Crypto Markets - Buying, Trading, and Investing in Cryptocurrencies
Site disclaimer: THIS IS NOT INVESTMENT ADVICE. You need to know what you are doing before you do anything here, but it doesn't hurt to look at the exchanges and get familiar with coins and charts and market caps and such.
Assessing the Crypto Market
Here is a growing list of market research websites. We always recommend: DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH (DYOR).
Buying and Exchanging Bitcoin
Your first step is to simply buy some Bitcoin. While I am not an investment advisor -- and please be aware that Bitcoin could absolutely go to zero -- it could also (and likely will) go insanely higher (as you’ve seen in your research)... so why not get started? You don’t have to go all-in. You can buy small increments of Bitcoin (same with Ether and Litecoin). You can buy $100 worth of Bitcoin at a time if you want. You can average in, let’s say… 0.05 BTC every month (about $284 at time of this writing Oct 2017.)
Once you have some Bitcoin, you can send it to an exchange and exchange for alt coins. Learn more about Security and Best Practices.
Bitcoin Exchanges in the US
Alt Coin Exchanges
The following are well-know, centralized exchanges. De-centralized exchanges (DEX) are on the way and you can buy their coins now. Where, on these centralized exchanges, of course!