Investing Basics: Bitcoin and Blockchain

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      Cryptocurrency is a digital currency that operates on a peer-to-peer payment system, using blockchain technology to make transactions secure, transparent, and accurate. The blockchain acts as a public ledger, which is maintained by a computer network that verifies transactions through solving complex cryptographic math problems. The process of verifying transactions is known as mining, and those who successfully do so are rewarded with cryptocurrency. Cryptocurrency can be acquired through mining, accepting it as payment, or buying it from a digital exchange. Although some investors see cryptocurrencies as a speculation opportunity and others believe it can help balance risk in a portfolio, cryptocurrencies are high-risk due to their extreme price volatility and lack of regulatory protections. There are alternative ways to gain exposure to cryptocurrencies, such as investing in companies associated with it or in funds with cryptocurrency holdings, but these still come with unique and significant risks. Before investing in cryptocurrency, it is important to determine your risk tolerance, conduct thorough research, and monitor your investments carefully.

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