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What is a… CBDC (Central Bank Digital Currency)?

Bitcoin was launched with the express goal of eliminating the need for third-party financial institutions in electronic payments. And crypto-loving banking critics tend to reserve special disdain for central banks, which they believe have too much power to meddle in valuations of fiat money.

How to understand… public-key cryptography

Cryptocurrencies and other blockchain-based applications depend on a number of technologies to work effectively, but one is especially critical for security and validation: public-key cryptography

Guide: What are securities, and why does this matter for cryptocurrencies?

Regulators around the world treat cryptocurrencies in a variety of ways, sometimes categorising them not as currencies but as securities.

Crypto Guide: Why do cryptocurrencies have a finite number of coins?

Why were Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies designed with a fixed maximum supply?

An investor’s guide to cryptocurrencies: Tether

Established in 2014 and based in Hong Kong, Tether is a stablecoin – a cryptocurrency pegged to a stable asset, in this case, the US dollar.

What is… formal verification?

Formal verification – a mathematical means of ensuring that algorithms work as intended – is already used to test a wide variety of systems ranging from integrated circuits and high-speed trains to Amazon services and surgical robots.

An investor’s guide to cryptocurrencies: Bitcoin Cash

If the cryptocurrency Bitcoin Cash could be described as having a split personality, it’s not just because it was created by a hard fork in the Bitcoin protocol in 2017.

How to understand… crypto tax filing

If you own, buy or sell cryptocurrencies, you might need to report those transactions and pay taxes on gains the next time you’re due to file a tax return where you live.

Understanding crypto: What is a 51 per cent attack?

While the Bitcoin network has yet to be successfully targeted by a 51 per cent attack, other cryptocurrencies have fallen prey to such mischief.

An investor’s guide to cryptocurrencies: Litecoin

Litecoin hasn’t been around quite as long as Bitcoin. But it’s only a couple of years younger than Satoshi Nakamoto’s creation, and has shown staying power as one of the leading alternatives for cryptocurrency traders and investors.

Understanding crypto: What is a decentralised application (dApp)?

If Bitcoin’s decentralised ledger is the first generation of blockchain technology in action, the second generation is exemplified by smart (automatically executed) contracts and the third generation is decentralised applications, or dApps (also frequently written as dapps, Dapps or DApps).

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