**Most Steemit users are very familiar with the exciting world of cryptocurrencies but often find it difficult to explain to friends the huge implications and profitability of investing in such a radical and new industry. In trying to devise the best way to demonstrate the potential for gains I thought it would be interesting to look back at 2016 and see what would happen if we invested $100 in each of the top 7 cryptocurrencies ...... and heres what I found**

**January 1st 2016**

*Bitcoin $100 invested buys 0.24 of a coin*

*Ethereum $100 invested buys me 35 coins*

*Ripple $100 invested buys me 16212 coins*

*Litecoin $100 invested buys 29 coins*

*Monero $100 invested buys me 223 coins*

*Ethereum Classic $100 invested buys me 172 coins*

*Dash $100 invested buys me 38 coins*

**Total $700**

**Ok so thats $ 700 of hard earned fiat toilet paper invested ....... lets fast forward one year and see how our investment is paying off ....**

**January 1st 2017**

*Bitcoin ... 0.24 is now worth $220*

*Ethereum ... 35 coins are now worth $256*

*Ripple ... 16212 coins are now worth $102*

*Litecoin ... 29 coins are now worth $127*

*Monero ... 223 coins are now worth $2315*

*Ethereum Classic ... 172 coins are now worth $181*

*Dash ... 38 coins are now worth $367*

**Total $3,568**

**So in one year a $700 investment returns $3568 thats over 500% proving crypto to be one of the worlds best performing assets in 2016. **

**Lets not finish there though , we all know that 2017 has seen huge gains and this year looks like the real launch pad for the industry so lets check on our initial investment 5 months into this year. So this is $700 invested and a time period as of today of 17 months .......**

**May 24th 2017**

*Bitcoin ... 0.24 is now worth $572*

*Ethereum ... 35 coins are now worth $6670*

*Ripple ... 16212 coins are now worth $5715*

*Litecoin ... 29 coins are now worth $994*

*Monero ... 223 coins are now worth $12242*

*Ethereum Classic ... 172 coins are now worth $2536*

*Dash ... 38 coins are now worth $5650*

**Total $34,378**

**Well there you go the figures speak for themselves , thats nearly a 5000% increase in under a year and a half and its only just begun. There are still plenty of lower priced coins with the potential to increase exponentially as well as the overall trend for all crypto being overwhelmingly up, Bitcoin continues to reach all time highs as does Dash and Ethereum and Zcash and Monero ...... Who knows what is to come but what I can say assuredly is if you havnt invested at least a small amount in these technologies as little as $700 then you are potentially missing out on a once in a lifetime opportunity. Be smart jump on the rocket now or youll miss the trip to the moon.**

craigemslie (50)· 2 years agoThank you for the info! Always wondered how much it'll be worth if we went back in time and fast forwarded to rpesent time.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoAll we need is a DeLorean ride back to 2011 and few thousand bitcoin ;)

franks (64)· 2 years agoI like this. Gives a more solid view as to what is going on.

I've used Steem to buy Dash & Ethereum.

Steem I have earned from Posting.

So for me, it's a win win situation.

I also like the look of Monero, so I may go for some of that.

I am only looking at Cryptocurrencies that are being used as a tool.

I have no interest in the Pump & Dump Alt-Coins.

I believe Dash, Monero and Ethereum will survive the big shake out that will come eventually.

Bitcoin is above all that and will sail on into the future as the Granddaddy of them all. It's Digital Gold.

