highest form of staking with the corresponding highest payouts, but you need to buy much more of the coin.  A Masternode is a full crypto node, a computer wallet, that supports the network by hosting an entire copy of the coin's ledger in real-time.  It also allows the user to take part in governance and voting too.  Furthermore, it enables the treasury and budgeting system in cryptocurrencies.  However, a significant drawback is that Masternodes require running your node non-stop, similar to a mining rig.

Tip: Here are sites for information on available Masternodes:https://masternodes.pro and https://masternodes.online.

Passive Method 9: Hard Forks

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Figure 7: Soft Forks versus Hard Forks

A soft fork is a backward compatible method of upgrading a blockchain.  On the other hand, a hard fork creates a new permanent divergence from the previous version of a blockchain.   Hard forks are needed to add new functionality to existing cryptocurrency.  They are a great way to earn free crypto!  From time to time, there are hard forks such as when Bitcoin Cash (BCH) was developed from Bitcoin (BTC) or when Ethereum classic (ETC) diverged from Ethereum (ETH).

Tip: You can get information about an upcoming hard fork from an insider group or blog.  A few days before the expected hard fork, buy a lot of the original coin.  After the fork date, you will get the same amount of the new cryptocurrency coin!

Passive Method 10: Trading Bots

Trading bots or Algo trading or auto trading is not a new way to trade.  Institutions have been using trading bots for decades, but it is only recently that they have been made available to the broad public.  Trading bots use algorithms that are programmed to take trades on behalf of the trader.  They use various market actions to determine their entry and exit points based on such metrics as price, time, order, volume, etc.  Trading bots can also be set up to handle multiple exchanges simultaneously. Thus market arbitrage is possible.  The price to use trading bot varies; some have a one-time fee, while others use a pay-per-use or subscription-based model.

Tip: Trading bots can be a great tool to use. They can save you a tremendous amount of time, especially if you are an experienced trader, though they are quite technical to set up and require some necessary programming-related skills for advanced features, so take baby steps in using them!

Recommendations:
Shrimpy is an excellent platform to use that allows you to manage your crypto assets stored on different exchanges automatically.

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Monday, October 7, 2019

Top 10 Active Ways to Make Money With Cryptocurrency

Scam Alert!

Now, this is critically important! Many scams are in the cryptocurrency industry! A great site to use to check if a cryptocurrency-related website might potentially be a scam is http://www.badbitcoin.org/, which has already vetted many websites, but it is not foolproof!
Due to always new investment opportunities popping up in the cryptocurrency industry, many sites might not prove to be valid, and you don’t want to fall prey as one of the initial victims! Therefore, you should always use your sound judgment! If the promised returns seem too good to be true — it probably is!

Diversifying Your Portfolio Is A Good Practice

A good practice is to diversify your portfolio — don’t put all your eggs in one basket! Practice an incremental approach, one step at a time, as you learn more and become aware of potential scams, you can invest more money. Always start with a tiny investment first! Please don’t get pressured by the hype and follow the herd because of the fear of missing out (FOMO) — go at your own pace!

Active Ways To Make Money With Cryptocurrency Requires Time And Energy

Active methods require you to devote your time and energy towards generating income with cryptocurrency, similar to a typical job or a business that you manage yourself. The good news is that there are many exciting ways to make active income with cryptocurrency. Using all my research, practical experience and the occasional run-in with scams, here are the top 10 active ways to make income with cryptocurrencies that I discovered:
1) Buy and Keep (HODL)
2) Trading
3) Cryptocurrency Payment Gateway
4) Invest in Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs)
5) Invest in Security Token Offerings (STOs)
6) Cryptocurrency Education
7) Cryptocurrency News & Trends Subscriptions
8) Forming an Inner Circle
9) Bounty / Rewards Programs
10) Gaming

Active Method 1: Buy and Keep (HODL)

