Bitcoin is the Best Store of Value says CEO of Block.One

Altcoins have been growing in numbers and use cases since the time of their launch but the respect of Bitcoin hasn’t changed the bit even with the founders of most altcoins. The same was noted when Brendan Blumer, CEO of Block.one, tweeted that Bitcoin was the better store of value than anything that has existed before.
Bitcoin is on course to replace Gold believes Blumer
Bitcoin has been viewed from various perspectives by various people. Some believe it’s a payment system while others believe its digital money and a medium of exchange. But the most common perspective that people have for Bitcoin is it’s the best store of value. There has been a lot of debate on this perspective thanks to Bitcoins volatility but still, a lot of people, especially from the crypto industry, believe it to be the best store of value and also foresee it replacing the gold in years to come. The same was reaffirmed once again when the CEO of Block.one, the company behind EOS, Brenden Blumer In response to a Twitter user’s remark, tweeted,
“Bitcoin is a better store of value than anything that has existed before, and is on course to replace Gold as it outcompetes on economics and digital functionality.” “Uncensorable P2P digital cash’ is a quality that defends its sovereignty, not a consumer need,”

#Bitcoin is a better store of value than anything that has existed before, and is on course to replace Gold as it outcompetes on economics and digital functionality. "Uncensorable P2P digital cash" is a quality that defends its sovereignty, not a consumer need.
— Brendan Blumer (@BrendanBlumer) April 14, 2019

While the debate of Bitcoin being better than Gold is always interesting one clearly see that Bitcoin does have some advantages over Gold.

Bitcoin is scarce and this limited supply of Bitcoins really becomes a reliable tool against depreciation of the digital money.
Bitcoin is more secure as operates under a unique cryptographically protected protocol that is almost impossible to undermine.
Bitcoin is divisible and that’s what makes it a great investment. From the objective point of view, gold bullion, real estate, stocks or futures can’t simply be divided into tiny units, whereas Bitcoin can.
Bitcoin is highly mobile and could be transferred to anyone half the world away in a matter of minutes

A similar statement came from crypto VC Lou Kerner who too believes that if bitcoin “becomes a strong second,” it can go a long way as it’s just a “better way” for people to store their value. He was quoted by Bloomberg saying
“Gold has emerged as the global store of value and it has held that position for literally a couple thousand years — that’s an awesome run. So we now we have something (Bitcoin) that we think may be functionally much much better (than gold). So we expect that over time — not in a day, not in a week, not even in 5 years, — for some of the people using gold as a store of value to switch to Bitcoin.”
As bitcoin sits with some clear advantages over gold, the belief of a lot of people of it replacing gold could be a reality soon. How sooner would that be is a question and only time can answer that
Will Bitcoin actually replace gold one day as the best store of value? Do let us know your views on the same.
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‘The Main Use For Bitcoin Today is as Digital Gold’: Claims Economists

The crypto-winter continues to prolong as we come towards the end of the first quarter of 2019. Bitcoin (BTC) is primarily trading in the $3000-$4000 range since November 2018. The main roadblock towards cryptocurrency and Bitcoin adoption has been regulatory and Government Approval.
Nevertheless, according to Garrick Hileman, head of research at Blockchain and research associate at the London School of Economics there essentially has been only a regulatory delay but with positive developments. Hileman said,
“When regulation tightens, we’ve seen the bitcoin price respond positively more often than not. It’s helped legitimize bitcoin … regulator have, by and large, not sought to ban bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. In the early years of bitcoin there was a fear that bitcoin would simply be outlawed.”
He also hinted towards the auction conducted by the US and Australian Government of the seized cryptocurrencies by the authorities.
“Law enforcement typically doesn’t auction off seized cocaine,” Hileman added. “There’s a growing acknowledgment that bitcoin’s going to be here.”
Also Read: Bitcoin ETF In ‘Wait and Watch’ Mode As SEC Receives Rife Criticism Against It
On Bitcoin’s Utility
Although there hasn’t been direct regulatory disapproval towards Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, the questions surrounding Bitcoin’s utility as an asset class looms at large. Hileman continued to reaffirm the fact that Bitcoin’s primary use is as a store of value compatible with Gold.
“The main use for bitcoin today is as digital gold,” Garrick Hileman told AltFi’s Crypto For Earthlings podcast. “The question is though, who will be buying digital gold? If central banks start to accumulate bitcoin, that could be hugely impactful on bitcoin’s price.”
Central banks, which set interest rates for the countries and regulates the inflation also have the responsibility of monitoring the Federal Reserves. They include a variety of assets in reserve to reduce risks; these include Foreign Currencies, Bonds and Swaps. Therefore, going by the rate of improvement in Bitcoin, the Federal Authorities might choose to accumulate Bitcoin as well.
The FinTech leaders and proponents of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency like John McAfee and Novogratz too have asserted their belief in Bitcoin. According to them, the next Bitcoin bull cycle will go higher than before.
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Bitcoin Price Chart Shows How Surpassing Gold’s Market Cap Is “Easily” Feasible

