Bitcoin Investment: Should I Invest in Bitcoins?

Bitcoin currency has already been used as a kind of a fiat money alternative for about 9 years. It is relatively popular all around the world. The first digital currency has made many people go nuts following the impressive ups and dramatic downs of its exchange rate.

Today, in October 2018, the whole cryptocurrency industry is looking forward to observing a new crypto-“miracle”. Search engines are overflowed with all those “How to invest in cryptocurrency?”. And this is not particularly surprising. Traders and different investors who own a significant capital expect cryptocurrency to be a promising investment tool in the long term. And if we talk about cryptocurrency, that basically means Bitcoin. Well, of course, there is a number of altcoins that can be worth making investments, but the first digital currency is definitely the most popular one.  

People still talk about investing in Bitcoin and this topic is interesting for many traders, investors and casual users. So, let’s take a closer look at this issue.

How to invest in Bitcoin

Before making an investment, one should obviously choose the way he or she wants to get some BTC. First of all, it depends on financial capacities. There are indeed many different options to invest in Bitcoin, but we will focus on two main ways that are currently the most popular and probably also the most effective.

Option №1: Taking advantage of the rate differences as a way of BTC investing

You might have already come up with the question, why people are still interested in making investments in Bitcoin when it costs less than $7 thousand per a coin? Well, influencers, opinion leaders, independent experts, and different analysists are confident that we will soon observe another sustainable increase of Bitcoin rate. And that is why many people start thinking about investing in cryptocurrency to make money out of the rate differences.

But what is the way to do that? It is actually pretty simple. All you need is some basics of math. In fact, investors are not really sad about the fall of Bitcoin. Many of them are even happy, especially those who believe that the cryptocurrency has a great future ahead. Today, if a trader purchases a BTC for $6,5 thousand, he or she will manage to make a good profit, in case BTC rate increases. Some really expect it to rise up to $30 thousand, and in this case, it will really be a good bargain. The key point here is whether the rate increases or not, of course.

Option №2: BTC mining

Besides, users can invest the special equipment that is used to mine Bitcoin. You may already know, that each BTC is actually a kind of a reward, given for the performance of certain calculations, necessary to issue new coins. Today these calculations are rather complex and require special high-performance equipment called ASIC-miners. The more users are there in the system, the more difficult are these calculations. This is called Bitcoin difficulty and it ensures that it always takes around 10 minutes to create a new Bitcoin block.

Investing Bitcoin this way means that you can get a certain number of BTC and store it till the rates grow or exchange it for another digital currency like Ethereum.

However, you’d better do not think that these two investment options will bring you fast and easy profit. This is possible only if the cryptocurrency rate increases significantly and in the case of mining, if your equipment has enough performance.

By the way, here is one more option of BTC investing. It`s actually difficult to say that it is a comprehensive way to invest in the cryptocurrency, but, anyway, many people use it today.

Bitcoin faucets

These are special websites, where users can get a reward for making certain easy tasks, usually related to online advertising. These rewards are paid in satoshi. The thing is, that one BTC includes as many as 100 000 000 satoshi, so one satoshi is only 0,00000001 BTC. So it`s actually a tiny piece of the market`s largest cryptocurrency. Investing BTC using Bitcoin faucets is not really effective, as you may never manage to collect at least one single coin.

Is Bitcoin a good investment

Well, if you have already decided to invest in digital currencies then Bitcoin will probably be the best option. Not only this cryptocurrency is a market leader and the most popular digital coin, but also it has relatively good liquidity as compared to other virtual assets. Many cryptocurrency followers believe that Bitcoin has a potential to become the main means of payment in the future. However, there are also those who bet on other digital currencies, as well as those who do not consider virtual coins as an investment option at all.

By far it seems that the question is it worth investing in Bitcoin remains undetermined, so let’s make it a little bit more clear. Bitcoin is relatively anonymous, decentralized and has a limited number of coins available for mining. This is, in fact, why hundreds of thousands of cryptocurrency followers made their decision in favor of BTC.

Anonymity

Investors do not have to disclose their personal data. The information about each transaction is public and everyone can see the address of the cryptocurrency wallets of a sender and a receiver, as well as how many BTC were transferred. However, the information related to owners of cryptocurrency wallets is not disclosed, so the whole system is relatively anonymous.

Decentralization

Bitcoin worth investing, as it has a decentralized management, which means there is no single administrative center. Transactions are carried out directly between users in a peer-to-peer network. However, Bitcoin users still have to pay certain commission fees for transfers of their virtual assets, because every transaction is confirmed and recorded in the blockchain by miners who receive rewards for this. Today small transactions are often not effective at all, as the commission fee is rather big. However, if a transaction is large, the commission fee will be relatively low.

