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Why Cathie Wood is bullish on Coinbase stock and believes Bitcoin will reach $1 million

Cathie Wood recently added to her fund’s position in Coinbase Global stock and reiterated her call for a $1 million Bitcoin price. Is this in line with analysts’ expectations?

Read the full article on Cointelegraph:

https://cointelegraph.com/news/why-cathie-wood-is-bullish-on-coinbase-stock-and-believes-bitcoin-will-reach-1-million

The Ultimate Guide to ACH Transfers 2023

One of the most common ways to send money today is through what’s known as an ACH transfer.

In 2021, over 29 billion payments totaling $72 trillion were sent using ACH transfers. Despite this, consumers and businesses often lack an understanding of how these payments work on the back end.

Many people have likely sent numerous ACH transfers already, even if they do not know it.

Paying for a subscription service directly out of a bank account, for example, is most likely to be accomplished via ACH debit transfer. When sending funds to a friend’s bank account, the action is likely carried out through an ACH credit transfer.

Read the full (ghostwritten) article on Runa:

https://runa.io/blog/ultimate-guide-to-ach-transfer-2023

 

11 Factors That Make the Price of Bitcoin Go Up

In 2009, the Bitcoin network went live and the world changed forever. The first cryptocurrency started out with a value of $0, and it took years before bitcoins gained value in terms of any national fiat currency. But at the time of writing in late September 2021, the value of Bitcoin had risen to over $47,000, after beginning at $0 just twelve years earlier.

There are a number of factors that drive Bitcoin’s prices — including its soaring highs and lows. Here are 11 factors.

Read the full article on SoFi: https://www.sofi.com/learn/content/what-makes-bitcoin-go-up/

Institutional Crypto Trading: Where We Are, Where We’re Going, and How We’ll Get There

What is the current state of institutional investment in the Bitcoin and crypto space, and where do experts see things headed? In this article, Contributing Writer Brian Nibley tackles this question and provides this analysis based on interviews with industry experts in the crypto and digital asset spheres.

For many years, institutional investment in crypto has been the subject of an exciting and much-anticipated discussion. It was once thought that institutions getting into the nascent and largely unregulated digital asset market would be little more than a pipe dream. Today, it has become reality.

Read the full report on TABB Forum: https://tabbforum.com/opinions/institutional-crypto-trading-where-we-are-where-were-going-and-how-well-get-there/

 

 

Can Crypto Credit Cards and Self-Custody Mix?

Witnessing millions of people lose access to their savings on centralized exchanges and crypto debit accounts is a sobering moment for crypto. Since the infamous moment on Nov. 6 when FTX showed signs of insolvency, investors have moved over 200,000 BTC off exchanges. That is 1% of the total supply. The ‘not your keys’ meme is a dead horse no one is particularly keen on visiting. 

But still, the feeling of no longer being able to use a BlockFi card has many wondering if there is a world where crypto credit cards can coexist along with the safety and assurance of a cold wallet. And while the importance of self-custody may reign supreme in the zeitgeist for now, how long will it be before it’s traded in for the convenience of a third party?     

Read the full article on Blockworks:

https://blockworks.co/news/can-crypto-credit-cards-and-self-custody-mix

Crypto.com vs Coinbase: How Do They Compare?

Coinbase is the most popular U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchange and one of the largest exchanges in the world. The platform is mostly for buying and selling cryptocurrencies. Crypto.com is a smaller, newer exchange app with a variety of other features like crypto lending, trading competitions, and a native token that provides users with certain benefits, such as lower fees and cashback rewards on a Crypto.com credit card. Crypto.com can only be used as a mobile app; there is no web-based interface.

Read the full article on The Balance: https://www.thebalance.com/crypto-com-vs-coinbase-5192020

The Missing Piece of a Sustainable Grid: Modular Data Centers

The computing accomplished by data centers has become an indispensable part of modern society. The energy requirements and efficiency of large-scale computing in its current form provide a challenge on at least two fronts:

1) They struggle to adapt to the use of renewable energy sources, and 2) They were designed for processing data in terms of a web 2.0 model, which can create unnecessary waste.

We propose a solution in the form of modular data centers (MDCs). Shifting to a batch processing computing model more suited to web 3.0 allows for greater flexibility in power grids, the efficient integration of renewable energy sources at scale, and a reduction in overall waste or “digital exhaust.”

 

Read the full white paper on Soluna’s website:

https://www.solunacomputing.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Modular-Data-Centers-Soluna-White-Paper.pdf

Can I lose money in an index fund?

Index funds allow investors to track the market in a low-cost, consistent way, according to most analysts and advisors.

An index fund provides exposure to a diverse selection of publicly traded securities that are intended to perform identically to a market index.

