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Spotting Scammy ICOs Before Parting With Crypto Coins In Crowdfunding

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Crowdfunding has become a popular means by which businesses get funds to start a business. However, the rising popularity of bitcoins has led to a new method of crowdfunding called Initial Coin Offering (ICO) that is different to the standard financial system that the market is used to.

What is an ICO?

Before going into the details of how to identify ICO scams, it is first important to understand the concept of an ICO. It is basically the crowdfunding that we all know but the difference is that ICOs are carried out through cryptocurrency. It is currently becoming very popular because it presents a new method for individuals and companies to fund their projects.

ICOs are advantageous because they have an easier and more efficient process compared to the traditional methods of crowdfunding. ICOs last about one or two weeks and sometimes even longer. During that duration, individuals and companies get to purchase tokens issued through the crowdfunding in exchange for cryptocurrencies such as ethereum or bitcoin.

Fake ICOs

ICOs have been growing more popular especially with the surge of major digital currencies such as Bitcoin. This highlights the fact that they are more efficient and easy to use for crowdfunding purposes. Numerous ICOs were launched about a week ago and this demonstrates just how popular ICOs have become. However, this has also led to new threats such as scams despite the allegedly secure nature of blockchain technology.

Generous bonuses

Investors view very new ICO that becomes available as a potential goldmine which means it could be the next big thing. This is because some major firms such as Uber or Airbnb got to where thy currently are through crowdfunding. For this reason, most investors are after the best bonuses that they can get through crowdfunding projects.

Most of the bonuses issued through ICOs are often based on the total investment and so investors sometimes pursue bonuses that are as high as 90 percent. These bonuses are thus an incentive for investors and so some scammers want to take advantage of this by offering generous bonuses. This is one of the tell-tale signs that an ICO could be a scam. Investors should thus avoid deals that seem too good to be true.

Adequate background checks

Scammers are often clever and often times end up being as good as the real deal. This means it is difficult to tell the true ones from the fake ones. It is thus important to employ other security measures. One of those measures should include an elaborate background check of the founders of the ICO to determine whether they have a good track record.

Legitimate founders will most likely have their footprint in other key areas thus meaning they can be trusted. It would not be a good idea to invest in a crowdfunding project whose founders have no prior experience in the field that they are venturing.

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide, investment advice. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency.

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Cryptocurrency Collateralized Debt Positions Are Growing in Popularity

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While Bitcoin (BTC) continues to hover around the magical 10,000 price level, altcoins continue to fight an uphill battle.  Simply put, hopes of a future bull run continue to diminish as Bitcoin maintains its dominance.  One school of thought is that a few altcoins will survive and flourish, but which ones are anyone’s guess.  That being said, it’s hard to go wrong picking against the top coins like Ethereum (ETH), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), and EOS.  These projects have managed to find a foothold in the market and have a better chance than most of staying there.  While traders wait for their positions to increase in value, one opportunity that may be worth looking at is initiating a collateralized debt position.

What is a Cryptocurrency CDP?

In traditional terms, a CDP is essentially putting up collateral in order to receive a loan against the deposited amount.  There are several examples of this in our day to day lives.  Auto title loans from large companies like TitleMax are extremely popular with consumers.  Consumers are essentially able to use their car as collateral in exchange for a cash payment which can then be used for whatever needs the consumer has.  The consumer can continue using their car as long as debt payments are made.

The same concept applies to cryptocurrency CDPs.  Consumers are able to put up crypto tokens, such as…

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Hodium Presents a Compelling Opportunity for Outsized Investment Returns

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I’m sure all of us remember the cryptocurrency glory days of 2017 and early 2018.  It was one of the biggest bull runs in history and created incredibly wealth for quite a few early entrants.  Unfortunately, for most of us, those gains have most likely been wiped out during the altcoin apocalypse.  The truth is that traders probably thought a bit too highly of their trading abilities when the reality was that anyone could have thrown a dart at a board and ended up making money.

As markets mature (and the crypto market is definitely maturing) it becomes more and more difficult to generate alpha.  In that regard, it’s similar to traditional financial markets.  I can remember trading during my high school days.  It was the late 90s and right in the middle of the dot.com boom.  Eventually, however, the euphoria fades away and reality hits hard.  Now, it’s become rather difficult to actually trade profitably which has given way to the rise of hedge funds.

Hedge funds are investment funds that pool capital from accredited and/or institutional investors and invest in a variety of assets, often with extremely complex portfolio-construction and risk management techniques.  The professionals employed by hedge funds are the best of the best and have spent years honing their craft.  That is why they’re able to make the millions of dollars that they normally…

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Behold The Cryptopreneurs – Overcoming The Obstacles Facing The Blockchain Industry

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Integrating blockchain technology is fast becoming a necessity for enterprise ventures and small or large businesses, but with a growing number of choices in the tech revolution, it’s difficult to pick a direction without feeling overwhelmed or taken advantage of. This is where BEHOLD THE CRYPTOPRENEURS comes in.

Private keys, the myth of anonymity, and the battle against anarchist ideology are only a few of the difficult challenges faced by businesses that want to incorporate blockchain into their culture. Author Dennis H. Lewis guides the reader through those challenges and helps them discover the true potential of investing in this new economic paradigm.

Every business has pain points that must be overcome in order to branch out and thrive in an ever-changing commercial environment. Blockchain has real world solutions and cryptopreneurs are not limited to the cryptocurrencies they invest in but rather how they seize economic and technological opportunities to make it work for them.

Innovation, trust, and solutions can differentiate your business from all the noise, but without a solid marketing plan, a cryptopreneur can have the best idea and never get far. Remember: a million great ideas times zero market presence equals zero success.

Investors want to know there is public interest and enthusiasm in a project before they commit any money to it. As a cryptopreneur, you are tasked with generating that interest from the…

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