Understanding the Various Ways to Invest in Bitcoin

Bitcoin was designed with the intent of becoming an international currency to replace government-issued (fiat) currencies. Since Bitcoin’s inception in 2009, it has turned into a highly volatile investing asset that can be used for transactions where merchants accept it.

Could you and should you invest in bitcoin? You can, and it depends on your appetite for risk. Learn the various types of ways you can invest in bitcoin, strategies you can use and the dangers involved in this cryptocurrency.

Investment Types

Over the past decade, multiple ways to invest in bitcoin have popped up, including bitcoin trusts and ETFs comprised of bitcoin-related companies.

Buying standalone Bitcoin

The first way you can invest in Bitcoin is by purchase a coin or a fraction of a coin via trading apps like Coinbase. In most cases, you’ll need to provide personal information to set up an account, then deposit money you’ll use to purchase bitcoin.

Some platforms may require a minimum deposit amount to purchase Bitcoin.

Then, like any stock or ETF, you have access to bitcoin’s price performance and the option to buy or sell. When you buy, your purchase is kept safe in an encrypted wallet only you have access to.

GBTC

Investors looking to invest in bitcoin through the capital markets can access an investment through Greyscale’s Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC).2Using Greyscale provides certain advantages that make an investment in bitcoin a more digestible option. For one, shares of GBTC are eligible to be held in certain IRA, Roth IRA, and other brokerage and investor accounts—allowing easy access for all levels of investors in a wide variety of accounts.3

Investors are provided with a product that tracks the value of one-tenth of a Bitcoin. As an example, if the value of bitcoin is $1,000, each share of GBTC should have a net asset value of $100. This value is not without costs, as GBTC maintains a 2% fee that impacts the underlying value.

In reality, investors are paying for security, ease of use, and liquidity (conversion to cash). By arranging strong offline storage mechanisms, GBTC allows investors who are less technical to access the bitcoin market

GBTC trades on the capital markets as well, which allows it to trade at a premium or discount of its net asset value (NAV).

Amplify Transformational Data Sharing ETF (BLOK)

BLOK is an actively managed fund that has holdings in 15 different industries and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange Arca. The company invests in other companies that are involved with and developing blockchain technologies. BLOK’s net expense ratio is 0.70%.5

Bitwise 10 Private Index Fund

The Bitwise 10 Private Index Fund is based on the Bitwise 10 Large Cap Crypto Index, a basket of large capacity coins in which the company tries to provide security and the ease of use of a traditional ETF.

The Bitwise 10 Private requires a $25,000 minimum investment and has a fee ratio of 2.5%. Similar to GBTC, the assets are held in cold storage (offline), providing necessary security for its investors.67

Investment Strategies

Bitcoin Investment—Buy and “Hodl”

Hodl (an intentional misspelling of hold) is the term used in the bitcoin investment community for holding bitcoin—it has also turned into a backronym (where an acronym is made from an existing word)—it means “hold on for dear life.” An investor that is holding their bitcoin is “hodling,” or is a “hodler.”

Many people invest in bitcoin simply by purchasing and holding the cryptocurrency. These are the people that believe in bitcoin’s long-term prosperity, and see any volatility in the short term as little more than a blip on a long journey toward high value.

Long Positions on Bitcoin

Some investors want a more immediate return by purchasing bitcoin and selling it at the end of a price rally. There are several ways to do this, including relying on the cryptocurrency’s volatility for a high rate of return, should the market move in your favor. Several bitcoin trading sites also now exist that provide leveraged trading, in which the trading site effectively lends you money to hopefully increase your return.

Short Positions on Bitcoin

Some investors might bet on bitcoin’s value decreasing, especially during a bitcoin bubble (a rapid rise in prices followed by a rapid decrease in prices). Investors sell their bitcoin at a certain price, then try to buy it back again at a lower price.

For example, if you bought a bitcoin worth $100, you would sell it for $100, and then wait for that bitcoin to decrease in value. Assuming the buyer of that bitcoin wanted to sell, you could buy it back at the lower price. You make a profit on the difference between your selling price and your lower purchase price.