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Figure 1: HODLing Cryptocurrency
The simplest, though not necessarily, the most lucrative strategy is to buy and hold your favorite cryptocurrencies, also known as HODL (“hold on for dear life”) in the community. HODLing is a long-term investing strategy that requires proper fundamental analysis. The topic of fundamental analysis is a huge one, but some basics to look out for are:
1) Company Analysis: Management has a history of success, right products, well-financed, good marketing, etc.
2) Industry Analysis: Not too much competition; government regulations are open; environmental factors are favorable, etc.
3) Economic Conditions: Are we in a bear or bull market? Are there any unforeseen economic conditions that can affect the product or service?
4) Future Profit Outlook: Will the products or services be in demand in the future? How large is the total addressable market? In what time frame might the product or service become obsolete?
After doing your fundamental analysis for a particular cryptocurrency-related product or service, and choosing your top picks, an excellent strategy to use is dollar-cost averaging. For example, if you get paid once or twice a month, you can allocate a small portion of your earnings to invest in your favorite cryptocurrency endeavor. In a few months after doing some more fundamental analysis, you might choose to rebalance your portfolio in favor of another cryptocurrency project, as well.
Tip: Coinmarketcap.com does some fundamental analysis for you already that is accessible if you view the rating tab for a particular cryptocurrency. Another good site to use is coinpaprika.com.
Recommendations:
If you are a long-term investor, you might also want to consider storing your crypto assets in high yielding mobile wallets as a form of savings. Using the Celsius App, long-term investors can get an annual interest rate of up to 10% with some stable coins such as USD, PAX, DAI, TUSD, GUSD, and others.

Active Method 2: Trading

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Figure 2: Trading View
If you are technically minded and like to look at visual charts, you might also consider becoming a cryptocurrency trader. Figure 2 shows a popular trading platform used by many cryptocurrency traders known as Trading View. Cryptocurrency exchanges are open 24 hours 7 days a week so you can perform trades anytime, unlike traditional markets such as equities. Many types of traders require different levels of both involvement and risks. Here are some of the different types of traders:
1) Trend Traders: follow the trend to buy low and then sell high
2) Swing Traders: take advantage of market volatility
3) Margin Traders: bet prices will fall so short the market instead of going long
4) Futures Traders: They hedge against volatility with fixed asking & selling prices
5) Options Traders: bet it’s going to be a buyers’ or sellers’ market
6) Day Traders: open and close multiple positions within 24 hours
Tip: Good YouTube channels to use to learn about cryptocurrency trading are Data Dash and Ready Set Crypto. They offer many free videos to learn about using technical analysis for trading.
Tip: For a listing of top cryptocurrency exchanges by volume visit https://coinmarketcap.com/rankings/exchanges/
Recommendations:
Here are some cryptocurrency exchanges that I recommend:
1) Binance: The largest cryptocurrency exchange in the world! Now supports margin trading!
2) Coinbase: This is a prevalent cryptocurrency exchange, especially in the US, that supports fiat to crypto conversions.
3) KuCoin: This exchange allows you to invest in new coins and coins you won’t find on the larger exchanges!
4) LocalBitcoins: This exchange has a vast number of ways to buy Bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies that are sometimes even discounted from the market rate!

Active Method 3: Cryptocurrency Payment Gateway

Many retailers and online sellers now accept cryptocurrencies for payments. You can set up a cryptocurrency payment gateway yourself in your retail or online store. The model is similar to how PayPal, Mastercard, and Visa are accepted. Sellers make money with transaction fees and some margin in price. Some retailers also maintain cryptocurrency-based ATMs. You can buy real estate, cars, gold, and many other items with Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
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Figure 3: Some subway franchises accept Bitcoin.
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Figure 4: Some retail outlets also maintain cryptocurrency ATMs.
Tip: For buying gold and silver with cryptocurrencies, I recommend goldsilver.com.

