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The war on marijuana is slowly coming to an end, and don’t investors know it. Very few industries have captured the imagination of Wall Street and Main Street quite like cannabis. With legalization sweeping the continent, many investors believe they are on the cusp of a generational opportunity that cuts across the medical, consumer goods and lifestyle industries.

The past 18 months have featured several watershed moments for the cannabis industry. The most profound moment came on election day, when seven U.S. states legalized recreational marijuana. North of the border, the Canadian government recently announced it will fully legalize recreational weed on July 1, 2018, some 17 years after it sanctioned medical marijuana.

These seismic shifts in public policy have left marijuana stocks seeing green, leading to an outpour of support in the mainstream investment community. But before investors get high off marijuana stocks, it’s critical to get educated about the industry. This will help separate fact from fiction in a sector brimming with more confidence than its fundamentals say it should support at the moment.

Legalization: Where We Stand

Seven states legalized marijuana in some form during the November 8 election. California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada voted in favor of recreational weed, while Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota backed legalizing medical marijuana.

From an investment perspective, much of the excitement emanates from the four states that legalized recreational cannabis. California is widely regarded as the proxy for the marijuana industry. If cannabis can succeed here, it can succeed anywhere. 

Colorado has also given investors a good indication of how cannabis reform can generate growth. The sale of recreational marijuana topped $1.6 billion in 2016. That translates into $200 million in tax revenue for the state.[1] 

Though legalization has been a resounding success in Colorado, the outcome is only a fraction of what California can achieve. For starters, California is eight times bigger, and if it were its own country, it would be the world’s sixth largest economy. California’s path from legalization to business generation will have a direct impact on the pot debate across the country.

The state has already vowed to fight a recent federal crackdown on recreational use, with an unusual alliance of government officials and the cannabis industry quickly taking shape. That’s because state lawmakers realize that marijuana is big business and a potential boon to the local economy. The November referendum also convinced state lawmakers that a huge swathe of the population was in full support of legalization.

Other States to Watch

Investors concerned about the federal ban on cannabis should take solace in the fact that the legalization debate is heating up across the country. In addition to the eight states that have fully legalized recreational cannabis, seven others are debating its future. The legalization debate is germinating in Delaware, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Vermont, Missouri, New Mexico, Kentucky and Texas, a sign they could be next headed to the polls.

Legalization was barely struck down in Arizona last November, with 51.3% of state residents voting against Proposition 205, a statute that would have permitted recreational use.

Source: Business Insider. States Where Marijuana Is Legalized.

Canada

There’s just as much excitement about marijuana in Canada, which is expected to fully legalize recreational use of the plant in the not-too-distant future. In early April, the federal government filed an Act to Amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act with the legislation officially introduced two days later. Justin Trudeau’s government is expected to implement the legislation by July 2018.[2]

Although Canada became one of the first countries to legalize medicinal marijuana back in 2001, the nation’s marijuana industry is only worth about $100 million (keep in mind, Canada is one-tenth the size of the U.S. in terms of population and GDP).

Industry players are now awaiting provincial legislation on who will be allowed to sell recreational cannabis. To date, 40 marijuana licenses to grow the plan have been granted by Health Canada. Most of these companies are already sanctioned to sell marijuana to patients via mail-order system.  

Marijuana Industry Growth and Future Potential

Perhaps no other industry has languished from pent-up demand more than marijuana. In the United States, the plant has been outlawed at the federal level since 1937. That’s 80 years of pent-up demand being met by the black market. During this period, there were few investment opportunities up until the recent growth of medical marijuana companies.

In just one year, marijuana has gone from an obscure and esoteric industry to a multi-billion-dollar enterprise that has resulted in the very first exchange-traded fund (ETF) being issued. The Horizons Medical Marijuana Life Sciences ETF (HMMJ) began trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange in April, ushering a new era for marijuana investments.

