Is Forex Trading Gambling? The Answer Might Shock You

Daily Lesson for My Parents

The scene: I receive an email from my father. He sent me this link:
https://cayarekylajules.gitlab.io/julescayarek/?placement=silverprice.org&creative=476738494285&campid=11533504265&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIu-_F-aH27AIV8QFoCB3HOQY8EAEYASAAEgKq6fD_BwE
This was my response:
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If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If your "investment" strategy seems akin to placing a bet in a casino, then you're not really investing. You're gambling.
The significance of seeing a world government backing a cryptocurrency is high. Presumably it would be a cryptocurrency designed and supported by that country's central bank. Many countries (including Canada) are currently working on such projects.
The catch though is that governments are not interested in careless speculation. They want stability in their national currencies. There are already several cryptocurrencies out there that are designed as "stablecoins," ie. they are designed to try to be pegged to the USD or Euro. So obviously a cryptocurrency that is designed to be pegged to fiat will not see any significant appreciation, save for marching in lockstep with the pegged national currency.
There are still a lot of good uses for digital stable-coins, as opposed to traditional fiat. They would work very similar to current fiat currencies, and their stability would be an asset to certain classes of investors. Currently, they are used when investors/speculators think that other cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin are about to drop in price. The traders move their funds out of bitcoin and into the stablecoin, so the value is preserved, and then if the cryptocurrency actually drops in price, they can sell their stablecoin and buy the cryptocurrency again, ending up with a greater quantity of the cryptocurrency than they had when they started.
The thing about cryptocurrencies that concerns me the most is that so few people understand how they work, and for those people, there is a serious risk of losing funds. Does anyone think that it's a good idea for someone with a grade 8 education to have access to a trading account where they can trade margined forex or leveraged derivatives? No. And for a lot of people, a true understanding of the characteristics and value of cryptocurrencies requires a good deal of financial and banking acumen, plus a solid grounding in economics. And perhaps it would help to have some mathematics and coding experience on the side.
Edit: And to be clear, that site is also a scam.
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Is Trading Gambling?

First of all, what is meant by gambling? Gambling is the wagering of money of value on an event with an uncertain outcome, with the primary intent of winning money or material goods. Gambling brings debt and loss of all your capital. . https://www.profitary.in/is-trading-gambling-like-casino-profitary-in/ .
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Does anyone substitute forex for gambling?

Obviously everyone who doesn't trade likes to say stuff like "forex is like gambling" "dont get into that you will lose all your money" etc
But has anyone substituted forex for gambling? Like quitting the casino and instead start investing and trading?
I know it can definitely feel like your gambling at times when you place a sell order on something you have no idea whats going to happen and then gaining like 50 percent back and seeing the green light up your account
It definitely makes you feel like your on top of the world and you want to do more and more, kinda like with a slot machine
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First a shady real currency trading "simulator", and now we have a full-blown casino game with in-app purchases and tradable currency coming to Steam

I am making a post here, as the automod of Steam keeps flagging my post and the mods over there don't seem to be interested in reapproving it just like last time.
As some of you may have seen, more than a week ago I have posted a thread about a shady Forex market simulator on Steam which (my post) was later removed for bad title and then reposted by another concerned user (my explanation on it can be found here)
Well today I was again on my favorite link bookmark covering the very new Steam games being released and coming. And also today I found another shady "Simulator" game/app which is coming soon, it's called x2Roulette and it's exactly what it sounds like, an online multiplayer roulette, similar to those where you can gamble and forget your csgo skins.
I don't even need to explain much because the trailer uncovers pretty much all of it really (here is a direct trailer link)
Trailer breakdown:
{Edit: What it doesn't show is that besides many shady things it will most likely be also used for money laundering.}
The difference between Forex Trading Master and this is only that roulette is fully recognized as a casino game.
I don't know if this is what Steam meant when they said they don't want to control what genre of games is on their store, but this is just shady and dangerous for the whole Steam userbase and future.
You can help by reporting the game on the store page and bringing it to attention of Valve.
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Which are your Top 5 favourite coins out of the Top 100? An analysis.

I am putting together my investment portfolio for 2018 and made a complete summary of the current Top 100. Interestingly, I noticed that all coins can be categorized into 12 markets. Which markets do you think will play the biggest role in the coming year?
Here is a complete overview of all coins in an excel sheet including name, market, TPS, risk profile, time since launch (negative numbers mean that they are launching that many months in the future) and market cap. You can also sort by all of these fields of course. Coins written in bold are the strongest contenders within their market either due to having the best technology or having a small market cap and still excellent technology and potential. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1s8PHcNvvjuy848q18py_CGcu8elRGQAUIf86EYh4QZo/edit#gid=0
The 12 markets are
  1. Currency 13 coins
  2. Platform 25 coins
  3. Ecosystem 9 coins
  4. Privacy 10 coins
  5. Currency Exchange Tool 8 coins
  6. Gaming & Gambling 5 coins
  7. Misc 15 coins
  8. Social Network 4 coins
  9. Fee Token 3 coins
  10. Decentralized Data Storage 4 coins
  11. Cloud Computing 3 coins
  12. Stable Coin 2 coins
Before we look at the individual markets, we need to take a look of the overall market and its biggest issue scalability first:
Cryptocurrencies aim to be a decentralized currency that can be used worldwide. Its goal is to replace dollar, Euro, Yen, all FIAT currencies worldwide. The coin that will achieve that will be worth several trillion dollars.
Bitcoin can only process 7 transactions per second (TPS). In order to replace all FIAT, it would need to perform at at least VISA levels, which usually processes around 3,000 TPS, up to 25,000 TPS during peak times and a maximum of 64,000 TPS. That means that this cryptocurrency would need to be able to perform at least several thousand TPS. However, a ground breaking technology should not look at current technology to set a goal for its use, i.e. estimating the number of emails sent in 1990 based on the number of faxes sent wasn’t a good estimate.
For that reason, 10,000 TPS is the absolute baseline for a cryptocurrency that wants to replace FIAT. This brings me to IOTA, which wants to connect all 80 billion IoT devices that are expected to exist by 2025, which constantly communicate with each other, creating 80 billion or more transactions per second. This is the benchmark that cryptocurrencies should be aiming for. Currently, 8 billion devices are connected to the Internet.
With its Lightning network recently launched, Bitcoin is realistically looking at 50,000 possible soon. Other notable cryptocurrencies besides IOTA and Bitcoin are Nano with 7,000 TPS already tested, Dash with several billion TPS possible with Masternodes, Neo, LISK and RHOC with 100,000 TPS by 2020, Ripple with 50,000 TPS, Ethereum with 10,000 with Sharding.
However, it needs to be said that scalability usually goes at the cost of decentralization and security. So, it needs to be seen, which of these technologies can prove itself resilient and performant.
Without further ado, here are the coins of the first market

Market 1 - Currency:

