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There are currently 68 cryptocurrency terms in this directory
A

Address
A place where cryptocurrency can be sent to and from, in the form of a string of letters and numbers.

Airdrop
A marketing campaign that distributes a specific cryptocurrency or token to an audience.

Altcoin
As Bitcoin is the first cryptocurrency that captured the world’s imagination, all other coins were subsequently termed “altcoins,” as in “alternative coins.”

ATH (All Time High)
The highest point (in price, in market capitalization) that a cryptocurrency has been in history.

ATL (All Time Low)
The lowest point (in price, in market capitalization) that a cryptocurrency has been in history.

B

Bear
Someone who believes that prices in a given market will decline over an extended period. Such a person might be referred to as “bearish.”

Blockchain
A distributed ledger system. A sequence of blocks, or units of digital information, stored consecutively in a public database. The basis for cryptocurrencies.

BTD - Buy The Dip
An enthusiastic exclamation by supporters of a cryptocurrency to buy while prices are at a low point.

Bull
A person that is optimistic and confident that market prices will increase, this person is also known to be "bullish" about the market or price.

Buy Wall
A buy wall is a disproportionately large buy limit order placed on a cryptocurrency exchange.

C

Candlesticks
A candlestick chart is a graphing technique used to show changes in price over time. Each candle provides 4 points of information opening price, closing price, high, and low. Also known as “candles” for short.

Circulating Supply
The best approximation of the number of coins that are circulating in the market and in the general public’s hands.

Coin
A coin can refer to a cryptocurrency that can operate independently or to a single unit of such cryptocurrency.

Cold Storage
Offline storage of cryptocurrencies, typically involving hardware non-custodial wallets, USBs, offline computers, or paper wallets.

Cold Wallet
A cryptocurrency wallet that is in cold storage, i.e. not connected to the internet.

Cryptocurrency
Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that use cryptographic technologies to secure their operation.

Cryptography
A field of study and practice to secure information, preventing third parties from reading information to which they are not privy.

D

Day Trading
Day trading is the practice of frequently buying and selling assets in order to make a profit on intraday changes in their price.

DeFi
A movement encouraging alternatives to traditional, centralized forms of financial services.

Depth Chart
A graph that plots the requests to buy (bids) and the requests to sell (asks) on a chart, based on limit orders. The chart shows the point at which the market is most likely to accept a transaction.

DEX - Decentralized Exchange
A peer-to-peer exchange allowing users to trade cryptocurrency without the need for an intermediary.

DYOR
The acronym of Do Your Own Research — encouraging investors to complete due diligence into a project before investing.

E

ERC-20
Tokens designed and used solely on the Ethereum platform.

Exchange
Cryptocurrency exchanges (sometimes called digital currency exchanges) are businesses that allow customers to trade cryptocurrencies for fiat money or other cryptocurrencies.

F

Fiat
Simply put, fiat currency is legal tender that derives its value from its issuing government rather than a physical good or commodity.

FOMO
An acronym that stands for “Fear of Missing Out” and in the context of investing, refers to the feeling of apprehension for missing out on a potentially profitable investment opportunity and regretting it later.

Fork (Software)
A software fork, also known as a project fork, is when developers take the technology (source code) from one existing software project and modify it to create a new project. An example is Litecoin, which was a software fork of Bitcoin.

FUD
An acronym that stands for “Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt.” It is a strategy to influence perception of certain cryptocurrencies or the cryptocurrency market in general by spreading negative, misleading or false information.

H

Hard Cap
A hard cap is the absolute maximum supply of a digital asset.

HODL - Hold On for Dear Life
A type of passive investment strategy where you hold an investment for a long period of time, regardless of any changes in the price or markets. The term first became famous due to a typo made in a Bitcoin forum, and the term is now commonly expanded to stand for “Hold On for Dear Life.”

Hot Wallet
A cryptocurrency wallet that is connected to the internet for hot storage of crypto assets, as opposed to an offline, cold wallet with cold storage.

I

IBO - Initial Bounty Offering
A novel way of launching a project that focuses on people contributing skills to a platform rather than money.

ICO - Initial Coin Offering (ICO)
Short for Initial Coin Offering, an ICO is a type of crowdfunding, or crowdsale, using cryptocurrencies as a means of raising capital for early-stage companies.

