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The Notoriety of Pump and Dump: Steps to Protecting Your Crypto Portfolio (Part 2)

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In our previous post on this subject matter, we were able to establish a solid ground on how the concept of pump and dump also popularly known as P&D began and how it made its way into the cryptoworld. In this segment, we would further dive into knowing how to identify and avoid them.

What they look like

The tell-tale sign of a crypto pump and dump comes from looking at the charts: do you see a coin with a low price in an illiquid market that suddenly bursts in both price and volume? That’s a pump-and-dump scheme at work by the looks of it.

What’s an example of a pump and dump?

Jimmy hears a rumour that a certain crypto coin is about to go to the moon from a scammer on Twitter or Discord; common hunting grounds for pump and dump groups. He sees that the price has already increased, and due to a fear of missing out on profits he begins frantically buying the coin.

Other investors have already been doing the same, and now the orchestrators of the scam know it’s time to dump their bags. They sell all their coins, which causes the market to crash once they are in the clear. The value of the assets dumps and Jimmy is left with significant losses he can never recover from. Then the organizers of the crypto pump and dump group take its profit and move on to the next coin.

While pump-and-dump schemes are an old, well-trodden ruse in conventional financial markets, the old fashioned ploy has found a new playground to thrive – cryptocurrency exchanges.

Cryptocurrency exchanges aren’t fully regulated for now, so these schemes are in a legal grey area. The Commodity Futures Trading Commission offer rewards for whistleblowers who report pump and dumps, but they’re difficult to track and regulators in many countries haven’t acted yet. That means it’s up to you to educate yourself and make smart decisions if you plan on getting involved with altcoins.

How to avoid p&d schemes

Cryptocurrencies are very appealing to first-time investors — it’s easy to get involved, you could make a huge profit, and there’s constant media hype. It’s fantastic that more people are learning about investing. But this is also a magnet for scammers and fraudsters who profit from misconceptions and misunderstandings. Greed is a powerful driving force. When you’re constantly hearing stories of people getting rich from a modest purchase of ICO tokens, it’s easy to be drawn in. Distinguishing between a price rise motivated by intrinsic value and a pump and dump isn’t easy.

It’s clear you definitely don’t want to get caught in the tail-end of a pump-and-dump scheme. If you’re thinking about investing into a coin that’s really getting hyped on the forums right now, but you’re not so sure, go to the charts and check for yourself. Are there abnormalities with the volume? Was the coin’s market super illiquid just a day ago but is now exploding? If you see this sign, your best bet is to stay away—the dump could start any time, burning your investment in the process.

Carrying out your own due diligence

The acronym DYOR  (Do your research) first comes to mind when the preceding actions of a proper investment move come to mind. Questions that must run through your mind are questions such as:

Does this sound too good to be true? Because most times it is.

Does this investment have fundamental value? Is this coin in any way useful? Is it solving a real-world problem?

Who made this coin? Research about the team are their details publicly available, do they have relevant experience, track record and are they trustworthy? 

Are they promising guaranteed returns, this is a big red flag as there’s hardly any investment that can guarantee this

Am I under pressure to buy fast or spend more than I can afford?

Do I understand exactly what I’m buying?

What does this coin do what are the use cases?

Is this an emotional or logical decision? Emotion makes us susceptible to scam and emotional hack by criminal emotions must always be in check when making investment decisions.

If the price is rising, is there any real justification for it? Has it happened slowly or suddenly?

Would I be comfortable Hodling it long-term?

Is the Source of the information trustworthy? Where am I getting my information from? Am I basing my decisions on a forum or social media posts, what’s the Track record of the sources? And is there any form of monetary inducement influencing the sources of the info?

From the answers to the questions above and your intuition tells you about the investment, you would be able to make a more informed investment decision, it’s never a good idea to invest based on emotions because that’s what scammers target.

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The Bank of Canada Plans To Launch Its Own Digital Currency

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Since the future of money has come, the Bank of Canada considers launching a proprietary digital currency. This is contained in the presentation entitled “Central Bank Money: The Next Generation,” which was prepared by Stephen Murchison, an adviser to Governor Poloz, who shoulders the task of leading Canada’s digital currency research. The idea of developing their digital coin is to fight the threat associated with cryptocurrency and also to garner information on how Canadians spend their money.

 

According to the report, Canada is ready to take the lead in launching their cryptocurrency to modernize financial services. In this regard, the bank has released a white paper on the merits of creating a digital currency. The presentation, which was prepared for Governor Stephen Poloz and the board of directors of the bank, offered all the possible details about how the bank plans on developing the digital currency. It outlined over a dozen benefits the bank will get from launching its digital currency, which would be available, coexisting alongside coins and paper money before eventually replacing them.

 

Following the contents of the presentation notes the report, Canada needs to innovate to stay in the game, and thus, a digital currency would provide the benefits of a bank-owned asset as well as all the convenience and security of wireless electronic payments.

 

However, the presentation notes that digital currency presents a risk to stable, low-cost funding for banks.

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Another firm, Booking.com has abandoned the Libra Project

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Booking.com join the list of firms that has pulled out of the Libra Association.

The departure of the leading online travel firm from the Libra Association reduces the membership to just 21 members.

Facebook’s foray into the cryptocurrency industry has been experiencing difficulties as governments warn of the consequences of the global financial system it intends to create via Libra.

