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Which Student Credit Card Is Suitable for You?

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For most university students, credit cards aren’t high on their priority list for things to take care of – after all, students with loans can pay for things with direct debit from their bank accounts, as can students that are being assisted financially by their parents.

The simple truth of the matter is that most students don’t think about credit cards, so that when it gets to the point that they need one, they end up rushing through the selection process, ending up with a card that isn’t optimal for their needs or worse one that actually ends up being detrimental for them in the long run.

So what should a student seeking a credit card do? Simple, they need to research! Look at a wide variety of student credit cards, their benefits and their drawbacks. Only select one that you feel comfortable with and that you feel addresses your needs well, while not providing you with too many setbacks.

So what characteristics should you look for? Well, here are a few things to keep in mind in your search for the perfect student credit card.

Fees

Some cards charge you an annual fee for their usage; I like to counsel students to stay away from these types of cards, as usually their good points are not enough to outweigh the fact that you have to pay for them. You’ve already good tuition, textbooks, residence and many other things to worry about, no sense in adding another to the list.

Credit cards that charge annual fees are intended more for business people that spend lots of money and have lots of disposable income, not for students on a fixed budget. As a result, most cards won’t have such a fee attached to them. If they do however, consider whether you really need the benefits of that specific credit card before you sign up for it.

Spending Limits

When I started my first year of undergraduate studies, the first credit card I applied for had a credit limit of $500, and it ended up being more than I needed at the time. As I went through University and my general expenses increased, I ended up applying to have that limit raised to $1000 and adding a second card with a limit at $1500 – this was mostly just for when I bought textbooks or paid for tuition, as I wanted to get the maximum advantage out of my credit card bonus plans, but it was a good example of me getting the most out of the cards.

Incentives

Incentives are bonuses that the companies attach to their cards in order to entice more people into signing up for them. A good example of this is the “cashback” card, where a certain small percentage of what you spend on your card is refunded to you.

A credit card that was popular amongst friends of mine was the grocery card, which was given out by one of the chains of grocery stores where we lived. Instead of direct cashback, they offered a store credit that was twice the value of most cashback plans at the time, the practicality of which appealed to a lot of students.

Interest Rates

Ideally, this shouldn’t ever be a problem, as you’d be able to pay off your balance each month and thus never accrue interest on your account. Practically, however, things won’t always work out that way. Therefore, interest needs to be a concern as well.

The industry average for annual interest rates is somewhere in the 19-23% range, compounded monthly. However, being a student you should take advantages of the discounts available to you – if you do your research, you should be able to find a card that suits your needs with a student discount interest rate in the 10-15% range.

While 10% may not seem like a whole lot, if you ever lose your job, have to quit or have some other unexpected event that affects your finances, the interest can build up very quickly. One way to partially prevent this is to purposely search for a lower interest rate first.

These are the main four aspects of a student credit card that you should be examining before making your choice as to which one you need.

Ultimately, your decision should be guided by your needs at the time, and the card that you feel fulfills those needs the most. A good credit card, combined with careful spending and very strict budgeting, can actually help you as a student and provide you with benefits that you wouldn’t normally get out of your purchases otherwise.

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TA: Bitcoin Prints Bullish Pattern, Why Close Above $44K Is Critical

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Bitcoin price started a decent increase above the $42,000 level against the US Dollar. BTC is now eyeing a key upside break above the $44,000 resistance zone.

  • Bitcoin started a recovery wave above the $42,000 and $43,000 resistance levels.
  • The price is still trading below $44,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $42,500 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair could accelerate higher if there is a clear break above $44,000.

Bitcoin Price Starts Fresh Recovery

Bitcoin price remained well bid above the $42,000 level. BTC formed a support base and started a decent increase above the $42,500 level.

There was a break above a major bearish trend line with resistance near $42,500 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair. The pair climbed higher above the $43,000 and $43,500 resistance levels. It even tested the $44,000 level.

However, the bulls are struggling to gain strength above $44,000. Bitcoin is still trading below $44,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average. A high is formed near $44,024 and the price is now consolidating gains.

It even tested the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent increase from the $39,579 swing low to $44,024 high. On the upside, an immediate resistance is near the $44,000 level. The first major resistance is near the $44,200 level and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

A clear break above the $44,000 and $44,200 levels could start a strong increase. The next major resistance is near the $45,000 zone, above which the price could rise towards the $47,000 resistance.

Dips Limited In BTC?

If bitcoin fails to clear the $44,000 resistance zone, it could start a fresh decline. An immediate support on the downside is near the $43,000 level.

The next major support is near the $42,000 zone. The 50% Fib retracement level of the recent increase from the $39,579 swing low to $44,024 high is also near the $42,000 zone. A downside break below the $42,000 zone could start a fresh decline. In the stated case, the price could even revisit the $40,000 level in the near term.

Technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD is slowly gaining pace in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is now above the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $43,000, followed by $42,000.

Major Resistance Levels – $44,000, $44,200 and $45,000.

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Judge Denies SEC’s Crypto Transactions to Ripple

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Judge Denies SEC’s Crypto Transactions to Ripple
  • Court denies in granting SEC’s crypto transactions to Ripple
  • Judge says SEC employee’s crypto history is completely irrelevant to the subject 
  • SEC states it has no fundamental obligations or policy upon crypto trading amongst its employees

The battle between Ripple and the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has been on fire since last month. Besides, the SEC now cornering the Ripple platform’s cryptocurrency, the XRP, Ripple fights back profusely. Also, according to the SEC, the Ripple platform and its cryptocurrency XRP are said to be completely insecure with many flaws in terms of security aspects. 

