Did you know there a number of problems that can arise when crypto trading or exchanging?
Not all exchanges support the necessary coins or trading pairs.
You also need to trust the exchange you're using in case your cryptos disappear.
And of course, you have to pay certain fees like commission for exchanging cryptos.
The good news though, is there's a technology that can solve these... ››› more
Just how a money-market account pays you interest…
And just how certain shares pay you dividends…
Cryptos can generate investors a passive income too!
It's not known as a “crypto dividend” or “crypto interest”…
Prediction: These two digital currencies will lead the crypto resurgence
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Q. “I have read that there will be a Bitcoin Halving process taking place this month. I guess I have three questions I was hoping you can help answer. What is Bitcoin Halving, bitcoin blocks and when will it end?”
A. These are all great questions as we are expecting to have the next Bitcoin Halving this month (May 2020).
Bitcoin Halving is a process where the number of Bitcoins... ››› more
With so much news flooding our screens, you may have missed Bitcoin's incredible rally to $10k last week.
At the time, that meant Bitcoin grew +100% since its March 2020 low of just over $3,000.
And if you took a punt earlier this year, you'd be smiling right now.
So will this rally continue?
Well that's the question I'm going answer today…
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Since the start of the corona panic, I've been keeping tabs on which asset is weathering the storm the best.
And not surprisingly, crypto is doing the best by far - at least for now.
After a 16% jump in less than 24 hours last Thursday, crypto is now 31% up year to date (YTD).
• The S&P 500 is now down 11%.
• The JSE All Share is now down aroun... ››› more
You may have heard of the Butterfly Effect.
Chaos theory predicts it is possible for the flap of a butterfly's wing in China to cause a hurricane in the US. Though this sounds like fantasy, we may actually be witnessing one of the greatest “butterfly effects” in history.
A little while ago, likely in 2019, a single virus particle made a jump from bats to humans. In terms of scale, this... ››› more
Things are tough right now. 2 million people are receiving UIF payments this month, instead of their normal salaries.
You might be worried about your business, your job security or how you'll pay bills at the end of the month.
And now banks are offering you a ‘Payment Holiday'.
In fact, some banks have offered payment holidays to clients even when they haven't asked…
Now, befor... ››› more
Over the long-term cash isn't the best investment, it underperforms in times of economic prosperity. And impacts portfolio returns as it barely keeps pace with inflation. But in times of increased uncertainty and a stock market sell-off like we've just experienced…
Cash is King… Its value is less volatile than riskier assets. But you should be ready to deploy the cash when the time is rig... ››› more
Traditional currencies, like the US Dollar, Euro, Yen or Pound are all inflationary in nature, due to the very fact that central banks can print them at will. This means fiat money loses value every day as its purchasing power is reduced.
Bitcoin on the other hand, is widely considered to be a hedge against inflation.
That's because Bitcoin's supply is capped at 21 million and it's pre-pro... ››› more
Headlines this morning will be dominated by the fact that WTI traded at -$40.32 a barrel before settling at just over $1.
Most retail investors will be thinking they have missed out on the trade of a lifetime when Oil trades above $20 today (when the June contract starts trading).
But the only people who could have made big money buying oil at near zero or negative are those who can take p... ››› more
According to TheBlock - a prominent research, analysis, and news source in the crypto industry, 42 cryptocurrency exchanges have been compromised since 2012.
And the total amount of stolen funds exceeded $1.35 billion!
Obviously, exchanges are not the only ones that suffer losses. Users end up being the victims of the hacks as well.
That's why today, we will analyse the most significan... ››› more
Just in: The South African Reserve Bank just lowered interest rates by another 1%, the second time in a month.
This puts the South African repo rate at a historic low!
We can write essays about what the lower interest rate means for business and consumers. But in short - lowering interest rates historically has meant one thing for gold. Its price goes up!
And as you can see in the c... ››› more
I'm talking about the “Bitcoin Halving”.
You might be familiar with this massive event…But simply, “Halvings” have been a boon for bitcoin investors in previous years.
After the 1st halving in 2012, Bitcoin soared to over $1,000, in just 12 months - a +7,000% gain!
Then following the 2nd halving in 2016, Bitcoin rallied 300% in just 12 months.
The next... ››› more
Remember, last month, I introduced a crypto concept called “decentralised finance or DeFI".
In short, DeFi would allow you to create an entire financial system without banks or central authorities.
And, because this would make things cheaper and more efficient, DeFI could overtake every area of traditional finance.
One avenue of DeFi, is something called Security Token Offerings (STO... ››› more
Over the last seven days, the crypto market shed around half of its value.
With the entire market cap dropping from $220 billion to $120 billion in less than 24 hours.
Most of the major crypto-currencies dropped 20%, 30% or even more
And surprising enough, these massive price swings weren't crypto related at all.
Here are the real reasons why most crypto-currencies crashed last week... ››› more
Just when you think, things couldn't get any worse with the financial markets…
Last week it did…
Not only did we experience the worst week for stocks since ‘Black Monday' in October 1987…
We also saw major crashes in the cryptocurrency markets.
I'm talking about cryptos falling (in the past five days):
• Bitcoin -33% and -60% for the month
• Ethereum - 30%
• Ri... ››› more
There are hundreds of thousands of people using blockchain technology right now. And there are millions of people that own cryptos.
Still cryptos haven't quite reached widespread adoption yet - especially from major countries.
But, this could change in 2020.
You see, in the space of eight days, we've seen some of the biggest economies make a concerted effort to legitimise crypto.
A... ››› more
Unless you live under a rock, you'll know global markets have fallen dramatically over the last few days. Many major indices are now in bear market territory, having fallen more than 20% from highs. Some sectors, like energy, have fallen even further.
It's total carnage out there!
But, if you're a regular reader, you can't say we didn't warn you about this…
Firstly, as many of my reade... ››› more
‘Decentralisation' is a word you constantly hear throughout the crypto world. And there's a good reason for this…
It forms the foundation of everything in crypto.
The idea you don't need to rely on a central authority to make things work - be they financial transactions, contracts, proof of ownership, proof of identity… anything - is what crypto is all about.
In traditional finan... ››› more
Buying a stock is only the first part of investing… Selling, and knowing when to sell is an even harder part.
Especially when the markets are in trouble.
And boy did we just have a tough week… with the JSE (and most global stock indices) down 10%+ on the back of the world economy.
But does this mean you should sell your shares and head for the hills?
Probably not… But let's h... ››› more
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