“A Place for Crypto Newbies to Learn Everything They Need to Know from Scratch.”

Hannah Noethig and Matthias A. Will about their HODLversity, a three day crypto course for beginners in Playa del Carmen

Smart Bitcoin Investor: Why did you start HODLversity?

Hannah: Bitcoin is booming, even big companies like Tesla are accepting Bitcoin and everybody talks about it – but not many people really know what it’s all about. They have no clue where and how to start. That’s where we come in to help with our course. It is made for absolute beginners to bring them to a good level of understanding in three days of profound teachings.

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Playa del Carmen, the New Crypto Hub

The small touristic town on Mexico’s Caribbean coast is attracting more and more digital nomads and crypto entrepreneurs. Crypto meetups are booming and in May it will host the HODLversity, a three day course for crypto beginners.

My first visit in Playa del Carmen was in February 2018 when I participated in Satoshi Roundtable, a crypto insiders conference, which took place in a resort nearby that year. Then I came back several times to escape the European winter. I always liked the relaxed vibe of Playa del Carmen, which is less fancy than nearby Tulum and much smaller and more walkable than Cancún, the biggest city on the Yucatán pensinsula. Cancún is the nearest airport, with many direct and cheap flights to Europe, South America or the USA.

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TEX, the Decentralized Token Exchange

The First Decentralized Exchange of the DeFi-on-Bitcoin Ecosystem

Exchanges are an important part of the Bitcoin ecosystem, but also its Achilles heel. Many exchanges have been hacked, the most spectacular case was undoubtedly the one of Mt. Gox in February 2014, when 850,000 Bitcoins were stolen. Although security measures have improved since then, a centralized exchange will always be an attractive target for hackers.

Even worse, centralized exchanges can easily be forced by governments to comply with their outdated laws, which were designed for the old system of intermediaries who require trust. But they make no sense for Bitcoin, which is defined by its trustlessness and regulated by its protocol, not by authorities. If you want to use a centralized exchange like Kraken, Bitstamp or Binance, you have to go through an annoying „Know-Your-Customer“-process (also known as KYC). You have to upload a copy of your passport, take a selfie and disclose other things that are nobody else’s business.

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How to Avoid Ego Traps

Our Ego makes us perceive reality in a distorted way, which can lead to wrong investment decisions

I remember during the big Bitcoin hype in November 2017, when the mood in the Bitcoin and Altcoin market was very optimistic one of my friends invested in Bitcoin. He was convinced that the Bitcoin price would rise far above $20,000 and could also give plausible reasons for this. Half a year later, after the Bitcoin price had collapsed to about $8,000, I met him again and we talked about his investment. He said that he knew that the Bitcoin price would never rise above $20,000 and again he gave me plausible reasons for this.

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Zombie Unicorns

How the Unicorn Indicator Shows That We Are in a Crypto Bubble

cc by Michael Pollak

One of the most interesting metrics of the crypto market is the Unicorn Indicator. It counts how many cryptocurrencies or tokens have a market cap of more than a billion dollars. Today there are 69 of them, according to Coinmarketcap.com.

What does the Unicorn Indicator reveal? First, it is a reliable indicator of bubbles. If the number of unicorns has risen exceptionally fast, it means that investors are spreading capital evenly across the market, regardless of news and facts. They will buy anything with the label “crypto”.

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Bitcoin on Steroids

How to use Money-on-Chain’s BitPro Token to generate a passive income from your Bitcoins

CC by Stephan Seco

We already wrote about Money-on-Chain’s stable coin, the Dollar-on-Chain, in issue #3. Now we will have a closer look at the BitPro, which is another important token of the Money-on-Chain system. The Dollar-on-Chain (DoC) is backed by Bitcoin, which means: Bitcoin owners need to add some Bitcoins as collateral to the protocol, otherwise no DoCs can be issued. Logically, they need to be compensated for this.

This is the function of the BitPro. It generates a passive income for Bitcoin owners who invest their Bitcoins in the Money-on-Chain system. In 2020, BitPro owners made a profit of 20% compared to hodling their Bitcoins. From March 2020 to March 2021 the profit even increased to 25%. – not bad for a low-risk investment! Bitcoin, BitPro and DoC are closely connected. The more Bitcoins are locked into the system, the more BitPro tokens can be issued and the more DoCs are available.

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How to Avoid Making Mistakes in Trading

We need to be aware of our thinking processes when making decisions in trading and investing – by Wolfgang Fallmann

Many traders and investors are losing money on the markets. They believe that they make rational and good decisions. Unfortunately, this is not true for most people and for most investment decisions. All too often we allow ourselves to be fooled into relying too much on our current mood, feelings and emotions when making decisions. We believe our first intuitive answer, but it usually causes mistakes. We tend to be risk takers when we lose and risk averse when we win. We tend to overestimate our knowledge of the world and underestimate the role that chance plays in events. Because our brain is not designed for this, we ignore statistical facts and overweight unlikely events.

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Bitcoin Superpowers

An introduction to Sovryn, a Decentralized Margin Trading and Lending Platform, based on the Bitcoin Blockchain and RSK Smart Contracts.

If you want to trade with Bitcoin or lend them out to generate an interest, you have to accept a risk which Bitcoin is supposed to have overcome: you have to entrust your coins to a third party. You might know the slogan “Not your keys, not your coins”, but so far you had no choice but to transfer your coins to a company that would control your private keys. If you wanted to avoid this and go DeFi, you had to exchange your precious Digital Gold for Ether, which is not exactly an attractive alternative for die-hard Bitcoiners.

Sovryn changes this. It is a decentralized platform built on RSK smart contracts which run on top of the Bitcoin blockchain. Sovryn offers two services: a margin trading platform for risk-affine traders, and a lending platform which pays an interest to Bitcoin owners who lend out their coins to the traders who use them as leverage.

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Crypto in China

China celebrates its new year – a good opportunity to take a look at the Chinese crypto market. By Olga Filatova (Hong Kong)

One of the most attractive markets for business of all spheres, especially crypto, is China. But it is also a mysterious one. First, objective factors are that the People’s Republic of China is home to 1.4 billion people, more than 40 percent of whom are considered middle class who can afford excess consumption.

There are also some subjective reasons. Chinese need to bypass the official procedures to withdraw money from the country. Chinese also love to gamble, which, in fact, is the core of many manipulations of the crypto market.

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