It can be difficult to find a platform for short selling, but the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is currently offering options for Bitcoin futures.8

There is always the danger that the market will move against you, causing you to lose the money that you put up. Any trader should understand the concepts of leverage and margin calls before considering a shorting strategy.

Understanding Risk if You Invest in Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a Volatile Asset

Those fluctuations can be dramatic. In April 2013, the world gasped when bitcoin’s value jumped from around $40 to $140 in one month. That increase, however, paled in comparison to the Bitcoin surge of 2017. In January, Bitcoin was hovering between $900 and $1,000. In the first week of September, it pushed past $4,700, only to drop down near $3,600 two weeks later. By mid-December, it raced to an all-time high of $19,891.99, then plummeted to around $6,330 less than two months later.9

Exchanges May Have Glitches and Hacks 

Exchanges can be tricky because many of them have proven to be highly unreliable—especially in the early days of bitcoin. One of the first and largest bitcoin exchanges, Japan-based Mt. Gox, collapsed after being hacked—losing 850,000 bitcoin and hundreds of millions of dollars. In April 2016, a glitch in an exchange led to Bitcoin’s price to momentarily drop to $0.60 on Coinbase.

The Bottom Line

Bitcoin’s drawbacks aren’t prohibitive. However, it is extremely important that you know what you’re doing, and that you don’t invest more than you can afford to lose. It is considered a very high-risk investment, meaning that it should represent a relatively small part of your investment portfolio. 

If you are interested in investing in bitcoin, you have multiple options. Buying bitcoin through an exchange subjects you to volatility, but opting for a trust or an ETF investing in crypto-tech companies could minimize the risk you’d face buying coins. 

Ethereum + Bitcoin Just Keep Going Up

What is the Ethereum price today? During January 2021, one Ethereum cost over 1,200 U.S. dollars, an increase of around 25 percent since December 2020. After Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, it is the third most known cryptocurrency in the United States. Still, the majority of those surveyed were not aware of Ethereum.

What is a cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that are not regulated by any centralized authority, such as a government or bank. They are created through a process called “mining”, when miners sell processing power to the currency’s server in exchange for an amount of the currency. For security, every transaction is stored on a distributed ledger using a technology called “blockchain”.

The cryptocurrency market

Given the price volatility of Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies, investors seem more interested in them than consumers at the moment. As such, many are looking to the market capitalization of major cryptocurrencies. Ethereum has a relatively large share of the market at the moment, but newer coins are gaining in popularity.

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Ether, the digital token of the Ethereum blockchain, climbed past the $1,000 mark Monday to hit its highest level since Feb. 2, 2018. Ether was last trading at $1,038, up 30% in the last 24 hours, according to data from crypto news site CoinDesk.

It comes after bitcoin notched a fresh all-time high, briefly topping the $34,000 mark. The world’s biggest cryptocurrency by market value rallied to $34,452 early Sunday before easing to around $31,780 on Monday.

Even XRP, the virtual currency linked with controversial blockchain start-up Ripple, was climbing Monday. XRP was last up around 7% in the last 24 hours, trading at around 23 cents.

Meanwhile, litecoin traded over 10% higher Monday to around $155. Litecoin was created by crypto entrepreneur Charles Lee with the intention of processing transactions faster than bitcoin’s underlying blockchain network.

Alternatives to bitcoin, sometimes referred to as “altcoins” in the cryptocurrency industry, often rally in times of strength for bitcoin. Many altcoins gained after bitcoin approached $20,000 in 2017, amid increased interest from retail investors in the space.

“The super-exponential pace of gains is impressive, but brings with it the risk of very sharp corrections when they do finally arrive,” John Hardy, head of FX strategy at Saxo Bank, said in a note Monday.

Ether was within reach of an all-time high above $1,400 which it reached in mid-January 2018. The cryptocurrency’s network recently began a major upgrade called Ethereum 2.0, which is expected to make it faster and more secure.

Bitcoin Market Updates

Looking Back at 2020 and Predictions for Ethereum in 2021

2020 has been a year unlike any other. The Covid-19 pandemic led to an unprecedented crash across global markets with cryptocurrencies taking on huge losses in March and ETH suffering its worst decline since the 2017/18 bubble.