According to Arcview Market Research, revenues from legal marijuana sales reached $6.7 billion in 2016, an increase of 30% from 2015. Sales should rise at a CAGR of 25% through 2021 to reach $20.2 billion.[3] All this, and only around half of U.S. states have legalized marijuana to some degree. Analysts say that only broadband internet and cable television had a bigger growth trajectory than cannabis. 

In Canada, legalized recreational weed could ignite a nearly $9 billion industry, eclipsing the combined sale of beer, wine and spirits, according to Deloitte. An estimated 600,000 kilograms (more than 1.3 million pounds) of weed will need to be produced to meet the expected demand. That’s far more than the country’s existing licensed producers are capable of growing for medicinal uses.

Clearly, there’s plenty of reason to be bullish on marijuana. The industry is already drawing parallels to the dot-com era, which provided value investors with a rare opportunity to generate enormous wealth in an extremely short period.

How to Invest in Marijuana

In terms of growth, very few industries can compare to cannabis. Like other industries, the leading marijuana companies can be bought and sold as stocks on the open market. In North America, these stocks can be found on the Nasdaq, Toronto Stock Exchange, TSX Venture Exchange and U.S. Over-the-Counter (OTC) market. Marijuana stocks traded Over-The-Counter contain the following symbol: OTCMKTS.

OTC is a decentralized market where investors can trade with one another through email, telephone and other electronic means. In an OTC environment, the dealer acts as the market maker by quoting prices at which they are willing to buy or sell a particular stock. An OTC trade can be carried out without others being aware of the price at which the transaction was made.[4]

Investors who wish to access OTC securities must open an account with a broker that allows Over-The-Counter trading. Since OTC securities are unlisted, there is no central exchange governing the market. This essentially means that all OTC trades must be placed through market makers, a type of broker-dealer firm that competes for customer orders. Typically, OTC securities can be traded on either a discount brokerage or full-service brokerage, including online trading accounts.

Just about any type of pharmaceutical or marijuana stock can trade on the OTC market. OTC provides access to companies ranging from large-cap conglomerates to small and micro-cap growth companies. Since most marijuana stocks are still in the early-stage or developmental phase, they typically do not qualify for the OTCQX Venture Market, which is the home of OTC stocks that are generally considered to be higher quality investments.

Companies listed in the OTCQB exchange are current in their reporting to a major regulator and have greater information availability to investors. Companies that are listed under the Venture Exchange have a green checkmark on the official OTC website indicating their information is verified. “Verified” securities are those whose profile has been confirmed by a representative of the OTCQB within the last six months. A growing number of marijuana companies have already made their way to the OTCQB.

It should also be noted that although investing in OTC stocks is more accessible than ever before, this avenue is considered riskier than conventional exchanges. That’s because many of the companies on the unlisted exchanges are very small, making them prone to wild fluctuations and added volatility. These characteristics define most marijuana stocks regardless of the exchange in which they are listed.

Investors trading marijuana stocks Over-The-Counter or through a conventional exchange should generally avoid companies with very little information. These companies may be extremely illiquid, thereby adding unnecessary risk to your portfolio.[5]

The Marijuana Index

The Marijuana Index is one of the easiest ways for investors to keep track of North America’s most prominent cannabis companies. The index and its subcomponents track the leading stocks operating in the legal cannabis industry in the United States and Canada. Naturally, the index is divided into two country sub-indexes: the U.S. Marijuana Index and the Canadian Marijuana Index. Each company tracked is assigned to either index, depending on the location of their primary business operations.

All three indexes began trading January 2, 2015, and were given an inception value of 100.00 points. The Marijuana Index is equal-weighted, which means each stock is granted the same importance as others in the basket. This is also the case for the U.S. and Canadian sub-indexes. The indexes are rebalanced on a quarterly basis on the last day of March, June, September and December.

As of Oct. 25, 2017, there were 311 companies listed in the Marijuana Stock Universe.

