Bitcoin hit another new all-time high when it went above $68,000 for the first time on Nov. 10.
While its price has seen several drops since then — including a drop below $46,000 over the weekend — Bitcoin’s latest new record and current price is an impressive feat considering just a year ago the currency hovered around $15,000 per coin. Ethereum — the next most popular crypto — has seen a recent surge as well, and last month notched another new all-time high of its own above $4,800.
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Though Bitcoin and Ethereum have both fallen in price since then, many experts still expect Bitcoin’s price to exceed $100,000 as soon as next year.
Despite the new record high, Bitcoin is still a highly volatile and speculative investment. In fact, the last time the crypto saw a record high in mid-April, it abruptly lost over half of its value and plunged to around $30,000 by mid-July.
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So what should crypto investors do in light of this latest increase, and the subsequent drops? Nothing, according to the experts we’ve talked to. Given the crypto’s history of volatility, this increase doesn’t guarantee a long-term reversal. Bitcoin’s price is just as likely to fall back down as it is to continue climbing. The future of cryptocurrency is sure to include plenty more volatility, and experts say that’s something long-term crypto investors will have to continue dealing with.
What Investors Should Know
If you’re investing in cryptocurrency, expect volatility to continue. That’s why experts recommend keeping your crypto investments to less than 5% of your total portfolio.
“I know these things are super volatile, like some days they can go down 80%,” Humphrey Yang, the personal finance expert behind Humphrey Talks, previously told NextAdvisor. “But if you believe in the long-term potential of [Bitcoin], just don’t check on it. That’s the best thing you can do.”
Just like you shouldn’t let a price drop influence your decision to buy crypto, don’t let a sudden price increase alter your long-term investment strategy. Even more importantly, don’t start buying more crypto just because the price is rising. Always make sure your financial bases are covered — from your retirement accounts to emergency savings — before putting any extra cash into a speculative asset like Bitcoin.
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Bitcoin’s latest big jump also isn’t anything new. “While in the long-term Bitcoin’s price has generally gone up, we experience a lot of volatility along the way,” says Kiana Danial, founder of Invest Diva.
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Investors should continue to hold and not worry about the fluctuations, like Danial, who says she’s not “jumping on the hype.”
No matter if crypto is going up or down, the best thing you can do is to not look at it. Set it and forget it like you would any traditional long-term investment account. “If you let your emotions get too much into it then you could sell at the wrong time, or you might make the wrong decision,” says Yang. “You stress out about it, and I don’t think that’s a healthy way to approach it.”
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