Crypto does not produce anything. It is a currency and also a commodity. For years, every person who mentioned crypto was trying to get rich quickly. A few did. Most did not. This is the outcome of any high risk gambling activity. When I buy a REIT, it will have intrinsic value. It is oddly easy to calculate. In a reasonable market, the buildings will be worth a certain amount. I can buy a REIT with roughly 4B of property, 2.5B market cap, 1.5B debt, and a P/E of 6. 10 years from now, the property can reasonably be expected to double in value. That doubling will more than double the value of the shares, assuming no dilution. This is because of the debt leverage. As well as this, the REIT is be expected to yield 5~8% of the original money invested over the course of that 10 years. This is a case of a corporation producing value. The assets go up in value. They also make money and distribute it to the owners. This makes a well run REIT a prime example of an investment. Crypto has no inherent value due to it's lack of ability to produce anything. It's only worth what someone else will pay for it. In a sense, it's a game of hot potato. This isn't strictly true, anymore, now that crypto is being used for FX and even online transactions but this activity remains extremely small compared to the capital invested in the float of various crypto varieties.