Category Archives: Altcoins

87,000 Ethereum ERC-20 Tokens From A Referral. POW!

The other day a friend sent me a referral link to receive some new Ethereum ERC-20 tokens. Not something I usually do, but he said he had received over 90,000 coins for taking part in this promotion for an up and coming ERC-20 Token called POW.

I figured what the hell, I’ll give it a try, The Dood loves free coins. I signed up using my twitter and sure enough, I received a little over 87,000 tokens. That’s pretty cool.

There’s not a lot of information on the site about the token offering. It is free, they haven’t asked ,me for any BTC or money and I get the impression they want the token to be used as a social networking token for sites like Facebook and Twitter.

According to the website, you receive POW ‘lite’ tokens for your referral, then in December the ‘lite’ tokens will be converted to ERC-20 and available for transfer sometime in December. Below info taken from faq :

Can I sell POW ‘lite’ for cash?

Not yet. But our plan is to build a ‘bridge’ between POW ‘lite’ and POW ERC20 by December 2017. This bridge will allow you to transfer your POW ‘lite’ onto the Ethereum Blockchain where it will becom POW ERC20. You will then be free to sell your POW ERC20 for cash. So, in the long term, the answer to your question is yes.

 

So this looks pretty interesting. I’m really looking forward to see what comes of this and what this token offering is planning. Apparently the amount of tokens each new person that signs up receives is reduced. Current sign ups are receiving around 60,000 tokens. I talked to someone on twitter who said he signed up on the second day and received over a million tokens.

 

If you’re like me and you like free coins feel free to use my referral link. I think this is a really interesting concept for an “air drop” and I’m really looking forward to seeing how this plays out.

 

My 5% – 25% Percent Rule For Altcoin Trading

Over the last few months I’ve been working on a 5% to 25% plan for trading cryptocurrency. This is a plan to always hold at least 5% to 25% of any long term cryptocurrency position. There are several reasons for doing this.

  1. Accumulate some nice trading positions
  2. Have coin to sell for unpredicted price increases
  3. Build a really strong portfolio

My original plan was a strict 25% rule, but as I started to incorporate it, I realized that wasn’t always plausible. One reason was, depending on what you purchased the coins for, 25% is a large portion to hold. Especially if you’re selling on a 10% to 25% gain. Technically you end up holding your profits. This may not be a bad idea with some really strong coins, but for other weaker coins this may not be such a good idea.

For this reason I decided to make a judgment call based on individual coin performance. For the most part though, I now keep a small portion of almost every coin I trade. Roughly I keep 5% to 25% of every long term coin I hold.

A few exceptions to the rule. Pump and dump shitcoins. Although I rarely buy into these, occasionally I speculate on complete shitcoins. These are abandoned coins with no dev or scammy devs, or no real use case. Many exchanges are full of these coins and although The Dood tries to stay away from shitcoin projects, sometimes you can just tell which way the chart is going to head and you just can’t resist. Remember though, if you get burned on a shitcoin, you have nobody to blame but yourself! I try to cash out as fast as I buy into these projects. Remember, the best way to not get burned is to simply stay away from projects like this in the first place.

Another exception to this rule might be catching a flash crash. You buy the bottom and sell the top for a quick profit. Profits are usually taken within a couple hours. I’ve been lucky enough to catch a few flash crashes, but if I don’t completely believe in the project, why bother hodling any significant position?

Another exception is occasionally I’ll take on a project and get paid in cryptocurrency. If I don’t like the coin, I just cash out to BTC. No sense in holding a coin you don’t like.

These are just a few exceptions. The bottom line is I always go with my gut. My main motivation for this rule is so something like my experience with DASH never happens again. Basically I sold a lot of DASH early and lost a lot of money… You can read about it here. https://bitcoindood.com/bitcoin-blog/2017/03/05/the-most-expensive-cryptocurrency-trading-lesson-i-ever-learned/

Now I started incorporating this rule before this last bull run and I have to say it has improved my trading considerably. For one thing, I’ve accumulated some nice bags of coins. I currently keep a journal of my base bag, or coins that I won’t sell unless an emergency arises and I need money. The really good news is, using this system, emergency cash or crypto is always on hand.

