Trading for Beginners: First Steps and Popular Cryptocurrency Exchanges Overview 639

Everyone who decided to become a trader worries about the security of their cryptocurrency transactions and about the commission fees for the exchange. Cryptocurrency exchanges are virtual platforms where it is possible to make the exchange. Cryptocurrency exchanges work pretty simple, however you should still complete several steps to get started:

Step 1. Registration.

Usually the registration is pretty much the same as on other websites.

Step 2. Deposit of capital for trading or exchange

Usually it is not necessary to pay commission in order to deposit cryptocurrency but it probably can be necessary in order to deposit fiat money. Sometimes commision fees can reach up to 8%, however, usually they do not exceed 1-5%.

Step 3.  Creation of an application on currency operations

Traders can fix the price they want for buying or selling cryptocurrency by themselves. Then they should put their application in the common list. If this price is Okay for another user the deal is made. If the price does not correspond to market prices then nobody will probably buy the cryptocurrency. If the deal is made successfully then a user can withdraw the capital from the exchange house or leave it in the exchange wallet for carrying out future operations.

It happens that the servers of a particular exchange or the accounts of users are hacked that’s why it is not recommended storing big amount of money and the money that you do not need for trading.

Now let’s look at TOP-5 popular virtual currency exchanges that ensure high security and have a large number of daily operations.

 1. Bittrex

According to Coinhills, Bittrex became the best cryptocurrency exchange considering the daily turnover as of December, 2017. Around 14% of all cryptocurrency deals are made there each day. The platform is under the US jurisdiction and works both with popular cryptocurrency trading pairs (Bitcoin, Ethereum) and many promising digital coins (more that 190).

Official website:  bittrex.com.

  1. Binance

Binance became one of the most promising startups of 2017. This exchange was registered in April, 2017 and less than in six month its capitalisation reached 1 billion. In December, 2017 its daily turnover for a year provided the platform with the second place as transactions for more than 6 billion dollars were conducted through its service.  In December 2017 the headquarters of the company decided to suspend registration of new users. The service couldn’t manage the processing of the increased number of new applications.  

Official website: binance.com

  1.  Bitfinex

Bitfinex is a cryptocurrency exchange from Hong Kong that hosts around 50 world`s top digital assets. In December 2017, Bitfinex came third in terms of trading volume, becoming one of the biggest players on the cryptocurrency market. Increased attention from traders led to the closure of registration of new accounts for a certain period. When all work is completed, the site will return to normal operation mode.

Official website: bitfinex.com

  1. EXMO

EXMO deals with 46 cryptocurrencies that can be exchanged or converted in fiat money. An average trade turnover is 8100 BTC in a month and 2000 new users are registered on EXMO daily. EXMO plans to develop and launch a system for margin lending, increase the quantity of trade assets, add new tools for using fiat money and get a place among the leading crypto exchanges of the world.

Official website: exmo.com.

  1. YObit.net

YObit.net appeared in the year 2014. In December, 2017 this exchange proved its reliability and safety having fought out an information fuss that appeared after a south korean exchange YObit announced its bankruptcy. The two digital exchanges apparently have similar names and some users funneled their assets out of YObit.net and started using other platforms falsely assuming that the exchange has problems. Anyway, the question was off the table in January, 2018 and YObit.net platform is running smoothly. The exchange provides services for approximately 5 million users per month.

Official website: yobit.net.

 

The Chinese Crypto Rating Welcomes New Coins While EOS Remains #1 226

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Taking into account all the crypto novelties, China Electronic Information Industry Development updated its previous ranking of the best digital coins. Some cryptocurrencies managed to keep their position or even climb up, others lost their ground.

The list of the best 5 coins currently looks in the following way

  1. EOS
  2. Ethereum
  3. Komodo
  4. Nebulas
  5. NEO

Ethereum and EOS are keeping their positions, they once more proved to be best in terms of technology, application and innovativeness. The “lucky” coins of the previous rating Lisk and Stellar have both lost 2 positions, whereas Bitcoin has climbed from the 17th to the 10th place. However, the next rating might change the things drastically.

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Ripple Wonders Why The SEC Has Not Come Up with Cryptocurrency Status Yet 329

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We all remember the loud statement of the Securities and Exchange Commission which clearly said that the world’s two most popular digital coins (Bitcoin and Ethereum) do not comply with the definition of a security. What about other altcoins?

