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Is it Better to Mine or Buy Bitcoin?
When considering an investment, one should always measure the risk against the potential returns.
When purchasing Bitcoin outright your capital is at risk 100% of the time. With the extreme volatility of the price of Bitcoin, this approach may cause some sleepless nights and upset stomachs. September 2017 saw Bitcoin hit an all-time high of $5000, only to lose 40% of its value overnight. April 2013 saw the price of Bitcoin lose 71% of its value in a few hours. The price did recover over time in both instances but those types of price swings are not for everyone. Short term gains on trading Bitcoin are undeniable; however, over medium to long term, mining is not only more profitable but carries significantly less risk. With the initial cost of the IMA being returned in full at the end of the 36-month period, in fact, the risk is zero, The chart below shows the results of mining versus buying from 2015 till December 2017.