Active Method 4: Invest in Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs)

Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs) were invented to build more trust with investors after many shady Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) failed. I worked on a few ICO projects as a consultant, and I can say that the vast majority of them, >95%, turned out to be scams or just had wrong business models or tokenomics. ICOs did, however, open up suitable investments to small investors. Traditionally, only affluent investors were able to partake in top tier investments. For example, say you wanted to buy some Apple or Amazon stock, this would cost you thousands of dollars to buy one share. Using ICOs allowed small-time investors to invest even a few dollars into top tier investments. IEOs differ from ICOs because they occur on an officially trusted exchange itself, so the investment offer is better vetted. Again proper fundamental analysis aids when deciding to invest in an IEO.
Tip: Binance Launchpad is a good example of a platform used by IEOs.

Active Method 5: Invest in Security Token Offerings (STOs)

Security Token Offerings (STOs) are the most regulated cryptocurrency token offerings. The security is backed by actual collateral: assets, equity, commodities, land, real estate, etc. Therefore, STOs are subjected, protected, and regulated by some national-based authority. However, due to the different definitions of securities and varying classification of cryptocurrencies as a financial asset class concerning each country, the definition of what exactly constitutes a “Security Token” is still debatable.
Tip: For a listing of upcoming STOs, visit https://tokenmarket.net/security-token-calendar/.

Active Method 6: Cryptocurrency Education

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Figure 5: Many online and offline courses now offered about cryptocurrency.
Many websites now offer cryptocurrency education for a fee. There are courses on Udemy.com and Lynda.com on investing and trading cryptocurrencies. Once you gain knowledge and experience, you can teach people about cryptocurrencies yourself by using books, e-books, webinars, seminars, etc. However, there are still many free ways to learn about cryptocurrencies, especially on YouTube.
Tip: I recommend the YouTube channels, Data Dash and Ready Set Crypto for free learning and the AMTV Bitcoin academy, a paid service.

Active Method 7: Cryptocurrency News & Trends Subscriptions

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Figure 6: Trends in the cryptocurrency industry are popular subscriptions.
Professional crypto traders and investors are interested in the latest news & trends to make informed decisions. Many online venues offer up to date news and trends, usually for a monthly based subscription. In return, you get daily or weekly newsletters and membership to some online community with live training and chat available. If you like to do market research, like social media and are a talented technical writer, then this might be a sufficient income option for you.
Tip: For subscription-based services, I recommend Ready Set Crypto and The Dollar Vigilante.

Active Method 8: Forming an Inner Circle / Joining a Signals Group

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Figure 7: Buy the rumor and sell the news.
Another good strategy that you can employ is to form an inner circle or join a signals group. You can join a private WeChat, WhatsApp, Telegram Group, etc. Some of these groups are free, and some require payment. Usually, in these types of groups, you get what you pay for in terms of price. In joining these types of groups, your goal is to hear rumors before the rest of the retail traders do. In this way, you can buy the rumor when the prices are still very low and then sell the news when the prices are at a peak. You can start your private chat group with your most informed and connected contacts that can give you buy and sell signals.
Tip: A strategy that I like to use is following different channels on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Telegram on investments and topics that I’m most interested in learning. I then view the posts that generate the most buzz.

Active Method 9: Bounty / Rewards Programs

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Figure 8: Coinbase Earn allows you to earn crypto while watching educational videos.
You can also earn crypto by performing specific tasks. For example, you might write a positive review, create a cool logo, answer trivia questions, etc. You might also be able to receive free crypto by participating in token airdrop campaigns.
Tip: My favorite cryptocurrency reward program now is on Coinbase Earn. You watch videos on various cryptocurrency projects, answer questions, and then receive free coins in return.
Recommendations:
The Brave browser lets you effortlessly earn cryptocurrency just by surfing the net and joining reward programs too!
Crowd Holding, which is currently in Beta as of this writing, is an open innovation platform empowering anyone to earn rewards, and entrepreneurs to get insights from key stakeholders, employees, and consumers.
PublishOx is a great way to get paid in crypto for reading and writing blog articles!

