Immediately after Bitcoin’s staggering spike to $ 40,000 (S $ 53,000) in January 2021, digital currencies, or cryptocurrencies, begin to attract public attention.

From around $ 7,000 in January 2020, Bitcoin rose to around $ 30,000 by December 2020, up to a new report from the aforementioned $ 40,000 in January 2021, and now hovering above $ 32,000.

By comparison, Tesla, the most popular stock of 2020, rose from over $ 100 to over $ 700 from January 2020 to December 2020, while the S&P 500 only got about 15 for every penny over the exact same period. With these profits there is no question why even the man on the street is talking about Bitcoin (and Tesla).

Before we dive deeper into cryptocurrencies, you should familiarize yourself with the basics of our cryptocurrency primer. Cryptocurrencies are essentially electronic currencies in which transactions are stored in a digital ledger (blockchain). This could be a gross oversimplification and different cryptocurrencies have functions that differentiate them from one particular and one additional.

Although cryptocurrencies were previously rejected by mainstream buyers (such as massive institutional buyers), interest has picked up again in 2020, and even DBS has launched a digital exchange platform to allow institutional traders and accredited buyers to access cryptocurrencies.

While Bitcoin (BTC) is the most popular cryptocurrency and the most important conditions for market capitalization, there are more than 8,000 alternative cryptocurrencies, also known as Altcoins, in addition to Bitcoin, which will be listed on CoinMarketCap from January 26, 2021.

If you think of cryptocurrencies as an alternative asset class and want to diversify further than Bitcoin, there are a variety of options. Here are 5 popular electronic currencies or altcoins to invest in.

Note: This post is not intended to be a guide to financial commitments. We do not recommend buying or selling any of the electronic currencies mentioned.

# 1 Ethereum (ETH)

Ethereum (ETH) is the second largest cryptocurrency by industry capitalization. Ethereum, which is often mentioned on the exact same exchanges and garnering as significant institutional attention as Bitcoin (BTC), has steadily increased.

Ethereum started 2020 at around $ 130 and ended the year at around $ 750, an increase of around 550 percent. Even so, in the few months of January 2021, it pretty much doubled from $ 730 to its record high of $ 1,400, hovering around $ 1,350.

Due to the onslaught of the cryptocurrency in 2017/2018 until today, Ethereum has preserved its holdings and cemented its position as the second most important digital currency. Unlike Bitcoin, which acts as a gold dealer, which is very similar to gold, Ethereum has the ability to make and hold sensible contracts.

With smart contracts, transactions can only take a stand without a third opportunity or central authority. Imagine getting a house without an agent, lawyer or the government involved. This is theoretically doable with a wise contract.

This shows that Ethereum is far more than a forex, it is a clever system of settlement that other digital ledgers can be designed from and that other cryptocurrencies can depend on. To illustrate: Many of the first coin offerings (ICOs) in 2017/2018 focused on Ethereum and were presented as ERC-20 tokens.

Another element of the explanation for the modern boom in Ethereum is the ability of Ethereum to host decentralized financial applications (Deppi) that enable people to use economic functions for blockchains. According to Cointelegraph, “Ethereum is home to more than 95 percent of all reasonable DeFi contracts”.

However, this spread of DApps has also …

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