CURRENT PRICE$39,285.88
24H OPEN$39,246.97
24H HIGH$42,010.96
24H LOW$36,599.26
24H CHANGE38.91
24H CHANGE (%)0.10%
MARKET CAP$730.51B
CIRCULATING SUPPLY18,594,775 BTC
24H VOLUME$5,154,418,908
last updated at 08 Jan 21:09:52
PERIODCHANGECHANGE (%)HIGHLOW
1h$-335.74-0.85%$40,480.92$38,746.00
24h$51.380.13%$42,010.96$36,599.26
1w$10,066.6134.44%$42,010.96$27,906.38
1m$20,529.92109.39%$42,010.96$17,587.83
3m$28,419.32261.23%$42,010.96$10,836.35
1y$31,249.81388.27%$40,392.76$3,839.41
all$39,298.3079,374,474.18%$40,392.76$0.049510
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BTC Price Update

BTC price last updated at 08 Jan 21:09:52.

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) today is $39,285.88 USD, which has increased by 38.91 (0.10%) over the last 24 hours. The total number of BTC coins in circulation stands at 18,594,775 and $5,154,418,908 USD has been traded for the BTC/USD pair across exchanges over the last 24 hours.

  • EIP-1559 ETH burn implemented, moving Ethereum one step closer to becoming a sustainable deflationary (or ultra-low inflation) cryptocurrency
  • SEC provides more regulatory clarity, confirming (again) that Ethereum is not a security
  • Staking services help drive ETH staked to 10 million (or ~10% of circulating supply)
  • Ethereum gains mainstream attention after forward-looking regulated fintech brands integrate Ethereum-based savings accounts.

Away from price speculation, there are also numerous other developments I expect to happen next year.

  • Stablecoins in circulation grow to over $100 billion with algorithmic stablecoins taking a 20% market share thanks to their capital efficiency
  • US Treasury goes after Tether sending markets tumbling 😬
  • DeFi TVL surpasses $200 billion thanks, in part, to the introduction of Ethereum Layer 2 protocols
  • Onchain identity and reputation protocols are used to privately KYC users for the first time
  • Coinbase IPO leads to a massive repricing of decentralized exchange tokens as CBSE launches with a $50 billion+ valuation.
  • ETH outperforms BTC against fiat by 5x 🚀

One thing is for certain, the Ethereum ecosystem will continue to grow at a staggering pace with new ideas and experiments that once again challenge our understanding of money and value.

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  • Kit includes: 16 oz of brick transformations whitewashed paint, one mixing container, three wiping rags, one roll of painters tape, one plastic drop cloth, one 2 brush, one stir stick, step-by-step illustrated instructions
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My Robinhood Review: Why I Like It

Robinhood offers commission-free stock, ETF and options trades, a streamlined trading platform and free cryptocurrency trading, and now offers fractional trades and recurring investments for long-term strategies. Many or all of the products featured here are from our partners who compensate us. This may influence which products we write about and where and how the product appears on a page. However, this does not influence our evaluations. Our opinions are our own.

I Give It A 4 Star Rating

The bottom line: Robinhood provides free stock, options, ETF and cryptocurrency trades, and its account minimum is $0, too. Mutual funds and bonds aren’t offered, and only taxable investment accounts are available. Still, if you’re looking to limit costs or trade crypto, Robinhood is a solid choice.

Jump to: OPEN ACCOUNT on Robinhood’s website.

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Pros & Cons

Pros

  • No account minimum.
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Cons

  • No retirement accounts.
  • No mutual funds or bonds.
  • Limited customer support.

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How To Get 100% Free Advertising On Google

Did you know you can get ranked number 1 on Google for free using Google My Business (previously Google Local Business Center) and Google Maps. Google My Business helps your advertisements show up in Google searches that are made in close proximity to your business which will help you get more traffic, leads and sales. I am still learning so feel free to learn more with me!

In the image below you can see the free local google listing again but this time you can also see my paid advertising at the top (highlighted in yellow) which I have paid for through Google Adwords. I use Google Adwords to ensure that I get clicked first no matter what.

Keep reading to find out how to get to number 1 on Google for free.

