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Cryptocurrencies are digital assets that have strong foundations in cryptography, designed with the intention of being a decentralized medium of exchange and store of value, among other uses.

Most cryptocurrencies are built using blockchain technology, with Bitcoin being the first of its kind, at least as far as what we consider cryptocurrencies to be today. Other technologies, like the IOTA project’s Directed Acyclic Graph (DAG), also exist. 

Starting with Bitcoin, cryptocurrencies have been designed with democracy and transparency in mind, as several permissionless blockchains, in theory, grant equal power to every node on the network. Blockchains are also designed to resist tampering; any fraudulent financial would require an immense amount of computing power or resources to happen. Theoretically, it is possible to alter data on the ledger but Bitcoin has proven resistant to this. This security is another selling point of cryptocurrencies. 

A few types of cryptocurrencies have come to form their own categories over the years. Some of these are security tokens, stablecoins and utility tokens. 

Stablecoins, for example, are assets that are pegged to a fiat currency and aim to remain at the price of $1. The benefit of this is that investors can use the stablecoin to mitigate the effects of the market’s volatility. Utility tokens are tokens that are used to access products and services, and flow back into the platform’s ecosystem. Security tokens are tokens that, when invested in, holders can expect a profit from.

Blockchain technology is considered to be very early in its maturity and as such multiple pioneering upgrades and research are currently taking place.

Can We Experience a Similar Bull Run in 2019 that Happened in 2017?

1 week ago 2 minute read CryptoChartWizard91 $9.36 tipped

It seems that the Bitcoin bulls are back in action once again after surging toward the $12,000 region this week! This latest push higher has many believing that we are about to witness a bull-run akin to the magical late-2017 bull run previously witn...

4 Very Interesting Things That Happened In Ethereum's Ecosystem Last Week

3 weeks ago 2 minute read kevW!ls0n $8.84 tipped

July is coming to a close and it’s been an interesting month for the market. Unfortunately, Bitcoin (BTC) is below $10,000 and people’s expectations of Bitcoin reaching $25,000 or $40,000 are a little shot now. Some people have downgraded their forec...

Can Monero (XMR) Overshadow Bitcoin (BTC) In the Next 5 Years?

4 weeks ago 1 minute read JamesM $7.92 tipped

It may just be possible. Monero is one of the best privacy tokens. It has been around for a long time and the team is consistently plugging away at their development initiatives. Privacy tokens are really desired by the cryptocommunity and while seve...

BAT Technical Analysis - Bulls Trying To Take Over The Bears' Tanks

1 week ago 2 minute read chrispop $6.34 tipped

After a pause I've taken from writing I'm back with a fresh analysis of BAT (Basic Attention Token). I suggest checking my last article on BAT from 23th March as I will start off by giving you an update on that one:

3 Sleeper Crypto Projects That Are Soon To Wake Up

4 days ago 5 minute read Ra.Tomps $5.59 tipped

The crypto market is in a state of disarray at this moment in time with Bitcoin plummetting toward $10K. However, these market dynamics are always in play but this does not change the fact that projects are all still working very hard behind the scen...

Cardano is on a Hiring Spree - A Sign that Gives Me More Confidence in the Project

5 days ago 1 minute read Da_Sound $5.46 tipped

Cardano is a project that has high approval among the cryptocommunity, and even in polls has been shown to have the highest positive sentiment among the many projects in the market. Cardano is building a next generation blockchain platform that is sc...

This Bull Run is Fundamentally Different Than the Previous One. Here’s Why

2 weeks ago 9 minute read Mappo $5.39 tipped

This Bull Run is Fundamentally Different Than the Previous One. Here’s Why. Everyone knows about the time in 2017 and early 2018 when bitcoin hit over $20,000 USD and Ethereum was sitting nicely at $1,300+. In fact, the total market cap for coins a...

The story of why Bitcoin and Ethereum forked; and why EOS can't.

1 day ago 9 minute read @cryptomandate $5.24 tipped

A time not long ago The year is 2009, and just as the year was starting Bitcoin is born on 3 January. Its inventor Satoshi Nakamoto mines the first block containing a reward of 50 bitcoins. This genesis block had a message embedded on it reading 'The...

EXPERIMENT - Tracking Top 10 Cryptocurrencies for Two Years (2018 & 2019) - Month Nineteen - Down 75%

1 week ago 4 minute read starthere $4.84 tipped

The Experiment: Instead of hypothetically tracking cryptos, I made an actual $1000 investment, $100 in each of the Top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap as of the 1st of January 2018. Think of it as a lazy man's Index Fund (no weighting or rebalanci...

EXPERIMENT - Tracking Top 10 Cryptocurrencies of 2019 - Month Seven - UP 74%

2 weeks ago 4 minute read starthere $4.82 tipped

The Experiment: Instead of hypothetically tracking cryptos, I made an actual $1000 investment, $100 in each of the Top 10 cryptocurrencies by market cap as of the 1st of January 2018. I then repeated the experiment on the 1st of January 2019. Think...