  1. Bitcoin: 1st generation blockchain with currently bad scalability currently, though the implementation of the Lightning Network looks promising and could alleviate most scalability concerns, scalability and high energy use.
  2. Ripple: Centralized currency that might become very successful due to tight involvement with banks and cross-border payments for financial institutions; banks and companies like Western Union and Moneygram (who they are currently working with) as customers customers. However, it seems they are aiming for more decentralization now.https://ripple.com/dev-blog/decentralization-strategy-update/. Has high TPS due to Proof of Correctness algorithm.
  3. Bitcoin Cash: Bitcoin fork with the difference of having an 8 times bigger block size, making it 8 times more scalable than Bitcoin currently. Further block size increases are planned. Only significant difference is bigger block size while big blocks lead to further problems that don't seem to do well beyond a few thousand TPS. Opponents to a block size argue that increasing the block size limit is unimaginative, offers only temporary relief, and damages decentralization by increasing costs of participation. In order to preserve decentralization, system requirements to participate should be kept low. To understand this, consider an extreme example: very big blocks (1GB+) would require data center level resources to validate the blockchain. This would preclude all but the wealthiest individuals from participating.Community seems more open than Bitcoin's though.
  4. Litecoin : Little brother of Bitcoin. Bitcoin fork with different mining algorithm but not much else.Copies everything that Bitcoin does pretty much. Lack of real innovation.
  5. Dash: Dash (Digital Cash) is a fork of Bitcoin and focuses on user ease. It has very fast transactions within seconds, low fees and uses Proof of Service from Masternodes for consensus. They are currently building a system called Evolution which will allow users to send money using usernames and merchants will find it easy to integrate Dash using the API. You could say Dash is trying to be a PayPal of cryptocurrencies. Currently, cryptocurrencies must choose between decentralization, speed, scalability and can pick only 2. With Masternodes, Dash picked speed and scalability at some cost of decentralization, since with Masternodes the voting power is shifted towards Masternodes, which are run by Dash users who own the most Dash.
  6. IOTA: 3rd generation blockchain called Tangle, which has a high scalability, no fees and instant transactions. IOTA aims to be the connective layer between all 80 billion IOT devices that are expected to be connected to the Internet in 2025, possibly creating 80 billion transactions per second or 800 billion TPS, who knows. However, it needs to be seen if the Tangle can keep up with this scalability and iron out its security issues that have not yet been completely resolved.
  7. Nano: 3rd generation blockchain called Block Lattice with high scalability, no fees and instant transactions. Unlike IOTA, Nano only wants to be a payment processor and nothing else, for now at least. With Nano, every user has their own blockchain and has to perform a small amount of computing for each transaction, which makes Nano perform at 300 TPS with no problems and 7,000 TPS have also been tested successfully. Very promising 3rd gen technology and strong focus on only being the fastest currency without trying to be everything.
  8. Decred: As mining operations have grown, Bitcoin’s decision-making process has become more centralized, with the largest mining companies holding large amounts of power over the Bitcoin improvement process. Decred focuses heavily on decentralization with their PoW Pos hybrid governance system to become what Bitcoin was set out to be. They will soon implement the Lightning Network to scale up. While there do not seem to be more differences to Bitcoin besides the novel hybrid consensus algorithm, which Ethereum, Aeternity and Bitcoin Atom are also implementing, the welcoming and positive Decred community and professoinal team add another level of potential to the coin.
  9. Aeternity: We’ve seen recently, that it’s difficult to scale the execution of smart contracts on the blockchain. Crypto Kitties is a great example. Something as simple as creating and trading unique assets on Ethereum bogged the network down when transaction volume soared. Ethereum and Zilliqa address this problem with Sharding. Aeternity focuses on increasing the scalability of smart contracts and dapps by moving smart contracts off-chain. Instead of running on the blockchain, smart contracts on Aeternity run in private state channels between the parties involved in the contracts. State channels are lines of communication between parties in a smart contract. They don’t touch the blockchain unless they need to for adjudication or transfer of value. Because they’re off-chain, state channel contracts can operate much more efficiently. They don’t need to pay the network for every time they compute and can also operate with greater privacy. An important aspect of smart contract and dapp development is access to outside data sources. This could mean checking the weather in London, score of a football game, or price of gold. Oracles provide access to data hosted outside the blockchain. In many blockchain projects, oracles represent a security risk and potential point of failure, since they tend to be singular, centralized data streams. Aeternity proposes decentralizing oracles with their oracle machine. Doing so would make outside data immutable and unchangeable once it reaches Aeternity’s blockchain. Of course, the data source could still be hacked, so Aeternity implements a prediction market where users can bet on the accuracy and honesty of incoming data from various oracles.It also uses prediction markets for various voting and verification purposes within the platform. Aeternity’s network runs on on a hybrid of proof of work and proof of stake. Founded by a long-time crypto-enthusiast and early colleague of Vitalik Buterin, Yanislav Malahov. Promising concept though not product yet
  10. Bitcoin Atom: Atomic Swaps and hybrid consenus. This looks like the only Bitcoin clone that actually is looking to innovate next to Bitcoin Cash.
  11. Dogecoin: Litecoin fork, fantastic community, though lagging behind a bit in technology.
  12. Bitcoin Gold: A bit better security than bitcoin through ASIC resistant algorithm, but that's it. Not that interesting.
  13. Digibyte: Digibyte's PoS blockchain is spread over a 100,000+ servers, phones, computers, and nodes across the globe, aiming for the ultimate level of decentralization. DigiByte rebalances the load between the five mining algorithms by adjusting the difficulty of each so one algorithm doesn’t become dominant. The algorithm's asymmetric difficulty has gained notoriety and been deployed in many other blockchains.DigiByte’s adoption over the past four years has been slow. It’s still a relatively obscure currency compared its competitors. The DigiByte website offers a lot of great marketing copy and buzzwords. However, there’s not much technical information about what they have planned for the future. You could say Digibyte is like Bitcoin, but with shorter blocktimes and a multi-algorithm. However, that's not really a difference big enough to truly set themselves apart from Bitcoin, since these technologies could be implemented by any blockchain without much difficulty. Their decentralization is probably their strongest asset, however, this also change quickly if the currency takes off and big miners decide to go into Digibyte.
  14. Bitcoin Diamond Asic resistant Bitcoin and Copycat

Market 2 - Platform

Most of the cryptos here have smart contracts and allow dapps (Decentralized apps) to be build on their platform and to use their token as an exchange of value between dapp services.
  1. Ethereum: 2nd generation blockchain that allows the use of smart contracts. Bad scalability currently, though this concern could be alleviated by the soon to be implemented Lightning Network aka Plasma and its Sharding concept.
  2. EOS: Promising technology that wants to be able do everything, from smart contracts like Ethereum, scalability similar to Nano with 1000 tx/second + near instant transactions and zero fees, to also wanting to be a platform for dapps. However, EOS doesn't have a product yet and everything is just promises still. Highly overvalued right now. However, there are lots of red flags, have dumped $500 million Ether over the last 2 months and possibly bought back EOS to increase the size of their ICO, which has been going on for over a year and has raised several billion dollars. All in all, their market cap is way too high for that and not even having a product.
  3. Cardano: Similar to Ethereum/EOS, however, only promises made with no delivery yet, highly overrated right now. Interesting concept though. Market cap way too high for not even having a product. Somewhat promising technology.
  4. VeChain: Singapore-based project that’s building a business enterprise platform and inventory tracking system. Examples are verifying genuine luxury goods and food supply chains. Has one of the strongest communities in the crypto world. Most hyped token of all, with merit though.
  5. Neo: Neo is a platform, similar to Eth, but more extensive, allowing dapps and smart contracts, but with a different smart contract gas system, consensus mechanism (PoS vs. dBfT), governance model, fixed vs unfixed supply, expensive contracts vs nearly free contracts, different ideologies for real world adoption. There are currently only 9 nodes, each of which are being run by a company/entity hand selected by the NEO council (most of which are located in china) and are under contract. This means that although the locations of the nodes may differ, ultimately the neo council can bring them down due to their legal contracts. In fact this has been done in the past when the neo council was moving 50 million neo that had been locked up. Also dbft (or neo's implmentation of it) has failed underload causing network outages during major icos. The first step in decentralization is that the NEO Counsel will select trusted nodes (Universities, business partners, etc.) and slowly become less centralized that way. The final step in decentralization will be allowing NEO holders to vote for new nodes, similar to a DPoS system (ARK/EOS/LISK). NEO has a regulation/government friendly ideology. Finally they are trying to work undewith the Chinese government in regards to regulations. If for some reason they wanted it shut down, they could just shut it down.
  6. Stellar: PoS system, similar goals as Ripple, but more of a platform than only a currency. 80% of Stellar are owned by Stellar.org still, making the currency centralized.
  7. Ethereum classic: Original Ethereum that decided not to fork after a hack. The Ethereum that we know is its fork. Uninteresing, because it has a lot of less resources than Ethereum now and a lot less community support.
  8. Ziliqa: Zilliqa is building a new way of sharding. 2400 tpx already tested, 10,000 tps soon possible by being linearly scalable with the number of nodes. That means, the more nodes, the faster the network gets. They are looking at implementing privacy as well.
  9. QTUM: Enables Smart contracts on the Bitcoin blockchain. Useful.
  10. Icon: Korean ethereum. Decentralized application platform that's building communities in partnership with banks, insurance providers, hospitals, and universities. Focused on ID verification and payments. No big differentiators to the other 20 Ethereums, except that is has a product. That is a plus. Maybe cheap alternative to Ethereum.
  11. LISK: Lisk's difference to other BaaS is that side chains are independent to the main chain and have to have their own nodes. Similar to neo whole allows dapps to deploy their blockchain to. However, Lisk is currently somewhat centralized with a small group of members owning more than 50% of the delegated positions. Lisk plans to change the consensus algorithm for that reason in the near future.
  12. Rchain: Similar to Ethereum with smart contract, though much more scalable at an expected 40,000 TPS and possible 100,000 TPS. Not launched yet. No product launched yet, though promising technology. Not overvalued, probably at the right price right now.
  13. ARDR: Similar to Lisk. Ardor is a public blockchain platform that will allow people to utilize the blockchain technology of Nxt through the use of child chains. A child chain, which is a ‘light’ blockchain that can be customized to a certain extent, is designed to allow easy self-deploy for your own blockchain. Nxt claims that users will "not need to worry" about security, as that part is now handled by the main chain (Ardor). This is the chief innovation of Ardor. Ardor was evolved from NXT by the same company. NEM started as a NXT clone.
  14. Ontology: Similar to Neo. Interesting coin
  15. Bytom: Bytom is an interactive protocol of multiple byte assets. Heterogeneous byte-assets (indigenous digital currency, digital assets) that operate in different forms on the Bytom Blockchain and atomic assets (warrants, securities, dividends, bonds, intelligence information, forecasting information and other information that exist in the physical world) can be registered, exchanged, gambled and engaged in other more complicated and contract-based interoperations via Bytom.
  16. Nxt: Similar to Lisk
  17. Stratis: Different to LISK, Stratis will allow businesses and organizations to create their own blockchain according to their own needs, but secured on the parent Stratis chain. Stratis’s simple interface will allow organizations to quickly and easily deploy and/or test blockchain functionality of the Ethereum, BitShares, BitCoin, Lisk and Stratis environements.
  18. Status: Status provides access to all of Ethereum’s decentralized applications (dapps) through an app on your smartphone. It opens the door to mass adoption of Ethereum dapps by targeting the fastest growing computer segment in the world – smartphone users.16. Ark: Fork of Lisk that focuses on a smaller feature set. Ark wallets can only vote for one delegate at a time which forces delegates to compete against each other and makes cartel formations incredibly hard, if not impossible.
  19. Neblio: Similar to Neo, but 30x smaller market cap.
  20. NEM: Is similar to Neo No marketing team, very high market cap for little clarilty what they do.
  21. Bancor: Bancor is a Decentralized Liquidity Network that allows you to hold any Ethereum token and convert it to any other token in the network, with no counter party, at an automatically calculated price, using a simple web wallet.
  22. Dragonchain: The Purpose of DragonChain is to help companies quickly and easily incorporate blockchain into their business applications. Many companies might be interested in making this transition because of the benefits associated with serving clients over a blockchain – increased efficiency and security for transactions, a reduction of costs from eliminating potential fraud and scams, etc.
  23. Skycoin: Transactions with zero fees that take apparently two seconds, unlimited transaction rate, no need for miners and block rewards, low power usage, all of the usual cryptocurrency technical vulnerabilities fixed, a consensus mechanism superior to anything that exists, resistant to all conceivable threats (government censorship, community infighting, cybenucleaconventional warfare, etc). Skycoin has their own consensus algorithm known as Obelisk written and published academically by an early developer of Ethereum. Obelisk is a non-energy intensive consensus algorithm based on a concept called ‘web of trust dynamics’ which is completely different to PoW, PoS, and their derivatives. Skywire, the flagship application of Skycoin, has the ambitious goal of decentralizing the internet at the hardware level and is about to begin the testnet in April. However, this is just one of the many facets of the Skycoin ecosystem. Skywire will not only provide decentralized bandwidth but also storage and computation, completing the holy trinity of commodities essential for the new internet. Skycion a smear campaign launched against it, though they seem legit and reliable. Thus, they are probably undervalued.