Limited number of coins

Is Bitcoin a safe investment –  “yes” is the answer of many people, who believe that a limited number of Bitcoins to be mined is a strong advantage of the digital currency. It will prevent BTC from inflation.

“Why should i invest in bitcoin?– you may ask. The answer will probably contain both pros and cons. And that`s because Bitcoin has some special features, which are:

  • 24/7 trades, that allow making investments at any time;
  • most indicators have a rather good quality;
  • high volatility;
  • possible positive prospects of cryptocurrencies and, as follows, positive expectations related to Bitcoin investments.

Bitcoin investment trust

The risk remains here almost all the time and no one can guarantee that your money is 100% safe. Here are several examples why it can be rather risky to make investments in the largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization. Yes, Bitcoin still has a decentralized management, however, in a certain way the system is getting more and more centralized. This risk of investing in cryptocurrency is related to the fact that BTC rate starts depending on cryptocurrency exchanges.

Moreover, the significant part of all Bitcoins is owned by those who are engaged in mining or lease out high-performance mining equipment. Making new Bitcoins requires really a lot of computing power and gets more and more expensive. The competition within the system increases and it is almost impossible for casual users to join Bitcoin mining. That is why many people have already switched for other digital currencies that are easier to mine and can be later exchanged for BTC.

In some cases, Bitcoin`s anonymity is also a risk. Anonymous deals can be used for money laundering, as there is no effective state regulation of cryptocurrency transactions.

How to invest in Bitcoin stock

There are special cryptocurrency funds, similar to mutual funds that exist in the world of bonds and stocks. These funds are managed by private parties and it influences the interest rate. For instance, some cryptocurrency funds provide 1-2% per day.

Bitcoin investment strategy

There are two main types of cryptocurrency investment strategy.

The first one: investors buy BTC and sell the cryptocurrency when its rate increases.

The second one: Bitcoin holders trade their digital assets on cryptocurrency exchanges. This strategy is very similar to Forex trading.

Minimum Bitcoin investment

Many people decide to invest in Bitcoin because they hope to get huge profits in the long term. So, even a small investment is considered to be rather promising by many cryptocurrency followers. Eventually, the smaller is an investment – the lower is the risk. But, on the other hand, a really small investment can just be useless. Anyway, how much to invest in Bitcoin remains an open question and everyone has their own opinion.

Who said users can only invest their money? It is also possible to get BTC for free by investing one`s intellectual work. Well, just a bit of BTC, to be honest. Special websites offer users the opportunity to earn satoshi – the smallest fraction of Bitcoin – for the performance of different easy tasks, usually related to advertising. These websites are called Bitcoin faucets.

The main advantage of such an option is that users do not have to invest a single penny to get a piece of BTC, however, the drawback is also rather significant – it will take a really long time to get at least one BTC.

Invest in Bitcoin mining

Mining is actually how new digital currency is issued. Making investments in Bitcoin mining means buying special mining equipment or renting it from different providers. Cloud cryptocurrency mining is also possible. These services lease out their mining equipment for users to rent a particular amount of processing power.

There are some experts who think that cloud mining is actually the best way to invest in Bitcoin, as users don`t have to purchase, set, maintain and update expensive mining equipment.  

Anyway, both traditional and cloud mining still require preliminary investments.

Bitcoin investment sites

Before making investments in Bitcoin, basically, before purchasing it, you should have a cryptocurrency wallet to store your digital assets. Today Bitcoin holders and those who want to join them are lucky to have a large variety of different cryptocurrency wallets. These are, for example, mobile, hardware, online, desktop, cold, and even paper wallets.

If you are planning regular digital currency investment, we recommend having a local hardware wallet. However, it actually depends on what is more convenient for you and what meets all your requirements and there is really a number of options you can choose from. Do not forget to activate your cryptocurrency wallet.  

Usually, Bitcoin is purchased on cryptocurrency exchanges. It is really important to choose the right one, so we recommend taking the following criteria into account:

  • a region, where the exchange is registered;
  • input and output, exchange, transfer options, etc. – basically, what you can do with your funds in a digital wallet;
  • commission fee level;
  • reputation;
  • security level.

This will help you figure out whether is it safe to invest in Bitcoin.

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Interview with Marco Robinson: Bitcoin is the Best Performing Asset of All Time

Nowadays pretty much everyone has an opportunity to become a successful entrepreneur and investor. With the emergence of cryptocurrency and blockchain, perhaps it has become even more accessible.