Active Method 10: Playing Games!

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Figure 9: Minecraft was one of the first games to use BTC as an in-game currency.
Last but certainly not least, you can earn cryptocurrency by playing games! Now here is a real story; I once met a guy who became a Bitcoin millionaire by playing Minecraft. The story goes is that he was playing the game a lot during his college days and accumulated a lot of Bitcoin as the in-game currency. Then he got a serious girlfriend, so he didn’t play the game for a long time. Many years later, he logged in and found out that he still had all those Bitcoins, but they were worth tremendously much more, so he was now a Bitcoin millionaire!
There are many games now that use cryptocurrency as the in-game currency. For example, in Ether Quest, you compete with other players for Ethereum. As of this writing, on the Apple store, good games for earning crypto are Alien Run, Storm Play, Free Bitcoin, Bitcoin Aliens, and Blockchain.
Tip: Have your little cousins or kids use your game account to earn you crypto! It’s the best of both worlds; they are kept busy and enjoy while you make some crypto on the side!
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Monday, September 23, 2019

Learn About Crypto With Coinbase Earn! (Endorsement)




Today, we are going to discuss something a bit different.  For our first official endorsement, we would like to introduce a way for our followers to earn crypto while learning about crypto too!

We highly recommend Coinbase Earn to people that are brand new to cryptocurrency.  It is also suitable for people that desire to learn more about popular cryptocurrency.

As the very first step to earning cryptocurrency through Coinbase Earn, you will need to create a Coinbase Account.

Many Types Of Cryptocurrency Rewards Programs


Cryptocurrency rewards programs come in a variety of forms—from airdrop programs, bounty programs, referral programs, etc.  Though in our opinion, the most educational and fun way to start learning about cryptocurrency is through the Coinbase Earn program.

Bitcoin was invented in 2008, and the first people to receive some got it through mining for the cryptocurrency for the first five years.  In the next five years, from 2013 to 2018, people got crypto by buying it, exchanging their fiat currency for cryptocurrency.  Now many believe that people will get crypto by earning it.

Crypto Learning and Earning Together


Learning and earning go together on Coinbase Earn.    As you engage and use the crypto, not only do you learn by doing but also get paid in crypto too!

Coinbase Earn has created many high quality educational and entertaining videos for you to watch to learn about popular cryptocurrency.  The videos are relatively short, no longer than 10 minutes, and after watching you answer a simple quiz.

Excellent Variety Of Popular Cryptocurrencies To Learn About


The table below summarizes the popular cryptocurrencies that you can learn about on Coinbase Earn:

Table 1: Popular Cryptocurrency On Coinbase Earn
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Pass Fun Quizzes To Earn Crypto


To earn your crypto, you need to pass the quiz, but they are reasonably straightforward and you can re-watch the educational video as many times as you want.  Also, there are referral programs so you can earn some more crypto by referring your friends.

After you have created a Coinbase account and started watching the educational videos, you can also refer your friends to learn and earn too!  Here are examples of referral programs on Coinbase Earn.

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Note: Due to supply and demand, not every cryptocurrency learning opportunity will be able to give you coins.  You might need to apply first.

Good Starting Crypto Income


If accepted in all the programs of Coinbase Earn, you can easily make a few hundred dollars in crypto in about an hour of watching the fun and educational videos!

Now a few hundred dollars may not seem like a lot of money for those in developed countries such as the US, UK, and Canada.  However, in many developing countries, this can be a big deal for starting crypto money that you can use for trading and investments too!

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Why Bitcoin Is Digital Gold



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Figure 1: US President Herbert Hoover Quote

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Figure 2: Prominent New York Banker, J.P. Morgan Quote

Gold And Silver Have A Long History Of Monetary Use


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Figure 3: Ancient Roman Gold and Silver Coins

Historically, the most recognized kind of commodity money has been based on bimetallism—gold and silver—in the form of coins (See Figure 3).  Gold and silver are commodities that are durable, portable and readily divisible into smaller amounts.

