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In Blockchain We Trust: The Simplest Ways to Invest in Crypto and Blockchain in 2019

  • Vera Thornpike
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    Want to invest in blockchain in 2019? Here are the best cryptocurrencies and shares that every blockchain investor should buy in the upcoming year.

In Blockchain We Trust: The Simplest Ways to Invest in Crypto and Blockchain in 2019
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The demand for cryptocurrencies is still on the rise: the crypto market cap is approximately $354 bln, and the number of people interested in crypto doesn’t seem to go down even in bearish market conditions.

Top-10 cryptocurrencies in December 2018

 

However, cryptocurrency is volatile and unpredictable – trading is the game that’s not always worth the candles burnt. The last two years have been a roller coaster for traders, and after the revealing of Ponzi schemes and the recent cryptocurrency nosedive, many of them started reconsidering their blind faith in get-rich-quick opportunities. Investors are seeking more reliable ways to gain profit from blockchain. Surprisingly, there are many simple alternatives. Let’s observe the most promising ways to grow your riches with the help of blockchain in 2019.

Why Blockchain Is a Gold Mine For Investors?

The blockchain is the underlying technology that drives Bitcoin and other coins alike. This is what powers the distributed ledger, digital transactions, and storage of data. That means blockchain will be around even if Bitcoin and all else fails. The technology is being adopted by leading companies, and the number of ICOs promoting it is enormous.

While cryptocurrency is an asset that changes in price unpredictably, ICOs on blockchain promise to increase the investment value by promoting products and services. Besides, blockchain can be adapted in the whole gamut of spheres, including:

  • data storage & cybersecurity;

  • insurance;

  • banking & finance;

  • IoT;

  • media & marketing;

  • healthcare;

  • voting & government;

  • education;

  • logistics & supply chains.

This list can be a mile long. Blockchain applications are endless:

Blockchain can be used anywhere

Since 2014, the interest in blockchain technology caused a meteoric rise of its capitalization: it has grown from $30 mln to $200 mln in 2017. According to estimates, the volume of investments will reach $400 mln in 2019.

Want to jump on the bandwagon? Here are the investment opportunities you shouldn’t miss.

7 Companies to Invest In

In order to invest in the blockchain, you don’t have to buy cryptocurrency and wait for the wonder. It’s better to take a closer look at the stocks and funds that stake on the blockchain and are implementing this technology.

1. Overstock.com

The company started as an online retailer but expanded the sphere of its expertise to merchandising. In recent years, overstock.com started paying particular attention to the blockchain, too. The team behind Overstock has created tZERO – a SEC-regulated trading system that was designed to be a blockchain-based global property registry and might become the means of supplying collateral to lenders.

While the wide audience doesn’t understand what the role of blockchain is in it, the developers are convinced that Overstock will outperform competitors having an outstanding portfolio of companies that implement and exploit blockchain technology.

According to Marc Cohodes, the execution of the above-mentioned plan will make Overstock’s shares cost $200-400 each. At the moment, you can find Overstock in NASDAQ and buy OSTK for $18.6.

Overstock introduced BTC payments

2. MasterCard

It’s not surprising that MasterCard is striving to adopt cryptocurrency, too, and the blockchain is the easiest way of performing transactions without limits. In October 2018, it introduced payments driven by blockchain-based technologies, though Bitcoin wasn’t involved. Although the process of crypto introduction is slow, MasterCard is just being cautious: it is waiting to see what will happen next.

MasterCard also plans to obtain the patent allowing it to facilitate instant blockchain payments. Theoretically, it can allow it to emit blockchain-based credit and debit cards.

Meanwhile, you can invest and wait for a couple of years: and MA share is worth $168, but who know how much it will cost after the blockchain tech fully implemented?

3. IBM

If you’re sure that paper money will soon disappear and be replaced by digital analogs, consider investing in International Business Machines. In fact, the company mostly specializes in hardware and software business solutions, but also came up with a few unique products in the 21st century. According to Juniper Research, IBM has the potential to become one of the dominant names in the blockchain business.

Introduction of blockchain will reduce the resolution time from 50+ to 10 days and reduce administrative costs. Besides, IBM will develop blockchain solutions for the efficient tracking of shipments, improvement of food safety and much more.

At the moment, you can buy an IBM share for $150.58.

4. Kodak

The company that produced cameras is still alive – it operates in the sphere of printing and video films. The days of Kodak’s fame and glory are gone, but blockchain may breathe a second life into the company.

It plans to introduce KodakCoin: the cryptocurrency that facilitates payments for photographers’ shots and drives royalty revenue for users. Besides, Kodak’s blockchain will help users to control copyright: they will make sure that no one uses their content without the author’s permission.