The representative of Ripple contacted the SEC not so long ago, asking why they have not yet determined the official status of cryptocurrencies. In response, the Commission’s spokesperson stated:

The SEC has not made a determination as to whether any specific cryptocurrency may be deemed a ‘security’ under the federal securities laws.

This answer is not quite informative, thus, we only have to wait upon the decision of the SEC.

We remind you that the SEC will take the decision concerning Bitcoin ETF in September of this year.

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A Crypto Movie with Kurt Russell Will Soon Come Out 488

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As we reported earlier, Hollywood started working on a film directly involving the topic of cryptocurrency. The producers have recently disclosed a couple of interesting details about this movie, besides its star-studded cast.

The plot of this thriller will wheel around the complicated world of money laundering, fraudulence and scams involving digital currencies. The main character, played by Beau Knapp, is going to unravel the dark secrets of this world.

The producers admit that they don’t have enough knowledge about crypto and trust specialists to handle the technical part, however, they have overall positive comments about it:

We hope it lasts for a long time…That’s one of the reasons why we wanted to do the film. We’re not into fads. We hope it stays around for a long time.

The official release of the movie is scheduled for 2019.

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Blockchain Transactions: How Do They Work and How to Track Them? 832

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Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin, published an article “Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System” in 2008 and introduced a fundamentally new way of exchanging money. From that moment on, the need for a third party, like a bank or other financial institution, simply disappeared. In fact, this has become a new financial revolution.

Today we will talk how blockchain transactions are conducted from a technical point of view, how reliable they are, what features they have and how they can be tracked.

Contents:
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  1. How does blockchain work in general?
  2. How are transactions organized?
  3. What features do blockchain transactions have?
  4. How to test a blockchain transaction?
  5. The reasons why transactions can freeze
  6. Conclusion

1. How does blockchain work in general?

We should start with the fact that Bitcoin is the first ever completely digital currency. Unlike electronic money, it does not exist even as a digital file. It is a huge stream of data about all the transactions that have ever been conducted. Blockchain is presented in the form of a giant accounting book, which is available to all network participants.

Each transaction is not stored separately, the information is placed in the blocks. Different networks have different block sizes, for example, until recently one block in the network of Bitcoin “weighed” 1 MB. But the BitMEX report says that after the introduction of the new SegWit protocol, the average size of one block has increased to 1.06 MB, and some have reached 2 MB.

In order to obtain a new block, there are different mechanisms for consensus. The most widespread ones are:

  • PoW (proof of work). Here, the miners need to solve a complex cryptographic equation. After that, a new block is added, for which the system rewards the finder with a certain number of coins.
  • PoS (proof of stake). This mechanism involves adding a new block to a user who has a certain number of coins. The more coins a user has, the more likely he/she will generate a new block.

Each subsequent block stores information about the previous one. Another important feature of blockchain is its decentralization, since information is simultaneously stored by all participants of the system (miners, master nodes). Thus, after the block is added to blockchain, it can not be changed or deleted.

2. How are blockchain transactions organized?

As it was mentioned above, transactions that are carried out in the network of blockchain do not require the participation of a third party. Let’s see how this happens in practice.

Let’s say you want to transfer 0.5 BTC to another person. Before the system recalculates the wallets’ balances (not transfer, namely, the recalculation), this transaction will fall into the so-called Memory Pool – the operational memory of all the miners connected to the network. After this, the blockchain transaction must be confirmed by at least 6 different miners. They (miners) should check the correctness of the transaction:

  • the amount of commission for each byte of information;
  • the physical possibility of adding a transaction to an existing block (if there is too little space left in the block, the transaction is transferred to the next one that still needs to be found).

After these actions, the data on the operation are permanently entered in the blockchain, and the coins are credited to the wallet of the recipient.

3. What features do blockchain transactions have?

Based on the abovementioned information, it is worth highlighting a number of features that are typical for blockchain transactions:

  • Irreversibility. Since the blockchain system is a decentralized system, it is not possible to affect the data that has already been entered in the register. Therefore, it is impossible to mark the already completed operation.
  • Lack of regulation. Due to the absence of the center from which the system is managed, it is impossible to completely prohibit and shut down cryptocurrencies. To do this, you must destroy all the computers of miners.
  • Anonymity. Each blockchain has its own level of anonymity, but in any case, even in pseudonymous anonymous networks, such as Bitcoin, for example, the names and surnames of users are never used for transactions.
  • Reliability. The network algorithm fixes the balance of all the wallets at the same time, but only a user who has a private key can make a transaction from a particular wallet. Subject to observance of elementary security rules, it is not possible to crack the wallet. You can lose your coins only because of your own fault. For example, if you send them to the wrong wallet, infect your computer or smartphone with a virus or somehow let scammers get private keys.