Market 3 - Ecosystem

The 3rd market with 11 coins is comprised of ecosystem coins, which aim to strengthen the ease of use within the crypto space through decentralized exchanges, open standards for apps and more
  1. Nebulas: Similar to how Google indexes webpages Nebulas will index blockchain projects, smart contracts & data using the Nebulas rank algorithm that sifts & sorts the data. Developers rewarded NAS to develop & deploy on NAS chain. Nebulas calls this developer incentive protocol – basically rewards are issued based on how often dapp/contract etc. is used, the more the better the rewards and Proof of devotion. Works like DPoS except the best, most economically incentivised developers (Bookkeeppers) get the forging spots. Ensuring brains stay with the project (Cross between PoI & PoS). 2,400 TPS+, DAG used to solve the inter-transaction dependencies in the PEE (Parallel Execution Environment) feature, first crypto Wallet that supports the Lightening Network.
  2. Waves: Decentralized exchange and crowdfunding platform. Let’s companies and projects to issue and manage their own digital coin tokens to raise money.
  3. Salt: Leveraging blockchain assets to secure cash loands. Plans to offer cash loans in traditional currencies, backed by your cryptocurrency assets. Allows lenders worldwide to skip credit checks for easier access to affordable loans.
  4. CHAINLINK: ChainLink is a decentralized oracle service, the first of its kind. Oracles are defined as an ‘agent’ that finds and verifies real-world occurrences and submits this information to a blockchain to be used in smart contracts.With ChainLink, smart contract users can use the network’s oracles to retrieve data from off-chain application program interfaces (APIs), data pools, and other resources and integrate them into the blockchain and smart contracts. Basically, ChainLink takes information that is external to blockchain applications and puts it on-chain. The difference to Aeternity is that Chainlink deploys the smart contracts on the Ethereum blockchain while Aeternity has its own chain.
  5. WTC: Combines blockchain with IoT to create a management system for supply chains Interesting
  6. Ethos unifyies all cryptos. Ethos is building a multi-cryptocurrency phone wallet. The team is also building an investment diversification tool and a social network
  7. Aion: Aion is the token that pays for services on the Aeternity platform.
  8. USDT: is no cryptocurrency really, but a replacement for dollar for trading After months of asking for proof of dollar backing, still no response from Tether.

Market 4 - Privacy

The 4th market are privacy coins. As you might know, Bitcoin is not anonymous. If the IRS or any other party asks an exchange who is the identity behind a specific Bitcoin address, they know who you are and can track back almost all of the Bitcoin transactions you have ever made and all your account balances. Privacy coins aim to prevent exactly that through address fungability, which changes addresses constantly, IP obfuscation and more. There are 2 types of privacy coins, one with completely privacy and one with optional privacy. Optional Privacy coins like Dash and Nav have the advantage of more user friendliness over completely privacy coins such as Monero and Enigma.
  1. Monero: Currently most popular privacy coin, though with a very high market cap. Since their privacy is all on chain, all prior transactions would be deanonymized if their protocol is ever cracked. This requires a quantum computing attack though. PIVX is better in that regard.
  2. Zcash: A decentralized and open-source cryptocurrency that hide the sender, recipient, and value of transactions. Offers users the option to make transactions public later for auditing. Decent privacy coin, though no default privacy
  3. Verge: Calls itself privacy coin without providing private transactions, multiple problems over the last weeks has a toxic community, and way too much hype for what they have.
  4. Bytecoin: First privacy-focused cryptocurrency with anonymous transactions. Bytecoin’s code was later adapted to create Monero, the more well-known anonymous cryptocurrency. Has several scam accusations, 80% pre-mine, bad devs, bad tech
  5. Bitcoin Private: A merge fork of Bitcoin and Zclassic with Zclassic being a fork of Zcash with the difference of a lack of a founders fee required to mine a valid block. This promotes a fair distribution, preventing centralized coin ownership and control. Bitcoin private offers the optional ability to keep the sender, receiver, and amount private in a given transaction. However, this is already offered by several good privacy coins (Monero, PIVX) and Bitcoin private doesn't offer much more beyond this.
  6. Komodo: The Komodo blockchain platform uses Komodo’s open-source cryptocurrency for doing transparent, anonymous, private, and fungible transactions. They are then made ultra-secure using Bitcoin’s blockchain via a Delayed Proof of Work (dPoW) protocol and decentralized crowdfunding (ICO) platform to remove middlemen from project funding. Offers services for startups to create and manage their own Blockchains.
  7. PIVX: As a fork of Dash, PIVX uses an advanced implementation of the Zerocoin protocol to provide it’s privacy. This is a form of zeroknowledge proofs, which allow users to spend ‘Zerocoins’ that have no link back to them. Unlike Zcash u have denominations in PIVX, so they can’t track users by their payment amount being equal to the amount of ‘minted’ coins, because everyone uses the same denominations. PIVX is also implementing Bulletproofs, just like Monero, and this will take care of arguably the biggest weakness of zeroknowledge protocols: the trusted setup.
  8. Zcoin: PoW cryptocurrency. Private financial transactions, enabled by the Zerocoin Protocol. Zcoin is the first full implementation of the Zerocoin Protocol, which allows users to have complete privacy via Zero-Knowledge cryptographic proofs.
  9. Enigma: Monero is to Bitcoin what enigma is to Ethereum. Enigma is for making the data used in smart contracts private. More of a platform for dapps than a currency like Monero. Very promising.
  10. Navcoin: Like bitcoin but with added privacy and pos and 1,170 tps, but only because of very short 30 second block times. Though, privacy is optional, but aims to be more user friendly than Monero. However, doesn't really decide if it wants to be a privacy coin or not. Same as Zcash.Strong technology, non-shady team.
  11. Tenx: Raised 80 million, offers cryptocurrency-linked credit cards that let you spend virtual money in real life. Developing a series of payment platforms to make spending cryptocurrency easier. However, the question is if full privacy coins will be hindered in growth through government regulations and optional privacy coins will become more successful through ease of use and no regulatory hindrance.

Market 5 - Currency Exchange Tool

Due to the sheer number of different cryptocurrencies, exchanging one currency for the other it still cumbersome. Further, merchants don’t want to deal with overcluttered options of accepting cryptocurrencies. This is where exchange tool like Req come in, which allow easy and simple exchange of currencies.
  1. Cryptonex: Fiat and currency exchange between various blockchain services, similar to REQ.
  2. QASH: Qash is used to fuel its liquid platform which will be an exchange that will distribute their liquidity pool. Its product, the Worldbook is a multi-exchange order book that matches crypto to crypto, and crypto to fiat and the reverse across all currencies. E.g., someone is selling Bitcoin is USD on exchange1 not owned by Quoine and someone is buying Bitcoin in EURO on exchange 2 not owned by Quoine. If the forex conversions and crypto conversions match then the trade will go through and the Worldbook will match it, it'll make the sale and the purchase on either exchange and each user will get what they wanted, which means exchanges with lower liquidity if they join the Worldbook will be able to fill orders and take trade fees they otherwise would miss out on.They turned it on to test it a few months ago for an hour or so and their exchange was the top exchange in the world by 4x volume for the day because all Worldbook trades ran through it. Binance wants BNB to be used on their one exchange. Qash wants their QASH token embedded in all of their partners. More info here https://www.reddit.com/CryptoCurrency/comments/8a8lnwhich_are_your_top_5_favourite_coins_out_of_the/dwyjcbb/?context=3
  3. Kyber: network Exchange between cryptocurrencies, similar to REQ. Features automatic coin conversions for payments. Also offers payment tools for developers and a cryptocurrency wallet.
  4. Achain: Building a boundless blockchain world like Req .
  5. Req: Exchange between cryptocurrencies.
  6. Bitshares: Exchange between cryptocurrencies. Noteworthy are the 1.5 second average block times and throughput potential of 100,000 transactions per second with currently 2,400 TPS having been proven. However, bitshares had several Scam accusations in the past.
  7. Loopring: A protocol that will enable higher liquidity between exchanges and personal wallets.
  8. ZRX: Open standard for dapps. Open, permissionless protocol allowing for ERC20 tokens to be traded on the Ethereum blockchain. In 0x protocol, orders are transported off-chain, massively reducing gas costs and eliminating blockchain bloat. Relayers help broadcast orders and collect a fee each time they facilitate a trade. Anyone can build a relayer.

