How to Choose the Right Exchange? Review of the Best Cryptocurrency Exchanges

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If you exchange cryptocurrency quite rarely, then registration for such resources is not necessary. Ordinary exchangers are quite enough; the main thing is to choose reliable services. But if you want to buy and sell your digital assets quite often, then you cannot do without such an indispensable assistant, as a cryptocurrency exchange. What criteria should they be selected by and which exchanges are included in the TOP of the most reliable and popular among experienced traders?

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  1. Criteria for choosing exchanges
  2. TOP 5 cryptocurrency exchanges
  3. Conclusion

1. Criteria for choosing exchanges

Although the cryptocurrency industry is still too young, there are already enough services on the market. This is both good and bad. On the one hand, the creators of exchanges are in the context of tough competition, so they are interested in offering the best conditions for their clients. But, on the other hand, because of so many exchanges, a beginner trader may have a lot of questions about choosing the right solution.

It should be understood that the only correct answer to the question: “Which exchange is better to trade with cryptocurrency?” does not exist. The Coin Shark has prepared for you a list of those criteria that you need to pay attention to before choosing one or another crypto exchange.

  • Reliability of the cryptocurrency exchange

The vulnerability of cryptocurrency exchanges is the main drawback of the industry. Since the news about another large theft of digital assets spoils the big picture among the broad masses. Experienced traders and investors do not store a large percentage of their portfolio on exchanges. Choosing a trading platform for cryptocurrency assets everyone should pay special attention to its security and reliability. It is necessary to know how long the project has been functioning, the reputation of its creators, and also to get acquainted with the reliability rating that was assigned to each exchange by market experts. But even the biggest giants cannot give you 100% guarantee of safety of your coins.

  • Daily trading volume

This indicator is one of the keys, it shows loyalty and the number of users of the site. Also with the help of this indicator, it is possible to assess the presence or absence of hype for a certain trading pair, which will allow predicting the further movement of the exchange rate.

  • Input / withdrawal of funds and fees

Every single site has its own rules, methods, fees, and limits on the input and output of assets. It is very important to read them before registering. For example, high fees can “eat” the lion’s share of earnings from trading. This is especially true if your trading strategy involves trading within a day with a large number of orders. On some exchanges, there is no physical possibility of entry and exit using fiat, which may not be a very convenient solution for a certain percentage of traders.

  • Number of trading pairs

This indicator can vary significantly depending on the exchange. On some, even on fairly large sites, only USD / BTC can be found so far. Therefore, for many traders, the answer to the question: “Which cryptocurrency exchange is better?” will be extremely simple – that one where the choice of trading pairs is calculated at least by tens, or better by hundreds.

  • No need for third-party software

The overwhelming majority of large official cryptocurrency exchanges do not have additional scripts that need to be installed on the computer.

2. TOP 5 cryptocurrency exchanges

We talked about the criteria that should be paid attention to the choice of a particular site. It’s time to discuss the real-world cryptocurrency exchanges which are the undisputed leaders in the market:

1. Binance

  • reliability rating – high;
  • daily trading volume – about $1.5 billion;
  • commission fee for an indent (one transaction) – 0.1%,
  • output – no more than 100 BTC per 24 hours;
  • replenishment – cryptocurrency wallet;
  • the number of trading pairs is more than 200.

2. Bittrex

  • reliability rating – high;
  • daily trading volume – about $145 million;
  • commission fee for an indent (one transaction) – 0.25%,
  • output – no more than 100 BTC per 24 hours;
  • replenishment – cryptocurrency wallet;
  • the number of trading pairs is 906.

3. Kraken

  • reliability rating – high;
  • daily trading volume – about $237 million;
  • commission fee for an indent (one transaction) – 0.26%,
  • output – no more than $ 50 000 for 24 hours;
  • replenishment – cryptocurrency wallet, bank transfer;
  • the number of trading pairs is 59.

4. Poloniex

  • reliability rating – medium;
  • daily trading volume – about $65 million;
  • commission fee for an indent (one transaction) – 0.25%,
  • output – no more than $25 000 for 24 hours;
  • replenishment – cryptocurrency wallet;
  • the number of trading pairs is 365.

5. Bitfinex

  • reliability rating – medium;
  • daily trading volume – about $ 890 million;
  • commission fee for an indent (one transaction) – 0.2%,
  • output – there is no limit;
  • replenishment – cryptocurrency wallet, bank transfer;
  • the number of trading pairs is 35.

