With NFTs gaining more traction in recent months, it makes sense that investors are looking to jump on board and profit off this latest trend.
NFTs, or non-fungible tokens, have dominated headlines. However, many investors are still unsure how to invest in them. The historical volatility of fungible crypto assets like bitcoin has kept more traditional investors on the sidelines.
What is an NFT?
To understand what NFTs are, it’s essential to know how they compare to fungible assets. Fungible assets are what most associate with the digital commerce space. Currencies like bitcoin and ethereum are the best examples of fungible assets. If you sell one bitcoin, you can purchase another bitcoin in its place. That replacement isn’t the same as the original, but it will be identical in every way.
Conversely, a non-fungible token, or NFT, cannot be replaced. More common NFTs purchased recently are digital files such as art, music, and videos. Sure, anyone can replicate these files to be identical copies of the original. However, the blockchain the NFT was traded on keeps track of the ownership of that original file.
Prices for NFTs can range from as little as pennies to several millions of dollars. For instance, early this month, a piece by the artist Beeple, aka Michael Winkelmann was sold for $69 million.
Christie's is proud to offer "Everydays - The First 5000 Days" by @beeple as the first purely digital work of art ever offered by a major auction house. Bidding will be open from Feb 25-Mar 11.— Christie's (@ChristiesInc) February 16, 2021
Learn more here https://t.co/srx95HCE0o | NFT issued in partnership w/ @makersplaceco pic.twitter.com/zymq2DSjy7
How can I Invest in an NFT Stock?
Luckily, investors can buy into the NFT trend without purchasing any digital goods. To take advantage of the growing popularity of NFTs, companies have expanded into the NFT space.
These companies either already have established stocks or have recently announced IPOs. With the volatility of the digital currencies still unknown and the current limitations, investors can still get a piece and trade like the rest of their portfolio.
NFT stocks that look like good buys
The hype surrounding NFTs is very reminiscent of the early days of cryptocurrencies. And if the past few years of cryptocurrencies indicate how NFTs will be fair, the outlook looks pretty positive.
Many of the companies dealing in the EFT space are not exclusively tied to it. So be sure to use caution when choosing which EFTs to buy.
Takung Art Co Ltd (TKAT)
This Hong Kong-based company established an online trading platform for art collectors to acquire art. TKAT stock has risen nearly 2,000 percent YTD.
Oriental Culture Holding Ltd (OCG)
OCG provides an online platform for collectors, artists, dealers, and owners to trade art. Despite a recent drop in price, it has rebounded over 150 percent in growth YTD.
ZK International Group Co Ltd (ZKIN)
ZK International is a China-based engineer, manufacturer, and supplier of stainless steel and carbon steel pipe products. However, earlier this month, they announced their subsidiary xSigma Corporation is designing an NFT platform on the Ethereum and Polkadot platforms. This news has helped ZKIN shares grow nearly 350 percent YTD.
Currencyworks Inc (CWRK)
Already an established blockchain fintech company, Currencyworks announced on March 12 that their existing NFT platform will begin to accept bitcoin and ethereum as payment methods.
With 80 percent of the cryptocurrency market held in either bitcoin and ethereum, this news has helped CWRK grow over 700 percent YTD.