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A Brief Primer on Monero

When considering altcoins, Monero (ticker: XMR) stands out as one of the most significant cryptocurrencies to surface after the launch of Bitcoin. Typically, early competitors sacrificed some of Satoshi’s currency’s core functionalities in order to achieve different goals – faster transactions, better scalability, usability, etc. In the case of Monero, the feature it has been […]

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A Primer on Securing Your Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies empower you with the means to truly ‘own’ your wealth, should you choose to do so. Many position digital money as being a worthy competitor to PayPal and similar payment platforms, though various aspects (notably storage and security practices) more closely mirror the recommended protocols for storing and securing physical assets such as precious […]

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The Greatest Crypto Exchange Heists of All Time

Present a motivated attacker with a bounty lucrative enough, and they will find their way through even the most robust of systems. Prolific data breaches hitting everything from financial institutions like Equifax, to social media companies like Facebook, are proof of this. In the digital age, data is a powerful commodity. This is particularly true […]

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The Difference Between Spot and Futures Markets

The cryptocurrency world can be complicated. When matched with traditional finance, the arena becomes even more complex. Spot and futures trading are two commonly referenced terms in the crypto space worth knowing and differentiating. It is important to know the difference between these two concepts as exchanges start to add more spot assets and futures […]

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Why Crypto Exchanges Experience System Overloads

The Bottleneck to Unhindered Scalability Imagine there’s a sudden spike in interest in acquiring cryptocurrencies (or in getting rid of it). Fuelled by FOMO (or FUD), newcomers and veteran traders alike flock towards exchanges to trade Bitcoin and other digital assets. Your favorite exchange is feeling the strain of the demand from the market. A […]

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What Makes a Cryptocurrency Decentralized?

Without a question, decentralization is an overused buzzword. At the peak of the 2017 crypto bubble, we would see dozens of new projects emerging every day to promise that yet another field or activity would receive its fair share of decentralization via blockchain. However, time and the movements of the free market have taken their […]

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Bitcoin Futures 1.0 vs. 2.0 – What Are the Differences?

Futures contracts are an established tool in the legacy financial system, and their appearance in the cryptocurrency space towards the heights of the 2017 bull run was met with great excitement. Simply put, a futures contract is an agreement between parties to purchase or sell an asset for a set price on a given date […]

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Remember the #UASF – Two Years Into Bitcoin Independence

On August 1st 2017, a group of Bitcoiners decided to take a stand against a number of corporate heavyweights and greedy miners. In a time when a powerful and influential branch of the community wanted to hard-fork Bitcoin in order to increase the block size, an opposing faction consisting of developers, engineers and Bitcoin “first […]