3. Conclusion

As always, there is no single correct solution for all. All the sites have their own peculiarities and nuances. We gave a rating of the best cryptocurrency exchanges and disassembled each of them according to especially important criteria. Of course, the Binance exchange is a few steps higher by all criteria against the background of other competitors. But, of course, only you should choose a site according to your own criteria.

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Bitcoin Mining: How Are the Most Popular Coins Mined Today?

How to mine BTС today?

Quite a lot of people really managed to make a fortune out of Bitcoin mining. And many still manage to do so today. In this article, The Coin Shark will tell what mining is, how the most popular cryptocurrency is mined today, when the latest Bitcoin will be mined, what are the prospects of the digital currency mining industry and other things that every crypto-enthusiast is interested in.

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  1. What is mining?
  2. How is Bitcoin mined?
  3. How many Bitcoins can be mined and what’s the time period for that?
  4. Types of Bitcoin mining
  5. Prospects of Bitcoin mining
  6. Conclusion 

1. What is mining?

Today, even those who are not really familiar with cryptocurrencies have definitely heard something about mining. However, it is not always clear what it actually is.

Mining is a computing operation. In fact, this is a kind of an attempt to solve a complex mathematical problem. The particular “X” that must be found as the result of the calculations is called a hash. If it is successfully found a new block is generated in the cryptocurrency blockchain. A block is a structural unit where the information about cryptocurrency transactions is recorded. It is sometimes not that easy to get all those terms, so let`s take a look at a rather simple example: a block is a kind of a banknote. Any banknote is a legal tender only if it looks in a certain way. It has a special design, watermarks, other security features, particular density, etc. Each banknote must meet certain specified parameters, otherwise, you will not manage to buy something for it and it will be just a piece of paper. The same thing with cryptocurrencies! Transactions are confirmed by being recorded into the blocks, and the blocks must be valid, must have a particular form. To meet this form, to generate a valid block, a hash with required parameters should be found as the result of computing operations. And that is exactly what miners are responsible for!

2. How is Bitcoin mined?

Bitcoin is a Proof-of-Work algorithm-based digital currency, that is why BTC is mineable. Proof of work actually means that transactions are confirmed, and the blocks are generated only if a certain work is done – new coins are issued only when one has managed to find the hash and create a new valid block. Every new block is generated approximately once every ten minutes. The Bitcoin code is written in such a way that, depending on the computing power in the network, the difficulty of the hash varies. In other words, the more powerful the miners are, the more difficult it is for them to find the hash. That is how the system maintains the balance between the available computing power and the complexity of the calculations. It does not matter whether only several personal computers are engaged in Bitcoin mining (as it was in 2009) or huge industrial mining farms (as it is happening today) – it will always take approximately ten minutes to generate every new block.

So, when miners do their calculations successfully and manage to find the hash, they are rewarded. This reward used to be as huge as 50 BTC. However, back then the number of coins was not actually a significant fortune. According to the Bitcoin code, this reward decreases by half every 210 thousand blocks. Since each block of Bitcoin is generated in about 10 minutes, it takes about four years to get 210 thousand blocks. So, every four years the reward is reduced by half. In 2012, there was the first reduction from 50 BTC to 25. The next reduction took place in 2016. Today miners get 12.5 Bitcoins for each generated block.

3. How many Bitcoins can be mined and what’s the time period for that?

It is only possible to mine a total of 21 million BTC. This maximum amount of cryptocurrency is provided by its programming code. First of all, this limitation is designed to prevent inflation and preserve the value of Bitcoin. Actually, those things are usually valuable, that have a limited supply, and if Bitcoin had an unlimited emission, like Ethereum and some other virtual currencies, it would have been potentially subject to inflation. As of mid-October 2018, according to coinmarketcap, the number of BTC coins in circulation reached 17,332,325, which means that only a bit more than 3.5 million coins remain to be mined. It would seem not a big deal – almost all Bitcoins have already been mined! But truth is, it will take more than a century to mine the remaining coins!

So, let’s see how long will it take for miners to get all Bitcoins. To calculate this, we should make several mathematical operations. Of course, these operations are not as complicated as those required to find Bitcoin hash. The computing power of your calculator will be enough! So that is what we have:

The reward is reduced by half every 210 thousand blocks (approximately once every four years). Accordingly, the number of coins issued will decrease every four years. So, 10.5 million BTC was issued during the first “four-year cycle”, when the reward for each block was 50 BTC. Then the number of coins is reduced by half with each cycle. According to this formula, the very last BTC will be mined about the year 2140! Interestingly, in the first seven “four-year cycles”, miners will extract 99% of the coins, and it will take more than a century to get the remaining 1%.