Bitcoin, to many, is the digital equivalent of gold – one of the world’s first ever currencies, means of exchange, and stores of value. According to crypto bull Mike Novogratz, one day, Bitcoin’s market cap will surpass that of gold’s.
After the lofty prediction was made, crypto analysts took to Bitcoin price charts hoping to outline the trajectory that could take the first-ever crypto to a market cap of over $7.5 trillion. One crypto analyst, using Bitcoin’s long-term logarithmic growth chart, shows how BTC reaching such a feat is entirely “feasible.”
Mike Novogratz: Bitcoin Market Cap Will “Easily” Surpass Gold
This week, Galaxy Digital CEO and founder Mike Novogratz joined Morgan Creek’s Anthony “Pomp” Pompliano on the Off The Chain podcast he hosts. There, the outspoken crypto bull suggested that Bitcoin could “easily” reach a similar market cap as gold’s $7.5 trillion cap over the course of the next 20 years.
Related Reading | Precious Metals Firm Drops Crypto: Is the Bitcoin Digital Gold Narrative In Trouble?
Novogratz added that it would require BTC to “100x” from today’s prices of approximately $3,950, but clarified that crypto investors shouldn’t expect it get there “in the next year or two.” It’s a long-term goal for Bitcoin’s market cap, according to Novogratz.
Bitcoin Price Chart Shows Growth Trajectory to $7.5 Trillion Market Cap
Following Novogratz and his highly-publicized podcast remarks, crypto Twitter began digging into how Bitcoin price might eventually reach the heights discussed by the Galaxy Digital CEO.
Prominent crypto analyst Dave the Wave, known for his analysis of longer-term Bitcoin price charts and trend changes, shared a 50-year chart of BTC’s market cap using the logarithmic growth rate to highlight its path to $7.5 trillion.

Yes, according to the curve…. pic.twitter.com/TxyzgMQ4tt
— dave the wave (@davthewave) March 25, 2019

Considering the chart’s growth trajectory, Bitcoin can be expected to peak some time around the year 2045, and from there it will begin to stabilize. At that point, it will become a more realistic store of value and currency due to volatility  essentially disappearing from the asset.
Related Reading | Poll Reveals Majority of Crypto Investors See Bitcoin Price at $100,000 to Millions Long-Term
At such an astronomical market cap, the price per BTC would be near $360,000 each assuming all BTC is mined by the time the target is reached in 2045. Despite such a seemingly unrealistic number, the $7.5 trillion market cap of BTC would only represent a mere under 2.5% of the entire global wealth, which is currently at $317 trillion according to The Credit Suisse Research Institute’s Global Wealth Report.
If Bitcoin were to absorb much of the world’s transactional value by becoming the global currency for the internet as many believe it may, BTC may eventually reach the potentially “millions” in value that most cryptocurrency investors expect it to. It just won’t happen for another 25 or more years.
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Precious Metals Firm Drops Crypto: Is the Bitcoin Digital Gold Narrative In Trouble?

