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15 Important Facts about "Cryptocurrency"

15 Important Facts about "Cryptocurrency"

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1. The total amount of bitcoin is limited:

That’s right. If you thought it would be possible to buy an endless amount of crypto, think again. Cryptocurrency is a limited resource, like gold or oil. This is why currencies like bitcoin continue to increase in value as the supply goes down. Investors know that somewhere down the road, the nu...

2.  No one knows who created bitcoin:

So who is the person that’s created this virtual currency market? Well, no one actually knows. The most surprising fact about cryptocurrency is the person or organization who created ‘bitcoin’ is unknown. However, people refer to the creator of bitcoin as Satoshi Nakamoto. A popular belief is tha...

3. Cryptocurrency can’t be physically banned:

Many countries worldwide have discussed banning cryptocurrencies; however, despite their desire to ban them, it’s physically impossible. Why? Because anyone can get a crypto wallet. Of course, countries can make regulations, but the cryptocurrency market itself cannot be banned. Some countries th...

4. There are over 5,000 different currencies:

Everyone wants to get in on cryptocurrencies. This is why new currencies are popping up in the industry daily. As of now, there are over 5,000 different currencies in the world. Naturally, most of these currencies aren’t worth much, nor will they be. However, there is always a diamond in the roug...

5. Trading all-day, every day:

The trading hours of the crypto market add to the craziness. The exchanges are open 24x7. Neither holidays/Sundays nor weekends exist in the crypto calendar. You can trade not just all day but even all night. This is unlike the stock and bond markets in India which operate from 9 AM to 3.30 PM (o...

6. China is the biggest cryptocurrency miner:

Well, who would have thought that? Mining cryptocurrency is the process of verifying transactions before they’re placed on the Blockchain’s ledger. It’s an extremely lucrative part of the business, and as of now, China controls around 75% of the mining network.

7. They’re taxable:

Depending on what country you live in. But since cryptocurrencies have now entered the mainstream markets, tax agencies worldwide are trying to make sure they get their slice of the virtual pie. Many countries expect you to pay tax on your cryptocurrency profits. In the United States, the IRS won...

If you've been following the appreciation of virtual currencies, you've probably heard an awful lot about bitcoin -- and with good reason. It was the first tradable cryptocurrency that was brought to market, and it currently makes up 54% of the aggregate $589 billion market cap of all cryptocurre...

9. "Miners" play a critical role:

Crypto-mining involves using high-powered computers to solve complex mathematical equations on a competitive basis in order to verify and log transactions. Being the first to do so often entitles the miner to a reward, which is given in the form of cryptocurrency coins and transaction fees assoc...

10. Decentralization is key:

What makes blockchain technology so enticing is the fact that it's decentralized. In other words, there is no central hub where this information is stored, and therefore no major data center where cybercriminals can attack and gain control of a particular digital currency.

Instead, servers ...

11. You Can’t Lose Your Wallet:

When dealing in cryptocurrency you hold a crypto wallet (digital wallet) that has public and private keys. You are provided with a private key to gain access to it and if you happen to lose your private key, the chances of getting it back are close to never. Your digital funds will disappear into...

12. Beware of Cryptojacking:

A cryptocurrency is a safe option for wallet safety but it is still exposed to scammers who use your computer or phone’s processing for the mining of cryptocurrency. They do this for their own benefit without your approval. This is called “Cryptojacking” where the scammers put malicious code in y...

13. Cryptocurrency Value Is Extremely Volatile:

Just like a normal share market, there are a lot of external factors that have a direct impact on the value of Crypto money. They are super volatile and really depend on your sense of trading. The value can swing dramatically which is sometimes in your favor and sometimes terribly against it. Its...

14. Countries That Have Banned Cryptocurrency:

While we are on the subject, there are a few countries where you can’t enjoy cryptocurrency rights as they have been banned. Here’s the list:

  • Algeria
  • Bolivia
  • Ecuador
  • Nepal
  • Bangladesh
  • Cambodia

15. Faster Than Supercomputers:

The world’s fastest supercomputer, the Summit, works at 122.3 petaflops, which is a quadrillion floating-point operations per second. If you look at the entire Bitcoin network, the processing power is about 80,704,290 petaflops. But a supercomputer can do several different things, while the only ...

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