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Bitcoin vs. Altcoins: Which rocket will fire first?

Bitcoin vs. Altcoins: Which rocket will fire first?
As always, we present the latest findings and insights in the crypto world every 14 days. About 8 weeks ago, we wrote in our report for the first time in a long time that we assume that the altcoins will make another strong comeback. From today's perspective, we have hit the bull's eye.


The current situation on the market is interesting: It seems that we are in a panic phase in which everyone is looking for the next big Altcoin pump.
Good examples of this are the sometimes irrational rise in Dogecoin's price or the multitude of extremely bullish tweets about some DeFi tokens on Twitter.
In this report we look at the "boring" Bitcoin course and the altcoins.
On the one hand, we ask ourselves how BTC is as digital gold given the fact that gold is on the way to an absolute all-time high.
On the other hand, we want to see if there is any further upside potential for the alts.

The Altcoin casino is in full swing

Two weeks ago we looked at the Bitcoin dominance chart. We were able to identify an upward channel.
A look at the chart below shows that this channel has clearly been broken down.
The Altcoin casino is in full swing and shows how much interest (and longing for big profits) is among many investors.
Let’s finish dominance and take a look at the NASDAQ DeFi Index.
Since September 2019, NASDAQ has listed a DeFi index that tracks MakerDao, Augur, Gnosis, Numerai and 0x. Admittedly, the currently large projects such as COMP, Lend, KNC and SNX are missing.
Here too we can see that the DeFi market (according to the index) has been in the consolidation phase for a few days.
However, if we look at other projects like the ones just mentioned (COMP, LEND, etc.) or Dogecoin, we can see that there is still positive momentum in the Altcoin market.
It is important to understand that you should not be tempted by FOMO.
The entire DeFi market is in a young phase, growth has been high in the last few weeks, and investors should, therefore, expect consolidation before any further growth phase begins.

Bitcoin and altcoins: an overview of on-chain metrics

In contrast to chart analysis, on-chain metrics help us to understand more complex relationships and to identify long-term or sustainable trends.
In this case, we are now looking at a chart that shows us when Bitcoin was last moved:
We can see that the last time that so many BTC were not moved was in January 2016.
This time marked the end of a bear market. Let us be surprised by how the current journey will continue from here.

Ethereum Net Flow: What about the ETH offering on exchanges?

In addition to Bitcoin, we also want to look at Ethereum. We start with a well-known graphic: the netflows from Exchanges.
Here we can see over the period from mid-March that more Ethereum (ETH) flowed from exchanges than to the stock exchanges themselves.
The peak was June, in which around 800,000 ETH more flowed from exchanges than went to them.
Long story short: We see a shortening of the offer on the stock exchange, which is logically bullish for Ethereum.
In summary, we can say that the entire crypto market is currently in good condition. Bitcoin is stable at over $ 9,000 and some altcoins have been picking up speed over the past few weeks. At the same time, BTC dominance decreases, which gives the altcoins further scope. The on-chain metrics fit into this sentiment and make us bullish.
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We’re giving away an Apple Watch 5 as a thank you to the cryptocurrency community for supporting Crypto Pro.

The winner has been chosen: https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/e465tg/and_the_winner_of_the_apple_watch_5_is/
EDIT:
When the timer is done, we will run the linked script to select the winner. The script takes the Reddit IDs of all comments in this thread and sha256 hashes each one. It then finds the closest comment hash to the hash of latest Bitcoin block at the time (4PM PDT 30/11/2019).
We will pick the first eligible comment from the list of results. (Our comments are ineligible)
This way the results are completely random and yet still verifiable by everyone. You can run the script yourself and reproduce the results. (we will paste in the script output)
https://gist.github.com/CryptoProApp/d2fa04fab93bbdc8602693f488ece354
In the holiday spirit, and as a thank you to the cryptocurrency community, we, at Crypto Pro are giving away brand new Apple Watch 5 to one lucky bag holders.
Crypto Pro launched back in 2015 when Bitcoin was priced at $200 a pop, and Dogecoin ranked 7th. We wanted to create a small Apple Watch widget so that everyone can see Bitcoin’s price at the flick of a wrist.
The app has gone a long way since then, and we have the reddit and cryptocurrency community to thank, for giving us both encouragements and constructive feedback to shape what the app is today. So thank you:)

Rules

  • Enter by simply commenting on this post. 1 comment = 1 entry
  • Only accounts created before the post is published (to avoid new account spamming).
  • Submissions will last for 24 hours, then the winner will be picked via a random comment selector. The Winner will have 48 hours to respond before picking another winner.
  • We will airdrop/ship the Apple Watch to any country, so long as it is possible to do so. Winner can select the size & color of band (standard).

What is Crypto Pro?

Crypto price / news / portfolio app designed for iOS. Users can see stats like portfolio gains, losses, and other cool analytics. As well as set price alerts, read news, connect to your exchanges and wallets. Here's a link to check us out!

How are we different?

We are the only major cryptocurrency app that keeps all the user data on device and doesn't track or analyze it in any way. We believe that privacy is important, and that no one should have access to your portfolio size, market viewing habits, or API keys. Everything is encrypted and stored locally on your phone. When you delete the app, all your data is deleted… the way it should be. (but we have an option to backup to your own iCloud or Dropbox account if you want to).
We also think the design is pretty cool tbh. We got some nice sparklines going, cool charts, real-time pricing, and a bunch of other cool features. Here’s a few pictures I put together with a sample portfolio > https://imgur.com/a/acj0l67

What should I comment?

Feedback on the app is always appreciated :) or comment the year you first learnt about Bitcoin, or your price prediction for December 2020, or some just some random gibberish ಠᴗಠ.
Happy [belated] Turkey Day!
- Crypto Pro Team
P.S. Buy the fucking dip.
P.P.S. ^ not financial advice.
P.P.S. Upvote if you'd like us to throw more giveaways in the future!
The winner has been chosen: https://www.reddit.com/Bitcoin/comments/e465tg/and_the_winner_of_the_apple_watch_5_is/
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If you hodl or trade, you`re the biggest problem with the world of cryptocurrencies.

There`s 3 components to a market economy: Spending, Savings & Investments. We only have 2 and those are way off balance.
Spending: Payments. Drives Inclusion & Adoption. Represents the primary bridge to real world assets.
Saving: Store of Value, Essential driver for stability. The ideea that your holdings are safe over time and don`t depreciate.
Investments: Trading, drives value of the economy, corrects inflation.
State of the nation:
IF there`s any chance at adoption, don`t just HODL. Don`t just DayTrade. Spend what you have. Money needs to move.
The moment you start spending a portion of cryptocurrencies, that money moves. The entire supply chain benefits. Miners Mine, Exchangers Exchange, Businesses get paid, Taxes get taxed. The underlying value of your holdings grows as you tell more people how you paid your AliBaba supplier in Bitcoin and didn`t have any trouble with your EU based bank making a fuss over "why you`re sending money to Asia".
If the only thing you do with Crypto is to buy it, hold it or trade it, it has no impact on real life. It`s not inviting more people to use it. Demand doesn`t grow. the value chain remains closed and non-inclusive. And it`s against the basic principles of Blockchain. You, the person who only has 10 USD in Dogecoin or the Hodler who has 8 bitcoins since Satoshi was in diapers, you`re responsible for the value of your assets and growth of your community. If you don`t SPEND it, people around you have NO reason to adopt. And if they do adopt, they do it for the wrong reasons and simply add to the volatility.
Introduction:
I`ve been in this space since 2009, reading all I could get my hands on. Coming from a poorly banked background and still having frustrations due to the inability of making online purchases at the time, just coming out of a recession, Bitcoin`s vision struck a nerve with me. I`ve been an avid believer in blockchain ever since and at no point did I buy crypto to store value, hedge my bets, invest, digital gold or any of this. I went in because it was, and still is: the easiest way to send money across the world. Ethereum`s smart contracts bring this simple function to a new level, introducing conditions to be met for the transfer itself. Simple, open, transparent, inclusive. Period.
What we`ve become, as a community:
As a whole, this community went from a group of passionate people who wanted an alternative to banks, government and politics, people who wanted to deal directly with other people, to something weird I can`t describe as a whole, but more as personas. Here`s what I`m seeing:
  1. The "I wanna buy Pizza with Bitcoin" crowd. I`m one of them. We just wanted a simple alternative, we were okay with volatility because we always knew the more people use it, more stable it gets as an alternative currency. Conspiracy theorists, tech geeks, scientists, curious people fascinated by the endless possibilities of a global, open banking system, built by the people, for the people. Joined from the first 3-4 years of Bitcoin, many still join it.
  2. The Hodlers: Also coined as the true "Believers". They`re responsible for the initial traction, and would rather liquidate their house than to "sell off" their Bitcoins. They see Bitcoin and other currencies as a "store of value" and see not much difference between buying/storing Gold and Crypto. Joined after the first group and peacefully co-existed with everybody so far. Most dedicated miners came from this group/generation of adopters.
  3. The Traders: People coming from the finance world. They either did Hedgefunds, Forex, VC. Smart opportunists that saw the first 2 groups, saw the potential value of the system as something to be gained from (nothing wrong with this) and heavily capitalize on it. These were the first guys to look at crypto as financial instruments and started fighting the compliance game. This is also where market manipulation started.
  4. The "Tokenize the world" generation. Driven by technology on one side, by the ICO madness on the other side, this opportunistic group wanted to create a token (and respective ICOs) for everything they could think of. Huge similarities between how everything needed a website in the 2000`s, everything needed an app in 2010, everything needed a coin/token started around 2016. Dogecoin is the perfect example of a joke that got way out of proportion, while the original ideea was to make fun of this particular group. Oh well, this group still garners a lot of traction/interest. This group is why we have 3000 shitcoins and who knows how many that never saw the light of day.
  5. The Consultants, Gurus, Ninjas. The "know it all`s". They`re all about the TREND, not about the substance. In the 90`s we had the "internet consultants" who were selling strategies for people to get online. Later the same people were selling strategies to get website traffic. Later, it was about the apps or about the cloud. Right now, it`s about blockchain, token economics, go to market, liquidity, or investing. Some are super smart, most are useless. The only thing that really bothers me is that consultants take no ownership in the success or failure of what they`re selling. As long as you cover their fees, they don`t care if their advice works or not and usually blame you for failing. These are the "market makers" of today, the youtube/facebook/twitteinstagram investment gurus who look at charts for 4 hours and make predictions without really having any skin in the game. Here`s what I never got my head around, if you know how to make a market for a coin, or really know how to invest in crypto.... WHY would you charge me 20k when you can make millions for yourself in less time than that? I guess it holds true: those that can, DO, those that can`t, Teach.
This brings us to the state of the market today.
Proposed solution:
Don`t wait for your government to regulate, don`t wait for banks or institutional investors to kick in, don`t wait for the media frenzy. Just do your part: spend, save and invest your crypto just as you would your USD/Euro/Yen/etc. If you`re a freelancer, accept crypto payments. if you run a business, accept crypto payments. If you have crypto, make crypto payments. This is the main reason we have crypto today and it`s exactly what we don`t use it for. Go back to basics and let`s see how influenced by "market volatility" or "market manipulation" or "media bias" the price will get.
Disclosure: Yes, trying to solve the adoption issue has led me to build a platform for e-commerce that also solves crypto-to-fiat payments for more than 2000 tokens. We walk the walk, not talk the talk.
I`d love to hear if you guys agree or disagree, and most importantly, Why?
C:\>
P.S. I love you
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If you just hodl or trade, you`re the biggest problem with the world of cryptocurrencies.