Bitcoin has been pitched as, and has the potential to be a lot of things: a global crypto currency; a store of value; and digital gold.
However, as one of the world’s most prominent precious metal-focused investment firms drops crypto as a whole, Bitcoin’s positioning as digital gold may be in trouble.
Goldmoney Drops Crypto, Harming the Bitcoin As Digital Gold Narrative
Goldmoney, which claims to be the “global leader in precious metal custody,” and “the world’s most trusted name in precious metals,” has “decided to exit the cryptocurrency business.” The firm offers its customers the ability to buy and store previous metals such as silver, gold, platinum, and palladium.
The George Soros-backed Goldmoney began offering the direct purchase of cryptocurrencies on its platform back in November 2017 right as Bitcoin made its meteoric ascent to its all-time high of $20,000. The firm cited the “overwhelming success” it saw buy allowing its customers to purchase precious metals with crypto as reason for adding the option to purchase crypto directly through Goldmoney.
Related Reading | Poll Reveals Majority of Crypto Investors See Bitcoin Price at $100,000 to Millions Long-Term
Starting this past week, crypto purchases are no longer available to Goldmoney’s clients. Customers who use Goldmoney for custody of crypto assets will be required to either liquidate their position or “request that their cryptocurrency be delivered to their wallet.”

So I notice https://t.co/PQH72n0kEe have suddenly stopped offering Crytpo-currency services [BTC] to their customers. They have been given 2 months to move their funds.
— dave the wave (@davthewave) March 7, 2019

The Goldmoney Board of Directors reportedly made the decision after a review of “several factors.” Those factors likely include waning interest in cryptocurrencies as the decline in cryptocurrencies deepens during the ongoing bear market.
Goldmoney says that by exiting the crypto business, they can “focus on new growth initiatives within the precious metal industry.”

Can Bitcoin Ever Become Digital Gold?
While it’s not clear where the Bitcoin as digital gold moniker originated from, it was popularized following Nathaniel Popper’s book on “Bitcoin and the Inside Story of the Misfits and Millionaires Trying to Reinvent Money.”
Since then, the digital gold narrative tied in closely to Bitcoin’s store of value narrative. Gold is often considered among the first ever stores of value, and is often looked to as a hedge to maintain value during times of economic distress.
Bitcoin, should it ever become a stable asset in terms of price volatility, could some day become a reasonable store of value, similar to precious metals like gold. However, given the fact that Bitcoin has fallen over 85% from its previous all-time high, it is increasingly difficult to call it a store of value when its value has regularly plummeted since.
Related Reading | Lightning Dev Explains Why Bitcoin Is Poised To Become the Global Currency
The decline in Bitcoin’s price and waning interest in the market following the crypto bubble pop has even caused precious metal firms such as Goldmoney, to not only ditch crypto, but the store of value narrative altogether.

However, should Bitcoin continue to follow its logarithmic growth curve, relative volatility should decrease and the leading crypto by market cap’s value should one-day stabilize, restoring the store of value and digital gold concept. Until then, though, Bitcoin will shine as a speculative asset and a decentralized global currency – it doesn’t need a comparison to such archaic asset classes to survive or even thrive.
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Bitcoin To Be Digital Gold, Galaxy Digital Founder Talks on ‘Bitcoin Recovery Phase’

So during a Bloomberg Daybreak show in Europe, today on Feb 13, 2019, Mike Novogratz of Galaxy Digital discusses something very interesting that many investors, traders and crypto enthusiasts were waiting to listen. He says ‘we are in the fresh phase of recovery in crypto’.
We’re at Recovery in Crypto
In a discussion, Mike talks about the bitcoin bubble, occurred in late 2017, the nature of institutional investors and the future of Bitcoin. During the interview today, Mike was quite optimistic about the future of Bitcoin. While asking the phase of crypto enthusiasts are experiencing at present, Mike recalls price of Bitcoin in end 2017 and states it as ‘a fantastic bubble in crypto’.
We had a fantastic bubble in crypto. Last year we realized how painful the bubble can be.!said Mike
Pointing towards 2018 that showed 98% loss, then 68% and then 65% eventually, he calls it ‘a recovery phase’. Noting these stages in the crypto market, Mike believes that last year, the crypto market had a recovery’.
Bitcoin is Going to Be Digital Gold
Talking about the future of Bitcoin, he says that Bitcoin would be different from other cryptocurrencies, pointing Bitcoin as a digital Gold. He states that Bitcoin is a sovereign which will be surrounded by guns as it must have security. In his words;
Bitcoin gonna be a Digital Gold. There is gonna be where sovereign money – a place where you have sovereign money. US money is not Chinese money, it is sovereign. Sovereignty would cost a lot, it should cost a lot. Bitcoin is  digital.
He further compare Bitcoin with gold, as such he says ‘we keep gold, surround by guns because it is a store value’. Moreover, Mike believes not every cryptocurrency needs the same level of security. He says;
Every cryptocurrency is need not to be surrounded by guns and every blockchain doesn’t need the same level of security, doesn’t need to be surrounded by Gun.
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BitMEX Research On Next Global Crisis: Retail Banking & Payment System Unlikely to be Under Threat

