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4 Things to Know Before Investing in Cryptocurrency

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Cryptocurrency has come to represent a very intriguing investment opportunity for a lot of people all over the world. However, it’s also a brand new asset class, and as such one that requires careful consideration. Addressing that point, our article on whether you’re ready to invest in cryptocurrency delved into some of the things people need to think about before buying in — such as gaining an understanding of the market and learning to expect ups and downs. Those indeed are some of the broad considerations to keep in mind. In this follow-up, however, we’ll look at some more specific things to know before making an investment of this kind.

1 – Cryptocurrency isn’t Just Bitcoin

Bitcoin has held the highest value of any cryptocurrency since the beginning. It was also the first digital currency of its kind. As a result, it is rightly thought of as the de facto leader of the pack. However, investors should not allow that fact to obscure other options. There are plenty of other interesting cryptocurrencies at this point that, while not as valuable or well known as bitcoin, offer similar investment opportunities. A rundown of the top altcoins lists a few that you should keep in mind, such as ethereum, ripple, dash, IOTA, and bitcoin cash, among others. None are definitively better or worse than the others, but a thorough investor should consider all options.

2 – You Don’t Have to Own Cryptos

Most investors look at the cryptocurrency market and see investment as a straightforward practice: purchasing coins (or percentages of them), holding them, and selling them for a profit down the road. This may be the primary means of cryptocurrency investment, but it’s also not the only way. These days, it’s also possible to invest via cryptocurrency CFDs (or “contracts for difference”). A guide to cryptocurrency CFDs outlines how exactly this process differs from typical investments, as well as what the benefits are. To state it concisely though, a CFD is essentially a contract predicting an upward or downward shift in value for a given commodity over time. Rather than owning the commodity, an investor places money on the idea of its value increasing or decreasing. This allows some crypto investors to profit off of both gains and losses, and also enables trading at all hours, any day of the week.

3 – There Are More Options Coming

We mentioned a number of prominent altcoins above, and they have broadened the cryptocurrency market fairly substantially already. However, anyone considering investing in cryptocurrency should also keep in mind that there are still more options on the way. Additional altcoins are still being created; stablecoins (cryptocurrencies backed by more conventional assets such as fiat currency) are emerging more frequently; and even some government-backed banks are looking into creating digital currencies. This is not to point investors toward any one development in particular so much as to say that it’s worth keeping in mind that this market is still developing.

4 – 2017’s Surge Wasn’t the Norm

Many people who are interested in cryptocurrency investment recall seeing bitcoin surge to nearly $20,000 in value toward the end of 2017. Indeed, it’s easy to look at an event like this and want to catch the next wave. However, while there is still undeniable potential for cryptos to spike or even go on sustained runs, it’s important to recognize that what we saw in 2017 was not normal. Prices crashed soon after the spike, and some saw the movement as misleading in the first place; market manipulation is a potential cause identified by some researchers, for instance. Compelling research points to “coordinated price manipulation” as having compounded the surge. Again, that’s not to say there isn’t lucrative potential if all goes well. But investors shouldn’t expect another 2017 to occur out of the blue.

The most important thing to do before investing in cryptocurrency is still to educate yourself on the market, and the specific asset you’re considering. Keeping these points in mind will help to broaden your understanding though, and ensure that you enter the process with clarity.

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Should You Be Worried About A Coming Bitcoin Crash?

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Do you already have a wallet full of Bitcoin and are worried about them losing value in a crash like what happened three years ago? Or, are you afraid to open a Bitcoin account today as you don’t want to buy before a crash, either?

Both of those fears are valid, but you may have nothing to worry about. There are a few factors that go into crashes that can usually be seen ahead of time. Of course, nobody can make an accurate prediction based on what has happened in the past because sometimes a wildcard comes into play that nobody could have seen coming.

Should you be worried then? In this article, we are going to take a look at what is different with Bitcoin this time around so you can decide for yourself if this is a good time to buy in.

Why Bitcoin is worth so much right now

Bitcoin has always promised to one day become a global currency that would be adopted by the masses. After the crash of 2018 when Bitcoin lost almost ⅔ of its value in a matter of weeks, it looked like its promise would go unfulfilled.

At that time the people buying in were basing their decision more on the fear of missing out than on actually believing in the cryptocurrency as a mainstream currency that could be used instead of fiat.

At that time you could pay for things using Bitcoin, but because the value kept growing, nobody wanted to part with their Bitcoins.

Now, it has become far more mainstream with a couple of big factors leading the way. For one, many big institutions were buying the currency and even some stores and businesses would accept it as a form of payment. There were more signs of it becoming a viable currency in the year or so after the crash.

Then, more recently, Paypal announced that they would start offering the service for people to buy some cryptocurrency with their Paypal account. This validated the currency in the eyes of many as they trusted Paypal for years already. It suddenly became very easy for people to acquire Bitcoin where before the process may have been intimidating.