Market 6 - Gaming

With an industry size of $108B worldwide, Gaming is one of the largest markets in the world. For sure, cryptocurrencies will want to have a share of that pie.
  1. Storm: Mobile game currency on a platform with 9 million players.
  2. Fun: A platform for casino operators to host trustless, provably-fair gambling through the use of smart contracts, as well as creating their own implementation of state channels for scalability.
  3. Electroneum: Mobile game currency They have lots of technical problems, such as several 51% attacks
  4. Wax: Marketplace to trade in-game items

Market 7 - Misc

There are various markets being tapped right now. They are all summed up under misc.
  1. OMG: Omise is designed to enable financial services for people without bank accounts. It works worldwide and with both traditional money and cryptocurrencies.
  2. Power ledger: Australian blockchain-based cryptocurrency and energy trading platform that allows for decentralized selling and buying of renewable energy. Unique market and rather untapped market in the crypto space.
  3. Populous: A platform that connects business owners and invoice buyers without middlemen. Invoice sellers get cash flow to fund their business and invoice buyers earn interest. Similar to OMG, small market.
  4. Monacoin: The first Japanese cryptocurrency. Focused on micro-transactions and based on a popular internet meme of a type-written cat. This makes it similar to Dogecoin. Very niche, tiny market.
  5. Revain: Legitimizing reviews via the blockchain. Interesting concept, though market not as big.
  6. Augur: Platform to forecast and make wagers on the outcome of real-world events (AKA decentralized predictions). Uses predictions for a “wisdom of the crowd” search engine. Not launched yet.
  7. Substratum: Revolutionzing hosting industry via per request billing as a decentralized internet hosting system. Uses a global network of private computers to create the free and open internet of the future. Participants earn cryptocurrency. Interesting concept.
  8. Veritaseum: Is supposed to be a peer to peer gateway, though it looks like very much like a scam.
  9. TRON: Tronix is looking to capitalize on ownership of internet data to content creators. However, they plagiarized their white paper, which is a no go. They apologized, so it needs to be seen how they will conduct themselves in the future. Extremely high market cap for not having a product, nor proof of concept.
  10. Syscoin: A cryptocurrency with a decentralized marketplace that lets people buy and sell products directly without third parties. Trying to remove middlemen like eBay and Amazon.
  11. Hshare: Most likely scam because of no code changes, most likely pump and dump scheme, dead community.
  12. BAT: An Ethereum-based token that can be exchanged between content creators, users, and advertisers. Decentralized ad-network that pays based on engagement and attention.
  13. Dent: Decentralizeed exchange of mobile data, enabling mobile data to be marketed, purchased or distributed, so that users can quickly buy or sell data from any user to another one.
  14. Ncash: End to end encrypted Identification system for retailers to better serve their customers .
  15. Factom Secure record-keeping system that allows companies to store their data directly on the Blockchain. The goal is to make records more transparent and trustworthy .

Market 8 - Social network

Web 2.0 is still going strong and Web 3.0 is not going to ignore it. There are several gaming tokens already out there and a few with decent traction already, such as Steem, which is Reddit with voting through money is a very interesting one.
  1. Mithril: As users create content via social media, they will be rewarded for their contribution, the better the contribution, the more they will earn
  2. Steem: Like Reddit, but voting with money. Already launched product and Alexa rank 1,000 Thumbs up.
  3. Rdd: Reddcoin makes the process of sending and receiving money fun and rewarding for everyone. Reddcoin is dedicated to one thing – tipping on social networks as a way to bring cryptocurrency awareness and experience to the general public.
  4. Kin: Token for the platform Kik. Kik has a massive user base of 400 million people. Replacing paying with FIAT with paying with KIN might get this token to mass adoption very quickly.

Market 9 - Fee token

Popular exchanges realized that they can make a few billion dollars more by launching their own token. Owning these tokens gives you a reduction of trading fees. Very handy and BNB (Binance Coin) has been one of the most resilient tokens, which have withstood most market drops over the last weeks and was among the very few coins that could show growth.
  1. BNB: Fee token for Binance
  2. Gas: Not a Fee token for an exchange, but it is a dividend paid out on Neo and a currency that can be used to purchase services for dapps.
  3. Kucoin: Fee token for Kucoin

Market 10 - Decentralized Data Storage

Currently, data storage happens with large companies or data centers that are prone to failure or losing data. Decentralized data storage makes loss of data almost impossible by distributing your files to numerous clients that hold tiny pieces of your data. Remember Torrents? Torrents use a peer-to-peer network. It is similar to that. Many users maintain copies of the same file, when someone wants a copy of that file, they send a request to the peer-to-peer network., users who have the file, known as seeds, send fragments of the file to the requester., he requester receives many fragments from many different seeds, and the torrent software recompiles these fragments to form the original file.
  1. Gbyte: Byteball data is stored and ordered using directed acyclic graph (DAG) rather than blockchain. This allows all users to secure each other's data by referencing earlier data units created by other users, and also removes scalability limits common for blockchains, such as blocksize issue.
  2. Siacoin: Siacoin is decentralized storage platform. Distributes encrypted files to thousands of private users who get paid for renting out their disk space. Anybody with siacoins can rent storage from hosts on Sia. This is accomplish via "smart" storage contracts stored on the Sia blockchain. The smart contract provides a payment to the host only after the host has kept the file for a given amount of time. If the host loses the file, the host does not get paid.
  3. Maidsafecoin: MaidSafe stands for Massive Array of Internet Disks, Secure Access for Everyone.Instead of working with data centers and servers that are common today and are vulnerable to data theft and monitoring, SAFE’s network uses advanced P2P technology to bring together the spare computing capacity of all SAFE users and create a global network. You can think of SAFE as a crowd-sourced internet. All data and applications reside in this network. It’s an autonomous network that automatically sets prices and distributes data and rents out hard drive disk space with a Blockchain-based storage solutions.When you upload a file to the network, such as a photo, it will be broken into pieces, hashed, and encrypted. The data is then randomly distributed across the network. Redundant copies of the data are created as well so that if someone storing your file turns off their computer, you will still have access to your data. And don’t worry, even with pieces of your data on other people’s computers, they won’t be able to read them. You can earn MadeSafeCoins by participating in storing data pieces from the network on your computer and thus earning a Proof of Resource.
  4. Storj: Storj aims to become a cloud storage platform that can’t be censored or monitored, or have downtime. Your files are encrypted, shredded into little pieces called 'shards', and stored in a decentralized network of computers around the globe. No one but you has a complete copy of your file, not even in an encrypted form.

Market 11 - Cloud computing

Obviously, renting computing power, one of the biggest emerging markets as of recent years, e.g. AWS and Digital Ocean, is also a service, which can be bought and managed via the blockchain.
  1. Golem: Allows easy use of Supercomputer in exchange for tokens. People worldwide can rent out their computers to the network and get paid for that service with Golem tokens.
  2. Elf: Allows easy use of Cloud computing in exchange for tokens.

Market 12 - Stablecoin

Last but not least, there are 2 stablecoins that have established themselves within the market. A stable coin is a coin that wants to be independent of the volatility of the crypto markets. This has worked out pretty well for Maker and DGD, accomplished through a carefully diversified currency fund and backing each token by 1g or real gold respectively. DO NOT CONFUSE DGD AND MAKER with their STABLE COINS DGX and DAI. DGD and MAKER are volatile, because they are the companies of DGX and DAI. DGX and DAI are the stable coins.
  1. DGD: Platform of the Stablecoin DGX. Every DGX coin is backed by 1g of gold and make use proof of asset consensus.
  2. Maker: Platform of the Stablecoin DAI that doesn't vary much in price through widespread and smart diversification of assets.
EDIT: Added a risk factor from 0 to 10. The baseline is 2 for any crypto. Significant scandals, mishaps, shady practices, questionable technology, increase the risk factor. Not having a product yet automatically means a risk factor of 6. Strong adoption and thus strong scrutiny or positive community lower the risk factor.
EDIT2: Added a subjective potential factor from 0 to 10, where its overall potential and a small or big market cap is factored in. Bitcoin with lots of potential only gets a 9, because of its massive market cap, because if Bitcoin goes 10x, smaller coins go 100x, PIVX gets a 10 for being as good as Monero while carrying a 10x smaller market cap, which would make PIVX go 100x if Monero goes 10x.
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CRYPTOCURRENCY BITCOIN

