What’s happened to cryptocurrencies?

Over the past ~1.5 years I’ve been blogging on and off about cryptocurrencies, blockchains and other related topics. The most popular pieces of content on my blog have been my entire series about How to Build Dapps on Ethereum series and a post about fungibility, dating back to the spring of 2017. A lot has happened since then in the Wild West of crypto. So here’s a brief run-down.

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Tokenisation part 3 – Price valuation

In this third blog post in my tokenisation series, I will share some thoughts around price valuation of tokens. But before you read further you must know that there isn’t a magic formula that will tell you the true value of anything. At the end of the day, the space around blockchains and crypto assets are incredibly young, without any established models and the price is largely driven by speculation.

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Tokenisation part 2 – Different models

Here’s a picture of a non-blockchain discount token; a loyalty card for our local cafĂ©. I know the exact value of this token, it’s worth 1 hot drink after I bought 6 for the regular price.

In the first part of this series I gave an overview of what a blockchain token is and what the difference between fungible and non-fungible tokens are. In this blog post I will talk about what different kinds purposes a token can serve.

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Tokenisation part 1 – An overview

This Picasso painting could be tokenised in two different ways (1) the painting itself could be represented by a non-fungible token, because it’s not mutually exchangeable with other paintings and (2) ownership shares could be represented by another fungible token, because any share of the painting is equal to any other share.

One of the things that needs to happen for blockchain and crypto assets to truly take off is – tokenisation of things. In this blog post I will explain what this is, and some important concepts surrounding this.

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Blockchain projects and dapps that already provide utility

This is a short post to highlight some blockchain projects that are live and providing some sort of actual utility for general users. I’m not going to include projects that provide financial exchange utility, such as payment, trading etc. There are plenty of those projects, but they aren’t useful for the general user.

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Crypto risk management – part 3: hedging

In part 1 and part 2 of this series I covered some basic concepts about risk management and trading in general. In this part, I’m going to explain how these concepts can be used for hedging against price volatility. It’s important to note that we are not talking about active trading techniques here, this is about risk management.

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Crypto risk management – part 2: margin and leverage

In my earlier post Crypto risk management – part 1: introduction I gave a brief intro to some thoughts and financial instruments that might be useful when managing risk of owning cryptocurrency. In this second part I’ll introduce in more detail how margin trading with leverage works. In the next and third post, I will then explain how this can be used to hedge against risk.

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My wish list for 2018

My birthday is coming up soon, and I was asked; what do you wish for your birthday? This is a hard question, because generally I don’t want many physical things in life. But after a lot of thinking, I realised that I recently have enjoyed reading a book before falling asleep. For some reason, I have never enjoyed reading fictional books. The few books that I have enjoyed reading have been history books, autobiographies or technical books.

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