Bitcoins are a virtual currency that are becoming more popular on a daily basis. They are accepted as payment by many major companies such as Dell, Walmart and Amazon. They are mined from the processing power of computers and are unique in that they are seen as both a currency that can be used on a daily basis, and as an investment opportunity.
There are two ways that you are able to invest in bitcoins, mining them yourself, or purchasing them from companies that will mine them for you. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of investments, and you will need to weigh these up before deciding which avenue you will go down.
Bitcoins can be mined, but this often requires specialist equipment that can be expensive to purchase, and to run and maintain. However, all of the bitcoins that you do mine will be pure profit for you. If you can afford the initial outlay, and are confident that you can mine enough bitcoins, then this may be the most profitable option. When you have mined the coins, you can choose to spend them, or sell them for a profit.
You can also purchase bitcoins that other people, or companies have mined. It is still possible to make a profit using this method, as long as you can sell them for more than you paid. There are fees for buying and selling bitcoins, and you will need to bear these in mind when you are calculating any profit that will be made.
As with all types of investment, there are risks associated with investing in bitcoins. However, the continued rise in popularity of this currency could see its value continue to rise. In the past, when their value has fallen, it has always picked up again in a short space of time.