List of Cryptocurrencies, Cryptos, and Tokens

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Cryptocurrencies

This article provides a list of cryptocurrencies, cryptos, and tokens and a description of each one. In addition, I’ll provide my recommendation for the top ten best cryptos to invest in during the coming years.

If you’re a private investigator who specializes in financial and/or asset investigations, you should have at least a basic understanding of cryptocurrencies. As of November 8, 2021, the total crypto market was valued at more than $3 trillion. With so much money in the market, it simply can’t be ignored.

List of Cryptocurrencies

Following is a list of cryptocurrencies that are available on most major online trading exchanges:

  • 1inch (1INCH) – 1inch is an Ethereum token that powers decentralized exchanges.
  • Algorand (ALGO) – Algorand seeks to improve the speed, security, and scalability of decentralized applications. Algorand pays interest to holders of its currency.
  • AMP (AMP) – AMP is an Ethereum token that acts as collateral for payments on the Flexa Network.
  • Avalanche (AVAX) – Avalanche is an open, smart contracts platform designed for decentralized networks.
  • Binance Coin (BNB) – Binance Coin is the coin offered by the Binance Exchange.
  • Bitcoin (BTC) – Bitcoin is the original cryptocurrency. It allows people anywhere in the work to send money without the involvement of a bank, government, or other financial institution. To learn more, visit the website.
  • Bitcoin Cash (BCH) – Bitcoin cash is intended to be a peer-to-peer form of electronic cash. It’s goal is to allow people to pay one another without using a financial institution.
  • Cardano (ADA) – Cardano is a proof of stake, open-source, public blockchain platform. Its crypto Ada is designed to facilitate peer-to-peer transactions. One differentiating factor is that Cardano uses less energy than Bitcoin.
  • Chainlink (LINK) – Chainlink is a decentralized oracle network.
  • Clover Finance (CLV) – Clover Finance is a blockchain platform that helps facilitate compatibility across chains.
  • Crypto.com Coin (CRO) – The Crypto.com coin is, of course, the coin used on the Crypto.com exchange.
  • Dogecoin (DOGE) – Sometimes referred to as a “memecoin”, as its value tends to be influenced by social media activity.
  • Ethereum (ETH) – Ethereum is the second largest crypto behind Bitcoin. It is a decentralized computing platform that can run a wide variety of applications
  • Ethereum 2 (ETH2) – A collection of upgrades intended to make Ethereum faster and less expensive.
  • Fantom (FTM)
  • Jasmy (JASMY) – The Jasmy IoT platform is based on the idea of “democratization of data”.
  • Litecoin (LTC) – Litecoin was designed as a fork off of the Bitcoin blockchain. It is intended to be faster and cheaper.
  • Livepeer (LPT) – Livepeer is an Ethereum token. LPT’s powers the Livepeer network, a decentralized video streaming platform.
  • Loom Network (LOOM) –
  • Loopring (LRC) – Loopring is an open-sourced, audited, and non-custodial exchange protocol. Loopring’s goal is to allow developers to create non-custodial, order book-based exchanges on Ethereum by leveraging zero-knowledge proofs.
  • Polkadot (DOT) – Polkadot is designed to allow unrelated blockchains to talk to one another.
  • Quant (QNT) – Quant is a ETH token that connects public blockchains with private networks.
  • SHIBA INU – SHIBA INU is an Ethereum-based token developed as an alternative to Dogecoin. The tokens support related to NFT’s and decentralized exchanges.
  • Solana (SOL) – Solana is both a currency and a platform for running crypto apps. It is a competitor to Ethereum that can perform transactions at a much faster pace.
  • Stellar Lumens (XLM) – Stellar is a blockchain payment platform.
  • Tether (USDT) – Tether is an Ethereum token that is tied to the United States Dollar. Coins tied to the U.S. Dollar are also known as “stablecoins”. It is backed by actual bank reserves, making it more stable than other cryptos.
  • Tezos (XTZ) – Tezos is a blockchain network and platform for smart contracts. Developers can use Tezos to develop decentralized financial applications. Investing in this cryptocurrency allows you to earn a staking reward, similar to interest on a bank account.
  • TRON (TRX) – Tron is a project that aspires to create a truly decentralized internet.
  • USD Coin (USDC) – USD Coin is a stablecoin that runs on the Ethereum platform. It can be exchanged for U.S. Dollars at a 1 to 1 ratio.
  • VeChain (VET) – VeChain is a blockchain development platform.
  • Wrapped Luna Token (WLUNA) – Wrapped Luna is a token designed for DeFi apps.
  • XRP (XRP) – XRP is the native currency on RippleNet, a blockchain designed to facilitate payments.
  • Zcash (ZEC) – Zcash is a privacy coin that was developed by cryptographers to address privacy concerns on the Bitcoin network.

