Crypto Signal Services – Choosing The Best

Crypto trading can be profitable when the trader manages to keep an eye on the market round the clock. It is however something that can be challenging to do, but luckily there are crypto signal services that can be used to offer the needed assistance with the trading. They offer signals so traders are able to make the right decisions with their trading at the right time for that matter. With crypto currency trading so popular, a number of crypto signal services have popped up. So how do you choose the best to offer valuable information to make your trading most successful?

Service quality

It is one of the most important factors you should consider when choosing the services. The trading platform should have an impressive prediction success rate and should also offer relevant signals to guide you through the trades and market trends. The signals should also be sent in promptly so they match with real market activities. Check to see that they generate signals in the fastest way possible; it makes all the difference.

Reliability

Remember that you will be trusting them with guiding you with your trades and hence you want to choose someone you can fully rely on to make safe choices. This means that you should select a provider who is 100% legitimate. A provider who tells how they generate the signals is more reliable whether they are expert traders or automated software. In the world full of scams, you really want to be careful whom you choose to work with.

Free trial

One of the best ways that you can tell that a provider is genuine is by them offering you a free trial for the services they offer. This applies even when it comes to the crypto trading. A provider who offers free signals for a certain period of time gives you a chance to determine the quality and reliability of the service. By trying before investing, you get into the services with complete trust and confidence. Legit signals will have no issues, giving you the freedom to make a decision of working with them or looking elsewhere in case you are not happy with what you get.

Pricing

Even with a free trial, you definitely will need to subscribe to the services at some point. Avoid providers offering the signals at no charge at all as they may not be legit. However, you should also not be scammed to pay huge amounts for the subscription either. The pricing should be reasonable for the quality of service you stand to enjoy. Do your maths and research a little so you make the right decisions in the end.

Support

Apart from being available round the clock for your assistance, they should be knowledgeable towards the digital currency exchanges and the application they are offering you. Without this kind of support then you will still have issues enjoying the value that the services are meant to add you.

If you are looking for the best cryptocurrency to invest 2018, crypto signals and cryptocurrency predictions can go a long way in helping you make all the right trades. You can compare providers to choose the most reliable to guide you through it.

Crypto TREND – Second Edition

In the first edition of CRYPTO TREND we introduced Crypto Currency (CC) and answered several questions about this new market space. There is a lot of NEWS in this market every day. Here are some highlights that give us a glimpse of how new and exciting this market space is:

World’s largest futures exchange to create a futures contract for Bitcoin

Terry Duffy, president of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) said “I think sometime in the second week in December you’ll see our [bitcoin futures] contract out for listing. Today you cannot short bitcoin, so there’s only one way it can go. You either buy it or sell it to somebody else. So you create a two-sided market, I think it’s always much more efficient.”

CME intends to launch Bitcoin futures by the end of the year pending regulatory review. If successful, this will give investors a viable way to go “long” or “short” on Bitcoin. Some sellers of Exchange-Traded Funds have also filed for bitcoin ETF’s that track bitcoin futures.

These developments have the potential to allow people to invest in the crypto currency space without owning CC’s outright, or using the services of a CC exchange. Bitcoin futures could make the digital asset more useful by allowing users and intermediaries to hedge their foreign-exchange risks. That could increase the cryptocurrency’s adoption by merchants who want to accept bitcoin payments but are wary of its volatile value. Institutional investors are also used to trading regulated futures, which aren’t plagued by money-laundering worries.

CME’s move also suggests that bitcoin has become too big to ignore, since the exchange seemed to rule out crypto futures in the recent past. Bitcoin is just about all anyone is talking about at brokerages and trading firms, which have suffered amid rising but unusually placid markets. If futures at an exchange took off, it would be nearly impossible for any other exchange, like CME, to catch up, since scale and liquidity is important in derivatives markets.

“You can’t ignore the fact that this is becoming more and more of a story that won’t go away,” said Duffy in an interview with CNBC. There are “mainstream companies” that want access to bitcoin and there’s “huge pent-up demand” from clients, he said. Duffy also thinks bringing institutional traders into the market could make bitcoin less volatile.

Japanese village to use crypto currency to raise capital for municipal revitalization

The Japanese village of Nishiawakura is researching the idea of holding an Initial Coin Offering (ICO) to raise capital for municipal revitalization. This is a very novel approach, and they may ask for national government support or seek private investment. Several ICO’s have had serious problems, and many investors are sceptical that any new token will have value, especially if the ICO turns out to be a another joke or scam. Bitcoin certainly was no joke.

