Cryptocurrency Confusion?

Cryptocurrency Confusion?

Cryptocurrency is a common topic right now, but what exactly is it? Technically, it is any number of decentralized electronic currency systems that use cryptography as security and allow payments directly between individuals, requiring no underlying regulating authority like a banking system in countries with traditional currencies.   

Bitcoin, the first commercially available cryptocurrency, was created in 2009 by an individual or group of individuals using the online alias Satoshi Nakamoto. It allows “all transactions (to) happen directly between equal, independent network participants, without the need for any intermediary to permit or facilitate them. Bitcoin was created, according to Nakamoto’s own words, to allow ‘online payments to be sent directly from one party to another without going through a financial institution.’”(1) 

There are now hundreds of different cryptocurrency trading in the equivalent of trillions of US dollars of volume around the world.  

Purchasing one bitcoin on 2/24/2017 would have cost $1,143.84. Today it would be worth $38,083.68, or a 3229% increase in your investment in 5 years. 

That rise in value has caught the attention of many investors. However, like previous speculative investments, this one comes with significant volatility not just on the upside. Since its peak in 2021, Bitcoin has lost 43% of its value as of today. As the most established of cryptocurrencies, it is the bellwether and is a good indication of the volatility of the general crypto market.

The IRS has categorized the cryptocurrency holdings of many investors as a capital asset that is taxable the same as property. As a result, your investment strategy with crypto will match the goals as the rest of your estate plan, asset protection and tax minimization. To take advantage of the benefits of a trust, for example, your crypto investments will be held in the name of your trust. In addition, crypto assets are subject to short term or long-term capital gains and loss taxes.  

Our in-house Certified Financial Planner, Patrick Johnson, has noticed this investment opportunity and has been keeping an eye on it for years. He has recently compiled some of his research and studies into a presentation specifically to introduce you to investing in cryptocurrency.  Learn from Patrick about the benefits and risks of investing in cryptocurrencies and see this emerging field through the eyes of a financial advisor with 25 years of experience navigating markets.  

Do you wonder if you are missing out on the investment potential of a lifetime? Are you not confident investing in crypto because you are unfamiliar with the basic concepts? Find out if investing in cryptocurrencies is right for you.

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Catherine Hammond is the CEO and founder of Hammond Law Group, a Colorado-based estate planning law firm she founded in 2005. With a strong focus on protecting families from the legal consequences of disability and death, she creates comprehensive estate plans that minimize taxes, costs, and government interference.

A native of Denver, Catherine completed her undergraduate studies at Coe College in Iowa, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver College of Law in 1993, concentrating on estate planning, tax, and mediation. Catherine is a member of various professional organizations, including WealthCounsel, ElderCounsel, the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, the Colorado Springs Estate Planning Council, and the Purposeful Planning Institute. Beyond her legal expertise, Catherine provides transformational coaching to support clients and their families through life transitions.

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