Please visit the website for each individual crypto for more detailed information on the company and how it works.

Again, there are many more than what I have on this list, and the number grows each day. I’ll add more to the list as time allows.

List of Cryptocurrencies – The Top 10 Best to Invest In

Given the volatility of the crypto market, it is difficult to say which are the best cryptocurrencies to invest in. However, the one method that most experts would agree on is based on market cap. The following list is based on the market capitalization at the time of this writing.

  1. Bitcoin (BTC) – $1.7 trillion
  2. Ethereum (ETH) – $520 billion
  3. Binance Coin (BNB) – $88 billion
  4. Tether (USDT) – $70 billion
  5. Cardano (ADA) – $66 billion
  6. Solana (SOL) – $60 billion
  7. XRP (XRP) – $50 billion
  8. PolkaDot (DOT) – $43 billion
  9. Shiba Inu (SHIB) – $40 billion
  10. Dogecoin (DOGE) – $38 billion

It is important to note that investing in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum is highly speculative. The markets are volatile and difficult to predict. They don’t work in the same way as the stock market. Therefore, the overall market and individual currencies may be difficult to understand and nearly impossible to predict.

List of Crypto Trading Platforms

Currently, there are only a few good options for buying and selling crypto. The more mainstream trading platforms like Fidelity only offer the option to invest in Bitcoin ETF’s, rather than individual currencies. The following is a list of the best exchanges:

Trading PlatformDescription
BinanceCurrently, Binance is the largest Bitcoin and altcoin exchange in the world, by volume. It offers a more advanced trading interface for serious traders.
BisqBisq is an open-source desktop application that allows you to buy and sell currencies.
CoinbaseIf you’re a beginner, Coinbase is the best place to start. It is the second-largest trading platform, just behind Binance. The user interface is well-designed and easy to understand. In addition, Coinbase offers a variety of learning opportunities such as training videos, articles, and blog posts. In fact, the exchange will even pay you to learn about certain currencies. For example, I’ve earned $35.00 in various tokens thus far. However, the transaction fees are high. Has more than 100 different currencies. Join Coinbase and get $10.00 in Bitcoin after you buy or sell $100 or more on Coinbase.
Crypto.comCrypto.com is an app-based exchange with low trading fees.
eToro
GeminiGemini is a regulated platform that allows you to buy, sell, store, and learn.
KrakenKraken is an online trading platform that allows you to buy, sell, and learn about cryptocurrencies.
RobinhoodIn an effort to protect their investors from the dangers of trading cryptos, Robinhood only offers a small selection.
SoFiSoFi is a personal finance company that offers personal loans and online brokerage services.
TradeStationTradeStation provides online trading and brokerage services.
VenmoVenmo is a payment processor that also offers crypto. Venmo allows users to purchase crypto in amounts as low as $1.00 right from the app. However, at the time of this writing, they only offer four options, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, and Litecoin. Yes, you can buy crypto this way, and yes, they do make it easy. However, if you choose to buy this way, you won’t get access to the same helpful information and data offered by exchanges like Binance, Crypto.com, etc.
WebullWebull is a commission-free trading platform.

To buy and sell, you’ll need to link a financial account such as a checking account, savings account, PayPal, debit card, etc. In addition, you’ll need to verify your email, phone, number, and identity.

Learn more about financial investigations, review our stock market research tools, and an overview of traditional online investing sites.