INITIAL COIN OFFERING – ( ICO )

We did not mention ICO in the first edition of Crypto Trend, so let’s mention it now. Unlike an Initial Public Offering (IPO), where a company has an actual product or service for sale and wants you to buy shares in their company, an ICO can be held by anyone who wants to initiate a new Blockchain project with the intention of creating a new token on their chain. ICO’s are unregulated and several have been total shams. A legitimate ICO can however raise a lot of cash to fund a new Blockchain project and network. It is typical for an ICO to generate a high token price near the start and then sink back to reality soon after. Because an ICO is relatively easy to hold if you know the technology and have a few bucks, there have been many, and today we have about 800 tokens in play. All these tokens have a name, they are all crypto currency, and except for the very well known tokens, like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and Litecoin, they are dubbed alt-coins. At this time Crypto Trend does not recommend participating in an ICO, as the risks are extremely high.

As we said in Issue 1, this market is the “wild west” right now, and we are recommending caution. Some investors and early adopters have made large profits in this market space; however, there are many who have lost a lot, or all. Governments are considering regulations, as they want to know about every transaction in order to tax them all. They all have huge debt and are strapped for cash.

So far, the crypto currency market has avoided many government and conventional bank financial problems and pitfalls, and Blockchain technology has the potential to solve many more problems.

A great feature of Bitcoin is that the originators chose a finite number of coins that can ever be generated – 21 million – thus ensuring that this crypto coin can never be inflated. Governments can print as much money (fiat currency) as they like and inflate their currency to death.

Future articles will delve into specific recommendations, however, make no mistake, early investing in this sector will be only for your most speculative capital, money that you can afford to lose.

How Modern Insurance Policy Systems Are Reinforcing the Insurance Industry

It’s time insurers threw off the shackles of their legacy systems, which add to the oppression of market pressures by hampering the effectiveness of their operations. But to do so, they need to recognize the improved functionality and additional value a successful PAS transformation could bring to their businesses first. Truth is, not all are willing to realize the value from a flexible policy administration system (PAS) with its different modules.

There’s no doubt that the modern PAS is transforming the insurance industry and making it possible for insurers to regain lost ground through impacting its people, process and technology; while offering unmatched levels of availability, reliability and security. Among other things, insurers staying loyal to their legacy system must face some hard truths:

1. Gap between the Haves and Have-Nots: Insurers depend heavily on their legacy systems to support their core applications. They support day-to-day tasks like the issuing and servicing of policies, processing of claims, as well as underwriting and billing processes. This makes insurers reluctant to tamper with their legacy systems. But this highly regulated and document intensive industry is being seriously hampered by the limitations laid down by their legacy systems. Insurers who remain committed to their inefficient but functioning legacy systems are manually processing piles of papers, and re-keying data between systems creating tremendous bottlenecks and time lags in their performance. They also generate inaccuracies which are bound to cause further bottlenecks at a later date. On the other hand, by adopting a modern PAS, insurers gain tremendous agility in processes and can easily modify old products and rollout new ones, with reduced time-to-market. As more insurers turn to them, half the industry is transforming its processes, its way of functioning and leaving the other half woefully behind, on customer service, efficiency and competitiveness.

2. Rules digital transformation out: Legacy systems operate on languages and system architectures which were developed in the ’70s and ’80s. Their age makes them completely unsuited to support digital transformation, in these times when every industry is porting its data to the cloud and employing big data applications to derive strategic and actionable business insights. Insurers who understand this are adopting a modern PAS to quickly initiate the changes needed to embrace the digital age.

3. Incompetence: There’s no doubt that insurers without a modern PAS lose out on service enablement, technological relevance and product speed-to-market when compared to the insurers who adopted one. Some of them may have already adopted other systems which helped them to extend the legacy system, requiring a highly knowledgeable team to undertake the required customization and core system modernization. If the insurer rejects the modernization wishing to mitigate the risk of a failed implementation and data migration, it may result inevitably in incompetence and a regrettable loss of market share.

4. Not Really Risk Mitigation: Being risk averse and avoiding disruption comes naturally to the insurance industry, but cannot be so comprehensive that the insurer avoids the adoption of a new technology fearing the risks. As the world around them is porting its operations to the cloud, they must accept a modicum of disruption in anticipation of achieving their vision for the technology they need and the resulting benefits from the digital transformation.

5. Implementation concerns: The importance of replacing outdated technologies and antiquated development methodologies needs to be recognized by businesses. They must also recognize and modify any other structural constraints in the processes. Fear of implementation failure cannot come in the way of an assured opportunity to gain competitive advantage by transforming one’s legacy system.

