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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.

Read the full (ghostwritten) article on Runa:

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

The Black-Scholes Model Explained

The Black-Scholes option pricing model is a mathematical formula used to calculate the theoretical price of an option. It’s a commonly-used formula for determining the price of contracts, and as such, can be useful for investors in the options market to know and have in their pocket for use.

But there are some important things to know about it, such as the fact that the model only applies to European options, and more.

Read the full article on SoFi:

https://www.sofi.com/learn/content/what-is-the-black-scholes-model/

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.

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/

Pivot Point: What It Is and How to Use It in Trading

Pivot points are technical indicators that average the intraday high, low, and closing price from the previous trading period. Based on the price movements the following day, traders can use the pivot point to identify support and resistance levels.

If the price moves above the primary pivot point, it may signal a bullish trend; if it moves below the pivot point, it may indicate a bearish trend. Thus, pivot points can help inform a decision to buy or sell stocks.

Read the full article on SoFi:

https://www.sofi.com/learn/content/what-is-a-pivot-point/

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.      

Read the full article on Blockworks:

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

Bitcoin Mining Companies to Watch in 2024

Miners are the backbone of the Bitcoin network. Alongside archival full nodes, miners provide the infrastructure necessary for Bitcoin to function. Bitcoin’s hash rate reached new record highs in 2023, indicating lots of new mining activity on the network.

Some Bitcoin mining companies have become so large as to now be publicly-traded companies. Their shares could be a good investment, as some have outperformed bitcoin in the last year. Perhaps that’s why BlackRock has become a major shareholder of 4 of the 5 largest miners.

Read the full article on Bitcoinnews.com:

https://bitcoinnews.com/mining/bitcoin-mining-companies-2024/

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 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).

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

Is the Market Bullish? Here's How to Tell

When it comes to figuring out when to buy a stock, there are two main schools of thought: fundamental analysis and technical analysis.

Technical analysis involves only looking at charts. A stock chart is a visual representation of the price movement of a particular security.

Using different mathematical indicators, it’s thought that traders can sometimes anticipate future price movements based on previous patterns.

Read the full article on MSN Money:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/savingandinvesting/is-the-market-bullish-here-s-how-to-tell/ss-AA1b3YQt#image=1

Understanding Crypto Asset Valuation: The Concept of Store of Value

Bitcoin and digital currencies have myriad use cases. The most basic uses for any kind of money include:

  • Store of value
  • Medium of exchange
  • Unit of account

While these attributes are not unique to cryptocurrencies, the way they apply to this new asset class has certain qualities that are crucial to understand.

Read the full (ghostwritten) article on Eton:

https://etonvs.com/crypto/understanding-crypto-assets-the-concept-of-store-of-value/

What is the Bitcoin Halving? Unveiling the Most Important Event in Bitcoin's History

With spot Bitcoin ETFs having been approved the same year that the halving is set to take place, many newcomers to the space may be wondering: what is the Bitcoin halving? This is a common question among those wanting to learn more about the Bitcoin protocol. Expected to be the most important event in Bitcoin’s history, the 2024 halving is expected to occur sometime on or around April 13.

Read the full article on Finance Magnates:

https://www.financemagnates.com/cryptocurrency/what-is-the-bitcoin-halving-unveiling-the-most-important-event-in-bitcoins-history/

What are Crypto Stablecoins?

Stablecoins have become an important part of the cryptocurrency ecosystem, offering the benefits of crypto without the volatility of assets like Bitcoin. Using stablecoins allows people to transfer cryptocurrencies into an equivalent amount of fiat currency without leaving the blockchain-based decentralized financial system. This carries several advantages but also risks worth considering.

Read the full article on Newsweek:

What are Crypto Stablecoins?

Bitcoin ETFs Kick Off a New Era of Crypto Payment Adoption

With the SEC’s recent approval of a basket of spot Bitcoin ETFs from some of the world’s largest asset managers and financial institutions, the crypto asset class has now become mainstream. More investors have access to Bitcoin and crypto than ever before. Prices of the top coins by market cap have also seen strong upward momentum over the last 12 months.

Read the full (ghostwritten) article on Nasdaq:

https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/bitcoin-etfs-kick-off-a-new-era-of-crypto-payment-adoption

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.

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?

    Read the full (ghostwritten) article on BitPay:

    https://bitpay.com/blog/what-is-paypal-usd/

    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.

      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. I

        Read the full article on MediaFeed:

        https://mediafeed.org/what-are-blockchain-nodes/

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