5 Reasons Why Decentralized Exchanges are the Future of Crypto Trading

In 2015, Bitstamp, a popular crypto exchange ​encountered a hack​ and incurred losses upwards of 19,000 BTC, a crypto-equivalent of USD 1 million! In 2016, another crypto exchange, Bitfinex, widely known for its multi-signature technology,​ suffered a hack​ which resulted in losses close to 120,000 BTC. More recently, CoinSecure exchange experienced a ​similar attack​ wherein the perpetrators managed to steal 438 BTC from the customer’s exchange-aligned wallets.

Do you know what is common between all these instances?

They all occurred on Centralized Exchanges (CEXs), an entity similar to a bank which serves as an intermediary for transactions, maintaining crypto balances and facilitating transfers through its one central unit.

While there’s a lot that deserves credit and applauding when speaking about CEXs, rampant instances of security breach have caused crypto traders to demand better of the ecosystem. More and more crypto transactors are flocking to the simpler ways of the ​decentralized exchanges​ (DEXs), even if it’s for small trades, for the sake of secure transactions, enhanced trust and a pure play peer-to-peer ecosystem where there’s very little room for failure as well as monetary loss.

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10 Insights into the Future of Blockchain Use Cases

Blockchain is not just another boring technology like, say, air-conditioning or electricity – depending on whether you live in south Florida or the eternal semi-darkness of Siberia, of course.

This new way of securing transactions through the miracle of a distributed database is actually poised to leap beyond the realm of cryptocurrency and make a dent in the day-to-day lives of Joe and Jane Average. Don’t believe us? Take a gander at the following 10 blockchain use cases you’ll likely encounter over the next decade.

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The Close Ties Between Tether and Bitfinex: Should You Be Concerned?

On March 21, Tether issued another 300 million USDT. What’s the big deal, you may ask? If you want a stablecoin, Tether’s value tends to hover around $1, making it useful for moving money between exchanges without touching the banks.

In fact, that’s what a lot of traders do. However, the value of Tether becomes a concern when you consider the fact that Tether is very vulnerable to investigations, has ties to Bitfinex that may be a little too close to comfort, and may not survive an effective bank run in which several large bagholders attempt to exchange their USDT for fiat all at once.

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Blocklancer Review: Worth A Closer Look?

Blocklancer Review: Worth A Closer Look?

Blocklancer claims to be an upcoming freelancing platform that works with Ethereum. Its status bars indicate that it is nearing completion and it has this cool new thing called the Token Holder Tribunal, in which the people who hold tokens are also the ones who settle disputes. Is it worth investing in? It could be, if it can get past the natural hurdles of impatient investors and a highly competitive space.

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Top 10 Cryptocurrencies in the Market Based On Their Market Capital

Cryptocurrencies are invading the investor’s market with its secure transaction and business profitability. There are many investors who have made a fortune by investing in the right cryptocurrencies. They were able to generate profit by buying and selling cryptocurrencies at the right time when the price is right. Hence it is a great gift to comprehend the market status so that you can understand when to invest and sell the cryptocurrencies.

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Is Cryptocurrency the Future of Online Trade?

Cryptocurrencies stepped into the world as a means to move away from conventional ways of doing business. Not that having the intricate financial system carry out transactions was a bad thing. It was just rather slow, and a more reliable way to do business across borders was necessary. Of course, things haven’t changed much ever since. The financial system is still very much intact, and crypto assets, while popular, are still scrambling for purchase.

How likely is it, though, to see crypto money replace our well-established ways of doing business? The answer lies in asking ourselves what we understand about cryptocurrencies.

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Why Investing In Bitcoin And Ethereum Are Beneficial At This Time?

The year 2018 is almost halfway done and in that time it has brought a significant growth in the market of cryptocurrency. The market growth has been beneficial for many investors who invested in many prominent cryptocurrencies. But the growth of cryptocurrency market was short-lived and since May 2018, the market dropped nearly 18% and has been quivering since last week. The cryptocurrencies that were stable during this market fluctuation were Bitcoin and Ethereum.