While all these concerns are holding some insurers back, others stay market-focused and are driven by business needs to undertake core system modernization. Their businesses flourish, while others flounder, as such upgrades improve their responsiveness. They close the gaps in their product and distribution strategy and provide superior customer service to retain existing customers and reach new markets. Their improved services are reinforcing the insurance industry itself, making it stronger and more attractive to its customers.

Thinking of Investing? Think the Bitcoin Way

What is Bitcoin?

If you’re here, you’ve heard of Bitcoin. It has been one of the biggest frequent news headlines over the last year or so – as a get rich quick scheme, the end of finance, the birth of truly international currency, as the end of the world, or as a technology that has improved the world. But what is Bitcoin?

In short, you could say Bitcoin is the first decentralised system of money used for online transactions, but it will probably be useful to dig a bit deeper.

We all know, in general, what ‘money’ is and what it is used for. The most significant issue that witnessed in money use before Bitcoin relates to it being centralised and controlled by a single entity – the centralised banking system. Bitcoin was invented in 2008/2009 by an unknown creator who goes by the pseudonym ‘Satoshi Nakamoto’ to bring decentralisation to money on a global scale. The idea is that the currency can be traded across international lines with no difficulty or fees, the checks and balances would be distributed across the entire globe (rather than just on the ledgers of private corporations or governments), and money would become more democratic and equally accessible to all.

How did Bitcoin start?

The concept of Bitcoin, and cryptocurrency in general, was started in 2009 by Satoshi, an unknown researcher. The reason for its invention was to solve the issue of centralisation in the use of money which relied on banks and computers, an issue that many computer scientists weren’t happy with. Achieving decentralisation has been attempted since the late 90s without success, so when Satoshi published a paper in 2008 providing a solution, it was overwhelmingly welcomed. Today, Bitcoin has become a familiar currency for internet users and has given rise to thousands of ‘altcoins’ (non-Bitcoin cryptocurrencies).

How is Bitcoin made?

Bitcoin is made through a process called mining. Just like paper money is made through printing, and gold is mined from the ground, Bitcoin is created by ‘mining’. Mining involves solving of complex mathematical problems regarding blocks using computers and adding them to a public ledger. When it began, a simple CPU (like that in your home computer) was all one needed to mine, however, the level of difficulty has increased significantly and now you will need specialised hardware, including high end Graphics Processing Unit (GPUs), to extract Bitcoin.

How do I invest?

First, you have to open an account with a trading platform and create a wallet; you can find some examples by searching Google for ‘Bitcoin trading platform’ – they generally have names involving ‘coin’, or ‘market’. After joining one of these platforms, you click on the assets, and then click on crypto to choose your desired currencies. There are a lot of indicators on every platform that are quite important, and you should be sure to observe them before investing.

Simply buy and hold

While mining is the surest and, in a way, simplest way to earn Bitcoin, there is too much hustle involved, and the cost of electricity and specialised computer hardware makes it inaccessible to most of us. To avoid all this, make it easy for yourself, directly input the amount you want from your bank and click “buy’, then sit back and watch as your investment increases according to the price change. This is called exchanging and takes place on many exchanges platforms available today, with the ability to trade between many different fiat currencies (USD, AUD, GBP, etc) and different crypto coins (Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, etc).

Trading Bitcoin

If you are familiar with stocks, bonds, or Forex exchanges, then you will understand crypto-trading easily. There are Bitcoin brokers like e-social trading, FXTM markets.com, and many others that you can choose from. The platforms provide you with Bitcoin-fiat or fiat-Bitcoin currency pairs, example BTC-USD means trading Bitcoins for U.S. Dollars. Keep your eyes on the price changes to find the perfect pair according to price changes; the platforms provide price among other indicators to give you proper trading tips.

Bitcoin as Shares

There are also organisations set up to allow you to buy shares in companies that invest in Bitcoin – these companies do the back and forth trading, and you just invest in them, and wait for your monthly benefits. These companies simply pool digital money from different investors and invest on their behalf.

Why should you invest in Bitcoin?

As you can see, investing in Bitcoin demands that you have some basic knowledge of the currency, as explained above. As with all investments, it involves risk! The question of whether or not to invest depends entirely on the individual. However, if I were to give advice, I would advise in favor of investing in Bitcoin with a reason that, Bitcoin keeps growing – although there has been one significant boom and bust period, it is highly likely that Cryptocurrencies as a whole will continue to increase in value over the next 10 years. Bitcoin is the biggest, and most well known, of all the current cryptocurrencies, so is a good place to start, and the safest bet, currently. Although volatile in the short term, I suspect you will find that Bitcoin trading is more profitable than most other ventures.