Today, we invited to talk Marco Robinson a man who not only managed to become a world-famous investor, but also created a number of successful projects. An Award Winning Entrepreneur, Prime Time TV Star, Philanthropist, #1 Bestselling Author, Winner of the iProperty People’s Choice Awards Best Real Estate Company, World Renowned Property Investor, and Restaurateur he knows how to make money work for you better than anyone.

Hello, Marco. First of all, let’s discuss your success as an investor. At what point in your life did you start investing in real estate, and why this particular area was one of the first you chose?

I first invested in real estate fairly late in life at 40 years old after I had a great business success and had quite a bit of money I didn’t know what to do with.

It was an interesting time in 2009 as it was the subprime crisis, I discovered properties were very cheap especially in the USA, and I found that fascinating so I started to study what made Real Estate go up and go down and wondered why this happened continually…I got so into this I decided to write a book about property cycles and what made them do that and I developed an algorithm based on four main drivers that triggered property price increases, they were:

  1. Cycles (economic cycles) for example in the UK there is a proven 18-year cycle
  2. Population growth. (Rent prices and property increased basically supply and demand.
  3. Structure plan. (What they are gonna build in the area, for example, new manufacturing, schools, etc)
  4. Local and individual property taxes & including friendly states and governments (some taxes are so high you can easily get negative cash flow)

When did you first learn about the blockchain technology, and how did it help you in the development of your projects?

I was introduced to Bitcoin in 2015.

I saw as a real threat to the banking system which I liked very much and after some detailed research discovered it was a genuine reaction, I felt, to the US sub prime crisis which made 40 million people homeless. I loved the security of it and especially it’s decentralization, that it could not be shut down and the founder very cleverly could not be identified.

I was also looking for a loyalty solution to connect all my businesses including my restaurants, my cosmetics, my property, my travel, my education and film companies, a currency everybody could use that I could keep within my own eco-system, so I could keep my clients loyal and grow my client based with the best value proposition in the market place. That currency I created is called NAKED DOLLARS and is now listed on LATOKEN.

Besides NKD, what do you think about investments in cryptocurrency in general?

It’s a brand new sector and to be frank not even the end of day one yet. A lot of cowboys presented a fabulous whitepaper in 2016 and 2017 and made a fortune off speculation…2018 saw a massive correction and the crypto market lost 80% of its value in one year because of this and because not many people had a real product.

It is here to stay, only just yesterday JP MORGAN created their own cryptocurrency, governments are creating their own, they have to as the FIAT CASH currency system is not sustainable, a new debt system has to be created or the majority of the world will go bankrupt.

Bitcoin is the SAFEST currency in the world, it cannot be hacked, it has no founder, no company, no office, and no assets, yet it is the best performing asset of all time increasing 350,000% in ten years! You cannot ignore it at all!

Are there any startups in the cryptocurrency world which you have invested or would like to invest in?

There are very few I would because of the losses in 2018. New projects don’t just have to have great technology, they must have great founders with great track records in business and great profiles in terms of influence.

How do you feel about buying, for example, real estate for Bitcoin?

I’d rather keep the bitcoin it gives a higher return potentially. I would rather use other cryptocurrency like Ethereum to buy real estate.

However I also use a profit strategy, so when I make great profits in bitcoin I will buy real estate as real estate gives me great cash flow.

In what areas, do you think, the use of blockchain technology is necessary?

I think it’s critical in pretty much every industry to prove the origins of each product or service and the security of it, especially in supply chain businesses such as gold and diamond mining to supply to make sure they are not conflict diamonds etc. I also love the adoption to health and medicine, for example, if someone has an accident one drop of blood or even a thumbprint can track the entire medical history of that person in seconds and the perfect medication can be administered!

You are a well-known philanthropist and are famous for your good deeds for the homeless and the needy, because you know very well what it feels like to not have a home. Let’s talk about an 18-year-old teenage mother Holly, a part of the TV Show “Get a House for Free.” Have you thought about not just “giving a fish” to people, but also trying to “teach people to fish”, that is, to give the needy the knowledge of how to “get back on their feet”?

I’m already now doing that with FREEDOMX, www.freedomxmovement.org where I have created a new charity social impact program where the victims of homelessness are rewarded on a merit based philosophy: “I help you if you help someone else” this is CONDITIONAL ALTRUISM, so we only help them if they want to be helped and IF they want to be microfinanced for a coffee shop on a bicycle, for example, they have to be certified and trained which lowers risk and creates a new economy for people to thrive in.