4. Types of Bitcoin mining

About ten years ago, when the first peer-to-peer decentralized payment system with a cryptographically protected digital cash (yep, it’s all about Bitcoin) was launched, there was only one, or perhaps several miners, in the network. Probably it was an ordinary PC or laptop owned by Satoshi Nakamoto – the mysterious Bitcoin developer – and maybe some other PCs owned by those involved in the development of Bitcoin. So initially users were able to mine Bitcoin using their own devices. The computing power of their processors was enough to perform necessary calculations and find Bitcoin hash. This type of mining was called CPU-mining. However, with the growing popularity of Bitcoin, more and more people joined the system, the load and difficulty increased, and eventually, it became clear that even the most powerful PC had not enough power to mine Bitcoin effectively. A casual user with his laptop was left behind. And the reason is that a probability of getting a reward is equal to the ratio of your individual computing power to the power of the entire network. So a new solution was found – users started mining Bitcoins using the computing power of video cards. That new type of mining was called GPU-mining. Several video cards were connected to a computer and the entire powerful device used special software to mine BTC. Today, a number of cryptocurrencies can still be mined using processors or video cards, but this is not working out with Bitcoin. To be able to find Bitcoin has users should make really complex calculations and special high-performance devices are required. These are ASIC-miners – a special equipment with high computing power and price.

Today users who have special equipment for BTC mining combine their computing power in special mining pools. Pools are groups of miners who use their computing power together and jointly perform the operations necessary to obtain Bitcoin hash. The probability of getting a reward is much higher than if users mine the cryptocurrency solely. This reward is then distributed in proportion to the computing power “invested” by each individual miner.

Moreover, cloud mining is also relatively popular. This, in fact, means that a user simply rents computing power from owners of large mining farms, who are often the manufacturers of mining equipment. Despite the fact that today this type of mining is gradually becoming less attractive, it still has its advantages – users do not need to buy equipment, place it, set up, maintain its operation, update hardware, pay for electricity, etc.

5. Prospects of Bitcoin mining

Many believe that the mining era is almost over and there are some reasons for this. After all, as we have already figured out, even the cryptocurrency code itself provides a reduction of the reward. If Bitcoin rate does not increase significantly, nobody will be interested in running expensive mining equipment and earning a couple of thousand satoshi (1 satoshi is 0.00000001 BTC).

Today mining is a fairly centralized industry with and it is rather difficult for beginners to join it. Especially for those who do not have a lot of money. Even owners of huge industrial mining farms experience some problems. For example, some of them realize that the equipment they used in 2017 cannot provide the same profitability in 2018. Today BTC mining is largely controlled by mining pools one hand and owners of huge industrial mining farms on the other and this tendency for mining to become more centralized is likely here to stay.

6. Conclusion

So, Bitcoin mining is not a “gold rush” anymore. The increased difficulty made it way more centralized and way less available for casual users. Today, mining still provides big profit for those who own huge mining farms or at least some high-performance equipment. The Bitcoin rate is far from the historical maximum, but nevertheless, it remains quite significant, and most importantly, according to many experts, has prospects for an even greater increase. However, today it is practically impossible to make money on mining without big preliminary investments. Mining prospects depend on the rate of cryptocurrency, and on the other hand, are also predetermined by the Bitcoin programming code itself. However, this predetermination can be defined differently. Yes, the reward is reduced every four years, so mining can become less appealing in the future. But this reduction can be compensated if Bitcoin price increases. Anyway, today many crypto enthusiasts consider other mining options. Sometimes it is easier to mine other coins, and then, if desired, exchange them for Bitcoin. One thing is clear – the mining industry has been changing, and the time will tell,  what will happen to it in the medium term.

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BTCC Opens Its HQ in South Korea

BTCC Opens Its HQ in South Korea (alien, space)

Crypto exchange BTCC decided to expand its services worldwide, launching its business in South Korea. The platform will set a beta-version on October 31 this year, and the debut appointed in November.

The exchange stated that it will provide not only the trading, buying/selling services, but also a possibility to create own a wallet, a mining pool and a consumer payments service. There is still no information about the coins listed on exchange.

A person, called Lee Jae-beom, will be a head of BTCC’s operations in Korea. He claimed that BTCC Korea planed to demonstrate a new vision of cryptocurrencies.

BTCC is a Chinese cryptocurrency exchange which was formerly expelled from mainland China due to inconsistency with the rules. Then it was moved to Hong Kong, where it support trading of five cryptocurrencies. We remind you

Bitcoin Is in Danger: Chinese Hegemony Over the Industry

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The Cryptocurrency Exchange Huobi Is Going to List Four Stablecoins

Huobi news (cosmonaut)

The major digital currency exchange based in Singapore, Huobi, will follow the example of its “colleagues” and add 4 trendy cryptocurrencies tied to the US dollar.

