Contents: Part I. What -- Bitcoin and the financial crisis of 2008 -- The basics of bitcoin and blockchain technology -- "Blockchain, not Bitcoin?" -- The taxonomy of cryptoassets -- Cryptocommodities and cryptotokens -- Part II. Why -- The importance of portfolio management and alternative assets -- The most compelling alternative asset of the twenty-first century -- Defining cryptoassets as a new asset class -- The evolution of cryptoasset market behavior -- The speculation of crowds and "this time is different" thinking -- "It's just a Ponzi scheme, isn't it?" -- Part III. How -- Fundamental analysis and a valuation framework for cryptoassets -- Operating health of cryptoasset networks and technical analysis -- Investing directly in cryptoassets: mining, exchanges, and wallets -- "Where's the Bitcoin ETF?" -- The wild world of ICOs -- Preparing current portfolios for blockchain disruption -- The future of investing is here -- Chris and Jack's go-to crypto resources.Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-307) and index.Summary: The innovative investor's guide to an entirely new asset class--from two experts on the cutting edgeCryptoassets potentially offer the greatest investment opportunity since the internet. Bitcoin was the first cryptoasset, but today there are over 500 and counting, including ether, ripple, litecoin, monero, and more. Cryptoassets and their associated blockchains are changing the way investors use and grow their money. This clear, concise, and accessible guide from two industry experts is the first book of its kind to explain this brave new blockchain world to innovative investors looking to explore the potential of this emerging asset class in their portfolios.It gives readers an understanding of how these assets were created, how they work, and how they are evolving amid the blockchain revolution. It also provides an actionable framework within which to evaluate new cryptoassets and position investment portfolios in the coming wave of financial innovation. Investors will learn how to gain access to these assets, whether through familiar investment vehicles or bleeding edge techniques such as crowdsales, hardware wallets, and cryptoasset exchanges. This is the future of money.