In what areas besides real estate, restaurant business, TV-shows would you like to or plan to realize yourself?

I’m making my first Hollywood movie “legacy of lies” next month, I helped fund the whole movie and my profits will be going to help the homeless

You can see the trailer here:

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How To Read Trading Charts

Cryptocurrency exchanges work on the same principle as traditional exchanges. Potentially, it is possible to earn very good money on these platforms, but for this, it is needed to be able to correctly read the cryptocurrency coin chart. Of course, in order to become a professional trader, it needs to learn and practice a lot, but if your goal is to understand the basics, this article will be an excellent starting point in the exciting world of trading for you.

There are a huge variety of different charts, but the most common is the “Candlestick chart”. The chart is a much more informative tool than digital or text analysis. Using graphics, it is possible to quickly navigate and understand the current mood of the crowd, as well as the balance of power between sellers and buyers of a particular asset. Based on the obtained data, it is possible to calculate the potential profitability or unprofitability of a particular deal.

1. The main types of stock charts

As it was mentioned above, there are a huge number of different types of charts, but the main ones are lines, bars, and candlesticks. All of these tools (with the exception of the line charts) can tell about:

  • price at the beginning of the selected period (1 minute, 5 minutes, 15 minutes, 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week, etc.);
  • price at the end of the selected period;
  • the minimum and maximum rate of the selected period.

By and large, the crypto chart clearly shows the history of the struggle between bulls and bears. In the process of this confrontation, a large number of deals are made. It should be understood that even a slight fluctuation of the price means that some have already earned on it, while others, on the contrary, have suffered losses.

2. “Candlestick chart”

Let’s take a closer look at the most common version of charts, namely “Candlestick chart”. It was invented almost 400 years ago by a rice seller from the country of the Rising Sun. The process of observing a line chart is not entirely convenient; for this reason, the construction of “Candlestick chart” is based on the principle of dividing the total time into specific periods. This principle helps to quickly navigate what is happening on the market and, accordingly, to give the Bitcoin trend prediction or any other financial asset forecast.

3. How to read the chart “Candlestick chart”?

One candle represents the range of prices for an asset for a certain period of time. The boundaries of the candle are the lowest and highest asset price in this period of time. If the candle`s color is green, this means that the asset has increased in value over a given period of time; if it is red, then, on the contrary, it has fallen.

Source: https://www.tradingview.com/

If you look closely at the above chart, you will notice:

  • the candle corresponds to the time interval – 60 minutes;
  • the minimum asset price was $3485,24;
  • the maximum asset price was $3733.58;
  • This hour began with a price of $3506,42 and ended with the price of $3687 (for this reason, the candle is green).

The main parameters that should be paid attention to when reading cryptocurrency charts are:

  • asset price;
  • time;
  • trading volume.

By and large, the entire analysis of charts is an ordinary calculation of the balance between supply and demand. It is possible to estimate the level of the strength of bulls or bears through the asset price (vertical axis) and the volume of transactions (horizontal axis). These skills allow experienced traders to take the right position in advance and earn money on any price movement.

4. Conclusion

In this article, we talked about how to read cryptocurrency charts. As it was mentioned above, there are a huge number of different types of charts, but the most popular and often used is the option “Candlestick chart”. The basic principle of this type of charts is to divide the time into certain periods. It is quite informative and easy to read. If you want to start trading, then you definitely need to get a deeper understanding of this topic.

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The Story About True “Iron Man” Who Conquered Space

Genius, billionaire, philanthropist, engineer, inventor and investor, a man whose name has been very popular in recent years. The man drove by a dream, a dreamer who wants to conquer the space and bring technology to an absolutely new unprecedented level. As you may have guessed, this is Elon Reeve Musk. In this article, we will talk about how the man who was born in the poor city of Pretoria which is in the Republic of South Africa, has risen on the top of technological progress.

1. Early years

As we said above, everything began in South Africa, in the city of Pretoria. The father of the future genius was a successful businessman and was able to give his 10-year-old son a computer Commodore VIC-20, on which little Elon learned to program. The first deal in Musk`s life happened when he was 12 years old: he sold his first video game “Blast star” for 500 dollars. This game was a rethinking of the well-known game “Space in Waders”. The teenager invested the raised money in shares of a pharmaceutical company, the development of which was closely followed by his father. When he was 17 years old, Musk sold these shares to leave his hometown for studying in Canada. It should be noted that Elon’s parents were against such a decision, but the young Musk insisted on his own and left his homeland and flew to North America.

