Bitcoin Rises 2,000% in 5 Years – Is it a Good Time to Invest Now?

Bitcoin, a cryptocurrency, has gained in popularity globally, including in India, where investors are increasingly curious about its potential as an investment option. Bitcoin has raised over 2,062% in the last 5 years. In this article we would talk about the details about Bitcoin cryptocurrency, including advantages, risks, legal considerations, and tax implications which can help investors to take decision whether to invest or avoid.

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You might see there are very few articles on our website about Cryptocurrency or Bitcoin and we try to avoid articles on such topic. One of the readers Balamurugan posted on “Suggest a topic” indicating below

Sir, Bitcoin has increased by 2,000% in the last 5 financial years. Any reason you do not write articles on this topic? I am from Chennai and my friends are earning good money in the last 6 months. They even doubled their investment. Can I invest now. Please sir.

If you are one among such investor, then you can continue to read on this topic.

What is Bitcoin?

Launched in 2009 by the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin operates on a decentralized blockchain technology, offering an alternative to traditional fiat currencies. Its scarcity, security features, and potential as a store of value have fueled its rise as a digital asset.

Bitcoin rises 2,000 percent in 5 years – Is it a good investment now in India

What is the Bitcoin Price Trend in the last 5 years?

Watching the price of Bitcoin can make you feel excited and nervous at the same time. Just look at the price chart in INR.

  • Last 5 years returns – 2,000%
  • Last 3 years returns – 33%
  • Last 1 years returns – 228%

Bitcoin Price chart in 2024 in the last 5 years

However, between November 2021 and November 2022, Bitcoin was significantly down, with investors seeing a nearly 65% loss in value over a year.

What is the Bitcoin Regulations and taxation in India?

In India, cryptocurrency incuding Bitcoin regulations have evolved gradually, with the government adopting a cautious approach towards its legality and taxation:

  • Legal Status: Cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin operate in a legal gray area in India, with no explicit ban but limited regulatory frameworks governing their usage and trading activities.
  • Taxation: The Indian government introduced taxation measures for cryptocurrency (including Bitcoin) transactions in the Union Budget of 2022, imposing a 30% tax on profits from cryptocurrency trading and a 1% tax deducted at source (TDS) for certain transactions. Cryptocurrency investments are subject to income tax regulations, requiring investors to maintain accurate records of gains and losses. As per VakilSearch (leading Legal services provider in India), “Taxation of cryptocurrency does not make them completely legal and they still do not have any set of rules about their working”.

What are the Advantages of Investing in Bitcoin?

  • Potential for High Returns: Historically, Bitcoin has offered extraordinary returns, attracting investors seeking exponential growth opportunities.
  • Decentralization: Bitcoin operates independently of central banks or governments, making it immune to traditional monetary policies and inflation.
  • Portfolio Diversification: Bitcoin’s low correlation with traditional assets like stocks and bonds makes it a valuable diversification tool.
  • Global Accessibility: Investors can trade Bitcoin across borders without intermediaries, facilitating seamless transactions.

What are the Risk Factors of Investing in Bitcoin?

  • High Volatility: Bitcoin’s price volatility exposes investors to significant market fluctuations, potentially resulting in substantial losses.
  • Irreversible Transactions: The irreversible nature of Bitcoin transactions increases the risk of funds loss due to hacking, theft, or misplaced credentials.
  • Regulatory Uncertainty: The regulatory landscape surrounding cryptocurrencies remains uncertain in many jurisdictions, leading to potential legal and compliance risks.
  • Lack of Consumer Protections: Unlike traditional financial products, Bitcoin transactions lack regulatory protections such as deposit insurance, leaving investors vulnerable to fraud and manipulation.

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Conclusion on Bitcoin Cryptocurrency Investing in India

Personally, I would like to stay away from Cryptocurrency investments for now. However, let me provide you an overall view about cryptocurrency including Bitcoin.

Investing in Bitcoin in India presents both opportunities and challenges.

While Bitcoin offers the potential for high returns and portfolio diversification, the volatility and regulatory uncertainties pose significant risks. Just see what happened between Nov-2021 to Nov-2022. Investors lost almost 65% of their wealth in 1 year by investing in Bitcoin. Are you willing to take such risks?

Moreover RBI announced earlier that RBI has not given any licence or authorization to operate or deal with Bitcoin or any virtual currency and any one investing in such virtual currencies will be doing at their own risk.

Investors should conduct thorough research and assess their risk tolerance before investing in Bitcoin. Past performance of Bitcoin alone should not be considered as sole reason to invest in such cryptocurrencies.

Suresh KP

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