CRYPTOCURRENCY BITCOIN
Bitcoin Table of contents expand: 1. What is Bitcoin? 2. Understanding Bitcoin 3. How Bitcoin Works 4. What's a Bitcoin Worth? 5. How Bitcoin Began 6. Who Invented Bitcoin? 7. Before Satoshi 8. Why Is Satoshi Anonymous? 9. The Suspects 10. Can Satoshi's Identity Be Proven? 11. Receiving Bitcoins As Payment 12. Working For Bitcoins 13. Bitcoin From Interest Payments 14. Bitcoins From Gambling 15. Investing in Bitcoins 16. Risks of Bitcoin Investing 17. Bitcoin Regulatory Risk 18. Security Risk of Bitcoins 19. Insurance Risk 20. Risk of Bitcoin Fraud 21. Market Risk 22. Bitcoin's Tax Risk What is Bitcoin?
Bitcoin is a digital currency created in January 2009. It follows the ideas set out in a white paper by the mysterious Satoshi Nakamoto, whose true identity is yet to be verified. Bitcoin offers the promise of lower transaction fees than traditional online payment mechanisms and is operated by a decentralized authority, unlike government-issued currencies.
There are no physical bitcoins, only balances kept on a public ledger in the cloud, that – along with all Bitcoin transactions – is verified by a massive amount of computing power. Bitcoins are not issued or backed by any banks or governments, nor are individual bitcoins valuable as a commodity. Despite it not being legal tender, Bitcoin charts high on popularity, and has triggered the launch of other virtual currencies collectively referred to as Altcoins.
Understanding Bitcoin Bitcoin is a type of cryptocurrency: Balances are kept using public and private "keys," which are long strings of numbers and letters linked through the mathematical encryption algorithm that was used to create them. The public key (comparable to a bank account number) serves as the address which is published to the world and to which others may send bitcoins. The private key (comparable to an ATM PIN) is meant to be a guarded secret and only used to authorize Bitcoin transmissions. Style notes: According to the official Bitcoin Foundation, the word "Bitcoin" is capitalized in the context of referring to the entity or concept, whereas "bitcoin" is written in the lower case when referring to a quantity of the currency (e.g. "I traded 20 bitcoin") or the units themselves. The plural form can be either "bitcoin" or "bitcoins."
How Bitcoin Works Bitcoin is one of the first digital currencies to use peer-to-peer technology to facilitate instant payments. The independent individuals and companies who own the governing computing power and participate in the Bitcoin network, also known as "miners," are motivated by rewards (the release of new bitcoin) and transaction fees paid in bitcoin. These miners can be thought of as the decentralized authority enforcing the credibility of the Bitcoin network. New bitcoin is being released to the miners at a fixed, but periodically declining rate, such that the total supply of bitcoins approaches 21 million. One bitcoin is divisible to eight decimal places (100 millionths of one bitcoin), and this smallest unit is referred to as a Satoshi. If necessary, and if the participating miners accept the change, Bitcoin could eventually be made divisible to even more decimal places. Bitcoin mining is the process through which bitcoins are released to come into circulation. Basically, it involves solving a computationally difficult puzzle to discover a new block, which is added to the blockchain and receiving a reward in the form of a few bitcoins. The block reward was 50 new bitcoins in 2009; it decreases every four years. As more and more bitcoins are created, the difficulty of the mining process – that is, the amount of computing power involved – increases. The mining difficulty began at 1.0 with Bitcoin's debut back in 2009; at the end of the year, it was only 1.18. As of February 2019, the mining difficulty is over 6.06 billion. Once, an ordinary desktop computer sufficed for the mining process; now, to combat the difficulty level, miners must use faster hardware like Application-Specific Integrated Circuits (ASIC), more advanced processing units like Graphic Processing Units (GPUs), etc.
What's a Bitcoin Worth? In 2017 alone, the price of Bitcoin rose from a little under $1,000 at the beginning of the year to close to $19,000, ending the year more than 1,400% higher. Bitcoin's price is also quite dependent on the size of its mining network since the larger the network is, the more difficult – and thus more costly – it is to produce new bitcoins. As a result, the price of bitcoin has to increase as its cost of production also rises. The Bitcoin mining network's aggregate power has more than tripled over the past twelve months.
How Bitcoin Began
Aug. 18, 2008: The domain name bitcoin.org is registered. Today, at least, this domain is "WhoisGuard Protected," meaning the identity of the person who registered it is not public information.
Oct. 31, 2008: Someone using the name Satoshi Nakamoto makes an announcement on The Cryptography Mailing list at metzdowd.com: "I've been working on a new electronic cash system that's fully peer-to-peer, with no trusted third party. The paper is available at http://www.bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf." This link leads to the now-famous white paper published on bitcoin.org entitled "Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System." This paper would become the Magna Carta for how Bitcoin operates today.
Jan. 3, 2009: The first Bitcoin block is mined, Block 0. This is also known as the "genesis block" and contains the text: "The Times 03/Jan/2009 Chancellor on brink of second bailout for banks," perhaps as proof that the block was mined on or after that date, and perhaps also as relevant political commentary.
Jan. 8, 2009: The first version of the Bitcoin software is announced on The Cryptography Mailing list.
Jan. 9, 2009: Block 1 is mined, and Bitcoin mining commences in earnest.
Who Invented Bitcoin?
No one knows. Not conclusively, at any rate. Satoshi Nakamoto is the name associated with the person or group of people who released the original Bitcoin white paper in 2008 and worked on the original Bitcoin software that was released in 2009. The Bitcoin protocol requires users to enter a birthday upon signup, and we know that an individual named Satoshi Nakamoto registered and put down April 5 as a birth date. And that's about it.
Before Satoshi
Though it is tempting to believe the media's spin that Satoshi Nakamoto is a solitary, quixotic genius who created Bitcoin out of thin air, such innovations do not happen in a vacuum. All major scientific discoveries, no matter how original-seeming, were built on previously existing research. There are precursors to Bitcoin: Adam Back’s Hashcash, invented in 1997, and subsequently Wei Dai’s b-money, Nick Szabo’s bit gold and Hal Finney’s Reusable Proof of Work. The Bitcoin white paper itself cites Hashcash and b-money, as well as various other works spanning several research fields.
Why Is Satoshi Anonymous?
There are two primary motivations for keeping Bitcoin's inventor keeping his or her or their identity secret. One is privacy. As Bitcoin has gained in popularity – becoming something of a worldwide phenomenon – Satoshi Nakamoto would likely garner a lot of attention from the media and from governments.
The other reason is safety. Looking at 2009 alone, 32,489 blocks were mined; at the then-reward rate of 50 BTC per block, the total payout in 2009 was 1,624,500 BTC, which at today’s prices is over $900 million. One may conclude that only Satoshi and perhaps a few other people were mining through 2009 and that they possess a majority of that $900 million worth of BTC. Someone in possession of that much BTC could become a target of criminals, especially since bitcoins are less like stocks and more like cash, where the private keys needed to authorize spending could be printed out and literally kept under a mattress. While it's likely the inventor of Bitcoin would take precautions to make any extortion-induced transfers traceable, remaining anonymous is a good way for Satoshi to limit exposure.
The Suspects
Numerous people have been suggested as possible Satoshi Nakamoto by major media outlets. Oct. 10, 2011, The New Yorker published an article speculating that Nakamoto might be Irish cryptography student Michael Clear or economic sociologist Vili Lehdonvirta. A day later, Fast Company suggested that Nakamoto could be a group of three people – Neal King, Vladimir Oksman and Charles Bry – who together appear on a patent related to secure communications that were filed two months before bitcoin.org was registered. A Vice article published in May 2013 added more suspects to the list, including Gavin Andresen, the Bitcoin project’s lead developer; Jed McCaleb, co-founder of now-defunct Bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox; and famed Japanese mathematician Shinichi Mochizuki.
In December 2013, Techcrunch published an interview with researcher Skye Grey who claimed textual analysis of published writings shows a link between Satoshi and bit-gold creator Nick Szabo. And perhaps most famously, in March 2014, Newsweek ran a cover article claiming that Satoshi is actually an individual named Satoshi Nakamoto – a 64-year-old Japanese-American engineer living in California. The list of suspects is long, and all the individuals deny being Satoshi.
Can Satoshi's Identity Be Proven?
It would seem even early collaborators on the project don’t have verifiable proof of Satoshi’s identity. To reveal conclusively who Satoshi Nakamoto is, a definitive link would need to be made between his/her activity with Bitcoin and his/her identity. That could come in the form of linking the party behind the domain registration of bitcoin.org, email and forum accounts used by Satoshi Nakamoto, or ownership of some portion of the earliest mined bitcoins. Even though the bitcoins Satoshi likely possesses are traceable on the blockchain, it seems he/she has yet to cash them out in a way that reveals his/her identity. If Satoshi were to move his/her bitcoins to an exchange today, this might attract attention, but it seems unlikely that a well-funded and successful exchange would betray a customer's privacy.
Receiving Bitcoins As Payment
Bitcoins can be accepted as a means of payment for products sold or services provided. If you have a brick and mortar store, just display a sign saying “Bitcoin Accepted Here” and many of your customers may well take you up on it; the transactions can be handled with the requisite hardware terminal or wallet address through QR codes and touch screen apps. An online business can easily accept bitcoins by just adding this payment option to the others it offers, like credit cards, PayPal, etc. Online payments will require a Bitcoin merchant tool (an external processor like Coinbase or BitPay).
Working For Bitcoins
Those who are self-employed can get paid for a job in bitcoins. There are several websites/job boards which are dedicated to the digital currency:
Work For Bitcoin brings together work seekers and prospective employers through its websiteCoinality features jobs – freelance, part-time and full-time – that offer payment in bitcoins, as well as Dogecoin and LitecoinJobs4Bitcoins, part of reddit.comBitGigs
Bitcoin From Interest Payments
Another interesting way (literally) to earn bitcoins is by lending them out and being repaid in the currency. Lending can take three forms – direct lending to someone you know; through a website which facilitates peer-to-peer transactions, pairing borrowers and lenders; or depositing bitcoins in a virtual bank that offers a certain interest rate for Bitcoin accounts. Some such sites are Bitbond, BitLendingClub, and BTCjam. Obviously, you should do due diligence on any third-party site.
Bitcoins From Gambling
It’s possible to play at casinos that cater to Bitcoin aficionados, with options like online lotteries, jackpots, spread betting, and other games. Of course, the pros and cons and risks that apply to any sort of gambling and betting endeavors are in force here too.
Investing in Bitcoins
There are many Bitcoin supporters who believe that digital currency is the future. Those who endorse it are of the view that it facilitates a much faster, no-fee payment system for transactions across the globe. Although it is not itself any backed by any government or central bank, bitcoin can be exchanged for traditional currencies; in fact, its exchange rate against the dollar attracts potential investors and traders interested in currency plays. Indeed, one of the primary reasons for the growth of digital currencies like Bitcoin is that they can act as an alternative to national fiat money and traditional commodities like gold.
In March 2014, the IRS stated that all virtual currencies, including bitcoins, would be taxed as property rather than currency. Gains or losses from bitcoins held as capital will be realized as capital gains or losses, while bitcoins held as inventory will incur ordinary gains or losses.
Like any other asset, the principle of buying low and selling high applies to bitcoins. The most popular way of amassing the currency is through buying on a Bitcoin exchange, but there are many other ways to earn and own bitcoins. Here are a few options which Bitcoin enthusiasts can explore.
Risks of Bitcoin Investing
Though Bitcoin was not designed as a normal equity investment (no shares have been issued), some speculative investors were drawn to the digital money after it appreciated rapidly in May 2011 and again in November 2013. Thus, many people purchase bitcoin for its investment value rather than as a medium of exchange.
However, their lack of guaranteed value and digital nature means the purchase and use of bitcoins carries several inherent risks. Many investor alerts have been issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and other agencies.
The concept of a virtual currency is still novel and, compared to traditional investments, Bitcoin doesn't have much of a long-term track record or history of credibility to back it. With their increasing use, bitcoins are becoming less experimental every day, of course; still, after eight years, they (like all digital currencies) remain in a development phase, still evolving. "It is pretty much the highest-risk, highest-return investment that you can possibly make,” says Barry Silbert, CEO of Digital Currency Group, which builds and invests in Bitcoin and blockchain companies.
Bitcoin Regulatory Risk
Investing money into Bitcoin in any of its many guises is not for the risk-averse. Bitcoins are a rival to government currency and may be used for black market transactions, money laundering, illegal activities or tax evasion. As a result, governments may seek to regulate, restrict or ban the use and sale of bitcoins, and some already have. Others are coming up with various rules. For example, in 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services finalized regulations that would require companies dealing with the buy, sell, transfer or storage of bitcoins to record the identity of customers, have a compliance officer and maintain capital reserves. The transactions worth $10,000 or more will have to be recorded and reported.
Although more agencies will follow suit, issuing rules and guidelines, the lack of uniform regulations about bitcoins (and other virtual currency) raises questions over their longevity, liquidity, and universality.
Security Risk of Bitcoins
Bitcoin exchanges are entirely digital and, as with any virtual system, are at risk from hackers, malware and operational glitches. If a thief gains access to a Bitcoin owner's computer hard drive and steals his private encryption key, he could transfer the stolen Bitcoins to another account. (Users can prevent this only if bitcoins are stored on a computer which is not connected to the internet, or else by choosing to use a paper wallet – printing out the Bitcoin private keys and addresses, and not keeping them on a computer at all.) Hackers can also target Bitcoin exchanges, gaining access to thousands of accounts and digital wallets where bitcoins are stored. One especially notorious hacking incident took place in 2014, when Mt. Gox, a Bitcoin exchange in Japan, was forced to close down after millions of dollars worth of bitcoins were stolen.
This is particularly problematic once you remember that all Bitcoin transactions are permanent and irreversible. It's like dealing with cash: Any transaction carried out with bitcoins can only be reversed if the person who has received them refunds them. There is no third party or a payment processor, as in the case of a debit or credit card – hence, no source of protection or appeal if there is a problem.
Insurance Risk
Some investments are insured through the Securities Investor Protection Corporation. Normal bank accounts are insured through the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) up to a certain amount depending on the jurisdiction. Bitcoin exchanges and Bitcoin accounts are not insured by any type of federal or government program.
Risk of Bitcoin Fraud
While Bitcoin uses private key encryption to verify owners and register transactions, fraudsters and scammers may attempt to sell false bitcoins. For instance, in July 2013, the SEC brought legal action against an operator of a Bitcoin-related Ponzi scheme.
Market Risk
Like with any investment, Bitcoin values can fluctuate. Indeed, the value of the currency has seen wild swings in price over its short existence. Subject to high volume buying and selling on exchanges, it has a high sensitivity to “news." According to the CFPB, the price of bitcoins fell by 61% in a single day in 2013, while the one-day price drop in 2014 has been as big as 80%.
If fewer people begin to accept Bitcoin as a currency, these digital units may lose value and could become worthless. There is already plenty of competition, and though Bitcoin has a huge lead over the other 100-odd digital currencies that have sprung up, thanks to its brand recognition and venture capital money, a technological break-through in the form of a better virtual coin is always a threat.
Bitcoin's Tax Risk
As bitcoin is ineligible to be included in any tax-advantaged retirement accounts, there are no good, legal options to shield investments from taxation.
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Read it once, go read other crypto stuff, read it again… keep doing this until the whole document makes sense. It’ll take a while, but you’ll get there. This is the original whitepaper introducing and explaining Bitcoin, and there’s really nothing better out there to understand on the subject.
“What is needed is an electronic payment system based on cryptographic proof instead of trust, allowing any two willing parties to transact directly with each other without the need for a trusted third party

