Dangerous Online Investments – 2015 Edition

investInvesting can be great if you have the necessary funds as well as patience to learn the basics. Of course, there is risk in every investment you make. From money market accounts to buying single stocks, every investment carries risk. However, there are also an increasing number of online investment opportunities that are not a good idea for beginners, and can even be dangerous.


Bitcoin has become very popular for several reasons, including the fact that they offer complete anonymity. You can complete Bitcoin transactions without having to worry about your privacy, or of interference from private corporations or the government. The internet is full of stories of people who have purchased thousands of Bitcoins several years ago for sums such as $0.10 to $1 and now sold them for as much as $1,000 per piece. For this reason, interest in Bitcoin reached an all-time high. However, the problem is that the value of a Bitcoin is in the hundreds of dollars, which means you’ll be putting significant amounts of money at stake if the value of the currency drops in the future.

In the past, there wasn’t much risk buying 1000 Bitcoins each $0.10 per piece. If the market tanked you lost almost nothing. Today, to buy just 1 Bitcoin you have to fork out $240. Obviously, in order to hope to make any gains, you will have to purchase more than one unit.

But what happens when today’s $240 value of a Bitcoin starts plummeting?

The scenario of Bitcoin values decreasing is a very real one. Just in late 2013 the value of one Bitcoin decreased from $1,200 to around $400 in the matter of a few days. It can happen again.

Forex Trading

In forex trading, you will have to predict the future movement of various currency pairs such as USD/EUR etc. Unlike binary options trading (see below), you will not lose your entire investment if you make the wrong decision.

In case you have purchased a certain amount of USD at a given value and then if you sell while the value decreased with 10%, then you will obviously lose 10% of your investment. If you sell while the value of your asset increased with 10% then you will make a 10% profit. The average profit per winning trade in forex is around 10%.

The dangerous part about forex is that, similar to binary options, it’s not that easy to accurately predict the future movement of assets. Most of the time you will be investing by random and most (if any) winning you’ll be making will be by pure luck and chance. You must carefully review brokers first before putting any money on the line.

Binary Options

Investing in binary options has also become a popular investment strategy for many. However, it appears that many people who invest in binary options have no idea what they’re doing. For this reason, the percentage of winning binary investors is extremely low industry-wide.

Binary options can be traded at so-called binary options brokers. These binary options brokers allow you to predict the movement of financial assets such as gold, silver, forex currency pairs etc. For example, if you believe that the value of gold will go up within the next 2 hours, you can bet a certain sum of money on this prediction.

If your prediction is correct, you win. If it’s not, you’ll lose 100% of your investment. For this reason, binary options are actually closer to betting rather than to investing.

Also, it’s literally impossible to accurately predict the movement of financial assets during extremely short spans of time. Even top-notch experts have an extremely difficult time achieving this.

For this reason, binary options are considered dangerous online investments by many experts.


Have you ever invested or lost money in any dangerous online investments?



  1. says

    We don’t have enough money yet to do actual investing on our own. (Although when we do, we’ll be hiring a financial advisor and/or broker.)

    But another danger of Bitcoin: It doesn’t exist in the ether of the Internet. I remember a story about a guy who accidentally tossed his old hard drive — and with it several thousand dollars in Bitcoin. Luckily, he hadn’t bought at that price but still…

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