9 Crypto Stocks for 2024: Bitcoin, Coinbase and More

These publicly traded companies operate exchanges, invest in Bitcoin and make equipment used for crypto mining.
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Cryptocurrencies are not traded on Wall Street in the same way stocks are. Still, several publicly traded companies are deeply tied to the world of cryptocurrency or other digital assets.

What are crypto stocks?

Cryptocurrency stocks are shares in companies that operate crypto exchanges, invest in cryptocurrencies themselves or create computer equipment used to mine Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. There are also cryptocurrencies themselves, but those are different investments than stocks. If you want to own stock in cryptocurrency you often can't. Bitcoin, for instance, is not a public company and thus does not offer stock that you can purchase. You can, however, buy Bitcoin, the form of crypto.

Any individual stock carries its risks — and crypto stocks may also be vulnerable to potential downturns in the volatile cryptocurrency markets. However, crypto stocks may be worth considering for investors who are comfortable with stocks and want some exposure to digital assets.

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9 crypto stocks to consider

Many stocks have some relationship to cryptocurrencies. Here are some of the most popular ones traded on U.S. exchanges.

1. Coinbase Global Inc.

Coinbase (ticker: COIN) runs one of the largest crypto exchanges in the U.S. In April 2021, it became the first pure-play crypto trading platform to go public on Wall Street. Coinbase makes money when people buy and sell a wide variety of digital assets on the platform.

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2. MicroStrategy Inc.

MicroStrategy (ticker: MSTR) is an analytics software company that has built up a vast reserve of Bitcoin, the first and most valuable cryptocurrency. As of September 24, 2023 MicroStrategy owned 158,245 Bitcoins.

3. NVIDIA Corp.

NVIDIA (ticker: NVDA) made its name as a producer of graphics cards used for computer gaming. But in recent years, it has expanded the use of its technologies into cryptocurrency mining. This process uses specialized equipment to solve complex mathematical problems as part of the energy-intensive and potentially lucrative bookkeeping process that helps some cryptocurrencies operate without a central monetary authority.

4. Marathon Digital Holdings Inc.

Marathon (ticker: MARA) is another company that is heavily involved in Bitcoin, giving investors a way to gain exposure to that asset without buying it directly. Marathon mines Bitcoin directly and invests some cash in the digital asset. As of September 30, 2023 Marathon owned 13,726 Bitcoins.

5. Block Inc.

Block (ticker: SQ), formerly known as Square, is a financial services and payment processing company. It has several lines of business related to blockchain technology and Bitcoin, and its popular Cash App product allows users to invest in stocks and Bitcoin. As of November 1, 2013 Block owned almost $300 million worth of Bitcoin.

6. Riot Platforms Inc.

Riot Blockchain (ticker: RIOT) is another company focused on Bitcoin mining. It says its facility in Rockdale, Texas, is the largest such operation in North America. The company said its mining resulted in a Bitcoin balance of 7,327 coins by the end of Q3 2023, then worth $255 million.

7. Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Advanced Micro Devices (ticker: AMD) makes computing equipment, including gaming processing units, also known as GPUs. GPUs are often used in cryptocurrency mining. The company has said it has seen elevated demand for these products as interest in crypto has increased.

8. PayPal Holdings Inc.

PayPal (ticker: PYPL) is a well-known technology company that has long been focused on digital payments — a key area of development in cryptocurrency. PayPal has added crypto payment and investing tools to its PayPal and Venmo apps in recent years.

9. CME Group Inc.

CME (ticker: CME) is a financial services company whose businesses include clearinghouse services and derivatives exchanges. Among the products covered by these services are cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.

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Crypto vs. stocks

If you're thinking about investing in crypto stocks, you might be wondering: What's the difference between buying stocks and buying cryptocurrencies?

Stock represents an individual share of ownership in a company. Any stock you buy on a public exchange, such as the New York Stock Exchange, is issued by a company that has gone through an extensive regulatory process to sell shares of its business to the public. In addition, these companies must issue comprehensive financial statements, which can help you evaluate whether you want to invest.

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Cryptocurrency is a digital file secured by cryptographic technology that makes it difficult to duplicate or alter without its owner's permission. Cryptocurrencies are not sold on the stock market but on crypto exchanges that decide which assets to list. In addition, certain cryptocurrencies provide users with a share of governing power over the underlying network on which they operate. However, issuing a cryptocurrency is more of a technical endeavor than a regulatory one, and the amount of financial data available to the public can vary.

Here are some points to consider when deciding whether to buy crypto stocks.

  • Stocks as an investment class have a much longer history than cryptocurrencies. If you're used to evaluating stocks based on companies' financial performance, you may be more comfortable with stocks.

  • Regulatory requirements for public companies are stricter than those for issuers of cryptocurrencies. This helps encourage companies to return a reasonable amount of value to their investors.

  • While some traditional stockbrokers sell cryptocurrencies, many do not. As a result, you're likely to have an easier time buying crypto stocks than cryptocurrencies with your retirement account.

Crypto ETFs

Investing in individual stocks carries more risk than investing in a fund. Funds, such as exchange-traded funds are baskets of stocks that you can buy all at once. There are well-diversified funds which cover large swaths of the economy, such as S&P 500 index funds, and there are also more focused funds, such as crypto ETFs. In January of 2024, the U.S. Securities and Exchange commission approved the first spot Bitcoin ETFs.

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Neither the author nor editor held positions in the aforementioned investments at the time of publication.
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