In its latest report, BitMEX research tries to answer the question of “When is the next global financial crisis going to happen?” In this report, BitMEX argues that the epicenter of financial risk has shifted from banks to asset management industry; and a “repeat of 2008” that is retail banking deposits and payment systems being under threat is unlikely. The fragility is rather most significant in corporate debt investment funds and unconventional debt investment vehicles.
It attempts to address the issue of Bitcoin and crypto enthusiasts and investors asking about the next crisis that is driven with the assumption that it will occur every decade or so, will have a positive impact on Bitcoin price and will result in questioning the integrity of banking and electronic payment systems. For Bitcoin price, it argues, if Bitcoin “does respond well in the next crisis (when liquidity is constrained), that will be a huge positive for Bitcoin and the store of the value investment thesis.”
Bank Balance Sheets in Developed Markets are Relatively Healthy
Over the last decade, bank management and regulators have operated in the shadows of 2008 and as a result, bank balance sheets and capital ratios have significantly strengthened. It further points out that main western banks have not expanded their balance sheets at all since the global financial crisis.
Growth in Leverage in the Asset Management Industry
The data show that, unlike the banking sector, the asset management industry has expanded considerably since 2008 and at the same time, leverage also appears to have increased.

New Corporate Debt Market Vehicles
The replacement of the role of the banks in the corporate debt markets has resulted in the rapid growth of interrelated, non-mutually exclusive investment structures. The non-bank mechanisms for providing corporates with financing viz. Collateralized Loan Obligations (CLOs), Leveraged Loans, Private debt deals, and Bond fund ETFs and mutual funds have grown considerably since the last global financial crisis.
Corporate Debt Markets Conditions
Corporate debt levels have increased considerably since 2008, with gross debt of Russell 3000 companies now totaling US$11 trillion, compared to just over US$8 trillion at the time of the last crisis. Corporations have taken advantage of the new investment products and low-interest rates to borrow money at record levels.

A Portfolio with a “Lesser Extent” of Bitcoin
Banks are more crucial to the financial system and society than asset managers, mentions the report and if asset managers come under pressure, retail and corporate deposits should be safe. This means the coming crisis could be less intense than in 2008. However, the “potential for government intervention to mitigate the impacts of the crisis may be more limited than in 2008.”
The data do not seem to suggest that we are necessarily right on the precipice of a major crisis, states BitMEX Research, “it could be several years away.” It concludes with the advice to adjust a portfolio with long-dated corporate bond ETF, hedge funds specializing in volatility, VIX calls, gold, and “maybe to a lesser extent, even Bitcoin.”
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MtGox Currently Controls Bigger Bitcoin Market share than the Gold Reserves of the Swiss Central Bank

Bitcoin has been characterized as the digital gold that according to some bitcoin proponents is better at being gold than gold itself. Bitcoin is also predicted to surpass the $8 trillion market cap of gold and emerge as the store of value.
Now, Tuur Demeester, the Founding partner at Adamant Capital, has calculated the Bitcoin circulating supply in equivalence of Central banks’ gold reserves and shared the following data.