For over 5,000 years, only gold and silver have maintained their purchasing power.  There have been thousands of different fiat currencies.  These currencies are not backed by gold or silver and they have all gone to zero purchasing power.  It is a 100% failure rate.

Why Bitcoin Is Superior To Gold


However, using gold as legal tender again has weaknesses in this digital era.  Using cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin has advantages over using gold as legal tender in the following areas: Divisibility, Malleability, Counterfeit-adversity, and fungibility.  The following summarizes each of these advantages.

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Figure 4: Even divisible gold bars are not identical on an atomic level.

  • Divisibility: Separating gold into smaller chunks is not very easy at all and keeping the pieces uniform in size is nearly impossible.  Bitcoin is easily divisible down to 100,000,000 perfectly uniform pieces.

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Figure 5: Smelting gold

  • Malleability: Combining tiny gold pieces into a larger coin or a bar is difficult. In order to do this, you would need a furnace to melt the gold coins and then combine them together.  Bitcoins all conveniently fit into your digital wallet and automatically account for themselves without any extra efforts on your part.

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Figure 6: Counterfeit gold bars.


  • Counterfeit-Adversity: Someone can counterfeit a gold bar or coin by wrapping a layer of gold outside with a thick core of Tungsten. On the other hand, Bitcoin is famously counterfeit-adverse, because we all can have a copy of the distributed ledger and can see everyone else’s’ Bitcoins and can easily tell if someone is lying.

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Figure 7: Even standardized gold coins are not exactly equal on the atomic level!
  
  • Fungibility: Last but not least, which some claim is the most important criteria. Fungibility is the quality of the parts being judged equal to all other parts of the same denomination.  Gold can be poor at this because the purity of gold can vary.  How can you tell if one gold coin that looks similar to another gold coin is truly worth that other coin?  You cannot do this without using a lab.  Meanwhile, Bitcoins are all simply ledger entries, so there is nothing different about them even on an atomic level.

Fiat Currencies Are Prone To Failure


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Figure 8: Fiat currencies don’t stand the test of time.

The problem with using traditional fiat currency, both paper and digital, which Keynesians promote is that there is no way to tell how much money is circulating and no one knows if the central bankers will decide to start printing more, which will cause inflation and eventually hyperinflation.  Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, in contrast, are deflationary because there is a fixed amount, thereby increasing its value through time.

Cryptography Empowers Cryptocurrencies


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Figure 9: How basic cryptography works

Cryptocurrencies derive their name from the form of mathematics they used called cryptography.  This allows participants to have a unique address, a wallet, sort of like a bank account but only the individual has access to their wallet.  This wallet is the person’s digital address and can be cryptographically checked for accuracy but cannot be altered or modified.

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Figure 10: How a bitcoin transaction is processed

Bitcoin is “Digital Gold”


Bitcoin is currently the most popular cryptocurrency.  Bitcoin is essentially digital gold.  There is a finite supply of Bitcoin just like gold at 21 million coins.  There is also a predictable rate at which Bitcoin is mined similar to the somewhat predictable rate that gold is mined.  Figure 10 explains how a Bitcoin transaction is processed.  Mining for Bitcoin takes significant electricity and computational power to do.  Therefore, Bitcoin is seen as a real electronic unit of work by some analysts.

Four words that define the cryptocurrency paradigm shift and why they are a completely new asset class are “limited supply unlimited demand”.  Most people view digital things as not unique and easily replicable.  Every other digital asset that has existed by its nature has been able to be replicated.  For example, CDs, an artist can instantly have their song in front of millions who listen digitally.  The song can be copied over and over again, thereby allowing for maximum distribution.  These songs can also be copied illegally to the disappointment of the artists and record companies.  However, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are the first digital asset that cannot be copied, allowing them to act as property, something digital can now be limited.  Therefore Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are a limited digital commodity similar to a type of “digital gold”.

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