The U.S. Marijuana Index is an equal-weighted benchmark of the country’s top-20 cannabis companies. These companies, and their associated symbol, are presented below:

Name Symbol Market Cap
Terra Tech Corp TRTC 120.96m
Surna Inc SRNA 19.53m
Solis Tek Inc SLTK 42.03m
MariMed Inc MRMD 60.43m
Marapharm Ventures Inc MDM:CNX 85.39m
MCIG Inc MCIG 55.76m
Kush Bottles Inc KSHB 108.87m
Innovative Industrial Properties Inc. IIPR 68.40m
GW Pharmaceuticals Plc GWPH 2.62b
GrowGeneration Corp GRWG 25.83m
Golden Leaf Holdings Ltd GLH:CNX 62.82m
CV Sciences Inc. CVSI 19.31m
CannaRoyalty Corp CRZ:CNX 123.75m
Cannabics Pharmaceuticals Inc CNBX 79.01m
Cannabis Sativa Inc CBDS 55.60m
The Canadian Bioceutical Corporation BCC:CNX 111.98m
Axim Biotechnologies Inc AXIM 323.83m

The Canadian Marijuana Index is a gauge of ten of the top-twelve marijuana stocks traded in Canada. This list includes:

Name Symbol Market Cap
Canopy Growth Corporation WEED:CA 2.23b
CannTrust Holdings Inc. TRST:CNX 393.49m
The Hydropothecary Corporation THCX:CA 158.72m
Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc. TBP:CA 77.01m
OrganiGram Holdings Inc OGI:CA 306.57m
Namaste Technologies Inc N:CNX 40.65m
Cronos Group Inc. MJN:CA 445.70m
Maricann Group Inc. MARI:CNX 101.31m
MedReleaf Corp. LEAF:CA 1.04b
Newstrike Resources Ltd. HIP:CA 128.55m
Supreme Pharmaceuticals Inc. FIRE:CA 271.94m
Emerald Health Therapeutics Inc. EMH:CA 137.03m
Emblem Corp EMC:CA 118.86m
CanniMed Therapeutics Inc. CMED:CA 262.08m
Cannabis Wheaton Income Corp. CBW:CA 205.06m
Aphria Inc. APH:CA 958.33m
Aurora Cannabis Inc. ACB:CA 1.09b
Abcann Global Corporation ABCN:CA 110.59m

An Introduction to Marijuana Industries

The marijuana industry is more diverse than it appears at the surface. Although weed growers continue to receive most of the headlines, the industry features a large cross-section of businesses that span nearly a dozen sectors. In the following, we introduce investors to 11 industries operating within the broader marijuana sector (source: The Marijuana Index).

Agricultural Technology: The Agricultural Technology industry includes companies that contribute to the production and cultivation of marijuana by providing technologies, equipment and supplies to grower operations. Companies: Scotts Miracle-Gro Company (SMG), Zerez Holdings (ZRZH), Solis Tek Inc. (SLTK)

Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology: The Pharmaceutical/Biotechnology industry accounts for businesses focused on the research and development of pharmaceutical drugs and products involving cannabinoids. This industry represents the largest share of the U.S. marijuana market. Companies: GW Pharmaceuticals Plc (GHPH), Insys Therapeutics Inc. (INSY), Axim Biotechnologies Inc. (AXIM).

Consumption Devices: The Consumption Devices industry includes companies involved in developing and selling personal consumption devices, such as inhalers, for consumers of cannabis. Companies: Namaste Technologies Inc. (N:CNX), Wildflower Marijuana Inc. (SUN:CNX), Wildflower Marijuana Inc. (WLDFF).

Cultivation and Retail: Cultivation and Retail includes companies that grow and sell marijuana plants and related products. In Canada, this industry is dominated by licensed producers. Companies: Canopy Growth Corporation (WEED:CA), Aurora Cannabis Inc. (ACB:CA), Cronos Group Inc. (APHQF).

Hemp Products: The Hemp Products industry is primarily concerned with the production and sale of hemp and related products. Hemp is a member of the same plant species as cannabis, but has a lower concentration of THG and a higher concentration of non-psychoactive compounds. This makes it suitable for various products, such as paper, textiles and clothing. Companies: Medical Marijuana Inc. (MJNA), Earth Sciences Tech Inc. (ETST), Lexaria Bioscience Corp (LXX:CNX).

