"You can get exposure to the asset class by buying stock in Riot Blockchain (Nasdaq: RIOT) or Coinbase (Nasdaq: COIN)," said Blumberg during a panel on how to get exposure to crypto through equities.
Riot, a bitcoin mining company, has returned about 55% year-to-date compared to bitcoin's gain of 30% during the same period. Coinbase, the U.S. cryptocurrency exchange that made a public market debut in April, is down about 26% year to date and is trading just below the reference price of $250 at the time of writing.
The mining business is competitive, which means investors should do their own due diligence when considering which company's stock to purchase.
"Value businesses based on the miner's hashrate growth, assumptions on competition, network difficulty, and the bitcoin price," said Riot CEO Jason Les, another panelist.
"The value of our balance sheet fluctuates with bitcoin," said Les.
And for publicly listed exchanges, stock investors could gain exposure to trading revenue across cryptocurrencies, which influence earnings.
For investment advisers, "trading crypto stocks could provide an option for clients to gain exposure to digital assets via publicly traded companies that have regulatory and exchange oversight," said Blumberg.
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