Ethereum was founded by Vitalik Buterin in 2015 and is now one of the most important and influential networks in the cryptocurrency industry. The Ether (ETH), its native token, is currently the second most important cryptocurrency by market capitalization (after Bitcoin) according to CoinMarketCap data. It is also considered a pioneer of the so-called “Blockchain 2.0” movement, as Ethereum has advanced blockchain technology by creating decentralized apps (dApps) and intelligent contracts.
So what are the best ways to use Ethereum?
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If you are interested in capitalizing on Ethereum’s popularity, you can support the network by buying and using ETH tokens. If you are an active trader, it is also possible to trade Ethereum without owning the underlying ETH token. This is possible with derivatives such as CFDs (Contract for Differences), so that you only benefit from the token price movement for a short time.
One of the biggest advantages over token “hodling” (an intentional misspelling of “hold” that is common in the community) is that you can benefit from rising or falling markets and benefit from margin trading and leverage. You can also trade on the go, as trading with ETH via mobile apps like easyMarkets is becoming increasingly popular to take advantage of the volatility of the cryptocurrency market.
Another popular use of Ethereum is to create decentralized apps. While they appear like normal apps, decentralized apps or “dApps” differ. First, they run on a decentralized network, not on a central server. Second, smart contracts are used by Ethereum to work efficiently and run exactly the way it’s supposed to. After all, they are usually anonymous, there is no downtime, they withstand censorship, and the data stored on the Ethereum blockchain is immutable.
DApps powered by Ethereum have grown in popularity since the network was launched. They disrupted many companies and invented new ones. There are many types of dApps on the market – some are still experimental, while others early movers have more solid backgrounds and are already making changes in different sectors. Technology, games, collectibles, and finance are among the most popular dApps.
With the rise of Ethereum, another sector has become increasingly popular: decentralized finance, or DeFi. This shift from traditional and centralized funding to decentralized financial technologies based on the Ethereum network has disrupted many traditional financial players, and many analysts believe that the DeFi will one day replace the financial sectors as we know them today.
The DeFi ecosystem has enabled the adoption of many decentralized protocols and financial instruments, reaching a wide range of use cases for businesses, individuals and developers. Credit and credit platforms, asset management, compliance, data and analysis, derivatives, fiduciary services, DEX (decentralized exchange), insurance, payments, market forecasts, savings and tokenization are some of the most popular use cases of DeFi.
There are many more use cases for Ethereum that we could talk about here, but what is certain is that smart contracts and dApps have changed the blockchain industry and could soon be part of everyday life in one way or another.