I am blocked and unable to post in his thread, but I would like to share some important information related to cryptocurrencies that all investors/traders should be made aware of prior to their foray into this new market.
My only questions are: - Is this another case of Tulip-mania? - Does Leo23 have a vested interest in garnering support for investment interest in cryptocurrencies?
Here is an important article I think the community should read to get a better understanding of recent growth in cryptocurrency demand (specifically BTC):
Full disclosure: I have invested $0 in cryptocurrencies, and have 0 intention to do so any time soon. The phenomenal gains are the only reason it has caught my curiosity. I will continue to trade 'normal' forex only TYVM.
jamesgwyther posted: I prefer trading it personally. The more I look into it, the more I think it goes by normal technical analysis.
AmDiab posted: Don’t trade Crypto’s since, till now it’s an unstable market! But you can invest your money here with a long term view (if you have knowledge on block chain & crypto).
Please post useful information that informs myfxbook members. Please cite references to backup all opinions: 'Opinions are like a**holes: everybody has one and most of them stink.' Please be consistent with thread topic: 'Reasons why you should NOT trade cryptocurrencies'
There are many Reasons Why You Should Avoid Investing in Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies in which some are
1. Volatility Bitcoin and altcoins are very volatile, meaning that you could lose your shirt and your trousers if you buy high and sell low. In December 2017, Bitcoin hit its highest price at about $20,000. Fast forward to April 2018, when one Bitcoin is worth about $6,700, a 66.5 percent decrease in value. If you bought in the hype of December 2017, you would be out about $14,000 and for many people, that’s big money.
2. Security In many countries of the world, banks are backed by the government. In the US the FDIC will ensure your bank account up to $250,000. Many exchanges do not insure your funds in crypto. If they are hacked and your proceeds are lost, you just lost all your money, unless the exchange can reimburse affected users.
3. Value or lack thereof Bitcoin and cryptos are not backed by anything except belief. But then again, fiat currencies are backed only by the belief in the government that controls it, but at least cash is accepted everywhere. Crytpo derives its so-called wealth from mathematic formulae that are only understood by few.
4. Legality Crypto is still very new, especially to governments. They are not sure how to regulate it or how to tax it. In some countries, there is a call to have it banned. Imagine being vested heavily in crypto and then finding out it is banned. How can you get your money back? Will you face fines and penalties for owning it? It’s not safe to own in a country that is about to place a ban on crypto.
5. Environmentally unfriendly The power required to run mining rigs draws so much electricity, that it has become an environmental issue, that consumes valuable resources, pollutes the earth and even disrupts time. In China, Bitcoin mining is estimated to use up to four gigawatts of electricity, equivalent to three nuclear reactors' production levels.
6. Scams Nothing is worse than being scammed out of your hard-earned cash. Scams and Ponzi schemes abound on the Internet with fake exchanges, fake ICOs, and other ways to steal your money. Whatever seems like an amazing way to double, triple, or quadruple your money in a short time, it probably is. You might also face long withdrawal periods to get your gains out of a rigged system. These are all part of Bitcoin investment scams and should be avoided.
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