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10 Best Cryptocurrencies To Invest In January 2024


From Bitcoin and Ethereum to Dogecoin and Tether, there are thousands of different cryptocurrencies, making it overwhelming when you’re first getting started in the world of crypto. To help you get your bearings, these are the top 10 cryptocurrencies based on their market capitalization or the total value of all the coins currently in circulation.

What Are Cryptocurrencies?

A cryptocurrency is a digital asset that is based on blockchain technology and can circulate without the centralized authority of a bank or government. To date, there are 24,630 cryptocurrency projects out there in the cryptocurrency market that is estimated to reach $4.94 billion by 2030.

1. Bitcoin (BTC)

  • Market cap: $839.6 billion

Created in 2009 by Satoshi Nakamoto, Bitcoin (BTC) is the original cryptocurrency. As with most cryptocurrencies, BTC runs on a blockchain, or a ledger logging transactions distributed across a network of thousands of computers. Because additions to the distributed ledgers must be verified by solving a cryptographic puzzle, a process called proof of work, Bitcoin is kept secure and safe from fraudsters.

Bitcoin’s price has skyrocketed as it’s become a household name. In May 2016, you could buy one Bitcoin for about $500. As of Jan. 16, 2024, a single Bitcoin’s price was around $42,834. That’s a growth of 8,467%.

Related: How To Buy Bitcoin

2. Ethereum (ETH)

  • Market cap: $303.8 billion

Both a cryptocurrency and a blockchain platform, Ethereum is a favorite of program developers because of its potential applications, like so-called smart contracts that automatically execute when conditions are met and non-fungible tokens (NFTs).

Ethereum has also experienced tremendous growth. From April 2016 to the end of January 2024, its price went from about $11 to around $2,528, increasing 22,881%.

Related: How To Buy Ethereum

3. Tether (USDT)

  • Market cap: $95.1 billion

Unlike some other forms of cryptocurrency, Tether (USDT) is a stablecoin, meaning it’s backed by fiat currencies like U.S. dollars and the Euro and hypothetically keeps a value equal to one of those denominations. In theory, this means Tether’s value is supposed to be more consistent than other cryptocurrencies, and it’s favored by investors who are wary of the extreme volatility of other coins.

4. Binance Coin (BNB)

  • Market cap: $48.1 billion

Binance Coin (BNB) is a form of cryptocurrency that you can use to trade and pay fees on Binance, one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world. Since its launch in 2017, Binance Coin has expanded past merely facilitating trades on Binance’s exchange platform. Now, it can be used for trading, payment processing or even booking travel arrangements. It can also be traded or exchanged for other forms of cryptocurrency, such as Ethereum or Bitcoin.

BNB’s price in 2017 was just $0.10. By late January 2024, its price had risen to around $317, a gain of 316,715%.

Related: How To Buy Cryptocurrency

5. Solana (SOL)

  • Market cap: $41.6 billion

Developed to help power decentralized finance (DeFi) uses, decentralized apps (DApps) and smart contracts, Solana runs on a unique hybrid proof-of-stake and proof-of-history mechanisms to process transactions quickly and securely. SOL, Solana’s native token, powers the platform.

When it launched in 2020, SOL’s price started at $0.77. By late January 2024, its price was around $96.20, a gain of 12,394%.

6.XRP (XRP)

  • Market cap: $31.2 billion

Created by some of the same founders as Ripple, a digital technology and payment processing company, XRP can be used on that network to facilitate exchanges of different currency types, including fiat currencies and other major cryptocurrencies.

At the beginning of 2017, the price of XRP was $0.006. As of Jan. 16, 2024, its price reached $0.57, equal to a rise of 9,471%.

7. U.S. Dollar Coin (USDC)

  • Market cap: $25.5 billion

Like Tether, USD Coin (USDC) is a stablecoin, meaning it’s backed by U.S. dollars and aims for a 1 USD to 1 USDC ratio. USDC is powered by Ethereum, and you can use USD Coin to complete global transactions.

8. Cardano (ADA)

  • Market cap: $19.0 billion

Somewhat later to the crypto scene, Cardano (ADA) is notable for its early embrace of proof-of-stake validation. This method expedites transaction time and decreases energy usage and environmental impact by removing the competitive, problem-solving aspect of transaction verification in platforms like Bitcoin. Cardano also works like Ethereum to enable smart contracts and decentralized applications, which ADA, its native coin, powers.

Cardano’s ADA token has had relatively modest growth compared to other major crypto coins. In 2017, ADA’s price was $0.02. As of Jan. 16, 2024, its price was at $0.54. This is an increase of 2,585%.

9. Avalanche (AVAX)

  • Market cap: $13.0 billion

Avalanche delivers two important features: fast transaction speeds and low transaction fees. AVAX also has a healthy total value locked (TVL) or amount of money deposited in…



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