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What is the Difference Between a Blockchain and a Database?

Blockchains use distributed ledgers, which are decentralized and do not rely on centralized databases. Databases are the traditional way to store information and to keep it secure. When companies store information about their customers, or about the business itself, it is usually kept in a database connected to servers that handle requests for the information. The design for such a system tends to look like a wagon wheel:  a central hub with numerous spokes connecting it to the outer wheel.  Layers of security are heaped onto centralized servers and permit access to various levels of information is given to specific users. Continue reading...

What Kinds of Overlays are Used in Chart Patterns?

Overlays are technical supplements which help to interpret the data of a normal price chart. Often a chart program will allow the user to pick a few different overlays at a time, to help him or her get a better idea of what is going on with the price. Some common overlays include moving average lines, Bollinger Bands, Ichimoku clouds, and channel lines. An overlay or series of overlays will appear as additional lines, shading, or other graphics on a price chart. An overlay helps a trader or analyst interpret the price data in the context of other data, by putting the other data right on top of it. Continue reading...

What is a Decentralized Application?

The Ethereum platform allows developers to use it as a coding environment and distribution network for applications built on the blockchain. The ability to create distributed applications on a blockchain is a novel idea that has gained a lot of momentum since Ethereum’s release. Developers can write and distribute their applications over the blockchain network, at little to no cost, while removing the necessity of running a website or a large server database because the blockchain satisfies these needs. The code for the application becomes part of the blockchain ledger, and users who wish to use some functionality of the decentralized application, or Ðapp as they are called, will submit requests to the Ethereum blockchain, pay the transaction fees for the distributed network to process the requests, and the network will call on the code of the Ðapp stored in the blockchain and process it using the computing power of the distributed network sometimes called the Ethereum Virtual Machine. Continue reading...

How Does Cloud Mining Bitcoin Work?

It is possible to participate in bitcoin mining indirectly, by partially funding a remote mining operation. Cloud mining is separate and distinct from pool mining, because instead of owning hardware and pooling resources with other miners to increase the likelihood of securing profits, cloud mining simply secures funding from investors, essentially, who have a contract to participate in profits of a mining pool in a remote locations based on the bandwidth of Gigahashes/s that they would like to fund (“buy”). Continue reading...

What is the Ethereum Virtual Machine?

Ethereum has a Turing-complete platform built into it that allows the blockchain to function like a large distributed computer. The Ethereum Virtual Machine is a part of every Ethereum client software on the blockchain, and it allows the interconnected computers to function as one processor. Distributed computation such as this is not really a new thing, but the fact that it allows all developers in Ethereum to decentralized their projects makes this one of the most revolutionary aspects of the Ethereum platform. Continue reading...

Best Computing Stocks to Invest in 2024: Riding the Cloud Revolution

Discover the cloud computing giants leading the digital transformation in 2023. Dive into our financial analysis to identify which cloud stocks could soar and how they're reshaping the tech landscape. Invest wisely in the cloud revolution. Continue reading...

What are Telecom Stocks?

Telecom is short for telecommunication, and it includes companies involved in the ever-important business of communication. These companies created the infrastructure that allows data to be sent anywhere in the world, which now includes wireless operators, satellite companies, cable companies and Internet service providers. Companies in the wireless business are perhaps the most relevant and competitive today. Continue reading...

What is an Electronic Communication Network (ECN)?

An ECN is an alternative platform to an index for making trades. An Electronic Communication Network is a type of alternative trading system that allows for trading listed stocks and other exchange-traded products. Trading on an ECN is typically limited to institutions and broker-dealers, and trades are facilitated when the price on a buy order intersects with a price on a sell order. ECN’s must register with the SEC, and you must be a subscriber to trade on one. Continue reading...

What is a Homeowners Association (HOA)?

A homeowner’s association (HOA) will exist in many planned communities and subdivisions, and the association will usually expect dues to be paid from all residents in a community. They will have a board of directors, usually, who make it their business to help maintain the quality of the neighborhood by making sure common areas are taken care of and that residents are complying with the community rules. A HOA may have rules in place that make a place unpleasant to live in for some people. Continue reading...

What is a Bond Purchase Agreement?

