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Here are my top risk-averse cryptocurrencies

Volatility comes with the territory in the world of digital currencies but here are three that may hold up better than the rest.
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This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

The cryptocurrency market keeps expanding and that means a lot more choices for investors looking for exposure in digital currencies. Risk is inherent in all types of cryptocurrency, but there are some denominations that should hold up better on a relative basis. 

Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC), Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH), and USD Coin (CRYPTO: USDC) are my three largest personal investments in the cryptocurrency space. They also happen to be my top choices in terms of limiting the unusually high risks that come with the wild price swings for the market. 

Bitcoin

The world’s best known cryptocurrency is Bitcoin, and understandably so. It’s the one that put digital currencies on the map. With a market capitalisation of $1.1 trillion, it is more valuable than the next 40 cryptocurrencies combined. If Bitcoin were a stock there would only be five US publicly traded companies commanding larger market caps.

Bitcoin is the industry standard. Some companies are converting some of their cash reserves to Bitcoin, and a growing number of financial platforms are allowing their customers to trade in the top dog of digital currencies. 

There are risks, of course. Bitcoin has been susceptible to sharp spikes and plunges. We’ve seen it happen this year. Bitcoin peaked in April, only to shed more than half of its value by June. It would go on to more than double, hitting fresh all-time highs earlier this month. If this is the kind of volatility that scares you away, you’re not going to want to hear that it has had even bigger crashes in the past. Bitcoin has always bounced back, but that’s obviously not a guarantee of future performance. 

Bitcoin is also coming under fire this year for the vast amount of energy consumed in mining for the crypto as a proof-of-work platform. It’s also expensive to transfer relative to some more nimble digital currencies. It’s not perfect, but it’s the default crypto as long as it sits atop the market cap throne.

Ethereum

The world’s second-most valuable denomination — with a market cap just above $500 million — is Ethereum. Despite commanding less than half of Bitcoin’s value it overtook the top dog as the most traded crypto on Coinbase Global in the last two quarters.

Ethereum’s blockchain tech has the superior functionality when it comes to use cases beyond being merely a store of capital. Ethereum has become a popular choice for decentralised applications — dApps — for gaming transactions, advertising, and non-fungible token bidding wars. Bitcoin’s recent Taproot update will help it close the gap on some fronts, but Ethereum’s already looking ahead to its next major transformation.

Ethereum is migrating away from proof-of-work to proof-of-stake, a shift that will make the world’s second-most valuable crypto even more energy efficient when it comes to generating new tokens but also help speed up transactions and related costs. 

USD Coin

Picking a stablecoin as my third choice for risk-averse cryptocurrencies may not seem fair, but it certainly makes the cut as a digital currency. Coinbase created USD Coin — more commonly referred to as USDC — and the leading trading exchange stands by it as coin with a price locked at $1 and pegged 1-to-1 with the US dollar. 

Why would you want to own a crypto locked at $1? Coinbase only offers a 0.15% yield on traders holding the stablecoin, but there are far better alternatives elsewhere if you’re willing to risk it on another app that will lend, stake, or otherwise use your USDC. Platforms like Celsius Network currently pay more than 10% on USDC. Voyager is rolling out a debit card where you can earn 9% interest on your USDC until you use it for purchase. 

Chasing yield on USDC is riskier than just parking it on Coinbase or in a crypto wallet and even if you’re OK with just earning 0.15% on Coinbase, you are at the mercy of the platform’s financial viability. It’s still a low-risk crypto with a decent $37 billion currently in circulation. 

This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

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Rick Munarriz owns shares of Bitcoin, Coinbase Global, Inc., and Ethereum. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company The Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of and recommends Bitcoin and Ethereum. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

This article was originally published on Fool.com. All figures quoted in US dollars unless otherwise stated.

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