Here’s what Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke said:

“For many in the tech industry, ‘blockchain’ and ‘cryptocurrency’ are hot buzzwords, but for photographers who’ve long struggled to assert control over their work and how it’s used, these buzzwords are the keys to solving what felt like an unsolvable problem. Kodak has always sought to democratize photography and make licensing fair to artists. These technologies give the photography community an innovative and easy way to do just that.”

By 2021, the digital photography market can reach the annual turnover of over $100 bln, so Kodak has all chances to restore positions. You can help it by buying KODK for $5.85.

5. Nvidia

What’s the role of Nvidia in blockchain? It is one of the major mining hardware providers. Bitcoin isn’t the only minable digital asset, so graphic cards, and computer chips will stay in demand in the following years. Nvidia will continue playing an important role in the mining industry, so we highly recommend buying NVDA shares ($228.03).

Nvidia GPU chip

 

6. The Reality Shares

Although crypto has been around for a few years, the ETF industry didn’t relate to it anyhow. Finally, things have changed. The Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy ETF holds the stocks of IBM, Overstock, as well as Cisco (CSCO) and Intel (INTC). Although they’re not cryptocurrency players, all of the companies will reap benefits from blockchain in some way.

The fund wanted to include the word ‘blockchain’ in its name, but the Securities and Exchange Commission asked Reality Shares to remove the word to minimize the craziness around it.

Eric Ervin, CEO of Reality Shares, claims that “blockchain ecosystem potentially presents one of the most profound, long-term investment opportunities many of us have or will ever see in our lifetime.”

BLCN is now worth $22.79. It charges 0.68% in expenses, or $68 annually on a $10,000 investment.

7. Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust

The aforementioned potential cryptocurrency stocks focus on blockchain rather the Bitcoin itself, but there’s one fund that works with BTC solely. The Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust makes the process close to traditional investing in Bitcoin, but in this case, you don’t buy it directly. Instead, you create a complicated account with a Bitcoin exchange. The trading goes ‘over-the-counter’. The platform mostly functions like an ETF.

Investors can get GBTC with a regular brokerage account. At the moment, it costs $14.87 and represents 0.0919 Bitcoin. Of course, GBTC is as volatile as Bitcoin itself.

Trading with GBTC is a risky venture, though. Although it relies on Bitcoin, it doesn’t track it well. For example, in December 2017, it traded at more than double the worth of the underlying Bitcoin. Such situations can lead to a cryptocurrency decline by a higher percentage than Bitcoin itself.

GBTC cannot be recommended for long-term investments: the fund charges 2% of annual fees. But if you’re a confident, agile trader – give it a try.

ETFs vs ICO: What is better?

Both variants can be highly profitable, and the main difference between them is WHAT you invest in. With ICOs, it’s clear: you buy tokens to add to the company’s market cap and fuel the development of their products and services. Startups sell their first tokens with a discount, so there’s a chance to make a profit from your investment when the company takes stable positions on the market. With startups, a thorough research is essential – you should know where your money goes, and how perspective the venture is.

ETFs, such as aforementioned Reality Shares Nasdaq NexGen Economy ETF, are traded on conventional exchanges. This is a more traditional and less risky way to invest, but lower risk means lower profit opportunities and less emphasis on new business. Some companies add the word ‘blockchain’ to the title without actually explaining how it’s leveraged. So you can’t be sure whether you really invest in the blockchain.

ETF vs ICOs: pros and cons

 

ICO: Spheres to Rely On

Despite the fact that 90% of ICOs don’t even make it to the market, investment in startups is still an option – you just should choose wisely. Blockchain has particularly great potential in the following spheres:

Sphere

Benefits of blockchain

Perspectives and forecasts

Projects to consider

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

- cuts costs;

- boosts speed

- improves security;

- reduces fraud and risks.

With the help of blockchain, AI will automate 25% of human tasks. By 2050, machines can reach the human level of intelligence

  • ROSS;

  • Capito;

  • wise.io

  • clarifai;

  • MetaMind.

Education

- optimizes processes;

- facilitates communication;

- enables e-learning and leverages new research opportunities.

Blockchain will be driving the rewards, record storage, communication processes.

  • Afterschool;

  • BitDegree;

  • Gilgamesh Platform.

Supply Chain/Logistics

- keeps records transparent and forge-proof;

- accelerates the process of data exchange.

Blockchain will optimize management, reduce risks and fraud, and increase trust between parties.

  • Blockerify;

  • Monax;

  • Everledger;

  • Ambrosus;

  • Modum.

Healthcare

- safe storage of records;

- simple access to information;

- private and safe processing of payments;

- more efficient analytics.

Blockchain will be used to keep data from IoT devices. It may serve to store patients’ medical data and research results. Genetic research may also rely on blockchain for secure data storage.

  • BCharity;

  • Medicalchain;

  • SENS;

  • Skychain;

  • Tag World Exchange;

  • TrustedHealth.

