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While Bitcoin invented cryptocurrencies by establishing a secure peer-to-peer payment system, Ethereum is trying to take this concept further. The goal is to create a secure, decentralised operating system for applications, which normally require a centralised middleman. For example, recording and transferring ownership rights, signing contracts of all forms or handling Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs).
The money you put into cryptocurrencies is not safe from value fluctuations. Cryptocurrencies are always a volatile investment. There are, however, ways to select an investment platform that will keep your investments safe. You want to look for a platform that operates in a safe and regulated environment with an experienced team. The platform should provide sufficient liquidity, reasonable volumes and employ state-of-the-art technology and safety while offering customers an easy-to-use, intuitive interface. You also want the platform of your choice to support fiat currencies as well as cryptocurrencies.
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Tokens have wider functionality than crypto coins. Coins are native to their own blockchain, like Bitcoin, and are used as a form of digital money. Tokens, on the other hand, are often built on an existing blockchain and are used for a wide variety of functions, like fuelling applications, payment for validating transactions etc.
There is no physical BTC token so you can think of Bitcoin as digital money. Bitcoin transactions are fully transparent and can’t be censored. You can send money to anyone in the world with ease. It’s a financial system backed by thousands of computers around the world, instead of a single central bank or government. “Fiat money," on the other hand is legal money issued by a state authority without intrinsic internal value. It serves as a medium of exchange and is the opposite of commodity money like silver or gold.