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Risks & Rewards Of Investing In Bitcoin

Bitcoin, it seems, is everywhere. It’s in the news. It’s on phones. It’s even available at ATMs across the globe. Its fast rate of growth and adoption are attracting a lot of attention. And like any interesting, fast-growing business, it is attracting the interest of investors. All of which leads to the question, since Bitcoin is not a company and therefore does not have a publicly traded stock, how can you invest in it?

Are There Taxes On Bitcoins?

Bitcoin is a virtual currency that uses cryptographic encryption system to facilitate secure transfers and storage. Unlike a fiat currency, bitcoin is not printed by a central back, nor is it backed by any. Bitcoins are generated by what is called mining—a process wherein high-powered computers, on a distributed network, use an open source mathematical formula to produce bitcoins. It takes real high-tech hardware and hours or even days to mine bitcoins. One can either mine bitcoins or buy them from someone by paying cash, using a credit card, or even a PayPal account. Bitcoins can be used like a fiat world currency to buy goods and services.