They don’t always perform in an exact 1-to-1 ratio, as we will see. But in general, most high-quality index funds perform in close lockstep with their underlying indexes.

Read the full article on MSN Money:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/savingandinvesting/can-i-lose-money-in-an-index-fund/ar-AA18IsX7

How to short Bitcoin in 2023

It’s possible to short Bitcoin using a handful of different strategies. And as the crypto markets remain tumultuous, knowing how to short Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies can be useful to investors.

Shorting is a way of profiting from an asset’s falling price. Volatile assets like Bitcoin can provide an opportunity for this type of trading. But be warned: Short selling is a more advanced trading strategy as it requires exact timing and can involve much more risk than just buying or selling something. Here, we’ll cover how to short-sell Bitcoin, some places it can be done, and what risks to keep in mind.

Read the full article on MSN Money:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/how-to-short-bitcoin-in-2023/ar-AA15Y4mU

Valuation Methodologies for Complex Securities

Complex financial instruments have the ability to help corporates in various ways such as raising capital, managing cash flow, providing performance incentives, and in several others transactions.

Time and again these instruments have helped the investor and the market to optimize and facilitate intercompany agreements which include mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures, and in the hedging of many types of risk associated. Our valuation experts have full exposure to these quantitative techniques to perform any analysis having these methodologies utilized.

There are various methodologies that are frequently utilized in the process of complex security valuation.

Read the full (ghostwritten) article on Eton:

Valuation Methodologies for Complex Securities

Our Monetary System is Broken

  • Today’s system was designed in 1944 and collapsed in 1971. Yet we’re still using some version of it.
  • Nothing about this system makes much sense and it most benefits those at the top – those who are closest to the creation of new currency.
  • For 50 years, the global economic and financial system has been operating based on a fiat version of the old Bretton Woods system. That system was designed in 1944 and collapsed in 1971. Yet we’re still using some version of it.

    America has succumbed to Triffin’s Dilemma by running massive trade deficits with producing countries like China and India, where many once-American middle-class jobs now also reside.

    Read the full article on Blockworks: https://blockworks.co/our-monetary-system-is-broken/

    What is PYUSD and How do I Use it?

      PayPal recently announced the rollout of a new stablecoin that runs on the Ethereum network. PayPal USD (PYUSD) will be a US dollar-backed token available to PayPal users based in the US. BitPay now supports payments made with PYUSD across BitPay merchants and in the BitPay Wallet app.

      What is PYUSD, why was it created, and how can it be used? We’ll answer these questions and more in the following guide.

      Read the full (ghostwritten) article on BitPay: https://bitpay.com/blog/what-is-paypal-usd/

       

      What is a crypto wallet? Understanding the software that allows you to store and transfer crypto securely

      • A crypto wallet is a device or program that allows you to transfer and store cryptocurrency.
      • There are different types of crypto wallets, such as paper wallets, hardware wallets, and software wallets.
      • A crypto wallet’s security depends on how the private key is stored.

      You can’t fold up a bitcoin and put it in your wallet. Yet you can hold the keys to your crypto by using a crypto wallet of your own. 

      Read the full article on Business Insider:

      https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/crypto-wallet

      Simple Guide to Buying, Selling, and Making NFTs

        Non-fungible tokens (NFT) have become one of the most popular parts of the crypto world. From 2020 to 2021, the NFT market skyrocketed; NFT sales totaled $24.9 million in 2021, up from $95 million in 2020. And though the market cooled off in 2022, NFTs still play a significant role in the crypto market, the metaverse, and Web3.

        Many famous artists and celebrities have created and sold NFTs and NFT collections. Digital artist Mike Winkelman, known as Beeple, recently sold an NFT for $69 million, and soccer great Lionel Messi launched his own NFT collection. But you don’t have to be famous to create or trade NFTs. Read on to learn more about the NFT market, and how you can create and use these digital assets.

        Read the full article on SoFi:

        https://www.sofi.com/learn/content/how-to-create-buy-sell-nfts/

        What are blockchain nodes?

          Nodes are critical aspects of blockchain security. Broadly speaking, a
          cryptocurrency node is a participant in a blockchain network. Without
          blockchain nodes, there can be no blockchain.

          The key feature that makes blockchain
          technology
           unique, and part of why cryptocurrency has been so
          revolutionary, is decentralization. Bitcoin and most other cryptocurrencies
          aren’t controlled by a central server or group of servers. Instead, the network
          functions in a peer-to-peer (P2P) manner. People interact with each other
          directly rather than through a third-party intermediary, thanks to network
          nodes.

          Read the full article on MediaFeed: https://mediafeed.org/what-are-blockchain-nodes/

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