Investing and Finance: Companies involved in the investment and finance of cannabis, such as holding companies and asset managers, are also part of the dynamic marijuana sector. Companies: CannaRoyalty Corp (CRZ:CNX), First Harvest Corp (HVST), Amfil Technologies Inc. (AMFE).

Marijuana Products: The Marijuana Products industry is comprised of companies that are involved in the development and sale of marijuana-infused products, such as drinks, oils and lotions. Companies: Cannabis Sativa Inc. (CBDS), Radient Technologies Inc. (RTI:CA), Lifestyle Delivery Systems Inc. (LDS:CNX).

Other Ancillary: This industry consists of companies that contribute to the broader cannabis industry and that do not fit any of the other categories. Examples include companies that produce breathalyzers and testing kits, cannabis clinics and marijuana vending machine developers. Companies: Canada House Wellness Group Inc. (CHV:CNX), Cannabix Technologies Inc. (BLO:CNX), Lifeloc Technologies Inc. (LCTC).

Real Estate: Companies that develop, own or lease commercial property for the purpose of cannabis business are part of the marijuana Real Estate industry. Companies: Praetorian Property Inc. (PRRE), Innovative Industrial Properties Inc. (IIPR), Grow Condos Inc. (GRWC).

Secondary Services: The Secondary Services industry consists of businesses that provide general consulting and business services to marijuana growers and retailers. Consulting services include market research, business development, branding and logistics. Companies: Cannagrow Holdings Inc. (CGRW), Novus Acquisition and Development Corp (NDEV), Americann Inc. (ACAN).

Technology and Media: The Technology and Media industry includes companies that provide software and media solutions to cannabis businesses and consumers. These services include enterprise software, e-commerce services and trading platforms for cannabis companies. Companies: Helix TCS Inc. (HLIX), Eco Science Solutions Inc. (ESSI), Bang Holdings Corp (BXNG).

Despite all the promise of recreational weed, most viable marijuana investments are concentrated in the medical biotechnology/pharmaceutical industry – at least for now. Investors looking for an immediate impact on their portfolio are more likely to succeed with a medical grower.

However, recreational weed is expected to be a huge money maker in the not-too-distant future. Favorable government policies, steadily growing public support and a burgeoning grower industry make recreational marijuana a promising enterprise across North America.

How to Build a Green Portfolio

Many of the same strategies involved in building a traditional stock portfolio also apply to the marijuana sector. Things like asset allocation, long-term strategy and deep fundamental analysis are critical for long-term success. At the same time, however, the marijuana industry has several unique features that investors need to grasp.

For starters, the marijuana industry is inundated with speculative investments and overhyped stocks that don’t actually have a viable business model. This isn’t always apparent when one looks at the relative success of marijuana stocks. This means many marijuana investments are overvalued.

Marijuana stocks are also highly volatile. After surging to record highs following legalization, many leading stocks found themselves in the doldrums in the first quarter as political uncertainty undermined confidence in the industry.

Against this backdrop, the following strategy is likely to yield the best outcome for investing in this rapidly growing sector.

1. Diversification is key

Diversification is the cornerstone of investing. For a sector like marijuana, where picking winners and losers isn’t easy, diversification carries even greater significance. Right now, there are over 250 stocks in the marijuana sector. Among them are future billion-dollar companies as well as duds that will eventually file for bankruptcy. A diversified portfolio of marijuana securities is therefore necessary to survive what could be a volatile few years for the sector.

2. Gain indirect exposure

There are both direct and indirect ways to gain exposure to a sector. Although most marijuana enthusiasts are rushing to growers and retailers, they should also consider other companies in the value chain that make the business possible in the first place. These companies are certainly benefiting from marijuana, but are not tied to it and thus won’t go bust if the sector hits a snag.