4. How to test a blockchain transaction?

Transactions in the Bitcoin network can be tracked on the site www.blockchain.info. In order to see information about a particular transaction, you need to go to this site and enter a unique transaction hash in the search bar. Then the system displays the actual information.

In this service you can also see information about a particular wallet:

  • transactions in the history (by dates);
  • the total number of coins that passed through the wallet;
  • the list of all addresses which there have ever been interactions with (incoming or outgoing operations);
  • current balance.

5. The reasons why transactions can freeze

The main problem of Bitcoin and many other coins is the speed of blockchain transactions. As for  BTC, this indicator reaches a mark of 7 operations per second. Previously, when the total number of users was small, this was enough. But now, with the growing popularity of the industry, the “line” for the transaction can turn into tens and even hundreds of thousands of unconfirmed operations. You can view the current list, which is updated in real time, on this service.

Some transactions may even freeze in the Memory Pool for a long period of time (up to 72 hours). What factors affect the speed of transaction confirmation?

  • Total pool load.
  • A very small commission. Miners confirm transactions with a larger commission in the first place.
  • The transaction weight is too big, and it simply does not fit into the almost completely filled block. In this case, it will be automatically transferred to the next one.

6. Conclusion

Cryptocurrencies have made a real revolution in the financial sector, on a scale that we still can not comprehend. The number of blockchain transactions is growing every year. In order for everyone to be able to use Bitcoin at the same time (like Visa, for example), it is necessary to solve the problem with bandwidth.

Blockchain transactions have both their advantages: the absence of intermediaries, small commissions, anonymity, security, and their shortcomings: irreversibility, low throughput.

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The Viewers of Adult Videos on Pornhub Will Receive Cryptocurrency Rewards 2652

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The company Tube8, owned by the popular adult entertainment site Pornhub, is planning to move onto blockchain and tokenize the platform completely. To do so, it will be cooperating with Vice Industry Token.

The visitors of the Tube8 will soon get a chance to receive tokens for performing certain activities on the platform.

The purpose of this upgrade is mainly keeping the viewers. The representatives of Tube8 believe that a regular viewer just watches a couple of videos and leaves, whereas if he/she can potentially be rewarded for doing this, it will be encourage the person to register an account or at least return to the site afterwards.

We would like to remind you that Pornhub has recently started accepting crypto as a payment option for its premium account.

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Buterin, Winklevoss and Others: The Future of the Digital Currency World According to Major Crypto Personalities 1472

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The crypto world has entered the new stage of its development, it has always been volatile, but these couple of weeks have been absolutely crazy: coins are jumping up and down, Bitcoin ETF is on its way, blockchain is taking over the world.

No doubt, crypto specialists and financial experts have a lot to say. Today we came up with a compilation of sayings from the stars of the cryptocurrency universe that we found particularly interesting and important.

The CEO of the crypto exchange Gemini, Tyler Winklevoss believes that the acceptance of cryptocurrency in the world as a means of payment equal to fiat will not happen in the next couple of years:

The vast majority of Wall Street firms are still not participating in the cryptocurrency market, which remains primarily a retail-driven market. This will change over time, but it will take time.

Pantera Capital’s CEO is way more optimistic on this issue. He sees great potential in the blockchain technology, and digital coins, according to him, are “superior form of currency.

Ethereum’s founder Vitalik Buterin wants cryptocurrencies to become more user-friendly and common in the everyday life. He also thinks it may become possible only in case the proper regulatory framework for crypto is developed by the state governments.

I want to be able to walk into a convenience store, get a card and pay a small fee to start using Bitcoin Cash,” he said.

The last, but certainly not least, is the CEO of BitMEX, Arthur Hayes, who has some serious doubts concerning Ethereum. According to his calculations, the price of the world’s #2 coin will drop lower than $100.

It is this moment,” he added, “that Ether goes from a 3-digit to a 2-digit shitcoin.

Although we are sure that experts know what they are talking about, the crypto world is way too unpredictable. We can only wait and see whether the abovementioned predictions turn out to be true or not.

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