Happy New Year and welcome to 2020.
The last time we entered a new decade, the world was recovering from the 08/09 Financial Crisis.
Since then, the US stock market has repeatedly hit new all-time highs (despite some bumps in the road).
And while we know the turning point in the cycle could be around the corner… we have to remember…
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I don't know if you noticed, but last weekend, bitcoin's price soared from around $7,500 to over $9,600 - a +28% gain!
Many cryptocurrency market analysts pointed to comments made by China's president President Xi Jinping that the country should "seize the opportunity" of bitcoin's blockchain technology, as the reason behind bitcoin's sudden rally.
You see, China banned bitcoin and cryptoc... ››› more
Today, we're going to forget about crypto prices…
The amazing blockchain developments…
The new crypto platforms like Bakkt…
And look at something I think every investor - or anyone - should know.
I'm talking about The REAL reason why bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are revolutionary inventions.
To explain, we need to go back to more than a century ago…
The beginning o... ››› more
In what was one of the largest 24-hour market sell-offs this year, over $30 billion was dumped from crypto assets.
At one stage, the largest crypto, bitcoin, was down around 20% as its price crashed to a three-month low of just over $7,800.
While, many predicted a huge drop to around $8,000, it was still quite a shock to see it happen.
So what caused the crash and what should crypto in... ››› more
That's what Su Zhu, the CEO of hedge fund Arrows Capital, said after the anti-climactic launch of crypto platform Bakkt.
You see, after the first 24 hours, the exchange recorded only 72 BTC had been entered into monthly contracts.
However, people should not be alarmed by the bleak start as regulated futures contracts mostly kick off slow. Su Zhu continued…
"The reality is that most ... ››› more
One year ago, the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) - which owns the NYSE - revealed plans to launch a futures exchange and digital assets platform - called Bakkt.
To transform Bitcoin into a trusted global currency with broad usage. More importantly, make Bitcoin a more sound and secure offering for key players in the market who mostly shunned it…
I'm talking about the... ››› more
Right now, there's a big misconception in the crypto market.
And it's got to do with circulating supply.
That's the total supply of tokens currently available in the market.
Once investors understand this concept it could lead to another massive price surge in the price of bitcoin.
Let me explain…
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Q. “I heard there is an anomaly event that takes place in September which traders should be wary of. Could you explain what the ‘September Effect' is and why they believe it is a bad month for investing in stocks.”
A. September has been known over the last 100 years as the worst performing month for stocks, due to two main reasons…
First, investors are worried about upcoming third-... ››› more
I'm sure you've heard of portfolio rebalancing. Almost every investor does it.
It's a simple, but extremely important ‘tool' where an investor periodically buys or sells different assets (stocks, bonds, etc) within a portfolio.
Rebalancing helps reduce the risk an investor suffers from the changes in returns of various investments. And it also helps ‘restore' their desired asset allocatio... ››› more
There are many different ways to make money from cryptos…
You can invest in them.
You can trade them.
You can even make money through arbitrage, which is when you buy and sell a crypto simultaneously to take advantage of the price difference.
But did you know you can actually make passive income from cryptos?
I'm talking about…
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Here's something quite interesting…
According to Statista, out of the 400,000 crypto-investors across 46 countries it surveyed, South Africa came in fifth place, as 16% of the population said they used or owned cryptocurrencies.
Yes, you could argue it's a small study. However, it still reveals an increasing interest in cryptos from South Africans.
In fact, because of the rising dema... ››› more
The quote above is what Jehan Chu, managing partner at blockchain investment and advisory firm Kenetic Capital in Hong Kong, recently said about Bitcoin.
What made him say this?
Well, last week Donald Trump continued his ‘tariff tantrum' by adding 10% tariffs on another $300 billion in Chinese imports, starting 1 September.
China retaliated by asking state buyers to halt American ag... ››› more
Tether is a name that comes up again and again in crypto.
It's been called negative things like a ‘scam' and ‘fraudulent'.
On the other hand, as a stablecoin, it’s also been called ‘the most useful cryptocurrency in existence’, since its price is pegged to the dollar.
But today I’m not here to join in on this debate.
Instead, I’m going to sh... ››› more
Like many financial instruments, it's in a crypto's interest to get big trading volume numbers on exchanges.
This shows that people are taking an interest in it and are actually using it. It shows investors believe in the crypto's project.
It is also in exchanges' interest to have large volumes of crypto traded. The higher volume your exchange has the more trustworthy it seems, and the mor... ››› more
“Alt season” in the crypto world, is when people take their gains from bitcoin and pile them into ‘alternative' cryptos, hoping for higher returns.
During the bull run of 2017, this action rocketed many top altcoins by hundreds, even thousands of percent. For instance,
• NEM grew 709% between 7 December and 4 January
• Ripple grew 1,508% between 7 December and 4 January
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This year alone we've seen Bitcoin rise over 200% in price. And in just one month, it's pierced right through the expected target of $11,890 which I sent out on 27 May 2019.
Take a look at the before and after chart to see how it panned out.
This is the first time, in 17 months, we've seen Bitcoin hit these kinds of high prices. The interesting thing is that it looks... ››› more
Q. "Now that Facebook is launching a new crypto-currency, I'm very interested to start trading it. Could you briefly explain what I need to know to understand the new crypto-currency and why people are getting so excited over it?"
A. Facebook's crypto-currency is called Libra. It is a one of a kind global currency and financial infrastructure which will be powered by a smart contract platform... ››› more
Litecoin is one of the world's most popular cryptocurrencies.
It's currently the fourth largest crypto by market cap and has remained near the top pretty much since its inception in October 2011.
And right now, there's no denying Litecoin is one of the most hyped cryptos out there.
After all, the coin has rocketed over 300% this year alone. That's more than what you would've received f... ››› more
Last week we discussed how I'm expecting a huge price rally with the crypto-currency - Bitcoin.
If you missed the article, catch up here...
Today I'm going to follow up and show you why Ethereum, the second most popular crypto-currency, is nearly ready to become the next world computer, why I expect a rally and how you can profit from the price rally.
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It's been a big month for Bitcoin.
You see, investors and traders from all over the world have been waiting eagerly for the SEC to either accept or reject the Bitcoin ETF (VanEck SolidX bitcoin-exchange-traded-fund) proposal.
However, on 22 May 2019 Wednesday, last week the decision was once again delayed to 19 August 2019 for the final deadline.
This gives us the perfect opportunity ... ››› more
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