Author: Chrisjan Pauw

Prediction Markets, Explained

What are Prediction Markets? At its core Prediction Markets are Futures Markets.   It’s based on a binary event where something either will or won’t happen. In the finance world, participants trade with contracts where the payoff will vary depending on the outcome of a future event. Prediction markets make the result of this future event tradeable. Essentially it’s placing a bet on the probability of specific results in certain situations, such as elections, sales of a company, price fluctuations of commodities, even changes in the weather. The value of a bet will in most cases reflect the probability...

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What is a DAICO, Explained

What is a DAICO? It’s an improvement on the ICO fundraising model that incorporates certain aspects of DAO’s.   The idea was suggested by Vitalik Buterin in January 2018 and is aimed at making ICO’s more secure by involving investors in the initial project development process. It will further enable token holders to vote for the refund of the contributed funds if they are not happy with the progress being made by developers. For projects that implement the DAICO concept, it will force a level of accountability on developers and give token holders additional peace of mind that they...

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South Korea and Crypto Regulations, Explained

If you still don’t get what happened in South Korea, take a look at this. How large is South Korea’s influence in the crypto world? It is believed that after the U.S. and Japan, South Korea is the world’s largest market for cryptocurrencies. The population of South Korea is no more than California and Arizona put together, but it is the huge involvement of their numbers that to a large extent, dictates the value of cryptocurrencies worldwide. The speculation of cryptocurrency seems to have been irrationally overhyped and the government of South Korea now wants to take steps to...

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Bitcoin Futures, Explained

The what, where and why of Bitcoin futures. What are futures? Futures are an agreement to buy or sell an asset on a specific future date at a specific price. Once the futures contract has been entered, both parties have to buy and sell at the agreed-upon price, irrespective of what the actual market price is at the contract execution date. The goal is not necessarily profit maximization. It’s a risk management tool, often used in financial markets to hedge against the risk of changing prices of assets that are bought and sold on a regular basis. Futures are...

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How to Analyze ICO’s, Explained

Make sure to check the team and product info, along with the community feedback. Why compare ICO’s? Comparing ICO’s can be beneficial to both cryptocurrency investors as well as the ICO teams themselves. Different parties will have different reasons for wanting to know how an ICO compares to the rest of the market. For investors, it would be to establish if a particular product has the potential of delivering the expected ROI in the long-run and which option would be the best to commit to when looking at similar projects. For ICO teams themselves, it can be beneficial to...

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Bitcoin Mining Suited to Big Corporations, Individuals Can Profit in Other Ways

sponsored Bitcoin mining has moved on to large-scale operations but there are strategies for individuals to earn money still. The days of mining Bitcoin in your bedroom on a desktop computer are long gone. It used to be that a small network of staunch Bitcoin supporters would mine the cryptocurrency on individual systems, more as a hobby than anything else. But as time went by, this became more and more of a challenge. At the end of 2009, the Bitcoin hash rate was 8 million times per second. By the end of 2010, it had grown to 116,000 million...

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Taming the Power-Hungry Blockchain Beast with Decentralized, Clean Energy

sponsored Cheap electricity from fossil fuels means mining cryptocurrencies can cause havoc on the environment. But there is a greener solution. Throughout history, every great breakthrough often came with negative consequences and side effects. Think about Marie Curie. Her research on radioactivity is what makes X-rays possible today. Unfortunately, her discoveries and remarkable research are also what killed her. What about the Internet? It’s the most revolutionary invention for generations and holds countless opportunities that benefit billions of people around the world. However, cybercrime has never been higher and expected to reach $2 tln by 2019. It’s the same...

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Hydro Mining, Explained

Every question answered about hydro mining. What is hydro mining? It refers to a specific method of cryptocurrency mining that relies on hydroelectric power and water cooling systems to create an energy-efficient and highly-profitable mining operation. Simply put, cryptocurrency mining is the process of creating new digital coins and verifying these transactions at the same time. Individuals are constantly sending cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin, to each other over a network called Blockchain. To keep track of all of these transactions, the Blockchain network collects all transactions made during a set period of time into a list, or a “block.” The...

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CryptoDepository Receipts, Explained

Smart contracts written on a decentralized network – how does that work? What are CryptoDepository Receipts? CryptoDepository Receipts, or CryDRs, are smart contracts written on a decentralized network. A CryDR represents the value of a real-world asset. It allows anyone to tokenize traditional asset classes and put it on a decentralized Blockchain, including commodities, currencies, futures, bonds and other financial assets. A CryptoDepository Receipt is basically the value of the underlying asset on the Blockchain, and is denominated in the unique cryptocurrency of that network. It’s constructed with built-in regulatory, KYC and AML compliance. This means tokens issued on...

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Japan Issues Cryptocurrency Exchange Licenses

With more restriction in China and South Korea, Japan seems to embrace the digital currencies. In stark contrast to its neighbors China and South Korea, who are increasing efforts to ban ICO’s and the trade in digital currencies, The Financial Services Agency (FSA) in Japan approved 11 companies to operate cryptocurrency exchanges in the country. Exchanges are now allowed to operate without a license up until this point but regulating the industry will aid in the fight to combat fraud, while still keeping innovation alive. FSA officials say: “With the new regulation, Tokyo aims to balance the need to protect...

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