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Dogecoin Optimism and Critique

Updated on April 9, 2018
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Alex has been an investor for years now. He has investments in the stock market, cryptocurrencies, bonds, and the United States Treasury.

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What is Dogecoin?

Dogecoin is an altcoin. Altcoins are all crytocurrencies other than Bitcoin. Dogecoin has had some interesting attention. As many already are aware, it began as an elaborate joke. Now, Dogecoin has become a big player in the world of digital currencies. Dogecoin is also easily one of the most recognizable cryptos. It may not be Ether nor Bitcoin Cash... yet, but it could be a grave competitor in the future!

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What is it worth?

In 2014, one Dogecoin was equal to less than $0.0004 United States Dollars (USD). In January of 2018, Dogecoin reached a high worth of above $0.01 USD per Dogecoin. That is to state that, from 2014 to 2018 there was an increase of more than 2,400%. Cryptos have a tendency of such fluctuation. Dogecoin has, at times, drastically decreased in value as well. However, it is this great flux in value that fascinates me. The cryptocurrency market is a very new one, and it has already made some people very rich. There are no promises in this market, and huge losses are just as possible as gigantic gains.

What will it be worth?

Of course, no one knows and money shouldn't be invested that can't be spared. That being said, here is a hypothetical. Let us consider the possibility that Dogecoin will one day reach the same high as Bitcoin. The two currencies function very differently, but the potential could be there. No one really knows. But, if one Dogecoin did one day equal $20,000 USD, as Bitcoin once nearly did, then 50 Dogecoins would be worth one million United States (US) dollars! As of the moment of my writing this article, 50 Dogecoins are worth less than $0.20 USD.

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The pessimistic problem

Dogecoin is different in some ways to Bitcoin. That being said, there is no guarantee whatsoever that the altcoin Dogecoin will ever reach even more value than one dollar per one Dogecoin, let alone see the kinds of rises that Bitcoin saw. I am hopeful, but still very optimistic. No one knows the future of any investment plan. If that was the case, many more people would be very rich. For such reasons, a diverse portfolio can be key for investors.

An interesting coin

Regardless of where Dogecoin continues to go, this digital currency has come a long way from a joke to an item of interest to many investors. At the moment, there exist various formats to store Dogecoin, including multiple wallets for storing the digital money. There is even a kind of wallet called a "paper wallet" for the coin! Communities online are very much a live in regards to the Dogecoin conversation. Even if Dogecoin doesn't increase significantly in value, I doubt it will be leaving us any time soon.

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Is it competition for Bitcoin?

For the near future, I do not suspect that Dogecoin will have anywhere near the same value and usage as Bitcoin. However, as Bitcoin gets closer to its maximum supply (the number of Bitcoins to be in circulation is limited), Dogecoin may surpass Bitcoin in digital coin trade. There do exist only a limited number of Dogecoins, but there exists no coin cap at the moment (like the Bitcoin cap). This same lack of limitations could keep Dogecoin from rising in its value. To be fair, other variables could manifest to increase the worth of the altcoin. We have seen Dogecoin's value fluctuate, so an increase still seems possible. Dogecoin, and all of cryptocurrency and blockchain for that matter, is an incredibly new phenomenon. We need to watch and speculate over the whole occurrence much more before any forecasts can be made with any accuracy. And, even that could be many many many years away from us.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 11 days ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Fair enough Mary. I just like writing about investments, because it is one of my hobbies. You're a great person and there's no pressure whatsoever! :)

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      Mary Norton 12 days ago from Ontario, Canada

      I am still unable to get into the bitcoin. Maybe, it is my loss but I just don't know much about it.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 12 days ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Do lots of research if you're interested Louise. There are too many scams running rampant. One needs to step around the glass shards on the floor very carefully.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 12 days ago from Maryland, United States of America

      I hope you're wrong, but...

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      Louise Powles 12 days ago from Norfolk, England

      I've never heard of Dogecoin before. I don't own any online currencies, but a friend of mine has Bitcoins and he reckons he's doing quite well with them. I don't really understand online currencies, so would need to do some more research before I purchase any.

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      BitCast - The Daily Bitcoin Forecast Challenge 12 days ago from Melbourne

      unlikely

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