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About me: I’m just getting started with crypto, and am still learning. While the whole thing seems like a fad, a bubble, and overhyped, there is definitely something there worth knowing more about. I hope this article was useful, and encourages you to dive in and check it out for yourself – the best way to learn is to DO, and a free $10 doesn’t hurt. Best of luck!

Should Bitcoin Replace Currency of Central Banks?

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Distinction between Bitcoin and Currency of Central Banks

What is the difference between central bank authorized currency and Bitcoin? The bearer of central bank authorized currency can merely tender it for exchange of goods and services. The holder of Bitcoins cannot tender it because it’s a virtual currency not authorized by a central bank. However, Bitcoin holders may be able to transfer Bitcoins to another account of a Bitcoin member in exchange of goods and services and even central bank authorized currencies.

Inflation will bring down the real value of bank currency. Short term fluctuation in demand and supply of bank currency in money markets effects change in borrowing cost. However, the face value remains the same. In case of Bitcoin, its face value and real value both changes. We have recently witnessed the split of Bitcoin. This is something like split of share in the stock market. Companies sometimes split a stock into two or five or ten depending upon the market value. This will increase the volume of transactions. Therefore, while the intrinsic value of a currency decreases over a period of time, the intrinsic value of Bitcoin increases as demand for the coins increases. Consequently, hoarding of Bitcoins automatically enables a person to make a profit. Besides, the initial holders of Bitcoins will have a huge advantage over other Bitcoin holders who entered the market later. In that sense, Bitcoin behaves like an asset whose value increases and decreases as is evidenced by its price volatility.

When the original producers including the miners sell Bitcoin to the public, money supply is reduced in the market. However, this money is not going to the central banks. Instead, it goes to a few individuals who can act like a central bank. In fact, companies are allowed to raise capital from the market. However, they are regulated transactions. This means as the total value of Bitcoins increases, the Bitcoin system will have the strength to interfere with central banks’ monetary policy.

Bitcoin is highly speculative

How do you buy a Bitcoin? Naturally, somebody has to sell it, sell it for a value, a value decided by Bitcoin market and probably by the sellers themselves. If there are more buyers than sellers, then the price goes up. It means Bitcoin acts like a virtual commodity. You can hoard and sell them later for a profit. What if the price of Bitcoin comes down? Of course, you will lose your money just like the way you lose money in stock market. There is also another way of acquiring Bitcoin through mining. Bitcoin mining is the process by which transactions are verified and added to the public ledger, known as the black chain, and also the means through which new Bitcoins are released.

How liquid is the Bitcoin? It depends upon the volume of transactions. In stock market, the liquidity of a stock depends upon factors such as value of the company, free float, demand and supply, etc. In case of Bitcoin, it seems free float and demand are the factors that determine its price. The high volatility of Bitcoin price is due to less free float and more demand. The value of the virtual company depends upon their members’ experiences with Bitcoin transactions. We might get some useful feedback from its members.

What could be one big problem with this system of transaction? No members can sell Bitcoin if they don’t have one. It means you have to first acquire it by tendering something valuable you possess or through Bitcoin mining. A large chunk of these valuable things ultimately goes to a person who is the original seller of Bitcoin. Of course, some amount as profit will certainly go to other members who are not the original producer of Bitcoins. Some members will also lose their valuables. As demand for Bitcoin increases, the original seller can produce more Bitcoins as is being done by central banks. As the price of Bitcoin increases in their market, the original producers can slowly release their bitcoins into the system and make a huge profit.

Bitcoin is a private virtual financial instrument that is not regulated

Bitcoin is a virtual financial instrument, though it does not qualify to be a full-fledged currency, nor does it have legal sanctity. If Bitcoin holders set up private tribunal to settle their issues arising out of Bitcoin transactions then they might not worry about legal sanctity. Thus, it is a private virtual financial instrument for an exclusive set of people. People who have Bitcoins will be able to buy huge quantities of goods and services in the public domain, which can destabilize the normal market. This will be a challenge to the regulators. The inaction of regulators can create another financial crisis as it had happened during the financial crisis of 2007-08. As usual, we cannot judge the tip of the iceberg. We will not be able to predict the damage it can produce. It’s only at the last stage that we see the whole thing, when we are incapable of doing anything except an emergency exit to survive the crisis. This, we have been experiencing since we started experimenting on things which we wanted to have control over. We succeeded in some and failed in many though not without sacrifice and loss. Should we wait till we see the whole thing?