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Learn all of the most important blockchain and cryptocurrency terms and jargon here.
The highest market price a cryptocurrency or any other tradable asset has recorded from inception to date.
A unique alphanumeric address representing a "wallet" on a blockchain that can be used to send and receive cryptocurrency.
The voluntary distribution of digital assets to "qualifying" wallet addresses, typically to reward early-adoption for a blockchain network
The division of total tokens amongst stakeholders of a cryptocurrency project, including the team, investors and any treasuries.
A term referring to any cryptocurrency other than Bitcoin.
A strategy that makes use of price differences amongst different exchanges to earn a profit.
The price a seller asks or demands in exchange for a cryptocurrency or digital asset.
The difference between the best offer and the lowest demand prices posted in a marketplace for a specific cryptocurrency.
The reward block validators on a blockchain network receive in exchange for their service.
A decentralized database or ledger of cryptocurrency transactions that can be verified and validated publicly.
A term referring to coins and tokens one holds but refuses to, or is unable to sell due to their poor performance.
A common term used to describe a prolonged, down-trending market.
A term defining an upward-trending market, in contrast to a bear market.
An accumulation of bids or buy orders on an order book at a particular price level, serving as support.
A significant drop in the price of an asset partially caused by and resulting in market participants selling their holdings at steep losses.
When more than one trading strategy or indicator confirms a trading idea.
The time taken for a transaction on the blockchain to be included in a block and become publicly verifiable.
Dead Cat Bounce
A temporary relief bounce during a strong downtrend, followed by another leg down.
The total supply of coins/tokens of a cryptocurrency that have been issued and are in the hands of market participants.
An online application that uses smart contracts and blockchain technology as opposed to a centralized infrastructure.
DeFi as it is popularly known, refers to a niche within the cryptocurrency space comprising applications facilitated decentralized financial services.
Dollar Cost Averaging
A strategy that involves investing a fixed amount of money in an asset, over regular time intervals irrespective of price.
Largely speculative financial instruments that derive their value from an underlying asset or basket of assets.
Efficient Market Hypothesis
The idea that all new information is already priced into all markets, making technical analysis ineffective.
Ethereum Virtual Machine
EVM is a software environment on the Ethereum blockchain that executes instructions programmed into smart contracts.
Fear of Missing Out
Known as FOMO, it denotes the behaviour of market participants when they impulsively purchase digital assets due to fear that they will miss out on the prospective gains.
Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt
Also known as FUD, this is a popular term used to discredit negative reports or news about an asset as being unreasonable and/or entirely false and malicious.
A type of analysis used to assess the intrinsic value of an asset via fundamentals such as product-market fit, competitive advantages and so on.
Derivatives denoting an agreement between a buyer and a seller to exchange a specific asset at a predetermined price on a specified future date.
A bullish technical indicator that requires a fast moving average to cut and move above a slower moving average, indicating a positive trend shift.
The maximum fee a user is willing to pay for a transaction on the Ethereum blockchain network.
An enciphered text generated by transforming any length of input data via a cryptographic function.
HODL or "Hold on for dear life" is a meme typically used during price drops to galvanize holders and encourage them to not sell assets for losses.
Initial Coin Offering
ICOs are they were known, mimicked IPOs from traditional finance, selling new coins to backers who subscribed to the offering.
The ability of different blockchains to communicate, exchange information and build together seamlessly.
Refers to a base or foundational blockchain network that allows other layers to be built on top.
A secondary protocol or layer that is built on top of, or linked to a Layer 1 blockchain network for improved performance.
The fully functional, public-use version of a blockchain network.
The practice of trading assets by borrowing funds from an exchange.
Also known as market cap, this is the total value of a cryptocurrency's circulating supply.
Term denoting the process of creating coins and money, now used to describe the generation of digital assets like NFTs and cryptocurrencies.
Also known as NFTs, these are digitally-issued tokens on the blockchain that are unique and hence, not fungible. They are often used to disseminate digital art and other collectibles.
A computer connected to a blockchain network in order to perform various activities, including monitoring transactions.
The list or currently active bids and asks for an asset market on an exchange.
Over the Counter
Trades that are conducted between two counter parties without using a formal exchange.
Derivatives that give the holder the right, but not the obligation, to buy or sell an underlying asset at a preset price on or before a specific date.
A secret key (a string of numbers and letters) that can be used to encrypt or decrypt data and consequently prove ownership of assets on a blockchain.
A public key (string of numbers and letters) that is used to used to encrypt or decrypt data and verify digital signatures.
Pump and Dump
A form of market manipulation where the price of an asset is artificially increased to generate interest before selling it to new entrants.
The use of mathematical and statistical methods, often programmed as algorithms, to analyze market data and make projections.
A monetary policy used by central banks to stimulate the economy by increasing the money supply.
The opposite of QE, QT is a monetary policy used by central banks to reduce the money supply and control inflation.
A term denoting a scam where a project turns out to be a cash grab and is abandoned by developers once they have secured some funds.
Return on Investment
Commonly denoted as ROI, this is a measure of profitability on an investment, typically expressed as a percentage gain on the original capital commitment.
An accumulation of asks or sell orders on an order book at a particular price level, serving as resistance.
Self-executing snippets of code on a blockchain that operate as designed without the need for intermediaries or manual intervention.
The use of classical charting techniques and modern indicators to understand and predict market movements.
A study, and summary of how tokens related to decentralized blockchain networks are issued, circulated and utilized in an optimal manner.
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The rate at which the price of a cryptocurrency or digital asset changes over a specific period of time.
Abbreviation denoting the Chicago Board Options Exchange's Volatility Index.
An entity that holds significantly large amounts of a cryptocurrency or digital asset.
A list of addresses approved to participate in an NFT project's limited-edition mints.
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Zero Knowledge Proof
A method of using cryptography to prove the veracity of something without actually revealing it.
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