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When it comes to investing in cryptocurrencies, there is often concern that you may be investing in something that might be a scam.

Though there are certainly many scams out there in both the traditional and digital investment realm, there are also many digital assets that are safe to invest in for the long-term, volatility notwithstanding. That’s why we’ve created this list of 10 of the safest cryptocurrencies. Let’s take a look.

Top 10 Safest Digital Assets

Below are what we consider to be 10 of the safest crypto assets to invest in on the market. Though there is a descending ranking from 10 to 1, the reality is that only the #1 asset is truly ranked correctly. For the most part, the rest can be interchanged and will likely shift up or down this list depending on their future development.

10) Tron (TRX)

The Tron blockchain has the second highest total value locked (TVL) of any blockchain network, with only Ethereum ahead of it. There’s over $7 billion in value locked into the Tron network. One of the reasons Tron is a safe cryptocurrency is that Tron is perhaps the most popular place for stablecoins, especially USD Tether (USDT). Ethereum has stablecoins worth $65 billion in market cap, but Tron has $45 billion, with 91% of that being USDT.

This makes the Tron network perhaps the most liquid place to use USDT, and since USDT is the most popular stablecoin, it makes it a fairly safe network to invest in. Tron’s network is averaging almost 5 million transactions a day according to the Tronscan block explorer.

9) USD Tether (USDT)

USDT is the most popular stablecoin available, with an issuance of over $85 billion tokens. Tether backs up its assets with a variety of reserve assets, with the majority being cash or cash equivalents. Though it’s not an exciting asset, it’s certainly safe.

8) Polygon (MATIC)

Polygon (MATIC), formerly known as Matic Network, is a layer 2 blockchain network built on top of Ethereum, meaning Polygon is an ERC-20 token. Polygon has made news over the past few years with deals with companies like Instagram, and has performed well. It is currently the most popular scaling solution for Ethereum, but that could change. They also recently had somewhat negative news come out regarding a partnership they had with DraftKings.

7) Polkadot (DOT)

Founded by former Ethereum developer, Dr. Gavin Woods, Polkadot (DOT) aims to be a next generation blockchain protocol. Polkadot is a sharded blockchain network. Polkadot is often considered a layer-0 blockchain network because it underlies a series of layer-1 protocols known as parachains. Polkadot has a ton of potential and is one of the most technical projects on the market.

6) Cosmos (ATOM)

Cosmos seeks to build an ecosystem of independent parallel blockchains that can scale and interoperate with each other, an internet of blockchains. The Cosmos Network uses a proof of stake consensus mechanism that requires the ATOM cryptocurrency. Cosmos also created open source tools such as Tendermint, the Cosmos software development kit (SDK), and Inter-Blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol. Multiple other blockchain projects use Cosmos and Tendermint, meaning Cosmos likely has a role to play for the long-term.

5) Chainlink (LINK)

Chainlink, the oracle darling of the crypto community, continues to be a strong asset to buuy. An announcement from Vodafone Digital Asset Broker (DAB) of a proof of concept on trade document transfer with Web3 services platform Chainlink Labs, Sumitomo Corporation, and InnoWave has certainly helped prices as well. Chainlink continues to be the oracle choice of blockchain networks, helping ensure its long-term utility.

4) Solana (SOL)

Solana’s growth can be attributed to its low-cost transactions that are also lightning fast, along with an array of DeFi and NFT platforms. It has emerged as a serious competitor for Ethereum and in the past year has made waves with deals with Visa, but it’s important to remember that when the network was being used at its peak in 2022, there were frequent network outages. It would be higher on the list otherwise.

3) Cardano (ADA)

Cardano was created by Charles Hoskinson, who was another one of the founders of Ethereum. The main difference between Cardano and Ethereum is its unique native token system. This system enables Cardano to support a wide variety of transactions and eventually will allow for transaction fees to be paid in any asset on the network.  Cardano’s network has a steadily increasing transaction speed and low fees that are known precisely in advance, and the foundation has deals with some African governments.

2) Ethereum (ETH)

Ethereum (ETH) is the second largest cryptocurrency by market cap, following Bitcoin (BTC).  Ethereum allows users to access a variety of decentralized finance (DeFi) services. Some of the most popular services on Ethereum are Uniswap (UNI), the decentralized exchange with the most trading volume of any, and AAVE (AAVE), a lending and borrowing platform. The DeFi aspect of Ethereum ensures its long-term utility until a competitor has better options.

1) Bitcoin (BTC)

The most safe digital asset is Bitcoin. It’s often referred to as digital gold. Its market cap comprises over half of the entire cryptocurrency market. Almost every asset can be traded for Bitcoin. Bitcoin is the most accepted cryptocurrency for goods and services. It’s the original digital asset, the most decentralized, and the least controllable by centralized forces such as governments. For all those reasons and more, Bitcoin is the safest digital asset you can buy.

Closing Thoughts

Though there are many safe digital assets to invest in, the reality is that Bitcoin is the only one that has stood the test of time.

There are many assets that were in the top 10 by market cap in years past that you’ve likely never heard of since, and it’s possible that happens again. The only constant is Bitcoin.

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Evan Jones

Evan Jones was introduced to cryptocurrency by fellow CryptoVantage contributor Keegan Francis in 2017 and was immediately intrigued by the use cases of many Ethereum-based cryptos. He bought his first hardware wallet shortly thereafter. He has a keen and vested interest in cryptos involving decentralized backend exchanges, payment processing, and power-sharing.

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