Few months ago, Booking.com confirmed to be a founding member of the Libra Association alongside others like PayPal, MasterCard that have already pulled out from the Association.

Booking Holdings CEO Glenn Fogel when he newly became the Chief Executive Officer of the firm behind several travel focus businesses such as agoda.com, booking.com, kayak etc was expressed his opinion on the future of cryptocurrency.

According to him, he said, he believes currencies with blockchain base will continue to surface and may gain acceptance globally.

Earlier few days ago, MasterCard and Visa revealed they would be departing the Facebook’s project. Regulatory pressure most especially from the US has been on the increase recently and this could be attributed to the growing list of firms abandoning the Libra Project.

Senator Sherrod Brown has said Big Tech shouldn’t be given power over public infrastructure like the financial system.

US Treasury Secretary, believes Libra could be used to finance terrorism.

The co-founder of Libra, David Marcus has already come forth to testify of the intention of Libra to create a global financial system while complying with regulatory requirements.

Co-founder of Libra, David Marcus said spoken on the fate of Libra as firms exit the Association. According to him, “I would caution against reading the fate of Libra into this update.”

He went further saying, “Change of this magnitude is hard. You know you’re onto something when this much pressure builds up.”

CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has been slated to testify before House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on the 23rd of October

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An open-source map to the Pan-African Blockchain Ecosystem

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Africa blockchain cryptocurrency industry stakeholders have created a map of organizations in the entire African continent.

The map which was made open source currently has data of more than 100 Africa firms building on the blockchain or having businesses that interacts with the industry.

The African continent has been seeing growth in the industry steadily. Based on a data from a report made by Emerge, the numbers of African blockchain focused firms were less two-scores.

However, currently according to data already collected all over the continent which can be seen on the Open Source Map, there has been a tremendous growth in the numbers of firms building blockchain solutions in the continent. The rate of growth yearly since 2017 is over 120%.

The compilation of such data required hundreds of man hours however, representatives from various firms in the industry congregated to collate and arrange the data. The representatives were from CryotoTVPlus, Africa Blockchain Alliance, African Digital Asset Framework, Binance Labs, BitcoinKE, EOS Nairobi, Raise and Microtraction.

From payment gamification, consultancy, media healthcare etc, there are several projects or firms solving problems with the technology.

CEO of CryptoTVPlus, Tony Emeka speaking on the initiative said:

“As one of the largest media firms focused on the industry, we understand the impact visibility plays in the success of a firm”.

He went further saying;

“This map now ensures players in the industry get the right exposure they deserve as they continue doing what they do best, innovating.”

Anyone Can Update the Map

The incredible pace the blockchain technology is growing is unprecedented. As dynamic as it is, daily new challenges facing our social, political and economic environment are showing forth and the blockchain could help provide answers to some of these questions.

The emergence of a problem creates room for a solution, the joy of an entrepreneur, solving problems. These ultimately could create new firms all over the continent.

As an open source map, anyone can update the map with newer data of existing or new blockchain firms in their country or the African continent at large.

Adding Data

The Open Source Map can be found here, the data are found in a Google Sheet, contributors are admonished to keep the sheet clean.

Moving Forward

The world is moving fast, Africans cannot be left behind. In the world of global competition, developing local solutions that are carefully tailored to local needs are crucial to our survival, growth and development as a continent.

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Naijacrypto.com Launches the First Ever Cryptocurrency trading competition module in Nigeria

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Naijacrypto a cryptocurrency exchange launches its first ever crypto trading competition module for both beginner and expert traders

Naijacrypto, in its vision to create outstanding solutions for cryptocurrency traders, is excited to announce the launch of its trading competition module in Nigeria.

Naijacrypto is a highly secure peer-to-peer cryptocurrency exchange. It owns both web and app-based platforms that enables users to conduct trades of some major cryptocurrencies in the market.

This module allows both experienced, upcoming and beginner traders to trade various cryptocurrencies using virtual money and win prizes for good performances.

In this competition:

  • A trader can trade up to 30 cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum and Monero.
  • Trading is with Demo money but the prizes are real!
  • There is a live feed given for every crypto currency the trader wishes to trade
  • Traders can view a leaderboard and see where they stand in the competition
  • Traders can test their trading skills without pressure of using real money.
  • Any trader can pick a competition that suits them.
  • Competitions run daily, weekly or on a monthly basis.
    Chat box available so competitors can chat and learn among themselves

Payout:
All rewards are paid into your Naijacrypto account. Account holders will be able to claim their prizes directly to their wallet once competition is over.

Naijacrypto believes that this competition module is an opportunity for those trying to learn cryptocurrency trading to involve themselves in trade scenarios without the pressure of using real money. The interaction between beginner traders and pros can make the action of pros rub off on the beginners.

The trading competition module is now live on the naijacrypto website. The first competition is free to enter with the winner being rewarded with

100,000 naira for first place,

60,000 naira for second place and

40,000 naira for third place.

We are always open to partner with individuals and organizations who wish to organize or sponsor their own competitions on the platform.

To participate in the first free competitions or any subsequent competitions, simply create an account on www.naijacrypto.com or download the naijacrypto app on the google play store. Please note that there would be deferring competitions on the module with deferring roles.

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