Ethereum (CRYPTO: ETH) has had a strong couple of months, as its price continues to rebound amid this crypto winter. If you've been on the fence about investing in cryptocurrency, now may seem like a promising time to buy. But is Ethereum really the right option for you?\nAlthough it's currently one of the most popular crypto investments, it's important to fully understand what you're getting into. And there are a few figures that can make it easier to decide whether it's a smart investment right now.\n1. $1,890\nEthereum is currently priced at around $1,890 per token -- a steep discount from its peak of around $4,800 per token in November 2021.\nBecause its price is significantly below its all-time high, now could be a smart time to invest. Not only will you get a hefty discount by investing when prices are lower, but if Ethereum does rebound in the coming months or years, you could see substantial returns.\n2. 500%\nCryptocurrency can be extremely volatile in the short term, but over the long run, it can be a potentially lucrative investment. For example, since the beginning of the year, Ethereum's price has fallen by roughly 50%. But over the past five years, it's up nearly 500% -- despite experiencing several major downturns in that time.\nIf you choose to invest in Ethereum, be sure you're willing to keep a long-term outlook. Crypto isn't a get-rich-quick scheme, but it can potentially make you a lot of money over time.\nOf course, there are no guarantees that Ethereum will continue to see this type of growth. But despite having a rough year so far, it's still earned significant returns over time. By investing now and holding your investments for the long term, it's more likely you'll see positive average returns.\n3. $230 billion\nCurrently, Ethereum has a market cap of roughly $230 billion. It's consistently held its position as the second most popular cryptocurrency behind Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC), which has a market cap of around $463 billion.\nOver the past couple of years, Ethereum has been steadily gaining traction and closing the gap between it and Bitcoin. As its network becomes more popular for decentralized applications like NFT marketplaces and DeFi projects, Ethereum has been inching closer to the top spot -- and some experts believe it could eventually overtake Bitcoin as the most popular crypto.\nAlso, Ethereum could be poised for even more growth as it approaches its update, "The Merge." This upgrade, currently slated for September, will help move the network from a proof of work (PoW) mining protocol to proof of stake (PoS). As a result, Ethereum will be significantly faster, more energy-efficient, and far more affordable for users.\nIs Ethereum right for you?\nWhile the future looks promising for Ethereum, there are no guarantees that it will succeed. Crypto is still highly speculative, and there's always a chance that you could lose all the money you invest.\nBefore you buy, think about how much risk you're willing to tolerate, and only invest money you can comfortably afford to lose. Also, don't go into this investment expecting to become a millionaire overnight. It can take time to see significant returns, and it's wise to be prepared for more volatility along the way.\nEthereum can be a fantastic investment, but it's not right for everyone. By weighing the pros and cons of investing in cryptocurrency, it will be easier to decide whether it's a good fit for your portfolio.\n10 stocks we like better than Ethereum\nWhen our award-winning analyst team has a stock tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the newsletter they have run for over a decade, Motley Fool Stock Advisor, has tripled the market.*\nThey just revealed what they believe are the ten best stocks for investors to buy right now... and Ethereum wasn't one of them! That's right -- they think these 10 stocks are even better buys.\n*Stock Advisor returns as of August 11, 2022\nKatie Brockman has positions in Bitcoin and Ethereum. The Motley Fool has positions in and recommends Bitcoin and Ethereum. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.\nThe views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.\nFounded in 1993 in Alexandria, VA., by brothers David and Tom Gardner, The Motley Fool is a multimedia financial-services company dedicated to building the world's greatest investment community. Reaching millions of people each month through its website, books, newspaper column, radio show, television appearances, and subscription newsletter services, The Motley Fool champions shareholder values and advocates tirelessly for the individual investor. The company's name was taken from Shakespeare, whose wise fools both instructed and amused, and could speak the truth to the king -- without getting their heads lopped off.