Bull Bitcoin Announces Canadian Dollar Payments on Liquid Through L-CAD

Bull Bitcoin, a Canada-based Bitcoin exchange, has announced that it has developed Liquid CAD (L-CAD), a non-custodial, prepaid voucher denominated in Canadian dollars, issued on the Liquid network. In a post on Medium, CEO Francis Pouliot highlights that this product is meant to accelerate the adoption of bitcoin by Canadians. Each L-CAD is purchased with Canadian dollars that then enter a closed-loop system designed to eventually convert into Bitcoin. Bull Bitcoin is not providing a way to redeem L-CAD back to fiat dollars, but acknowledges that they cannot prevent L-CAD…

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With Traditional Markets in Turmoil, AlphaPoint Transforms Assets

This is a sponsored article provided by AlphaPoint. In 2013, blockchain technology was in its earliest stages. The Bitcoin white paper, ushering in this underlying technology along with the world’s first cryptocurrency, had been published only five years before and was just beginning to gain traction in the wider world. At this dawning moment, AlphaPoint began its own journey to decentralize assets of all kinds and transform the traditional market into one that is more secure, transparent and suited for the future. AlphaPoint is a white label exchange and brokerage…

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What Is Happening to Money?

Money — the magical power it has on people is almost universal. But whether we earn it, spend it or save it, we hardly ever think about the following questions: What is money? Why does it exist? What will money look like in the future? And why should we think too much about it? Our money works. Day in, day out, we use it without much effort. So what’s the problem? As August Friedrich von Hayek pointed out, we humans constantly use things we don’t know anything about. For example,…

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From SARS to COVID-19: Hong Kong’s Path to an Asia Free Health Zone

Bats are a known harbor to a large variety of viruses. Humans rarely interact with bats directly (they are not a common delicacy or pet in China), but other wild animals, such as civets and pangolins, do. Seventeen years before the outbreak of COVID-19, a coronavirus already made the jump to humans, likely starting with a farmer in Guangdong province in Southern China. 2013: SARS In the case of SARS, it remained locally contained until a fishmonger from the Guangdong region was checked into a hospital in the province’s capital…

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5 Tips For Minimizing Your Bitcoin and Crypto Taxes

W2s and 1099s have been sent out and tax season is officially in full swing here in the United States. For those operating in the world of bitcoin or altcoin investing, this time of year can have added stress as reporting gains and losses for your crypto trades can be a cumbersome task. While the reporting can be difficult at times, there are many things you can do to help minimize your bitcoin and other cryptocurrency gains and, in turn, your tax liability. This article discusses a few of these…

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Plugging into C-Lightning: The Future of Lightning Plugins Is Bright

Trying to navigate the different Lightning implementations can be a challenge. Although there were initially three implementations: c-lightning, eclair and lnd, more continue to come out of the woodwork all the time with ptarmigan, rust-lightning and Electrum the most recent to enter the fray. Often, it seems developers and aspiring developers choose to use or contribute to a particular implementation based on the language it is written in. Familiar with Scala? Choose eclair. Excited by the potential of Rust? Choose rust-lightning. However, there are other key considerations such as the…

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Japan’s Crypto Garage Is Raising the Bar for Bitcoin-Based Cryptofinance Products

This is a sponsored article provided by Crypto Garage. At Tokyo-based Crypto Garage, innovators are working to create a wide array of specialized cryptofinance tools to help facilitate a transformation of our financial world into one based on the values of Bitcoin: transparency, security and decentralization. “We see a world where there is a platform for various types of assets that can be transacted without counterparty risk,” as Justin Dhingra, chief cryptofinance officer at Crypto Garage, put it. “Our service is not here to replace the existing financial infrastructure, but…

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The King of Blockchains, Bitcoin Can Become the Foundation for Web 3.0

Bitcoin remains the undisputed “king” of blockchains. Bitcoin’s dominance has increased significantly since the experimental times of 2017. Bitcoin has survived many attempted forks and “civil wars” and has established itself as the reserve cryptocurrency; people fall back to Bitcoin in bear markets. The production network has stood the test of time for over 10 years now.  However, the crypto industry has dismissed Bitcoin when it comes to smart contracts or Web 3.0. I believe this is going to change. It’s true that Bitcoin cannot do everything. Bitcoin is secure…

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Zero Interest, Limitless Repo and QE4: The Federal Reserve’s Market Operations Explained

“Gradually and then suddenly.” –Ernest Hemingway “Your ATMs are safe, your cash is safe. There’s enough cash in the financial system and there is an infinite amount of cash in the Federal Reserve.” –Neel Kashkari, President of the Central Bank of Minneapolis The Federal Reserve’s market activity is reaching a fever pitch. In response to a market bloodletting that seems to precipitate new record losses every day, the Federal Reserve has responded to a somewhat unprecedented crisis with its most thorough market interventions since 2008.  Liquidity is drying up in…

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The Best Bitcoin Trading Strategies (That Still Work in 2020)

This is a sponsored article provided by NordikCoin. Bitcoin trading has never been more popular than it is now, and the market doesn’t show any signs of slowing down. So, if you’ve considered getting in on the action, now is the time to strike. While there are numerous bitcoin trading tools available, you still need an understanding of the basic strategies to succeed. We’ve created this guide to introduce newcomers to some of the most common trading strategies. But seasoned traders may also wish to refresh their memories and adopt…

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