By Robert Ross
Bitcoin celebrated its 11th birthday on January 3. And what a party itâ€™s been, with the worldâ€™s first and most famous cryptocurrency now trading near $40,000.
Warren Buffett famously referred to Bitcoin as â€œrat poison squared.â€� The Oracle of Omaha might never own the King of Cryptos. But even he has to admit that it is charting a path higherâ€¦ one that is as unique as the asset itself.
Bitcoin once shot up 1,882% in a little under a year. It went from $998 in January 2017 to $19,783 in December 2017. One year later, itÂ droppedÂ around 83% to $4,935.
Now weâ€™re back in a Bitcoin bull market. Since the March 2020 lows, Bitcoinâ€™s price has rallied over 500%. And there are plenty of reasons to believe itâ€™s going to go a lot higher.
Most people canâ€™t stomach that much volatility and risk. And you donâ€™t have to. Nor do you have to miss out on the next leg of the Bitcoin bull market.
Even better, you donâ€™t have to spend as much as a base-modelÂ Tesla (TSLA)Â on a single stake.
A Different Way to Trade Cryptocurrencies
You are familiar with financial exchanges. These are companies that facilitate the buying and selling of stocks, bonds, commodities, and nowâ€”you guessed itâ€”bitcoin.
Some of these exchanges support futures trading. At its simplest level, futures contracts let people bet on how much the price of something will rise or fall.
Now, Iâ€™m not recommending you trade Bitcoin futures. But you can make money off the trading action. Thatâ€™s because the exchanges charge fees for these transactions.
When trading volume goes up, like it is now, so does the bottom line of the exchanges.
And now, so can yoursâ€¦
2 Low-Risk Ways to Profit from Bitcoin
CME Group (CME)Â operates the leading Bitcoin futures exchange. And business is booming.
The company reported record volume on its Bitcoin futures exchange on May 13. It processed 33,700 contracts, equal to $1.35 billion.
And this is a sliver of its $5 billion-per-year business. Thatâ€™s why CME Group can pay a safe and stable 1.6% dividend.
Then thereâ€™s the cherry on top: The company has a history of paying aÂ special dividendÂ every year. So a special dividend could more than double CMEâ€™s dividend yield.
The second company on my list isÂ Intercontinental Exchange (ICE).
The company introduced its bitcoin exchange in September 2019. Itâ€™s been a huge hit, as the company saw 16,000 contracts trade on a single day in September 2020.
That was 36% more than the previous record set in July 2020.
While ICEâ€™s dividend is small at 1%, itâ€™s rock-solid. The company has strong free cash flow and has a five-year average payout ratio of 27%.
I think Bitcoin is going to smash a lot more recordsÂ in the future when it comes to the price of this cryptocurrency and the trading volume on exchanges like CME and ICE.
Both of these stocks are trading in the triple digits. Not only do they offer a less expensive way to bet on big-ticket Bitcoin, but they pay you to wait for the King of Cryptos to trade even higher.
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Originally published by Mauldin Economics
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