Financial technologies

- it provides a decentralized network for sharing data;

- smart contracts ensure compliance with obligations;

- higher cost-efficiency;

-cryptography keeps assets safe and sound.

77% of companies will adopt blockchain for efficient operations. It will be used by eCommerce, online exchanges, banking systems, and other fintech companies.

  • ATRIX;

  • BANKA;

  • Fidelium.

 

The number of companies introducing blockchain is enormous – you just need to find a truly reliable one that will be able to provide a decent project for a wide audience.

All in all, blockchain can be introduced to any sphere, but the statistics say it’s more applicable in fintech:

250 Financial ICOs to consider

 

Should I Invest in Cryptocurrency?

If you still want to bet on crypto, there are a few worthy variants to consider. Spoiler: Bitcoin isn't the best coin to bet on.

Ripple

Ripple Labs is snapping on Bitcoin's heels with the ever-growing market cap. Although this currency isn't likely to cost $100, it will definitely grow in price after being introduced in the global banking system. Asian banks are already attempting to leverage Ripple blockchain and make crypto transactions, so this asset's forecast is highly positive. At the moment, you can buy Ripple for as low as $0.29 - so hurry up because another emitted portion of XRP might be available for banks only. If Ripple starts selling XRP to corporate partners only, coin deficiency will cause price explosion - traders will be ready to purchase it for any sum.

NANO 

The Nano blockchain boasts zero transaction fees, 2 second transaction type, and a unique Block Lattice network. It means that every user has their own transaction blockchain – instead of being performed on a single blockchain, transactions are processed in separate networks, which boosts speed. This approach solves the problem of scalability.

At the moment, you can buy XRB for $0.80.

Stellar Lumens

This is another blockchain with 2-second transactions, and the transaction cost is a fraction of a cent. To top it off, Stellar leverages a blockchain development platform that reminds one of Ethereum. However, it’s cheaper and faster than Ethereum which made some companies switch to the Stellar blockchain. For example, IBM and a few banks use XLM to transfer money.

XLM costs $0.12, so hurry up while it’s still cheap.

BAT

Basic Attention Token (BAT) is a cryptocurrency developed by the father of Javascript and co-founder of Mozilla Firefox, Brendan Eich. The coin is supposed to be used by content creators, advertisers and users in a new environment that will be used in the Brave Browser. This browser automatically blocks advertisements, and BAT can be exploited in the following ways:

  • to make donations for favorite content creators via subscription services;

  • to make in-app purchases;

  • to receive BATs after watching ads.

Besides, BAT might be implemented by Firefox and Chrome to compensate advertisers and creators who get affected by AdBlock software and demonetization in YouTube.

Bottom Line

Despite cryptocurrency volatility, there are still many ways to invest in blockchain and get profit. If you don’t want to deal with cryptocurrency, pay attention to futures and ICOs – those are perfect for long-term investments with minimal risks.

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Best 10 Bitcoin Movies and Cryptocurrency Documentaries to Watch in 2019

  • Denys Serhiichuk
    📚 WikiCoin

    Nowadays, one can get information about Bitcoin and Blockchain from everywhere. That could be forums, social media, and even books. This trend has become so popular that even directors have started to shoot movies about it. We selected the 10 best films about the main cryptocurrency so you can find that one which you would like the best.  

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With the beginning of cryptocurrency hype, documentary filmmakers are also interested in the blockchain and the opportunities it provides.

However, few people know that there are documentaries that shed a realistic light on “digital gold” and describe their positive and negative sides without embellishment. We picked the top 10 films that describe the history of Bitcoin.

Alt: Bitcoin movie

Banking on Bitcoin

This movie will give you the possibility to know better the earliest users of Bitcoin technology. It discusses the features of revolutionary cryptocurrency technology, and its potential and ability to change people's lives. Erik Voorhees, Gavin Andresen, and Charlie Shrem took part in the creation of this documentary.

The film deeply analyzes the successes and falls experienced by the early users of the currency since Bitcoin was released in 2008. Throughout the film, its creators tried to find a so-called harmony between regulation and innovation. The movie reveals various points of view on topics related to Bitcoin, as well as talks about how technology pioneers contributed to the creation of blockchain technology. If you are passionate about innovation and legal regulation, you should definitely watch this film.

Bitcoin Gospel

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It is a Dutch documentary that gives answers to questions about what Bitcoin is, how to pay with it and why it has become so popular. The film is focused on the speeches of crypto-enthusiast Roger Ver, who is called Bitcoin Jesus. He explains in detail how this currency operates. The movie mainly revolves around Ver, who has devoted his life to the promotion of the use of Bitcoin. It also analyzes the mining industry in China. Other prominent Bitcoin-angels, such as Andreas Antonopoulos, also appear in the film.

