Abra lets you magically buy stock with Bitcoin… but it’s crazy complex


It’s one of the biggest buzzwords in the financial technology industry right now, but also one of the least understood. With cryptocurrency back in the news again, now’s a better time than ever to delve into the weeds and learn more about how to invest. If you’re standing, sit down, because here’s a breakdown of everything you need to know before buying your first bitcoin—or deciding not to.

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Cryptocurrency exchange and wallet service provider Abra has just announced the launch of a new way to invest in traditional stocks, commodities, indexes, and ETFs using Bitcoin.

Buying bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies can be a fun way to explore an experimental new investment. But it’s also true that any investment in cryptocurrency should carry a warning label like cigarettes: “This product may be harmful to the health of your finances. Never buy more than you can afford to lose.”

The value of bitcoin — the world’s first and most popular cryptocurrency — has risen from recent lows but is still trading far below 2017 highs. Like all cryptocurrencies, bitcoin is experimental and subject to much more volatility than many tried-and-true investments, such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds.

NerdWallet advises investing no more than 10% of your portfolio in individual stocks or risky assets like bitcoin.

Investing in Bitcoin is all the rage but how exactly does a beginner get started?

Or do you transfer money from your bank account to somewhere and convert it to Bitcoin? What does that look like?

We’ll answer all of these questions and list 10 popular websites for investing in Bitcoin.

Going forward, we’ll use BTC, which is the symbol for Bitcoin on exchanges and trading platforms.

Investing in BTC is similar to investing in stocks, except far more volatile because of the daily swings in BTC. Here are the steps to invest in stocks from the beginning:

The main difference with BTC is for step three; you buy BTC or another cryptocurrency instead of stock.

With BTC, the above flow is similar in most cases but it depends on the exchange or trading platform.

If you want to buy cryptocurrency quick and easily with your credit card check out the Blockgeeks Exchange!

Cryptocurrencies have pretty much been a topic of intense discussion over the last few years. How many times have we heard stories of people becoming overnight millionaires and, at the same time, stories of people who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars hoping to make a quick buck?

So, if you are looking to invest in crypto in a safe manner, then this guide is for you.

Just a few short years ago, buying up cryptocurrency was all the rage.

In theory, you could spend a little on Bitcoin or one of the other popular cryptocurrencies, and cash out with an astonishing rate of return.

But as you might have noticed, Bitcoin and some of its contemporaries are now in the post-hype stage, as Jay Caspian Kang of Coin Talk has previously pointed out. Crypto is no longer a viable get-rich-quick scheme (I mean, was it ever?), and experts caution against it if you’re seeking short-term gains.

We’ve already told you how to buy Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. But should you? In the video…

But perhaps you’re still interested in how cryptocurrency is developing, and you want to diversify your investment portfolio a bit. Instead of buying up some whatever-coin, you could invest in cryptocurrency via stocks.

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While market watchers await the arrival of Dow 20,000, Bitcoin, the nascent digital currency nearing its 8th birthday, make actually reach its own milestone before the Dow as it continues its multi-year bullish rally towards $1000.

Since the Presidential election of Donald Trump, markets can more clearly price future expectations and in turn, both Bitcoin and the Dow Jones Industrial Average are rallying to near unprecedented heights. The surge of Bitcoin’s price, however, has primarily been fueled through interest abroad, with geopolitical pressures and monetary environments in China, India, and Venezuela pushing investors towards the independently minded digital alternative.

Over the years, Bitcoin has performed strongly with significant returns and continuing customer adoption.

Investors looking for a piece of the cryptocurrency game have one avenue that is sometimes overlooked: stocks.

Buying bitcoin itself is a minefield of volatility.

The price is declining again, and another high-risk crypto startup called it quits.

Governments and companies are still exploring blockchain technology.

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