While I don’t really enjoy focusing on money when talking about cryptocurrencies or [blockchain](https://hackernoon.com/tagged/blockchain) [technology](https://hackernoon.com/tagged/technology), many people got interested in them mainly because of impressively high gains, that are often unachievable with traditional investment methods.\n\nLets assume that we invested **$10000** into top 10 coins ($1000 each) by market cap on **01/01/2017**. Obviously this is not a strategy I would recommend trying at home, but lets see what kind of results one could get. Those coins were :\n\n!(https://hackernoon.com/hn-images/1*w7_gIYpMk0YP9XuRjxc7Pw.png)\n\ntop 10 market caps in January 2017\n\nWe obviously simplify the whole operation :\n\n* We have $1000 worth of every coin after all the transfer/purchase fees.\n* We only care about the market cap — we only purchase the top 10 coins.\n* We sold (**HODL!**) the coins today (**01/01/2018**)\n* We didn’t care whether the coin was dipping or was sitting at an all time high which was followed by a correction on the first day of 2017 — we just bought the coins and forgot they exist for one year.\n\nBelow you can find a very simple spreadsheet created thanks to the data provided by [coinmarketcap](https://coinmarketcap.com/).\n\n!(https://hackernoon.com/hn-images/1*FSYIb0HvHhhqVLh_elYK7g.png)\n\nThe strategy worked. As you can see the profits are literally insane. From our initial investment of **$10000** we get **$696359** just one year later. This means that our YOLO portfolio gave us a staggering return of about **7000%**.\n\nIn. Just. One. Year!!!\n\nIs this a bubble? Maybe. Will the market crash? Maybe (if you know the dates let us know in comments).\n\nOf course as the year progressed some of the coins we purchased were kicked out of top 10, they all had their ups and downs. \nAs of today only 5 out of 10 coins we bought remain in top 10 coins by market cap (Bitcoin, Ripple, Ethereum, Litecoin and Dash).\n\n!(https://hackernoon.com/hn-images/1*89ZV8afLfby2Hz97mTzlRw.png)\n\nMarket caps as of 01/01/2018\n\nMarket cap of 10th coin one year ago was equal to slightly more than $39 million. Today it is above $8 BILLION. This shows how much new money has entered cryptocurrency market since then.\n\n!(https://hackernoon.com/hn-images/1*MbQ2a4xHIu4hEV8rrRdm4A.jpeg)\n\nThe Wolf of Wall Street\n\nWhat about our coins though? Which one turned out to be the best investment?\n\n!(https://hackernoon.com/hn-images/1*cmSez-uwD99gn__YDkoCyA.gif)\n\nreddit.com/r/ripple /u/h4ckluserr\n\nOur winner is [Ripple (XRP)](https://ripple.com/) — increased in value over 330 times, giving us almost half of our profit. Over last couple of weeks XRP has increased in value from under $1 to over $2. \nHonourable mentions : [Ethereum](https://www.ethereum.org/) (value increased almost 93 times) and [Dash](https://www.dash.org/) (value increased 93.5 times).\n\nWorst performing coins in our portfolio were [MaidSafeCoin](https://maidsafe.net/) (value increased about 11 times… phew!) and… [Bitcoin](https://bitcoin.org/en/) (value increased 14 times). However Bitcoin itself had the price of almost $1000 one year ago — it couldn’t go up in value as much as the other coins did.\n\n**Not a single one of our investments resulted in a loss.**\n\n2017 really was a wild year for cryptocurrency. Results similar to those presented above might be impossible now, but they might as well be exceeded. We will check it next year.\n\nIs HODL the way to go?\n\n!(https://hackernoon.com/hn-images/1*fJD5qCg_e5O6kqx6Ex0P4Q.jpeg)\n\nSadly this is only a hypothetical situation. However, looking at those numbers I am not surprised many people treat cryptocurrencies like a financial bubble.\n\nWill it burst? As of now, we can only guess.