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    Altcoin - Assets
    “Altcoin” aka alternative coin, is a term primarily used by Bitcoin maximalists, who think that it is superior to all other cryptocurrencies. They use this term to denote any and all cryptocurrencies that are not BTC.
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    Ask Price - Financial Concepts
    The ask price for a given asset is the minimum price for which someone is willing to sell that asset.
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    Bid Price - Financial Concepts
    The bid price for a given asset is the maximum price that someone is willing to pay for that asset.
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    Bid-Ask Spread - Financial Concepts
    The bid-ask spread is the difference between the bid price and ask price for a given asset. This spread is the profit that market makers earn by buying and selling the asset on behalf of investors. As an asset’s liquidity increases, this spread decreases correspondingly.
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    Bitcoin (BTC) - Coins & Tokens
    Bitcoin (BTC), conceived in a white paper by Satoshi Nakamoto in 2008, was the first modern cryptocurrency that paved the way for the larger cryptocurrency ecosystem. It is still the largest cryptocurrency by market cap. Its primary use cases are as a form of digital currency and as a digital store of value.
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    Bitcoin Cash (BCH) - Coins & Tokens
    Bitcoin Cash (BCH) forked from the Bitcoin network in August of 2017. Its developer team forked it with the intention of focusing more exclusively on the use case of a cheap, fast, convenient form of widely accepted digital cash.
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    Bitcoin SV (BSV) - Coins & Tokens
    Bitcoin SV (BSV, “Satoshi Vision”) forked from Bitcoin Cash’s blockchain in November 2018. Its creation was the result of a disagreement over Bitcoin Cash’s direction: the Bitcoin SV developers believe that their version of the cryptocurrency best reflects Satoshi Nakamoto’s original vision of what Bitcoin should be, as outlined in the Bitcoin white paper, Nakamoto’s forum posts, and Nakamoto’s emails. Bitcoin SV rejected certain updates adopted by the main Bitcoin Cash chain, including the introduction of code supporting smart contracts and canonical transaction ordering.
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    Cryptoasset - Assets
    Cryptoassets are assets in the form of a digital token or digital coin, secured by cryptography and built on blockchain technology. The term refers to the token itself rather than the software upon which it is built. For example, Ethereum’s cryptoasset is ether (ETH). In some cases, including Bitcoin, the software and the cryptoasset bear the same name — for those currencies, you can distinguish between them because the name of the software is capitalized (“Bitcoin”) while the cryptoasset is written in all lowercase or abbreviation caps (“bitcoin,” or “BTC”).
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    Ethereum (ETH) - Coins & Tokens
    Ethereum (ETH), the second-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, was proposed by Vitalik Buterin in a 2013 white paper. Ethereum is also a powerful blockchain intended to function as a type of global, decentralized computer, with a complete programming language and a system of smart contracts that allow developers to create new decentralized applications, tokens and ICOs.