“The current value of Dutch Central Bank gold is about $25 billion, so in order to buy 69k BTC (the mined Bitcoin equivalent of the Dutch gold reserve) it would only need to sell 1% of its gold, i.e. 492 gold bars,” shared Demeester.
He further did a comparison of the Bitcoin still left with Mt Gox with that of the central banks’ gold reserves.
“Allows for fun comparisons, e.g.: The MtGox Trustee currently controls 137,891 BTC, which is bigger in terms of market share than the gold reserves of the Swiss central bank.”
Currently, a group of Mt. Gox creditors has banded together to create a movement called “GoxRising” with the goal of reviving the exchange and present a detailed Civil Rehabilitation plan.
The movement has been proposed by Brock Pierce who reportedly bought 12 percent stake owned by Jed McCaleb, founder of Mt. Gox for 1 BTC. “We have the rise, the fall, and it’s been in liquidation and bankruptcy in Japan for over five years. But the story is not over,” Pierce had been quoted as saying,
“Like Game of Thrones, the last season of Mt. Gox hasn’t been written. What kind of ending do we want to make for it? I’m a Joseph Campbell fan, so I’m obviously going to go with a hero’s journey, with a rise and a fall, and then a rise from the ashes like a phoenix…”
Reportedly, Pierce has no interest in the past gains of Mt. Gox but wants a happy ending of this story. Pierce also wish to start a new chapter by relaunching Mt. Gox. He further plans to offer its 20,000 creditors a stake in the future of the company.
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Researcher: Bitcoin Will Easily Surpass Market Cap of Gold at $8 Trillion

Crypto’s most fervent crusaders have sought to keep their heads up in this drastic, bone-crushing bear market. While optimism has often taken the form of the “institutional herd is coming” narrative, a number of Bitcoin (BTC) natives have begun to revisit the asset’s underlying value proposition.
And no, in their eyes, BTC isn’t digital cash. Instead, the flagship cryptocurrency has quickly taken up the mantle of being a digital form of gold, rather than digital cash through and through.
Max Keiser, an anti-establishment figure and popular industry commentator, put it best when he claimed that Bitcoin is a “peer-to-peer electronic gold system.” In a later tweet, he lauded Bitcoin’s nature as “unparalleled digital gold,” calling it simply “world-changing.”
Related Reading: No One Needs A Crypto ETF & Bakkt, BTC Already Is Money: Crypto Investor
There’s Not Enough Bitcoin To Go Around
Scarcity is one of Bitcoin’s mainstays. According to a Twitter thread from Dan Held, a former product manager at Blockchain, Satoshi Nakamoto himself mentioned his brainchild’s scarce nature in emails, BitcoinTalk threads, and through other mediums of digital communication. While the cryptocurrency godfather, to so speak, seemingly never mentioned the words “digital” and “gold” in a single sentence, Bitcoin has been extolled as a replacement (not alternative) for the precious metal.
In a recent tweet, Willy Woo cemented this belief system. The Australian crypto researcher, known for his in-depth technical analysis of cryptocurrencies, explained why he expects for Bitcoin’s market capitalization to “easily exceed” surpass that of traditional gold.

This is the reason why I think Bitcoin will easily exceed golds market cap.
*Mathematical scarcity beats perceived scarcity*
Perceived scarcity comes only from the technological limitations of today. https://t.co/TtIh41zz3F
— Willy Woo (@woonomic) February 1, 2019

Woo, citing a space-related article outlining the infantile off-Earth mining industry, noted that mathematical scarcity, which Bitcoin enlists, “beats perceived scarcity.” Referencing the article, which claimed that trillions, even quadrillions &  quintillions of dollars worth of gold and other precious metals could exist in near-Earth asteroids, Woo noted that “perceived scarcity comes only from the technological limitations of today.”
In other words, gold’s hegemony as the de-facto store of value may be usurped over time, especially as humanity’s relentless demand for gold continues and as on-Earth supplies wane, creating a gold rush in outer space.
Misir Mahmudov, the supposed brother of short-term crypto bear Murad Mahmudov, echoed Woo’s pro-scarcity sentiment in a different context. Misir, a student of Austrian Economics, noted that even if every millionaire in the U.S. proper wanted to obtain one BTC, “they wouldn’t be able to.” The crypto enthusiast added that there will always be fewer BTC than millionaires in the world, accentuating Bitcoin’s hard cap of 21 million coins.

