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Credit Interest Can Eat You Alive!

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We all know how useful having a credit card is. Some of us use them on impulse to buy whatever we want, others to pay for household appliances, general repairs, goods or services, and others to substitute carrying large sums of cash in one’s wallet. Whatever your particular reason, you need to be aware of the following.

Credit cards are not free money. Along with charging products and services to a credit card may come accrued interest and certainly a minimum payment at the end of your billing cycle. The interest accrued is the amount you are charged for borrowing your creditor’s money. And for most credit cards, the interest for purchases is accrued daily. This can add up to a sizable amount if you’re not careful about your credit expenditures.

Now let’s get into a little more detail by looking at a few scenarios. If you charge a large lump sum during the month, let’s say $3000 at 14% interest, you could end up having to shell out, a minimum of $90 per month based on 3% of your balance. If you only pay the minimum payment, it will take you 43 months to pay off the loan. That’s about 3.6 years of loan payments and at a tune of $821 of interest over the course of the loan.

Another scenario is to pay more than the minimum, let’s say $180 a month, double your minimum payment. It would take about 19 months to pay off your balance. That’s just over 1.6 years at a tune of $356 of interest over the course of the loan.

The third scenario is to shoot for paying off the loan within 12 months. If you were to pay $290 monthly for 12 months, you will have paid $216 of interest over the course of the loan.

Now of course the third scenario is the best. As long as you are able to afford the $290 monthly payment, the wiser choice would be to pay the least amount of interest for borrowing your creditor’s money. If you have more funds available to throw at the minimum, go for it. It doesn’t matter if you fluctuate the amounts just make them as much more than the minimum as you can. In the long run you will be saving many dollars in interest.

Another way to save dollars in interest is to find the lowest interest rate credit card available. You should search for a major credit card that suits your needs and lifestyle. And if there are no or very low fees attached, try transferring higher interest balances onto lower interest credit accounts.

Favorable Tip: If you have no prior month’s balance, you can pay the current month’s balance in full with no interest accrued. Remember when I said credit cards are not free money…well here is one instance when it is.

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DeFi Hack: Vee Finance Losses $35 Million To Hackers Following Mainnet Launch

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One of the major threats to businesses online, not only the crypto industry, is cybercriminals’ attacks. Even though the existing networks are supposed to be safe and secure, attackers often find loopholes to exploit them in the bid to steal investors’ funds. This is not new in the online world. There have been occasions when hackers even forced companies to shut down.

The decentralized finance sector has seen a lot of growth in recent times, but the growing exploitation cases are becoming alarming. Many protocols have suffered such attacks amounting to losses to the tune of millions of dollars. The latest to record such an exploit is Vee Finance based on the Avalanche Blockchain.

Hackers stole $35 million from this protocol a few days after its mainnet went live on the host network. Before reporting this incident, Vee Finance stopped all its transactions on September 20, 2021. The team suspected questionable activities in the network and had to stop rendering services to users.

Vee Finance Lost Money In BTC And ETH

The two cryptos that hackers stole are BTC and ETH. The total number of BTC was 214, while ETH was 8,804. Checking the value of both at press time, the amount was above $35M. According to what the team revealed, the hackers targeted a particular address through the trade contract address of the protocol.

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As soon as the Vee Finance team discovered this exploit, they stopped rendering the contract and also stopped all borrowing and depositing functions on the platform.

However, the team hasn’t said much about the reason and how the hackers got access to the address. All we could gather is that they’re fixing the issue and attempting to facilitate a possible funds recovery from the criminals.

In its statement, Vee Finance assured users that its goal is to protect their interests, and that’s what the team will focus on achieving.

Vee Finance To Alleviate Mining Operations

The recently exploited protocol is amongst the emerging DeFi projects that aim to improve the mining features of the sector.

Vee Finance wants to boost processes such as leverage mining, liquidity mining, and transaction mining. September 14 was the day it went live on the Avalanche network. It also launched its liquidity mining feature the same day.

Like many other DeFi protocols, Vee Finance also relies on Chainlink price feeds to get real-time value for digital assets on-chain. This is part of the benefits of using blockchain oracle solutions. Five days following the launch, the protocol garnered a total of $300 million in TVL (Total Valued Locked).