2. The first companies and PayPal

In Canada, Musk settled at relatives,  soon he applied to Stanford, but never finished it. In 1996, Elon together with his brother created his own company Zip2, which developed software for news companies. After just three years, in 1999, Compaq bought Zip2 for $308 million. Musk’s share of this deal was $22 million. A few months later, Elon became one of the founders of the company X.com, which after the merger with the company Confinity became the world-famous payment system PayPal. It should be noted that Elon himself was against the name of PayPal. This service began to actively develop, mainly it was used to buy various goods at auctions, including the most famous Ebay.com. In October 2002, the company PayPal was bought by eBay, the amount of the deal amounted to $1.5 billion, a record for those times. At the time of the sale, Elon Musk owned 11.7% of the company’s shares, which allowed him to receive $165 million.

3. Road to the stars “SpaceX”

In 2002, Musk founded the company SpaceX, which is a private developer of a series of launch vehicles and a commercial operator of space systems. It should be noted that Musk personally invested in SpaceX $100 million, which he had earned from the sale of his previous companies. Elon Musk set the goal: “to reduce the cost of space flight by 10 times.” It seemed unreal, but it took 6 years for Musk and his engineering team to realize it. In 2008, Nasa signed a contract with SpaceX for $1.6 billion. It is very important to note that Elon Musk not only managed this company, he also dealt with engineering and visual activities. As his partners say, Musk independently studied rocket science and continues his own self-study to this day. Almost all the brilliant ideas implemented in SpaceX came to Elona Musk’s mind.

SpaceX is the only company in the world that uses the first stages of launch vehicles on a reusable basis. The ultimate Musk`s goal is the conquest of the space: a colony on Mars and other space bodies of the Solar System. The first flight to the Red Planet is scheduled for 2024. A huge BFR (big falcon rocket) spacecraft is currently in a process of development.

4. Electrification of the automotive industry “Tesla”

At the same time that SpaceX was developing, Musk started the not less ambitious project – in 2003 Musk founded Tesla Motors, the company that specializes in the production of electric cars. This was a very difficult project since Musk and his team were pioneers in this market. In 2006, the brainchild of Elon launched his first car Tesla Roadster, which is a two-seater supercar. The production of this model was very limited since all the cars were assembled by hand.

Now Tesla company is one of the largest car manufacturers in the United States. The company’s lineup now includes Model S (business class sedan), Model X (roomy crossover), Model 3 (budget sedan), Tesla Semi (truck, mass production will begin at the end of 2019), Tesla Roadster 2 (supercar, mass production will begin in 2020). Also in the project are the Model Y (budget crossover) and Tesla pickup.

Source: https://www.wikipedia.org/

In 2018, the company had problems that were related to the scaling of production capacity of Model 3, but 3 and 4 quarters of 2018 were profitable for the company and Musk promised investors that the worst was over and that in the future the company would only expect growth and prosperity.

5.  Transition to the energy of the sun “Solar City”

In July 2006, Elon Musk`s cousins (with his participation) founded the company Solar City, which specializes in installing solar panels on the roofs of both private houses and public premises. Just a year after the founding of this company, it became the leader in its field of activity in California. Subsequently, Solar City was acquired by Tesla.

6. Underground tunnels “Boring company”

Another problem that Elon Musk decided to fight with was traffic jams. To solve this problem, Elon proposed to build a network of underground tunnels in which cars would move on special platforms, at a speed of 200 km/h. Musk with the company’s engineers are working to improve the drilling rigs in order to cut down the cost of building tunnels by ten times. The most advanced modern boring machines move with a speed that is 7 times less than the speed of movement of an ordinary snail. As Musk joked, the main goal of the company is to outrun the snail. In December 2018, the Boring Company held a presentation of its first test tunnel, which cost the company $10 million, which is several times less than the average market price for a contractor.

7. Conclusion

Elon Musk is very versatile, he has a number of innovative, but less well-known projects:

  • StarLink is a satellite Internet project with coverage of 100% of the globe. The idea is to launch about 12,000 satellites into low-Earth orbit, which will have to give the Internet anywhere in the world. This is a project of SpaceX, which is now actively preparing for its implementation.
  • Hyperloop – a project of a supersonic train. For the first time, this idea was voiced by Elon Musk in 2012, but he said that he would not personally deal with its implementation. Already after a short period of time, there were created two companies which actively began to implement the project.
  • Neuralink is a neurocomputer interface project. To fully describe this idea of Elon Musk, it is needed to write a separate rather long article. But in short words, Neuralink will help connect the human brain directly to the Internet and to the gadgets that surround us. Today it sounds like a fantastic movie script, but some 10 years ago, self-driving electric cars or manned first stages of launch vehicles that land and can fly again, were also unreal. But as we see, all the goals that Elon Musk sets for himself, sooner or later become a reality.