A company like Scotts Miracle-Gro (SMG) provides the type of indirect exposure our portfolio needs to survive volatile turns in the market cycle. SMG is not a marijuana stock, but provides specialty fertilizer and supplies to the pot industry. In other words, it is benefiting from the sector’s growth without being completely tied to it.

3. Conduct fundamental analysis

There are a lot of cool sounding marijuana stocks at play right now, but that shouldn’t be your criteria for investing. Nor should you rely on a hunch for picking a winner in a sector prone to wild price fluctuations. Remember: you are not picking from the S&P 500, but from a batch of companies that have an extremely limited track record in the market.

You should therefore come to terms with the stock’s intrinsic value (i.e., what it’s really worth). This means reviewing its business model, profitability, revenue, return on equity and overall growth strategy. In other words, read the stock’s financial statement carefully.  

4. Don’t wait for a pullback to enter the market

Cannabis stocks may be volatile, but that doesn’t mean you should wait for a pullback before you invest. Although this is a common strategy investors employ, it rarely pays off. It may be painful to buy a share at 52-week highs, but it’s even worse to watch that company defy your expectations of a pullback.[6] The good news is marijuana investments are still new, so the good ones still have a long way to go before they reach their ceiling.  

5. Develop a long-term plan

It’s perfectly acceptable to allocate a certain portion of your portfolio to speculation (i.e., choosing stocks you believe can be bought now and sold at a substantial gain later on). However, your overall portfolio strategy should be based on long-term objectives. This is the only true way to maximize investment success.

As a nascent industry, marijuana offers plenty of long-term growth. There’s lots of reasons to be bullish over its long-term prospects. This alone should deter investors from being too short-sighted with their cannabis portfolio strategy.

6. Know that you’re investing in an industry with top notch growth

The reason many people enter the cannabis market is the realization they may be investing in a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Legalization is long overdue, and pent-up demand is not like anything we’ve ever seen. This has been clearly reflected in the industry’s rapid acceleration in such a short period. The growth and widespread adoption of legal cannabis in all its forms should serve as a motivator for investors looking to tap into this sector.

Legalization and the Future of Marijuana Investments  

Marijuana legalization across much of North America is a paradigm shift both in terms of public consciousness and public policy. Although the path forward will be riddled with uncertainty, the general trend is leaning toward looser regulation of recreational cannabis and increased support for medical research.

The marijuana sector is booming right now, but is trading at only a fraction of its full potential. The huge sales numbers we saw in 2016 are likely a sign of things to come, as the sector benefits from surging demand and growing mainstream acceptance of cannabis use. These factors could drive the next bull market in the marijuana industry – one that could rival the the dot-com boom.

From an investment perspective, cannabis stocks can still be had for relatively cheap. Like any breakout industry, there are a lot of duds out there trying to capitalize on the momentum. But there’s plenty of solid picks with fantastic growth prospects for investors with a little courage and a lot of patience.

Sources

[1] Trey Williams (February 12, 2017). “Marijuana tax revenue hits $200 million in Colorado as sales pass $1 billion.” MarketWatch.

[2] Debra Borchardt (April 13, 2017). “Canada Take Big Steps Towards Creating $8 Billion Legal Marijuana Industry.” Forbes.

[3] Debra Borchardt (January 3, 2017). “Marijuana Sales Totaled $6.7 Billion In 2016.” Forbes.

[4] Investopedia. Over-The-Counter Market.

[5] Kesavan Balasubramaniam. “How do I buy an over-the-counter stock?” Investopedia.

[6] Jeremy Lutz (March 2, 2017). “7 Essential Tips To Succeed With Cannabis Stocks.” Ino.com.

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Investor Watch: Holochain Provides Solid Returns Despite Bear Market

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Holochain is a distributed network project with autonomous capabilities for users embedded directly into its architecture and protocols. The creators of Holochain claim that the distribution of their proposed type of storage and data processing can change the order of coordination and interaction. Thanks to digital integration, under the control of the user, Holo can free users’ online life from corporate control.