If a municipality or company decides to issue bonds, they will need to form an alliance with an underwriting entity to help them price and distribute the bonds, and the Purchase Agreement outlines their contract. Underwriters on debt issues are normally large investment banks. They help the issuer, which could be a city government or company, structure the bonds and price them in a way that is suitable to their needs, and also agrees to help them distribute them. Continue reading...

Top Software Stocks

The software industry, a cornerstone of the modern economy, is a dynamic and ever-evolving landscape, where innovation meets practicality. Within this sector, a select group of companies stand out not only for their financial performance but also for their groundbreaking contributions to technology and business operations worldwide. This article delves into the notable players within the software industry, highlighting their achievements, market positions, and future prospects. From established giants like Microsoft Corp and Oracle Corp to innovative entities like Zscaler and Okta, we explore the essence of what makes these companies worth watching in the investment arena. Continue reading...

How Does a 401(k) Compare With Other Retirement Plans?

There are several types of retirement plans that employers can provide, but 401(k)s are one of the most popular. Other employer-sponsored retirement plans include SIMPLEs, SEPs, and various kinds of defined benefit plans. SIMPLE IRAs are sometimes called SIMPLE 401(k)s, because they operate under the same laws as Safe Harbor 401(k)s. They both are primarily employee-funded, and have rigid standards for employer contributions. Continue reading...

Best Networking Stocks Trends

The networking industry, a cornerstone of the digital era, has been a fertile ground for investors seeking robust returns and steady growth. In 2024, this sector continues to burgeon, driven by relentless advancements in technology and an ever-increasing demand for connectivity and cybersecurity. This article delves into some of the most prominent companies in the networking arena, highlighting their market performance, capitalization, and potential for investors. Continue reading...

What is the FCC?

The Federal Communications Commission is a bipartisan regulatory body that oversees interstate communications media, grants licenses to entities which plan to use the bands available, and to some extent regulates the content of these communications in the public interest. Communications media, including radio, satellite, cable, telephone, and others, are overseen and regulated by the FCC. They help to standardize measures and regulate the commercial activity of the entities which seek to use these media, including licensing and content regulation. Continue reading...

Financial Analysis: A Deep Dive into the Titans of the Market

Step into the realm of market titans! From Apple's unparalleled valuation to the diverse strategies of Amazon and Alphabet, discover what makes these industry leaders tick. Dive deep into their financial prowess, growth potential, and the challenges they face in a rapidly evolving global landscape. Ready to decode the giants? Continue reading...

What is the Home Market Effect?

The Home Market Effect is a term used in macroeconomic theory describing a concentration of an industry’s production facilities being concentrated in the larger national economies where its primary consumers exist. The home market effect (HME) is a theoretical term used in trade theory economics. The domestic economy in this case has an effect on the international prices and economy related to these goods. Continue reading...

Top Stocks of 2024: Titans of Trade

In the ever-evolving landscape of the stock market, certain companies stand out for their enduring success, brand recognition, and financial robustness. These are the titans of trade, companies that have not only weathered economic ups and downs but have also become household names across the globe. This article delves into the financial aspects of some of the most notable companies in the market today, including Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon, Walmart, Coca-Cola, Nike, Starbucks, and Mondelez International. With a collective market capitalization averaging $612.9 billion, these giants span various industries, from technology to retail, and apparel. Continue reading...

What is the Technology Sector?

The Technology sector consists of companies involved in the research, development, and sale of technology products. It is perhaps the most relevant and exciting growth sector in today’s world, with new technologies being developed and tested on nearly a daily basis. Technology is a cyclical sector, and one where leadership changes hands often. Companies can be in the business of developing hardware, software, web-based applications, and so much more. Continue reading...

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Top Picks in the Internet Sector: A Financial Analyst's Perspective

The internet sector remains a vibrant and ever-evolving landscape, with a range of companies offering unique value propositions and growth potential. As we delve into this dynamic market, we spotlight the most notable companies, examining their market capitalizations and growth prospects. Continue reading...

Top Tech and Service Stocks to Watch

In the ever-evolving landscape of the stock market, investors are always on the lookout for promising opportunities. One sector that has consistently captured the attention of investors is the technology and services sector. Within this sector, there are notable companies that stand out due to their impressive performance and market presence. In this article, we will delve into the theme of technology and services and highlight some of the top stocks that investors should keep an eye on. Continue reading...

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