The Traditional Investor’s Guide To Understanding Digital Currency

the traditional investor’s guide to understanding digital currency
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Digital currency, also called cryptocurrency, has become hugely popular in the last number of years. As more people are beginning to move away from the idea of centralised banking, digital currency has taken off in a way that many people thought would never happen. While digital currency is still very much in its infancy, it has been around long enough for it to be a very viable investment option, even for those with a more traditional investment mindset. People have made a lot of money from crypto in recent years and there are still plenty of opportunities to capitalise on this new-age currency as it continues to grow in popularity. 

As digital currency is a relatively new concept, there is a lot of conflicting information online about the best way to approach it from an investment point of view. There are also countless different digital currencies on the market that you can invest in, so it’s crucial that you take the time to do your due diligence and ensure that you are spending your hard-earned money in the best way possible. If you are new to the world of digital currencies, you can read blogs, listen to podcasts, check out some of the many books on the subject or better yet, seek the advice of a financial planner in Melbourne who has experience in the field. With the right advice, you can ensure that you make a sound investment and get the best possible return on your money. 

Continue reading to learn a little more about digital currencies and how you can make money in this exciting market. 

What Is Digital Currency? 

Digital currency is essentially a decentralised form of currency that is used online to buy different products and services. Instead of being governed by central banks, digital currency operates under a decentralised form of governance and control. This form of currency is distributed through the blockchain, which is a form of ledger technology. Most importantly for investors, it’s important to note that digital currency is rapidly becoming a popular alternative to centralised currencies, as it is not under the control of governments. 

How Many Currencies Are There? 

By now, most people will have heard of Bitcoin, the very first digital currency, which was launched in 2008. Nowadays, however, there are more than sixteen thousand different cryptocurrencies in operation all over the world, each of which has varying values. Bitcoin is still the market leader with Ethereum coming in second. The estimated value of all digital currencies worldwide is a staggering three trillion dollars making this currency a very worthy consideration for investors looking to grow their fortune. 

How Do You Purchase Cryptocurrencies? 

In order to buy digital currencies, you need to work with an exchange platform, of which there are many, or alternatively contact a digital currency broker. Cash must be lodged into the seller’s account in order for the trade to take place. From an investor’s point of view, an Exchange Traded Fund (EFT) will also need to be purchased or they will need to invest in a digital currency focused mutual fund. Alternatively, investors can purchase stock in an organisation that uses cryptocurrency. Taking one of these steps is essential for anyone who wants to get into the digital currrency market and be in a position to trade currency moving forward. 

Is Digital Currency A Good Investment? 

As with any investment, there are always risks so it’s important that you do your own research and due diligence so that you are fully aware of what currency you are buying, its value and its projected performance. There are different ways that digital currencies can be perceived from an investment standpoint. Some people consider digital currency to be a form of money and this way of thinking applies particularly to digital currencies such as Bitcoin. However, digital currency can also be viewed as a type of asset that you can invest in, not dissimilar from purchasing stock. With this approach, there is the possibility of high returns for investors but there is also the potential for a loss to be made due to the fluctuating value of some of these currencies. The particular circumstances of the investor and their ability to absorb losses, as with most types of investment will ultimately dictate how good or bad investing in digital currency might be. 

Avoid The Hype With Digital Currencies And Do Your Research

While there is certainly money to be made in the world of digital currency investment, it’s important that you do your research. Investing in digital currencies is very popular right now and there is a lot of hype around this market. However, as with any investment, it’s crucial that you do your due diligence, research your options thoroughly and look at your options before you commit to anything. Only you will know whether an investment in digital currency is right for you or not and with some careful consideration, you can be sure of making the right choice. 

Mick Pacholli

Mick created TAGG - The Alternative Gig Guide in 1979 with Helmut Katterl, the world's first real Street Magazine. He had been involved with his fathers publishing business, Toorak Times and associated publications since 1972.  Mick was also involved in Melbourne's music scene for a number of years opening venues, discovering and managing bands and providing information and support for the industry. Mick has also created a number of local festivals and is involved in not for profit and supporting local charities.        

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