Ultimate Guide To Investing In Bitcoin For Beginners In Nigeria
Bitcoin is a buzzword in the financial world, with its features as a digital asset making it attractive for investors. As Bitcoin is a decentralised asset that uses blockchain technology for its transactions, there is a need for beginner investors to know how to invest in Bitcoin.
The narrative of the advent of cryptocurrencies is incomplete without referring to Bitcoin, the premier crypto asset, on whose innovation other cryptocurrencies emerged. Bitcoin may be the oldest cryptocurrency, but it also leads the pack as the most popular and expensive digital asset in the global crypto market, making it a hotbed of investors.
Bitcoin has gone through a series of timelines for its bearish and bullish prices since its launch in 2009 – notable of which is rallying over an all-time high of over $67,000 in November 2021.
Nonetheless, the coin has remained a toast of many investors in Nigeria, both beginners and experts, who seek to leverage the high price of Bitcoin to make a fortune. The increasing interest in the coin makes Nigeria one of the top countries that highly invest in Bitcoin worldwide. As of the time of writing this article, the price of Bitcoin is over $26,000, with a market cap of approximately $520 billion.
In the sequel to this discourse of Bitcoin investment, it is imperative to understand the intricacies of investing in Bitcoin for beginners to make intelligent decisions.
Why Invest In Bitcoin?
The rationale for investment in Bitcoin is relative to the coin’s features. Here are some of the reasons why people invest in Bitcoin.
Bitcoin enables investors to diversify their portfolios, as they can invest in the digital asset while investing in other products like Gold, stocks, bonds and whatnot. But because Bitcoin is a decentralised asset not tied to any asset class, it makes the coin a great asset to have and use to hedge against inflation and economic uncertainty.
2. Potential Returns
Volatility is one of the peculiarities of Bitcoin as its price fluctuates. Therefore, you can make a high return on investment when the price is bullish. But you also need to know that you may record losses when the price of Bitcoin tanks.
How To Start Bitcoin Investment
As you have better understood what Bitcoin is and why you may need to consider investing in the coin, let’s delve into how to invest in Bitcoin.
1. Set Up A Bitcoin Wallet
Setting up a Bitcoin wallet is the first smart step to investing in Bitcoin. A Bitcoin wallet is a digital wallet that enables you to receive, store, and send Bitcoin. Depending on your preference, this Bitcoin wallet exists in hardware and software wallets. But there are nuances of features for the two types of wallet. While hardware wallets are the most secure, software wallets are more convenient.
2. Choose A Trading Platform
Choosing a preferred trading platform proceeds with the set-up of a Bitcoin wallet. It means you need to choose a crypto trading platform on which you can buy and sell Bitcoin. Today, various online trading platforms are proliferating to buy and sell Bitcoin. But while we have some popular crypto exchanges like Binance, Coinbase, and Kraken, you can opt for trusted over-the-counter trading platforms like Prestmit to start trading your Bitcoin. This platform gives you convenience, safety, and relatively low trading fees.
3. Hold Or Trade Bitcoin
You can decide to hold or trade your Bitcoin. You can use your Bitcoin as your prerogative after buying the coin. But you are expected to keep abreast of Bitcoin price fluctuations as they pan out in the global crypto market if you want to hold your Bitcoin. On the other hand, you can decide to sell Bitcoin in Nigeria as you wish.
4. Develop An Investment Strategy
If you plan to hold, you must develop an investment strategy for keeping Bitcoin. This approach must be tailored to your risk tolerance and investment goals to minimise cost and maximise profits. Some common Bitcoin investment strategies are buy-and-hold (holding your Bitcoin for an extended period) and dollar-cost averaging (fixing a certain amount at regular intervals).
What Are The Best Practices For Bitcoin Investment?
It is important to reiterate that Bitcoin is highly volatile, making its investment risky. That is why it is advisable to diversify your investment portfolio to have a shock absorber in Othe event of possible loss due to a tank of Bitcoin price. Diversification would enable the reduction of your overall risk.
2. Stay Up-To-Date On Bitcoin News And Trends
You can not invest in Bitcoin in a silo – therefore, you must stay afloat with Bitcoin news in Nigeria, trends, and data that will always inform your decision on when to invest and sell your Bitcoin. There are notable crypto news platforms to key into to know what is happening in the global crypto market related to Bitcoin.