If every millionaire in the US wanted to have just 1 bitcoin they wouldn't be able to.
There will always be fewer bitcoins than there are millionaires in the US (let alone the whole world).
Ignore this at your own risk.
— Misir Mahmudov (@misir_mahmudov) January 31, 2019

Although Misir’s statement may seem flawed, especially considering that CNBC report claims 10.7 million Americans have seven-figure net worths, this crypto researcher is likely taking other factors into account. Per previous reports from NewsBTC, a research paper from Chainalysis, a New York-headquartered crypto analytics unit, revealed that up to 3,790,000 BTC could be lost to the ether.
While this is already a jaw-dropping sum in and of itself, as that amount of cryptocurrency clocks in at a value of $13.25 billion, the figure is only excepted, nay slated to swell. Case in point, on Thursday, major Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX divulged that it had purportedly lost access to its cold storage wallet, as the death of the upstart’s founder killed operations and logistics.
Moreover, it is presumed that the Winklevoss Twins, Tim Draper, along with hundreds of other so-called “crypto OGs” have millions of BTC under lock and key, and have no intention to liquidate their holdings in the near future. Venture capital heavyweight Tim Draper alone, who paid $18 million for his first batch of Bitcoin, owns 29,656 coins at a bare minimum, while his entrepreneur son has likely matched his father’s holdings.
Semantics and exact specifics aside, Misir’s point was there’s not enough Bitcoin to go around, and that if demand for the asset surges, supply won’t be able to keep up. This simple belief of rapidly waning supply and dramatic demand, which is only underscored by the backdrop of BTC evolving into a global reserve asset, could single-handedly propel the cryptocurrency past its previous highs and beyond.
What Does This Mean For The BTC Price?
But what would Bitcoin’s classification as the second coming of gold do for its value?
In the eyes of Lou Kerner, the answer is simple. Speaking with Bloomberg, the CryptoOracle founding partner noted that as consumers continue starting to come to the realization that gold underperforms Bitcoin, the asset could easily surpass $100,000 apiece. Kerner added that he sees the U.S. dollar as a Ponzi scheme, which could be a catalyst for money to flow into BTC in the future.
The Winklevoss Twins, the two founders of the Gemini Trust, believe Kerner’s thought process. The two preeminent industry insiders explained that BTC is simply a better version of gold, adding that the only thing the precious metal has on the cryptocurrency is a 3,000-year head start. Twin Cameron, breaking down the “Bitcoin is a digital form of gold” argument, remarked that if you boil it down, the digital asset is better at fungibility, scarcity, portability, and divisible than the precious metal itself.
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Dollar Starting to Lose the Battle against Bitcoin as the Popular Foreign Currency

According to the latest chart, Bitcoin is apparently becoming a popular foreign currency. The leading cryptocurrency is surely becoming a global phenomenon, however, the fact that Dollar has been around since 1792, Bitcoin has still a way to go.
Bitcoin – A Global Phenomenon
Bitcoin is currently down 82 percent from its all-time high at around $3,450. The leading cryptocurrency is expected to hit its bottom sometime around this year with more losses coming its way.
However, according to the latest data shared by Dennis Parker of Xentagz, Bitcoin’s price crashing down might be seen as a buying opportunity than being on a death spiral, at least in comparison to Dollar.

Dollar is starting to lose the battle against #Bitcoin as the most popular foreign currency pic.twitter.com/LiiV9IiKzv
— Dennis Parker⚡️ (@Xentagz) January 29, 2019
Well, not everyone agrees with this analysis as one Redditor commented, “Are we seriously assuming that Google Search trends are a good proxy for this? I mean clearly buying Bitcoin is a more complex task that requires some internet research, while buying dollar has been a de-facto action known to common-folk for decades, thus requires much less “google search”.”
Another one agreed, “…Kuwait Dinar to USD vs volume of Bitcoin purchase from Kuwait …” Nobody wants to see that chart because Bitcoin will not compare. In fact, bitcoin trading volume to fiat currencies will be so small relative to the USD, that it might even be nearly impossible to see. USD is the reserve currency/king of the world.
Dollar Has been Around Since 1792
It makes sense that the chart couldn’t be on the point as the dollar has been around for a long time. According to ADVFN,
“The dollar was chosen to become the monetary unit for the USA in 1785. The Coinage Act of 1792 helped put together an organised monetary system that introduced coinage in gold, silver, and copper. Paper notes or greenbacks were introduced into the system in 1861 to help finance the Civil War.”
In comparison, Bitcoin has been around for only a decade now. However, it’s also worth noting that countries like Venezuela and others from all around the world that are going through an economic crisis are leaning towards Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. Also, countries like Russia, China, India, and Iran among others are working on de-dollarization that have upped the interest in Bitcoin and affected the demand for US Dollar.
However, we are still a long way from beating the US Dollar as the popular foreign currency. But the fact that people are searching about Bitcoin and that too all over the globe is a good sign for the leading cryptocurrency and the crypto market as a whole.
 
