In the month of January, Florida-based Weiss Ratings released a report that assigned grades to dozens of cryptocurrencies based on a number of metrics, like risk, technological innovation, and other fundamentals.
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According to that report, Ethereum received a higher grade than Bitcoin and Ripple.
How trustworthy are Weiss ratings? Investment and cryptocurrency experts are divided.
“Very trustworthy,” says David Drake, a crypto asset expert. “It is the first step for more ratings to come out on cryptocurrencies.”
“The mere fact that futures exchanges and rating services have finally legitimized investment in cryptocurrencies after nine years of their existence is a strong sign of trend maturation,” adds Elliot Prechter, Head of Computer Analysis, Elliot Wave. “It is reminiscent of the timing of gold legalization, which occurred at an interim peak in gold that saw it fall in half thereafter.”
“Weiss has been around for a while and appears to be respected,” says Al Zdenek, president of Taust Sollus Wealth Management. “From their past history, they appear to tend to come out with new rankings or ratings in different areas of the markets first. The current ranking of cryptocurrencies seems to be the latest one.”Still, Zdenek is skeptical of Weiss ratings.
“With the cryptocurrency industry being so young and with so many companies vying for space, I am not sure what it means to rank these companies,” he notes. “The speed of change in this space renders any ranking irrelevant after a few weeks. I would caution investors or followers of this rating to be very careful if you are basing investing on it. In any new industry, there tends to be many that enter but few survive. It would not surprise me if Bitcoin was not even being ranked in future years. Remember Wang Computers?”
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