Elvis W.

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Course Introduction
Welcome message and course overview Introduction to the concept of cryptocurrency. Presentation of the course guide (Elvis; tutor and content creator).
Beginner’s guide to Bitcoin
The beginner's guide to Bitcoin provides an introductory understanding of the first and most well-known cryptocurrency, explaining its digital nature, decentralized structure, and the basics of how it is used for transactions and as an investment. It also covers the essentials of Bitcoin mining, wallets, and the underlying blockchain technology that supports it.
A beginner’s guide to cryptocurrency: Cryptocurrency Simplified
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A Unique Asset Class: Cryptocurrencies

We explored the world of cryptocurrencies and discussed how they differ from traditional currencies in our most recent session.

Cryptocurrencies are often seen as financial assets—a means of trading and investment—in addition to acting as a cutting-edge kind of “digital money” for making purchases of goods and services.

The traditional finance industry, or “TradFidFi,” is still undecided on whether to recognize cryptocurrencies as legitimate “financial assets.” 

A prevalent criticism is the difficulty of valuing, pointing out the lack of conventional indicators like profits or dividends. 

However, despite similar valuation issues, everyone acknowledges that assets like gold and other commodities are financial assets, so this argument encounters resistance.

Your viewpoint on cryptocurrencies places them as a whole new class of assets, not merely a financial asset, inside the investing landscape.

Yes, you do identify them as a highly speculated group right now.

In essence, asset classes are collections of assets with comparable characteristics and responses to market forces.

Typical categories, including equities, bonds, commodities, property, and cash (fiat currencies), are among them.

Because of their distinct traits and activities, cryptocurrencies are making a name for themselves in this financial environment.

Various asset classes include:

1. Stocks: A stake in a company.
2. Fixed income: giving someone a loan.
3. Commodities: possession of items with an ultimate use.
4. Real estate: ownership of property that is tangible.
5. Cash: the ability to pay for anything.

The crypto age has begun!

A completely new asset class was created with cryptocurrency that hasn’t been seen in years.

Cryptocurrencies are mostly used for speculative trading and investing, rather than being a digital form of money for regular activities like paying your restaurant bill.

Both investors and enthusiasts often hang onto these digital commodities in the hopes that their value will rise.

The crypto market has arisen as the equivalent of the forex market for cryptocurrencies, providing an environment for traders and investors to make money. The forex market is the trading arena for fiat currencies.

On the other hand, the cryptocurrency market is constantly open and buzzes around the clock every day of the week, unlike the foreign exchange market, which is open 24 hours a day on workdays!

In this market, traders bet on short-term changes in price, while investors usually take a “buy and hold” approach, hoping that as cryptocurrencies become more widely used, their value will increase over time.

Adding cryptocurrency to a portfolio of investments may increase diversity. Furthermore, smart cryptocurrency investors frequently generate passive income from their investment portfolios using a variety of special techniques that are exclusive to the industry.

Because cryptocurrencies are investments and tradeable, they have been dubbed “cryptoassets,” “digital assets,” and “crypto assets.”

Examples of Cryptocurrencies

As the first cryptocurrency, Bitcoin led the way and is still the most well-known and valued in the market.

In addition to Bitcoin, there are many more well-known names in the digital currency space, including Ethereum, Cardano, Solana, Dogecoin, Polkadot, Litecoin, and Cosmos.

While some of these cryptocurrencies adhere to the fundamental ideas of Bitcoin, others deviate by using unique technology or including cutting-edge features that make them stand apart.

The number of cryptocurrencies in use today has surged into the thousands, with each one striving to provide new features or satisfy specific requirements and uses.

Unfortunately, even with this variety, not all cryptocurrencies are worth anything; some are worthless, or worse, are scams. They still manage to draw customers.

Beginners to the world of cryptocurrency are often seduced by overhyped coins with revolutionary potential, like the made-up “Galaticoin,” which is said to have the power to change not only the globe but the universe as a whole.

Intoxicated by the enthusiasm, these beginners may make dubious investments without having a firm understanding of the technology they are supporting, which often ends in losses.

Unfortunately, some cryptocurrencies turn out to be worthless in the end.

Some people go into the cryptocurrency industry with false beliefs. They believe that their investments will easily increase and that success is certain.

Given this perspective, it seems logical that scam artists and hype mongers see the current cryptocurrency market the way a predator sees its prey.

They see it as a landscape full of tempting opportunities.

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