Cryptocurrencies are inherently cryptic — it’s right there in the name. And if you follow Warren Buffett’s advice to never invest in businesses you can’t understand, it may be hard to justify investing in a currency made of math instead of gold.
But it’s also hard to ignore some cryptocurrencies’ astounding performance: The price of one Bitcoin jumped from just under $5,000 (roughly Rs. 3.74 lakhs) in March 2020 to over $60,000 (roughly Rs. 44.91 lakhs) as of this April. Bitcoin price in India stood at Rs. 40.62 lakhs as of October 6 (6:22pm IST).
The excitement surrounding digital currency may leave some investors feeling like the lonely kid at the pool party, wanting to join their friends having fun in the deep end, but too nervous to jump in.
For those investors who are cautiously curious, here are ways to gain exposure to cryptocurrency without buying it, and if you do decide to purchase, how to lower your risk.
Invest in companies with cryptocurrency holdings
Think of this strategy as cryptocurrency investing once removed. Some publicly traded companies have cryptocurrency holdings. And because they are betting on its success, you can too, with those companies acting as a buffer.
“When you’re thinking about investing in a company because they have exposure to crypto, it really runs the gamut from how direct or indirect you are in terms of that exposure,” says Douglas Boneparth, a certified financial planner and president of Bone Fide Wealth in New York City. “It just depends