World-renowned financial magazine Bloomberg has recently published a report, wherein it has revealed that Bitcoin can soon attain gold-like value. The coronavirus outbreak had induced a momentary stock market tailspin, but Bitcoin is back on track with its bull run. In general, investors tend to compare new asset classes with the traditional ones, and today, we are going to answer some common queries about Bitcoin as digital gold.
Gold – Our Most Trusted Asset
Humans have highly valued the yellow metal since time immemorial. In ancient Europe, gold was an integral component of various temple rituals. Even in the modern world, gold serves as the paramount choice for jewelry. The importance of this precious metal has been retained nonetheless. Gold has also played an important role in shaping the U.S. economy, given its rarity. The value of each dollar was pegged against a certain amount of gold until President Nixon ended this practice in 1971.
According to the renowned ancient philosopher Aristotle, any means should cover these three following attributes for being treated as money:
- It should act as a store of value.
- It should act as a medium of exchange.
- It should possess a unit of account.
Coming to modern times, gold is not used as money anymore. Rather it is used in the form of jewelry and a store of value. However, it has also gained importance in other spheres like dentistry, electronics, and aerospace. The country’s health is also indicated by the price of gold, which remains lower during the spans of expansion. Similarly, the gold price rises during the inflation phase. As the financial market crashed mid-September in 2008, the gold price bounced below $740 per ounce, while it rose over $1900 per ounce in August 2011.
The Highly Volatile Bitcoin
Bitcoin was incubated in 2008 for providing the global population with a currency that shall not be controlled by any bank or government body. The main idea was to create a decentralized currency to solve all the problems faced by fiat currencies. Initially, Bitcoin had a negligible value but this crypto started gaining global traction on 9th February 2011, when it attained parity with USD. The Bitcoin price in INR during that time also corresponded to one dollar.
Bitcoin’s price skyrocketed from $4.6 to $426 between 2011 to 2015, which accounted for a growth of 9000%. This kind of unprecedented growth has never been seen in finance history, which made investors around the world sit up and take notice of this new contender to traditional currencies. The BTC rate in India today is 1146172 INR.
But just like other cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin suffers from an inherent limitation, and that is its high level of volatility. This has made it a component of the high-risk asset category coupled with double-digit variation, which occurs daily. Irrespective of all this, the profitability of Bitcoin is undeniable.
Gold Versus Bitcoin
For being considered as digital gold, Bitcoin needs to possess certain attributes. Let’s check each of them to gain a clearer knowledge of the criterias it fulfills:
- Bitcoin and gold are both excellent means of exchange as both can be traded for goods and services.
- Just like gold can be divided into quarter or half ounces, you can also divide Bitcoin up to 1 satoshi (the smallest unit of a bitcoin) while converting them in bitcoin exchange India. This validates Bitcoin’s claim as a unit of account.
- While Bitcoin served as a store of value previously, its role amidst the current market turmoil has made bitcoin skeptics argue that the intangible nature of bitcoin causes it to have zero intrinsic value.
Mike Novogratz, the billionaire investor, and CEO at Galaxy Investment Partners, recently revealed that Bitcoin’s price is expected to go higher as digital gold. This is going to cause more and more people to wish for Bitcoin as a considerable portion of their entire portfolio. He further added that Bitcoin will not gain acceptance as a transactional currency in the coming five years. He shared his thoughts on Radio and Bloomberg TV, where he vouched for Bitcoin to serve as a store of value.
Various crypto aficionados around the globe have raised concerns about central banks printing money to counter the pandemic. This can bring about inflationary trends in days to come. Different central banks around the globe are trying to create their indigenous digital assets, and China is already in the path of testing out a digital yuan. PayPal Holdings Inc. allowed customers to make transactions in cryptocurrencies around a year back. This has helped its large user base to hold, buy and sell cryptos like Ether, Bitcoin, Litecoin, and Bitcoin Cash using their digital wallets. They can even shop from the 26 million merchants enlisted with PayPal using their crypto holdings.
Novogratz has forecasted that companies like Visa Inc., E*Trade Financial, American Express Co., and Mastercard Inc. will follow suit within 12 months by offering its enlisted merchants to transact in cryptocurrencies and stable coins. Without a doubt, blockchain will develop into an integral part of our financial infrastructure, and every company needs to prepare themselves to be a part of these winds of change.
People are finding a safe haven in this numero-uno crypto which is helping with its mainstream adoption. Tracy Alloway, a financial journalist for Bloomberg, has shared bullish predictions for BTC. She added that Bitcoin has served as a means for making payment, hedge against inflation, speculative, and financial assets which can benefit its holders when interest rates are minimal. The opportunity cost of holding Bitcoin is very less and this further strengthens its stronghold as digital gold. An enduring decline of cryptos has been experienced in this COVID-19 pandemic, but BTC is expected to appreciate in the days to come, given its attributes of a hedge asset. The pandemic will tag along with specific macroeconomic effects, which will add inertia to Bitcoin’s process of appreciating in value compared to peer cryptos.
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