Thanks for sharing.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoI agree completely , I have dash and Monero is my personal favourite, I think these anonymous coins offer something tangible .... I also beleive Etherium will take Bitcoins place eventually especially in the second half of this year as bitcoin faces several challenges .... thanks for commenting ill follow you for future updates on your strategy

rexusmo (63)· 2 years agoI don't think there will be a coin that will outweigh bitcoin.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoThanks for your comment , Im not so sure I agree .... I think like with any industry eventually the leader can be challenged by more competitive technologies , but we will see.

rexusmo (63)· 2 years agoBitcoin is the only real crypto that has the real anonymity in it. Even not knowing who created it is the best part of it. All the altcoins pumping out are just looking for a way to make lots of money. Why in the world do the creators of ripple keep 25billion for themself. So when ripple reaches the current price for bitcoin, they will be holding about 50,000,000,000,000$$ does that make any sense.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoI agree to an extent but what you did there was compare bitcoin to Ripple , everyone knows that Ripple is a central bank coin and that it has no built in scarcity , to say bitcoin is the only real crypto is to discredit alot of genuine and interesting startups like Dash or Monero or PIVX .... like anything in life the answer isn't black or white , Bitcoin Good, Altcoins Bad ..... its in the grey areas.

rexusmo (63)· 2 years agoI agree with you to an extent.

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! ;)pnc (62)· 2 years agoThks for the analysis, i can use it to show the performance of crypto-currencies.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoGlad to be of help, Ill be posting further analysis so follow me :)

thereceptionist (54)· 2 years agoThat is super interesting to know. And although we can wish we

shouldve, wouldve or couldve- Theres no better time like the present.Nice post @gamma-rat ☺️ Have upvoted, resteemed ya and given you a follow. Look forward to more of your posts.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoThank you very much ill follow you back

sacred-agent (55)· 2 years ago@gamma-rat Interesting/Insightful informational post. Thank You

UpVoted, Following, Resteemed... please consider following me. Thanks again !!

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoThanks for the positive comments @sacred-agent ..... I've followed you also

sacred-agent (55)· 2 years ago@gamma-rat Thanks... Have a Great Week !!

schmitymctit (42)· 2 years agoThat is very interesting to see. Wish I would of done the same but i'm terrible at holding. I am doing it now though. This deserves more up votes!!

schmitymctit (42)· 2 years agoWhat do you think I should do. I have 1,000 usd. Should I buy BTC and hold. or should I put 100$ in the top 10 coins on coin market cap? https://coinmarketcap.com/

veganic (49)· 2 years agoResearch and invest in the coins that you think have technical and practical merit. Market cap is not a measure of a currency's value but more a measure of the quantity of coins that were pre-mined by its creators. Also I would not trust nor invest in any coins that can't be openly mined by the community. That goes against the empowerment of people through decentralization.

therealmrjones (37)· 2 years agoI try Invest in something I believe in...definitely makes it easier to hold

jeffcomeau (51)· 2 years agoYou made a killing!

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoI wish .... I didn't actually do this its just a "what if" scenario to demonstrate the opportunity crypto provides presently

jeff001 (54)· 2 years agoInteresting that Monero was the best performing.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoIm not an expert but I think Monero performed well last year especially in China as regulations tightened it was best placed to provide anonimity.

jeff001 (54)· 2 years agoI see, that may mean that it continues to do well.

oroger (53)· 2 years agoThis is pretty incredible but this sounds false:

`Ripple ... 16212 coins are now worth $16212`

.Ripple is currently traded at $0.352486 each.

Which make a total of $5715 for Ripple and $34378 for the whole investment.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoThanks for the correction , late night last night ... well spotted ill edit it now, doesnt take away from the overall point though sure you agree?

oroger (53)· 2 years agoFor sure, this is amazing.

lautenglye (52)· 2 years agonice...upvote and resteem for you

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoThankyou very much

lautenglye (52)· 2 years agou r welcome...

mlmtraffic (47)· 2 years agoWow! Exellant growth.

flatrider (60)· 2 years agoUpvoted! Great piece.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoThankyou :)

flatrider (60)· 2 years agoYou're welcome.

juanda22 (25)· 2 years agoInteresante, pero no hay que olvidar que no todas las inversiones que hagas van a ser rentables.

Invertir siempre con precaucion.

skririm (52)· 2 years agoWow, this is almost unbelievable! And then you only took the "big ones"! Imagine what an effect it would cause if this post would make it to the mainstream? :D Even more profit!

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoExactly my friend , while writing it I was thinking of what would of happened had all the investment gone into Ripple or Monero to begin with.... the mind boggles , maybe ill do another post on that!

greenlantern1971 (32)· 2 years agoGreat analysis here! Thank you.