TL;DR: There`s 3 components to a market economy: Spending, Savings & Investments. We only have 2 and those are way off balance.
Spending: Payments. Drives Inclusion & Adoption. Represents the primary bridge to real world assets.
Saving: Store of Value, Essential driver for stability. The ideea that your holdings are safe over time and don`t depreciate.
Investments: Trading, drives value of the economy, corrects inflation.
State of the nation:
IF there`s any chance at adoption, don`t just HODL. Don`t just DayTrade. Spend what you have. Money needs to move.
The moment you start spending a portion of cryptocurrencies, that money moves. The entire supply chain benefits. Miners Mine, Exchangers Exchange, Businesses get paid, Taxes get taxed. The underlying value of your holdings grows as you tell more people how you paid your AliBaba supplier in Bitcoin and didn`t have any trouble with your EU based bank making a fuss over "why you`re sending money to Asia".
If the only thing you do with Crypto is to buy it, hold it or trade it, it has no impact on real life. It`s not inviting more people to use it. Demand doesn`t grow. the value chain remains closed and non-inclusive. And it`s against the basic principles of Blockchain. You, the person who only has 10 USD in Dogecoin or the Hodler who has 8 bitcoins since Satoshi was in diapers, you`re responsible for the value of your assets and growth of your community. If you don`t SPEND it, people around you have NO reason to adopt. And if they do adopt, they do it for the wrong reasons and simply add to the volatility.
Introduction:
I`ve been in this space since 2009, reading all I could get my hands on. Coming from a poorly banked background and still having frustrations due to the inability of making online purchases at the time, just coming out of a recession, Bitcoin`s vision struck a nerve with me. I`ve been an avid believer in blockchain ever since and at no point did I buy crypto to store value, hedge my bets, invest, digital gold or any of this. I went in because it was, and still is: the easiest way to send money across the world. Ethereum`s smart contracts bring this simple function to a new level, introducing conditions to be met for the transfer itself. Simple, open, transparent, inclusive. Period.
What we`ve become, as a community:
As a whole, this community went from a group of passionate people who wanted an alternative to banks, government and politics, people who wanted to deal directly with other people, to something weird I can`t describe as a whole, but more as personas. Here`s what I`m seeing:
  1. The "I wanna buy Pizza with Bitcoin" crowd. I`m one of them. We just wanted a simple alternative, we were okay with volatility because we always knew the more people use it, more stable it gets as an alternative currency. Conspiracy theorists, tech geeks, scientists, curious people fascinated by the endless possibilities of a global, open banking system, built by the people, for the people. Joined from the first 3-4 years of Bitcoin, many still join it.
  2. The Hodlers: Also coined as the true "Believers". They`re responsible for the initial traction, and would rather liquidate their house than to "sell off" their Bitcoins. They see Bitcoin and other currencies as a "store of value" and see not much difference between buying/storing Gold and Crypto. Joined after the first group and peacefully co-existed with everybody so far. Most dedicated miners came from this group/generation of adopters.
  3. The Traders: People coming from the finance world. They either did Hedgefunds, Forex, VC. Smart opportunists that saw the first 2 groups, saw the potential value of the system as something to be gained from (nothing wrong with this) and heavily capitalize on it. These were the first guys to look at crypto as financial instruments and started fighting the compliance game. This is also where market manipulation started.
  4. The "Tokenize the world" generation. Driven by technology on one side, by the ICO madness on the other side, this opportunistic group wanted to create a token (and respective ICOs) for everything they could think of. Huge similarities between how everything needed a website in the 2000`s, everything needed an app in 2010, everything needed a coin/token started around 2016. Dogecoin is the perfect example of a joke that got way out of proportion, while the original ideea was to make fun of this particular group. Oh well, this group still garners a lot of traction/interest. This group is why we have 3000 secondary coins and who knows how many that never saw the light of day.
  5. The Consultants, Gurus, Ninjas. The "know it all`s". They`re all about the TREND, not about the substance. In the 90`s we had the "internet consultants" who were selling strategies for people to get online. Later the same people were selling strategies to get website traffic. Later, it was about the apps or about the cloud. Right now, it`s about blockchain, token economics, go to market, liquidity, or investing. Some are super smart, most are useless. The only thing that really bothers me is that consultants take no ownership in the success or failure of what they`re selling. As long as you cover their fees, they don`t care if their advice works or not and usually blame you for failing. These are the "market makers" of today, the youtube/facebook/twitteinstagram investment gurus who look at charts for 4 hours and make predictions without really having any skin in the game. Here`s what I never got my head around, if you know how to make a market for a coin, or really know how to invest in crypto.... WHY would you charge me 20k when you can make millions for yourself in less time than that? I guess it holds true: those that can, DO, those that can`t, Teach.
This brings us to the state of the market today.
Proposed solution:
Don`t wait for your government to regulate, don`t wait for banks or institutional investors to kick in, don`t wait for the media frenzy. Just do your part: spend, save and invest your crypto just as you would your USD/Euro/Yen/etc. If you`re a freelancer, accept crypto payments. if you run a business, accept crypto payments. If you have crypto, make crypto payments. This is the main reason we have crypto today and it`s exactly what we don`t use it for. Go back to basics and let`s see how influenced by "market volatility" or "market manipulation" or "media bias" the price will get.
Disclosure: Yes, trying to solve the adoption issue has led me to build a platform for e-commerce that also solves crypto-to-fiat payments for more than 2000 tokens. We walk the walk, not talk the talk.
I`d love to hear if you guys agree or disagree, and most importantly, Why?
C:\>
P.S. I love you
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11-29 21:33 - 'We’re giving away an Apple Watch 5 as a thank you to the cryptocurrency community for supporting Crypto Pro.' (self.Bitcoin) by /u/Bull127 removed from /r/Bitcoin within 21-31min

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In the holiday spirit, and as a thank you to the cryptocurrency community, we, at Crypto Pro are giving away a brand new Apple Watch 5 to one lucky bag holder.
[Crypto Pro]1 launched back in 2015 when Bitcoin was priced at $200 a pop, and Dogecoin ranked 7th. We wanted to create a small Apple Watch widget so that everyone can see Bitcoin’s price at the flick of a wrist.
The app has gone a long way since then, and we have the reddit and cryptocurrency community to thank, for giving us both encouragements and constructive feedback to shape what the app is today. So thank you:)

Rules

What is Crypto Pro?

Crypto prices / news / portfolio app designed for iOS. Users can see stats like portfolio gains, losses, and other cool analytics. As well as set price alerts, read news, connect to your exchanges and wallets. [Here's a link to check us out]4 !

How are we different?

We are the only major cryptocurrency app that keeps all the user data on device and doesn't track or analyze it in any way. We believe that privacy is important, and that no one should have access to your portfolio size, market viewing habits, or API keys. Everything is encrypted and stored locally on your phone. When you delete the app, all your data is deleted… the way it should be. (but we have an option to backup to your own iCloud or Dropbox account if you want to).
We also think the design is pretty cool tbh. We got some nice sparklines going, cool charts, real-time pricing, and a bunch of other cool features. Here’s a few pictures I put together with a sample portfolio > [[link]6

What should I comment?

Feedback on the app is always appreciated :) or comment the year you first learnt about Bitcoin, or your price prediction for December 2020, or some just some random gibberish ಠᴗಠ.
Happy [belated] Turkey Day!
- Crypto Pro Team
P.S. Buy the fucking dip.
P.P.S. ^ not financial advice.
'''
We’re giving away an Apple Watch 5 as a thank you to the cryptocurrency community for supporting Crypto Pro.
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11-23 14:33 - 'How to save Bitcoin on transfers between cryptocurrency exchanges?' (self.Bitcoin) by /u/holderlab removed from /r/Bitcoin within 1580-1590min

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Cryptocurrencies have become quite commonplace for many people. Every day, tens of thousands of transfers are made between wallets and exchanges around the world. However, few of us think about how much money is spent on paying commissions for transfers. In fact, some transactions lose a significant amount. For several months, the user can safely lose the amount that would be enough to buy a new TV or washing machine.Therefore, it will not be out of place for everyone to know how to save money on such operations. There are exchanges that charge 0.001 - 0.002 BTC (9 - 18 US dollars) for the transfer. There are those who ask a little less. For example, Poloniex asks for only 0.0005 BTC (about $ 5). However, having made 10 or 20 transfers, the amount ceases to seem so insignificant. Therefore, we offer a good option that will make transactions almost free.

How to save my BTC?

First, you need to choose some alternative currency for making transfers. It must meet the following criteria:
The best coins to circumvent high commissions are Dogecoin and Bytecoin. Both meet the above criteria, but Dogecoin transactions are confirmed much faster.

DOGECOIN

DOGE is a fork of Litecoin. In technical terms, there were practically no changes, but in terms of marketing, both cryptocurrencies are significantly different from each other. The following features of this coin can be distinguished:
  1. Block formation takes only 1 minute (LTC - 2.5 times longer, BTC - 10 times longer);
  2. Infinite emission;
For the transaction you need to pay only 2 coins, regardless of the amount of transfer (this is only about $ 0.0047 or 5.1 * 10 -7 BTC);This coin has all the attributes of popular cryptocurrencies (anonymity, decentralization, advanced security system).

How it works?

As an example, you can exchange BTC for DOGE on some exchange, send them to another exchange, and then transfer the coins to your Poloniex wallet, paying a commission (unlike direct transfer).
You can give an example of a real case with detailed numbers: user N on the Bittrex exchange changes 0.01023405 BTC to DOGE, after which he sends them to the Poloniex exchange and receives 0.01019278 BTC. The final commission for the transfer came out 0.00004127 BTC, which is 24 times more profitable than directly transferring BTC between exchanges. You also need to add a fee for transferring to a cold wallet (a little more than one dollar), but even with this in mind, the difference still remains noticeable.
And one moment. After exchanging cryptocurrency for DOGE and transferring them to a wallet or exchange, these coins need to be sold. There are a couple of options: sell them at the current purchase or sale price. Here everyone must choose their own. Sales price orders are usually sold in less than half a day.
In addition, it would simply be wrong not to mention another interesting fact about this wonderful coin. If you carefully look at the graph from Coinmarketcap of the DOGE price change, you can find one interesting detail. During the day, there may be a short-term sharp increase in the value of this asset. It is believed that due to the abnormally low commission, the coin is used on a large scale in arbitration operations, so by catching the right moment, you can also earn on DOGE.
[Doge chart (Coinmarketcap)]1

Bytecoin

A few words about Bytecoin. It was created in 2012 on the same algorithm as Monero. This provides the coin with a high level of anonymity and privacy. The cost of one asset is also low - $ 0,0004. Transactions are processed every 120 seconds. It’s simply not possible to track payments. Of course, Bytecoin is not as popular as DOGE, but you can take a closer look at it as an alternative.
Today we looked at the best way to save money when transferring crypto assets between exchanges or wallets. Experienced traders most likely have their own tricks that help save the maximum amount of money, but this option is now seen as the most optimal, universal and practical.
Currently, we are preparing to launch the [holderlab.io]2 service, which allows us to optimize the cryptocurrency portfolio. The service allows you to conduct a comprehensive assessment of the crypto portfolio using the correlation matrix and the effective border, as well as configure automatic portfolio rebalancing.
Thanks for attention
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CRYPTOCURRENCY BITCOIN