\nToday’s Big Picture\nAsia-Pacific equity indexes ended today’s session down across the board. India’s Sensex ended the day essentially flat, down 0.06%, China’s Shanghai Composite and Australia’s ASX All Ordinaries declined 0.54% and 0.55%, respectively while Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.65%, Taiwan’s TAIEX dropped 0.74% and South Korea’s KOSPI declined 0.90%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng led the way, down 1.96% on a broad selloff led by Health Technology and Health Services names while Transportation and Communications sectors provided the only relief. By mid-day trading, major European equity indices are down across the board and U.S. futures point to a positive open later this morning.\nAt 8:30 AM ET, the much anticipated July Consumer Price Index (CPI) report was released: The headline figure for the month was expected to fall to 8.7% from June’s blistering 9.1% reading with core CPI that excludes food and energy ticking higher to 6.1% in July vs. 6.0% the prior month. The actual numbers show that inflation hit 8.5%, and core inflation was 5.9%. With the national average retail price for a gallon of gas falling through late June and July from its June 14 high of $5.016 per gallon per data from AAA, forecasters had expected the month over month decline in the headline CPI for July. The July Employment Report also showed wage inflation ran hotter than expected during the month.\nLet’s also keep in mind that we will be facing a “wash, rinse, repeat” cycle when it comes to inflation data and expectations for the Fed given tomorrow’s July Producer Price Index report.\nData Download\nInternational Economy\nProducer prices in Japan rose by 8.6% YoY in July, compared with market forecasts of 8.4% and following an upwardly revised 9.4% the prior month. While marking the 17th straight month of producer inflation, the latest reading was the softest since last December.\nChina's annual inflation rate rose to 2.7% in July from 2.5% in June and compared with market forecasts of 2.9% but even so the July figure marked the highest reading in the last year. The country’s Producer Price Inflation figure for July eased to a 17-month low of 4.2% YoY from 6.1% the prior month and less than the market consensus of 4.8%.\nAnnual inflation rate in Germany was confirmed at 7.5% YoY for the month of July, down slightly from June’s 7.6% reading but still above the March and April figures of 7.3%-7.4%.\nThe annual inflation rate in Italy slowed to 7.9% YoY in July from June’s 8% reading matching expectations for the month. While energy prices declined, prices for food and transportation rose at a faster pace.\nDomestic Economy\nThis morning we have the usual Wednesday weekly reports for MBA Mortgage Applications and Crude Oil Inventories from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. At 10 AM ET, Wholesale Inventories for June will be published, and the figure is expected to rise 1.9%. While investors and economists will keep more than a passing interest in those reports and data, as we discussed above, it will be the July Consumer Price Index report at 8:30 AM ET that will shape not only how the US stock market opens today, but also expectations for the Fed’s next course of monetary policy action.\nThe U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) expects domestic production of crude oil, natural gas and coal will all increase next year compared with this year. It forecast US crude production rising 6.7% to an all-time annual high 12.7M bbl\/day in 2023 from 11.9M bbl\/day in 2022, US natural gas output climbing to 100B cubic feet (cf)\/day from 97B cf\/day, and US coal production inching up to 601M short tons in 2023 from an expected 599M this year. The EIA also modestly increased its 2022 average nationwide gasoline price forecast to $4.07\/gallon vs. $4.05 if called for last month. It now also sees 2023 prices at $3.59\/GAL vs. its previous forecast of $3.57.\nMarkets\nStocks continued in their holding pattern waiting for the latest CPI print save for some fundamental stories pushing Technology names and small caps around. The Dow and the S&P 500 were down slightly at 0.18% and 0.42%, respectively while the Nasdaq Composite dropped 1.19% and the Russell 2000 closed down 1.46% on the day. Energy names led the way yesterday but were overpowered by Technology and Consumer Discretionary sectors.