Invest in Cryptocurrency

A beginners’ guide to cryptocurrency investing, along with up-to-date price data and the latest news.

This page is as a beginner-friendly guide for UK investors who are totally new to cryptocurrency. There are links to in-depth guides on the latest trending coins, explanations on how to buy altcoins, and current market analysis.

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Updated: Nov 10, 2022

Ways to invest in cryptocurrencies

There are a lot of different options, but in general your first step will be to sign up to a broker or exchange. These platforms act as middlemen to help you buy, sell, and trade different coins, with multiple features available depending on which one you choose. 

While these platforms allow you to invest, there are others available which provide alternative services. Some offer wallets to store your crypto securely, while others allow you to trade using UK investment products such as ETFs. The links below take you to guides, reviews, and tutorials on everything you need to know before making your first investment.

How to buy altcoins

A beginners’ guide to cryptocurrency

What are cryptocurrencies?

Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that do not require a centralised institution such as a bank to verify transactions. Instead, they use blockchain technology to create an indisputable, decentralised record of the movement of coins and tokens that can be accessed by anyone.

The first ever cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, was launched in 2008 by an individual or group using the pseudonym Satoshi Nakomoto. The identity of the person(s) behind the project has never been revealed, but it appears that the purpose of the project was to provide an alternative form of finance in the wake of the 2008 crash that shook the banking world.

Since the emergence of Bitcoin, thousands of other cryptocurrencies have been created. Some of the biggest names are Ethereum, Litecoin, and Tether – all of which are available to trade 24/7 and have achieved particular success as crypto has become ever-more mainstream.

How do I make an investment?

You can invest in several ways, and most beginner users usually opt to get a few of the most well-known coins. When you’re starting out, it’s important to be aware that investing and trading are not the same thing. These are two different practices and understanding the distinction between them will help you choose how you want to make your first investment.

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Our experts are constantly analysing the latest trends in the cryptocurrency markets. Read the latest features from our team here to help devise the perfect trading strategy.

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Cryptocurrency live prices and data

Don’t let the volatility of the crypto market leave you out of touch. Our live data, charts and price updates will ensure that you are always aware of what exactly is going on. See the top 100 below.

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Cryptocurrency & blockchain courses >

You can find a range of beginner-friendly cryptocurrency courses right here on Invezz. Whether you’re starting out and wanting to know what a blockchain is, or you’re trying to work out which type of wallet is best for you, our courses are here to help.

Cryptocurrency Courses
What is Bitcoin? Before getting involved in bitcoin it is important to understand it. This crypto course lays out the basics: what Bitcoin is and the different ways it can be used. Ultimately, we’re all here to learn, so don’t be afraid – get stuck in and we’ll help…
Cryptocurrency Courses
What is Ethereum? Before investing in Ethereum, it’s important to understand it. That’s why we’ve made this plain-talking guide and created a list of where to go in order to help you buy Ethereum responsibly. This guide lays out the basics: what Ether is and the multiple ways it can…
Cryptocurrency Courses
What is Tron? Before investing in tron, it’s important to understand it. That’s why we’ve created this plain-speaking guide to inform you on whether tron is a sound investment choice. This guide lays out the basics: What Tron is and the various ways you can use it. Make better…
Cryptocurrency Courses
Non-fungible tokens are pieces of digital data that represent ownership of something. Each individual NFT is tied to some form of asset, which can be a real-world item or exist purely online. Keep reading to find out how NFTs work, how they’re made, and what to think about when…

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Risk disclaimer

Invezz is a place where people can find reliable, unbiased information about finance, trading, and investing – but we do not offer financial advice and users should always carry out their own research. The assets covered on this website, including stocks, cryptocurrencies, and commodities can be highly volatile and new investors often lose money. Success in the financial markets is not guaranteed, and users should never invest more than they can afford to lose. You should consider your own personal circumstances and take the time to explore all your options before making any investment. Read our risk disclaimer >

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