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Cryptocurrency: How to Get Into The Market of Tomorrow, Today

Cryptocurrency: How to Get Into The Market of Tomorrow, Today

Have you ever thought to yourself, “If I’d have only invested in XYZ 5 years ago, I’d be a rich man (or woman) today”? I’m sure we all have. Hindsight’s 20/20 when looking at markets we “could” have invested in. If we only had a crystal ball and could see into the future, we could see what the next big thing would be and we could get into it today and find ourselves with loads of money tomorrow. Unfortunately, most of us don’t possess a crystal ball or power of precognition. We do possess, however, the ability to look at past trends and make educated guesses about future trends. One of these trends we can look at today is cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency is still a fairly new concept, but we can look back on one particular cryptocurrency, the first crypto-coin, BitCoin and see that the rewards of having bought into that when it came out, would have been phenomenal.

Take the creator of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, for instance. While nobody knows exactly who this enigmatic person is (the name is a pseudonym) we do know one thing: Satoshi is probably sitting on a stash of around one million bitcoins! At the current market values, that equates to more than 500 million dollars and could reach over a billion dollars, depending on how much the Bitcoins fluctuate over the next few years.

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When Nakamoto first created Bitcoins, he wrote, “Instead of the supply changing to keep the value the same, the supply is predetermined and the value changes, as the number of users grows, the value per coin increases. It has the potential for a positive feedback loop; as users increase, the value goes up.”

This is exactly what has happened. The more people who are “getting on board” with Cryptocurrency, the greater the value of the currency. With BitCoin, that value has seen an increase of phenomenal proportions, but over the last year or so, it seems to have steadied itself to around $600 per coin. While it may see an increase, chances are it’s not going to go to $1000 again. Does that mean that you’ve “missed the boat” again?

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Is it too late to get on board?

While it may be too late to see that payload with BitCoin, the good news is that new Cryptocurrencies are coming out every day! Of course, as with any other market, some have awesome potential while others (like the infamous DogeCoin) are duds. If you do, however, find a good startup cryptocurrency and get in on the ground level, you can literally make millions off of it in a few short years! It does depend on how much you are willing to invest, of course, but even a minimal investment can yield outstanding results ‘IF’ you find the right one.

There have been many examples of successful entrepreneurs who have found viable cryptocurrency markets and turned hundreds into hundreds of thousands or millions. Such examples as Dennison Bertram who got in at the ground level of the Terracoin or Sebastian Greenwood who helped grow OneCoin are not that uncommon. These people recognized the value in the respective cryptocurrencies and got in early, and there is no reason why you cannot do the same!

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How can I get in on this?

If you check the current market values of the various cryptocurrencies available, you can browse through the various markets and make an educated decision on which ones may be winners. Of course, as with any market (especially one as volatile as cryptocurrency), you are taking a risk. You may see little to no return on your investment. On the other hand, you may see a tremendous return on your investment. One key component that may help you to succeed in cryptocurrency is diversification. Move your money around a little. Try putting a small amount of investment in several of the upcoming cryptocurrency markets and keep an eye on which ones seem to be growing quickly and which may be stagnating. You can then move your investments around until you find a winner.

Of course, you CAN invest in more standard markets like foreign exchange and stocks and bonds, and still make some money. But if you really want to play the game and see fantastic returns on minimal investments, you’ll find that with cryptocurrency, the sky’s the limit!

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Last Updated on March 4, 2019

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

How to Use Credit Cards While Staying Out of Debt

Many people will suggest that the best thing to do with your credit cards during these tough economic times is to cut them up with a pair of scissors. Indeed, if you are already in huge debt, you probably should stop using them and begin a payback strategy immediately. However, if you are not currently in trouble with your credit cards, there are wise ways to use them.

I happen to really love my credit cards so I will share with you my approach to how I use mine without getting into deep financial trouble.

Ever since about 1983 when I got my first Visa card, I continue to charge as many of my purchases as possible on credit. Everything from gas, groceries and monthly payments for services like my cable and home security monitoring are charged on credit. Despite my heavy usage, I have maintained the joy of never paying any interest fees at all on any of my credit cards.

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Here are some tips on how best to use your credit cards without falling into the trap of paying those nasty double-digit interest fees.

Do Not Treat Credit Cards as Your Funding Sources

Too many people treat their credit cards as funding sources for major purchases. Do not do this if you want to stay out of trouble. I use my credit cards as convenient financial instruments so I do not have to carry around much cash. In fact, I hate carrying cash, especially coins. When you buy things on credit, the purchases are clean and you will not get annoying coins back as change.

I do not rely on my Visa, MasterCard or American Express to fund any of my purchases, large or small. This brings me to my golden rule when it comes to whether I will pull out any of my credit cards either at a retail or online store.

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I never purchase anything with my credit cards if I do not have the actual cash on hand in my bank account.

If I really cannot pay for the item or service with cash that I already have at the bank, then I simply will not make the purchase. Remember, my credit cards are not used as funding sources. They are just convenient alternatives to actual cash in my pocket.

Make Sure to Always Pay Off Balances in Full Each Month

The next very important part of my overall strategy is to make absolutely sure that I pay the balances in full each and every month no matter how large they are. This should never be a problem if the cash has been budgeted for my purchases and secured in the bank. I have always paid my full balances each month ever since my very first credit card and this is why I never pay interest charges.

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Using Credit Cards with Rewards

Most of my credit cards are of the “no annual fees” type, including one MasterCard on a separate account I keep at home as a spare in case I lose my wallet or incur any fraudulent charges. However, I do use a main Visa card which does have an annual fee because all purchases on that card reward me with airline frequent flyer points. For me, the annual fee is worth it since I do travel and I get enough points to redeem many free flights.

You have to decide for yourself if you will charge enough purchases on credit each year without paying interest charges to warrant a credit card that rewards you with airline points (or other rewards). In my case, the answer is “yes” but that might not be the case for you.

I occasionally use a MasterCard or American Express card on small purchases just to keep those accounts active. Also, I have been to the odd retailer that accepted only a certain type of credit card, so I find that having one from each major company is quite handy. Aside from my main Visa card which earns the airline points, the rest of my cards are of the “no annual fees” variety.

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So this is how I use my credit cards without getting into any financial trouble with them. This strategy is recommended only if you are not in debt, of course. In fact, it is worth keeping in mind once you’re out of debt so that you can keep your credit cards active and treat them responsibly.

What are your credit card usage strategies? Let me know in the comments — I’d love to hear what methods you use.

Featured photo credit: Artem Bali via unsplash.com

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