Key team members:

  • Eric Harris-Brown: The project’s co-founder is an executive engineer who received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Yale University. He’s the co-founder of the peer-to-peer network application provider Glass Bead Software and independent software development store Harris-Braun Enterprises. He is also the author of sophisticated health data collection websites, Android-based application for monitoring catches for the fishing industry and other successful projects.
  • Arthur Brock: The other co-founder is the chief architect who has extensive experience in the field of artificial intelligence technology, which initially applied to GM, Chrysler and Hughes. He later turned his attention to creating social architectures and at Holochain is responsible for developing target currencies that form social the dynamics of the emerging post-industrial economy.

Main features

Unlike many crypto projects, platforms such as EoS, BitLattice and Holochain represent the evolution of block technology. They do not even use blocks as such and avoid linear arrangement of transactions (progression of “blocks”). They provide cryptographic control of information, but none of these projects require the same amount of consumed energy and resources, like Bitcoin and Ethereum.

At its core, Holochain is not a chain at all. It is more like “git-archives” that can be distributed, shared, synchronized or combined using BitTorrent-like DHT technology (distributed hash table). Each application has its own Holochain, and each operator has its own chain.

Holochain is a system book and application platform, similar to a blockchain, which, according to developers, is not affected by issues such as scalability and energy efficiency. Each device in the network receives its own register (Holochain) and can function independently, simultaneously interacting with all other devices in the network for decentralized problem-solving.

Another name that is often referred to at the same time as Holochain is Ceptr. This parent project uses Holochain infrastructure. It represents a new paradigm, which in some way resembles the Internet. It uses blockchain-like technology, which is characterized by a lack of consensus dependence.

Currently, the project authors are working on two initiatives: Holochain and Holo (Holo-Host). Holochain itself is a peer-to-peer infrastructure that serves as the necessary foundation for Ceptr.

Token

The community will receive tokens called Holo Fuel. According to the technical documentation, they are intended for the implementation of large volumes of microtransactions. Holo Fuel is not a cryptocurrency or token, but a kind of crypto credit that is created to link transactions between system participants.

Stability Holo Fuel will be provided by the computing power of each device in the network. Nevertheless, the authors of the project claim that the cost of crypto credits will depend on the number of hosts on the network and the computing power used. With each new user, the value of the ecosystem will grow, which will also increase the value of the tokens.

There are several essential characteristics of Holo Fuel, including asset support, non-use of tokens and signature of transactions by both parties to the transaction.

At the moment, the main coin of the Holochain network is the HOT token of the ERC-20 standard, which will be replaced by Holo Fuel after the launch of the final platform version.

TPs

The developers claim that the transaction processing ability of their network is limitless. The thing is, every second transaction is almost meaningless because of the Holochain architecture. Instead of supporting a single consensus, the Holochain distributed hash table contains a report on the main type and legitimacy of the information provided by the individual block chains. This eliminates the need to track every action on the network and the need for global consensus.

In simple terms, Holochain, as a framework for applications and has no limit on the number of transactions per second because the ecosystem where they should be implemented does not initially exist. This parameter is floating and increases as the number of network users increases.

Holochain Target Applications

First of all, the project is suitable for frameworks that require multiple individual inputs with some limited copy available to all. The most straightforward example is online networking platforms. Holochain also additionally offers technologies for administering the manufacturing network, cooperatives, public platforms, reputational platforms or digital forms of money.

Roadmap

The project’s roadmap is provided below. Here, you can see new developments coming through the pipeline in Q1 2019.

Price

We see that Holo receives positive sentiment from investors.

Its current market cap is around $75 million with an average turnover of $2 million over 24 hours. It still holds a good standing in the bear market, with returns of around 3.5x in U.S. dollar terms, 20.68x in ETH, and 7.8x in BTC. At the time of writing, it is currently traded at $0.0005 USD.

One could expect a conservative x2 in USD if the crypto market cap would remain the same and x4 if the market cap increases twice.

I usually invest with a stop loss to ensure a risk reward of at least 1:4 and buy assets weekly.

