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Cryptos may outrun other asset classes over 2 yrs; be mindful of the risk

Cryptos have been big gainers in times of trouble. In that sense, cryptos are like gold; havens during uncertainty.

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Devangshu Datta  |  New Delhi 

Cryptocurrencies as an asset class gained through the pandemic. The two most popular cryptos (by trading volume, and also market-cap) are Bitcoin and Ethereum. Since January, Bitcoin has risen about 141 per cent, while Ethereum is up over 250 per cent. Both are at three-year highs.

Cryptos are speculative stores of value. Coins are unique codes, not fiat currency backed by central banks. A coin can be broken up into fractions, each fraction defined by its unique code. Every crypto transaction is verified by a peer-process of blockchain matching, to see if a given coin is valid, if it ...

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First Published: Fri, November 20 2020. 09:37 IST
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