Industry Associations

Although the industry is still in its early phase of development, several associations and alliances have already been established:

  • Blockchain Association – The association works to educate policy makers on the value of blockchain technology.
  • PoS Alliance – The Proof-of-Stake Alliance works to educate lawmakers on the importance and benefits of proof-of-stake mechanisms.

How to Buy Crypto

Once you’ve signed up with an online exchange and verified your identity, it’s time to set up payment options. The larger exchanges allow you to connect directly to a bank account. While others allow you to use online payment processors like PayPal. In addition, you can do a wire transfer, but that is usually the most expensive method. Also, some crypto sellers allow you to use gift cards.

Transaction Fees
All of the exchanges will charge some type of transaction fee. The following is a list of typical transaction fees for the most popular exchanges:

Exchange NameTransaction Fee
Binance0.1%
Coinbase~1.50%
Coinbase Pro0.50%
Crypto.com0.10% to 0.16%
eToroNo trading fees
GeminiThe greater of either a flat fee ($0.99, $1.49, $1.99, $2.99) or 1.49%
Kraken0.16% to 0.26%
RobinhoodNo trading fees

Note: Transaction fees may change at any time. In addition, many trading platforms charge a variable fee that is determined at the time the order is placed.

Key Terms & Definitions

List of key terms and definitions.

  • Atlcoins – Altcoins are just alternatives to Bitcoin.
  • Blockchain – At its most basic level, a blockchain is like a ledger. It contains a list of transactions of every time someone buys or sells a token or coin.
  • DeFi – DeFi means Decentralized Finance. Basically, it means that it is a blockchain form of finance that doesn’t rely of traditional banks.
  • Memecoins –
  • Mining –
  • NFT – NFT stands for Non-Fungible Token. Each NFT is uniquie and can be used to authenticate ownership of digital assets.
  • Proof of Stake –
  • Proof of Work –
  • Smart Contract –
  • Staking – Staking is a method of holding certain crypto currencies to earn rewards. For example, Tezos, Algorand, Cosmos, and Ethereum all pay rewards of up to 5%. However, unlike interest earned from a bank savings account, it pays out much more frequently. Sometimes daily, or every few days. Also, you can see the interest accruing in real time (something I like).
  • Token – In general, all cryptocurrencies are tokens. However, the word token has evolved to mean a digital asset that runs on top of another cryptos blockchain.

Important Tips

Following is a list of tips and reminders for potential investors.

The cryptocurrency market is volatile and very difficult to predict. The market does not follow the same investment principles as the stock market.

It involves complicated technologies that are difficult for the average user to understand. Also, due to the relatively immature age of the crypto market, and the sometimes irrational behavior associated with those who invest in it, it is quite difficult to tie the price or performance of the crypto directly to the value or performance of the company. For example, the price of Dogecoin was manipulated using online news stories, social media, and discussion forum posts. The mere existence of “meme coins” is an indication that prices are easy to manipulate and not always based on reality. Here is some general advice should you choose to invest:

  • Choose a reputable exchange. Stick with the most well-known exchanges like CoinBase.
  • Activate all of the safeguards available through the exchange, like multi-factor authentication, alerts, etc.
  • Don’t click on links in emails, even if they appear to be from the exchange. Always visit the site’s login page, verify the URL, and login using a strong username and password.
  • Setup a wallet to add an extra layer of security. Wallets can be set up to require multiple people to approve transfers. This will help keep your money safe.
  • Before you buy a particular currency or token, do your research. Read through the overview provided by the exchange. Then, look for any articles that directly cover the crypto (pay attention to the source). Is it a reputable company like Motley Fool, Forbes, US News, or other well-known publication?
  • Take the time to understand the underlying technology (if it exist). The more you understand about what you’re buying, and how it works, the greater your confidence in the potential for the value to increase.
  • Invest small amounts.

If you have any questions about this list of cryptocurrencies, please post a comment below.

Also, learn more about other types of financial investigations.

Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including eInvestigator.com. Michael created eInvestigator.com more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at Amazon.com.

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