Coinbase is the talk of Wallstreet. It will begin trading on the NASDAQ through a direct listing tonight. Coinbase allows users to buy and sell crypto assets such as Bitcoin and Ethereum and its business has been on a tear of late. Revenue doubled in 2020 and then surged over 900% in the first quarter of 2021.

Its shares have recently traded privately at a company-valuation of close to US$100 billion, making it even more valuable than traditional stock exchanges like NASDAQ Inc (NASDAQ: NDAQ) and Intercontinental Exchange Inc (NYSE: ICE), which is the parent company of the New York Stock Exchange.

Coinbase’s high valuation and strong business performance come as interest in cryptocurrencies spiked in 2020 and early 2021.

With the hype around Coinbase, I decided to take a quick look at its prospectus and note down some reasons for and against investing in it. Here’s my list.

Reasons to invest

Rocketing recent growth: Coinbase’s