Another benefit from this is I no longer fear the early sell. A great example of this was BitShares. I bought a ton in May around 300 satoshi, sold a bunch in June at around 3000 satoshi and then watched the price continue to climb to 16,000 satoshi. The old me would of shot my load early. We all hate to admit it but hey it happens from time to time. Using the 25% rule I was able to sell a nice chunk of coins that I purchased around 300 satoshi for around 16,000 satoshi a couple months later. I still kept a small amount just in case, but had no issues watching the price drop as I began to buy back my position at around 5000 – 6000 satoshi. I’m really happy with this short sell.

That’s just one example, of the benefits I’ve recieved since starting to do this. I’ve also watched my portfolio size grow in both coins accumulated and value of BTC. The downside to this is the portfolio value will swing considerably. At one point I was down a considerable amount in BTC value, however, all the coins are paid for at this point so you’re literally playing with “the houses money” as they say.

Another benefit is, when your coins are paid for, losing your position in an attempted short doesn’t hurt as bad as losing twice on coins you were already losing on. Sell short at the top, and buy back cheap for maximum gains on paid coins. It’s a win win!

My overall goal with this however is to create some nice postions of various coins that I feel are strong and have a bright future. Imagine buying Ethereum back in 2015 at 50 cents each and still having a bunch to sell today at around $200 to $400 dollars. Nobody really knows which of these coins will be winners or losers, but chances are that there are still plenty of Dash’s and Ethereum’s out there. Keeping a small nest egg of these coins around for future speculation certainly can’t be a bad idea. Who knows maybe those 1000 coins you put aside today, will go up to $100 USD 5 years from now and will be worth around $100,000… These things happen all the time in this game, and if we don’t at least attempt a long term strategy these types of gains will never come to us.

To summarize, my long-long term strategy is to build and hold as many coins as I can. I have to follow each project closely and watch for any signs of trouble so I can plan an emergency exit if needed. Holding anywhere from 5% to 25% of my coins, in the end, if just a couple of these bigger projects really take off and become the next Ethereum, Monero or DASH, I plan on reaping the benefits of being an early adopter and long term hodler.

As usual nothing here is meant as financial advice. This is just a strategy that I’m working on for me. Please seek a duly licensed professional for finanacial advice, not some guy on the internet who refers to himself as The Dood. Never forget, cryptocurrency trading is extremely risky and never invest more than you can afford to lose! Thanks for reading and happy trading everyone.

This post was originally published to my Steemit:
https://steemit.com/bitcoin/@the-bitcoin-dood/my-5-to-25-rule-for-crypto-trading

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The Dood Interviews, Brian Innes Attorney.

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BitcoinDood: First off, thanks a lot for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer these questions. I’m really excited about this interview. I’m just a trader, and have an extremely basic understanding of the legalities of cryptocurrency so it’s really exciting to talk to someone from this sector of the industry. Please excuse my basic terminology when asking legal questions. This topic can get pretty confusing for the average guy, and The Dood’s about as average as they come 🙂

BitcoinDood: To start with, could you please take a moment and introduce yourself, tell us a little about who you are and what you do?

Brian Innes: My name is Brian Innes. I am attorney practicing in Utah. My practice focuses on business and real estate transactions. I am also working to develop an expertise in the legal issues surrounding blockchains and cryptocurrencies.

Before starting, I need to make the following disclaimer. This interview does not constitute legal advice and should not be relied on by any person. This interview is designed for general informational purposes. You should seek advice from your own counsel, who is familiar with the particular facts and circumstances of what you intend to do and can give you tailored advice. No attorney client-relationship is created, nor is this intended to be attorney advertising in any jurisdiction.

BitcoinDood: From a lawyer’s perspective, what are your thoughts on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency in general?

Brian Innes: From a legal perspective, it feels like we are in uncharted territory when it comes to cryptocurrencies and blockchain legal issues. Current laws and regulatory frameworks are not adequate to address all of the challenges and issues raised by cryptocurrency and blockchain technology. These laws and frameworks will need to evolve to deal with these new challenges. Also, as a contract attorney, the potential for disruption of the legal industry by smart contracts is something I am watching with interest.