The list includes such coins as:

Gemini dollar (GUSD) – the creation of the Winklevoss twins;

– Circle’s USDC

– Paxos Standard Token (PAX)

– TrueUSD

Customers will have access to the new cryptocurrencies at the exchange from October 19.

We would like to remind you:

OKEx Adds 4 Stablebcoins To Its Listing

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OKEx Adds 4 Stablebcoins To Its Listing

A well-known cryptocurrency exchange OKEx announced the support of four stablecoins on its official Twitter account, namely: TrueUSD, USD // Coin, Gemini Dollar and Paxos Standard Token.

Starting from October 15, the platform users will be able to make deposits with these assets. Bidding will start the next day. Tokens will be traded not only in pairs with BTC, but also with Tether.

We also remind, an Internet giant GMO Internet announced the release of its own stablecoin, which will be backed by yen:

Japanese Internet Giant Launches Its Own Yen-Pegged Stablecoin

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A Group of Investors Bought the Crypto Exchange Bithumb

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As mentioned in the Korean news media, an association of major Singaporean investors BK Global Consortium is now the rightful owner of one of the largest Korean digital asset exchanges, Bithumb.

One of the Consortium members previously used to own a big amount of company’s shares. He has also invested in multiple blockchain-based projects in Singapore.

In the future, the new management of Bithumb is going to proceed with its plan to launch a decentralized branch and is also considering the creation of their own stablecoin.

We remind you:

Bithumb Is Going to Open Up a Decentralized Cryptocurrency Exchange

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What is Ethereum Address (ETH address)?

This information will be useful for those readers who are the beginning of their way in the cryptocurrency world. In this article we will talk about such concept as Ethereum address, find out what it is necessary for, where you can find it and see it. So let’s get started.

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  1. What is Ethereum address and what is it for?
  2. Difference between online and offline addresses
  3. Conclusion

1. What is Ethereum address and what is it necessary for?

To begin with, it should be noted that Ethereum is the second most popular and capitalized coin. It has significant differences from the flagship of the industry with a good sense of the word. Ethereum has a more advanced technological base. For example, Bitcoin, in fact, is only a payment system, and on the basis of Ethereum you can create your own coins and smart contracts. Ethereum is a platform from which, potentially, a great number of companies and individuals can operate.

So, we are over with the introductory part, now let’s get to the essence of today’s question. ETH address is a certain unique set of letters and numbers, with a help of which a specific wallet can be identified. It is necessary to transfer coins from one wallet to another. It can be easily shared, since knowing it doesn’t reveal any important information about the owner and the state of balance.

Only the owner can receive the address. To get it you have to run the wallet application on a computer or mobile device. Without any doubt, in the interface of any crypto wallet program (there is a large number of services for storing Ethereum) you will find a special button that will automatically generate the wallet address.

2. The difference between online and offline addresses

If you are just starting your crypto journey, then you probably do not know that there are different types of digital wallets. We will dig into this topic too deeply, but just describe the main points. More information about the classification of wallets can be found on our website. So, the wallets can be:

  • Online. These include web-wallets and personal accounts that are on the exchanges. This is the most insecure, but the most convenient way to store and exchange coins.
  • Desktop and mobile apps. These are so-called hot wallets. They are more secure than online solutions, but with their help it is no longer possible to make transfers so quickly.
  • Hardware wallets. They are the safest way to store coins, since it is virtually impossible to hack them and get access to assets. But they are very inconvenient for every day use. This type of wallet is ideal for long-term storage.

So, you can get an Ethereum address both online and conditionally offline, on a desktop or mobile wallet application. Сonditionally offline, because even if the wallet is physically located on the computer, you need access to the Internet to work correctly. There is no principal difference between online and offline addresses, the only thing is that coins will arrive either on an online wallet, or on a desktop or mobile application.

It is very important to use only official wallets for storing ETH or any other coin. Since they are best optimized for work with this or that blockchain, and also have more advanced level of security than a service that was developed by third-party developers.

3. Conclusion

Everything about cryptocurrency topic seems so complicated, but this is only at first glance. Of course, the wilds of cryptography and the operation of algorithms are not easy, but for ordinary users such information is absolutely useless. The knowledge that is necessary in order to use cryptocurrencies can be obtained by any average person in the shortest time possible .

So, in this article, we discussed what Ethereum address is and found out that this is only the identifier of a certain wallet and is needed to transfer coins from one account to another.

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