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According to a recent report published by Crypto.com, a renowned crypto and bitcoin publisher, the number of cryptocurrency users rose to a whopping 221 million in June 2021. In the ‘Measuring global crypto users: A study to measure market size using on-chain metrics, July 2021’ report, 2021 has been a very good year for the sector. January, February, and April particularly proved to be monumental to the growth. Bitcoin’s bear run had something to do with this but that is just a small piece of the puzzle.
“Bitcoin led growth from January to April, as heavyweight institutions like PayPal, Microstrategy, Visa, and Mastercard announced plans to support crypto. Similarly, Ethereum saw significant growth in May and June as institutional investors continued to favor the token,” reads a section of the report.
Crypto.com leveraged data from some of the world’s top crypto platforms for this study. These include popular names like Binance, Kraken, Bitfinex, BitMEX, Deribit, Liquid, BitFlyer, and even Crypto.com itself. Of the 221 million crypto users, about half were Bitcoin owners. Ethereum, another popular digital currency, also showed its might with about 10 percent of that market share.
While the number of crypto users is certainly very impressive now, even more growth is on the way. 2021 has been quite the year for crypto. The accelerated growth is set to be catalyzed by other developments such as some governments accepting crypto as legal tender.
Is It Time to Invest?
Lots of people have still held out on buying into crypto. The volatility of the space is still a big problem. 2021 has been kinder to cryptocurrencies than other years. There were of course a few low moments for the sector. For many of the hold-outs who missed out on the previous crypto investing frenzies, this might be a very tempting opportunity to go all in.
However, as good as things seem to be, there is no guarantee that we’ll see any more record-breaking highs. This is especially true for 2021. That said, if you are interested in crypto you might need to evaluate why exactly you are buying into it. Crypto is still a very risky investment and this should guide your decisions.
It is possible to find ways to minimize or limit your risk. Still, you need to understand what it is that you are getting yourself into. Ideally, investing in crypto should be more like a long-term investment. With that, it is possible to reap the full benefits of the sector once crypto succeeds.
Author: Josh Andrews