CRYPTOCURRENCY BITCOIN
Bitcoin Table of contents expand: 1. What is Bitcoin? 2. Understanding Bitcoin 3. How Bitcoin Works 4. What's a Bitcoin Worth? 5. How Bitcoin Began 6. Who Invented Bitcoin? 7. Before Satoshi 8. Why Is Satoshi Anonymous? 9. The Suspects 10. Can Satoshi's Identity Be Proven? 11. Receiving Bitcoins As Payment 12. Working For Bitcoins 13. Bitcoin From Interest Payments 14. Bitcoins From Gambling 15. Investing in Bitcoins 16. Risks of Bitcoin Investing 17. Bitcoin Regulatory Risk 18. Security Risk of Bitcoins 19. Insurance Risk 20. Risk of Bitcoin Fraud 21. Market Risk 22. Bitcoin's Tax Risk What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a digital currency created in January 2009. It follows the ideas set out in a white paper by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, whose true identity is yet to be verified. Bitcoin offers the promise of lower transaction fees than traditional online payment mechanisms and is operated by a decentralized authority, unlike government-issued currencies.
There are no physical bitcoins, only balances kept on a public ledger in the cloud, that – along with all Bitcoin transactions – is verified by a massive amount of computing power. Bitcoins are not issued or backed by any banks or governments, nor are individual bitcoins valuable as a commodity. Despite it not being legal tender, Bitcoin charts high on popularity, and has triggered the launch of other virtual currencies collectively referred to as Altcoins.
Understanding Bitcoin Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency: Balances are kept using public and private "keys," which are long strings of numbers and letters linked through the mathematical encryption algorithm that was used to create them. The public key (comparable to a bank account number) serves as the address which is published to the world and to which others may send bitcoins. The private key (comparable to an ATM PIN) is meant to be a guarded secret and only used to authorize Bitcoin transmissions. Style notes: According to the official Bitcoin Foundation, the word "Bitcoin" is capitalized in the context of referring to the entity or concept, whereas "bitcoin" is written in the lower case when referring to a quantity of the currency (e.g. "I traded 20 bitcoin") or the units themselves. The plural form can be either "bitcoin" or "bitcoins."
How Bitcoin Works Bitcoin is one of the first digital currencies to use peer-to-peer technology to facilitate instant payments. The independent individuals and companies who own the governing computing power and participate in the Bitcoin network, also known as "miners," are motivated by rewards (the release of new bitcoin) and transaction fees paid in bitcoin. These miners can be thought of as the decentralized authority enforcing the credibility of the Bitcoin network. New bitcoin is being released to the miners at a fixed, but periodically declining rate, such that the total supply of bitcoins approaches 21 million. One bitcoin is divisible to eight decimal places (100 millionths of one bitcoin), and this smallest unit is referred to as a Satoshi. If necessary, and if the participating miners accept the change, Bitcoin could eventually be made divisible to even more decimal places. Bitcoin mining is the process through which bitcoins are released to come into circulation. Basically, it involves solving a computationally difficult puzzle to discover a new block, which is added to the blockchain and receiving a reward in the form of a few bitcoins. The block reward was 50 new bitcoins in 2009; it decreases every four years. As more and more bitcoins are created, the difficulty of the mining process – that is, the amount of computing power involved – increases. The mining difficulty began at 1.0 with Bitcoin's debut back in 2009; at the end of the year, it was only 1.18. As of February 2019, the mining difficulty is over 6.06 billion. Once, an ordinary desktop computer sufficed for the mining process; now, to combat the difficulty level, miners must use faster hardware like Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC), more advanced processing units like Graphic Processing Units (GPUs), etc.
What's a Bitcoin Worth? In 2017 alone, the price of Bitcoin rose from a little under $1,000 at the beginning of the year to close to $19,000, ending the year more than 1,400% higher. Bitcoin's price is also quite dependent on the size of its mining network since the larger the network is, the more difficult – and thus more costly – it is to produce new bitcoins. As a result, the price of bitcoin has to increase as its cost of production also rises. The Bitcoin mining network's aggregate power has more than tripled over the past twelve months.
How Bitcoin Began
Aug. 18, 2008: The domain name bitcoin.org is registered. Today, at least, this domain is "WhoisGuard Protected," meaning the identity of the person who registered it is not public information.
Oct. 31, 2008: Someone using the name Satoshi Nakamoto makes an announcement on The Cryptography Mailing list at metzdowd.com: "I've been working on a new electronic cash system that's fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party. The paper is available at http://www.bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf." This link leads to the now-famous white paper published on bitcoin.org entitled "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System." This paper would become the Magna Carta for how Bitcoin operates today.
Jan. 3, 2009: The first Bitcoin block is mined, Block 0. This is also known as the "genesis block" and contains the text: "The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks," perhaps as proof that the block was mined on or after that date, and perhaps also as relevant political commentary.
Jan. 8, 2009: The first version of the Bitcoin software is announced on The Cryptography Mailing list.
Jan. 9, 2009: Block 1 is mined, and Bitcoin mining commences in earnest.
Who Invented Bitcoin?
No one knows. Not conclusively, at any rate. Satoshi Nakamoto is the name associated with the person or group of people who released the original Bitcoin white paper in 2008 and worked on the original Bitcoin software that was released in 2009. The Bitcoin protocol requires users to enter a birthday upon signup, and we know that an individual named Satoshi Nakamoto registered and put down April 5 as a birth date. And that's about it.
Before Satoshi
Though it is tempting to believe the media's spin that Satoshi Nakamoto is a solitary, quixotic genius who created Bitcoin out of thin air, such innovations do not happen in a vacuum. All major scientific discoveries, no matter how original-seeming, were built on previously existing research. There are precursors to Bitcoin: Adam Back’s Hashcash, invented in 1997, and subsequently Wei Dai’s b-money, Nick Szabo’s bit gold and Hal Finney’s Reusable Proof of Work. The Bitcoin white paper itself cites Hashcash and b-money, as well as various other works spanning several research fields.
Why Is Satoshi Anonymous?
There are two primary motivations for keeping Bitcoin's inventor keeping his or her or their identity secret. One is privacy. As Bitcoin has gained in popularity – becoming something of a worldwide phenomenon – Satoshi Nakamoto would likely garner a lot of attention from the media and from governments.
The other reason is safety. Looking at 2009 alone, 32,489 blocks were mined; at the then-reward rate of 50 BTC per block, the total payout in 2009 was 1,624,500 BTC, which at today’s prices is over $900 million. One may conclude that only Satoshi and perhaps a few other people were mining through 2009 and that they possess a majority of that $900 million worth of BTC. Someone in possession of that much BTC could become a target of criminals, especially since bitcoins are less like stocks and more like cash, where the private keys needed to authorize spending could be printed out and literally kept under a mattress. While it's likely the inventor of Bitcoin would take precautions to make any extortion-induced transfers traceable, remaining anonymous is a good way for Satoshi to limit exposure.
The Suspects
Numerous people have been suggested as possible Satoshi Nakamoto by major media outlets. Oct. 10, 2011, The New Yorker published an article speculating that Nakamoto might be Irish cryptography student Michael Clear or economic sociologist Vili Lehdonvirta. A day later, Fast Company suggested that Nakamoto could be a group of three people – Neal King, Vladimir Oksman and Charles Bry – who together appear on a patent related to secure communications that were filed two months before bitcoin.org was registered. A Vice article published in May 2013 added more suspects to the list, including Gavin Andresen, the Bitcoin project’s lead developer; Jed McCaleb, co-founder of now-defunct Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox; and famed Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki.
In December 2013, Techcrunch published an interview with researcher Skye Grey who claimed textual analysis of published writings shows a link between Satoshi and bit-gold creator Nick Szabo. And perhaps most famously, in March 2014, Newsweek ran a cover article claiming that Satoshi is actually an individual named Satoshi Nakamoto – a 64-year-old Japanese-American engineer living in California. The list of suspects is long, and all the individuals deny being Satoshi.
Can Satoshi's Identity Be Proven?
It would seem even early collaborators on the project don’t have verifiable proof of Satoshi’s identity. To reveal conclusively who Satoshi Nakamoto is, a definitive link would need to be made between his/her activity with Bitcoin and his/her identity. That could come in the form of linking the party behind the domain registration of bitcoin.org, email and forum accounts used by Satoshi Nakamoto, or ownership of some portion of the earliest mined bitcoins. Even though the bitcoins Satoshi likely possesses are traceable on the blockchain, it seems he/she has yet to cash them out in a way that reveals his/her identity. If Satoshi were to move his/her bitcoins to an exchange today, this might attract attention, but it seems unlikely that a well-funded and successful exchange would betray a customer's privacy.
Receiving Bitcoins As Payment
Bitcoins can be accepted as a means of payment for products sold or services provided. If you have a brick and mortar store, just display a sign saying “Bitcoin Accepted Here” and many of your customers may well take you up on it; the transactions can be handled with the requisite hardware terminal or wallet address through QR codes and touch screen apps. An online business can easily accept bitcoins by just adding this payment option to the others it offers, like credit cards, PayPal, etc. Online payments will require a Bitcoin merchant tool (an external processor like Coinbase or BitPay).
Working For Bitcoins
Those who are self-employed can get paid for a job in bitcoins. There are several websites/job boards which are dedicated to the digital currency:
Work For Bitcoin brings together work seekers and prospective employers through its websiteCoinality features jobs – freelance, part-time and full-time – that offer payment in bitcoins, as well as Dogecoin and LitecoinJobs4Bitcoins, part of reddit.comBitGigs
Bitcoin From Interest Payments
Another interesting way (literally) to earn bitcoins is by lending them out and being repaid in the currency. Lending can take three forms – direct lending to someone you know; through a website which facilitates peer-to-peer transactions, pairing borrowers and lenders; or depositing bitcoins in a virtual bank that offers a certain interest rate for Bitcoin accounts. Some such sites are Bitbond, BitLendingClub, and BTCjam. Obviously, you should do due diligence on any third-party site.
Bitcoins From Gambling
It’s possible to play at casinos that cater to Bitcoin aficionados, with options like online lotteries, jackpots, spread betting, and other games. Of course, the pros and cons and risks that apply to any sort of gambling and betting endeavors are in force here too.
Investing in Bitcoins
There are many Bitcoin supporters who believe that digital currency is the future. Those who endorse it are of the view that it facilitates a much faster, no-fee payment system for transactions across the globe. Although it is not itself any backed by any government or central bank, bitcoin can be exchanged for traditional currencies; in fact, its exchange rate against the dollar attracts potential investors and traders interested in currency plays. Indeed, one of the primary reasons for the growth of digital currencies like Bitcoin is that they can act as an alternative to national fiat money and traditional commodities like gold.
In March 2014, the IRS stated that all virtual currencies, including bitcoins, would be taxed as property rather than currency. Gains or losses from bitcoins held as capital will be realized as capital gains or losses, while bitcoins held as inventory will incur ordinary gains or losses.
Like any other asset, the principle of buying low and selling high applies to bitcoins. The most popular way of amassing the currency is through buying on a Bitcoin exchange, but there are many other ways to earn and own bitcoins. Here are a few options which Bitcoin enthusiasts can explore.
Risks of Bitcoin Investing
Though Bitcoin was not designed as a normal equity investment (no shares have been issued), some speculative investors were drawn to the digital money after it appreciated rapidly in May 2011 and again in November 2013. Thus, many people purchase bitcoin for its investment value rather than as a medium of exchange.
However, their lack of guaranteed value and digital nature means the purchase and use of bitcoins carries several inherent risks. Many investor alerts have been issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and other agencies.
The concept of a virtual currency is still novel and, compared to traditional investments, Bitcoin doesn't have much of a long-term track record or history of credibility to back it. With their increasing use, bitcoins are becoming less experimental every day, of course; still, after eight years, they (like all digital currencies) remain in a development phase, still evolving. "It is pretty much the highest-risk, highest-return investment that you can possibly make,” says Barry Silbert, CEO of Digital Currency Group, which builds and invests in Bitcoin and blockchain companies.
Bitcoin Regulatory Risk
Investing money into Bitcoin in any of its many guises is not for the risk-averse. Bitcoins are a rival to government currency and may be used for black market transactions, money laundering, illegal activities or tax evasion. As a result, governments may seek to regulate, restrict or ban the use and sale of bitcoins, and some already have. Others are coming up with various rules. For example, in 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services finalized regulations that would require companies dealing with the buy, sell, transfer or storage of bitcoins to record the identity of customers, have a compliance officer and maintain capital reserves. The transactions worth $10,000 or more will have to be recorded and reported.
Although more agencies will follow suit, issuing rules and guidelines, the lack of uniform regulations about bitcoins (and other virtual currency) raises questions over their longevity, liquidity, and universality.
Security Risk of Bitcoins
Bitcoin exchanges are entirely digital and, as with any virtual system, are at risk from hackers, malware and operational glitches. If a thief gains access to a Bitcoin owner's computer hard drive and steals his private encryption key, he could transfer the stolen Bitcoins to another account. (Users can prevent this only if bitcoins are stored on a computer which is not connected to the internet, or else by choosing to use a paper wallet – printing out the Bitcoin private keys and addresses, and not keeping them on a computer at all.) Hackers can also target Bitcoin exchanges, gaining access to thousands of accounts and digital wallets where bitcoins are stored. One especially notorious hacking incident took place in 2014, when Mt. Gox, a Bitcoin exchange in Japan, was forced to close down after millions of dollars worth of bitcoins were stolen.
This is particularly problematic once you remember that all Bitcoin transactions are permanent and irreversible. It's like dealing with cash: Any transaction carried out with bitcoins can only be reversed if the person who has received them refunds them. There is no third party or a payment processor, as in the case of a debit or credit card – hence, no source of protection or appeal if there is a problem.
Insurance Risk
Some investments are insured through the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. Normal bank accounts are insured through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) up to a certain amount depending on the jurisdiction. Bitcoin exchanges and Bitcoin accounts are not insured by any type of federal or government program.
Risk of Bitcoin Fraud
While Bitcoin uses private key encryption to verify owners and register transactions, fraudsters and scammers may attempt to sell false bitcoins. For instance, in July 2013, the SEC brought legal action against an operator of a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme.
Market Risk
Like with any investment, Bitcoin values can fluctuate. Indeed, the value of the currency has seen wild swings in price over its short existence. Subject to high volume buying and selling on exchanges, it has a high sensitivity to “news." According to the CFPB, the price of bitcoins fell by 61% in a single day in 2013, while the one-day price drop in 2014 has been as big as 80%.
If fewer people begin to accept Bitcoin as a currency, these digital units may lose value and could become worthless. There is already plenty of competition, and though Bitcoin has a huge lead over the other 100-odd digital currencies that have sprung up, thanks to its brand recognition and venture capital money, a technological break-through in the form of a better virtual coin is always a threat.
Bitcoin's Tax Risk
As bitcoin is ineligible to be included in any tax-advantaged retirement accounts, there are no good, legal options to shield investments from taxation.
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Read it once, go read other crypto stuff, read it again… keep doing this until the whole document makes sense. It’ll take a while, but you’ll get there. This is the original whitepaper introducing and explaining Bitcoin, and there’s really nothing better out there to understand on the subject.
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If you hodl or trade, you`re the biggest problem with the world of cryptocurrencies.