So we can only wish him good luck and watch him changing our world beyond recognition.

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Soft Fork and Hard Fork in Simple Words

Many people do not want to understand the subject of cryptocurrency, because they think it is very difficult, and to understand how everything works, it is necessary to spend a lot of time. Indeed, for an unprepared person, some terms may seem very complicated: blockchain, hard fork, soft fork, etc. Of course, if you want to learn how to code, create algorithms or new cryptocurrencies, then you need to get a profile education, which will take more than one year. But if your goal is a trivial desire to understand the basics, then you will need to read just a couple dozen guides, which, by the way, you can find on our website.

In this material, we will tell you in simple words how hard fork differs from soft fork, and also recall the main Bitcoin hard forks.

1. What is soft fork?

Soft fork is the process of software updating or changing the code of a particular cryptocurrency. When conducting softfork, there is no need for a total replacement of computer software that ensures the operability of the coin network. All innovations that are made during the soft fork have full compatibility with older versions of the network. This means that if the coin creators want to cancel this update, they can do it without any problems.

To make it clear for an ordinary person who does not understand the nuances of the blockchain’s work, let us draw an analogy with the denomination of the ruble of the Russian Federation. In 1998, the Central Bank of the Russian Federation artificially raised the rate of the national currency in 1000 times. But after that, old-style banknotes were still in use for some time. If the Central Bank specialists considered this experiment unsuccessful, they could have easily canceled it and returned the previous exchange rate of the ruble.

Basically, soft fork is conducted because of the need to improve the network, as well as the liquidation of detected errors. During these updates, there is no change in the basic principles of the network.

2. What is hard fork?

Cryptocurrency hard fork is a cardinal change of the blockchain network code, which implies the lack of compatibility with older software. Roughly speaking, in the process of carrying out hard fork, a completely new cryptocurrency is being created, which cannot work with the old version within the same network. After hard fork, an alternative blockchain is created and it works on a completely different principle.

To simplify the process of understanding the above information, let’s also give an analogy from real life. Most people know that the euro currency has now been entered as legal tender in the European Union. Its introduction began in 1999. In the process of development, the euro has stopped to depend on the franc or dychmark and has become an absolutely independent currency.

The main reasons why developers spend cryptocurrency hard fork:

  • implementation of improvements that require major changes;
  • elimination of major bugs;
  • a desire to create a new cryptocurrency based on an already working product.

The main hard fork meaning is to create a separate blockchain, which will have its own miners.

3. The main hard forks of the first cryptocurrency Bitcoin

Hard forks in Bitcoin happen much more often than in any other cryptocurrency. Now let’s talk about the main forks what happened in Bitcoin network lately.

Bitcoin TX. This project is noticeable by only the fact it was the first hard fork in the Bitcoins network. The development team led by Mike Hearn held this hard fork in August 2015. The principal difference between the new project and the original Bitcoin was an increased block size (up to 8Mb). This solution would increase the capacity of the blockchain to 24 transactions per second. For the further development of Bitcoin XT, it had to be supported by ¾ of all the miners of the original Bitcoin network. But in fact, the first hardfork got support of only 12% miners. For this reason, the project was forgotten over time, and its network became incapable.

Bitcoin Classic. The developers of this project took into account the Bitcoin XT errors and decided to smoothly increase the block size: initially increase it to 2 MB, and only after 24 months – double it to 4 MB. It occurred in January 2016. But, unfortunately, this hard fork also failed. The reason was all the same low support from the miners. Officially, the project was closed in November 2017.

Bitcoin Cash. As of today, it is the most successful and popular Bitcoin hard fork. It is the only BTC fork, which not only got, but also stayed for a long time in the list of TOP-10 cryptocurrency projects. It was initiated in August 2017. The main advantages of this project over the original BTC are: increased capacity, low commissions. Subsequently, Bitcoin Cash had its own hard fork (November 15, 2018), which slightly weakened its position, but the project is not forgotten and continues to develop.

4. Conclusion

Briefly and in simple words, hard fork definition is a large-scale update of an existing cryptocurrency, in the process of which a new coin appears. Soft fork can be compared with a planned software update, which does not imply the emergence of a new cryptocurrency.

If to look at the history of Bitcoin hard forks, it appears, that no project has even managed to come close to BTC, so far. At the moment, the only more or less successful project is Bitcoin Cash, but developers need to put much efforts to help their brainchild to compete to its older brother.