Then, Elon Musk announced that Tesla had bought over a billion dollars worth of Bitcoin and that it could be used to buy their cars. This also served as validation and the value jumped very high after the news.

Will it continue to rise?

Anything that goes up must come down, so, yes it will continue to rise but will one day either dip or crash. It is inevitable.

What’s different this time around is that more people are using it for its intended purpose and that is to pay for things. It is finally being adopted. And, if history is a guide, then it will bounce back after any crash and then rise again. Maybe even higher than ever if there is more adoption by the masses.

*This article has been contributed on behalf of Paxful. However, the information provided herein is not and is not intended to be, investment, financial, or other advice.

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Credit to Small Firms to Boost Economic Recovery

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The Lao PDR Ministry of Industry and Commerce today launched a $40 million emergency finance support project, backed by the World Bank, to help small and medium-sized businesses recover from the economic slowdown associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was approved by the World Bank Board of Directors in October 2020 and signed by the government in November.

Mme Khemmani Pholsena, Minister for Industry and Commerce, declared the Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprise (MSME) Access to Finance Emergency Support and Recovery Project operational, enabling local banks and financial institutions to provide loans to small businesses that have been affected by closed borders and reduced trade over the past year. According to the Lao Statistics Bureau, over 94% of all Lao enterprises are microbusinesses.

Three banks — Lao-China, Maruhan, and Sacom — have been selected to participate in the project to lend funds to small companies that apply for loans through Line of Credit. The project is providing technical support to the Bank of the Lao PDR, which is managing a credit guarantee facility, and technical assistance to strengthen the capacity of participating businesses. More financial institutions are expected to join the project once negotiations on terms of lending are complete.

This initiative will reinforce the stability of small businesses, which are vital to the Lao economy”, said World Bank Lao PDR Operations Manager Viengsamay Srithirath. “By making it easier for small firms to access credit, the government and banks are removing one of the top three obstacles to business in Laos”.

Ms Viengsamay congratulated the Ministry of Industry and Commerce for the speedy preparation of the project during a time of economic difficulty, and said its execution would build on the success of the World Bank’s Small and Medium Enterprise Access to Finance Project, which closed at the end of 2020 after disbursing around 180 loans to small Lao companies.

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Beginner’s Basic Guide In Bitcoin Trading

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Non-fiat currencies are paving the way, and widening the horizon, might we add, in securing a future founded on the independent non-fiat currency. As you learn about BTC trading accounts, here are a few steps you can follow in bitcoin trading.

Bitcoin Trading Reviewed

Bitcoin trading, as the phrase suggests, is the exchange of bitcoins, from one user to the next. Or to a number of users at any given time. To oversimplify it, it is similar to how conventional trading works. Only, there is no commodity nor “hard money” in the mix. Bitcoins are themselves, the article to and for the exchange.

Understanding Bitcoin Trading

Pricing Movements

The first thing traders need to have an understanding of is how the price of bitcoins is set. Where does it come from? Is it fixed?

Since we know that cryptocurrencies do not rely on financial institutions, global currencies, or economic movements, we can conclude that they are not vulnerable to governments and economies. The pricing of bitcoin comes from…

Supply

There are over 21 million bitcoins all over the world today. Out of this 21 million, around 18.5 million have already been mined. This means that new players in the bitcoin scene will be given a limited amount of 2.5 million left to mine for themselves. Keep in mind that this is a global sum. Once all 21 million have been mined, there will none left in the circulation.

Bitcoin mining is basically a process in which said cryptocurrency (as owned by each user) is put into motion and is made available for trading. More about this, and in detail, on a separate post.

Analysts speculate that the entire supply of this cryptocurrency will be used up come the year 2041. What does this have to do with bitcoin pricing? To put this into perspective, think of the law of supply and demand.

When “supply” decreases and “demand” increases, pricing will be hiked up. And the less supply there is, the higher the skyrocketing of the price will go. Something bitcoin users and traders are already witnessing at present.

***You may be inclined to think that 2041 is two decades away. 20 long years to go. Only, take into consideration that the bitcoin was invented in 2009. And now, less than 10% of its total number remains!

Bitcoin Integration

As of current, there are a limited number of channels wherein bitcoins can be utilized for the exchange of commodities and/or services. In the context of integration, we are leaving out “bitcoin exchange” and/or “bitcoin purchasing” out of the picture.

Cryptocurrency is yet to make a stamp in the market as a viable means for supporting daily living. Relying on bitcoins to buy everyday-goods, easily converting them into their actual real-life prices to be stored and or transferred from bank to bank. The list goes on.

All eyes are on non-fiat currencies, especially because worldwide catastrophes have shaken people so that many are scouting for options to secure their financial futures. Bitcoin, being one of the said major options, and the highest of its kind, in-rank.

Remember the year we mentioned earlier? 2041? It is most certainly likely that bitcoin integration will take place any moment, even before that year hits. When the world begins to notice its integration, they will want to buy in.

This, then, ties in with number 2. The more people to buy-in, the higher the price of bitcoins will soar.

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