There`s 3 components to a market economy: Spending, Savings & Investments. We only have 2 and those are way off balance.
Spending: Payments. Drives Inclusion & Adoption. Represents the primary bridge to real world assets.
Saving: Store of Value, Essential driver for stability. The ideea that your holdings are safe over time and don`t depreciate.
Investments: Trading, drives value of the economy, corrects inflation.
State of the nation:
IF there`s any chance at adoption, don`t just HODL. Don`t just DayTrade. Spend what you have. Money needs to move.
The moment you start spending a portion of cryptocurrencies, that money moves. The entire supply chain benefits. Miners Mine, Exchangers Exchange, Businesses get paid, Taxes get taxed. The underlying value of your holdings grows as you tell more people how you paid your AliBaba supplier in Bitcoin and didn`t have any trouble with your EU based bank making a fuss over "why you`re sending money to Asia".
If the only thing you do with Crypto is to buy it, hold it or trade it, it has no impact on real life. It`s not inviting more people to use it. Demand doesn`t grow. the value chain remains closed and non-inclusive. And it`s against the basic principles of Blockchain. You, the person who only has 10 USD in Dogecoin or the Hodler who has 8 bitcoins since Satoshi was in diapers, you`re responsible for the value of your assets and growth of your community. If you don`t SPEND it, people around you have NO reason to adopt. And if they do adopt, they do it for the wrong reasons and simply add to the volatility.
Introduction:
I`ve been in this space since 2009, reading all I could get my hands on. Coming from a poorly banked background and still having frustrations due to the inability of making online purchases at the time, just coming out of a recession, Bitcoin`s vision struck a nerve with me. I`ve been an avid believer in blockchain ever since and at no point did I buy crypto to store value, hedge my bets, invest, digital gold or any of this. I went in because it was, and still is: the easiest way to send money across the world. Ethereum`s smart contracts bring this simple function to a new level, introducing conditions to be met for the transfer itself. Simple, open, transparent, inclusive. Period.
What we`ve become, as a community:
As a whole, this community went from a group of passionate people who wanted an alternative to banks, government and politics, people who wanted to deal directly with other people, to something weird I can`t describe as a whole, but more as personas. Here`s what I`m seeing:
  1. The "I wanna buy Pizza with Bitcoin" crowd. I`m one of them. We just wanted a simple alternative, we were okay with volatility because we always knew the more people use it, more stable it gets as an alternative currency. Conspiracy theorists, tech geeks, scientists, curious people fascinated by the endless possibilities of a global, open banking system, built by the people, for the people. Joined from the first 3-4 years of Bitcoin, many still join it.
  2. The Hodlers: Also coined as the true "Believers". They`re responsible for the initial traction, and would rather liquidate their house than to "sell off" their Bitcoins. They see Bitcoin and other currencies as a "store of value" and see not much difference between buying/storing Gold and Crypto. Joined after the first group and peacefully co-existed with everybody so far. Most dedicated miners came from this group/generation of adopters.
  3. The Traders: People coming from the finance world. They either did Hedgefunds, Forex, VC. Smart opportunists that saw the first 2 groups, saw the potential value of the system as something to be gained from (nothing wrong with this) and heavily capitalize on it. These were the first guys to look at crypto as financial instruments and started fighting the compliance game. This is also where market manipulation started.
  4. The "Tokenize the world" generation. Driven by technology on one side, by the ICO madness on the other side, this opportunistic group wanted to create a token (and respective ICOs) for everything they could think of. Huge similarities between how everything needed a website in the 2000`s, everything needed an app in 2010, everything needed a coin/token started around 2016. Dogecoin is the perfect example of a joke that got way out of proportion, while the original ideea was to make fun of this particular group. Oh well, this group still garners a lot of traction/interest. This group is why we have 3000 shitcoins and who knows how many that never saw the light of day.
  5. The Consultants, Gurus, Ninjas. The "know it all`s". They`re all about the TREND, not about the substance. In the 90`s we had the "internet consultants" who were selling strategies for people to get online. Later the same people were selling strategies to get website traffic. Later, it was about the apps or about the cloud. Right now, it`s about blockchain, token economics, go to market, liquidity, or investing. Some are super smart, most are useless. The only thing that really bothers me is that consultants take no ownership in the success or failure of what they`re selling. As long as you cover their fees, they don`t care if their advice works or not and usually blame you for failing. These are the "market makers" of today, the youtube/facebook/twitteinstagram investment gurus who look at charts for 4 hours and make predictions without really having any skin in the game. Here`s what I never got my head around, if you know how to make a market for a coin, or really know how to invest in crypto.... WHY would you charge me 20k when you can make millions for yourself in less time than that? I guess it holds true: those that can, DO, those that can`t, Teach.
This brings us to the state of the market today.
Proposed solution:
Don`t wait for your government to regulate, don`t wait for banks or institutional investors to kick in, don`t wait for the media frenzy. Just do your part: spend, save and invest your crypto just as you would your USD/Euro/Yen/etc. If you`re a freelancer, accept crypto payments. if you run a business, accept crypto payments. If you have crypto, make crypto payments. This is the main reason we have crypto today and it`s exactly what we don`t use it for. Go back to basics and let`s see how influenced by "market volatility" or "market manipulation" or "media bias" the price will get.
Disclosure: Yes, trying to solve the adoption issue has led me to build a platform for e-commerce that also solves crypto-to-fiat payments for more than 2000 tokens. We walk the walk, not talk the talk.
I`d love to hear if you guys agree or disagree, and most importantly, Why?
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P.S. I love you
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Cryptocurrencies and the circle of competence