In spite of this, Ripple has filed a charge upon the federal court of New York at the end of August. Accordingly, Ripple requests the court to handover the SEC employee’s crypto trading history and transaction details. This is to the fact that if the employees have traded XRP, then with this Ripple wants to prove that the platform and its native token, the XRP are completely safe and secure. 

However, the entire court seems to be in favour of the SEC, as the judge denies granting Ripple’s request.

The Judge’s Decisions

The federal court judge, Sarah Netburn is found to be rather in support of the SEC and against Ripple. Accordingly, the judge states that the SEC’s Ethics Counsel did not implode Ripple or anything in link with it. 

Moreover, the judge states that in such a case it’s completely unnecessary for the SEC to give out the crypto trading history of its employees. And so, it’s not needed, declares the judge. 

In addition, Sarah points out that the court’s federal rules are to protect the U.S citizen’s privacy rights. 

The Battle History

Furthermore, it seems the SEC and the court favouring it are using the same statistics as that of Ripple previously. 

Accordingly, taking the history into account, at first the SEC has requested Ripple to provide it’s internal communications access. 

However, Ripple denied it. Also, Ripple justified that revealing all those related data and documents is a completely time consuming process and its cost is also a concern.

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Conflux (CFX) Price Sky-Rockets 60 Percent in the Last Week

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Conflux (CFX) Price Sky-Rockets 60 Percent in the Last Week
  • ShuttleFlow is a Conflux-based cross-chain asset bridge.
  • Sponsors pay the user’s transaction costs to assist with onboarding.

Promoting global token economy infrastructure. Conflux connects artists, communities, and markets globally. It is a high-speed first layer consensus blockchain that uses a Tree-Graph consensus algorithm to process blocks and transactions in parallel for improved speed and scalability.

It is the first regulatory compliant, public, and permissionless blockchain in China, linking decentralized economies to enhance the global DeFi ecosystem. Moreover, Conflux uses a well-tested PoW consensus to offer protocol-level security and anti-reentrance attack mitigation.

Increased Issue of Tokens

ShuttleFlow is a Conflux-based cross-chain asset bridge that allows smooth asset transfers across protocols. Moreover, it is the blockchain that can scale without compromising security or decentralization.

Built-in staking interest supports creative DeFi applications. The increased issue of tokens presently yields an annualized rate of 4%. Sponsors pay the user’s transaction costs to assist with onboarding. This mechanism enables individuals with no wallet balance to participate in the blockchain. 

Conflux’s token economy revolves around the $CFX token, which holders may use to pay transaction fees, stake for rewards, rent storage, and participate in network governance. Also, CFX compensates miners who guarantee the Network’s security. The Shanghai Free Trade Zone will explore cross-border trade using the offshore Renminbi (RMB) stable coin.

As per CoinMarketCap, Conflux Network price is $0.393001 USD. In the last 24 hours, the coin has gained 2.55% percent of its value. Furthermore, comparing the current CFX market cap to yesterday’s market value shows an increase.

The CFX gained sixty percent in the past 7 days. Moreover, Conflux Network has recently demonstrated great promise, and now may be an excellent time to invest.

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Bitcoin Falls to $40k Resulting in Over 180,700 Investors Liquidated

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Bitcoin Falls to $40k Resulting in Over 180,700 Investors Liquidated
  • UK’s Financial Conduct Authority publicly warned investors.
  • The largest crypto by market cap fell 10% in the previous week.

Fear of default by Evergrande Group, a Chinese real estate company, triggered a new round of crypto selling. 182,798 traders had been liquidated as of this report. The largest single transaction was a $14.52 million Bitfinex-ETH liquidation order.

CoinMarketCap.com values the global crypto market at $1.84 trillion, down around 1.6% from the previous day. The largest crypto by market cap fell 1% in the last 24 hours and 10% in the previous week.

After Tuesday’s sell-off, Bitcoin seems to have steadied around $40,000 support. After such a drop, analysts expect BTC to stabilize later this week.

A Parabolic Rise is Long Over-Due

Before the flash collapse earlier this month, funding rates were high, according to Delphi Digital, a crypto research company. However, the market was not as aggressive this time, resulting in a slightly better result. The developments surrounding Evergrande may cause increased volatility in the coming weeks.

On the charts, strong overhead resistance at $55,000 may limit short-term purchases. The U.S. With the Fed’s policy meeting ending on Wednesday and Bitcoin options expiring on Friday, volatility may remain high this week.

After this year’s relative Bull Run, an anonymous cryptocurrency expert told Nairametrics a parabolic rise is long overdue. Moreover, several weeks ago, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority publicly warned investors about the risks of trading crypto assets.

The global crypto market is in the red due to the Evergrande crisis, dubbed as China’s Lehman Brothers. The uncertainty caused by Evengrande’s crisis impacted global stock markets. This crisis has a ripple effect on the cryptocurrency market as well as the global equity markets.

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Study Reveals Even By 2030, C02 Footprint From Bitcoin Mining Not a Concern

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Study Reveals Even By 2030, C02 Footprint From Bitcoin Mining Not a Concern