BitcoinDood: How did you first get involved with cryptocurrency?

Brian Innes: I first heard about Bitcoin a number of years ago. At the time, I didn’t really see the usefulness of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. It wasn’t until I learned about blockchains that the light turned on. Once I understood the potential use cases and applications for blockchains, I became really interested in cryptocurrencies.

BitcoinDood: From a legal standpoint, what is bitcoin and cryptocurrency? Is it money, a commodity, a security, some sort of financial instrument? What legal category would cryptocurrency fall under?

Brian Innes: One of the first things I learned in law school was the answer to the nearly every question asked by a law professor is “it depends.” I think that’s applicable here. Depending on the context, a cryptocurrency or blockchain token could be any of the above. Some people are purchasing blockchain tokens to use as money, some are purchasing blockchain tokens like gold or another commodity, some are purchasing blockchain tokens as a store of value and others are purchasing blockchain tokens as investments in the same way they would a security. Depending on the applications and uses of a particular token it could be any or all of the above.

BitcoinDood: A really touchy subject in the cryptocurrency space is regulation. For an industry that was basically started by a group of self-proclaimed crypto-anarchists, “regulation” is a dirty word. I see the eventual regulation of cryptocurrency as inevitable. Overall, where do you see regulation heading in the future? What type of laws do you think we can expect in the future and why?

Brian Innes: Regulation of blockchain tokens is difficult, among other reasons, because of their hybrid nature. Tokens and currencies with different properties will likely need to be treated differently. There can’t be a one size fits all regulation scheme for all cryptocurrencies, any regulations will need to be flexible enough to account for the difference between currencies and their uses.

I think the regulation we will see first will be in the securities law arena. The frothy ICO marketplace has already attracted and will continue to attract people looking to make a quick buck by using blockchain tokens to perpetrate pyramid or other fraudulent schemes. Many ICOs are also looking very much like securities offering. Even the term ICO is confusingly similar to the term IPO, which is a securities offering. It’s not even just fraudsters that are running afoul of the law. There are legitimate ICOs out there that likely have violated securities laws. Any securities offering must be either registered with the SEC or exempt from registration. Any ICO that is deemed to be a securities offering must be registered with the SEC. Failing to get this approval or having a valid exemption to rely upon can result in serious consequences. The registration process is designed to protect investors by requiring the promoter of an offering to provide sufficient disclosures for an investor to make an informed decision. I expect the SEC to step in at some point and reign in ICOs.

BitcoinDood: We’ve seen many states begin to pass “cryptocurrency laws”. New York has the BitLicense, and I know a few other states have passed laws, or are in the process of drafting laws. Many cryptocurrency businesses will not deal with individual states for legal reasons. How can a small business or start up protect themselves from state by state compliance issues?

Brian Innes: I think the first step is for the business owner to do as much research as possible on their own to learn what potential laws and regulations apply to their business. The less jurisdictions the business owner is conducting business in, the easier it will be to keep up with compliance issues. The next step would be to hire an attorney with expertise in the area.

BitcoinDood:  It will probably just be a matter of time before federal regulators get involved and draft additional legislation. My understanding is federal law, supersedes state law. What types of laws do you think the government will try to enforce with cryptocurrency, and would federal regulation straighten out a lot of the issues with state by state compliance?

Brian Innes: I agree with you. I think it’s a matter of when not if regulation comes. The SEC seems to be the organization most likely to take the lead with respect to cryptocurrency regulation. Federal securities laws do preempt state securities laws, but there are also in some circumstances additional rules and regulations imposed by state regulators that must be followed.

BitcoinDood:  So we’ve covered state law and federal law, but cryptocurrency is a global phenomena without borders. Cryptocurrency is decentralized, without a single point of failure. For instance bitcoin miners all over the world keep the bitcoin network up and running. There technically is no way to stop bitcoin unless you shut off every mining rig around the globe. For example, if you cut off the Chinese miners, then the Venezuelan miners, Brazilian miners, and all the other global miners are now keeping the network running. Based on that fact, many argue that any regulation is unenforceable. What do you say to those people who think regulation is unenforceable? Are they correct or delusional?