ITO - Initial Token Offering
ITOs are similar to initial coin offerings — but have more of a focus on offering tokens with intrinsic utility in the form of software or usage in an ecosystem.

J

JOMO
The opposite state of JOMO stands for “Joy of Missing Out.”

L

Long
A situation where you buy a cryptocurrency with the expectation of selling it at a higher price for profit later.

M

Mainnet
An independent blockchain running its own network with its own technology and protocol. It is a live blockchain where its own cryptocurrencies or tokens are in use, as compared to a testnet or projects running on top of other popular networks such as Ethereum.

Market Cap
Total capitalization of a cryptocurrency’s price. It is one of the ways to rank the relative size of a cryptocurrency.

Moon
A situation where there is a continuous upward movement in the price of a cryptocurrency.

N

Non-Fungible Token
Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are cryptocurrencies that do not possess the property of fungibility.

O

Offline Storage
The act of storing cryptocurrencies in devices or systems not connected to the internet.

Online Storage
The act of storing cryptocurrencies in devices or systems connected to the internet.

Overbought
When a cryptocurrency has been purchased by more and more investors over time, with its price increasing for an extended period of time.

Oversold
When a cryptocurrency has been sold by more and more investors over time, with its price decreasing for an extended period of time.

P

Paper Wallet
A physical document containing your private key or seed phrase.

Portfolio
A collection of cryptocurrencies or crypto assets held by an investment company, hedge fund, financial institution or individual.

Private Key
A piece of code generated in asymmetric-key encryption process, paired with a public key, to be used in decrypting information hashed with the public key.

Pump and Dump
A form of securities fraud involving the artificial inflation of the price of a cryptocurrency with false and misleading positive statements in order to sell previously-cheaply purchased stock at a higher price.

R

REKT
A shorthand slang for “wrecked,” describing a bad loss in a trade.

Resistance
The highest price level of an asset during a specific period.

ROI
Short for “Return on Investment,” the ratio between the net profit and cost of investing.

S

Secret Key
A piece of code generated in asymmetric-key encryption process, paired with a public key, to be used in decrypting information hashed with the public key.

Sell Wall
A situation where a large limit order has been placed to sell when a cryptocurrency reaches a certain value.

Shilling
The act of enthusiastically promoting a cryptocurrency or ICO project.

Shitcoin
A coin with no obvious potential value or usage.

Short
A trading technique in which a trader borrows an asset in order to sell it, with the expectation that the price will continue to decline. In the event that the price does decline, the short seller will then buy the asset at this lower price in order to return it to the lender of the asset, making the difference in profit.

SIM-Swap
SIM-swaps — sometimes referred to as port-out scams — have come into the spotlight as a major concern for cryptocurrency holders in recent years.

Soft Cap
The minimum amount that an initial coin offering (ICO) wants to raise.

Stablecoin
A cryptocurrency with extremely low volatility, sometimes used as a means of portfolio diversification. Examples include gold-backed cryptocurrency or fiat-pegged cryptocurrency.

T

Technical Analysis
An evaluation method involving statistical analyses of market activity, such as price and volume. Charts and other tools are used to identify patterns to underpin and drive investment decisions.

Testnet
An alternative blockchain used by developers for testing.

Token
A digital unit designed with utility in mind, providing access and use of a larger crypto economic system. It does not have a store of value on its own, but is made so that software can be developed around it.

Total Supply
The total amount of coins in existence right now, minus any coins that have been verifiably burned.

V

Volatility
A statistical measure of dispersion of returns, measured by using the standard deviation or variance between returns from that same security or market index.

W

Wallet
A cryptocurrency wallet is a secure digital wallet used to store, send, and receive digital currency, and are divided into two categories hosted wallets and cold wallets.

Weak Hands
An investor prone to panic selling at the first sign of a price decline.

Whale
A term used to describe investors who have uncommonly large amounts of crypto, especially those with enough funds to manipulate the market.

Whitepaper
A document prepared by an ICO project team to interest investors with its vision, cryptocurrency use and crypto economic design, technical information, and a roadmap for how it plans to grow and succeed.

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