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ICO vs. IPO: What’s the Difference?

ICO vs. IPO: What’s the Difference?

What is the difference between an initial coin offering (ICO) and an initial public offering (IPO)? Quite a lot, it turns out. While both ICOs and IPOs are public sales, they involve different assets, and holding them involves completely distinct processes. (See our current list of Upcoming ICOs here.) What […]

What Is a Bitcoin Sidechain and How Does It Work?

What Is a Bitcoin Sidechain and How Does It Work?

Sidechains are some of the most highly-anticipated technological improvements to bitcoin, due to the practically limitless functionality that can be enabled once they are deployed. Originally announced as a concept in 2014, sidechains are now perhaps only months away from being available on the bitcoin network. If successful, sidechains could […]

Bitcoin Brokers: What You Need to Know

Bitcoin Brokers: What You Need to Know

If you’ve decided that you want to make a substantial investment in bitcoin, you will most likely be better off using a bitcoin broker to execute your trade, as opposed to placing several buy orders at various digital currency exchanges yourself. In this guide, you will be introduced to the […]

What Is the Average Return for Bitcoin Investments?

What Is the Average Return for Bitcoin Investments?

Although pundits have proclaimed bitcoin dead on more than 100 separate occasions, the digital asset continues to be one of the best performing assets on a year-to-year basis. While bitcoin experienced a bear market in 2014, that is the only down year in its entire history. Bitcoin is much more […]

What is the Blockchain?

What is the Blockchain?

When you first heard about the digital currency bitcoin, you probably also heard of its underlying technology called the blockchain. If you struggled to fully understand the blockchain, there is no need to despair. In this brief guide, you will learn about what the blockchain is and how it enables […]

What Kind of Asset is Bitcoin?

What Kind of Asset is Bitcoin?

Where does bitcoin fall in the spectrum of assets? The subject has been a topic of hot debate; thus far, government agencies have provided little clarity on the matter. The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has classified the digital currency as a commodity, while the German Finance Ministry has ruled […]

The Difference Between BID, ASK, BUY, and OFFER in Bitcoin Trading

The Difference Between BID, ASK, BUY, and OFFER in Bitcoin Trading

In the YouTube video below, Tai Zen, CEO and senior technical analyst for Cryptocurrency Market, explains the differences between “ask”, “bid”, “offer”, and “buy” in bitcoin trading. ASK Price┬áDefinition: The lowest price a would-be seller will accept for a bitcoin. Here’s what you should know: Like most exchanges, the bitcoin […]

What is the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT)?

What is the Bitcoin Investment Trust (BIT)?

Trading under the ticker symbol GBTC, the Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust is currently the only Bitcoin Investment Trust that is publicly trading. Pegging its share price to the TradeBlock XBX 24-hour bitcoin index, the BIT is generally seen as favorable by the bitcoin community, since shares usually trade as an […]

What is an Initial Coin Offering (ICO)?

What is an Initial Coin Offering (ICO)?

An Initial Coin Offering (ICO) is a crowdfunding event to raise money for a new cryptocurrency asset, company, or venture. In plain English, it’s like a cross between a crowdfunding campaign (like Kickstarter) and a traditional Initial Public Offering, where shares of a company are made available to the investing […]