What You Need To Get Free Advertising On Google

Before you jump in and get your free advertising on Google you will need to have these things:

  • An account with Google.
  • The phone number(s), addresses and any other contact information you want to advertise.
  • An address to verify your address (Google mails a postcard)
  • Optional: A logo and/or image(s) of your business and products

How To Get Free Advertising On Google

  1. Go to https://www.google.com/business and click Start Now.
  2. Search for your business to verify that it is not already listed. If you do not find your business, continue entering your info.
  3. Follow the simple steps provided by Google. You will be asked to verify your business by getting a code in your mailbox.
    Some business owners may be able to verify through other methods like phone call, text, email, or Google Search Console. If you see any of these options, follow the directions on the page to verify your business, and skip the instructions in this guide.
  4. Verify your business. You will have 30 days to verify. In the mean time, read their FAQ.
  5. Well there we have it, you can now get free advertising on Google. You can edit your listing by going back to the Google My Business page.

& there you have it, you can now get free advertising on Google. Best of luck!

What Is Cryptocurrency?

By now you’ve probably heard about the cryptocurrency craze. Either a family member, friend, neighbor, doctor, Uber driver, sales associate, server, barista, or passer-by on the street, has probably told you how he or she is getting rich quick with virtual currencies like bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, or one of the lesser-known 1,300-plus investable cryptocurrencies.

But how much do you really know about them? Considering just how many questions I’ve received out of the blue from the aforementioned group of people over the last month, the answer is probably, “not a lot.”

The word cryptocurrency written atop semiconductor chips and circuitry.

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Today, we’ll change that. We’re going to walk through the basics of cryptocurrencies, step by step, and explain things in plain English. No crazy technical jargon here. Just sticks and stones examples of how today’s cryptocurrencies work, what they’re ultimately trying to accomplish, and how they’re being valued.

Let’s get started.

What are cryptocurrencies?

Simply put, cryptocurrencies are electronic peer-to-peer currencies. They don’t physically exist. You can’t pick up a bitcoin and hold it in your hand, or pull one out of your wallet. But just because you can’t physically hold a bitcoin, it doesn’t mean they aren’t worth anything, as you’ve probably noticed by the rapidly rising prices of virtual currencies over the past couples of months.

How many cryptocurrencies are there?

The number is always changing, but according to CoinMarketCap.com as of Dec. 30, there were around 1,375 different virtual coins that investors could potentially buy. It’s worth noting that the barrier to entry is particularly low among cryptocurrencies. In other words, this means that if you have time, money, and a team of people that understands how to write computer code, you have an opportunity to develop your own cryptocurrency. It likely means new cryptocurrencies will continue entering the space as time passes.

Why were cryptocurrencies invented?

Technically, the idea of an electronic peer-to-peer currency was being tinkered with decades ago, but it wasn’t truly successful until 2008, when bitcoin was conceived. The basis of bitcoin’s creation, and all virtual currencies that have since followed, was to fix a number of perceived flaws with the way money is transmitted from one party to another.

What flaws? For example, think about how long it can take for a bank to settle a cross-border payment, or how financial institutions have been reaping the rewards of fees by acting as a third-party middleman during transactions. Cryptocurrencies work around the traditional financial system through the use of blockchain technology.

A person touching an encrypted block that's part of a blockchain on a digital screen.

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OK, what the heck is blockchain?

Blockchain is the digital ledger where all transactions involving a virtual currency are stored. If you buy bitcoin, sell bitcoin, use your bitcoin to buy a Subway sandwich, and so on, it’ll be recorded, in an encrypted fashion, in this digital ledger. The same goes for other cryptocurrencies.

Think of blockchain technology as the infrastructure that underlies virtual coins. It’s the foundation of your home, while the tethered virtual coin represents all the products built on top of that foundation.

Why is blockchain a potentially better choice than the current system of transferring money?

Blockchain offers a number of potential advantages, but is designed to cure three major problems with the current money transmittance system.

First, blockchain technology is decentralized. In simple terms, this just means there isn’t a data center where all transaction data is stored. Instead, data from this digital ledger is stored on hard drives and servers all over the globe. The reason this is done is twofold: 1.) it ensures that no one person or company will have central authority over a virtual currency, and 2.) it acts as a safeguard against cyberattacks, such that criminals aren’t able to gain control of a cryptocurrency and exploit its holders.