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A Detailed Review of the Local Bitcoins Exchange

The first cryptocurrency exchanges appeared relatively recently, 8 years ago. Since then, the digital currency industry has changed a lot. Today, a large number of exchanges, both large (daily trading volumes are estimated at hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars) and smaller regional platforms, are operating successfully. All of them are probably similar, but in this article we will look at Local Bitcoins exchange (from which you can even trade in cash) from different perspectives. In the end of the article we will conclude whether you should pay your attention to it or pass it by.

1. General Information about the Local Bitcoins exchange

The Local Bitcoins site has a fairly solid age (as for the cryptocurrency industry), it began its work back in 2012. The company was registered in Finland.

The main goal of the project developers is to provide the possibility of acquiring cryptocurrencies in those countries where this cannot be done using traditional banking systems. Exchange users have guarantees that their financial assets are outside state control. The platform interface is translated into the following languages:

  • English;
  • Russian;
  • Italian;
  • Chinese;
  • Portuguese;
  • Spanish.

The Local Bitcoins exchange was often discussed in media. People who live in more than 100 different countries around the world have a physical ability to interact with Local Bitcoins. The site supports a huge number of national fiat currencies.

2. The basic principles of the platform

The mechanism of interaction between users is extremely simple. Some users place orders (for sale or purchase), independently indicate the desired exchange rate, payment method, as well as the maximum and minimum value of the transaction deal. Other users have an opportunity to choose the most profitable application and confirm transaction just in one click.

3. Details about registering on Local Bitcoins

The procedure for registering on the Local Bitcoins site is quite simple, absolutely anyone who has ever registered on any simple portal, can handle it. In order to create an account on the Local Bitcoins exchange, you need to have a working email address, and you also have to come up with a more or less complicated password. After filling out application, a confirmation letter will come to your e-mail. And after account is confirmed, a user immediately receives its own Bitcoin wallet, but without a private key.

To increase security, developers recommend to install two-step authentication.

4. How to buy and sell BTC on Local Bitcoins?

Let’s analyze the procedure for buying and selling coins on this platform in details. Let’s divide these processes into 4 stages for conveniece.

How to buy BTC?

  1. You need to log into account and go to the main page. Then it`s necessary to enter the desired amount of BTC, country of residence, method of payment and payment service in the special field. Then the platform will display a list of suitable options, taking into account the specified filters.
  2. Choose the most suitable option from the list. When making a choice, it is very important to consider not only a financial point of view, but also reputation, reviews and number of seller`s transactions.
  3. Before confirming this or that transaction, you need to examine details carefully. If all the conditions are clear, and the seller’s reputation is good, then it’s time to enter desired amount of coins and confirm the request. Then the exchange will freeze the number of coins that are necessary for transaction, and will give time to pay.
  4. After payment occurred, click “I paid”. This will give trader a signal to check the payment, and if everything is ok, then the corresponding amount of BTC will appear on buyer’s wallet after a while. At this point transaction can be considered as completed.

How to sell BTC?

The sale process is almost identical, so it is pointless to describe it in details step by step. It is very important not to transfer BTC to a buyer until he or she has paid for the transaction by fiat. The fact is that after coins are credited, the buyer may suddenly reject the transaction, and since the transactions in the blockchain are irreversible, the seller risks to remain without coins and without fiat.

5. Exchange Commission

It is worth mentioning that the exchange does not handle transactions that occur in fiat. The process of transferring national currencies occurs without participation of the exchange, that is, directly between users. For this reason, no additional fees are charged by Local Bitcoins for such transactions. Local Bitcoins takes a commission only from the sellers, it is only 1% of each transaction.

6. Security and support

Work safety is achieved by a successfully implemented rating system. That is, new users cannot place orders for large sums. To expand your limit on Local Bitcoins, you should first conduct several successful transactions. After each transaction, the parties can exchange assessments and leave mutual feedback about each other. These assessments will continue to serve as an indicator of user`s integrity.

The exchange creators recommend to choose traders who have special green indicators, which tells about the following:

  • presence of a sufficient number of positive reviews;
  • long-term cooperation with the service;
  • possibility of payment using a variety of payment services;
  • availability of constant sufficient trading volume.

To increase the level of security, developers have implemented two-step authentication and captcha confirmation.

As for the support, it does not work perfectly. Sometimes it takes 3 days to get an answer on some questions. But it should be noted that the support service responds to absolutely all requests.

