Cryptocurrency prices have fluctuated dramatically throughout 2021.
From record highs and market gains to significant drops in value sparked by a series of blows to Bitcoin, which was felt across the crypto universe, and trading rules in China.
Earlier in 2021, Elon Musk announced on Twitter the electric car company was no longer accepting Bitcoin as payment for its products due to environmental concerns over the crypto’s mining process.
Cardano, which claims to be “the most environmentally sustainable” cryptocurrency, saw gains in excess of 20% and reached an all-time price high of £1.85, according to Coinbase.
Here’s all you need to know about Cardano.
What is Cardano crypto?
Cardano is one of the top performing cryptocurrencies on the market in 2021.
Founded in 2015 by Ethereum co-founder Charles Hoskinson, Cardano was initially set up as a public digital ledger of transactions known as a blockchain platform.
It is a decentralised online community run network with an internal crypto - ADA - which can be used to pay for goods and services, and seen as an alternative to physical global currencies.
Cardano (ADA) has attracted a wide range of investors, due to its large market gains as well as its energy-efficient process, which is seen as far more eco-friendly than the likes of Bitcoin.
With a market cap of £40 billion, it is backed to rival the valuations of global tech firms Netflix (circa £157b) and eventually Facebook (circa £656b), according to a Cardano forum post.
How does Cardano work?
Cardano is different to the likes of Bitcoin as it depends on proof-of-stake rather than proof-of-work, which requires super-powerful computers to complete.
Its approach doesn’t require miners to solve complex equations, which uses up vast amounts of energy, like its crypto competitor to order more digital coins or process transactions.
Instead, the proof-of-stake blockchain values the volume of digital coins the user holds rather than taking into account the processing power and rigs the miner possesses.
Hoskinson estimates that Cardano’s entire system uses less than 0.01% of Bitcoin’s network.
What is the share price of Cardano?
High performing crypto Cardano, which trades under the ADA tag, has not been immune to 2021 fluctuations in price - and suffered another drop when eToro announced it was to delist it for US.
Cardano’s current price is listed at £1.16, and down -5.35% in the last 24 hours, according to Coinbase.
This is some way off its 2021 high when Cardano’s price increased 1,716.84%, to the market equivalent £1.85 per coin.
Cardano still has some way to go to rival the likes of Bitcoin and Ethereum at the top of the crypto price performance table, with the two rivals boasting £34,639.29 and £2,358.29 values.
Like other cryptocurrency coins, Cardano enjoyed a fruitful start to 2021 following active crypto discussions on Reddit and Twitter mentions from public figures such as Musk and Snoop Dogg.
How can I buy Cardano in the UK?
It can be a tricky field to navigate for the uninitiated but if you're confident in buying cryptocurrencies then there are numerous places to go.
The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) warns people about the risk of investing in cryptocurrencies, referencing price volatility, product complexity, charges and fees, marketing materials and consumer protection.
Andrew Bailey, governor of the Bank of England, has reiterated his scepticism about cryptocurrencies, telling MPs that Bitcoin had "no intrinsic value at all".
He said: “I’ve said a number of times, ‘only buy bitcoin if you’re prepared to lose all your money’. It doesn’t mean you will lose all your money, it doesn’t mean the value will go to nothing, but it has no intrinsic value. People may want it, they may want to collect it, but it doesn’t have any intrinsic value at all.”
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