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Differences between Investing vs Trading



Differences between Investing vs Trading

Polkadot was launched in May 2020 as an overarching blockchain protocol that seeks to improve interoperability between separate blockchains and provide shared security between all of those disparate chains. In simple terms, Polkadot aims to become the blockchain of all blockchains.

Through its innovative technology, the Polkadot network can potentially complete more than 1 million transactions per second. DOT is the token that is distributed as a reward to validators on this network and is the sole cryptocurrency of the Polkadot network.

Despite being a relative latecomer to the scene, Polkadot has attracted some serious attention from investors and is now one of the most popular coins in the world, with a top-10 global market cap to boot.

Polkadot is the brainchild of Dr Gavin Wood, one of the original founders of Ethereum. It shares a lot of similarities with Ethereum and its price history has generally mirrored that of Ethereum quite strongly, albeit from a lower base level. DOT has a fairly large supply of just over 1 billion coins, nearly all of which are in circulation.

It is also one of the few cryptocurrencies that has consistently had a market cap of over $1 billion throughout pretty much the entirety of its history, perhaps owing to its very real potential as a business application. Dot hit its first major high in April 2021, where the price briefly surged past $37 per coin, before falling back to just $16 a couple of months later.

Its all-time high came in October 2021, when the price broke past $42. Since then, the Dot price has languished below $20 throughout most of 2022, in keeping with the global crypto slump that characterised the first quarter of the year.

Many Polkadot fans believe that the network's ability to securely connect all blockchains together to perform ultra-fast transactions could prove incredibly useful, especially when Web 3.0 really takes off.

As a result, there is no shortage of long-term investors who are holding onto their Dot in the hopes of longer-term price appreciation. Of course, this is not guaranteed. Although less volatile than memecoins, Polkadot is still subject to whiplash-inducing ups and downs. Its price has frequently risen and fallen more than 50% in a single week.

However, it's worth noting here that its general day-to-day volatility is considerably lower than some rival coins. For this reason, as well as its ultra-fast and cheap transaction times, some users might prefer to buy Polkadot rather than trade it in the short term.

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How to trade Polkadot?

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First, check the polkadot price and choose a direction - will it go up or down? You can then open a trade and set your leverage. For instance, if you think the polkadot price will go up, you can buy (go long). If you think it will go down, you can sell (go short). Next, set your take profit and stop loss levels.

Take profit is the level at which you want to close your trade and bank your profit, while stop loss is the level at which you want to close your trade to minimise your losses. Then, monitor your trade until it reaches either your take profit or stop loss levels. When your trade reaches either level, it will be automatically closed.

When was Polkadot released?

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Polkadot was launched on August 21, 2020 by Dr. Gavin Wood, co-founder of Ethereum, although the project dates back to 2016. The polkadot price has been volatile since it was first released, but has slowly risen over time. Despite its early difficulties, polkadot has remained one of the most popular cryptocurrency projects, and its release date continues to be a highly anticipated event in the crypto world.

What is the future of Polkadot?

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Polkadot (DOT) was created with the vision of a truly interconnected world. Since launch, polkadot has seen tremendous growth. The polkadot price skyrocketed, and the network now boasts over 100 validators. Looking to the future, there are big plans for polkadot. The team is working on a number of upgrades, including parachains, which will enable scalability and privacy.

In addition, polkadot is targeting a number of industries, including finance, gaming, and IoT. With its strong foundation and ambitious roadmap, polkadot is well-positioned for continued growth in the years to come. This being said, the future of crypto is shrouded in potential and possibility, but also fraught with risks and uncertainty, and therefore Polkadot’s price will rely on the direction of cryptocurrencies as a whole.

Trading Polkadot in 2023?

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Polkadot (DOTUSD) has struggled for momentum in 2023 so far. Although the coin is moderately higher on the year after bottoming out at the end of December 2022 it’s still just bouncing along these lower levels and relatively directionless.

Polkadots multichain interoperability has been a key positive for the token over time. An open source sharded, multichain protocol of the most versatile layer one proof of state protocols out there, one of the original parachains.

Nevertheless, technical issues, network congestion and downtime have all been negative events and this stagnancy has failed to generate much new open interest.

Is Polkadot growing?

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Polkadot developers regularly feature at the top of the GitHib Daily Development activity rankings so progress is taking place behind the scenes. The versatility of the polkadot network is seen as an ideal opportunity for web3 gaming. Various tokens have already launched along with the protocols to create in game assets.

Some promised benefits are the (theoretically) lower gas fees and faster transactions, and as with so many crypto tokens now, the constant upgrades and improvements are underway to improve network function.

What are Polkadot’s Parathreads?

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According to polkadot, some of the drawbacks can be mitigated by parathreads, which they refer to as 'Pay-as-you-go Parachains'.

Parathreads are an idea for parachains to temporarily participate (on a block by block basis) in Polkadot security without needing to lease a dedicated parachain slot. This is done through economically sharing the scarce resource of a parachain slot among several competing resources (parathreads).

Chains that otherwise would not be able to acquire a full parachain slot or do not find it economically sensible to do so, are enabled to participate in Polkadot's shared security — albeit with an associated fee per executed block. It also offers a graceful off-ramp to parachains that no longer require a dedicated parachain slot, but would like to continue using the Relay Chain.

Will Polkadot’s network speeds increase?

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Polkadot’s transaction per second (TPS) still lags well behind Solana and Cardano, but the protocol hopes to increase speeds from the current 1,000tps to 10,000tps or even 100,000tps on the back of these changes.

Bank of America analysts used social media mentions to gauge token popularity from the 28th of October 2022 to the 28th of February 2023. Across Reddit & Twitter, they found that DOT was the nineteenth most mentioned crypto with Bitcoin, ETH, SOL, BUSD & Link occupying the top positions.

A bright future for Polkadot?

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Boston Consulting group researchers found that monthly active developers in Web3 hit an all-time high in late 2021. In the year 2020 alone, monthly active developers in just the DeFi space grew by 67%, and frequent contributors (those who commit more than 10 days a month) grew by 45%. The Ethereum network received over 300 new developers per month.

Other high-growth ecosystems include Polkadot for example, which has doubled its number of developers since 2020.

Will the developers efforts bear fruit for the polkadot ecosystem and sow the seeds of a new DOT bull market?

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