Unfortunately, a few days later, the protocol lost $35 million to hackers. In recent times though, many other protocols on the Avalanche blockchain have recorded such losses.

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Some of them include Zabu Finance, which lost $3.2 million to hackers, crashing its value to zero. But the Avalanche Blockchain has been growing recently, and even the native token, AVAX, is also rising in value.

The AVAX Token is rising by 10% as per the chart | Source: AVAXUSD on TradingView
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El Salvador’s Chivo And Bitcoin Adoption In Mindblowing Facts And Stats

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Chivo, a goat over a mountain

Why didn’t we thought of measuring Chivo and Bitcoin adoption this way? Cero anecdotal evidence. Only facts, numbers, and reports from wherever we can get them. What do we know about the Chivo Wallet’s Lightning node? What apps besides the government wallet are the Salvadorans using? Are they happy with them? Investor and blogger Kevin Rooke has a fresh take on El Salvador’s Bitcoin adoption and we’re here to summarize it. 

“I wanted a deeper understanding of how real people in El Salvador are interacting with Bitcoin, so I went off in search of other success metrics.”

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However, since “the Lightning Network is private by design,” it’s hard to accurately measure “payment volumes and the flow of funds between various wallets and exchanges.” So, what did Kevin Rooke do? He looked everywhere else for hard data about Chivo and Bitcoin adoption. Let’s explore what he found.

BTC price chart for 09/24/2021 on Exmo | Source: BTC/USD on TradingView.com

The Chivo Ecosystem Is Growing Fast

To measure the Chivo wallet’s adoption, Rooke used the official information provided by President Bukele. Not ideal, but not uncommon either. It’s easier to get info about the Chivo Lightning node because you can check all the public info here. But wait, why is the Salvadorean government running a Lightning node?

“Just like every other participant on Bitcoin’s Lightning Network, Chivo runs a Lightning node. Since Chivo is a custodial wallet, all Lightning payments that Chivo users send to and from other Lightning wallets will transfer liquidity to and from Chivo’s node.”

Through those sources, what did the author find out about the Chivo ecosystem?

  • At the moment, “Chivo’s node has 12.7 BTC of public capacity.” Which is 1,269,941,898 sats.
  • The Chivo node “ranks 83rd among public Lightning nodes.” 
  • At the time of writing, it’s connected to 58 other channels, but this number changes daily.
  • Back to the iOS App Store and Google Play Store, the Chivo wallet remains at the top of the popularity list, “beating all the most popular social media apps like WhatsApp, TikTok, and Instagram.
  • O bet you haven’t thought about this one, “By onboarding over 1.6 million users in just two weeks, Chivo is likely the most popular Lightning Network app in the world today.

What About The Other Bitcoin Apps? Are They Popular In El Salvador?

Ok, granted. El Salvador’s government incentivizes the downloading of the Chivo wallet app with $30. That has to move the needle. However, when it comes to all the other Bitcoin apps, such an incentive doesn’t exist. How are they measuring up to other financial apps? 

El Salvador's most popular apps, September 2021

El Salvador's most popular apps for September 2021 | Source: Kevin Rooke

This infographic says it all:

  • Salvadorans are already showing strong preference for Bitcoin apps over banking and remittance apps on a national scale,” as the graphic shows.
  • To put it in numbers, “9 and 13 of the top 20 apps on the respective app stores” are Bitcoin apps. And Chivo is at number one.
  • Most of El Salvador’s banks and payment processors have user ratings of 2-4 stars,” that’s the traditional banking system for you.
  •  On the other hand, “Bitcoin related apps have user ratings of 3-5 stars.” Even though it’s still early, the facts are the facts. It should be noted that the Chivo app is at the lower end of that spectrum.

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Besides that, Kevin Rooke identified a truth that might be obvious to some, but has to be said:

“The millions of Salvadorans that have already been onboarded to the Lightning Network aren’t Silicon Valley nerds or early tech enthusiasts. They’re regular people that are making a conscious choice to use the Lightning Network because it saves them time and money.”

And they don’t have to use the Chivo ecosystem if they don’t want to. That’s a fact.

