When investing in cryptocurrency, the question isn’t whether you want to buy it. It’s where.
You can go long or short in cryptocurrencies, depending on whether you think they are going up or down. The most obvious place to put your money is in a place that will accept it as payment itself. But if you don’t really know what you’re doing, that may not be such a good idea. So I ask investors: where should they put their newfound wealth?
If you’ve been investing in cryptocurrency for a while, chances are you’ve forgotten everything you knew about the market — because no one talks about anything but the market anymore. For a while, even the prices of individual currencies didn’t matter much to investors. Now they do again — and they will again.
For those who have not yet entered the crypto-world, here’s some basic advice: once you’re in, stay in until things go horribly wrong. Keep your money somewhere safe that won’t lose its value when the price goes way down — like a bank account at a traditional investment firm, or something like an insurance policy with cryptocurrency embedded inside it. But don’t put all your eggs in one basket; diversify with other assets as well, so that if this whole thing burns
Crypto is a new thing, and nothing like it has ever happened before. So if you have been thinking about investing in crypto, you should read this essay first.
Most people are familiar with the kind of investment that gives you a profit if the price goes up or down, up or down. This is what I am going to call “classic” investing. But there is another kind of investing that gives you a profit even if prices stay the same. This other kind of investment is called “stable coin.” I am not going to call it “crypto” because that would be confusing; we all thought Bitcoin was crypto, so calling something else crypto just doesn’t make sense.
But then Ethereum came along, and there was another new word for this new kind of investing: “ether.” You can see how people keep coming up with new words for these things. Most of them have already been used once before, but it’s still fun to say the ones that haven’t.
The point is that stable coin investing is an entirely new thing. The first stable coin was created in October 2017 as part of an ICO called EOS; now there are many more, including Tether USD (USDT), True USD (TUSD), Gemini USD (G
It’s hard to know what to expect from a new field. If you don’t have any experience in it, you can’t really tell how promising it is. But if you do know something about it, investing in it isn’t easy.
For example, when it opened up online banking in the 1990s, everyone was sure that this would be a huge success. They also thought that email would be a failure. They were both right: they just happened to be wrong at the same time.
This is why I am not nearly as bullish on cryptocurrency as most people are. Most of my friends think cryptocurrency is going to change the world, but I have no idea because I have never seen any evidence of a successful cryptocurrency business and I have never heard of an unsuccessful one.
I have a lot of money invested in crypto, but I’m not very excited about it; if it turns out to be the equivalent of email or online banking, that will be fine with me; but if it turns out to be like one of those five-year-old fads like Beanie Babies or Pokémon Cards or Beanie Babies 2.0, then we’re all probably better off losing our money than risking it by trying to figure out where crypto is going
It is tempting to invest in things you understand, such as stocks and bonds. The problem is that they are too risky. I wouldn’t suggest buying the London property market in the middle of a recession, for example.
Cryptocurrencies are not like that. They are all over the place. Some have gone up a lot; some have gone down a lot; some have never moved at all. But most of them don’t move much at all, so you won’t lose anything if one of them goes down by a great deal or doubles overnight by a little bit. And they are much riskier than anything else we know about, because they haven’t been through any kind of testing yet, so there is nothing to go on but hype and hope.
For most people reading this, cryptocurrencies will be something new and exciting to try out. For many more people they will be scary investments that end badly. You can enjoy the ride either way: it’s gambling with your money, but it’s a long way from the stockmarket – where the odds are stacked against you – and a lot more fun than sitting at home watching your house price go down in real time on your Bloomberg terminal.
There are several reasons that the peak of the cryptocurrency bubble occurred in 2017, and they all have to do with the fact that many of these coins rely on a core function which is completely untested. That is to say, you can’t put your money into a coin if it doesn’t have any value.
Cryptocurrencies are built around a basic idea: that there will be a global economy where anyone anywhere can exchange goods and services easily and securely.
The problem with this idea is that it has never been proven. This paper looks at why this might be the case, and the conclusion is that the whole system may be based on an untested assumption.
Cryptocurrency is a new form of money that has grown considerably in popularity in the past few years. The first cryptocurrency was invented in 2009, but didn’t get its first big boost until after the financial crisis got underway. The original cryptocurrency was called Bitcoins, and it’s still considered by many to be the best cryptocurrency to invest in today.
It’s important to note that there are hundreds of cryptocurrencies available, so this article isn’t going to cover every single one. It will focus on only those coins that are performing extremely well right now and have a reasonable chance of continuing to do so for the foreseeable future.
This list is based on two criteria: how good an investment they are, and how good an investment platform they are. I will give my personal opinion as well, but remember that is based on my investing knowledge and experience (as well as research). I encourage you to read through each section and make up your own mind about whether or not to invest in this coin.
If you want to understand the implications of Bitcoin, you have to understand how money works. And if you want to understand how money works, you have to understand where it comes from.**
The first thing to know is that money is not really a thing. Money is a relationship between people. In order for money to work, there has to be a person on each end of it; otherwise, it’s nothing but paper. If I give you some money, it doesn’t make sense unless I expect something in return.
So let’s think about what makes a safe way of giving someone money that they can use and not lose. A safe way of giving someone money involves three things: the ability to keep track of who has what, the ability to prevent people from getting more than they are supposed to get, and the ability to prevent them from taking more than they ought to take. The easiest way of doing this seems also the safest: if I write down every transaction I make, you can’t spend what I’ve written down and I can’t spend more than I’ve written down.
But writing down every transaction requires a lot of space, and keeping track of who’s got what can be hard. So we invented checks: bank notes that have been signed