Brian Innes:  Coordinated international regulation would be difficult if not impossible to accomplish, but countries could definitely regulate (to some extent) the purchase and use of blockchain tokens in their own countries. In the United States, for example, the SEC could bring blockchain tokens under their purview and prohibit ICO organizers from selling blockchain tokens to any unaccredited investors in the United States without appropriate disclosures. Some blockchain token ICOs already restrict purchases from US citizens because they don’t want to deal with US securities laws. The decentralized and autonomous nature of cryptocurrencies makes it difficult for regulators and lawmakers to catch up and decide what do. Existing law is likely inadequate to deal with cryptocurrencies and will need to change and evolve to meet this new challenge. Because of the international nature of cryptocurrencies, governments will have a really tough time trying to shut cryptocurrencies down entirely. Also governments that try and overregulate cryptocurrencies run the risk of falling behind the times and other countries that are friendlier toward cryptocurrencies. Another area of potential regulation is with banking. If the US government wanted to discourage cryptocurrencies, they could make it difficult for banks to handle cash from cryptocurrency trading.

BitcoinDood: If an investor gets caught up in a blatant ICO scam, do they have any legal recourse? What can they do?

Brian Innes: I think it would be exceedingly difficult to have any meaningful recourse. Finding the promoter, suing the promoter, obtaining a judgment against the promoter, and collecting on the judgment, would be difficult but not impossible. Because of these risks, investors need make sure they’ve really done their homework before purchasing tokens in an ICO.

BitcoinDood:  Anyone that’s been involved in altcoin trading for any length of time can see there’s all kinds of insider trading and market manipulation going on in this industry. I’ve seen several pump groups on twitter and different social groups. Most of these groups select a coin, pump up the price by buying large amounts of the coin while hyping it up on social networks, then when it reaches a certain price they dump the coin back into the market driving down the price. Are these groups legal? Wouldn’t this be considered inside trading? Should participants in these groups be worried?

Brian Innes: This type of conduct is definitely illegal under existing securities laws. Pump and dump schemes are common with thinly traded stocks and are heavily scrutinized by the SEC. Doing the same thing with cryptocurrencies doesn’t seem to be any different to me. People engaging in this conduct could be subject to both criminal and civil actions. I would be surprised if the SEC isn’t already aware of and investigating these types of schemes.

BitcoinDood: Cryptocurrency and taxes. As far as I know there really isn’t a tax code that deals with cryptocurrency. Most people in the industry want to pay their taxes, but don’t even know where to begin. I asked my accountant about it last year and she was at a complete loss. Do you have any suggestions on how cryptocurrency traders should be handling the taxes on their gains and losses?

Brian Innes: The IRS has provided some guidance on taxation of cryptocurrency: https://www.irs.gov/uac/newsroom/irs-virtual-currency-guidance and https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-14-21.pdf. For tax purposes, my understanding is the IRS treats cryptocurrency like property and not foreign currency. That means someone selling goods or services that are paid for in cryptocurrency must pay taxes on the value of the currency on the day received. Gain on cryptocurrency is also taxed. The tax treatment depends on whether the cryptocurrency is held as a capital asset or not. Cryptocurrency held as a capital asset is given capital gains treatment. Cryptocurrency that is not held as a capital asset is given ordinary income treatment. With respect to mining, the miner is required to recognize the revenue at fair market value on the date the coin in mined and appreciation would also be subject to additional tax.

BitcoinDood: The Dood really appreciates your time, thanks so much for answering these questions. I ask all my interviews the same last question. Where do you see cryptocurrency in general, heading in the future?

Brian Innes: I am really bullish on the future of cryptocurrency. I do expect some measure of price correction in the future, but long term, I think the outlook is positive. The potential of blockchain is limitless and I think people find some amazing ways to use it.

BitcoinDood:  If people want to retain your services, how can they get in contact with you?

Brian Innes: Anyone interested can follow me on Twitter at @blockchain_law.

Thanks again to Brian Innes for taking the time to answer The Dood’s questions. Please remember nothing here, in this post, or on this website is meant as legal or financial advice. Please seek a duly licensed professional for such matters. Thanks for reading, and happy trading everyone!

Interview With Roberto Durazzi From The “I Love You” Token.

