The mathematics behind blockchain In a previous Math Investor blog, we described the emerging world of blockchain, emphasizing how it might influence the financial services and investment world. Already numerous firms, including several startup organizations, are pursuing blockchain to facilitate and streamline many types of financial transactions.
I Bought Bitcoin — Here’s What Happened
I wouldn’t say that I bought into the hype. I would say that I did this more as a learning practice.
I’ve received so many questions about how to buy, and where to buy, and even more about the legality of the process, so I figured what the heck — I’ll buy some myself.
So that’s what I did. I bought bitcoin. And here’s what happened…
In the last two weeks, bitcoin has blanketed the radio flaps. No matter if you keep up with Bloomberg or CNBC, or you’re nosey neighbor resumes to talk your ear off about the cryptocurrency, odds are, in the past few weeks, you’ve heard the hype surrounding Bitcoin.
And a lot of this hype is certainly deserved.
As I write this, a single Bitcoin costs $Two,900 — up $1,342 over the last month.
That’s an 86% comeback!
Who wouldn’t be interested in this sort of build up? Even the most conservative investors are most likely thinking twice about the chance to get in.
After all, a very popular article has been circulating recently with the headline…
If You Bought $100 of Bitcoin seven Years Ago, You’d Be Worth $75 Million Today
That’s a lottery-like comeback on an investment!
Or should I say… “investment…”
Here’s How I Bought My Share
I used the website Coinbase.com. After much research, this seemed to be the most popular Bitcoin Wallet with some good reviews and security accolades.
Setting up an account went as goes after:
Very first, you come in in individual information like your name, email, and home address (which was questionable).
You then have the option to link either a credit/debit card or your bank account. These are the only two ways to fund future purchases.
I chose to link a debit card. Mostly because I trust the security of my debit card bank most in case of a hack, and my credit won’t be affected. If you can’t tell, I’m not too trusting of the entire Bitcoin system…
However, there’s one problem with linking a card — it’s that you’re given low boundaries to the amount of purchases per week. As I write this, my limit is $150 worth of Bitcoin per week, which at the time I bought was just Four.4% of a single Bitcoin. I’m not retiring anytime soon on these low investments.
A colleague of mine raised a good point about these thresholds. He says they’re very likely in place because anyone could steal a credit card, purchase thousands of dollars in the untraceable currency, and vanish forever. Sounds like a decent reason if you ask me…
On the spin side, linking a bank account can increase your purchasing power to $Two,500 per week. Which would be better suited for high volume buyers.
But for my purposes, the $150 debit card limit was enough. After all, this is more of an experiment than an investment.
Interesting side note: If Bitcoin is actually priced on supply and request compels, doesn’t the buying boundaries set by these sites skew request? I’ll save this for another time.
Anyway, so once these steps were done, I could instantly purchase my own stake in the cryptocurrency.
But I didn’t just pounce, I observed the price movement for several hours.
When I very first logged on, the price was trading around $Two,250. But when I ultimately set up my account where I was ready to buy, the price was around $Two,350. So I waited…
It took hours for the price to drop to around the $Two,250 mark where I planned to pull the trigger. But it always shot back up when it was within $Ten of that point.
And then, out of nowhere, the price plummeted. Down $150 in just minutes. I eventually pulled the trigger — I entered in $100 and bought Four.4% of a $Two,228 Bitcoin.
Add on top a $Trio.99 commission paid to Coinbase, and my final investment is $103.99 for Four.4% of a single bitcoin.
As you can see from the chart above, the price continued to plummet sharply after I bought in.
But I expected this. Buyers must understand the risks associated with this enormously volatile cryptocurrency. And after all, I only spent $104, so I held tight…
I choose a buy and hold investing style, but in the case of Bitcoin, I don’t indeed know what I’m investing in, so I determined to sell shortly after buying to give you the inwards scoop.
For this transaction I had to link my bank account. This seemed interesting because other trading platforms like E-Trade or Robinhood permit you to hold cash in your account without depositing it back into your bank.
But anyway, I hit the SELL button when the price of one Bitcoin was $Two,890. And remarkably, I was able to sell at that price. Which is better than a lot of stock trading platforms I’ve used in my lifetime.
After a 1.49% service charge was taken out, I just sat back and waited two days for the funds to hit my bank account (This was a bit nerve-racking as once again, I’m not too trusting of the Bitcoin system).
So my final Bitcoin investment was as goes after:
Sale Price After Fees — $127.60
Overall, I made some money. But how I made money? Or why? I’m not too sure.
I’ve read a lot online recently about the enhanced request from Asian countries like Japan and South Korea. But why is the request spiking?
Supporters of Bitcoin will tell you it’s a “safe haven” currency. But better than the USD? Or gold? I’m not persuaded. And to me, any currency that regularly fluctuates 5-10% in intraday trading isn’t a “safe haven.”
Bitcoin is just being hyped up in the media right now. “A fresh form of money” as some people call it. Get in now, because one analyst says “it’ll be worth $100,000 in ten years.”
But if you want my advice, stick to legitimate investments to fuel your retirement. Invest in the solid companies that we talk about here at The Daily Edge. At least with these companies you’ll know what you’re investing in…