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    Help me understand cryptocurrency please

    Goldman Sachs manager just left after great gains in the Dogecoin currency invested through his personal account. I don't understand what that cryptocurrency account entailed. So much is mentioned and I question if the reports truly understand it as they does not explain it very well, IMHO anyway.

    My very simple summary:

    Current banking
    Pros - subject to legal jurisdictional oversight, relatively transparent, employs a lot of people, accepted around the world in all currencies.
    Cons - significant fees, some fraudulent activities, vulnerable to cyber theft

    Cryptocurrency to my very limited understanding:
    Pros - no fees, ? Some will gain substantially (but many will lose it seems).
    Cons - no legal jurisdictional oversight, hidden transactions, unknown and unlimited risks, limited employees, could take over world financial processes with dubious manipulations and directions. Ponzi scheme?

    Any info in terms that my general knowledge of finance would understand would be most appreciated.

    FYI, I have no intent of investing in cryptocurrency or anything that I do not understand.
    As Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

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    Just a few minutes before reading razz’ post, I read the post on mr money mustache about “explain crypto to me as thoughni am five.”

    it didnt enlighten me any.

    I have decided that crypto is just not one of those things i will try to understand and I will be OK.

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    I have heard a lot of coin-descending explanations, but my basic understanding is this:

    While previous forms of currency were backed by precious metals or governments forcing you to accept them, cryptocurrencies are backed by a combination of wasted electricity, remembering passwords and fear of missing out.

    They are transacted using secure ledgers based on blockchain technology algorithms which will never, ever be hacked by people with the same skill sets and resources as the people who developed them. Trust us on this.

    Given the possibility that the government may soon run out of our grandchildren’s money, many smart people seem to consider cryptocurrencies as a reasonable alternative to the US dollar. Especially for critical transactions like ransomware payments, informal pharmaceutical purchases and weapons sales.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAHL View Post
    I have heard a lot of coin-descending explanations, but my basic understanding is this:

    While previous forms of currency were backed by precious metals or governments forcing you to accept them, cryptocurrencies are backed by a combination of wasted electricity, remembering passwords and fear of missing out.

    They are transacted using secure ledgers based on blockchain technology algorithms which will never, ever be hacked by people with the same skill sets and resources as the people who developed them. Trust us on this.

    Given the possibility that the government may soon run out of our grandchildren’s money, many smart people seem to consider cryptocurrencies as a reasonable alternative to the US dollar. Especially for critical transactions like ransomware payments, informal pharmaceutical purchases and weapons sales.
    mr money mustache poster(s) are recommending holding a little bit in crypto, mainly for the chance it goes sky high.

    I suppose having it to buy my goods and services on the dark web would be a good reason, too.

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    I don’t have a great understanding of it but my oldest son does. For a investment of 3k about 7 years ago they made 100k and us 50k. We all still have some and will be cashing out slowly as it rises this year. My son had to find a cpa that specializes in it to do his taxes. My son intends to keep some of his but I am cashing out entirely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Teacher Terry View Post
    I don’t have a great understanding of it but my oldest son does. For a investment of 3k about 7 years ago they made 100k and us 50k. We all still have some and will be cashing out slowly as it rises this year. My son had to find a cpa that specializes in it to do his taxes. My son intends to keep some of his but I am cashing out entirely.
    That is great TT and I know you mentioned earlier that you made a significant sum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iris lilies View Post
    mr money mustache poster(s) are recommending holding a little bit in crypto, mainly for the chance it goes sky high.

    I suppose having it to buy my goods and services on the dark web would be a good reason, too.
    What’s their consensus on Non-Fungible Tokens?

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    We were willing to lose the 3k and it turned out well. It was great for my kids because she had to take 6 months off work for her brain surgery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LDAHL View Post
    What’s their consensus on Non-Fungible Tokens?
    Is that a real thing? I have no idea.

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