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Is Bitcoin or any other crytocurrency a wise investment? I have invested a little Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash. They go up then down and back up. Is another crypto currency better or is this too risky for a small investor. I’m 70, just retired from Pastoring and looking for a way to supplement social security.

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    It is not investing, it is speculation. Big difference. – Pete B. Jun 1 '18 at 16:43
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    If you do not understand the fundamentals of why something is valuable, I wouldn't bother calling it speculation and instead consider that gambling. – Glen Pierce Jun 2 '18 at 2:09
  • Can't add an answer because it's on hold, but.... Bitcoin takes several minutes to complete a transaction, if you don't want to pay for your transaction it can take hours, maybe days..... Because of that, and other inherent limits to the Bitcoin technology, Bitcoin essentially can't continue existing forever. If they solve those problems it might be more attractive. – xyious Jun 4 '18 at 17:14
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Bitcoin or any other crypto currency is an incredibly volatile place to put your money. Its value fluctuates significantly, increasing its risk, and its value proposition is entirely unclear.

In my opinion,the only true value of bitcoin is (a) hype; and (b) a tool for money launderers and organized crime. That is only my opinion, but to buy an asset I recommend that you truly understand and believe in the actual true value of the thing itself. The value of holding Apple shares is that you would expect Apple to continue selling products, earning income, and distributing that income in the form of dividends. The value of holding BTC is... selling BTC to someone else?

Consider that even traditional currencies are quite volatile, and are considered high risk and not for long term investment because they are a zero sum game - if Canada's economy strengthens + US's economy strengthens, someone holding either currency earned nothing. No currency is typically recommended for long-term investment, except possibly by some as a hedge against perceived risk in your own internally held currency [ie: pre-brexit vote, a UK person holding USD may have provided some diversification against the risk of exactly what happened the following month].

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    Frankly, the word "investment" in the first sentence should be in scare quotes. :) – cHao Jun 1 '18 at 17:27
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    @WilliamPerron, I'd go even farther than Bacon did; I'd say calling any crypto a currency is a total misuse of the word currency. Cryptos have value simply because people expect the value to increase. The mere existence of some nominal trade utility does nothing to remove the hype factor. If a crypto is anything it's an asset that so happens to have some spending utility; like if an organization developed a POS system for physical gold and 12 coffee shops installed them. I've been involved in crypto to varying degrees over the last few years but you must be realistic. – quid Jun 1 '18 at 17:55
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    @WilliamPerron More and more? Don't you mean less and less? Because many major past acceptrrs of bitcoin have since cut its service (ie: reddit.com, 4th most trafficked site in the world, Steam, world's largest gaming service, etc.), because no one wants to receive $10 in the morning that might be worth $8 the following night. – Grade 'Eh' Bacon Jun 1 '18 at 18:08
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    I think it is incredibly myopic to consider crypto currency as exclusively a tool for money laundering. It's basically a tool for anyone who anyone who wants to opt out of the traditional banking system, to avoid inflation, fraud, or simply the corruption of the global banking system. – Christian Jun 1 '18 at 18:09
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    @WilliamPerron If someone told me they were going to invest in Beanie Babies (TM) I would say the same thing. – Grade 'Eh' Bacon Jun 1 '18 at 18:11
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Is bit coin or crytocurrency a wise investment?

No.

Even the few actual money managers who suggest allocating some amount of your assets to crypto place an upper limit of 1% of your assets and the rationale is FOMO (fear of missing out).

The blockchain was a real breakthrough idea. An immutable, distributed, publicly verifiable ledger is a brilliant idea with untold utility. Will bitcoin really be the specific technology that's utilized by financial markets? Will ethereum, ripple, bitcoin cash, litecoin or whatevercoin rise to real promanence? Will the existing financial markets arrange their own semiprivate networks to utilize distributed ledger records? It's hard to know. But I do know that I'd bet everything I have that I will not be buying coffee with bitcoin in 20 years.

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I personally have no investments in bitcoin but any wise investor can recognize the merit of bitcoin and its systems. Bitcoin is a very promising currency as it brings us a step closer to the utopia idea of a single global currency as cryptocurrencies are not tied to a government or area. The main grievance for most careful investors is that there are very little tangible variables that we can read into that affect the price of bitcoin, the people simply decide what its worth to them and so if you want to have a successful educated investment it will be very hard to calculate risk in a bitcoin investments due to lack of reference. On the contrary, national currencies are backed by the nations prosperity and economic indicators meaning a good look at the quarterly reports from the central bank can give you a good idea of the currency's value'.

I do not want the whole outlook to be sour grapes and so the good news is that if you are interested in Bitcoin and the future of decentralized technology, you should take a look at investing in the blockchain system that Bitcoin is based on which is essentially a decentralized web of information blocks that are encrypted and spread across networks making it not only very secure but the future of autonomous technology such as self driving cars and aircraft. The yield on Blockchain investments is through the roof as investors are jumping on the Blockchain wagon. In the end, it is up to you to see what you believe in most and what you see being most profitable.

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    What's the relation with self driving cars? – mastov Jun 5 '18 at 17:05
  • Well, blockchain essentially allows for multiple machines to keep account of each other's developments continuously and in a decentralized and automated manner – Ahmed elatrash Jun 6 '18 at 17:14

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