3. Have An Exit Strategy
A clearly-defined exit strategy is crucial to Bitcoin investment. It guides you in taking a holistic approach to pulling out your funds in the face of a possible market crash. In most cases, this could involve setting a stop-loss order or setting a benchmark for the trade of your Bitcoin.
Tips For Investing In Bitcoin For Beginners
1. Conduct A Research
Similar to how a new business conducts feasibility studies, you need to know the potential benefits and risks of Bitcoin investment to decide whether you want to invest in Bitcoin. You may have to talk to professional investors to mentor you on how to have a successful investment.
2. Start Your Investment Small
Start your Bitcoin investment with a small amount of money. Start with an amount you can afford to lose without affecting your financial and mental health. Therefore, avoid investing a large amount of money when investing in Bitcoin as a beginner.
3. Keep Your Bitcoin Secure
Your Bitcoin is a digital asset of real-time value. Therefore, you must protect your Bitcoin with the exact security mechanism you place for the money in your bank account. While most crypto investors use software to endeavour to keep your private key private from the reach of people. Consider opening a Bitcoin wallet on Prestmit to store your Bitcoin safely.
4. Exercise Patience
You must have a good level of Patience to enable a successful Bitcoin investment. Try to constantly study the market trends and prospects before making a decision. Following the volatile nature of Bitcoin, making a spontaneous decision is not advisable.
We must emphasise how lucrative it is to invest in Bitcoin as it is one of the viable ways to make money online in this century. Bitcoin is a decentralised asset, and its prices are constantly changing. However, it is essential to study the ways and means of investing in Bitcoin to give you a good understanding of how to go by the investment.
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I am Leaving Nigeria Better in 2023 Than in 2015—Buhari
By Adedapo Adesanya
President Muhammadu Buhari has claimed that he is leaving Nigeria better in 2023 than when his administration came into power in 2015.
The outgoing president said this when he addressed the nation in a farewell broadcast on Sunday morning, ahead of his exit from power on Monday, May 29.
President Buhari will on Monday hand over power to the president-elect, Mr Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who was declared the winner of the February 25 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
In his address, the President expressed his gratitude to Nigerians and explained the thinking behind some of his administration’s key decisions.
Read the full text of his broadcast below:
FAREWELL SPEECH BY HIS EXCELLENCY, MUHAMMADU BUHARI, PRESIDENT AND COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA.
My fellow Nigerian brothers, sisters and friends of Nigeria.
2. I address you today, in my last assignment as a democratically elected President of our great and well endowed nation, with a deep sense of gratitude to God, a great deal of appreciation to the Nigerian people and a modest sense of fulfilment.
3. Today we mark and celebrate another peaceful transition of power from one elected government to another in our steady march to improve and sustain Nigeria’s democracy.
4. This year we witnessed the most keenly contested presidential elections since the First Republic and this demonstrates that our democracy is getting better and more entrenched with each election.
5. We must as a nation improve and sustain gains we make in the electoral process, on an incremental basis for Nigeria to take its rightful place among nations.
6. Our democracy provides for, allows and encourages seeking redress for any perceived injustices, enabling some candidates and political parties that did not agree with the results to go to court.
7. Irrespective of the outcome of the various cases, I urge all parties involved to accept the decision of our courts and join hands to build a better Nigeria.
8. I salute the doggedness and resilience of all the Presidential Candidates and their political parties for believing in our judicial system by taking their grievances with the election results to court.
9. In the course of the campaigns, we had argued and disagreed on how to make Nigeria better but we never disagreed or had any doubts that Nigeria has to be better.
10. As your President, I call on all of us to bring to bear the strength of our individualism, the power of our unity, the convictions of our beliefs to make Nigeria work better and together with one spirit and one purpose.
11. To my brother, friend and fellow worker in the political terrain for the past ten years – Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu -, I congratulate you on the realisation of your dream, which was propelled by a burning passion to put Nigeria amongst the leading nations of the world.
12. You have indeed worked for this day and God has crowned your efforts. I have no doubt that your passion for excellence, reliance on competence, fairness in relationships, commitment to equity, loyalty to the country and desire for Nigeria to be globally relevant would come through for you, under God’s guidance, as you lead our country to levels higher that I am leaving.