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Apple banned cryptocurrencies purchasing for the Apple Card

Apple banned cryptocurrencies purchasing for the Apple Card
Users of the Apple Card, developed by Apple in partnership with Goldman Sachs investment bank and Mastercard, will not be able to buy cryptocurrency. Also, they can’t purchase casino gaming chips and lottery tickets, as well as betting on sweepstakes, the user agreement says.
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According to the document, users are not allowed to use the Apple Card to receive cash loans and cash equivalents, along with “any illegal activity, including gambling on domestic or international websites or the purchase of illegal products or services.”
In particular, Goldman Sachs equates “the purchase of traveler’s checks, foreign currency or cryptocurrency” to the acquisition of cash equivalents.
It should be noted that Apple introduced the Apple Card in March 2019. You will be able to release a virtual card - and within a few minutes, it will be active thanks to Apple Wallet app.
You can pay with the card wherever Apple Pay works. For Apple Card users, there will be no annual fees, late fees, or fees for exceeding the limit. Also, the service involves the accrual of cashback - 2% of any purchases and 3% of purchases in Apple services.
Apple management noted that the company will not be aware of how much you spend and what you buy, so this data will not be available to third parties.
The application allows you to track statistics on purchasing, automatically distributing it into categories and adding the address where the purchase was made. The app uses artificial intelligence and geolocation data from Apple Maps for statistics. Later, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that the Apple Card would appear in the US in August 2019.
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Best types of online payment methods

If you open an online business, you want to get some income. The most common way - to provide online payment services through some payment provider.
What is a payment provider? It is a company which provides special services for your website to receive online payments. There are some banks that provide such opportunity but in almost all cases you need to use these providers.
These solutions provide a greater degree of control and automation to merchants, allowing them to interface with multiple processors and also help secure cardholder data while reducing PCI compliance scope.
Benefits from payment processing integration:
  1. It saves your time.
  2. Reduces chargebacks
  3. Incraeses money flow
  4. Decreases a human errors
To choose the best payment provider you must know what kind of business you’ve got:
If your business is close to one of them - you’ve got a high-risk business.
For your business to accept payments via credit cards, you should open a merchant account from an acquiring bank. The cost for opening the account differs depending on your business type. Naturally, fees for high-risk businesses are higher. Such business require a special payment solutions.
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Guide to Retail Investing - Part IV

How to Trade
Last couple of these have been personal stories and anecdotal. Here's Part I, Part II, and Part III
This ‘Guide’ is meant for retail investor education. I really hope it doesn’t sound condescending, it’s honestly not meant to be. There’s all kinds of material out there for the new, the intermediate, and advanced DIY investor. Looking up different views and perspectives is a good idea. But fundamentals won’t change. Nobody needs another ringtone.
For the retail investor, this is the most important of the bunch. Bar none. If I only made one post, this would be it.
Get some money together, open an account at a broker, sign a 20 page document that’s been written in 4 point Calibri, and off you go. You’re a ‘trader’.
Imagine if getting a driver’s licence was the same way. You pony up for a car, gas it up, get in, and have at ‘er. Thankfully it doesn’t work that way.
That’s why insurance is required by law. There’s driving schools & road testing. And one of your parents got you to that point by taking you out when you were old enough, putting you behind the wheel in an empty parking lot, all while silently praying that you won’t fuck it up.
Yet despite all this, bad drivers exist. Many don’t know they’re bad drivers, and would never see themselves that way. Worst of all, they’ll never get better at it. Ever. No matter how many driving courses they take, they will still suck. There’s reality shows made about it.
The bad driver might improve slightly over time. And hopefully they won’t take out a bus load of nuns and orphans while they’re improving slightly.
Unlike driving, there’s only four things to know about trading.
  1. Position
  2. Exposure
  3. Risk
  4. Holding period
Position is directional. That means short, or long.
Exposure is the amount of $$$ you stand to lose.
Risk is the likelihood and magnitude of prices moving against position.
Holding period is defined by the amount you are willing to lose or gain until you close a position.
Risk can be estimated in several ways. Some like u/GoBlueCdn find it in costs and financial statements. u/CytochromeP4 knows emergent industrial processes and the plant and validates scalability against economics.
Fundamental analysis, management decisions, market potential….etc are methods to approaching it, and to get a handle on it.
Trading equities is a total bitch compared to commodities.
I sometimes see equities like the guy who nobody knows and none can remember inviting to the the party, who shows up, drinks all the punch, eats every cocktail wiener, drinks the last beers in the fridge, and then grabs the neighbour’s wife’s ass on the way out at the end of the night.
Yes, I’m biased, because I’m a commodity guy. It’s my opinion.
In commodities I can get positions and exposures on exactly what I want in exactly the time periods I want. I can find leverage easily. I can alter exposures through hedging down to a few dozen basis points. I can separate physical from financial exposure. I see risk having less moving parts, and purer. I get notional and realized PnL closed daily, and crystallized regularly.
Equities are filled with dirty hedges. You can get risk - by no want of your own - picked up in some CEO’s shitty pet project in a non-core division he spent $100 million on using debentures. Hedging forex exposure isn’t as easy because you can’t walk it to a penultimate. Holding periods aren’t well defined. Exposures need to be rebalanced, and it’s worse in volatile markets, ffs. Equities can be a pain in the ass to me, all in all.
With equities - some mutt you’ve had in your portfolio for years could hold a patent to a process that’s just been adopted industry wide. The clouds part, the sun shines, and the birds sing. That isn’t commodities tho.
It’s also a reason why I’m hard on retail guys who diddle with options but don’t know the exposures. Not knowing your exposure is the same as giving a 5 year old a chainsaw.
Anyway.
This isn’t a commercial for the NYMEX or the CBOT, or dissuading you from trading. This is for illustrating the differences between position, exposure, risk, and hold period.
I’ve seen and heard things over the past year, both from people I know to claims made on the internet. A lot of it is idiocy.
Length can make money simply by being in a rising market. Just as a gambler can by hitting a red 7 on the nose with a stack of chips. The market isn’t going to rise forever, nor will that red 7 keep hitting.
Good traders don’t care about direction. They care about position and exposure based upon assumed risk.
If I’m whining about a specific company or regulatory moves, it’s usually in context of changes in assumptions I’ve made about risk, or, about the potential changes in it. A trader doesn’t care about the horse, they only care about how it finishes. Or maybe that it won’t.
And a trader doesn’t gamble.
Games in a casino are fully described by game theory, and governed by mathematical law. Risk in these games is fully articulated, known, and quantifiable. The future is predicted by actual probabilities. Cost is known in advance.
A good gambler takes measured risk, understands their exposure, and adjusts position.
Trading isn’t gambling, because underlying a trade is assets that are predicated on generating future cash flow. Gambling is ‘betting’ on the outcome of a unique cash flow on a single event: there are no assets. Another try requires another purchase - another position.
I hope this is useful. That it gives context to posts, and why I sound like I do. In my work experience, there’s a bazillion who talk a good game, but they sure as fuck aren’t traders.
I seriously don’t care about who is going to take over the world of cannabis. I only care that I had the right position and exposure to have made my day. Or month. Or year. Or decade. I’m aiming for a target when I shoot.
Whenever you hear things like ‘catching a falling knife’ or ’strong hands’ or a hundred others like them - this is fuckwad backfilling bullshit. To a trader, they’re just like hearing a toddler trying to say words. They are phrases surrounding price events. And they are utterly useless.
If I’m opening a position to get exposure to a risk I want to accept….and then closing that position when my underlying risk assumptions change or a target gets hit in a hold….that’s trading.
Nobody likes to hear they’re bad at something. But it’s better to figure it out before you drop 20 large finding it out.
By applying the basics of trade - you can at least learn to drive defensibly, which will give you the best chance of getting home safely.
Catching a falling knife? You aren't even gambling sucker. You're on a midway.
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Forex Trading Software - How to Pick the Best One