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The cryptocurrency market is in a recession, and investments via ICO and trading have not generated profit for a long time. Nevertheless, this market still allows you to earn money, and now is the right time to look at it in terms of the possibility of obtaining passive income. I will consider the most promising projects in terms of passive income. One of these projects, which will be discussed in this review, is VeChain.

Project: VeChain

  • Purpose: DApps, smart contracts, supply chain management
  • Website: vechain.com
  • Geography: Offices in different countries of the world; 111 nodes in the UK, Germany, Japan, China, and South Korea
  • Company: Managed by the non-profit organization VeChain Foundation. The founder and CEO of the project is Sunny Lou
  • Current development stage: Mainnet v1.0.2 (released on September 3)

Project Features

The idea of VeChain was first introduced in 2015. It was developed as a blockchain platform for digitizing information from the real world to create a registry system for goods in supply chains and a mechanism for managing them. The system is based on two key elements – product labeling with smart chips and the formation of a blockchain base with information on each product.

The system will allow companies to simplify the supply chain, and for consumers to receive high-quality original products. The goal of the project is to create a self-managing and scalable ecosystem for business, which will ensure the transparency of information flows and increase the efficiency of cooperation of all parties involved. The developed platform has great potential in the real world and can be used in many areas, such as agriculture, automotive, retail, etc.

Benefits

VeChain benefits from many partnerships, including with large companies and via Chinese government support. This year, the project team decided to expand the scope of activities and begin to develop its platform for decentralized applications and smart contracts, which can be applied in a huge number of industries, such as supply chain management, finance, automotive, tobacco, Internet of Things and more. At this stage, investors have an opportunity to earn passive income by storing tokens.

Tokens

After switching to their blockchain, two types of tokens were released as part of the project – VET and THOR (VTHO). VET is the internal currency and the basis of the platform, necessary for the settlement of contracts. The presence of tokens in the amount of more than 1 million VET gives holders the right to participate in voting on the development of the network and the choice of nodes (1 VET = $ 0.01 THOR). Tokens are needed to complete transactions in the network, launch applications and smart contracts (similar to GAS in the NEO network). 1 VTHO = $ 0.001

How to Generate Passive Income

So now we will look at how we can make money on this project and what needs to be done to accomplish this. The main condition for obtaining income is the availability of VET tokens, which can be purchased at various cryptocurrency exchanges, such as Binance. Depending on the amount you are willing to invest in these tokens, there are two options for generating income.

Option 1: Purchase VET tokens and store them in your wallet. The advantage of this method is that there are no restrictions on the amount or period of storage of tokens. All holders of VET tokens that store them in their wallet receive THOR tokens upon storage. Therefore, it is enough to purchase them in any quantity and put them on the wallet.

Calculation example:

  • Investment amount: $1,000
  • Number of VET tokens: ~166,666 (at the rate as of 21/11/18)
  • Profit per day: 70 THOR (~$0.03)
  • Profit per year: 25,549 THOR (~$15)
  • ROI: 1.5%

Calculator – https://thorcalculator.com/

Option 2: Become a node on the network

The network is supported by nodes, divided into four levels, and the minimum amount to buy tokens to become a node in the VeChain network at the current rate is about $10,000. Payments to the nodes are taken from the pool of tokens created by the VET.

The number of tokens on the planned launch date of the main network (December 31, 2018) is 15 billion; in the future this number is reduced by 2.5 billion every six months.

Strength Nodes: 1,000,000 VET (~$ 6,000), 10 days.

Thunder Nodes: 5,000,000 VET (~$30,000), 20 days.

Mjolnir Masternodes: 15,000,000 VET (~$90,000), 30 days.

Thrudheim Masternodes: 25,000,000 VET (~$150,000), permanent master node.