\nHere’s how the major market indicators stack up year-to-date:\nDow Jones Industrial Average: -9.81%\nS&P 500: -13.51%\nNasdaq Composite: -20.14%\nRussell 2000: -15.83%\nBitcoin (BTC-USD): -52.08%\nEther (ETH-USD): -55.38%\nStocks to Watch\nBefore trading kicks off, CyberArk (CYBR), Fox Corp. (FOXA), Jack in the Box (JACK), Nomad Foods (NOMD), Vita Coco (COCO), Tufin Software (TUFN), and Wendy’s (WEN) will be among the companies issuing their latest quarterly results and guidance.\nAt 9 AM ET, Samsung (SSNLF) will hold its Galaxy Unpacked 2022 at which it is expected to introduce new Galaxy foldable smartphone models, a new Galaxy Watch, and Galaxy Buds.\nShares of advertising technology platform company The Trade Desk (TTD) jumped after the company reported quarterly results that topped expectations and guided current quarter revenue above the consensus forecast.\nThe RealReal (REAL) reported a smaller than expected bottom line loss for its June quarter as revenue for the period rose 47.2% YoY to %154.44 million, topping the $153.99 million consensus. However, the company issued downside guidance for both the current quarter and 2022. Revenue for the September quarter is now expected to be $145-$155 million vs. the $164.3 million consensus; for the full year of 2022, revenue is forecasted to be $615-$635 million vs. the $653.7 million consensus.\nShares of Coinbase Global (COIN) moved lower after it reported June quarter results that missed top and bottom line expectations. Revenue for the quarter fell 63.7% YoY as Total trading volume fell 53.0% YoY and 29.8% sequentially to $217 billion. Monthly Transacting Users (MTUs) grew 2.3% YoY but fell 2.2% sequentially to 9.0 million. For the current quarter, Coinbase sees the number of MTUs trending lower sequentially and total trading volume to be lower compared to the June quarter.\nShares of Sweetgreen (SG) tumbled in aftermarket trading last night after the company missed quarterly revenue expectations, lowered its 2022 forecast, announced it will lay off 5% of its workforce, and downsize to smaller offices.\nChipMOS TECHNOLOGIES (IMOS) reported its July revenue was $65.1 million, a decrease of 19.4% YoY and down 7.7% MoM.\nTaiwan Semiconductor (TSM) reported its July revenue increased 49.9% YoY to NT$186.76 billion, which equates to a 6.2% MoM improvement.\nElectric vehicle subscription startup Autonomy placed a $1.2 billion order for 23K electric vehicles with 17 global automakers, including BMW (BMWYY), Canoo (GOEV), Fisker (FSR), Ford (F), General Motors (GM), Hyundai (HYMTF), Lucid Group (LCID), Mercedes-Benz (DDAIF), Polestar (PSNY), Rivian (RIVN), Stellantis (STLA), Subaru (FUJHY), Tesla (TSLA), Toyota Motor (TM), VinFast, Volvo Car (VLVOF) and Volkswagen (VLKAF).\nIPOs\nAs of now, no IPOs are slated to be priced this week. Readers looking to dig more into the upcoming IPO calendar should visit Nasdaq’s Latest & Upcoming IPOs page.\nAfter Today’s Market Close\nBumble (BMBL), CACI International (CACI), Coherent (COHR), Dutch Bros. (BROS), Red Robin Gourmet (RRGB), and Walt Disney (DIS) are expected to report their quarterly results after equities stop trading today. Those looking for more on which companies are reporting when, head on over to Nasdaq’s Earnings Calendar.\nOn the Horizon\nThursday, August 11\nGermany: Thomson Reuters Ipsos Monthly Global Primary Consumer Sentiment Index - August\nUS: Weekly Initial & Continuing Jobless Claims\nUS: Producer Price Index – July\nUS: Weekly EIA Natural Gas Inventories\nFriday, August 12\nJapan: Thomson Reuters Ipsos Monthly Global Primary Consumer Sentiment Index - August\nChina: China Thomson Reuters Ipsos Monthly Global Primary Consumer Sentiment Index - August\nEurozone: Industrial Production - June\nUS: Import\/Export Prices – July\nUS: University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment Index (Preliminary) – August\nThought for the Day\n“The release date is just one day, but the record is forever.” ~ Bruce Springsteen\nDisclosures\nTufin Software (TUFN), CyberArk (CYBR) are constituents of the Foxberry Tematica Research Cybersecurity & Data Privacy Index\nCanoo (GOEV), Fisker (FSR), Lucid Group (LCID), Rivian (RIVN), Tesla (TSLA), Vita Coco (COCO) are constituents of the Tematica BITA Cleaner Living Index\nCanoo (GOEV), Fisker (FSR), Lucid Group (LCID), Rivian (RIVN), Tesla (TSLA), Vita Coco (COCO) are constituents of the Tematica BITA Cleaner Living Sustainability Screened Index\nThe views and opinions expressed herein are the views and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Nasdaq, Inc.