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John Jacques
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Feb 11, 2021
A Guide to Bitcoin Lenders

A Guide to Bitcoin Lenders

Until recently, pioneering bitcoin investors had a problem – there was no way to enjoy the fruits of liquidity in a soaring market without selling their holdings. As prices continued to skyrocket, investors were understandably reluctant to part with their reserves. Traditional banks have remained on the sidelines, but several startups have emerged offering a solution – arranging loans with bitcoins as collateral. Bitcoin’s volatility means terms can be steep, but that has not diminished significant demand from the burgeoning market. Let’s examine several of the companies and how they operate.

SALT

SALT touts itself as “the first asset-backed lending platform to give blockchain asset holders access to liquidity without them having to sell their tokens.” Borrowers use SALT tokens, which have a $25 set value, as collateral for cash loans. These tokens cover membership fees and also set borrowing limits – one SALT token establishes a $10,000 limit, while 100 SALT as collateral allows asset holders to borrow over $1,000,000. SALT doesn’t require a credit check to borrow, and loans are made available offline through vetted member lenders, rather than secured through blockchain. Interest on loans through SALT varies between 10 and 15 percent, and any coins held as collateral are returned after the loan is paid in full.

Unchained Capital

Much like SALT, Unchained Capital allows borrowers to make loans with bitcoin as collateral. Their philosophy revolves around making it easier to use bitcoin as a functioning currency, rather than a way to store value. Lenders can borrow 50 percent of what they establish as collateral capital, and interest rates range between 10 to 14 percent, all-in. Terms are between three months to two years, and have a renewal option with sufficient capital. Loans are secured via bitcoin, rather than tokens.

ETHLend

ETHLend offers “fully decentralized peer-to-peer lending on the Ethereum blockchain”. The company emphasizes transparency and free market principles, with lenders and borrowers connecting via the ETHLend platform and negotiating terms directly with each other – as a result, ETHLend does not hold assets. Any Ethereum token can be used as collateral, but user adoption and activity is encouraged via sale of LEND tokens, which offer a “25 percent discount on deployment fees” on the platform. Defaulting on a loan means forfeiting all coins held as collateral to the lender.

Bitbond

Bitbond, “the first global marketplace lending platform for small business loans”, is more experienced than most of its competitors, having successfully and profitably offered loans of up to $25,000 for several years. Prospective borrowers submit financial assessments and are matched with institutional and individual lenders for blockchain-secured loans. This peer-to-peer approach is beloved by borrowers and investors alike; lenders gain higher interest rates than usual and have no investment limit, while borrowers receive loans at affordable rates regardless of location or background once they are vetted by Bitbond’s algorithm.

BTCpop

BTCpop is a large-volume peer-to-peer lender tracking the reputation of its borrowers and lenders – this “reputation-based lending” is their guiding principle. They offer a variety of services, including lender and borrower matching, instant loans, custom loans, and user-funded IPOs. They even have a chat system, making it easier for users to discuss specifics about potential transactions. Loans start at 15 percent APR and are exchangeable between altcoins, a distinguishing feature among competitors.

What’s next?

Banks are slowly becoming more comfortable dealing with digital currencies, but mass acceptance of bitcoin as collateral is likely a couple of years away. In the interim, expect more services to attempt to fill the void and provide bitcoin holders with a path to liquidity.

Related Tickers: BTC.X
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 07, 2021
4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

4 Tricks Hedge Funds Use to Get Ahead

If the stock market were Major League Baseball, hedge funds and institutional investors would be the pros on championship teams while everyday self-directed investors (SDIs) are the benchwarmers in the minors.It’s how they get ahead, and it’s why 90% of SDIs lose money trying to play (invest and trade) in the major leagues. The 4 tricks we discuss below are rooted in one common theme: they all use Artificial Intelligence and algorithms to generate data and ideas.
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John Jacques
published in Blogs
Mar 22, 2018
A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

A.I. Stock Market Predictions: Head & Shoulders

Statistics for the Head-and-Shoulders Bottom Pattern The days where only hedge funds used algorithms to trade stocks are officially over. Now retail investors can use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.  Here’s an example of the algorithm in action: Late last year, Tickeron’s A.I.
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Sergey Savastiouk
published in Blogs
Jul 10, 2020
3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

3 Stocks to Buy if Coronavirus Second Wave Hits

By analyzing market trends from the first wave, you can predict behavior for the second. Technology stocks have performed at historic levels this year, but the market is severely overbought.To compensate for that, look at performance during Q1 and Q2, the height of global Covid shutdowns.
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Edward Flores
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Feb 06, 2021
How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

The Golden Gate Bridge is always a fixture of these walks too, one of man's most beautiful creations.  As we were walking, at one point she turned to me and said, "Man, I'll never have a million dollars."" My girlfriend is 27 years old and works as a graphic designer, making about $75,000 a year.
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Alla Petriaieva
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Feb 23, 2021
Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Is Ethereum’s Bomb about to Explode?

Ethereum’s software is set for an update in October.Until it is finished, participants in the Ethereum blockchain must determine how to delay the difficulty bomb – code that necessitates a steadily increasing amount of computer power to mine blocks and unlock rewards – that is already in place.
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Aug 07, 2018
When Is the Next Recession Coming?

When Is the Next Recession Coming?

However, we also know that economists predicted 22 recessions out of 11 that took place since 1945. Are there real recession signs we should watch for?Indeed, the answer is yes, and here are a few very important ones: The first one is almost obvious and known to everyone – it is the Fed.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 22, 2020
Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Central banks have been buying $2.4 billion in assets every hour for the past two months

Some $17.8 billion has been poured into  bond markets over the past week, the biggest move in more than three months.Around $3.5 billion has been invested into gold, the second largest on record. 
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Rick Pendergraft
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Feb 07, 2021
Mid-January Short Interest Report Shows 8 Stocks with Good Fundamentals and High Short Interest
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Sergey Savastiouk
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Mar 10, 2021
How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

How to Start Trading Penny Stocks

Penny stocks have long been marginalized within the professional investment community, oftentimes being painted with a broad brush of simply being “too risky.” Leonardo DiCaprio’s depiction of the penny stock peddling conman, Jordan Belfort, in the Wolf of Wall Street certainly didn’t help.Here are four reasons to start trading them now. Reason #1: Let’s State the Obvious -- Penny Stocks are Cheap A single share of Apple Inc. costs over $350.
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Abhoy Sarkar
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May 08, 2020
US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

US unemployment rate jumps to 14.7%, the highest in series history

The U.S. economy’s employment fell by -20.5 million in April. The coronavirus crisis led to unemployment rate soaring to 14.7% in the U.S, the highest rate in the Bureau of Labor Statistics-tracked series history that goes back to 1948. However, the figures were better compared to several economists'/analysts' forecasts of 22 million job losses and 16% unemployment rate.  Another unemployment measure that includes those who have stopped looking for work as well as those holding part-time jobs for economic reasons also touched an all-time high of 22.8%.