Let’s face it. The cryptocurrency industry is complicated. Ranging from the sheer number of cryptocurrencies to the pace of development, a massive amount of hype, and a complete overload of information, it can be difficult to cut through the mist to get to grips with the industry. But those that do find themselves in an industry full of opportunity — which would be difficult to find in such abundance elsewhere. With that in mind, we take a look at how you can fast-track your progress and crypto like the pros in no time.
Use a Hardware-Powered Wallet
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As you are likely aware, most cryptocurrencies have experienced what can only be described as meteoric growth in recent months, with the average cryptocurrency gaining close to 1,000% in the last year alone. For those that use and transact with cryptocurrencies regularly, this has undoubtedly been a welcome turn of events — but many investors have found themselves struggling to balance keeping their funds accessible and liquid, with staying secure. After all, with opportunities abound, but scams also prevalent, it’s important to ensure your funds are protected.
Right now, arguably the most efficient way to do this is by using a so-called hardware-powered cryptocurrency wallet. Unlike regular hardware wallets alone — which can be cumbersome and inefficient — a hardware-powered wallet benefits from the best of both worlds, with usability and security found in equal measure.
Coin Wallet, a multi-asset cryptocurrency wallet available on mobile and desktop platforms, is currently one of the more popular ways to benefit from hardware-grade security without compromising on ease of use since it features support for the budget-friendly Yubikey security stick. In an industry where speed and security are paramount, you’d likely struggle to find a crypto expert whale that doesn’t keep at least the bulk of their portfolio safely under the lock and key of a hardware-enabled wallet solution.
Leverage Decentralized Finance
Decentralized Finance, or DeFi for short, is the rapidly emerging catalog of financial platforms and protocols built on top of the blockchain. In the last year, these have taken the crypto world by storm, due to the advantages they provide to users and the unique capabilities of some platforms. Nowadays, close to ten percent of cryptocurrency users have interacted with at least one DeFi platform, and the number that interact with DeFi on a daily basis is growing rapidly — particularly among the high net worth and highly experienced crypto users.
The reasons behind this popularity are many, but it mostly boils down to either the potential profitability of some of these platforms, or their simple efficiency compared to traditional financial solutions. Right now, a large proportion of DeFi platforms offer ways to leverage the untapped potential of idle assets to either turn a profit or unlock some other benefit. For example, many decentralized exchanges allow users to act as liquidity providers to earn a share of the transaction fees; open lending platforms let users fill over-collateralized loans to earn a (relatively) safe yield, and liquidity mining platforms allow users to mine new tokens without paying anything — to name just a few potential DeFi avenues.
Experts are busy leveraging these platforms to their benefit, why shouldn’t you? Just be sure to do your due diligence first, as not all DeFi platforms are reputable.
How the Pros Trade Crypto
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Right now, odds are you’ve tried your hand at trading, and it didn’t end well. At least, that’s how the story goes for around 95% of cryptocurrency traders, who end up losing more than they start with. But while it is true that the large majority of cryptocurrency traders fare poorly, it’s important to acknowledge that the 5% can make incredible profits — but only if they’re able to do what 95% of people couldn’t.
Though it may sound obvious, the major difference between successful and unsuccessful traders generally boils down to two things; the first is an understanding of cryptocurrency markets, their trends, and general structure; and the second is knowledge of the variety of markets available and their individual benefits.
Unfortunately, the vast majority of retail traders leap into the market without either — which is why most end up in the red. But it doesn’t have to be this way. By taking the time to learn your options from your futures, and your leverage from your margin, you can avoid some of the common pitfalls other traders make, and potentially join the 5% that strike it big trading.
There are a number of platforms to help you find your trading-legs before you dive in, including NewsCrypto and Binance Academy — both of which provide a range of free tutorials to set you on your way.
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