Bitcoin Cash (BCH or BCC on exchanges) is a spin-off cryptocurrency that was the result of the August 1 st hard fork by a small, yet significant proportion of the Bitcoin mining community. The fork involves increased block sizes and faster transaction times which in turn will lead to lower transaction fees. The blocksize has increased to 8MB, from the original 1MB that Bitcoin uses. This fork was designed to solve the scalability problems that Bitcoin currently faces. So if Bitcoin Cash is technologically superior to Bitcoin, why don’t I invest in that instead? It’s a tough question to answer because quite frankly, these are still very early days. At the time of writing the fork is only 1 month old and Bitcoin Cash has had high price fluctuations. Liquidity is much lower than Bitcoin (meaning it is difficult to sell large amounts) and real world adoption effects remain to be determined. If you’re a new investor, Bitcoin Cash is certainly something to be monitored. However, the network effects of Bitcoin are still too strong to ignore, and it is still very much the number one cryptocurrency. In terms of market price, the Bitcoin Cash split on August 1 st initially led to a fall in the price of Bitcoin, before it once again rose to an all-time-high in late August. Bitcoin Cash value initially plummeted before a boom and then a reset to its current price of around $550. If you purchased Bitcoin after August 1 st , Bitcoin Cash should be treated as a completely separate currency. Any Bitcoin transaction will not be replicated in Bitcoin Cash or vice versa. If you wish to purchase Bitcoin, look for the symbol BTC on exchanges. If you purchased Bitcoin before August 1 st you may well be able to receive the same amount in Bitcoin Cash - providing you held it in a wallet that was not linked to any exchange. For miners, or those interested in mining, at the time of writing Bitcoin Cash offers greater mining rewards when compared to Bitcoin, due to a decreased difficulty in its proof-of-work algorithm.