Secondly, as noted, there’s no middleman with blockchain technology. Since no third-party bank is needed to oversee these transactions, the thought is that transaction fees might be lower than they currently are.

Finally, transactions on blockchain networks may have the opportunity to settle considerably faster than traditional networks. Let’s remember that banks have pretty rigid working hours, and they’re closed at least one or two days a week. And, as noted, cross-border transactions can be held for days while funds are verified. With blockchain, this verification of transactions is always ongoing, which means the opportunity to settle transactions much more quickly, or perhaps even instantly.

Multiple hard drives and graphics cards being used to mine digital currencies.

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How are transactions verified on a blockchain?

You might be wondering how these blockchain transactions are verified. After all, there are logistics involved, such as making sure that the same virtual coin isn’t being spent twice. Often this verification falls onto a group of folks known as “miners.”

Cryptocurrency miners are nothing more than people with high-powered computers who are competing against other people with high-powered computers to solve complex math equations. These equations are a product of the encryption designed to protect transaction data on the digital ledger.

The first miner to solve these equations, and in the process verify transactions on the ledger, gets a reward, which is known as a “block reward.” This reward is paid out in virtual coins, and is an example of how bitcoin transactions are verified. This process is referred to as “proof of work.”

The only other major verification process in place is known as “proof of stake.” Instead of having people use tons of resources trying to solve complex equations to verify transactions, the proof of stake model chooses who gets to verify the next block of transactions based on their ownership in a virtual currency. In essence, the more you own, the better chance you have of getting to verify transactions. With proof of stake, there is no competition among your peers and no excessive energy usage while solving complex equations, which can make it much more cost-effective.

The proof of stake model also rewards those folks who verify transactions differently. Instead of being paid in virtual coins, the stakeholder earns the transaction fees tied to that block of transactions. 

A person with black gloves typing on a keyboard with a dark background.

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Are blockchain networks public or private?

The interesting thing is that blockchain has the opportunity to be public or private. As you might imagine, a private blockchain would appeal most to businesses, while public blockchains are most appealing to consumers who might want to use their virtual currency to buy goods or services, or to cryptocurrency investors.

A private blockchain, just as it sounds, allows a business to place restrictions on who has access to data, and who can make transactions on the network. Meanwhile, public blockchains allow anyone to join and participate. Bitcoin is an example of a public blockchain.

Is it true that cryptocurrency transactions are anonymous?

The answer to this is, “it depends.” Most cryptocurrencies aren’t as anonymous as you’d think. Sure, you don’t have to supply your Social Security number or bank account to begin trading or investing in cryptocurrencies, but any transaction you make is still going to be recorded in the underlying digital ledger.

Recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) won a court case against cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase that required the exchange to turn over information on 14,355 users who, between 2013 and 2015, exchanged at least $20,000 worth of bitcoin. While the IRS primarily sought this info to go after possible capital-gain tax evaders, the bigger idea here is that these transactions aren’t as anonymous as you’d think. 

How do virtual coins fit into all of this?

As noted, digital currencies are what investors are buying. In nearly all instances, buying a cryptocurrency won’t give an investor any ownership in the underlying blockchain technology. This happens to be one of the biggest differences between cryptocurrencies and traditional investments, like stocks. If you buy stock in a publicly traded company, you own a fractional percentage of that business. That’s not the case with nearly all cryptocurrencies.

So, what do the virtual coins do exactly? In many instances, the coins are required to pay for transactions fees on a blockchain. Ethereum, which is one of the largest cryptocurrencies by market cap behind bitcoin, requires users of its blockchain to pay transaction fees in its coin, known as Ether. But there are other potential applications.

For example, Ripple’s coin, known as the XRP, may serve as an intermediary that’ll allow transactions to settle faster. Ripple is a blockchain company that’s focused on partnering with big banks and financial institutions. Imagine that a customer in Japan wants to make a payment to a business in the U.K. If this payment were routed through Ripple’s blockchain, it could take the payment in Japanese yen, convert that payment into XRP coins, then convert those coins into British pounds. All of this could theoretically be done instantly, or at the very least considerably faster than traditional banks (and hopefully for a lower cost). 

How should cryptocurrencies be valued?

