The most successful ICO to date has been Ethereum, the smart contract platform. Ethereum raised $18 million at $0.40 per Ether (token) in 2014. The project went live in 2015, which has now soared to ~$35 billion market cap and $370 per Ether as of June 2017.
Of course, it’s easy enough to find investments that don’t have that loss potential. If you stick to cash equivalents like FDIC-insured CDs and money-market accounts or short-term Treasury bills, you don’t have to worry about losing principal or seeing the value of your savings drop when the financial markets are in turmoil. But you’re not going to reap big gains, either. Over the past eight and a half years, for example, Treasury money market funds and 3-month Treasury bills returned only an annualized 0.2% or so.
While many individuals purchase tokens to access the underlying platform at some future point in time, difficult to refute the idea that most token purchases are for speculative investment purposes. This is easy to ascertain given the valuation figures for many projects that have yet to release a commercial product.
When a startup decides to move on with an ICO, they can create their own token or coin instead of using ETH as the default storage of value. This means that you can even create your own Bitcoin-clone or token with Ethereum’s technology.
But Lio noted that buyers are also possibly in peril and should be cautious: Risk is higher than buying stock, given the complexity of the system. And it can be difficult to vet an investment or the technology behind it. Other experts have long worried about fraud in this largely unregulated space.
Zcash has raised capital in a non-traditional way; there have not been the same clearly delineated “Series A” or “Seed” round nominations like other similar technology companies. The first public investors included: Pantera Capital, Digital Currency Group, Fenbushi Capital, London Trust Media, Evolve VC, Naval Ravikant, Niraj Mehta, David Dacus, Roger Ver, Alan Fairless, Ben Davenport, Brian Cartmell, James Nicholas, Jonathan Perlow, Charlie Songhurst, Adam Ludwin, Devon Gundry, Ryan Smith, and Rop Gonggrijp.
So, as is always with the case with any investment and never more so than those that can give investors returns in excess of 100% in a matter of months, there are pros and cons for the investor to consider.
There is an argument to be made that a dearth of regulatory oversight is actually good, as it allows the ICO market to iterate and innovate quickly. It is a reasonable(ish) argument and likely technically correct, but that doesn’t mitigate the potential for unsophisticated investors to be preyed upon.
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If your break-even time is 0 you have likely forgotten to input your hardware cost below. If it is never, your break-even time has been calculated to be greater than 10 years. This is likely due to a large diff change value which causes your predicted profitability to turn negative in the future. You could try lowering the diff change for a less agressive prediction or disable it altogether.
The lack of transparency remains an issue and there have also been reports that the sale of tokens to U.S citizens is in fact deemed illegal, though whether exemptions will be permitted remains to be seen, uncertainty certainly there for investors consider down the road.
An initial coin offering is similar in concept to an initial public offering (IPO), both a process in which companies raise capital, while an ICO is an investment that gives the investor a cryptocoin, more commonly known as a coin or a token in return for investment, which is quite different to the issuance of securities as is the case in an IPO investment.
BH: What you’ve identified as a liability (currency fluctuations), others might view as an advantage. The crypto markets are highly liquid. No more waiting, waiting, waiting for an IPO or other exit to recoup funds. People can pull out money whenever they wish (assuming they haven’t agreed to some lockup period in the terms of a token sale). So the price tends to move, a lot. Speculators are having a field day while the world figures out how to price these weird assets. In the meantime, if you’re a company or “investor” you can cash out of your ether or bitcoin or whatever reserves and hold fiat whenever you like. Or you can play the game and take a gamble.
For example, to invest in an ICO, you need to send the amount in ETH that you wish to invest to the ICO’s smart contract address. This smart contract will automatically hold your ETH until the crowdfunding target is hit.
You can buy ZEC from participating online exchanges/markets with another cryptocurrency or fiat currency (depending on which exchange you use). We put together a list of exchanges supporting Zcash trades at launch here but these are just a few of the first exchanges and wallets that supported Zcash at launch. There have been many more that have come into existence. We encourage the community to host their own lists and repositories of successful providers such as in this Zcash community blog. You might also have luck finding someone to buy Zcash from in-person or offering services/products to be paid for in Zcash. And of course, you are highly encouraged to run a Zcash mining node to earn tokens for taking part in securing the decentralized network!
The investment seeks high current income and, secondarily, capital appreciation. The fund will normally invest at least 80% of its net assets in a widely diversified portfolio of high yield corporate bonds, often called “junk” bonds, as well as income-producing convertible securities and preferred stocks that are rated below investment grade or not rated by any major credit rating agency but deemed to be below investment grade by T. Rowe Price. High yield bonds are rated below investment grade (BB and lower, or an equivalent rating), and tend to provide high income in an effort to compensate investors for their higher risk of default. more
So let’s get down to the real question – why should you care about cryptocurrencies and mining? The best way to answer this is through actual numbers, so let’s consider that you invested $1,000 on January 1st in each of the three most popular cryptocurrencies out there: Bitcoin (BTC), Ether (ETH) and ZCash (ZEC):
You can see some of the miners have issues and are not running all 6 GPU’s. Those issues are due to bad risers – I got a bad batch from a different supplier I tried. Sometimes with bad risers they just don’t work. With this batch, the bad risers run for 1-3 hours, then stop. It makes troubleshooting tedious and slow. As soon as I get some better ones, I am going to be a lot happier.
A CPU is designed primarily to be an executive and make decisions, as directed by the software. For example, if you type a document and save it, it is the CPU’s job to turn your document into the appropriate file type and direct the hard disk to write it as a file. CPU’s can also do all kinds of math, as inside every CPU is one or more “Arithmetic/Logic Units” (ALU’s). CPU’s are also highly capable of following instructions of the “if this, do that, otherwise do something else”. A large bulk of the structures inside a CPU are concerned with making sure that the CPU is ready to deal with having to switch to a different task on a moment’s notice when needed.
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