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Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond

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The innovative investor’s guide to an entirely new asset class—from two experts on the cutting edge

With the rise of bitcoin and blockchain technology, investors can capitalize on the greatest investment opportunity since the Internet. Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 800 and counting, including ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more. This

Kindle Edition, 369 pages
Published October 20th 2017 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published October 19th 2017)
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Tim O'Hearn
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
My college roommate called me the other day. He told me he was retiring to Thailand. I found it odd because as far as I knew he hadn’t yet found a job to retire from.

The proliferation of blockchain technology has created a new class of investor. Cryptoassets: The Innovative Investor's Guide to Bitcoin and Beyond provides a balanced account of the new craze.

The book excels in providing the best explanations of the major crypto-whatevers I have ever read. It dives into regulatory topics, the topic
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-book, 2017
Cryptoassets is a groundbreaking and approachable book explaining the what, why and how to invest in cryptocurrencies exploring blockchain based technology using top cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, ethereum, litecoin, ripple, monero, dash, and zcash as case studies. I felt a similar excitement and mind-opening bliss reading this, to how I felt reading the Intelligent investor years ago. The new era of innovative investors can consider cryptocurrencies as an alternative asset class to invest in us ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Mixed bag

(But I honestly can’t say if that’s because of me or the content.)

The book starts out with dozens of high profile people praising the content of the book, both from within the crypto community as from the wider fields of economics, finance and academia in general. This is out of sync with the juicy-ness of the content. Nothing really new, startling or insightful here; it’s just a good summary of the scene. But again, that might be caused by me. Reading this book, I realized I already k
May 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: new-sciences
While balanced and well-written, Cryptoassets is too short on the core topics, frequently digresses, and misses out on the main risks/arguments against. As such, in the fast-evolving world of this asset class, the book was never going to have a much of a shelf life without some truly fundamental points which it does not have. It does an incomplete job explaining the true investment pros and cons as well.

To start with, the authors use long sections to justify cryptoassets as a new investment asse
Aug 29, 2021 rated it liked it
Agreed with a lot of others - the best material on anything forward thinking in tech is not in books but in blogs, tweets, reddit posts, etc... but what this does well is help place this new class of assets into appropriate context for someone new. Also agreed that it doesn't do a great job at counseling proper risk management which is absolutely critical if you're dabbling with crypto. The book's now three years old but still relevant particularly since they've hit the mark with many prediction ...more
Keerthana Gopalakrishnan
I picked up this book because there are way too many keywords thrown around about cryptocurrencies and blockchain and you never know what you don't know. Far from a comprehensive guide to "bitcoin and beyond", this book could be summarized as "Bitcoin is great. Yields are great. You gotta invest". While the initial few chapters go into explaining the technology and history of blockchain (Satoshi's white paper on bitcoin, Vitalik Buterin's work, Ethereum blockchain reversion to create Ethereum Cl ...more
Rob Price
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm wasn't engrossed in the book, unfortunately. Crypto is such a tricky subject because it straddles so many different areas. There is the pure technology angle, the monetary economics of bitcoin, the libertarian philosophy in some of the projects, investing in start-ups, speculative trading, or the legal regulator side, etc. The authors did well to try and focus on investing but it's difficult to make an investment case without delving into a few underlying principles. These difficulties meant ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hat tip to Abhishek Anbazhagan for giving me the opportunity to return this book to the library. Please remember that I don’t do favors, I accumulate debt.

This book did a great job of giving some much-needed structure to my understanding of the crypto ecosystem. Dividing cryptoassets based on their functionality into cryptocurrencies, cryptocommodities, and cryptotokens, to start with, helped me bring order from the chaos that is crypto. Staying true to their digital origins, the markets have ch
Taylor Pearson
A great introductory text on cryptoassets for anyone coming from a traditional finance background.

Burniske and Tartar cast this book as The Intelligent Investor for crypto and I think it lives up to that as well as any book can, given the early stage of crypto markets.

Unlike many other crypto books, the authors were involved in the industry from the early days and I think that gives them a better intuition for the space than accounts from journalists who were only observing.

In particular, I thou
Jacques Bezuidenhout
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it

This gives you a comprehensive introduction around blockchain, crypto currency/assets and how to evaluate/deal with them.

What is nice, is that it draws comparisons with how FIAT currencies and other stocks, IPOs behave.
Then it also ties into The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business about starting small and adjusting based on what you learn.

If you are wanting to get onto the gravy train which is crypto assets and haven't at least got
Edward Grigoryan
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Been in the space as an avid enthusiast and investor for about 2 years. Still found this to be a great review of key principles and even learned a few new things. It provides an interesting perspective in that it ties cryptoasset investing and valuation to traditional financial theories and models of investing and market behavior, while being one of the first sources attempting to systematically elucidate what is truly new and exciting about this emerging asset class both from a traditional fina ...more
Adrian Spinei
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're new to Bitcoin and the likes, this is one of the best books you can read at this moment if you want to understand the phenomenon. It's [mostly] impartial and written from a rational perspective, which is not something I can say about other books on the same topic.