Truth be told, no one knows the answer to this, because it’s dependent on a number of factors. These include:

  • How quickly blockchain technology is adopted by bigger businesses;
  • How quickly merchants are willing to accept virtual currencies as a form of payment;
  • Whether governments around the world will accept cryptocurrencies as legal tender, or choose to ban them entirely.

It’s also unclear at times how cohesive a virtual coin and its underlying blockchain are. The example above involving Ripple’s blockchain and its XRP shows how the two work pretty well hand-in-hand. Not all cryptocurrencies have a coin that has a clear-cut use or enhances the value of its underlying blockchain. This is why valuing cryptocurrencies often proves difficult.

A physical gold bitcoin in front of a rising chart.

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Why have cryptocurrencies gone up so much?

Again, there’s no 100% correct answer here, but the key in their success remains two factors. First, retail investors (i.e., non-professional investors) have accounted for most virtual currency trading. Institutional investors have kept to the sidelines because either their company won’t allow them to invest in cryptocurrencies, or they’re simply too volatile to merit an investment. Retail investors tend to be more reliant on their emotions relative to institutional investors, leading to moves that tend to overshoot to the upside, and downside.

The second factor is that this isn’t exactly a “fair” market. Among traditional equities, like the stock market, an investor has the opportunity to buy, sell, and even bet against an equity. Money can be made if an equity moves up or down. With nearly all cryptocurrencies, except bitcoin, buying or selling is the only option. There is no way to make money if a cryptocurrency goes down, which naturally tends to incentivize buying. This probably won’t last forever, but it’s played a key role in pushing prices higher.

What Order Should You Watch the Marvel Netflix Series?

Daredevil, Season 1

So first up in the Marvel Netflix series of shows is Daredevil. Matt Murdock, played by Charlie Cox, is a blind lawyer in Hell’s Kitchen with super ninja fighting skills and heightened senses (especially hearing). A practicing attorney by day and vigilante by night, Matt tries to keep his two lives separate.

Daredevil TV poster

Dark, edgy, and fully captivating, Daredevil has a nice mix of villains, vigilantism, and vengeance. The hero is an engaging character with an alter-ego that you can’t help rooting for.

I most enjoy the depth of Daredevil’s story line. It’s villain, Wilson Fisk, played superbly by Vincent D’Onorfio, is connected to a more deeply-rooted evil that develops through the seasons and into Defenders. And there are other villains, who maybe aren’t villains, that provide a wonderful complexity to the characters and plot.

Jessica Jones, Season 1

Jessica Jones is my favorite of the six Marvel Netflix series. Her story is riveting, the villain is outstanding, and the show features several characters that are well-developed and compelling. Unlike some of the other Marvel Netflix shows, I was never once tempted to pick up my phone and scroll through Facebook during any episode of Jessica Jones.

Jessica Jones

Jessica, played by Krysten Ritter, is a self-destructive private investigator who’s had more than her fair share of tragedies in life. Her super power is strength, but she also has the ability to fly (or jump really hard and far).

I love Jessica’s sarcasm, dry wit, and strength of character. And her show definitely has the best villain in the Netflix Marvel universe – Kilgrave, played by David Tennant of Doctor Who fame. It was so suspenseful to watch Kilgrave’s powers and wonder how Jessica would escape them and save the world from his brand of evil. You even think she might save him.

The supporting characters in Jessica Jones, including her friend Trish, neighbor Malcom, and Luke Cage, are all given a lot of room for development and integrated really well into the series.

Daredevil, Season 2

I really enjoyed the realistic relationship progression between Matt and Karen, and Matt and Foggy, in season two of Daredevil. We also get to meet Matt’s ex-lover Elektra. Elektra’s a bad-ass in her own right and plays a crucial part in The Defenders.

Season two of Daredevil is better than season one simply because of the addition of Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal. The Punisher is truly fantastic and if you don’t have time to watch all the Marvel Netflix series, I’d advising going right to The Punisher after Daredevil. The other series don’t contribute much to The Punisher’s story, so go ahead and skip them if you don’t have time. You can always go back. And The Punisher is so worth it.

