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EQUOS Academy: Crypto Explained

What Is a Blockchain Smart Contract?

April 27, 2021

Smart contracts are blockchain-based programs that self-execute when certain conditions are met. They can power something as simple as an ERC20 token or as complicated as an entire decentralized finance (DeFi) application.

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What’s the Difference Between Proof of Authority and Proof of Stake?

April 25, 2021

Proof of Authority and Proof of Stake are becoming increasingly popular alternatives to the original consensus method, Proof of Work. But what’s the difference between these two models?

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What Is a Crypto Gas Limit?

April 22, 2021

Gas is the fuel of the Ethereum network, and the gas limit is the amount of gas that any user is willing to pay for to have their transaction processed. Can you reduce your ETH fees by sticking to a low gas limit? Unfortunately, it’s not quite so simple.

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5 real-world use cases for NFTs (non-fungible tokens)

April 19, 2021

Love them or hate them (there seems to be little middle ground where NFTs are concerned), non-fungible tokens are here to stay.

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What are NFTs? Non-fungible tokens explained for all

April 15, 2021

Lately, non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have taken the world by storm. But what exactly are NFTs? And why are they commanding so much global attention?

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Tether continues to fuel crypto market liquidity

April 3, 2021

From the moment Satoshi Nakamoto published his white paper in 2009, Bitcoin has been the highest-priced, most well-known, and most coveted cryptocurrency. But when it comes to ensuring liquidity on the crypto market, a different coin has gained prominence: Tether (USDT).

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EQUOS Origin explainer: How does Staking work?

March 19, 2021

Staking EQUOS Origin (EQO) on the platform means simply holding onto it on EQUOS. There are multiple benefits for simply holding EQO on EQUOS including earning more EQO, reduced fees and enhanced yield.

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EQUOS Origin explainer: How does EQO enhance my earnings potential?

March 19, 2021

The core utility of EQUOS Origin (EQO) is around enhanced earning power on assets held in “Earn” accounts on the EQUOS platform and in Digivault wallets.

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Bitcoin Cash: Cheaper and Faster Transactions

March 14, 2021

Bitcoin Cash arose as a result of suggested updates to the Bitcoin protocol that were not unanimously accepted. A hard fork split the original Bitcoin network, and the coins along the new fork have since been referred to as ‘Bitcoin Cash,’ which trades under the ticker ‘BCH.’

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ETH: Decentralized finance’s ultimate power coin

March 4, 2021

As EQUOS launches Ether Perpetuals on its platform, we look again at the growth and utility of the underlying Ethereum network, and focus on how it has fueled the burgeoning Decentralized Finance industry.

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How to Trade in a Sideways Market

February 16, 2021

Cryptocurrency markets are famous for their inherent volatility, yet they are also no stranger to quieter periods. In fact, Bitcoin (BTC) spent almost two months in the summer of 2020 locked in a stubborn trading range between $9,000 and $10,000. The number-one cryptocurrency almost resembled a stablecoin with its uncharacteristic lack of volatility during that time. So, how do traders learn to trade in sideways markets and capitalize on the smallest fluctuations in an asset's price? Here are a few tips.

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Perpetuals Trading Series: How EQUOS deals with liquidation

January 22, 2021

As we explained in the previous sections in this guide, an account is only able to send new orders as long as its Total Account Margin is higher than the Initial Margin required for all open positions and open orders. As soon as the Total Account Margin drops below the Initial Margin, the account can no longer send any new orders unless such order would reduce the existing position (e.g. a sell order, when the current position is long). To continue adding positions (e.g. add buy orders, when the current position is long), the trader will have to transfer additional funds that can be used for margin to their wallet, close open orders, or close open positions.

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Perpetuals Trading Series: What is Basis and why is it important?

January 21, 2021

As we mentioned previously, perpetuals have a mechanism to ensure pricing aligns with the underlying spot product. We refer to the spread between the Spot and the Perpetual contract as Basis. The resulting exchange of payment between long and short holders of the contract is called the Basis Payment.

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Perpetuals Trading Series: How does Marking work on EQUOS?

January 19, 2021

On EQUOS, we differentiate between the Market Price and the Mark Price of the perpetual. The Market Price is the last traded price of the product on EQUOS. The Market Price may deviate (significantly) from the rest of the market for example in case of large orders or an illiquid order book. The Mark Price gives a fairer value for the contract by taking a 3-second TWAP of the Market Price. A TWAP is the average of the open, high, low and close price for a specific period. In the case of the Mark Price these periods are three 1-second intervals. As the Mark Price is used for P&L calculation and to determine whether the position needs to be liquidated, using a TWAP to smooth out temporary spikes in prices should prevent unnecessary liquidations.

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Perpetuals Trading Series: What are Perpetual Futures and why trade them?

January 18, 2021

Perpetual futures are futures contracts with no maturity, as opposed to dated futures, which expire at a pre-set date and time such as every month or every quarter. Any position in a perpetual future stays open until the trader decides to close the trade by executing an offsetting trade, or until the trade gets liquidated by EQUOS.

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