Pros & Cons of Initial Coin Offerings

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This course covers a hot topic in the world of cryptocurrencies: investing. We look at which investment strategies to consider and which to avoid. We also look at initial coin offerings, tokens, and how to track the cryptocurrency markets.


Following on from understanding what ICOs are in general, let's now clarify the advantages and disadvantages of them. This will help you gain clarity as to what makes ICOs great and not so. You should know by now that were completely transparent in this course. We don't sell false promises. We clearly mentioned that there are scams out there in the ICO world, and that's the reason why we're here in this course with you. We want you to help understand this world and ensure you invest in the successful projects, not the ones that sell false promises on the next big thing. Hence we wanted to share this lecture with you, where we're going to be covering three distinct advantages and disadvantages of initial coin offerings. Let's start by discussing the advantages of initial coin offerings. First, ICOs provide opportunities. If a promising project with good prospects comes along, ICOs have the power to catapult that project and provide an opportunity for it, think Ethereum. An ICO helped create the second most valuable cryptocurrency, which is now the platform of choice for many dap developers. Second, early access for investors. Initial coin offerings allow us to get involved on the ground level with the project's token. Now, if that project goes ahead to succeed, naturally the value of the token linked to the project should rise in value. All in all, turning us a very healthy profit. Linking back to the Ethereum example again, that was sold at 0.0005 Bitcoin for Ether. And if you got in then, you'd experience, be experiencing one amazing return on investment. Third, no red tape. Think about the lengthy process that project must currently go through in order to be able to start working on their project. It's pretty common that these projects don't even get off the ground simply due to being blocked by regulators and other bodies. However, with an ICO, all you need to get started is a white paper. Then the crowd choose if they want to invest or not. There's no middle person here. It's a direct link between the project creators and users. Let's flip that around now and discuss the disadvantages of initial coin offerings. First, we have to start with scammers. This leads on from the third point of advantages, which was no red tape. For this reason, it does attract scammers to the field trying to deceive people out of their hard-earned money. Consequently, this deters genuine investors from initial coin offerings, as they perceive it to be flooded with pointless projects. Second, it's all speculation. Remember that when you invest in an ICO, you're investing in an idea. More often than not that project has not been executed upon as of yet. You're investing with confidence in the white paper, development team and community, hoping that they'll be able to pull off what they've showcased to the world. Projects can and do fail. The doubt is an example to bear in mind here. Third, regulations. Due to the large amount of money that tends to change hands during initial point offerings, it is naturally caught the interest of regulators, both taxation regulators and legal regulators. They have implemented and are always revising their laws when it comes to ICOs. But many see this as an intrusion on the decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies. All in all, the world of initial coin offerings can be pretty scary, especially with the number of projects that fail, hacks and scammers out there taking advantage of our hard earned money. But I feel you need to go into the world of ICOs with your eyes open, rather than with the fear of missing out mentality. But that's everything for this lecture. I look forward to seeing you in the next lecture, where we'll be discussing how to track the cryptocurrency markets.

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Ravinder is an expert instructor in the field of cryptocurrencies and blockchain, having helped thousands of people learn about the subject. He's also the founder of B21 Block, an online cryptocurrency and blockchain school.