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“I Love You” LOVE an ERC20 Ethereum Token

I recently came across this project on twitter and thought it was a really interesting project and novel use of the ERC20 Ethereum token protocol. I requested an interview and the founder Roberto Durazzi took some time to answer some questions from The Dood. This was a really fun interview to do, and I’m looking forward to watching the growth and development of this project in the future.
BitcoinDood:  Hello and thanks for taking the time to do this interview. Could you please take a moment and tell the readers a little about who you are and your relationship with the “I Love You” LOVE project?

Roberto Durazzi: My name is Roberto Durazzi, I’m the founder and developer of “I Love You” Token, I’m web developer, graphic designer, video maker and drone pilot.

BitcoinDood: I Love You bills itself as the first “Proof Of Love” cryptocurrency. Your ticker symbol is LOVE.  Could you explain a little about “I Love You” or LOVE and the concept of POL or Proof Of Love and how it relates to your token.

Roberto Durazzi: “I Love You” token tries to exploit the romantic market while promoting love between people without any borders. PoL is a play on words that seeks to capture the attention of people who are already related to the concepts of PoW and PoS. We say “Send LOVE to your loved ones. They can hold them or sell them, that’s proof of love!” because the value of cryptocurrency tends to increase over time especially if you believe in LOVE. Sending LOVE tokens to our loved ones is a way of saying “I Love You”, to say this it is enough to send them one token, but in addition we try to give another utility to our currencies, as is the merchandise trade related to the subject of LOVE. The project is in a very early stage but we hope to create a world-renowned brand and sell products such as floral bouquets, jewelry, candies, chocolates among others. The ideal would be to have our own store and accept LOVE token but the product trade with cryptocurrencies is something that has not yet been popularized. So we can start selling our LOVE products in stores that receive FIAT and most popular currencies like Bitcoin. If we managed to distribute our products in retail stores our project would be a success and this in turn would give a lot of value to our token.

BitcoinDood: I Love You is an ERC20 Ethereum token. For the most part, this is a fairly newer protocol. For those that may not know already, could you explain the basics of what an ERC20 token is and why you chose it for the “I Love You” project?

Roberto Durazzi: Ethereum platform is based on smart contracts, this smart contract have functions, the most important functions on ERC20 standard are: totalSupply, transfer, transferFrom, balanceOf, approve, allowance and the Transfer and Approval event. ERC20 tokens would represent any kind of digital assets, currencies or what you want. The ERC20 standard makes the assets more easily interchangeable and ensure they can work with Dapps adhering to the same standard. Token holders are still in full control of their assets at all times. The token contract adhering to the ERC20 standard can keep track of who owns how many tokens at any given time.

We chose Ethereum ERC20 because the Ethereum platform has great potential and is now second in importance after bitcoin, we say: “Send LOVE through ethereum blockchain, it will be there forever…” and this is what we believe, regardless if we continue the project or not, LOVE tokens will continue to exist and will continue to be exchangeable in the ethereum blockchain.

BitcoinDood: There are multiple token protocols available now. Was there a reason you chose ERC20 over some of the other token protocols like NXT or CounterParty?

Roberto Durazzi: We think Ethereum platform is a revolutionary blockchain and will continue to be number one in smart contracts. At this time the ethereum market cap is more than half the bitcoin market cap and is very likely to exceed it in the future.

BitcoinDood: So what would be some use cases for sharing and sending LOVE over the Ethereum blockchain?

Roberto Durazzi: Its use is not different from other currencies, its main characteristic is that you can tell the other person that you sent LOVE! It’s a way to show you how much you love them.

BitcoinDood: I Love You is a really new project. Where do you see this token heading in the future. Could you share a little information on your current roadmap plans?

Roberto Durazzi: Well, we only have a month that we deployed the contract, we just wanted to have a token to show love and nothing more, but in a short time we have come up with many ideas with which we can give it a lot of strength. Right now we are in a stage of “proof of concept” selling very small amounts of currency to early investors and interested people through cryptoderivatives.market decentralized exchange and we are looking for a strategic partnership that allows us to take the project to the next level.

