I can bet you a tonne of money, more people have lost more money on stocks than on crypto.The difference is that publicly traded companies have tangible value. They have factories, patents, productive employees, trusted brands, visionary leaders and oversight from boards that all contribute to the creation of a useful and profitable product. Returns have never been guaranteed from equity investments but there is a lot of actual data you can use to make an informed bet.
"Investing" in crypto on the other hand is just waiting around hoping more suckers jump on the bandwagon after you did to prop up the price.
"trusted companies" get real please. Companies are there for one thing, and that is profits.
Then you get the smaller companies that rely on capital raising because they have no income, yet the board members still take a pay cut from those funds. It's laughable to say that stocks are regulated. I mean they are in a way. Let the rich keep getting richer all the while the poor are the suckers, only a few win.
If you have held crypto for over 5 years, you are most definitely in the green (besides the scam coins, but hey, you can research that, like you said, use data to determine the best investment).
You do realise some coins are backed by actual businesses making a crap more money than what some businesses are making on the stock market right? Or did you not research that?
And the same can be said about stocks also. Your "STOCK" is only worth what people are willing to pay. Value is added through what people think it's worth, not productivity. Otherwise, the most productive companies would be the richest, which isn't a true statement. For me to sell at a higher price than what I bought a stock, another person has to value it higher and buy it.
Honestly, it's incredible the lengths some go to keep the status quo that keeps them in dumps while the 1% are laughing at the top. Stop thinking companies and governments have you best interests. They don't. And now there is another form of business that they don't understand, they'll say everything they can to make it seem like the worse thing ever. (Warren Buffett for example)