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Owning a home outright is a dream that many Americans share. Having a mortgage can be a huge burden, and paying it off may be the first item on your financial to-do list. Deciding between prepaying your mortgage and investing your extra cash isn't easy, because each option has advantages and disadvantages. But you can start by weighing what you'll gain financially by choosing one option against what you'll give up. In economic terms, this is known as evaluating the opportunity cost.

When you buy cryptocurrency, you are engaging in something close to pure speculation — the possibility that another investor might consider the digital asset more valuable in the future even if there is no underlying value. Some investors may look at the extreme volatility of cryptocurrency as an opportunity to make quick profits by buying low and selling high, but this requires timing a market sector that is very difficult to predict, and the risks are extremely high. Considering all these factors, it should be clear that adding cryptocurrency to your portfolio involves adding volatility and risk in return for an unknown potential for gain. This kind of trade-off is not appropriate for all investors.

Referred to as the “investor fear index” or just the “fear gauge,” the VIX is the ticker symbol for the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index, which shows the market's expected volatility. The VIX is calculated daily, using the price of options on the S&P 500 and estimates how volatile those options will be between the current date and the option’s expiration date.

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