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What is a Bitcoin halving?

A Bitcoin halving happens every four years, when the amount of bitcoin awarded to miners i...

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What is a bull or bear market?

Markets experiencing sustained and/or substantial growth are called bull markets. Markets...

What is an ETF?
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What is an ETF?

Exchange-traded funds — better known as an ETFs — are similar in many ways to mutual fund...

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What is inflation?

Inflation is the process by which a currency like the dollar or Euro loses value over time...

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What is market cap?

Market capitalization is the total value of all the coins that have been mined.

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What is mining?

Mining is the process that Bitcoin and several other cryptocurrencies use to mint new coin...

What are NFTs?
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What is a non-fungible token (NFT)?

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are a kind of cryptoasset in which each token is unique. They c...

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What is a protocol?

Protocols are basic sets of rules that establish the structure of a blockchain and allow d...

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What is a private key?

A private key is like a password that allows you to access and manage your crypto funds.

Smart contract
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What is a smart contract?

Smart contracts allow developers to build apps that take advantage of blockchain security,...

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What is a stablecoin?

A stablecoin is a digital currency that is pegged to a “stable” reserve asset like the U.S...

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What are technical analysis and fundamental analysis?

Technical analysis looks at patterns in market data to identify trends. Fundamental analys...

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What is a token?

Technically, “token” is just another word for “cryptocurrency” or “cryptoasset.” But incre...

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What is volatility?

Volatility is a measure of how much the price of an asset has moved up or down over time.

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What is USD Coin (USDC)?

USD Coin (USDC) is a stablecoin that runs on the Ethereum blockchain and can be exchanged...

ETH2 staking rewards are coming soon to Coinbase

You may be able to put your Ethereum to work and earn up to 7.5% APR.