Over the last few years, cryptocurrencies have been one of the best-performing asset classes. The most well-known are bitcoin and ethereum. Another innovation is the blockchain. Some believe that crypto will have the same impact on money that the Internet has had on information.
Even though the cryptocurrency is relatively immature, this market is all set to witness continued appreciation. According to Markets and Markets, the cryptocurrency market is projected to grow at a CAGR of 6.18% to $1.40 billion by 2024. Rising demand for decentralized finance and cashless payments will be the major growth drivers.
2017 saw a cryptocurrency boom as the Bitcoin prices soared about 2000% in a year. According to market experts, the burgeoning demand for Bitcoin might lead to history repeating itself. Therefore, investing in this growing industry by betting on the right stocks can be highly rewarding.
Square, Inc. (SQ)
SQ is predominantly known as a digital payment app. However, it is now well-known for its innovations in crypto and blockchain technology. SQ has forayed into the peer-to-peer investment market in the past three years. The company has also formed a dedicated team called Square Crypto which is focused on enhancing the BTC network for hassle-free cryptocurrency transactions. SQ has also launched a non-profit organization — Cryptocurrency Open Patent Alliance or COPA — to encourage crypto innovation and open access to patented crypto inventions.
Square’s Cash App includes a feature that allows customers to buy and sell bitcoin. In the second quarter, SQ’s net revenue climbed 64% year-over-year to $1.92 billion on the back of its Cash App ecosystem. The company’s Cash App delivered a robust 167% increase in gross profit compared to the year-ago quarter. And Bitcoin investing is a part of SQ’s Cash App product. SQ also boosted its network to over 30 million monthly active customers in June. Cash App posted $875 million of bitcoin revenue during the second quarter, up 600% from the prior-year period. The bitcoin gross profit during the second quarter of 2020 surged 711% year over year.
The company strongly believes in cryptocurrency as an instrument of economic empowerment and has put 1% of its total assets, worth nearly $50 million, in bitcoin. Experts believe that as the next crypto boom arrives, the company would witness a massive rally.
PayPal Holdings, Inc. (PYPL)
The most widely used payments processor, PYPL has been on a rally amid the pandemic. Contactless payments have gained pace and PYPL has been the most preferred route. However, the company is showing a keen interest in cryptocurrency and blockchain development off late.
In 2019, the company declared that it was funding Cambridge Blockchain, a start-up that works toward streamlining payments using blockchain. Earlier this year, the company also revealed that it is adopting blockchain protocols as part of its internal framework to inhibit financial crimes and fraud.
On September 21, bitFlyer Europe, the subsidiary of one of the biggest Japanese cryptocurrency exchanges, announced that it has integrated PayPal deposits to its platforms. PYPL’s massive user base across the globe and Europe specifically would expose more users to bitFlyer exchange and cryptocurrencies. This collaboration makes it evident that PYPL is all set to deal with blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Experts believe that the company could enter into the Bitcoin space by the end of this year. Earlier in July, PYPL confirmed that it has sent a letter to the European Commission about its plans to develop crypto and blockchain capabilities. The company is actively hiring engineers for the same.
Currently, many users use PYPL for bitcoin transactions indirectly, however, relatively fewer merchants accept bitcoin payments through PYPL. Due to its high-risk exposure, PYPL is yet to have the right checks for full-fledged bitcoin trading.
NVIDIA Corporation (NVDA)
NVDA is one of the biggest manufacturers of graphics processing units (or GPUs) which are one of the most critical Components of gaming, AI, and autonomous vehicles. Besides, GPUs are also widely used in the hardware for crypto mining. Processing the transactions on the blockchain is known as mining. During this activity, the miner gets a freshly-minted bitcoin. Since early 2017, the cryptocurrency space has been a winning field for NVDA as there was a huge demand for GPUs for mining of bitcoin, Ethereum as well as other cryptocurrencies. NVDA surged nearly 150% during the bitcoin boom in 2017.
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