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How Old Do You Have To Be To Buy Bitcoin


As a parent, you may have already purchased crypto and want to give it to your child. Typically, you can either set up a UGMA custodial account and name your child as the beneficiary, create a designated digital wallet for your child or give your child a hardware wallet.




how old do you have to be to buy bitcoin



There are ways to maneuver around age restrictions by using bitcoin ATMs or other methods. However, your best bet may be to purchase cryptocurrency for the first time with your child as an educational approach.


If you choose to work through these steps with your underage child, it might be worth allowing them to hang over your shoulder. You might even have them actually enter the information into the computer so investing never feels intimidating to them. Actively going through these steps with your child can make them feel comfortable with online investing no matter how active they choose to get in investing.


The savings calculation is based on the following assumptions. You contribute $250 every month to the account for 18 years. The account earns an annual return of 8%. The traditional advisor charges a 1% annual advisory fee, and the investment fund has a 0.45% expense ratio. UNest charges a $4.99 monthly membership fee which includes advisory services, and the investment funds have an average expense ratio of 0.07% annually. Additional details on the calculation can be made available upon request. The actual costs of working with a specific financial advisor may be different than this assumption. There is no guarantee of returns, and you may lose money, including the principal amount you invest.


While I had first heard about bitcoin in 2011, it wasn't until I watched a documentary and started reading forums about the cryptocurrency that I decided to buy it. It was easy to see how bitcoin could disrupt the entire financial system.


I decided to buy as a long-term experiment and used less than 1 percent of my net worth at the time to buy into bitcoin. Sure, I wanted to make money on it, but if I lost everything, it wasn't going to change the course of my life.


As of this writing, bitcoin is trading at $16,600, which makes my bitcoins now worth $1,148,720. It took me five years working 80-hour weeks to make over $1 million saving and investing in the stock market, but with bitcoin, my coins have increased to over $1 million in 2017 alone. It's by far, without a doubt, the easiest money I have ever made.


On my blog Millennial Money, I've received over 100 emails from readers asking about investing in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. I was even talking to a reader last week who told me he put his entire life savings into bitcoin, buying in at around $11,000. That's a terrible idea.


When the price of anything fluctuates 20-30 percent in one day, it's obviously unstable, so you could lose all of your money very quickly. Especially if you need your money in the next year, don't buy bitcoin. With the insane short-term fluctuations, bitcoin is short-term gambling, not investing.


Litecoin is a good example. Sure, bitcoin has an early mover advantage, but it was created to buy and sell things online securely, which no one is doing right now because the price is so insane and transaction costs are skyrocketing.


You might think that digital wallets are secure, but cryptocurrency exchanges and wallets continue to get hacked regularly. More than $70 million in bitcoin was hacked from NiceHash, a bitcoin mining marketplace, last week.


Just because exchanges like Coinbase have $200 million in venture funding and a nice shiny marketplace doesn't mean that they can't get hacked either. Because there is no central governing body guaranteeing your bitcoin, if you lose it, it can be difficult to get back. If it gets stolen, then you are out of luck. Hacks will continue to happen.


If you do decide to buy bitcoin, I encourage you to buy responsibly. Don't buy using more than 1 percent of your net-worth, and be honest with yourself: Bitcoin is a gamble, not an investment. It's super risky and there are far better places to invest your money securely for both the long- and short-term.


After Tesla revealed in an SEC filing on Monday that it has bought $1.5 billion worth of bitcoin, the price of the cryptocurrency hit a record high of over $44,000, giving it a market value of over $800 billion.


With all the hype, many people are wondering if they should invest in bitcoin. But the cryptocurrency also creates a wide array of concerns: Some worry that bitcoin is a bubble, too risky to invest in or susceptible to fraud, to name a few.


Compared to most investments, bitcoin "is a highly volatile, highly risky investment," James Ledbetter, editor of fintech newsletter FIN and CNBC contributor, tells CNBC Make It. "If you look historically at the price of bitcoin, there have been a number of occasions where it's really spiked and then comes crashing down really quickly."


(For example, after rallying to nearly $20,000 in 2017, bitcoin's price collapsed and lost a third of its value in a single day, and in 2018, it dropped to as low as $3,122, wiping out billions of dollars from the total cryptocurrency market value.)


Of course, despite its high selling price, "you can go and buy as little as even $5 of bitcoin because there is the ability to buy fractional shares called satoshis," points out Anthony Pompliano, co-founder of cryptocurrency hedge fund Morgan Creek Digital Assets and a bitcoin investor.


(If you do decide to invest, Pompliano supports holding bitcoin long-term. By design, there is a limited supply of bitcoin, so bitcoin bull Pompliano believes as demand increases, the price will as well.)


"There have been multiple examples of bitcoin theft and fraud that I think would give pause to the average investor, particularly if you were going to invest a substantial amount. I think those are legitimate fears," Ledbetter says. But he also finds them "overblown."


While bitcoin allows for users to transact without revealing personal information or identity (potentially making fraud easier), it's not totally anonymous. Each bitcoin transaction is documented on a digital ledger called the blockchain, where a user's cryptocurrency "wallet" is represented as a unique series of random numbers and letters. Through this, a scammer could potentially be traced after the fact.


"To hack it, you would have to take over the network, and to take over the network, you would need your own network of computers running 24/7, and to do that, it would cost billions of dollars," according to Paul Vigna, markets reporter at The Wall Street Journal.


Currently, most mainstream bitcoin transactions are done by converting bitcoin to fiat currency, like the U.S. dollar. (For instance, PayPal announced that in 2021, consumers will be able to use cryptocurrency as a "funding source for purchases." But what that really means is when a user "pays" with bitcoin, it "will be instantly converted to fiat currency and the transaction will be settled with the PayPal merchants in fiat currency," according to PayPal's website.)


And as of now, that process of transferring bitcoin to other accounts and converting it to different currencies, whether the U.S. dollar or other cryptocurrency, is "clunky" and time consuming, says Ledbetter.


Along with fees, "sellers do not have the confidence to do large transactions yet in bitcoin," investor Kevin O'Leary, chairman of O'Shares ETFs, told Pompliano on "The Pomp Podcast" in December. "I'm sure this could change over time, but not today."


"The parabolic move in bitcoin in such a short time period, I would say for any security, is highly abnormal," David Rosenberg, chief economist at Rosenberg Research, told CNBC's "Trading Nation" in December. Rosenberg considers bitcoin "the biggest market bubble right now," CNBC reported.


Indeed, bitcoin has gained recent support from bigger investors, like Paul Tudor Jones and Stanley Druckenmiller; from notable financial companies, like PayPal and Fidelity; and from Square and MicroStrategy, who used their balance sheets to buy bitcoin.


"If you think of the structure of every single currency in the world, they're inflationary and they are controlled by governments," Pompliano says. "And those governments have very small groups of people who make the decisions as to what happens to that currency."


"No matter how much [bitcoin] fans want to pretend that it's a hedge against doomsday scenarios, it is not," Cuban told Forbes. "Countries will take steps to protect their currencies and their ability to tax, so the more people believe this is anything more than a store of value, the more risk of government intervention they face."


A token is a unit of cryptocurrency. Most cryptocurrencies have a finite amount of tokens. This is what drives up the value of a cryptocurrency, as the more people invest in them, the fewer there are.


There are currently many different cryptocurrencies and they have relatively minor differences. For example, Ethereum processes transactions much faster than Bitcoin, whilst Cardano is more environmentally sustainable.


It is worth noting, however, that because cryptocurrencies aren't regulated by banks or financial institutions they have the potential to not only rapidly gain financial value, but to (equally quickly) lose their value too.


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