It isn’t every day that investors have the opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a booming, new investment. And even when they do get that opportunity, few investors are willing to take the risk of being at the forefront. But cryptocurrencies offer investors a whole new world of investing, and the ability to invest in an entirely new class of assets that is still only in its infancy.
The first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, was released to the public in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis. At first it was treated skeptically, seen at best as a mild curiosity, but within a decade, Bitcoin established itself not just as a viable payment medium, but also as an investment asset.
By now, most people have heard of Bitcoin, even if they may not know how it works. They may also have heard of other cryptocurrencies, such as Ethereum and Litecoin. So why should you invest in cryptocurrency?
Investments like cryptocurrency represent the future of investing and a whole new asset class. As Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have garnered more mainstream interest and support, their value has increased. Every new merchant that accepts cryptocurrency as payment, every new exchange that supports cryptocurrency trading, and every institutional investor that bets on Bitcoin enhances the long-term viability and popularity of cryptocurrencies and adds to the network effect that will allow cryptocurrencies to flourish.
As cryptocurrencies continue their adoption by the mainstream, demand for them will increase. And because many cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have a fixed supply, those increases in demand should result in an increase in value, benefiting those who invested in cryptocurrencies early on.
Investment choices don’t always have to do with the potential to make investment gains. Sometimes investors choose an asset because it offers the ability to diversify an investment portfolio and to protect against risk in a particular sector.
Many investors think that by investing in a mix of stocks and bonds, their portfolios are diversified. But that isn’t necessarily true. The smartest investors want a wide range of assets across multiple asset classes to feel truly diversified. Sticking just to stocks and bonds can put your entire portfolio at risk in the event of a major financial crisis. Alternative investments may hold the key to preventing total loss.
Gold and silver have traditionally been the choice of investors wanting to diversify their investment portfolio and protecting against financial risk, but today, cryptocurrencies are increasingly becoming the new digital gold and silver, playing the role of protecting at least a portion of your investment portfolio, and many investors are choosing cryptocurrencies as their investment hedge when stocks look set for a downturn.
Cryptocurrency allows both users and investors the ability to convert funds into digital currency without having to rely on the banking system. The very reason behind the development of Bitcoin was to bypass the traditional banking system, create a currency that couldn’t be devalued by central banks, and wasn’t subject to all the fees, delays and time constraints of typical bank.
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Electronic payments are the way of the future, and it’s only a matter of time before most transactions will take place electronically. Whether through contactless payment systems, transfers over mobile phones or other methods, cryptocurrencies are uniquely adaptable to various methods of payment and transfer, and offer numerous advantages over cash and payment cards. Their ability to adapt to the changing needs of consumers and investors will ensure that cryptocurrencies will only continue to gain in popularity in the coming years, and that creates promise for investors as well.
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