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Feb 18, 2021

Lightning Network Could Mean Faster Crypto Payments

Bitcoin may be the most visible coin of the cryptocurrency revolution, but its growth and popularity has come at a cost. Its ever-growing decentralized payment network has revealed itself to be extremely unscalable. Presently, every element of its peer-to-peer network is required to receive and store a copy of each transaction that has ever taken place on that network. Blockchain, the vital foundation of the decentralized network, may be innovative, but it has made crypto transactions haltingly slow.

Three startups believe they have developed a solution – an ambitious payment network called Lightning. Lightning is designed to layer on top of bitcoin’s existing network, moving routine payments away from blockchain for a faster, scalable, and still-secure experience. If successful, Lightning payments will be quicker, cheaper, and more private than standard bitcoin transactions. Proponents believe that it could remove the biggest impediments to bitcoin’s growth, further aiding its adoption in the mainstream.

Lightning is the product of a 2015 white paper by Joseph Poon and Thaddeus Dryja, but only recently have San Francisco’s Blockstream and Lightning Labs, along with Paris’ ACINQ, translated its ideas into functional code. It works by chaining payment channels – the interactions between two parties that act as records of IOUs – together. The IOUs are called commitment transactions and don’t need to be immediately posted to the blockchain. Since payment channels are enforceable, if each party plays by the rules, they will only post to the ledger if a party decides to cash out and collect the money they are owed. In this way, the traditional bitcoin network functions more as a backup and final word than a ledger of every intrapersonal transaction as it happens.

 

 

Chaining together payment channels offers the potential to create a single payment network for all bitcoin holders. Crucially, it eliminates the need to open a new payment channel each time a new transaction between unique users takes place. Payments utilize existing channels, so a single payment channel can be used to pay multiple people, while ultimately generating fewer transactions on the blockchain.

December 2017 saw the launch of Lightning 1.0, and each company is currently working to develop a functional, public-ready version. A faster payment network with equal security benefits would be a boon for crypto’s growth, allowing it to compete with more traditional payment methods. Lightning’s early returns indicate a brighter future is within reach for bitcoin payments.

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May 16, 2022
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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Apr 29, 2022
How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

How to Become the Millionaire Next Door

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May 16, 2022
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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Mar 14, 2023
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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Mar 14, 2023
5 Habits that Lead to Successful Investing

5 Habits that Lead to Successful Investing

To consistently make money in this industry, you need emotional fortitude, an analytical mind, and a willingness to self-reflect. Despite trading and investing being two different activities, these principles can be applied to both.Conversely, investors with good habits often become great traders.  Rather than full sentences for titles, we’ve labeled each of our top-five investing habits using a single word principle.
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published in Blogs
Mar 23, 2023
What’s the Difference Between Data Analytics and Machine Learning?

What’s the Difference Between Data Analytics and Machine Learning?

Artificial intelligence (AI) technology is developing rapidly.Data mining can deliver raw numbers, but it does not necessarily provide actionable insights. Structure is necessary to taking abstract information and extracting commonalities, like averages, ratios, and percentages.
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Mar 13, 2023
4 Tips for Fast, Effective Stock Analysis

4 Tips for Fast, Effective Stock Analysis

With just a few clicks, an investor can search for individual stocks, categories of stocks, sectors, or investment themes, and then he or she can conduct a full range of technical and fundamental analysis within seconds.All powered by Artificial Intelligence.  Below, we give you 5 tips for fast, effective stock analysis using Tickeron’s Screener.
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5 Golden Principles in Investing

5 Golden Principles in Investing

You have enough faith in that stock, based on research, that the return will equal or exceed the investment.  Do unto others.The principles outlined here will ensure that happens.  Principle #1: Diversification Investors can’t be one-dimensional when constructing a portfolio.
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If Hedge Funds are Using AI to Invest, Why Shouldn’t You?

If Hedge Funds are Using AI to Invest, Why Shouldn’t You?

Some of the world’s biggest financial institutions have devoted multi-million dollar budgets to developing algorithms that can find patterns in the market, identify trends, and perform automated trading designed to take advantage of even the smallest price movements. The AI revolution is so big that as it stands today, the world’s five biggest hedge funds all use systems-based approaches to trade financial markets.Indeed, quantitative trading hedge funds now manage $918 billion (according to HFR), which amounts to 30% of the $3 trillion hedge fund industry – a percentage continues to grow with each year that passes.
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The five most important Lessons Learned After 10,000 hours of Trading

The five most important Lessons Learned After 10,000 hours of Trading

Ten thousand hours of active trading, broken down into forty-hour weeks, amounts to almost five years. Having surpassed that milestone myself, I now understand why it's significant for any trader's journey. The early years taught me valuable lessons that have shaped my approach to trading. It's a misconception that great traders are born with innate talent. The truth is that it takes years of...