A quick note to investors that believe the intrinsic value of bitcoin is 0 because they can't do a DCF on it: this isn't the place to argue with me about it. I suggest you read a bit more about what it actually is (hint: not a currency). I've defended its value in plenty of other posts on this sub. It's a $40+ billion market, so at least a few people agree with me. I welcome you to short the crypto of your choice if you think it's worth nothing. This is a post for folks that believe that cryptocurrencies have at least some discernible value and are considering investing in them.
If we have a strength, it is in recognizing when we are operating well within our circle of competence and when we are approaching the perimeter. – Warren Buffett
Given the tripling of the cryptocurrency market cap in the last few months and the 3- to 10-fold increases in virtually every major altcoin, cryptocurrencies like Ethereum and of course Bitcoin have been getting a stunning amount of attention in the press and on this subreddit recently.
If you follow the cryptocurrency world closely, you know that there have been a huge amount of dubious ICOs (initial coin offerings) on the market recently. It's an explosive time in crypto.
It's also a frustrating time for many long term bitcoiners and crypto fans, because we're faced with a barrage of questions from outsiders who see the returns and want to buy in to the "next big thing" and make a quick buck. This is a warning to those people.
Everyone is a genius is a rising market. It's hard to go wrong these days in crypto. Even coins of dubious merit like Ripple, Dogecoin, Stellar, NEM were pumped 5 times without any fundamental change. Speculators/investors have thrown money at crypto indiscriminately and efficient markets have 100% broken down. The altcoin pump right now is roughly comparable to the Dot Com crisis of the early 2000s.
  1. New tech promises to change the world
  2. Investors jump in on hype and promises
  3. A surge of IPOs (ICOs) occurs to capitalize on this
  4. "Greater fool" traders pile in, thinking they can make money even if the underlying is unsound
  5. Analysts claim "this time is different" while seasoned old hands refuse to participate
  6. Tech is proven not to be as developed as everyone thinks, market tanks
  7. Select few decent companies survive, all the trash is destroyed
  8. Tech eventually fulfills expectations, 10 years later, but none of the investors from the early days make money on it
However, canny (and skeptical) investors can still make money on crypto, as cryptocurrencies are inevitable, and will continue to expand and proliferate, even when the altcoin crash comes.
Something to realize first of all is that the crypto market is heterogeneous. It has straightforward cryptocurrencies (bitcoin, litecoin, dash, monero), smart-contract cryptos (ethereum, ethereum classic) and a whole bunch of crypto tokens that follow dedicated platforms (golem, augur, steem). Not mentioned are ripple and stellar because they aren't really cryptocurrencies at all.
The investing theses for all of these categories is radically different. The measure of success for a currency or store of value is adoption, merchant use, low volatility, a large network, and real world acceptance as something worth owning. Bitcoin has this right now, which is why it's more than 50% of the ecosystem, and none of its competitors are even close. Monero, Zcash, and Dash are a special case in that they try and make transactions anonymous and privacy, allowing for use cases on the darknet markets, for instance.
The tech underlying bitcoin is essentially sound, although it is having a scalability crisis, which you should read about. It can't right now serve as a currency which will buy you a cup of coffee - the transaction fees are too high. However if you want to send $200,000 from Mexico to Indonesia or China to the Philippines, you can do it within 20 minutes, and with fees of a few dollars. And if you want to store your wealth in a vault that is totally secure, and cannot be debased by a central bank, bitcoin is a good bet. This is highly relevant to folks in India that just had cash abolished, to Venezuelans, to Argentines, to Cypriots, to Nigerians, anywhere local currencies are weak and volatile. The potential value of a competing cryptocurrency lies in whether it can improve materially on bitcoin, whether it means incorporating off-chain scaling (segwit with litecoin), making it more private and fungible (monero), automating governance (decred), and so on.
Then there are cryptoassets that incorporate smart contracts. These – ethereum and its derivatives – exploded when the SEC denied the Bitcoin ETF back in march and bitcoiners got worried and started diversifying. This is the market segment that is highly risky, even by crypto standards, in my opinion. Ethereum is a protocol that allows contracts to self-enforce. Programming power to run the contracts is paid for with ethereum. Two parties agree to a contract, and it then self-executes. It's secured by a decentralized computing network of ethereum miners, so the contracts cannot be shut down by a government or corporation. It's pretty clever. Last year, a $150+ million contract was drawn up with ethereum, which would act like a venture capital fund, picking good investments just based on the votes of the token holders. This was called a Decentralized Autonomous Organization, and it was hacked before it could do anything. Well, it was exploited based on the code and so the exploit was totally "fair" given that the contract was meant to be inevitable, once agreed to. However, the creators of Ethereum didn't like the idea of losing $50 million, so they decided to collectively agree to amend the rules of the protocol itself (violating "Code is Law"), and jump onto a new one, which they would also call Ethereum, although it was really Ethereum 2.0. Some people got upset by this, because they thought that immutability and not arbitrarily rolling back the code was more important than some investors losing money because of poorly written code. They created Ethereum Classic, which is the original Ethereum chain. This wasn't what the Ethereum 2.0 folks thought would happen, but it did happen, so there are two competing Ethereum chains now.
Eventually, lots of decentralized apps were funded, via tokensales. A development team would say: "we're going to use ethereum to create a decentralized cloud computing/AI/prediction/gambling/timestamping/social media network." And then investors would buy the tokens, expecting that eventually the dev team would deliver, and the tokens would be in demand, since they would be required to use the network. It's a bit like buying in-game-currency when the game is announced, anticipating that the game would be wildly popular and you'd be able to sell it on later at a profit or acquire it cheaply to buy in-game items later on. However, many of us think that the promises are a bit extravagant, and that investors in these ICOs are probably going to lose money. The incentives aren't well aligned. Founders can just not deliver and run off with the money, and there's no regulatory body to enforce that. And for Ethereum more broadly, many people are worried that the turing-completeness of the language will mean it will face serious threats and unforeseeable hacks, like with the DAO. Finally, Ethereum has increased from around $20 to $90 in a matter of months, which raises the question of whether a) the market realized its true value or b) it was pumped on speculation. There's a huge set of unknowns with a smart contract currency, and virtually none of the promised dapps are up and running right now, and the ones that are haven't really attracted large userbases or delivered. This is because the tech is in its infancy, and the developers are still learning how to use it properly. So we won't know if these sorts of decentralized networks are even possible to create on the timelines that investors are expecting. Therefore, ethereum investors buying it on the promise of the realization of this tech in the near future are almost guaranteed to be disappointed. Additionally, ethereum is making the switch to the largely untested Proof of Stake algorithm, which will change incentives that secure the network. This brings me to my key point:
Stay within your circle of competence. You can grow your circle – slowly. Cryptoassets are almost impossibly complex to grasp with just a cursory look. Investing in them requires weeks of reading and a very skeptical view.
The above was an introduction to cryptocurrencies, the different ones on offer, and why investing in ethereum is not the slam dunk everyone thinks it is. This portion of the post will tell you about the kind of due diligence you need to do if you want to invest, rather than speculate, in crypto.
The first thing to mention is that passive investing in crypto has historically been a terrible strategy. Just buying bitcoin almost always outperformed. This was due to the poor set of altcoins, and the size of bitcoin's almost insurmountable network effect. This sort of changed in March and April when bitcoin's dominance went from 80% to ~50%, and it remains to be seen if this will persist or not. But the point is, buying the index is usually an awful strategy in crypto, particularly because there are so many truly awful projects out there.
So what does it take to invest responsibly in cryptocurrencies? It requires at least a basic understanding of three disciplines: public-private key cryptography; programming, and how open-source projects function; and economics, particularly game theory and the quantity theory of money. This is why is is so difficult to apprehend easily: because very few people actually boast a sincere understanding of these three topics. I certainly don't.
You need to be able to determine whether the tech is actually going anywhere, and whether the task the developers have set themselves is possible or realistic. You need to know how open source networks are governed, and which models strike the best balance between efficiency of decision-making and fair consensus. You need to be able to measure the inflation schedule of the cryptocurrency, and see whether your coins are going to inflated away. You need to be able to make plausible guesses about the potential market for the crypto and estimate future values. Note that the payoff structure is not equity-like. It's more like early stage venture capital, or buying loss-making biotech companies. Here's my checklist of questions to answer, ordered by importance:
  • Does the project offer a significant improvement over its nearest competitor, or a reasonable chance of success in its stated aim? Is there a demand for this project? Does it have a concise and reasonable goal? (Narrower goal: higher likelihood of success).
  • Is the development team competent? Are they committed to the coin? What's their track record? Is is an active dev team? Do they have a roadmap for the future? Are they transparent about goals?
  • How is the development team funded? Is the currency corporate-backed? Is the funding transparent? Was the coin significantly premined? (Usually bad) Are developers paid via iterative community project crowdfunding? (Usually good).
  • What is the governance structure of the currency? Who holds ultimate control over decisionmaking? How are decisions made? Are they transparent? Are mining/developer incentives aligned?
  • Does the asset have acceptance and use today? Does it have a functioning use case? If it doesn't, does it have a decent chance of being accepted?
  • Has the asset's "market cap" tripled or quintupled in the last few months? Was this based on any fundamental changes (new software releases, etc) or just speculation?
  • What are the transaction volumes like? (Hint: divide market cap by monthly averaged daily on-chain tx volume to find a consistent ratio) What's the ratio of on-chain transaction versus exchange speculation? Has price gone up independent of transaction volumes?
  • How long has the asset been around? Think of the Lindy effect. Older is usually better.
  • What's the community like? Is there censorship? Does it have an active subreddit? Do the developers answer questions? Are they accessible? How big is the github community? (Hint: you can divide market cap by github commits to find a comparable ratio).
  • Are you psychologically able to hold this coin in a 90% downturn? Is this a high conviction thesis or are you betting on being able to sell it to a greater fool?
How long did it take you to learn about investing in equities? Reading balance sheets, running DCF and DRI models, figuring out how to value a stock based on comparables? Years? How many mistakes did you make before you figured out how to be responsible?
Cryptos are an asset class that is both radically different from anything that has existed before. They are also incredibly heterogeneous, as I argued above. It also leads to cultism – so bitcoiners generally take a dim view of ethereum, and vice versa. Monero fans generally don't like dash, and so on. You have to keep your mind open to understand new opportunities as they arise, and to stop yourself becoming too mentally invested in your project of choice. The vast majority of projects will fail within 5 years, so becoming overly certain of the success of one will probably devastate you. If you can stay balanced, stay honest about your crypto's chances of success and adoption, not get tunnel vision, and not take overly risky positions, you have a good chance of not losing everything. Remember the payoff structure. Heavily rightward skewed. A ton of cryptos earn no return and a select few earn an absurd (1,000-10,000x) return.
None of this is necessary if you just want to invest randomly in one of the top ten cryptos. That's the strategy of 95% of investors today. Pick a coin and go. If it's not bitcoin, I can pretty much guarantee you'll lose money. The newer, the worse.
I've not made an effort to convince you that cryptos have intrinsic value. If you've made it this far, you probably think they're worth something at least. However, they're probably not worth as much as the market is pricing them at right now. Especially not those in the ethereum family. I'm not going to tell you what to invest in, because that would defeat the purpose of this post. I'm telling you to do your due diligence before blindly buying a crypto. And that due diligence on ethereum is as complex and difficult as Tesla or Amazon DD. And that your skills in equity valuation are pretty much useless in this asset class. My circle of competence doesn't extend to options or lean pork futures, so I don't touch those. I suggest that until you really feel comfortable in crypto, you don't buy randomly.
Summative thoughts:
  1. Investing in crypto is hard
  2. 90% of people that invest at market peaks will lose money
  3. You have to extremely skeptical and invest in high-conviction positions
  4. Cryptos are exhibiting bubbly behavior right now, it's a pretty bad time to pick one out
  5. Cryptos are nothing like equities but they do have real value
  6. Cryptos are the future, but almost none of these coins will survive 10 years
  7. The older the better
  8. Governance is key
  9. These are speculative positions, only invest what you can tolerate losing
  10. You can make money investing in cryptos
  11. Passively investing in cryptos doesn't work
  12. It's a winner takes most market, there won't be 1 crypto that wins. There will be different cryptos for different use cases.
edit: deleted chart with probabilities of success because of subjectivity and oversimplification.
edit2: I've been overwhelmed with PMs so bear with me. also, please forgive any spelling errors on this post. I wrote it in one frenzied sitting.
edit3: I knew I would get a fair amount of resistance from ethereum investors (even though I attempted to keep my post as balanced as possible) but I was unprepared from the breathtaking volume of spam and diversity of attacks. One particular user has made 30 comments in this thread. I don't have a stake in ETC, period. The post is 3000 words long and most of it is about how to properly do your due diligence in a crypto. if ethereum fares poorly by standard due diligence metrics, then perhaps your issue is deeper than one post on /investing.
final edit: there have been some broken-hearted ethereum fans very busy organizing brigades against this post, and attacking me personally, and so on. It's all very incovenient. I can tell that I struck a nerve. This post isn't really about ethereum - it's about how to do research in crypto, and why you can't expect to profit handsomely without that due diligence. I mentioned ethereum because there are 3 or 4 breathless posts on here a day about its stunning gains and whether it's worth investing in. My answer: read about it first, from a diverse set of sources. A final note: I do not own any ethereum classic, I have never owned ethereum classic. I brought it up because it is part of the ethereum story, and an example of what happens when you have a contested hard fork. I do hope that ethereum succeeds, I am just cautioning against over exuberance.
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Market Analysis: Bitcoin (BTC) Drops Below Critical $3,900 Level, All Major Cryptocurrencies Down More Than 10%, Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), EOS, Cardano (ADA), IOTA, and Monero (XMR) Down 15 Percent

Market Analysis: Bitcoin (BTC) Drops Below Critical $3,900 Level, All Major Cryptocurrencies Down More Than 10%, Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), EOS, Cardano (ADA), IOTA, and Monero (XMR) Down 15 Percent

https://preview.redd.it/jvwd96r80n921.png?width=690&format=png&auto=webp&s=8081d2134bc187cfb38cc005ae811e0d8cd5756f
https://cryptoiq.co/market-analysis-bitcoin-btc-drops-below-critical-3900-level-all-major-cryptocurrencies-down-more-than-10-ethereum-eth-bitcoin-cash-bch-litecoin-ltc-eos-cardano-ada-iota-and-monero/
Bitcoin (BTC) has dropped $430 (11 percent) to $3,590, placing it well below the critical $3,900 level. $3,900 has been the level to watch since that was the price of Bitcoin when the December futures contract expired on CME and is likely the level where CME Bitcoin futures traders took out their positions for the month.
Bitcoin (BTC) has faced stiff resistance at the $3,900 level multiple times this month but managed to go above it the past few days after a short squeeze, which was likely caused by Bitfinex temporarily closing down for server migration. Now, however, Bitcoin (BTC) is back below this key level.
This suggests that CME Bitcoin futures traders largely went short for January. A past Crypto.IQ article details how CME Bitcoin futures expiration dates have a strong connection to Bitcoin’s price behavior.