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gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoIm overwhelmed :)

iot-corp (49)· 2 years agoThis is totally new to me and totally fascinating. Please Follow Me & I will do the same!

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoAgreed :) thanks @iot-corp .... followed

richguy (57)· 2 years agoAmazing analysis!!!

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoThankyou

mrsinguyen (36)· 2 years agoInteresting post, I also invested btc/eth and ripple last year, waiting for next January 1st 2018.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoLooking good so far :)

pancreas (25)· 2 years agoBitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies made many millionaires in the last 8 years. In 500 years crypto's will be either widely adopted by mainstream or a glitch in human history. A few hundred years ago, people who where educated enough, and had available capital to buy stocks, made a fortune.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoI didn,t know that , thats an interesting bit of information thankyou

mickspic (41)· 2 years agoAmazing. Thanks for sharing this @gamma-rat.

When I show this to my wife, she may become more understanding of my cryptocurrency fetish.

*Up'ed & Follered

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoGlad to be of service Mick , I can think of worse fetishes to have than crypto ha

lovejoy (66)· 2 years agoGreat work! Very clear picture of the scenario before us. :) retweeted resteemed!

otitrader (47)· 2 years agoHi, I've seen some of your publications I'm going to follow, follow me and let's collaborate together =)

aqeelmalik (54)· 2 years agonice post

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoThanks

businesswri (62)· 2 years agoAwesome stats! Amazing thing about crypto is the risk/reward ratio. I'm a big fan of taking risks. :D

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoI agree :)

williebeaman (42)· 2 years agoGreat post man good work finding out he opportunities

cryptopher (46)· 2 years agoThe best returns I've seen so far! Cryptocurrencies are exciting!

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoExciting Times

jayem (42)· 2 years agoNice report. I was hoping to see steemits in your set of specimens. Where do you think steemit is in its growth?

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoI stuck to the top 7 because that was the rules I set myself but I may work out the 7 that have improved the most , maybe Steem will feature in that

johnnyburgers (25)· 2 years agoWOW this is incredible, wish I invested some money in Bitcoin

jumowa (65)· 2 years agoDamn!! 👏👏

indiantraveller (60)· 2 years agoVery Nicely presented. Very Helpful . Thanks

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoAppreciated :)

hovito (38)· 2 years agoExcellent analysis!

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoAppreciated :) Your content seems interesting too .... Followed :)

siddartha (59)· 2 years agoThat's a nice assessment of the coin value. Never thought about it, till now.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoThanks :)

rexusmo (63)· 2 years agoInteresting. What wallet do you use for holding? I've been looking for a reputable wallet to hold my altcoins. I need like 5 different wallets so that I hold an equal amount of coins on each of them just in case.

Thanks

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoIm not qualified to give advice really , I use Jaxx for some of my coins and Freewallet for others but they all have their own bugs and issues , I think theres still a gap in the market for a really good multicoin wallet

rexusmo (63)· 2 years agoI've got jaxx, but their are only few coins there. I will check freewallet and a few of them.

Thanks

vizualsamuri (57)· 2 years agoWow! wish I would've acted on these when I 1st heard about bitcoin. But then again i'm sure we all do ha.

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoI think everyone feels like that , but on the bright side I really don't think its too late either , theres still a long way to go!

vizualsamuri (57)· 2 years agofor sure! #upvoteforupvote

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoDone :) Thankyou friend :)

val1d1ty (25)· 2 years agoSome serious FOMO.

opinizeunltd (52)· 2 years agoAwesome viewpoint to present those statistics. No one can argue with those numbers!

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoThanks alot ..... Followed :)

boomerangbread (53)· 2 years agoThis tells me to be patient. The reward will come!

gamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoIts a virtue :)

hobbitjerry (25)· 2 years agogamma-rat (49)· 2 years agoDon't call me stupid , present your point of view by all means but no need be insulting ..... and whats misleading about facts and mathematics?