Luke Cage, Season 1

Luke Cage, played by Mike Colter, has impenetrable skin. He’s bullet-proof, he can’t be stabbed, and he’s super strong. He wants to live a quiet life and keep to himself, but trouble – and heroism – seems to find him. Such is the problem all superheroes face.

Luke Cage cast

A good villain is important in any series. Luke gets mixed up in a Harlem crime lord ring and finds himself face to face with an enemy from his past. There’s also the element of political corruption. This makes Luke’s story more relatable than fighting, say, super ninjas.

Luke is like a big teddy bear, if you ask me – humble and lovable. But beneath his sexy/tough exterior is a broken man struggling with a tragic past. He develops a relationship with Claire Temple, played by Rosario Dawson, a nurse who seems attracted to people with “abilities.” Claire appears in both Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but she plays a bigger part in Luke Cage.

Iron Fist, Season 1

Iron Fist is my least favorite of the Marvel Netflix series and I happen to think you could completely skip it and really not miss much. You’ll lose a little context in The Defenders, but I couldn’t even finish Iron Fist and I had no problem.

Danny Rand (aka Iron Fist) died at age 10 with his parents in a plane crash over the Himalayas… except that he didn’t. He was actually rescued and raised by monks who taught him to focus his chi into an all-powerful fist. And now he is the chosen one to defeat the evil organization known as The Hand.

Defenders, Season 1

We’ve learned the back stories of Matt, Jessica, Luke and Danny. We’ve met their friends, lovers, sidekicks and nemeses. And now they’ve come together to fight an evil organization called The Hand.

Netflix Defenders

There were a some high points in The Defenders. Everyone has to admit that watching the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen fight the Iron Fist was super awesome. And I loved the interaction between our heroes. Jessica and Luke’s banter, Daredevil and Iron Fist’s fight scenes, and Jessica’s constant eye-rolling kept me entertained. They play off each other with lots of dry sarcasm – which is a delight in such a dark series.

Besides our heroes, my favorite character in The Defenders is Elektra, played by Elodie Yung. Her character, her fight scenes and her struggle are believable and sympathetic. And I love seeing her cape fly around while she battles the Iron Fist.

The Punisher, Season 1

Did I say that Jessica Jones was my favorite Marvel Netflix series? That was before I saw The Punisher. I love Jon Bernthal (who played Shane in The Walking Dead), and this character is complex, intense, and brutally emotional.

Punisher TV poster

Former US Marine Frank Castle had seen a lot of death and corruption. One day, his knowledge of said corruption leads to his family being gunned down. Tormented by the death of his wife and kids, Frank becomes The Punisher and sets out for revenge.

The thing is, Frank is really a good guy. We are treated to several fleeting moments that show his endearing side, while watching him brutally beat people the next moment. It’s a roller coaster of a show as we watch Frank’s layers peel away like an onion.

As I mentioned above, you do get a bit of an introduction to The Punisher in season two of Daredevil. But if you only want to watch one of these show, and you love a gritty, emotional series, watch The Punisher.

Jessica Jones, Season 2

The second season of Jessica Jones was not quite as good as the first. This season finds Jessica reunited with someone from her past and we get quite a bit of backstory. I thought season two lacked a good villain – I really miss Kilgrave. But we still get plenty of classic Jessica sarcasm and cynicism.

Meanwhile, Trish is on a quest to become her own superhero, which results in some shocking events. Malcolm is still around (and he’s a doll!) and Jessica gets a new, hot love interest. But the most intriguing secondary story line is Jeri Hogarth’s, played by the awesome Carrie-Anne Moss. Hogarth’s arc in season two is both powerful and heartbreaking.

Luke Cage, Season 2

Season two of Luke Cage was a lot like season one. I felt it was more of the same and a tad boring at times. While Luke’s character does some developing – and takes an interesting turn at the end of the season – I would really like to see more of a character arc for Luke. And, once again, not nearly enough Claire! (Netflix should give Claire her own spinoff, in my opinion.)

I hate the villain in this season of Luke Cage. Bushmaster is annoying, hard to look at, and harder to understand with his thick Jamaican accent. We get a lot of backstory on Mariah in this season, and there’s a pretty decent arc for Shades, probably my favorite character in this show!

Iron Fist, Season 2

They have canceled further seasons of this series, I am so bummed… because Iron Fist is one of my absolute favorites.