The trouble is that in the space of a few months since the initial text this has become a history book rather than something you can read if you want to be up to speed with the field [this review written in Jan 2018]. A crypto
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Key message -
Cryptoassets present a huge investment opportunity – the kind that’s rarely available to novice investors. But, before you jump into the deep end, you absolutely must familiarize yourself with the market and what it means to invest in cryptoassets. Read white papers and pay attention to decentralization edges; keep an eye on trading pair diversities and store your cryptoassets securely. And remember: you might lose your money. If you know the risks and do the research, cryptoassets
Mar 26, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
A very informative book about crypto from an investor point of view. It briefly touches on the history of crypto, the technology and the people. Then it delves deeper into the different types of cryptoassets, cryptocoins, cryptotokens and how to evaluate them (technical analysis, fundamental analysis etc.), how to invest in them, how to avoid scams.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
If your financial advisor is a deer in the headlights on the topic of cryptoassets, hand him or her a copy of this book.
Alexander Svanevik
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: to-read-in-2017
Good first read on crypto. Provides useful frameworks to help you navigate the stormy seas of cryptoassets. I recommend this to anyone getting into the field.
Reka Beezy
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: might-buy, business
Definitely great for beginners, but better for those already in the space and who want more info on how it can aid to their overall investing strategy.
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book and a very useful resource for people looking into cryptos as a way to diversify. While massive gains are no longer likely, I think anyone making informed investments into crypto at this point is likely to see healthy returns well above what equities or real-estate can offer over the next ten years. The authors bridge the gap between traditional finance and cryptocurrencies in a convincing way, providing quantitative measures that can be used to gauge whether individual ...more
Cullen Haynes
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Being my 100th book read for 2017, thought it pertinent that it was on a subject I'm most intrigued by; the world of Cryptocurrency. Today, as adoption grows, our media is being inundated with lots of puff pieces and disinformation; it's quite hard for a newcomer to find any cogent material that gives a succinct history and overview.
If you've been told bitcoin is a bubble, this book is for you. If you've been told bitcoin is going to replace our Fiat monetary system, this book is also for you. B
Ben Jackson
Aug 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
There's a whole lot of graphs with numbers going up (has anyone not seen the price graph for Bitcoin before?), a very basic discussion of the technology, and some portfolio management techniques which are better covered in other places.

What would have been great is a deeper dive into the real world applications and valuations for coins and tokens outside of Bitcoin/Ethereum etc. Telling us to read the whitepaper isn't really breaking new ground.

If you want something to make you feel better about
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was aight
Dennis Ray
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A nice intro into the world of crypto.
John  Brew
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: investing
The main questions the authors set out to explain are: Why are Bitcoin and other cyptocurrencies relevant? What is the history and what is the future of cryptoassets such as Bitcoin?
Here’s a brief passage that summarizes why Bitcoin and other similar assets are relevant:
“Currency originally came about to facilitate trade, allowing society to move past barter and the double coincidence of wants. It has evolved over time to be more convenient, resulting in its present paper state. Inherently, that
Warren Mcpherson
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: bookchain
An introductory look at investing in bitcoin and other "cryptoassets".

Helps structure your understanding of a novel asset class. It outlines the basics of the technology and reviews major investing concepts in the context of the new technology. It covers portfolio theory, the role of alternative assets, and the significance of correlation. There is also discussion of bubbles and Ponzi schemes that may be helpful to people who hear those words thrown around. After touching on so many topics it co
Dec 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Whatever there is to learn about crypto is already out there in the internet. To get one's feet wet, all one has to do is to surf the internet. However the knowledge to navigate across the world of crypto is ever expanding and it is scattered across twitter, reddit, medium, telegram, slack, stack exchange & many crypto-specific websites. And evaluating these assets can be problematic because cryptos cuts across multiple disciplines and traditional valuation methods & metrics are unhelpful to val ...more
Antoine Clerc-Renaud
Jan 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My first book of the year! Being fairly new in the cryptocurrency investment market, Cryptoassets was and will be a huge help in my journey to become a more knowledgeable and conscientious innovative investor. Ever since I first heard about bitcoin and blockchain I've been curious to know what this was all about. I started watching the documentary Banking on Bitcoin (available on Netflix) and this was scary as it related mainly to the Mt Gox debacle (or this is what I remembered the most at leas ...more
John Pollard
Jan 31, 2018 rated it liked it
It is a good book, but not quite up to the acclaim I heard it given. The initial disappointment for an expensive book is the awful quality of print and there are many charts that were clearly made colour coded but appear in shades of grey as there is no colour printing in this cheaply produced book!

The authors refer to the reader repeatedly as "the innovative investor" in a way that grates; it was just a bad stylistic decision to do this in my opinion.

As other reviews I skimmed mentioned, for th
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The key message in this book:

Cryptoassets present a huge investment opportunity – the kind that’s rarely available to novice investors. But, before you jump into the deep end, you absolutely must familiarize yourself with the market and what it means to invest in cryptoassets. Read white papers and pay attention to decentralization edges; keep an eye on trading pair diversities and store your cryptoassets securely. And remember: you might lose your money. If you know the risks and
Bogdan Florin
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Chris Berniske and Jack Tatar do an excellent job telling the story behind many cryptocurrencies or Crypoassets as they like to called it.

The authors go into great details on the DLT and Blockchain technologies, other crypto assets such as ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, dash and cash - as case studies and provide great portfolio approaches, buying strategies, and investment advices. You will learn about volatility, volume, liquidity, fundamental analysis, number of transactions, developer base
May 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
This is a solid introduction to the world of digital currency and block-chain technology.

Although published recently, it already feels slightly dated, having no comment on the price surges of May and December 2017.

The format is well organized, following a What, Why, How breakdown.

The "What" is probably the most relevant, as it goes through the histories and developments of the most influential areas of the industry. "Why" gets a little more dry with talk of portfolio management theory, volatilit
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