Non-Fungible Tokens: How feasible are they?

Although cryptocurrencies are the most common, most often mentioned traded product in the blockchain, they’re far from being the only type of token you can find. 
Cryptocurrencies are common because they can be used as currency, since they’re fungible and divisible – but as the technology has grown, another type of token has become common in certain environments: Non-fungible tokens.
What is a non-fungible token?
Non-fungible tokens, or good, are those that can’t be exchanged for other tokens of exactly the same value. Cryptocurrencies are fungible because currencies themselves are fungible. You could lend a friend 1BTC today so he can make a purchase, and he can pay it back next week. 
The BTC you get back won’t be the exact same token, but the value and its properties will be the same. Cryptocurrency tokens, thus, are fungible, just as fiat currencies are.
Non-fungible tokens don’t have this property because, unlike cryptocurrency tokens, they are unique. Each token has properties t…

Shelley Testnet: What is it, and why does it matter?

The blockchain space is full of projects, most of them trying to tackle different elements of our daily lives. 
These projects range in usability from seemingly superfluous to essential, the proposed uses of the technology encompassing every single part of the world we live in.
Cardano is, at first sight, yet another case of a blockchain that attempts to deal with Bitcoin’s problems of scalability while maintaining privacy, with the added goal of creating a truly distributed blockchain. 
That list of goals, while a good one, is nothing we haven’t seen before. However, there are a couple details on Cardano’s implementation and philosophy that bear mentioning.
First, Cardano is developed following scientific philosophies – that is, everything that goes into it has to first be reviewed and tested extensively. Changes don’t make it to the blockchain easily. 
Second, since everything has to be tested, Cardano has a handful of iterations of its own blockchains called testnets –which is where all…

VeChain Thor Public Blockchain: the promise, extent, and possibilities

The retail industry has for decades faced a problem with counterfeiting. Not only do fake goods steal them from their earnings, but they’re also often of lower quality, giving users an experience that’s not on brand with the companies. This, in turn, gives them a poor image, thus harming them in all possible ways.
While many attempts have been made to curb counterfeiting, most of them happen at a retail level, leaving customers to trust whoever is selling them goods. 
Until now, there has never been a way for a customer to be 100% sure they’re purchasing legit items other than authorized retailers. VeChain aims to fix this.
A blockchain for supply chains
The blockchain immutable ledgers can be used for hundreds of things, as the recent boom in projects has shown. 
One of the most creative, yet undeniably useful ideas, comes precisely from VeChain. This particular blockchain attempts to keep track of products from the moment they are made until they reach your hands. In other words, i…

How To Make Money In Crypto Trading: Live Markets VS. Options Trading

Option trading: A particular marketSo you want to get rich, and you want to do it quick. Reading the news, you notice discussions about cryptocurrencies and how Bitcoin fostered more than a few overnight millionaires with the 2017 bull market. Then, recent articles mention prices have been going up, again, and we might see an encore of those months.
Your first impulse is to invest in Bitcoin or some other cryptocurrency. After all, it’s looking like not doing so might be the same as throwing money away. But then you think it over and try to consider it, wondering if crypto trading is really such a good idea. Considering if there’s really money to be made with it.
Getting Started

There’s money to be made investing in cryptocurrencies, that’s a fact. It is also a fact that there’s money to be made investing in the stock market or playing the forex market. 
Many people lose all their money with the latter too, so it’s no surprise that people also lose money investing in cryptocurrencies.
All …

Is Ripple Enhancing Modern Banking?

Ripple As A Threat To Modern BankingIt will surprise no one to learn that banking has always been a complex business. It will also surprise no one that, four decades ago, sending money from a bank to another or from a country to another was truly difficult.
The concept of electronic currency as we know it today didn’t exist, and communications were much more limited. Often, transactions between banks had to be processed and approved by an employee, as opposed to batch processing.
That process included banks dealing with one another and finding ways to pay each other however much the transaction would cost.
More importantly, it often required, not two, but a handful of banks had to deal with each other, since not all banks had a direct relationship with all other banks. So, oftentimes, a wire transfer would mean your money would go through two, three, or even four different banks before reaching its destination.
If this process sounds slow and expensive, that’s because it was. That’s the…

Metatrader 4: What it is and How It Works

There’s currently a craze about cryptocurrency trading robots inspiring newcomers to join the market, usually with dreams of making big money with little investment. 
The crypto world, after all, seems to be entering a second gold rush to the point where many people believe having any amount of Bitcoin equals becoming a millionaire.
A lot could be said about these dreams and expectations, and even more about those who try to profit from them. But instead of focusing on that, let’s talk about one of the trading robots that actually exist – that is, one of those legit programs that can indeed trade for you or help you along the way. Its name is Metatrader 4.
What is Metatrader 4?
Metatrader 4 is, to put it simply, an electronic trading platform. Its existence and release predate Bitcoin by half a decade, and during its long life it has been used mostly for trading in the stock market and Forex trading.
See a pattern here? Both the stock market and Forex trading are often s…

Bakkt Futures: What does it mean for Bitcoin?

The Market Futures Leap

The cryptocurrency sphere doesn’t know the meaning of ‘uneventful.’ Seems like every other day, there’s some announcement or other making waves and either ushering in the golden age of crypto or delivering the killing blow to the dying, ill-conceived Bitcoin, depending on who you ask.
This week’s massive news comes from Bakkt, a subsidiary of Intercontinental Exchange, who has announced it will start offering Bitcoin futures in just a month.
The market reacted with its usual enthusiasm, in this case driving the value of BTC up by more than $1,000 as a response to this. Yet many people can’t really tell whether this is good, or how good it is.
Is this good for Bitcoin?
It’s certainly not bad. A largecompany choosing to trade Bitcoin, even in the form of futures (ie, you don’t get the bitcoin right away – but at a specified time in the future,) can’t possibly be a bad thing for, well, any market whatsoever.
However, there’s still the question of how good is it – and w…