We still have 99.9% of the currencies in our power, which is why we are not yet listed on coinmarketcap.com, our plan is to make a 5% tokens pre-sale for early investor or for a partner investor to raise funds for our advertising campaign and thus be able to make a successful 64% token crowdsale. 1% will be given in airdrop, 7% for project team and 23% will be reserved to be sold in case the value of the currency goes up much. LOVE tokens has 1 decimal user-friendly fraction with a total supply of 21 million (bitcoin symbolic quantity). If the value of each fraction becomes very high we have deployed other ERC20 tokens such as Kisses (KISS), Likes (LIKE) and Stars (STAR), all with 1 decimal fraction forming what would be Fun Token Group, this will be a big project to come.

BitcoinDood: Going through the BitcoinTalk Ann I noticed a lot of plans for merchandising. I seen a lot of talk about LOVE toys, candies, even a debit card. What are your plans for merchandising, and how will the coin tie into all this?

Roberto Durazzi: We think LOVE branding will give value to our merchandising and merchandising branding will give value to our token as in a symbiosis. We want the use of LOVE tokens to be a very fun experience that creates engagement with our users.

BitcoinDood: I know you’re currently listed on a couple different exchanges and getting voted on to be added to even more. How can readers get LOVE? What exchanges are you currently on? Any way people can get free LOVE, faucets, rains, air drops, bounties?

Roberto Durazzi: The easiest way to get LOVE is to send ETH to the cryptoderivatives.market contract and this will refund the tokens plus the ETH change in case it’s over.

BitcoinDood: That’s about all I have for questions. Is there anything that you would like to talk about that hasn’t been addressed in the interview?

Roberto Durazzi: Many cryptos like bitcoin or ethereum has many decimal fractions which do not make them friendly with the common user. I Love You token has just a single decimal fraction, this allows sending LOVE and half (1,5 LOVE) or half LOVE (0,5 LOVE) for example. I think FUN TOKEN GROUP will be a very interesting proyect too, but first I must focus my attention on I LOVE YOU and then continue with FUN TOKEN GROUP.

BitcoinDood: I ask all my interviews the same last question. Where do you see cryptocurrency in general heading in the future? Any thoughts, predictions or possible trends you see for the use of cryptocurrency in the future?

Roberto Durazzi: I have received a great acceptance since in principle, the comments of people interested in the project have not stopped arriving. We believe this will be one of the most successful tokens in the ethereum ecosystem. There are things that are in process and that I can not advance, but I feel very optimistic about this project.

Many thanks to Roberto Durazzi for answering The Dood’s questions. Best of luck to you  and the entire “I Love You” project community. This looks like a really fun and interesting project to follow.

If you would like to follow this project, or want to find out more about LOVE you can follow the links below.

The 2017 Roadmap for PoSWallet

Just came across the PoSwallet roadmap for 2017. These guys are accomplishing big things. If this is your first time hearing about PoSWallet, it is an online group cryptocurrency staking wallet. Basically users pool together their proof of stake cryptocurrencies and PoSWallet stakes them in a group wallet and distributes the staking rewards to the members for participating. This is a really great way to stake multiple cryptocurrencies without tying up tons of system resources. Now instead of running a wallet for each POS (proof of stake) coin you have, you can just hodl them in your PoSwallet account and still enjoy the earnings. They currently host wallets for close to 100 different proof of stake coins.

I’ve been following this site pretty much from the beginning. I’ve watched it’s user base and platform both grow considerably. Their most recent upgrade is an on site cryptocurrency exchange for trading. Now you don’t even have to transfer your coins to an exchange, and you can trade them right on the site. I came across their roadmap for 2017, and I have to say it looks pretty impressive.

Dev roadmap for 2017 PoSW

PoSWallet roadmap for 2017

These guys are accomplishing big things, not to mention best ICO offer I ever bought into! If you’re interested in learning more about this project, you can check out these two interviews I did with the lead dev awhile back. The first link is about the PoSWallet coin, and the second one is about the staking wallet. This has been a really fun and interesting project to follow:

The Dood Interviews The Lead Dev Of POSwallet!

Interview With PoSW coin.

Interested in opening a free staking wallet, here’s a referral:

https://poswallet.com/sign-up.php?referral=TheDood