Calculation example:

  • Investment amount: $ 6,000
  • Number of VET tokens: 1,000,000 (Strength Nodes)
  • Profit per day: 570 THOR
  • Profit per year: 208,050 THOR (~ $ 208)
  • ROI: 3.4%

Node statistics : https://vechainstats.com/vtho-calculator/

Summary

As you probably noticed, these figures are not very impressive. Therefore, it is time to answer the main question – what makes this project attractive for investment in the current environment? Consider these factors below:

  1. The project has high potential, as evidenced by many factors, including several large partnerships, the current stage of development, Chinese government support, etc.
  2. THOR tokens have growth potential, in which case ROI can grow significantly. For example, when the THOR price reaches the initial level (at the end of July and the beginning of August of the current year, the price reached $0.04), an investment of $ 1,000 will bring 61% per annum.
  3. The cryptocurrency market is in the red zone, and it is not yet clear at what point it will reach the bottom, however, it’s probably the best time for this kind of investment right now.

Although one should invest when there is a maximum fear, this article should not be construed as investment advice. Do you own research before committing.

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How to Make Passive Income Holding Ontology

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The cryptocurrency market is in a recession and investment in ICOs has not brought desired results. Nevertheless, this market still allows you to earn money, and now is the right time to look into the possibility of obtaining passive income. I would like to start looking into the most promising projects in terms of passive income. In this review, we will discuss one of the most interesting projects of the current year – Ontology.

Project: Ontology

  • Purpose: Introduce blockchain technology into the work of companies
  • Website: ont.io
  • Company Info: Managed by Onchain, which is among the top 50 leading Fintech companies in China
  • Current Development Stage: MainNet 1.0 (released on June 30)

Project Features

Ontology is a multi-level network designed for the mass introduction of blockchain technology into the work of companies. The project supports many advanced applications to create private blockchains, provide control over information and interact with other private and public blockchains and the global network. The goal of the project is to solve problems associated with the massive introduction of blockchain technology into the work of enterprises by creating an ecosystem of trust for the effective interaction of participants.

The Ontology system can be implemented in various fields of activity. The project has concluded a large number of important strategic partnerships. Partners and institutional investors include such well-known companies as Certik, Matrix, Sequoia Capital and many others.

Network levels include:

  • Level 1: connecting the Ontology blockchain with other large-scale blockchain platforms;
  • Level 2: ready-made APIs and protocols that allow you to create private blockchains;
  • Level 3: the introduction of blockchain technology in the work of organizations.

Tokens

There are two types of tokens in the Ontology network: ONT is the internal currency of the platform, which givez the right to use internal services, as well as to participate in voting on the development of the project. ONT tokens were initially distributed for free to holders of NEO in Q1 2018 for free.

ONG is the currency that serves as fuel for conducting operations on the Ontology network, by analogy with GAS tokens in the NEO network. Both currencies can be purchased on cryptocurrency exchanges. The total supply of both currencies is limited to 1 billion.

How to Earn Passive Income

Ontology provides the opportunity to receive passive income by storing ONT tokens on the wallet, since ONT storage allows you to receive ONG tokens, which, in turn, can be sold on the exchange at market price. When each new unit is generated on the Ontology network, 5 ONG tokens are issued, which are distributed to the entire number of ONT tokens. To calculate the estimated profit from the storage of tokens, you can use a special calculator.

The number of ONT tokens on the user’s account does not affect the percentage of profits earned. However, this figure may vary depending on the market value of ONT and ONG tokens. For example, if the ONT rate falls relative to ONG, then the ROI increases.

Calculation example:

  • Investment amount: $ 1000
  • Number of ONT tokens: ~1,000
  • Daily Earnings: 0.43 ONG ($0.015388 USD)
  • Profit per year: 157.7 ONG (~$ 56.2)
  • ROI: 5.47%

For calculation, the rate of tokens as of Nov. 21 is used: ONT = $ 1.01; ONG = $ 0.343

Profit calculator: https://ontcalc.com/

Summary

Ontology is a large-scale and very ambitious project capable of having a significant impact on the extensive introduction of blockchain technology in all possible areas of enterprise activity. Even though the storage of project tokens brings a relatively low percentage, in the long run, the total return on investment in ONT can be very significant since these tokens have great potential for growth.

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