13. You are the best candidate among all the contestants and Nigerians have chosen well.
14. The last eight years have been an exciting experience in my desire and commitment to see a Nigeria in which public goods and services are available, and accessible within a united, peaceful and secure nation.
15. Fellow Nigerians, on the strength of your over-whelming support for me and my political party, I started this journey with a great deal of promise and expectation from you. I never intended to be just politically correct but to do the correct things that will make meaningful impact on the lives of the common Nigerian.
16. This high expectation was not misplaced because, like the ordinary Nigerian, I had grown tired of watching the country progressively moving away from the path of correctness.
17. To ensure that our democracy remains resilient and our elected representatives remain accountable to the people, I am leaving behind an electoral process which guarantees that votes count, results are credible, elections are fair and transparent and the influence of money in politics reduced to the barest minimum. And Nigerians can elect leaders of their choice.
18. We are already seeing the outcome of this process as it provided an even playing field where persons without any political God-Father or access to money defeated other well-resourced candidates.
19. The Nigerian economy has become more resilient due to the various strategies put in place to ensure that our economy remained afloat during cases of global economic downturns.
20. You would all recall the supply chain disruptions and economic downturn that the world witnessed between 2020 and 2022 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The deftness of our response to the pandemic still remains a global best practice.
21. Furthermore, we increased the ability of the poor and rural Nigerians to earn a living, provided more food for millions in our villages and gave our women opportunities to earn a living.
22. Young men and women in urban centres were also supported to put their skills into productive use. Our administration also provided an enabling environment for the private sector to engage in businesses for which their return on investments is guaranteed.
23. The private sector proved a strong partner in our drive to build a resilient and sustainable economy as evidenced by the growing number of turn-key projects in various sectors of the economy.
24. In the course of revamping the economy, we made some difficult choices, most of which yielded the desired results. Some of the measures led to temporary pain and suffering for which I sincerely apologised to my fellow countrymen, but the measures were taken for the overall good of the country.
25. Mindful of the need to ensure adequate infrastructure to drive economic growth, we completed age-long projects and processes notably amongst which are the Petroleum Industry Act, completion of some power projects, completion of the second Niger bridge and various important roads linking cities and states.
26. Our battle to ensure that all Nigerians live in a safe and secure environment has achieved considerable results. As I complete my term in office, we have been able to reduce the incidences of banditry, terrorism, armed robbery and other criminal activities considerably.
27. To sustain the gains made so far, I call on all Nigerians to be more vigilant and support the security agencies by ensuring that our values defined by being your brothers’ keeper govern our actions.
28. Up-till now, I still grieve for our children still in captivity, mourn with parents, friends and relatives of all those that lost loved ones in the days of the senseless brigandage and carnage. For all those under unlawful captivity, our security agencies are working round the clock to secure their release unharmed.
29. Fellow Nigerians, you know how dear the desire in my heart to rid the country of corrupt practices that had consistently diminished our efforts to be a great country.
30. I did pursue this commitment relentlessly, in spite of the expected pushback. I am happy that considerable progress had been made in repatriating huge sums of money back to the country and also taking over properties illegally acquired from our commonwealth.
31. To improve service delivery, we began the implementation of a number of reforms aimed at producing an Efficient, Productive, Incorruptible and Citizen-oriented (EPIC) Federal Civil Service and the results are beginning to show.
32. On the international scene, Nigeria’s influence continues to grow as exemplified by notable Nigerians occupying headship and leadership positions in renowned global bodies.
33. Our democracy is built on and continues to thrive on the principles of separation of powers. The leadership and members of the National Assembly deserve my appreciation for their patriotism which did not detract from their roles as a check to the executive arm.
34. I also want to use this opportunity to express my appreciation to a good number of Nigerians who provided their support and encouragement to help me navigate the exciting journey in moving Nigeria forward.
35. I cannot and will not forget the millions who prayed for me during my illness in my first term of office. I am constantly praying for you and for Nigeria to thrive in peace.
36. As I retire home to Daura, Katsina State, I feel fulfilled that we have started the Nigeria Re-Birth by taking the initial critical steps and I am convinced the in-coming administration will quicken the pace of this walk to see a Nigeria that fulfills its destiny to be a great nation.