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Crypto and Cannabis – A Match Made in Hemp Heaven

Cannabis finally saw recreational legalization in 2014, with Colorado leading the charge. Since then, we’ve had nine more U.S. states follow, not to mention the 29 states that have legalized medicinal usage.

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White Label Cryptocurrency Exchange as a Service

White label products have long been a mainstay in the business world. White label solutions enable companies to use the technology and services of another company for offering services, under their own brand name, to their clients without having to invest in creating the technology and infrastructure themselves.

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How Blockchain Can Help Improve the US Elections System

As a man of color, it does not escape me how important it is for me to cast my vote each election cycle.

However, voting has been a tricky topic in the U.S. from voter fraud, access to polls and gerrymandering.

This is where blockchain can step in to provide transparency and access to a system that has yet to go through a major modernization.

In this article, I will touch on three areas where blockchain can help improve our electoral process.

#1 – Time to Vote

A big challenge facing voters over 50 years ago when Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting rights act of 1965 still plagues us today.

When I say time, I literally mean just that – time.

There was study conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau in 2012 for the presidential election which showed only 48% of households with income under $20,000 voted, while 78% of households over $475,000 cast their ballots.

Do wealthier people care more about the country?

Should the citizens facing real financial hardship display more passion for change?

These are all logical questions, that unfortunately are not so simply answered and display a lack of understanding for the challenges faced by millions of hard working Americans every day.

We hold our elections on Tuesdays, which is right in the middle of the work week. If you are an hourly worker, you do not have the luxury of losing pay as you are already barely holding things together.

Also, the cost to get to and from the polls could create additional hardship.

This is where Blockchain comes in to help.

Blockchain could offer the voters the ability to cast their vote on their way to work, at work or on their way home.

Sounds far fetch? Well Spain-headquartered Santander became the first company to use blockchain technology for investor reporting on May 17th.

Why should we allow people the right to vote remotely, well over 28% of households that did not vote stated that voting taking place on Tuesday prevents them from hitting the polls.

This 28% represents millions of unheard voices.

#2 – Voter ID requirements

Voting ID laws have been on the books since the 1950s. However, the laws were less about a picture ID and only required voters to have any document with their name included.

This has now progressed into a full blown political issue to fight potential voter fraud, while study after study has shown this fraud cry is greatly exaggerated.

However, regardless of what side of the aisle you are on, voting integrity is paramount to our democracy.

Again, blockchain to the rescue.

There are multiple methods to address this issue, such as the great work by the Learning Machine and the MIT Media Lab who are working on a collaborative project to issue official records using blockchain.

These official records could range from certificates to proof of membership.

The great thing is the technology could allow state and local agencies the ability to provide voting credentials.

Best of all, the credential could be delivered to you directly via a mobile app.

The creation and delivery of these credentials would be a fraction of the costs required to obtain voter identification cards.

A Harvard study concluded the expenses for documentation, travel and waiting time to obtain the card could range from $75 to $175 dollars. Again, remember these are households making less than $20,000 per year.

Blockchain could solve both the voter fraud concern and the lack of access many minority groups have raised concerns about in recent years.

#3 –Turnout

Turnout for Presidential elections in the U.S. has historically peaked at the 60% level and bottoms around 50%. This range has been in place since 1916.

More alarming, mid-term election turnout in 2014 hit a 70-year low of 35.9%.

How do we increase the turnout?

Building upon the ability of blockchain to authenticate your credentials, you could use the same valid account to cast your vote remotely.

The folks over at Follow My Vote are truly doing God’s work.

Their system is built using blockchain technology and not only allows you to cast your vote, but also follow that vote through the entire submission and tabulation process.

No longer do you have to sit and wonder if your electronic submission or voting punch card safely made it to its destination.

No longer do you have to guess if the local voting center properly counted and reported your results.

While I love humans, some things are best when we remove ourselves from the equation.

In Summary

We have the process, people and technology with blockchain’s help to make a real difference in our democracy. Regardless of your party affiliation, let’s strive to reach a place where every vote counts.

Al Hill

Co-Founder, Tradingsim.com

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