Can you buy shares in Bitcoin?

By December 18, 2020One Comment
Can you buy shares/stocks in Bitcoin - WazirX

One might consider it a future possibility, a magnificent one at that, that traders would be able to buy stocks in Bitcoin. As of now, no, you cannot buy shares or stocks in Bitcoin. There have been ample instances when early-adopters have earned millions by simply holding the bitcoins in their wallets for Bitcoin continues its bull-run, hovering near the $20,000 mark for the longest time. Several Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency scams have robbed investors of their money, though some awareness campaigns have helped bust such bitcoin myths. 

The Curious case of Bitcoin Inc: One such new scam encompasses persuading investors to believe that Bitcoin was some kind of stock released by a corporation, which is blatantly false. Bitcoin comes into existence via bitcoin mining over a blockchain and isn’t introduced by any central agency. This tactic belongs to an elaborate operation started by an organization called Bitcoin Inc. Unsuspecting investors with no knowledge of how a Bitcoin operates might mistake it for the real Bitcoin. The shareholders of Bitcoin Inc. want to give the impression that their organization was behind Bitcoins’ issuance. 

The information on their site says there is a “21 million BTC maximum limit and 1000 Bitcoin Inc full corporate shares maximum limit.” Their one corporate share is equivalent to 10 bitcoins. While we all know that the total number of bitcoins is limited to 21 million, the last bitcoin would not be released until 2140. The website calls out to the investor who missed out in 2010 to hold any amount of USDCX fractional shares in their wallet. 

The misinformation cited on the website is enough to dissuade any investor from investing any further. But a naive investor can easily fall into the trap. But since Bitcoin is no brand and has no corporation backing, it’s name is perfectly suited for scammers to gauge money from innocent investors by unscrupulous means. 

Though Bitcoin shares might be considered a future possibility, despite the perverted scams, there’s a significant hitch in the provision of such a service as a classical stock exchange and a cryptocurrency exchange function quite differently. 

Investing in Bitcoin can be highly rewarding and is directly proportional to your appetite for risk. The past decade has seen multiple ways to buy Bitcoin in India and worldwide, with popular cryptocurrency exchanges like WazirX supporting trading in Bitcoin, Bitcoin trusts Like GBTC (Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Trust), Bitcoin derivatives, and even ETFs of Bitcoin-related companies. Let’s dish out some ways of investing in Bitcoins: 

Buying coins via a crypto exchange or trading platform

The first and most obvious way is to buy a coin or a fraction of the coin via an online cryptocurrency exchange or crypto trading apps like WazirX. Such apps provide a user-friendly, interactive, and secure interface to purchase Bitcoin and other altcoins. 

You can access Bitcoins’s price performance by keeping a tab on India’s Bitcoin live price via such apps. All you need to do is to set up an account on the platform. The platform might require some personal information and KYC, after which you can deposit money and purchase bitcoins. The purchased bitcoins are stored in an encrypted bitcoin wallet assigned to you. 

Buying shares of GBTC 

Investors wanting to go the capital market route can access Bitcoin investment through the Grayscale Bitcoin Investment Fund (GBTC). Under GBTC, a product that tracks the 1/10th value of a Bitcoin is provided to the investors. For instance, if Bitcoin is valued at USD 10,000, each share of GBTC would have a NAV of USD 1,000. This value includes a 2% fee maintained by GBTC that has an impact on the overall value. 

GBTC arranges offline storage mechanisms to allow less technically versed investors to invest safely in Bitcoin. There are certain advantages of holding a GBTC share. Shares of GBTC are eligible to be held in certain IRA, Roth IRA, and other brokerage and investor accounts, allowing easy access to all levels of investors. It provides security, liquidity, and ease of use to the investors. 

Investing in Bitcoin Derivatives

Some investors like a more immediate return through Bitcoin trading and like to sell it at the end of a price rally. Once the market moves in their favor, the investor sells off his Bitcoin investment. Such speculative trading for high returns in Bitcoin is based on the Bitcoin market’s high-volatility and is termed a long position. 

At other times, the investors might predict the decreasing value of Bitcoin. Investors adopt short positions and sell their bitcoins to buy them at a lower price in the future. This case scenario happens especially during a Bitcoin bubble. 

Bitcoin Futures and options are some crypto derivatives that offer the investors the benefit of liquidity and returns without the volatility and risk involved in direct trading. A derivative is a class of financial contracts that derive their value from an underlying entity’s performance, in this case, Bitcoin. 

Investing in Bitwise 10 Private Index Fund

Based on the Bitwise 10 large Cap Crypto Index, the Bitwise Private Index Fund is a large-capacity basket. In such a fund, the company attempts to provide the security and ease of a traditional ETF. It requires a minimum investment of USD 25,000 and has a fee ratio of 2.5%. The funds are stored in cold storage, ensuring optimum security to investors. 
While investing via any of the above-mentioned channels, the investors must be wary enough to trade via a regulated exchange or body and keep a few considerations in mind. Bitcoin has undergone dramatic fluctuations but can ensure phenomenal returns in the long term as the world sees blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies gaining traction. But for Bitcoin shares, they are non-existent!

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