When you see someone get a 1,000x return on their investment, turning $1,000 into $1 million, it’s hard not to take notice. Bitcoin is constantly in the news, and every time the experts say it’s going to crash, it doubles in value. Clearly, the experts don’t understand what they’re talking about.
The real experts are out there on the web, making amazing things with the world’s first decentralized monetary platforms, often in obscurity. The experts are high school kids in China on Reddit, and CS professors pushing the theoretical boundaries of what cryptography is capable of. Wall Street is only just beginning to pay attention, and probably doesn’t even really understand what it is they’re dealing with. Put simply, cryptocurrency is the hottest asset class of all time, and it is experiencing incredible growth.
While crypto is a young market, and there will certainly be a fair amount of volatility in the crypto markets, it would be shortsighted not to take the time to understand why this asset class has attracted so much attention. The internet was built to withstand thermonuclear warfare, and cryptocurrency was built to be slightly tougher than that. No government can control cryptocurrency, and even when they outlaw use by their citizens, these governments find it extremely difficult to enforce prohibition. Distributed digital assets are the future, and you can either get on board now, or wish you did later.
Cryptocurrency is something new in the world, born out of distrust for manipulative government monetary policies and onerous regulation, but governments are learning to play nice.
And, even in its infancy, it is already evolving and powering a new breed of decentralized autonomous applications (dApps), all powered by the innovations at the heart of cryptocurrency, blockchain and the trustless transactions that blockchain enables. Cryptocurrency might sound confusing at first, and that’s not unreasonable because it absolutely does represent a new form of both software and money. But, like anything, it can be broken down into its component pieces and understood, even by a layperson with little investing or technical knowledge.
The goal of this course is to give you a solid education in the history and evolution of cryptocurrency up to the present. We’ll focus on Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that got all of this started, but will quickly veer into the ever-expanding world of altcoins and dApps.
If you don’t know what I’m talking about, that’s fine, because you will. By the end of this course, you will have the knowledge and the tools to confidently own cryptocurrency, trade cryptocurrency, buy and sell goods in the real world with cryptocurrency, mine cryptocurrency, and do all of this with a solid understanding of how US law and tax rules apply. And, if you do it right, you might just make your fortune.
Cryptocurrency is digital gold, and we’re about to give you the keys to the gold mine.
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL LEARN:
Chapter 1: Basics & History
The innovation behind Bitcoin that made it different from other attempts at a digital currency is the blockchain, a trustless, decentralized, p2p ledger system that makes sure everyone can participate but no one is in charge. We’ll explain in in depth what blockchain is and how it works.
We’ll also go through the history of cryptocurrency so you can see why it was invented, how it evolved, and why. The more you learn, the more you’ll come to realize that this is not some little bubble, it’s an evolution of software and value exchange that will power the billion dollar startups of the next decade.
Chapter 2: Cryptocurrency Fundamentals
Cryptocurrency truly is a different animal than the paper stuff we know as money. To really wrap your mind around it, we’ll do a deep dive into the anatomy of cryptocurrency, getting into some of the technical details of how it all works. We’ll show you how to safeguard all the money you make from hackers, and explain what keeps the whole system running smoothly.
Chapter 3: The Government vs. Cryptocurrency
There are two certainties in this life: death and taxes. You can’t really enjoy your newfound crypto wealth if you’re in prison for tax evasion. Let’s be sure that doesn’t happen. Some aspects of cryptocurrency are still in a legal gray area, but a basic legal framework does exist and can be easily understood. This chapter will explore how the government classifies crypto, and how to make sure that you stay on the right side of the law.
Chapter 4: Hands On – How To Invest in Cryptocurrency
Cryptocurrency is utterly unlike the money you’re used to using, and it requires an entirely new set of tools to hold, buy, and trade it.
We’ll take an in-depth look at cryptocurrency wallets and exchanges, showing you how to trade dollars (or your local currency) for Bitcoin, how to exchange Bitcoin for altcoins (essentially every other cryptocurrency besides Bitcoin), how to store your coins securely and safely, and how to track your investments over time.
We’ll also get more in-depth with Ethereum, the concept of decentralized apps (dApps) that run on the Ethereum network, and look into a variety of altcoins.
Chapter 5: Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Inside Info/News
While Bitcoin may hog the headlines, new altcoins are created every day, and established altcoins already have massive market caps. As of this writing, the Ethereum market cap is over $23 Billion USD! While Bitcoin is making millionaires by the minute today, altcoins represent the future of cryptocurrency.
An ICO is the introduction of a new altcoin into the world, and while regulation can make investment tricky, ICOs offer a chance at ground floor investment into startups and products that have the potential to revolutionize their industries.
This chapter is devoted to understanding how ICOs work, where good ICOs can be found, and how to invest wisely in them.
Chapter 6: Trading Crypto & Advanced Strategies
Crypto trading is often compared to Forex trading (e.g. exchanging dollars for euros). Savvy investors can increase their profits by swapping overvalued cryptocurrencies for undervalued cryptocurrencies, and we’ll get into how that’s done and which exchanges to do it on.
We’ll look at more advanced trading strategies including margin trading. We’ll also look at some passive investing strategies, and even examine ways to trade crypto without ever even owning any cryptocurrency.
Chapter 7: Mining for Digital Gold
Mining is the process by which individuals willing to lend their computer hardware to work on computation for the network can earn “free” coins distributed by the Bitcoin codebase. We’ll take a long look at how this is done, and whether it makes sense for you to do it. We’ll also look at a promising new method of mining known as proof-of-stake that allows normal people to collect dividends as well as free coins.
By the time you’re done with this course, you will belong to a small but elite group of individuals that actually understand cryptocurrency. By putting this knowledge to work, you have the potential to out-earn just about any investment out there.
These tactics are legal, and the fundamentals of the technologies we’re investing in are sound. At this moment in time, there simply is not a better way to use money to make money. So, let’s get started.