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Generally, there are thought to be only two ways to make money investing in crypto: holding long-term, or daytrading. These are the methods most often discussed, but there are many other ways as well. You can mine crypto, you can invest in crypto companies, or you can even work as a developer building solutions using blockchain technology.

The method we are going to talk about today is by using a masternode. This is the closest method to buying a dividend stock and collecting the returns, and many crypto-enthusiasts are finding it to be incredibly useful.

Explaining Masternodes

To start with an analogy, a masternode is to proof-of-stake as a miner is to proof-of-work. Rather than solving complex computational problems to receive cryptocurrency, a masternode has you “stake” a large amount of cryptocurrency and collect fees for updating and managing the blockchain.

Masternodes generally require a large amount of cryptocurrency to be staked, since this disincentivizes bad actors from costing themselves money.

The beautiful thing about masternodes is not only do you benefit from receiving coins in exchange for processing transactions, but your coins then appreciate in value. And to sweeten the deal even more, those coins can become part of your masternode and earn you more coins.

How to Run One

Now that you understand the basics of what a masternode is, it is time to think about how you would go about running one. Much like investing in an equity, you would want to do your research on which cryptocurrency you think is the best investment of your time and money. There are a lot of protocols which accept masternodes, but Dash is the most well-known one right now. The level of risk and reward you are looking for will determine your answer here, but make sure to do your own research.

Two of the main things you need to set up a masternode are storage space and an IP address. Once you have these, you will likely want to set up a virtual private server (VPS) for security purposes.

Now it is a matter of making sure you know how to use the Linux command line, or hiring a third-party service to help set up your masternode. This is your decision, but it won’t cost a lot and you don’t want to risk losing your crypto because you were overconfident in your technology skills.

To get your masternode running, buy the required amount of coins, transfer it to your desktop wallet, and download the blockchain. Now you are ready to go, but will need to look up the actual technological steps from a reliable source.

There are two major mistakes beginners make. First, they fail to keep their desktop wallet open and running 24/7, and second, they forget to configure their wallets to stake their rewards. Both of these mistakes cost rewards over time, and it is best to avoid them from the start.

Examining the Risk and Reward

As with any investment, you want to examine the risk and reward to figure out whether running a masternode on a network suits you. The risk is clear, you are putting up a significant amount of cryptocurrency. There is a slight risk of the coins being stolen, but your bigger worry is the coins go down in value. You would then have a large position in a cryptocurrency which is dropping, and would be exposed to lose a lot of money. Dash has a 1000 unit minimum, which amounts to approximately $260,000 right now. That is a huge investment and shouldn’t be taken lightly. This is where the argument can be made to invest in lower cost coins.

Returns are also important, and you should calculate the implied rate of return by looking at how many coins you are likely to earn on the coins invested. You definitely want to see more than a few percent on this, as this is a risky asset, and you should be compensated for taking the risk.

Finally, to assess your risk, look at the GitHub community and social media around the coins and see if it is relatively positive or not. The last thing you want is to buy into a sinking ship.

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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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