7. Main advantages and disadvantages

Advantages:

  • The possibility of buying and selling cryptocurrency for cash. This feature favorably distinguishes Local Bitcoins among other exchanges. Of course, cash trades are more developed in million-persons cities, but similar offers can be found also in smaller towns since recently.
  • The ability to pay by variety of payment services. For those users, who prefer to trade online, there is a big choice of various services.
  • Impressive trading volumes.
  • Generous referral program, according to which you can earn 20% of income from each user brought over.
  • The ability to interact with the service through VPN. This can be useful for residents of those countries where Local Bitcoins is officially blocked, as, for example, in the Russian Federation.

Disadvantages

  • No mobile apps. Working through a smartphone browser is not the most convenient way to interact with the service.
  • The lack of support for altcoins, that is why cryptocurrency exchange is not possible yet.

8. Conclusion

Local Bitcoins is a unique service which allows people from different countries to acquire BTC, bypassing government regulation. The exchange has been successfully operating during six years, and has reached an impressive trading volume. The Local Bitcoins interface is pretty simple and clear. The service can definitely be used not only by beginners, but also by experienced traders.

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Ethereum Mining: Features, Pools and Prospects in 2019

Ethereum has became a real sensation in the cryptocurrency world, the launch of this platform has served as a catalyst in the development of the entire industry. In this article we will talk in detail about the mining of this cryptocurrency, as well as discuss its prospects in 2019.

1. General information about the Ethereum project

Ethereum is a platform where you can create other decentralized projects. ETH is a coin of the same name which is needed for working with the platform.

The well-known programmer, Vitalik Buterin, has been at the origins of the Ethereum, he still takes an active part in the life of the project, but most of the tasks are performed by a large staff. The total capitalization of the project, as of beginning of 2019, is just over $11 billion. Ethereum firmly consolidated on the third place in the global Coinmarketcap rating.

2. ETH mining algorithm

The growing popularity of the coin have forced many miners to transfer their computing power into Ethereum blockchain. The unlimited emission is one of the features of Ether. This is a both plus and minus of the project: on the one hand, miners, potentially, can endlessly mine new coins, but on the other hand, such an approach can lead to inflation and devaluation of coins.

Now, the confirmation in the network is made by using PoW algorithm (Proof of Work), which allows you to mine coins in the usual way, by providing the network with your computing power. But the development team has worked quite a while on transferring the network to the PoS (Proof of Stake). According to Buterin, this innovation will reduce the inflation of the coin by several times. But all the people who are now engaged in the ETH mining will be forced to reconfigure their equipment for mining other coins.

3. What do you need for ETH mining?

  • Computing equipment, you can use the power of the CPU on a PC, but it is better to have several video cards (ideally, DDR 5 memory).
  • Uninterrupted access to the Internet, whereby high speed is not needed, a good ping is more important.
  • A good and reliable pool for mining, as the mining of ETH cryptocurrency in solo mode is absolutely unpromising for the vast majority of people. Only real giants who are engaged in mining on an industrial scale can afford their own mining, but even they often prefer to work in a pool.
  • A wallet that supports ETH, fortunately, there are so many of them.
  • Proper equipment maintenance and overheating protection. For that, you need to carefully consider the system of ventilation and space cooling.

4. Pools for mining

Choosing the right pool is very important. Below you find a list of the most popular and relevant pools of the second half of 2018:

  • Minergate works not only with Ethereum. It is one of the most popular pools in the world. Best of all it works with nvidia graphics cards. The resource has a simple and intuitive interface, which is clear for any average person.
  • NiceHash is also a multi-currency pool. Mining software is very easy to set up. The software automatically selects the best algorithm, based on the features of the video card or CPU.
  • Ethereumpool. From the name it is already clear that this pool is focused exclusively on Ethereum. It works relatively recently, but its computing power already reaches almost 2% of the total power.
  • WeiPool. Another young pool that can impress with small commissions (1.5%) and a user-friendly interface.
  • ETH Supernova. This pool is quite famous for many users, but recently it has begun to operate with Ethereum. The issue of reliability and safety comes first. The pool has been operating for more than one year and during this time has managed to gain the confidence of the miners.

5. Conclusion

Now, Ether is not having its finest hour, the coin rate has fallen to the psychological mark of $108. The profitability of Ethereum mining significantly decreased in 2018, but by and large, it can be said about almost any cryptocurrency.

It is important to remember that fundamentally nothing has changed and Ethereum is still the most technologically advanced platform. ETH mining should not be considered as a short-term opportunity to earn money, this should be treated as an investment in the future. Now the development team is actively working on elimination of the system shortcomings. Taking into account this information, we can make a conclusion that the project’s chances of a bright future are quite high.

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