Furthermore, the film focuses on the performance of Roger Ver in Japan, a country that is supposedly drawn to Bitcoin much more than others. If you would like to master your knowledge of Bitcoin, this film is clearly for you.

Magic Money

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This film was prepared specifically to answer lots of issues about Bitcoin that exist in the public space, including what Bitcoin is and what its consequences for society are. The creation and further development of the first form of digital currency is described here. Bitcoin is a currency that is not currently controlled by modern monetary institutions, but by people using it. “Magic Money” analyzes the origin of the currency and its key functions. It also addresses the point of whether this currency is really the solution for the whole society. The movie seriously investigates the mysterious origin of the revolutionary currency and what outcomes it may have for the future of our world.

Unlike other similar films, it does not concern the history of cryptocurrency but rather its practical use. During the film, businessmen from different countries of the world express their opinions about Bitcoin as the main payment instrument.

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Bitcoin: The End of Money as We Know it

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The film was directed by Torsten Hoffmann and appeared in 2015.

It explains the following features of digital assets:

  • Peculiarities of virtual currency

  • Intricacies of commerce and trade

  • Reasons why Bitcoin can be useful

This film traces the evolution of money from the ancient times to Wall Street’s commercial centers.

It is mentioned how Bitcoin is in many ways different from any other currency created in the history of mankind, and how it could blow up the minds of most people since the currency is decentralized and reliable from the point of view that it does not have official intermediaries and every user has the ability to independently monitor transactions within the network. Bitcoin challenges traditional banking and monetary systems. The producer of the film wanted to stress how much the new currency would violate the usual monetary systems we are all used to.

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin

The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” logo

Filmed in 2014, it is one of the first documentaries about Bitcoin and other coins. In this film, the author talks about how he has become interested in BTC and how, through participation in the Bitcoin community, he learned about the global influence of this breakthrough technology on our world.

The essence of the picture is an optimistic view of virtual money. Here we consider the history and features of cryptocurrency. Special attention is paid to the personality of Satoshi Nakamoto, who managed to create the unique money that grabbed the attention of the whole world. The film tells about important events in the Bitcoin system, offers a more detailed overview of the virtual currency and its features. During the filming, interviews were given by many famous people, including the Winklevoss brothers, Vitalik Buterin and others. According to many experts, this film received the greatest publicity in the cryptocurrency environment and has many good reviews.

“The Rise and Rise of Bitcoin” is a film that documents the unpredictable journey of Bitcoin. It covers all Bitcoin-related events that have ever led media headlines.

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The Bitcoin Experiment

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The film was released in 2016. This is a social test about the legal points of Bitcoin as a digital currency. The filmmakers went to Scandinavia, which they showed as an example of how applicable digital currency is in a person’s life. The film is a documentation of a social experiment. The authors of the film examined the question of how people are ready to use cryptocurrencies in everyday life.

 

The movie captures moments of how cryptocurrency creates freedom from pre-established financial institutions, even for the average citizen of the country. It also demonstrates the benefits that consumers can derive from the use of revolutionary digital currency.

Life on Bitcoin

Life on Bitcoin” logo

From the name of the film alone, one can already draw conclusions about its features. The documentary movie tells about the life of young spouses who give themselves the task of living for three months using only the cryptocurrency. The main intrigue is that they started the experiment immediately after their wedding.

The film consists of two parts that are related. The first tells about Bitcoin, the problems of using it, its features, and other aspects. In the second part, the young couple films their attempts to live on the cryptocurrency.

“Life on Bitcoin” clearly showed how rarely cryptocurrency is found outside of large cities and how hard it is to convince vendors to accept Bitcoins as payment.

I am Satoshi

I am Satoshi

This is a 53-minute documentary film. It conducts a detailed study of Bitcoin from the position of a participant in the global economic system. The film raises the question of whether the technology behind Bitcoin cryptocurrency can upgrade the modern world. In 2014, this tape was awarded in the nomination for “The most creative cinema.”

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The Bitcoin Story

The plot of this film is developing rapidly. It contains all the secrets associated with the emergence of Bitcoin, and also describes the fundamentals of technology, the political background and the ability of Bitcoin to transform the financial sector. In addition, the directors included the points of view different venture capitalists have on cryptocurrencies.

The Bitcoin Phenomenon

The Bitcoin Phenomenon

The film tells the story of how the main cryptocurrency Bitcoin was created. Let Satoshi Nakamoto remain anonymous, but the personalities of the people with whom he made his creation are well known. One of them, Gavin Andresen, talks about his experience of communication with Nakamoto. He explains why the idea of ​​creating Bitcoin is ingenious, and how it fundamentally differs from earlier cryptocurrency projects that remained unfulfilled.

The movie shows the importance of BTC as a means of payment, as well as the uniqueness of the Bitcoin network from a technical point of view. In addition, the film tells the stories of Bitcoin-evangelicals Erik Voorhees and Trace Mayer.

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