Helping you make just a little more sense of today’s fintech landscape.
New kid on the blockchain?
The fintech industry is undergoing constant and often rapid change, and it can be a struggle to keep pace and learn an entirely new lexicon. You don’t need to be an expert in blockchain technology to get a little more comfortable with the popular database.
Blockchain technology is an emerging platform that allows all transactions to be verified and stored across all stakeholders in public databases without a singular central authority. This digital ledger (also known as a distributed ledger) is consensually shared across a network and considered both secure and indisputable.
Although “currency” is the most commonly recognized application built on a blockchain, some pundits believe it’s just the beginning.
Harken back to when you first used email. This was once the only viable application used by the general public based on the internet. Fast-forward to today, and the internet has disrupted virtually every industry.
Is a similar trajectory underway for blockchain technologies and crypto assets? After all, blockchain technology may offer benefits of immutability, transparency, efficiency, security, and low-transaction costs. As such, it has the potential to reshape the insurance industry, real estate, finance, supply chain management, healthcare, and even government’s roles and responsibilities.
No doubt about it, concepts like blockchain and crypto can be mind-bending. But the larger question everyone is asking is, “Does crypto belong in my portfolio?”
The answer, of course, depends on myriad factors, including your risk tolerance and whether you believe in its long-term potential. There’s no getting around the fact that digital assets have been spectacularly volatile. It’s also hard to argue that it remains a somewhat speculative bet—even if you are a fervent believer. Perhaps it’s best if investors and advisors discuss the pros and cons within the context of longer-term investment goals. And if it is deemed appropriate, only then should the discussion turn to one of tactics.
And remember, a small dollop of crypto is probably enough for starters.
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