DENISA KELE // Is Crypto Investing Worth It?
Crypto investing, much like the stock market, offers enticing opportunities but comes with high risks of either substantial rewards or significant losses. For instance, a $100 investment in Bitcoin in July 2010 would have skyrocketed to $8 billion by November 2021.
On the flip side, those who bought crypto at the peak in December 2017 faced an 80% loss in their investment within a year. Likewise, those who invested in Bitcoin at its all-time high in November 2021 are yet to recover their initial investment.
Cryptocurrencies volatility, storage complexities, and exchange vulnerability pose challenges for seasoned investors and financial institutions. Therefore, crypto investment decisions depend on an individual’s specific circumstances and risk tolerance.
Even with thorough research and risk assessment, investments remain uncertain. The recent collapse of the crypto exchange FTX serves as a reminder of how quickly situations can deteriorate in this market, affecting not only Bitcoin and Ethereum but other cryptocurrencies.
Bad news surrounding institutions like Silvergate Capital and Silicon Valley Bank also highlights that risks are not exclusive to the crypto realm. This stresses the importance of choosing reliable trading and banking partners to avoid potential insolvency risks.
Navigating this unpredictable terrain requires diligent research, a diversified portfolio, and an understanding of risk tolerance, financial objectives, and investment timeframes. Considering investment goals, such as combating dollar inflation or hedging against other investments like stocks, is crucial before making decisions.
While the crypto market presents challenges for individual and institutional investors, proper research, diversified strategies, and an eye for emerging projects can unlock the potential of this dynamic market, paving the way for success in the crypto world.
Does Cryptocurrency investing carry any risk?
Cryptocurrency exchanges, more so than stock exchanges, are vulnerable to being hacked and becoming targets of other criminal activity. Security breaches have led to sizable losses for investors who have had their digital currencies stolen, spurring many exchanges and third-party insurers to begin offering protection against hacks.
Safely storing cryptocurrencies is also more difficult than owning stocks or bonds. Cryptocurrency exchanges such as Coinbase (COIN -1.03%) make it fairly easy to buy and sell crypto assets such as Bitcoin (BTC -0.78%) and Ethereum (ETH -0.58%), but many people don’t like to keep their digital assets on exchanges due to the risks of allowing any company to control access to their assets.
Storing cryptocurrency on a centralized exchange means you don’t have full control over your assets. An exchange could freeze your assets based on a government request, or the exchange could go bankrupt and you’d have no recourse to recover your money.
Some cryptocurrency owners prefer offline “cold storage” options such as hardware wallets, but cold storage comes with its own set of challenges. The biggest is the risk of losing your private key; without a key, it’s impossible to access your cryptocurrency.
There’s also no guarantee that a crypto project you invest in will succeed. Competition is fierce among thousands of blockchain projects, and many projects are no more than scams. Only a small percentage of cryptocurrency projects will ultimately flourish.
Regulators may also crack down on the entire crypto industry, especially if governments view cryptocurrencies as a threat rather than an innovative technology.
The cutting-edge technology elements of cryptocurrency also increase the risks for investors. Much of the tech is still being developed and is not yet extensively proven in real-world scenarios.
Does cryptocurrency still matter?
By all considerations, cryptocurrency should have died just like NFTs and the Metaverse, seeing as these are all blockchain-related properties. But the failure of the NFTs and the Metaverse should be seen as growing pains.
Crypto has continuing value because it’s the first well-known and widespread blockchain technology. And as long as blockchain exists, crypto will not die. In fact, crypto is and will continue to be the current and future currency of the Metaverse.
Technological advancement can seldom be compartmentalized. With Web 3.0 looming, technology and computer science are more interwoven than ever. Plus, there has been a recent boom in consumers’ use of AI and machine learning applications such as Chat GPT and Dall-E. AI uses and sorts massive amounts of data to produce results from queries.