An allocation to cryptocurrencies doesn’t necessarily require a digital wallet and keys. Instead, investors can choose from a variety of crypto-related stocks that typically trade in lock-step with the price of bitcoin (BTC).
Purchasing bitcoin outright might require a more sophisticated understanding about technology, security issues and questions about storage and keys, according to Adam Blumberg, co-founder of Interaxis, a digital asset education firm, during an interview at CoinDesk’s Consensus 2021 on Tuesday.
“You can get exposure to the asset class by buying stock in Riot Blockchain (Nasdaq: RIOT) or Coinbase (Nasdaq: COIN),” said Blumberg.
RIOT, a bitcoin mining company, has returned about 55% year-to-date compared to bitcoin’s gain of 30% during the same period. Coinbase, the largest U.S. cryptocurrency exchange which made a public market debut in April, is down about 26% year-to-date and is trading just below the reference price of $250 at the time of writing.
The mining business is competitive, which means investors should do their own due diligence when considering which company’s stock to purchase.
“Value businesses based on the miner’s hashrate growth, assumptions on competition, network difficulty, and the bitcoin price,” said Jason Les, CEO of RIOT during the conference.
“The value of our balance sheet fluctuates with bitcoin,” said Les.
And for publicly listed exchanges, stock investors could gain exposure to trading revenue across cryptocurrencies, which influence earnings.
For investment advisors, “trading crypto stocks could provide an option for clients to gain exposure to digital assets via publicly traded companies that have regulatory and exchange oversight,” said Blumberg.