Daredevil, Season 3

Wilson Fisk, who is one of my favorite characters of all the Marvel Netflix shows, returns and this season is darker than ever! I think I loved it more than season 2. Daredevil has been canceled by Netflix, but this season wraps up nicely and provides good closure for the series. 

The Punisher, Season 2

Frank Castle is back and trying to live a lay-low kinda life. But trouble keeps finding him. In this season, he helps a young girl who is being hunted by an assassin. But it was the secondary plots of Agent Dinah Madani, Billy Russo, and his odd relationship with his therapist, that interested me the most.

The Punisher season 2 was less thoughtful than season one, but it made up for that with some serious ass-kicking. It’s chock-full of incredible action and intense violence.

Jon Bernthal is just incredible in this role and I will really miss this show.

Jessica Jones, Season 3

The third season of Jessica Jones dives deep into Trish’s character and story line. I liked this season better than season 2, but not as much as season 1.

Can you watch any of these shows on their own? Sure. I know it’s tough to fit in all this binge-watching time, so here are a couple short-cuts I recommend for watching the Marvel Netflix series:

  • Don’t watch The Defenders without watching at least 3 of the 4 series first. You won’t fully get it.
  • You can watch The Punisher a la carte, but it’s a bit better if you watch the first two seasons of Daredevil first.
  • Jessica Jones is also ok a la carte, but I advise going back to Daredevil when you have time.
  • Don’t bother with Iron Fist. Seriously, don’t waste your time.
  • You should see Jessica Jones before Luke Cage.
Marvel Netflix order

If you just want to watch the best Marvel Netflix shows, I suggest you stick with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and The Punisher.

Here’s the full run-down of what order to watch the Marvel Netflix shows:

  1. Daredevil, S1
  2. Jessica Jones, S1
  3. Daredevil, S2
  4. Luke Cage, S1
  5. Iron Fist, S1
  6. Defenders, S1 
  7. The Punisher, S1
  8. Jessica Jones, S2
  9. Luke Cage, S2
  10. Iron Fist, S2 
  11. Daredevil, S3 
  12. The Punisher, S2
  13. Jessica Jones, S3

What I’m Watching On Netflix + Hulu

Catherine’s Top Netflix Picks

  • Stranger Things
  • American Horror Story
  • Marvel’s Luke Cake
  • Marvel’s Jessica Jones
  • Marvel’s Daredevil
  • Marvel’s The Punisher
  • Marvel’s Defenders
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow
  • Arrow
  • Marvel’s Iron Fist
  • Gotham
  • Locke & Key
  • The Queen’s Gambit
  • The Umbrella Academy
  • The Good Place
  • Lost In Space
  • The Rain
  • Chambers
  • Outer Banks
  • Hannibal
  • Glitch
  • Evil
  • Orange Is The New Black
  • Gilmore Girls
  • The Flash
  • Dead To Me
  • The Haunting of Hill House
  • Supergirl
  • Bates Motel
  • Halt and Catch Fire
  • Ratched
  • YOU
  • Ozark
  • Locke & Key
  • Somewhere Between
  • Raising Dion
  • 3%
  • Ragnarok
  • The Mist
  • See You Yesterday
  • When They See Us
  • The Stranger
  • Grace and Frankie
  • Seven Seconds
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • The Haunting of Bly Manor
  • Between
  • Haven
  • In The Dark
  • Rim Of The World
  • The Keeping Hours
  • The I-Land
  • Rust Creek
  • Holidate

American Horror Story is an anthology series where each season centers on its own unique story, with a core cast whose roles change from season to season. Each season provides scares and frightening psychological storylines, whether they take place within a troubled family home, amid a coven of witches, or inside a hotel of circus freaks. American Horror Story is a unique drama, one that capitalizes on the work of series creator Ryan Murphy.

Stranger Things – When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.

Catherine’s Top Hulu Picks

  • The Undoing
  • Run
  • Big Sky
  • For Life
  • The Masked Singer
  • NEXT
  • The Middle

The Undoing – Life for a successful therapist in New York begins to unravel on the eve of publishing her first book.

Run – A homeschooled teenager begins to suspect her mother is keeping a dark secret from her.