How to invest in Bitcoin safely? A beginner's guide

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Mar 10, 2023 (AmericaNewsHour) —
Everyone is interested to invest in high-yielding dividend cryptocurrency to boost their portfolio income. While investing in cryptocurrencies can certainly offer potential benefits, it is important to understand the risks before making any decisions. It’s important to diversify your portfolio by investing in a variety of currencies. This will help to minimize the risk of loss if one particular cryptocurrency does not perform as well as expected.

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is the first decentralized virtual currency launched in 2009, as digital money that allows for secure peer-to-peer transactions on the internet without any third-party control. It was introduced by an anonymous developer or group of developers using the psydoname Satoshi Nakamo. Bitcoin has the inherent security feature and it is the first currency originally revealed the blockchain system that would be the backbone of the cryptocurrency market. A blockchain is a public ledger or a record of every transaction made by using Bitcoin. Though it has gone through several boom and bust cycles over its relatively short lifespan, it is the widely adopted and world’s largest cryptocurrency.

Why should I invest in Bitcoin?

For beginners, we consider this is the best crypto to invest because its price has increased drastically over a period of time. As Bitcoin’s value has risen, it’s easy to buy a small fraction of one bitcoin, which has become its key attribute. Bitcoin has a viable and convenient way to store value, which means it can easily be traded for goods, services or other assets. The cryptographic nature of the bitcoin network makes payments more secure than standard bank transactions. No sensitive investment information is needed to make payments that lower the risk of theft.

The high liquidity associated with Bitcoin makes it a potentially great investment vessel. Like any other asset, you can make money by buying Bitcoin low and selling it high. Most importantly Bitcoin has the backing of one of the most decentralized and useful blockchain technologies. Bitcoin investment you make today will grow and you can expect monumental price gains over the next few years.

How can I invest in Bitcoin safely?

To make money from Bitcoin, you will need to understand how the market works and what factors can affect prices. You will also need to choose a platform that supports you. It is difficult for a beginner to navigate the technicalities of Bitcoin investments. Therefore, you would need a solid guide on the best practices you must follow before you invest in cryptocurrency. Let’s take a look at the significant things to follow, before investing in Bitcoin.

Choose a platform

If you are looking to invest in Bitcoin, you have several options to invest but each method offers a different combination of cost and security. Here are the best two options

1. Financial apps

There are several great cryptocurrency apps on the market. You can be able to buy Bitcoin and one or two other major currencies in most of the platforms. Before choosing an app make sure the app has the features you want to use, and if you’ve never invested before, pick one that is beginner-friendly. Some apps include cryptocurrency learning centres as well as information on specific coins. If you are a beginner 24/7 customer service must be there to help you. If you’re looking to invest in a cryptocurrency which is hot at the moment, consider an app with more variety.

2. Cryptocurrency exchanges

Crypto exchanges are another popular option for those who looking to buy bitcoin or invest in it. The first thing to know before choosing an exchange for investors is to check if it can legally operate in your jurisdiction. Consider security, fees and cryptocurrencies offered when researching crypto exchanges. It is also important to know your cryptocurrency is stored and whether you can take custody of that cryptocurrency by transferring it into a digital wallet. You can move your cryptocurrency with your exchange’s wallet or you can use your wallet if you don’t want to use the exchange’s wallet.

You can keep your crypto offline if you use a hardware wallet called a “cold wallet”. Digital wallets or hot wallets are used to keep your crypto online or on your desktop.

Analyse the risk and rewards

Before dipping your toes into investing in Bitcoin, ask yourself “Is it smart to invest in Bitcoin?” and understand the pros and cons of Bitcoin. Speculators want to profit from it, but investors see it as too dangerous because bitcoin prices are extremely volatile, rising and falling take place at a rapid rate. Cryptocurrency laws and taxes differ from country to country. Bitcoin has a lack of regulatory oversight, which is one of the most significant drawbacks of investing in it. The Bitcoin market is constantly rippling back and forth. With such an unpredictable market, there’s no telling if you will get a return on your investment.

Although there’s high volatility in prices, investors view this as one of the benefits of bitcoin because it can result in a high return potential as it was adopted by everyone.

How much amount is safe to invest?

All investment comes with an inherent level of risk. Although Bitcoin trades highly liquid in the marketplace, it is still a super-volatile asset class. Buying a whole Bitcoin is a serious financial commitment. You don’t need to empty your entire saving to get exposure. That’s because you can easily buy a fraction of Bitcoin on any exchange. Make small investments as a beginner to avoid massive losses, they will be more beneficial long term.

Step-by-step guide to create an account to invest in Bitcoin
  •  Once you decide the platform, you can sign up to open an account.

  • Depending on the platform and the amount you plan to invest, you may have to verify your identity. For this, the platform may ask you to submit a copy of your documents like passport and driving licence and you may even be asked to upload a photo to prove your appearance matches the documents.

  • To buy Bitcoin you might deposit money into your crypto account by linking your bank account.

  • Once the money is deposited, you can place your first order by entering the name or symbol of Bitcoin.

  • Store your cryptocurrency in a secured place. As mentioned above you can use your exchange’s wallet or your wallet to store your cryptocurrency.

  • Keep your code to access your account safe.

In addition to this beginners must be prepared for the emotional side effect of Bitcoin volatility. To prevent yourself from undergoing stress avoid frequently checking the price of Bitcoin instead consider checking the price on a monthly basis.

When buying or selling cryptocurrency, it is important to pay attention to the current market price to maximize your profits. If the price of the currency you bought goes up, you can sell it for a profit. However, if the price falls, you will incur a loss. Therefore, it is important to carefully research the market before making any trades. Cryptocurrency trading can be lucrative, but it is also risky. By understanding the market and taking care of your trades, you can minimize your risks and maximize your profits.


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