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Binance Adds New Crypto Trading Pairs for Its Users

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Binance Adds New Crypto Trading Pairs for Its Users

Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange platform, is now adding new trading pairs. The users can now trade on these pairs ARPA/RUB, DF/USDT, FET/BUSD, LTC/UAH, SOL/USDC, STX/BUSD and SYS/USDT. Also, the trading pairs activate  at 2021-09-24 10:00 AM (UTC).

Binancians can trade the cryptocurrencies with listed pairs with low transaction fees in the Binance exchange. Besides these trading pairs helps the users to invest their assets on different cryptocurrencies. Additionally, Binance exchange is popular for its low trading costs which is much lower among other U.S exchanges. 

Binance Crypto Trading pairs

At present Binance exchange is trading more than 740 digital currency and fiat pairs including all top cryptocurrencies. The exchange is increasing its network by adding new coins and tokens to satisfy its users. Thus, Binancians are also happy to be a part of the exchange community to explore new trading pairs.

Unlike other U.S cryptocurrency exchanges, Binance ranks highest for its low spot trading fee of 0.1% including eToro and Coinbase. Along with trading, the users can fund their amount with fairly charges. However,  Binance offers its users a seamless trading experience through a variety of crypto assets and trading volume. 

Besides releasing new coins and tokens in the exchange, Binance also adds new trading pairs for its users. Binance currently open trading pairs for crypto assets and fiat currencies like ARPA/RUB, DF/USDT, FET/BUSD, LTC/UAH, SOL/USDC, STX/BUSD & SYS/USDT. In this  RUB and UAH are fiat currencies which do not depict any cryptocurrencies. 

Moreover, from the initial stage to present Binance have added more than 740 trading pairs and continue to increase the pairings enabling its users to trade their favourite coins. Besides, the low trading and transactions fees is the best competitive strategy used by Binance to sustain in the marketplace. 

For more information and updates, please visit:

Website:   https://www.binance.com/en 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/binance 

Telegram:  https://t.me/binanceexchange 

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Cardano Summit Begins Tomorrow, Here’s What You Should Know

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The Cardano summit is scheduled to begin tomorrow, Saturday, September 25th. The summit is scheduled to run for two days, the 25th to the 26th, and promises to be a one-of-a-kind event. Meetups are available in six locations around the world. But the summit will feature both live and virtual events where anyone from around the world can attend. Local groups are also available with community-led events.

Events at the Cardano summit are split by the worlds they fall into. Currently, the summit features seven different worlds in which individuals can choose to participate in. These worlds include Cardano World, Utility, Impact, Governance, Adoption, Catalyst, and Community.

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The Cardano community is still giddy with the recent launch of smart contracts capability on the network, and with good reason. This summit promises some bigger announcements following this incredible feat. Details of what might be expected from the team are still sparse. So right now, it really is a waiting game as the opening of the summit draws closer.

The partly virtual event features avatars for participants to communicate with one another. While also featuring notable keynote speakers from the crypto space that will speak throughout the two-day summit. In addition to these will be the availability of limited edition NFTs minted on the blockchain to be collected throughout the summit. Founder Charles Hoskinson will provide the live opening keynote across all seven worlds to mark the beginning of the summit.

Hydra 2, DeFi, And The Cardano Network

Cardano recently announced the launch of the Hydra Layer 2 solution that will enable developers to build and deploy their decentralized apps (DApps) in a safe and secure environment. With the launch of Hydra, Hoskinson tweeted that more information will be available about the solution at the summit.

More information about decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols launching on the network, with updates expected from decentralized protocols like Minswap and SundaeSwap, which are both built on the blockchain.

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Founder Charles Hoskinson celebrates how far the blockchain has come up until this point. “The Cardano summit 2021 follows the launch of smart contract capabilities on Cardano, and a remarkable six years of intensive development and perf-reviewed academic research to create a third-generation blockchain platform which is not only eco-friendly but provably secure,” the founder said.

ADA price trending above $2.1 | Source: ADAUSD on TradingView.com

Future exploits by the developer are expected to be announced at the summit. Alongside how the project plans to bridge the gap when it comes to decentralized finance. The summit is open to participants from all around the world and sign-up is free at https://summit.cardano.org/.

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Time Magazine Joins the NFT League in OpenSea!

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Time Magazine Joins the NFT League in OpenSea!