Image courtesy Bitcoinwisdom.com. Top is Bitcoin price in USD on Bitstamp, bottom is volume in Bitcoins. White line is $3,900 level.
Although this is the biggest Bitcoin (BTC) price plunge yet of 2019, several other major cryptocurrencies are doing worse and are down more than 15 percent including Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), Cardano (ADA), IOTA, EOS, and Monero (XMR).
This breaks a month-long rally for Ethereum (ETH), Tron (TRX), and Litecoin (LTC), which saw gains of 90 percent, 165 percent, and 75 percent respectively before today’s price drop. Ethereum (ETH) had been rallying on speculation regarding the Constantinople hard fork, coming less than a week from now, since the fork will lower the Ethereum inflation rate by slashing block rewards from three ETH to two ETH. There will also be several new features implemented such as better developer tools and lower transaction fees.
The slashing of block rewards and the decision to implement ProgPoW which makes ASICs far less efficient may cause a battle between Ethereum miners and developers. Crypto.IQ speculated that the Ethereum (ETH) Constantinople fork could result in similar tension to the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) fork in November 2018.
If this prediction is accurate, a crash in Ethereum’s (ETH) price may ensue. Perhaps the amplified Ethereum (ETH) price drop overnight is due to uncertainty about what will happen when the Constantinople fork launches in less than a week.
Notably, Ripple (XRP) has now taken the number two spot on CoinMarketCap since Ripple (XRP) is “only” down 10 percent today while Ethereum (ETH) is down 15 percent.
Dogecoin (DOGE) has shown resilience today and is only down seven percent. It has been observed that Dogecoin (DOGE) is less severely impacted by broad price drops in the crypto-space. This is possibly due to Dogecoin (DOGE) having a strong community and simultaneously not being a common choice for speculators.
Many more cryptocurrencies than those mentioned in this analysis are down 10 percent or more, and $15.5 billion (11.2 percent) was slashed from the total crypto market cap overnight. Currently, the total crypto market cap is $123 billion, which is still well above the bear market low of $100 billion that we saw during mid-December 2018 when Bitcoin (BTC) hit $3,120 on Bitstamp.
It is too soon to say a bottom is in for the crypto market, and if short sellers on CME really are in control this month, as data suggests, then it is possible Bitcoin (BTC) will decline further this month. A re-testing of bear market lows near $3,100 is not out of the question.
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Market Analysis: Bitcoin (BTC) Encounters Strong Resistance at $3,700 Level During Rally, Crashes To $3,500. All Major Cryptocurrencies in the Red

Market Analysis: Bitcoin (BTC) Encounters Strong Resistance at $3,700 Level During Rally, Crashes To $3,500. All Major Cryptocurrencies in the Red

https://preview.redd.it/sd2ka44qknb21.png?width=690&format=png&auto=webp&s=db41a15d099a312c3ebe8c584809a92b30dc9553
https://cryptoiq.co/market-analysis-bitcoin-btc-encounters-strong-resistance-at-3700-level-during-rally-crashes-to-3500-all-major-cryptocurrencies-in-the-red/
Over the last 48 hours, the crypto markets have returned to a state of turbulence after several days of stable conditions.
The price of Bitcoin (BTC) rapidly rallied from $3,630 to $3,775 on Jan. 19. The entire rally lasted less than 30 minutes, suggesting it was fueled by automated trading bots responding to a short squeeze.
The price of Bitcoin (BTC) then stabilized towards the $3,700 level, which has been a dominant resistance level since Jan. 10. Today, Bitcoin (BTC) crashed from $3,700 to $3,470 and has since then recovered to $3,530. Overall, Bitcoin (BTC) is down four percent in the past 24 hours.
It is apparent that $3,500 is the support level to watch and $3,700 is the key resistance level, and these levels have been dominant for 10 days. It is possible that today’s crash is related to the CME Bitcoin futures contract expiration on Jan. 25.
It is generally observed that Bitcoin’s (BTC) price declines in the days leading up to a CME futures contract expiration. This is due to a practice called banging the close, where futures traders manipulate an asset to crash right before expiration in order to increase short-selling profits.
Certainly, January has been dominated by short sellers, with short positions likely taken out at the $3,900 level just after the December futures contract expired.
All other major cryptocurrencies are down today. Ripple (XRP) is down 3.3 percent; Ethereum (ETH) is down 4.2 percent; Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is down 5.5 percent; Bitcoin SV (BSV) is down 2.8 percent; EOS is down 4.7 percent; Stellar (XLM) is down 3.3 percent; Litecoin (LTC) is down five percent; Tron (TRX) is down 1.8 percent; IOTA is down 4.8 percent; Monero (XMR) is down 4.2 percent; Dash is down 5.9 percent; and Dogecoin (DOGE) is down 1.7 percent.
Dogecoin (DOGE) continues to show robustness in the face of broad crypto space declines with much less of a loss than other major cryptocurrencies today.
Ethereum (ETH) will likely continue to face turbulence in the coming weeks due to the Constantinople hard fork scheduled for late February. The fork is perhaps more unpopular than ever due to the fork being delayed as well as an accidental chain split.
The total cryptocurrency market cap has decreased to $120 billion, still 20 percent above bear market lows set in mid-December. Bitcoin (BTC) and the rest of the crypto market are only one crash away from retesting bear market lows, and a crash is quite possible considering the weakness in the Ethereum (ETH) market and the coming CME Bitcoin futures contract expiration on Jan. 25.
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Start Here for Much Wallet WOW!

EDIT 2017-02-10: A word about Nodes

There is a discussion about nodes that came up today, where it seems I'm discouraging people from running the full QT/Core client. Yes and No. What I'm trying to make sure people understand is how things work, and that it is NOT mandatory to run a client in order to use Dogecoins (and yes, I realise that browser-based tools like coinb.in and wallet sweepers are 'clients' by strict definition).
That said, more nodes is absolutely a good thing for the network. Preferrably full nodes. How do you run a full node? Just run Core/QT and open up Port 22556 on your router so it can connect to more than 8 peers. What will it cost you? You need your machine to be on 24/7/365, you need enough storage for the full blockchain (currently about 20Gb. Bitcoin is over 120Gb) and enough bandwidth to keep it in sync and share blocks with peers. A couple of Gb a month, most likely. This is best done with a desktop on a wired broadband link. Or maybe a hosted VM in the cloud. :)

EDIT 2017-01-09: Wallets WITHOUT Clients

Since I started helping people on /BitcoinBeginners, I'm getting a lot of questions about how to use wallets without running clients or trusting third parties. So here are a couple of resources that will make that possible, and not just for Dogecoin:
Multi-Coin Wallet Generator Now supporting 129 currencies! Coinb.in Start by setting the currency, found in the gear wheel in the Broadcast tab. Dogecoin Wallet Sweeper Redeem 'paper' wallets containing up to about 100 UTXOs. Bitinfo Charts My favourite block explorer, handles a bunch of cryptos.
Using these resources, it is possible to hold, receive and spend coins in various currencies, without having to run QT or a 'lite' client. You can also download and run the pages on your own device.

EDIT 2016-11-23: SEMANTICS about MINING! :P

Even though there is already a section on mining below, it has been suggested given the huge number of posts on the subject that this needs to be made clearer. Since people get their panties in a twist over the word 'dead', lets change that...

MINING IS DEAD!

MINING DOGECOIN IS UNPROFITABLE!

Put simply, there is no way to mine Dogecoin and make a profit because of the massive hashpower provided by industrial-scale Litecoin miners. Mining Doge directly stopped being viable when our hashrate exploded with the introduction of AuxPoW. Mining with CPU's and GPU's died when ASICs were introduced. And mining with a laptop WILL kill your laptop and cost you a fortune to repair or replace. Mining Litecoin with an exchange that also mines Doge and others will earn less than the electricity consumed, and you won't recover your costs. Probably ever, but certainly not in any reasonable time.
Mining other currencies may be a thing, but that's beyond our scope here. This is /Dogecoin, not /GetRichMiningCryptos after all. If you want to mine the newest scamcoin for fun and profit, look elsewhere for advice. :/
Oh, and most important:

READ BEFORE YOU POST!

At any given time, there are half a dozen posts on the frontpage just like the one you're about to write, where the answers have already been given. Read them. Don't make people waste their time repeating themselves because you were too lazy to bother reading stuff. :P
So there I was, having a quiet Sundy arvo bludge, as you do, when 42points turned up on Facebook and asked me to write a new sticky post for /dogecoin. Why would he do this, when he should be having a bludge himself, I hear you ask? Well, seems he was doing exactly that, and wanted to fob off the work he’s too slack to do himself. ;) Ah well, being a sucker for punishment, I’ll grudgingly oblige I guess.
OK, first things first.

The Clients:

Dogecoin Core 1.10.0 2015-Nov-01
Bootstrap file for Core to save some download time.
Dogecoin Core Guide Wiki
MultiDoge v0.1.7 2016-Jan-31
Android Dogecoin Wallet 2.0.8 2016-Jan-18
Android Coinomi Wallet
Java Cate 0.14 alpha 2 Multicoin wallet 2016-Feb-14
Exodus multicoin wallet
iOS Doughwallet

Do you REALLY need a client?

Wallet ELI5
UTXO ELI5
Paper Wallet Generator
Sample HTML Wallet List
Dogetipbot subreddit and website
Dogechain Wallet
Block.io Wallet
Exchanges
BTC38
Poloniex
CoinSpot
ShapeShift - Not really an exchange, rather a currency trader.