For many different reasons, the foreign exchange is a Free Crypto Secret Review unique market. Firstly, everyday there is about $2trillion dollars being exchanged. Secondly, since the market is very liquid, you can sell any currencies even at insignificant mark-up and yet still earns. Thirdly, the whole world is your market, meaning you will never run out of clients. Fourthly, trading basically does not stop. Market is open for twenty four hours except on weekends. And lastly, you have the leverage and you can use it. Your leverage is that you can start trading even with small investment and still earn big profits.These robots are actually the secrets to success of so many traders. All trading robots in the market nowadays are almost exactly the same which are all designed to make profits for you. Currency trading is always profitable because this kind of business can give you huge proceeds at a little given time whether the indicators in market are going up or down.The word "forex" is a short term for foreign exchange. The meaning of this word is you trade the currency of one country to another. Foreign exchange trading started so many years ago. Many have found it a quick and easy way to earn money. Many people believe that this trading is like gambling in a casino. And when you say forex trading, people would think that it is a scam or if not, no one can easily engage into this kind of business because it may require big amount of capital.

Before you start saying that you do not want to get involved in anything about currency trading, you should know that there is big possibility that you have actually done so without knowing. Have you ever gone to other countries for vacation or work perhaps? What you should have actually done is exchanging your money to the currency of the country you planned to visit into. Doing such do not necessarily gave you profits but such is an example of forex trading. Those who handle such transactions are operators of forex trading and they are known as forex traders.If you engage in currency buy and sell, your goal is to identify the rise and fall of your money value against the value of currency of other countries. This market is open twenty four hours a day and it means that this market is very attractive especially to those who love the thrill of winning. You can make profits from the increase in value of your currency against the rate of other legal tender.

Most people love the risks involved in this kind of business and the thrill it brings along. These activities carry lots of excitement that is why so many have devoted their life into buying and selling currencies. What is more exhilarating about this trade is that you can join in the market even with a small capital in hand and yet you can still earn big very quickly.This trading is very risky though. And the activities it involves may not be suitable for those who have a faint heart. It may bring you great earnings in a very short while and yet may take all you have in just a moment. Even then, trading currencies offers really great possibilities. And if you have the right tools to aid you in making decisions such as what to buy and when to sell it, forex trading is no longer that hard because such tools are usually designed to help you avoid great loses.You probably know this but automated Forex system trading products have been evolving for many years. This process has gone from Forex systems that only the big banks and large traders could use to the present day where the average person can easily trade Forex.

The Forex system evolution process has been proceeding for about 15 years. This process is behind stocks and futures which have been progressing for about 20-25 years. Currently, the average person can trade Forex which just a few years ago was not reasonably possible.The "Holy Grail" for all markets has been to produce trading systems or software that could recognize certain market characteristics and enter and exit high probability trades automatically with little or no human input. Also, the software would have a high success rate and have a cost that many people could afford. Additionally, another goal is to remove human emotion from trading, which is a key problem with many traders. Wouldn't anyone want a product like this?That is a lot to ask for and the perfect product does not exist. However, the automated Forex system trading products have evolved sufficiently to approach the above goal.Most current automated systems produce a signal based on certain market conditions. These systems range in success rates from very low to very high. There are some very good systems on the market. You just have to find them. However, as with all evolving and expanding markets there are some products that sound good but mainly just take your money.

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Is Forex Trading Gambling?

This is a question that is asked a lot and there are many different answers to it. There are also quite a few different ways to look at the question. One way is extremely simple, it is just to ask "Are you a gambler?" If the answer is "Yes", for you Forex trading is gambling. If it is "Maybe", most likely also gambling.

What about those who are more risk conscience, though? Is it still gambling even if you are prudent and use good risk control? After all, it is betting on the direction of the market and that is fundamentally betting on an unknown outcome. This can be defined as gambling.

The way I always like to frame this question is; Does a casino gamble?

They do! On every spin of the wheel, every turn of a card and every yank of a one armed bandit, the casino gambles. It is completely random chance whether or not they will win or lose (even lose BIG) on any one bet they take. Casinos know the law of large numbers. This is what their entire model is based on. They know what the statistical chance of them winning and losing is, they make absolutely no attempt to win all the time. They know they can not. Instead, they ensure they have maximum bet sizes and jackpot payouts so they cap the amount they can lose.

The casino can lose any spin of the wheel, but they are astonishingly unlikely to lose over 100,000 spins of the wheel.

Understanding a casinos success requires understanding of the concept that the casino is not playing to win on any given day, only to be sure to survive each and every day so as to be able to play again the next. They know if they do this, they eventually win. If you walked into a casino with $1 million and wanted to place it all on black, the casino would turn you away. If you walked in with a $1 million wanting to place $1 on black a million times, the casino would set up a suite for you and hand you a lunch menu.

Through this, casinos have taken what is on each individual event gambling and turned it into a business model. Such is the challenge of a trader if they are to be long term successful. You do this through good strategy development (L2A), flawless execution of strategy (L2A) and suitable risk control (L2A).

If you are doing all these things, and you have developed a strategy that has a statistical edge with which you are able to trade over and over until the law of large numbers can take effect, to me the discussion of whether or not trading is gambling becomes really a matter of semantics. You can say it is and say it isn't and both are basically playing with words. You are taking risks to get a return and these are speculative risks. Are speculative risks was a quantifiable edge still gambling? I'll leave it to the word-smiths to figure that out.

My response to this question would be that when you enter into trading, you have two choices. You can be the house, or you can be the punter. You can look to be taking advantage of a known edge, or you can be hoping to be lucky. It takes both of these groups to make a casino, as it does a market. Choose your side.


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4 things you should know that will make you a better trader

Hi Redditors, This is a content that I wrote that I hope it will help you in your trader! Read on :)

Knowing your Commitment

Being honest about your commitment to Forex is very important. If you are working 8-5 daily — it’s already 7pm when you are home — and the strategy you are using, require you to be in front of your computer for 5 hours waiting for signal then you might want to change to another strategy. As you may find committing to this strategy in a long run impossible or you have to change a certain part of your lifestyle to compensate time for trading.
Sort your priorities before coming up with a schedule for the trading strategy you plan to use. This will help you to have a better organization and balance in both trading and your personal life. This way, you do not have to sacrifice your top priorities.

Mindset

Anything can happen any time when it comes to trading!
When you are trading with real money, adjust your stop loss to a comfortable level, in the way you do not have to worry even if you lose. It varies depending on your risk appetite: I set my stop loss to 2% of my account per trade, while some people set their stop-loss at 10% of their account. Previously when I set my stop loss level at 5% of my account, I realized I was in constant fear when the trade was in the Red zone (losing money). That is when I know I have to lessen my stop loss.
Having said that, you need to know it takes time before the market can hit your take profit.
You have to know that trading forex cannot make you an overnight millionaire — it is about being consistent. Likewise, you don’t expect to hit the gym for just a week and become the next Mr. Olympia. Forex is all about constantly keeping track of how your strategy is reacting to the current market, and knowing when to change and where to change. This is why I recommend you to keep a journal to record all the trades that you have done.

