Hi all, Hope your having a good week. So see a lot of the same questions on this sub in posts and in the daily, so I decided to make this to try to help all the newbies. Maybe others will learn too so lets get straight into it.
TLDR Too long didn’t read, a quick look at what the post is about 😉
DYOR Firstly we hear do your own research a lot and the obvious question of how and were to start. One of the main websites (as there is just so many) that people use daily Coinmarketcap a great start for a lot, here you can get daily news updates, check out a coin and associated website which is very useful and you get log in bonuses. If you are brand new, what I did is learned the base info about crypto and blockchain through YouTube, just be carful and don’t listen to coin maxers who are just looking to make money, your here just to gain knowledge. I used to watch someone called Kubera on his old channel but most about crypto/blockchain videos are good. Always good to check the general consensus on this sub, you can look into the specific subs for a coin although obviously this is going to be a heavily bias view. Have been pointed to the following for amazing help on coingecko In fact both those defi books that you can get with candies are a great reading material. binance academy, great videos pretty informative; coin bureau, everyone here knows and recommend this YouTube guy and I have seen a lot too very good videos.
Wallets So you can download wallet app’s (only use very well known apps on android), use an exchange and even most exchanges have their own separate wallets, cold and hot wallets even paper wallets. So lets break it down Hot wallets are kept online and connected to the internet like apps and the exchange wallets, browsers wallets like MetaMask and cloud storage wallets like wax wallet or cloud wallet (not ones I have used). Cold Storage is offline storage like paper and hardware wallets (Trezor and Ledger). So these are stored offline with more limited access than hot as that is always online. Cold is the safest by far but come with the risk of losing the seed phrase, or piece of paper. If you loose a hardware wallet you can replace and load it back up with your seed phrase so very handy. FYI you can get a engraver quite cheap get a small piece of metal and engrave seed phrases for a durable solution. In the past not your keys not your coins was a huge issue due to the Mt. Gox hack but this is getting less important with the proper exchanges now. Personally if your playing with upto a few thousand then exchanges are fine but once you start to accumulate more unless you trade a lot, it would be a good idea to invest in a Hardware wallet for the safety at least. Things like the online wallets are fine to learn as you go BUT always double and triple check EVERYTHING when sending funds around maybe do a little bit for the first time just to cover yourself, not a week goes by without seeing someone say they got a bit wrong and that’s it the funds are gone.
Tracking your Portfolio So when I started it was very easy to open the one account I had and see exactly how much I own and the spread but over time I used more wallets. Before I knew it I had 3 different Hot wallets as well as 3 different exchanges I was using (one is best for staking one is to try and get a card soon and one just purely for buy and send or hold). So what could be done, if you create an account on coinmarketcap you can input all the information here and use this to track your portfolio very well, an added bonus is you get daily redeemable of crystals that can be used for rewards. Coingeko does the same they have candies as the daily. Always good to keep an eye on the rewards as they have NFT’s, discounts on items and equipment plus lots more. Also you can create a live spreadsheet on excel to track the prices from coinmarkt or coingeko but it is a little difficult if your not a wiz with excel. their was one posted by u/fly115 but I don’t know it is ok to use I have been for the live prices but I manually enter everything.
Market Cap So market cap is the current supply of coins times the price of the coin. It no way reflects the coins potential as plenty of coins can have a large market cap if they have a very large supply/lots of funds in at the start, also this means with a very large supply the market cap could also reflect a barrier in the price. Lets look at a couple of examples: so Bitcoin first current price $48,500 current supply 18,793,962 Current market $911,507,157,000. then also fully diluted market cap using the Max supply if it has one so $48,500 x max supply 21,000,000 = $1,018,500,000,000. Over 1 trillion market cap on max supply. now lets look at look at Shiba (Not against it at all but just to show) they have a current supply of 394,796Billion current price $0.00000819 market cap $3,233,379,240,000 yes 3 billion market cap. As you can see it would be almost impossible for shiba to ever even be worth 1c let alone $1 as this would give it a jump in market cap 3x that of bitcoin. It gets a bit confusing as most places talk about it with companies and stock and then say but with crypto its a bit different Coinbase basics has a good explanation.
DeFi Decentralised Finance In short instead of a bank being in charge of your money and what they say goes like not allowing you to withdraw over a certain amount, freezing funds/accounts and just being in total control. Decentralise finance is no one person or entity being able to control the money. Now DeFi is the term to cover a whole host of decentralization like yield farming, liquidity mining, decentralized exchanges, lending and wrapped coins. A great article to read if you are interested in this is Coin Desk’s What is DeFi. This covers everything you would need to know and more.
POW/POS Proof of work is the process of using computational power to solve complex mathematical problems to mine blocks (Hash Power). So a lot of power and a lot of graphics cards to run a program that is mining for rewards. the issue is you are competing with everyone who is also mining and people could do so for ages and not get a penny, if they do not have enough hash power. POS adding funds to a pool/wallet for rewards based on the percent you holding in the pool/wallet. Your giving your funds to be able to mine the blocks for further rewards and these are distributed to everyone in the pool or given a fixed rate in a wallet. Quite the consensus that POS is the way forward due to the amount of power used for POW so not environmentally friendly.
Staking If you went further into DeFi you may have covered this but in a nutshell the process of staking is earning rewards for holding crypto, think of it as a savings account but without the ridiculously low APY. This is one of the reasons why I use Kraken as you can stake a lot more on here then other exchanges available to me. If your holding a coin that you can get a reward for holding, then why not Stake it and let it grow. An Addition here Liquidity POS that has evolved form the delegated POS. Tezos has developed LPoS, an evolution of DPoS idea. The current version, in the Florence protocol is “Emmy+” . In LPoS, a validator is called a “baker” or an “endorser”. As opposed to DPoS, any user can become a validator if he has enough coins. If he doesn’t, then he has the choice to delegate. The idea is to dilute even more the activity and to increase inclusion. The focus is more on governance liquidity rather than the network’s scalability.
NFT’s None Fungible tokens, so what does that actually mean well fungible tokens are Dollars, Pound, and Bitcoin all have a common valuation (so everyone knows the price) none fungible tokens are more like a Picasso so they would have a unique value that can and does change depending on how much someone is willing to spend on it. So NFT’s would be unique pieces of digital art or unique digital assets you can’t trade them for other NFT’s too. Now just like any art they can be copied yet the original will be the only one that has been minted and therefore cemented on the blockchain as a unique asset. I actually have said in the past I would never buy one but after putting some time into learning about NFT’s I would love to own a couple.
Community Points We have Moons as a community incentive for r/cryptocurrency on the Karma you earn within the sub. make sure you have set up your wallet on the mobile app and you can start to receive these but also if you are a fortnight fan you can head on to r/fortnitebr and earn bricks for karma and then one more r/ethtrader for donuts but these are already on mainnet and you have to set up a MetaMask or Trust wallet for the distributions (and you have to pay gas but usually not a lot unless in peak) but there is a way to get the distributions for free on Xdai all in explained in the sidebar on their page. I follow u/communitypoints to keep updated on the distribution lists very handy.
Check out all the latest news from Ethereum at Ethereum.org
Just news Coin Desk but again make sure you fact check info here as I have heard it isn’t always 100%.
Keep an eye on the gas price to ensure your never transferring at peak again Ethereum Gas
Lastly check out all the links on the top of the daily discussion including the r/CryptoCurrencyMeta for the governance polls to this sub
I hope you like my little guide please leave a comment if you would like me to add any sections and I will update, have a great rest of the week. Take care