37. I am confident that I am leaving office with Nigeria better in 2023 than in 2015.
38. I thank you all. And may God Bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Nigerian Exchange Rebounds by 0.20% on Renewed Bargain Hunting
By Dipo Olowookere
Renewed bargain hunting triggered a 0.20 per cent rebound on the floor of the Nigerian Exchange (NGX) Limited on Friday as investors look forward to Monday’s swearing-in of Mr Bola Tinubu as the next President of Nigeria.
Investor sentiment improved yesterday as the stock exchange finished with 42 price gainers and 11 price losers, indicating a positive market breadth index.
NASCON topped the gainers’ chart after it appreciated by 10.00 per cent to N15.40, Conoil rose by 9.98 per cent to N47.95, NEM Insurance improved by 9.95 per cent to N4.75, NCR Nigeria increased by 9.68 per cent to N3.06, and FTN Cocoa chalked up 9.68 per cent to 68 Kobo.
On the flip side, Sovereign Trust Insurance lost 7.69 per cent to finish at 36 Kobo, Mutual Benefits depreciated by 5.56 per cent to 34 Kobo, NGX Group declined by 4.04 per cent to N27.35, Royal Exchange depleted by 4.00 per cent to 48 Kobo, and Tantalizers fell by 3.85 per cent to 25 Kobo.
The insurance counter recorded the biggest gain during the session after it closed 2.40 per cent higher, the banking sector rose by 2.14 per cent, the energy index rose by 1.05 per cent, the consumer goods counter expanded by 0.41 per cent, while the industrial goods sector depreciated by 0.88 per cent.
Consequently, the All-Share Index (ASI) increased by 152.28 points to 52,973.88 points from 52,821.60 points, and the market capitalisation grew by N83 billion to N28.845 trillion from N28.762 trillion.
During the session, investors transacted 461.8 million stocks worth N7.7 billion in 6,520 deals compared with the 377.1 million stocks worth N9.2 billion traded in 5,879 deals on Thursday, representing a decline in the trading value by 16.30 per cent and an increase in the trading volume and the number of deals by 22.46 per cent, and 10.90 per cent apiece.
UBA sold the most stocks on Friday (59.4 million units), Access Holdings traded 51.5 million shares, Zenith Bank exchanged 50.0 million equities, GTCO traded 41.0 million stocks, and Transcorp transacted 29.7 million shares.
Geo-Fluids Triggers 0.12% Appreciation at NASD OTC Bourse
By Adedapo Adesanya
The NASD Over-the-Counter (OTC) Securities Exchange appreciated by 0.12 per cent on Friday, May 26, following the upward movement in the price of Geo-Fluids Plc.
The company, which is the most traded stock by volume at the exchange in the year so far, closed the session as the sole price mover after it gained 28 Kobo to finish at N3.08 per share versus the previous closing price of N2.80 per share.
This pushed the total value of the NASD OTC bourse higher by N1.19 billion at the close of business to N1.002 trillion from N1.001 trillion, as the market index, NASD Unlisted Securities Index (NSI), increased by 0.86 points to wrap the session at 724.12 points compared with the 723.26 points recorded at the previous session.
There was a surge in the volume of securities traded at the bourse by 125.6 per cent at the final trading session of the week, as investors exchanged 117,100 units, in contrast to the 51,910 units traded at the preceding session.
In the same vein, the value of shares traded yesterday went higher by 1,603.4 per cent as the total equities traded amounted to N4.2 million versus the N245,560.00 recorded a day earlier.
These transactions were completed in six deals compared with the seven deals carried out in the previous trading session, representing a decline of 14.3 per cent.
Geo-Fluids Plc remained the most traded stock by volume (year-to-date) with 832.1 million units valued at N1.3 billion, Industrial and General Insurance (IGI) Plc stood in second place with 627.7 units worth N49.4 million, while UBN Property Plc was in third place with 390.9 million units valued at N332.0 million.
Similarly, VFD Group Plc was the most traded stock by value (year-to-date) with 10.6 million units worth N2.4 billion, Geo-Fluids Plc followed with 832.1 million units valued at N1.3 billion, as FrieslandCampina Wamco Nigeria Plc remained in third place with 12.4 million units worth N874.5 million.
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