Mining

Litecoinpool
Prohashing
Zpool

Explorers

BitInfoCharts - My favourite, has charts!
chain.so
dogechain.info
/dogecoindev where the devs hang out

More Info

Dogeducation
Technical Wiki
Preev currency value calculator

EDITS:

From peoplma
I was wondering if you could add just a couple things. A link to the coinomi android wallet, it's probably the best one out there. And a sentence somewhere along the lines of "if you need help with any dogecoin software you are welcome to make a post, but PLEASE include your OS, version number of the client, and any relevant transaction IDs that you are willing to share" if you can fit that in somewhere.
Also, if you want to link to Prohashing, I'm pretty sure it's the only Scrypt mining pool that will actually pay out in doge. The others I know of pay out in litecoin or bitcoin. And it's a profit switching multipool, so gives a better return than just mining ltc/doge.
And there's these two wiki articles I thought would be helpful to link /dogecoin/wiki/technical for those technically minded newbies or intermediate users who want to dig a little deeper. And maybe a link to /dogecoin/wiki/dogecoincoreguide next to the link for dogecoin core.
From pts2002
Finally a proper sticky post! Here's some other stuff you could add:
zpool.ca mining pool - You can get paid in pretty much any coin, and you can mine in multiple algos (currently mining lyra2v2 with my GPU). Doing about 500Ð/day
shapeshift.io exchange - My favourite exchange, quick and easy. No registration required!
Also, you should add some blockchain explorers!
chain.so - Support for bitcoin, litecoin and doge.
dogechain.info - Official blockchain explorer. Includes a wallet (already mentioned). Live update currently not working (?)
EDIT: Here's another thing I found!
preev.com currency value calculator - Easy way to check the value of your dogecoins (or bitcoins, or litecoins, or peercoins)!
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So, Dogecoin charts are pretty weird, and they hold a lot of potential!

You might have guessed by now that I'm not some early adopter. After using Bitcoin for online purchases the last 3 years, I decided trading in March at last. I decided to read and study for 2 months before going deeper into this emotional roller coaster. I have used Binance until now, and considering Dogecoin is not available there I never got interested about it or ever traded it.
Every now and then on TradingView, I'd click on DOGE/USD and see that weird chart. Today I decided to understand why it makes this kind of movement. After visiting Bittrex and checking the order book I understood that Dogecoin moves predominantly on the last two digits of Bitcoin (e.g. 0.00000038). Hence, on the hourly chart, we see Dogecoin going from 39 to 40 sats, 40 to 39, 39 to 38, 38 to 40 and so on.
And I realized, when the market is moving sideways, and there is no big spike up or down, we can make 2.5% profit every time Doge moves one digit up and down. (At this price point)
Let's say I transfer $100 worth of BTC on Bittrex or Poloniex and start doing such trades every few minutes, half an hour, an hour. I will end up with 102.5, and then 105, and then 107.6, and then 110.3
Then why doesn't everybody just rush into Doge when the markets are asleep? Am I missing anything here?
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Dogecoin value independent of Bitcoin

I was looking at this chart and found it interesting:
https://i.imgur.com/SKO67Kt.png
It looks like, historically, Dogecoin's price has been pretty closely tied to its value relative to Bitcoin. Today, however, we're seeing a massive increase in Dogecoin value in USD (approaching all-time high from May) whereas the value relative to BTC remains low. This seems to be the first time this has happened in Dogecoin's history.
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[Info] Clearing up missinformation about our inflation rate

I keep seeing posts saying that we have a crazy inflation rate of 5% annually, that Bitcoin/Litecoin have no inflation rate, that inflation rate kills currencys and all this information. I need to straighten some information out.
WE DO NOT HAVE A 5% ANNUAL INFLATION RATE:
We have a 5 billion coin inflation rate, and that happens to be 5% for the first year once we hit 100 billion. After a year, that 5% will not be 5%. It will be 5/105=4.7%. In the year 2019 we will be at 4%. The reason is because our 5 billion is a constant. It is NOT a compounding 5% like most fiat currencys have. This is NOT the same as compound interest where it will sky rocket out of control. This is a set amount. A constant. Remember that.
BITCOIN AND LITECOIN HAVE A HIGHER INFLATION RATE THAN 5% FOR THE FOLLOWING YEARS TO COME:
I am in search of the chart showing it, but there was a chart talking about the inflation of Bitcoin/Litecoin/Dogeocin. Basically, Bitcoin will have a higher then 30% inflation rate annually next year. That means that, while we are at 5% that year, Bitcoin will be MORE inflationary then Dogecoin. More supply entering the economy.
Likewise, Litecoin will not reach the halvings needed to be down to 5% inflation until the year 2019. But wait? Dogecoin wont even be at 5% in that year. We will be at 4%, meaning even after 5 years we will still have a lower inflation rate then Litecoin.
Deflationary currencys only become deflationary once they are mined out. Until then, those currencys are and will stay inflationary.
INFLATION DOES NOT KILL A CURRENCY:
People keep saying that inflation makes a currency useless. I keep seeing posts in /new claiming that having a inflationary currency encourages hoarding or people just selling since it is a useless investment. Not only will the other currencys be MORE inflationary then us come that 600,000th block(the 100 billion 'cap' that got 'changed'), but inflation actually does the opposite.
The point of inflation is it makes you THINK you money will be worth less tomorrow then today, so because of that fact it is better to spend your money today to buy that good instead of tomorrow. This makes hoarding a bad idea and essentially encourages trading/buying/selling. That, in turn, strengthens the economy and raises the value of our currency due to having a stronger economy. That is the whole point of inflation - to strengthen a economy by encouraging people to use the money now instead of hoarding it. If our growth exceed 5% annually( or 4.5% ofrwhatever it is for that year), then we just beat the inflation. Why did our growth go up? Because people were not hoarding DUE TO THE INFLATION. As long as we continue to grow our economy, which inflation will help, we will raise in value and beat that inflation.
A lot of people keep acting like we have 5% compound inflation instead of constant and seem to think no new Bitcoins/Litecoins are entering the economy and thus giving them inflation for the new few years. I just hope this clears up some information.
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Wafflepool and Multipool together control over 50% of the global hashrate. Shibes, this is a serious problem.

tl;dr: MFW I see a threat to Dogecoin: http://i.imgur.com/vtF2yU6.gif
As of this writing, Wafflepool (with 37.66% of the network hashrate) and Multipool (with 18.74% of the network hashrate), control 56.34% of the network hash rate.
Source: https://pools.rapidhash.net/
This is a problem
Are these pools likely to collude to 51% our beloved coin? Not likely at all.
Does every human person with access to two computers on the Internet practice perfect security when it comes to authentication and server hardening? Not likely at all.
The 51% attack is now quite possible if someone compromises just two computers: the controllers at the top of these two pool hierarchies.
+GoodShibe talked about decentralizing hashrate last week in Of Wolves and Weasels. In response, I put up a quick and admittedly quite imperfect project to help explain and combat centralization by promoting ubiquitous CPU mining on existing, unused hardware.
Dogecoin needs to be peer-to-peer, for real, to survive
The 51% Attack is not theoretical -- read up on the attack last June against Feathercoin. They were unprepared for this and I believe as a result of this event, Feathercoin is now all but dead. Today, the attacker(s) is/are still unknown and presumably at large.
I don't know how to solve this. I know there are many, many smart cryptocoin experts on this subreddit. Cheer me up so I can go back to goofing off with this play-pretend-but-really-real-mostly cryptocurrency project.
Thanks!
edit: first 26 minutes of this post, 3 uprockets, 3 downdigs. funky i guess i have to gun for the controversial tab instead of the hot tab.
edit1: first 21 hours of this post, tons of uprockets and tips. Thanks everyone! I learned a lot about hashrate and malicious intent, and I hope others did, too! And here I thought the 0 score was going to doom this post. For more like this, visit /panicdoge!
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Market Analysis: Crypto Market Down Slightly Following VanEck SolidX Bitcoin ETF Cancellation; Jan. 25 CME Futures Expiration Likely Suppressing Bitcoin’s Price

https://cryptoiq.co/market-analysis-crypto-market-down-slightly-following-vaneck-solidx-bitcoin-etf-cancellation-jan-25-cme-futures-expiration-likely-suppressing-bitcoins-price/
Bitcoin (BTC) attempted a rally this morning from $3,580 to $3,620, but downward pressure kicked in, and Bitcoin declined back to $3,580. In the afternoon, news broke that the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin exchange traded fund (ETF) had been withdrawn, meaning there will be no Bitcoin ETF for the foreseeable future. This announcement coincided with a downward movement to $3,520, but now Bitcoin has recovered to $3,550 as of this writing.
Overall, Bitcoin is down one percent on the day, and several major cryptocurrencies have followed Bitcoin downwards. Ripple (XRP) is down 1.3 percent, Ethereum (ETH) is down 1.6 percent, EOS is down 1.4 percent, Stellar (XLM) is down 2.2 percent, Bitcoin SV (BSV) is down 0.6 percent, IOTA is down 3.5 percent, Monero (XMR) is down 2.4 percent, Dash is down 1.6 percent, and Dogecoin (DOGE) is down 0.8 percent.
Not all major cryptocurrencies are down today ho, ever. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is up 2.2 percent, Litecoin (LTC) is up 0.3 percent, and Tron (TRX) is up 0.9 percent. The bears have won the day though, and the total crypto market cap has declined from $121 billion to $119.5 billion. Most of this market cap decline happened following the news that the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin ETF had been withdrawn.
The fact that the $3,500 Bitcoin support level is holding strong despite this negative ETF news may be a bullish indicator. The $3,500 level has been in place since Dec. 19 and may be a sign that a bottom is forming. Further, the CME and CBoE Bitcoin futures markets are experiencing backwardation, meaning people are paying more to get Bitcoin now rather than later, which can be a bullish sign. Also, the Wyckoff chart suggests a bottom will be happening right around the beginning of February.
One major factor that may be suppressing a Bitcoin and crypto rally is the CME Bitcoin futures expiration on Jan. 25. It is clear that futures traders took out short positions at $3,900 at the beginning of the month, and it will be hard for Bitcoin to rally until the expiration is done, since usually Bitcoin declines into the expiration on months where traders went short.
The fact that $3,500 is holding strong right before the CME expiration is a positive sign since it may mean that short selling cannot push the market lower. This would mean that, in February, CME Bitcoin futures traders — and other futures traders — could go long which could spark a rally. It will take up to a week after the Jan. 25 expiration to know for sure which way futures traders are betting, however.
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Daily Market Analysis: Mini Bitcoin (BTC) Rally Stomped Out; Litecoin (LTC) and Tron (TRX) Rally