Risk: Reward ratio

The Risk and Reward ratio is one of the primary factors that will make you a profitable trader. The ratio emphases on how willing you are to risk to achieve your take profit. For example, if your R: R is 1: 2 and the Pivot Bar Strategy (GBP/JPY) is a 40pip: 80pip, you know that with every 2 losses you need 1 winning trade to break-even. Similarly, if your strategy only has 50% chance of being correct (equivalent to a coin toss), you will have a winning strategy right there. (Let’s do the math!) With every 10 trades you make — 5 wins (400pips) and 5 losses (200pips) — you have an overall profit of 200pips after deducting all your losses,
This is all part of your risk management, and all good traders know it is not how good you can make profit, but how well you can manage risk that will make you a profitable trader In a long run.

Edge

Many people say that speculators (Trader who trade short-term time-frame) are gamblers, which I agree to a small extent: we trade with the odds in our favour like how player count cards¹ in blackjack. In the same manner, when the odds are in our favour, we have an edge against the house.
So let’s talk about the roulette table where the house has an edge against the player. Many may think that the roulette table is a 50/50 game, well is not. Because of the 0 and 00, this makes the roulette table have an edge over players. Let’s do the math, you only bet on colours (Black or Red) the chances of you hitting is 18/38 that’s approximately 47.37%. The casino and because of the 0 and 00 the casino have an edge of 2.63%, this number might seem small but it kills. If you would gamble with a capital of $100 and $20 for every bet, the odds are you are not going to win big in the long run or you might even lose it all.
What makes forex different? When you have the correct mindset, proper risk management (Risk: Reward ratio) and you test your strategy before using it on the live market. You will have an edge, is definitely not easy getting everything right, if it is, everybody will quit their day job and trade. Forex is not for the faint-hearted, you have to put in the effort to be a profitable trader.

I am still working towards on becoming a profitable trader and I hope you would embark on this journey with me. We can learn and explore how we can all be profitable traders in the forex market. My next content post will be teaching you on how you can back-test your strategy and journaling.




  1. count cards - Card game strategy in blackjack that players use to decrease the house edge by keeping a tally of all the high and low valued cards seen by the player. It allows players to bet more with less risk when the count gives them an advantage and minimize their loss when the count is not a favourable one.
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10 million in disappears in 10 Minutes

www.trading212.com
I would like to bring to your attention our newly form concerned citizens group called the people vs Trading212. Trading212 offers a cfd product in they're trading platform that allows you to buy contracts on the cryptocurrency Bitcoin Cash. Many of us are cryptocurrency enthusiasts and joined the platform to trade these products. This weekend was a well documented launch of the bitcoin cash currency and it was also well documented that it was going to cause some disruption. I can only speak for myself by saying I found Trading212 because they had this product and set up an account. Much like the peg of the Swiss franc 2 years ago it was an opportunity trade volatility. Many of us traded all day Saturday until 7am Sunday. You per se an example of my screenshot below 6:52 am.
So at around 6:50 Trading212 halted trading on the product as the price went very hight and 90% of people were long according to data I saw. I knew trading was halted because I clicked the close all button and got an error message saying trading was halted. So I waited a few minutes clicked again still halted. I was worried for the companies ability to payout traders so I requested two 5k withdrawals out of my 10,624.82 free funds which were not tied up in any way. At this point while trading was halted Trading212 closed the 4 trades above and don’t feel obligated to pay me on the trades I was closing at the time they halted. It was the end of the asian trading session basically when I personally was finished. So now I am waiting for them to payout the 10k requested as well as 9-20k of positions above and they are declining to do this. But what is also interesting is that later in the day in my results I found records that they had come up with a settlement which you can see below:
So this sequence of events which happened to all of us goes like this:
Halt trading Consumer takes out what he can incase they go bankrupt. Then they close you're winning positions because of insufficient funds.
I think we all feel betrayed and we have lost a substantial amount of money.
Now the company will only respond to us through the chat app and basically say too bad guys.
There are tons of stories from our group which we can share with you. We want our money back and we don’t want this to happen again. Dan from flat alpha wrote a similar story about Plus500 during the Swiss franc peg.
Our question to you is can you help us stand up for ourselves and is this in violation of FSA policy.
By covering our story in the media tomorrow it will help shed light on these blackhole trading sites that make up rules to their advantage when they need them. Sadly, I think they take advantage of people everyday who want to have a crack at forex or stocks but they do not realise they are just gambling in a rigged casino and will surely lose their deposits. Our group was able trade successfully and we will not be taken advantage of and many of us believe that their may be criminal charges uncovered by decision makers at Trading212.
Just to give you an idea our group ranges from 18 year olds who lost all of their savings to experienced teams of investors. We estimate our group alone lost close to 10 million in deposits and trade revenue
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Trading & Gambling?

If trading individual stocks, forex, options, futures, and (now Bitcoin, and other crypto-currencies and soon Bitcoin futures by CMS) is considered a form of gambling/gaming that could shake markets and consequently the economy, why is it allowed by the governments and not regulated? If so much is at stake, why is it allowed? Now, I'm not talking about gambling in Casinos because in my opinion, a small number does it and it leads to individual ruin (which could lead to global ruin slowly) but we have seen that emotions, and greed can cause crashes in the markets, and everybody is affected.
If you have any resources regarding this topic, please share it. Thanks!
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Casino gamblers lose 70% of the time Forex 96% of the time

I have been trading Forex for a pretty long time. I do price action mostly, I use levels you name it and I can win 10 trades in a row easily and for some reason long term it takes 1 trade to wipe me out. I used stops but my broker is an ECN and widen the spreads right as I approach my TP level. The only way to close the trade is to watch it with no SL. Even when I use SL Ill go through long winning streaks and then it takes 1 losing streak to wipe me out
When I had a lot of money I used to gamble frequently played poker, made and loss money roughly 50% of the time. I used to play roulette and I won a lot of money frequently playing basic strategy. Now with Forex I have done an insane amount of research I followed and filtered through thousands of people on Myfxbook, Mql5 you name it and no one wins long term! They usually trade with massive drawdown to keep winning but eventually they can't recover from the drawdown all of them! What they do when they blow up an account they delete the other profile and start again.
Statistics are 70% of casino gamblers lose and 96% and possibly more Forex traders lose everything or lose overall!
I just did a basic Googe search to find the 96% http://bit.ly/2nf2Zrr
Some reports say 20-38% of traders win and make money and 100% lose money on there first account. Those are around the same odds of walking into a casino and putting your money into a random slot machine. Would you go to a casino every day to make a living?
Are any of you part of the 4% or less who actually frequently make a living for years at Forex? If so what's your winning strategy?
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The Italian Referendum ELI5

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This weekend, Sunday Dec 4 is the "Italian Referendum", a much hyped vote being put to the Italian populace concerning a large amount of varied and confusing proposed changes to the laws and constitution of Italy. In the "news", this referendum has been pounded with as much drama as is needed to get clicks. Here at /Forex, we recognize that these drama generating tactics will obscure what is likely the reality, so we wanted to give you a heads up on what to expect.
The short version is that the current Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and his center-left Democratic Party are pushing a bill to amend the Italian Constitution to allow for more centralization of Government. The Italian Gov't is very decentralized, and has been so since WWII, a response to the conglomeration of power that Il Duce Mussolini sought for a strong, centralized, Fascist government. Beyond this, it gets confusing, muddy. Basically, there is a push to make the power shift from the provinces to the center in Rome. Mr Renzi has stated that these reforms are necessary for the well being of Italy, and that he will resign if they are not passed. If you want your eyes to glaze over read the wiki page.
Where "Italexit" comes in is here: Theoretically (modified thanks to information from Cmossensor and enivid)
However, leaving the EU is not as easy for the Italians as the media has made it out to be.
There is a great analysis here at Business Insider as to why; I'll quote the key parts:
Morgan Stanley staff members Daniele Antonucci and Phanikiran Naraparaju point to Article 75 of Italy's written constitution, which enshrines the fact that Italy cannot hold a referendum on anything related to international treaties: "A general referendum may be held to repeal, in whole or in part, a law or a measure having the force of law, when so requested by five hundred thousand voters or five Regional Councils. No referendum may be held on a law regulating taxes, the budget, amnesty or pardon, or a law ratifying an international treaty." Membership of both the European Union and the euro, are by definition international in nature, and as a result, for Italy to give its people a say on leaving either, the constitution would have to be changed. Obviously, that is no easy task and would require a strongly eurosceptic government with a serious will to leave the EU.
The bold is the key part. BI's analysis:
This is the chain of events Naraparaju and Antonucci think needs to happen for Italy to drop out of the EU (emphasis ours): "So, the bar for leaving is high and the chain of events much longer than, say, for the UK to leave the EU. In Italy, a Eurosceptic party would have to win an election with an absolute majority and then set in motion the exit process after having changed the constitution with a two-thirds majority in both chambers or 'just' an absolute majority followed by a referendum. As Eurozone membership is indissolubly linked to EU membership, leaving the EU would also automatically mean leaving the EMU."
The TL;DR: It's simple:
More feed back is appreciated from those of you who study this. But those of you wondering "which currency to buy" just don't - margin req's are going up (again...sigh) in the US for this weekend due to amateurs and silly gambling streaks.
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Why Do You Use Bitcoin? (poll on Bitcoin Forums)

IAMA student at a top law school writing a legal essay about bitcoins. To get some insight on the bitcoin community, I created a poll over at the Bitcoin Forums.
Please consider voting in the poll, contributing to the discussion over there, or starting a discussion here.
FYI, poll question is: Which of the following best describes you or why you use bitcoin?
Thanks! reubgr
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Trading Verus Gambling. What is the Difference? Forex Trading VS Gambling (How to Win) Trading is gambling. How to gamble like a pro IS TRADING THE SAME AS GAMBLING? (Trader Q&A)

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