Daily Market Analysis: Mini Bitcoin (BTC) Rally Stomped Out; Litecoin (LTC) and Tron (TRX) Rally

https://preview.redd.it/gohftiv3bb921.png?width=690&format=png&auto=webp&s=cc49be4e296ca272c29e6fd58b7dac6122ce8edf
https://cryptoiq.co/daily-market-analysis-mini-bitcoin-btc-rally-stomped-out-litecoin-ltc-and-tron-trx-rally/
Things got a tad exciting today during the morning hours, Eastern time, with the price of Bitcoin (BTC) steadily surging from $3,975 to $4,112 on Bitstamp, which is the highest Bitcoin price of 2019 so far.
It seemed like perhaps Bitcoin was finally leaving that key resistance level of $3,900 in the dust, but the mild euphoria did not last for long. Bitcoin came back down to Earth, and is oscillating close to the $4,000 level as of this writing at 6 p.m. EST.
It looks like Bitcoin cannot escape the gravity of the $3,900 level, which is possibly the level where Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) Bitcoin futures traders placed their short bets.
That’s because $3,900 was the price of Bitcoin after the December 2018 contract expired. Certainly the $3,900 level is a key point of interest this month. If Bitcoin crosses back below $3,900 a more significant drop could follow. If Bitcoin persists above $3,900 and rallies beyond $4,000, then perhaps this month could be a rally after all.
The total cryptocurrency market cap surged from $134.5 billion to $138.5 billion during today’s mini rally and currently sits near $136 billion. Therefore, today is a slight up day for the crypto market. Litecoin (LTC) and Tron (TRX) lead the way with 4 percent and 12 percent increases, respectively. EOS is the only other major cryptocurrency that is up today with a one percent increase.
In the past month, Litecoin has rallied from $23 to $40 (74 percent), and Tron (TRX) has rallied from 1.27 cents to 2.65 cents (109 percent). During the same period of time, Bitcoin (BTC) has rallied from $3,120 to $4,000 (28 percent).
Major cryptocurrencies that have declined today include Ethereum (ETH), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Dogecoin (DOGE), and Ripple (XRP) with losses of less than one percent. Bitcoin SV (BSV), IOTA, and Dash are down two percent.
Ethereum Classic (ETC) declined 10 percent yesterday on the news that a 51 percent attack occurred. Despite more information today revealing that 15 separate attacks happened, and $1.1 million of double spends have occurred, Ethereum Classic (ETC) has been quite stable. The Ethereum Classic (ETC) debacle may be dragging down Ethereum (ETH) slightly as well since the 51 percent attacks have sparked debates in both communities over whether ASIC miners should be banned.
Overall, today was a bit underwhelming and perhaps depressing since the attempt at a Bitcoin (BTC) rally ended up getting squashed. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) going up 1,000 points in the past 4 days is possibly making it harder for Bitcoin (BTC) to rally. If the stock market continues to show signs of strength, stock traders will not use Bitcoin (BTC) as a safe haven asset. The DJIA is 2,000 points above lows set on Christmas Eve, overriding many economic parameters and defying analysis that perhaps suggested a big stock crash was imminent.
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Market Analysis: Major Cryptocurrencies In The Red after Cryptopia Hack and Ethereum (ETH) Constantinople Delay

Market Analysis: Major Cryptocurrencies In The Red after Cryptopia Hack and Ethereum (ETH) Constantinople Delay

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https://cryptoiq.co/market-analysis-major-cryptocurrencies-in-the-red-after-cryptopia-hack-and-ethereum-eth-constantinople-delay/
The crypto space has been plagued by bad news today.
In the early morning, it was revealed that Cryptopia had been hacked and may be shut down long term. There are some allegations that this is an exit scam rather than a hack. Cryptopia had been used as the main exchange for numerous small-cap altcoins, and this hack may be a critical blow to such coins.
The panic from multiple different small-cap cryptocurrencies collapsing due to the loss of Cryptopia has been enough to tinge the entire crypto space with negativity. The total crypto market cap declined from $124 billion to $122.5 billion throughout the day after the Cryptopia news broke, with Bitcoin (BTC) declining from $3,670 to $3,630.
Then things got worse.
Ethereum’s (ETH) dev team delayed the Constantinople hard fork indefinitely due to a critical security bug. This delay comes only a day before the scheduled deployment of the fork. This creates a confusing situation where users who were urged to upgrade to Constantinople must now upgrade again to get rid of Constantinople.
There is fear, uncertainty, and doubt throughout the Ethereum (ETH) community, and the integrity of the fork’s code is being called into question. Already the Constantinople fork was to be tension filled due to the disenfranchisement of miners, and this delay may inflame the situation and make a negative outcome more likely.
After news broke of the critical security bug in Constantinople and the subsequent delay, Ethereum (ETH) quickly dropped from $130 to $120 (8 percent). Bitcoin (BTC) quickly dropped from $3,630 to $3,530 but has since recovered to $3,575. The total cryptocurrency market cap declined another $2 billion to $120.5 billion, down $4 billion (3.2 percent) on the day.
All other major cryptocurrencies are down as well today. Ripple (XRP) is down two percent, Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is down four percent, Bitcoin SV (BSV) is down five percent, EOS is down three percent, Stellar (XLM) is down three percent, Litecoin (LTC) is down four percent, Tron (TRX) is down three percent, Monero (XMR) is down two percent, Dash is down four percent, and Dogecoin (DOGE) is down three percent.
The CBoE Bitcoin futures contract expiration is tomorrow Jan. 16, and although a less significant event than the CME Bitcoin futures contract expiration, it could also be a force behind today’s Bitcoin (BTC) price decline.
The fallout from the Cryptopia hack and Ethereum (ETH) Constantinople fork delay will likely result in additional negative market fallout over the next day. We’ll be watching and reporting.
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Market Analysis: Bitcoin (BTC) Slowly Rising Today; Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR), and Dash (DASH) Rally

Market Analysis: Bitcoin (BTC) Slowly Rising Today; Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR), and Dash (DASH) Rally

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https://cryptoiq.co/market-analysis-bitcoin-btc-slowly-rising-today-litecoin-ltc-monero-xmr-and-dash-dash-rally/
Bitcoin (BTC) has slowly risen from $3,525 just after midnight eastern United States time to $3,575 currently, up 0.9 percent in the past day. Earlier this afternoon Bitcoin (BTC) almost hit $3,600. It appears any moves past $3,600 quickly fizzle out, and the $3,600 resistance level has been in place since Jan. 20.
The support level for Bitcoin (BTC) is $3,500 and has been in place since Dec. 19. Thus, Bitcoin (BTC) has currently stabilized in a narrow trading range between $3,500 and $3,600.
For the most part, other major cryptocurrencies have followed Bitcoin’s (BTC) slow upward trend today. Ripple (XRP) is up 0.9 percent, Ethereum (ETH) is up 0.4 percent, EOS is up 0.9 percent, Stellar (XLM) is up 0.2 percent, Tron (TRX) is up 1.7 percent, IOTA is up 0.3 percent, and Dogecoin (DOGE) is up one percent.
Some cryptocurrencies have rallied more strongly today. Litecoin (LTC) is up three percent, Monero (XMR) is up 3.6 percent, and Dash (DASH) is up 4.2 percent. Overall the total crypto market cap has risen from $119 billion to $120.5 billion through the day.
The only losers on the day are Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Bitcoin SV (BSV) which are down 1.5 percent and 0.8 percent respectively.
The CME Bitcoin futures expiration is tomorrow, and this will perhaps be a fresh start for the crypto market. It is likely that CME Bitcoin futures traders largely took out short positions at $3,900 after the December futures expiration, and this short selling pressure may be inhibiting all of the attempted rallies during January so far.
There is strong support at $3,500 for Bitcoin (BTC). The negative news that the VanEck SolidX Bitcoin ETF had been withdrawn was not able to drop Bitcoin (BTC) below $3,500, despite Bitcoin (BTC) sitting close to that level when the news broke. It would probably be risky for CME futures traders to go short on Bitcoin (BTC) again in February. Therefore, it is possible they will go long, and if that happens, a significant rally would take place in February. However, it will take up to a week after the CME Bitcoin futures expiration tomorrow to ascertain whether CME futures traders have collectively gone short or long for February.
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Market Analysis: All Major Cryptocurrencies Up 4-10 Percent, Tron (TRX) Rallies 15 Percent

Market Analysis: All Major Cryptocurrencies Up 4-10 Percent, Tron (TRX) Rallies 15 Percent

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https://cryptoiq.co/market-analysis-all-major-cryptocurrencies-up-4-10-percent-tron-trx-rallies-15-percent/
The crypto market has been like a rollercoaster the past couple of days. Yesterday, Bitcoin (BTC) plunged from $3,620 to $3,500 in less than 30 minutes, and today, Bitcoin rallied from $3,530 to $3,670 in about an hour.
Afterward, the price of Bitcoin slowly increased to $3,700 but has now dropped a bit and is near $3,660 as of this writing. This represents a four percent gain for Bitcoin (BTC) in the past day. Other major cryptocurrencies have done even better.
Ripple (XRP) is up five percent; Ethereum (ETH) is up 10 percent; Bitcoin Cash (BCH) is up six percent; Bitcoin SV (BSV) is up five percent; EOS is up nine percent; Stellar (XLM) is up five percent; Dash is up five percent; Dogecoin (DOGE) is up four percent; and Litecoin (LTC) is up six percent. IOTA, which is the number one directed acyclic graph (DAG) cryptocurrency is up five percent. The privacy coins Monero (XMR) and Zcash (ZEC) are both up six percent.
The biggest success story of the day is Tron (TRX) with a 15 percent rally. Tron (TRX) has truly been on a rollercoaster this past month with a 170 percent price increase followed by a 36 percent price drop, and now today’s rally. Today’s price action could possibly be a double peak, which is common when speculative bubbles pop. Yesterday it was speculated that the current Tron (TRX) market may turn into a pump and dump.
The rallies of all major cryptocurrencies have caused an increase in the total cryptocurrency market cap from $117 billion to $123.5 billion (5.5 percent). Currently, the cryptocurrency market cap is almost exactly the same as it was before yesterday’s crash. Therefore, today’s price action has simply recovered yesterday’s losses.
Ethereum (ETH) is perhaps back to rally mode because of speculation that the Constantinople hard fork coming in less than a few days will be a good thing for Ethereum (ETH) since it slashes the inflation rate and lowers transaction fees. Ethereum (ETH) has gained ground on Ripple’s (XRP) market cap and is only $300 million away from re-taking the number two spot, whereas yesterday Ethereum (ETH) was $900 million behind Ripple (XRP).
Miners are the ones losing out from the slashing of the Ethereum (ETH) inflation rate, i.e. the block reward, from three Ether to two, and tension between miners and developers may cause price turbulence for Ethereum (ETH) and ERC-20 tokens in the coming weeks. Numerous cryptocurrencies in the top 100 on CoinMarketCap are ERC-20 tokens.
Perhaps an event that could influence the crypto market in coming days is the Bitcoin futures expiration on the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBoE) on Jan. 16. January appears to be a month dominated by short sellers, so perhaps short sellers on CBoE will bang the close and cause Bitcoin’s (BTC) price to decline right before expiration to increase their short-selling profits.
$3,900 continues to be the level to watch since that is likely where Bitcoin futures traders on CME took out their monthly short positions. Bitcoin (BTC) has some freedom to go upwards before encountering strong resistance at that level. As the Jan. 25 CME Bitcoin futures expiration approaches, the chance of a Bitcoin (BTC) price drop becomes more likely.
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So, Dogecoin charts are pretty weird, and they hold a lot of potential.

I wrote this post on /CryptoCurrency first. But I thought, what place would be better than the Doge community itself. I have heard a lot of great things about your community guys, and I really respect Dogecoin and Shibes. Not even the Monero subreddit has this much kindness, optimism, caring and support you guys offer. So, here's the post:
You might have guessed by now that I'm not some early adopter. After using Bitcoin for online purchases the last 3 years, I decided trading in March at last. I decided to read and study for 2 months before going deeper into this emotional roller coaster. I have used Binance until now, and considering Dogecoin is not available there I never got interested about it or ever traded it.
Every now and then on TradingView, I'd click on DOGE/USD and see that weird chart. Today I decided to understand why it makes this kind of movement. After visiting Bittrex and checking the order book I understood that Dogecoin moves predominantly on the last two digits of Bitcoin (e.g. 0.00000038). Hence, on the hourly chart, we see Dogecoin going from 39 to 40 sats, 40 to 39, 39 to 38, 38 to 40 and so on.
And I realized, when the market is moving sideways, and there is no big spike up or down, we can make 2.5% profit every time Doge moves one digit up and down. (At this price point)
Let's say I transfer $100 worth of BTC on Bittrex or Poloniex and start doing such trades every few minutes, half an hour, an hour. I will end up with 102.5, and then 105, and then 107.6, and then 110.3
Then why doesn't everybody just rush into Doge when the markets are asleep? Am I missing anything here?
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