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Bitcoin & Cryptocurrencies Are Not a Safe-Haven like Gold – World Gold Council Report

In its latest report “Investment Update: Cryptocurrencies are not a safe-haven,” World Gold Council states cryptocurrencies may have a role to play in financial market but they aren’t a viable substitute to gold as a safe haven due to the price crash in late 2018 and Bitcoin futures market’s declining volume in the fourth quarter.
Bitcoin & Cryptos No Substitute for Gold
Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies to act as a safe-haven during the times of currency, a financial, or economic crisis is a running narrative for a long time now. However, the World Gold Council has discharged it completely. In its recent report, it shares how Bitcoin failed to demonstrate qualities associated with being a safe-haven.
“In Q4 2018, as global stock markets experienced their worst quarter since 2009, cryptocurrencies had a prime opportunity to demonstrate qualities associated with safe havens like gold. However, cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin, behaved like risky assets and fell while gold rallied.”
In its research, World Gold Council notes that though comparisons have been made, it says there are several reasons that state, “cryptocurrencies are no substitute for gold.” The primary point it puts forward is gold being less volatile and having a more established market than cryptos.
“Gold is less volatile and enjoys a more liquid and established market. It has a well understood role in an investment portfolio and minimal overlap with cryptocurrencies on many sources of demand and supply.”
Focusing on the events of late 2018 when Bitcoin and various cryptocurrencies fell down to their yearly lows, the report says,
“As events of late 2018 indicated, the perceived ability of cryptocurrencies to serve as a liquid, safe-haven hedge and store of value in times of market stress, did not hold.”
Bitcoin, Bitcoin Futures, Nasdaq, & Gold
According to the World Gold Council, cryptocurrency price crash in late 2018 resembled “a technology stock as it fell 55% during the quarter, while the Nasdaq fell 19%.”

It further states that Bitcoin and Nasdaq were “heavily correlated (0.69)” which hasn’t been apparent before the market pullback. During this period, on the other hand, gold rallied 9.4 percent and was “strongly inversely correlated with the Nasdaq at (-0.73).”
Moving onto the Bitcoin future market, in the fourth quarter when the “true market stress” occurred since the financial crisis, it fell sharply while the volumes in gold and global markets rose.
“The support of a strong two-way market was lacking, suggesting bitcoin – unlike gold – does not provide the liquidity needed in times of financial tension.”

“While cryptocurrencies may have a role to play in the financial markets, their behaviour in an environment of market uncertainty underscored that they are not a viable substitute for gold as a safe-haven.”
 
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No More Bitcoin Craze? Expert says BTC Investors Now Turning to Gold

Bitcoin’s crash is turning the investors towards gold yet again says Jan Van Eck, CEO of Van Eck Associates. However, Crypto industry experts have shared that gold is rather “physically vulnerable” and bitcoin is better at being gold than gold itself.
The Tide has been Turned
Bitcoin has crashed over 80 percent from its all-time high at $20,000 in December 2017. But it couldn’t deter the investors from buying this digital asset, until now, if this ETF strategist is to be believed.
Jan Van Eck, CEO of Van Eck Associates in an interview with CNBC’s “ETF Edge” said that Bitcoin investors are now moving to the traditional commodity that is gold.
“I do think that Bitcoin pulled a little bit of demand away from gold last year, in 2017. Interestingly, we just polled 4,000 bitcoin investors and their number one investment for 2019 is actually gold. So gold lost to bitcoin and now it’s going the other way.”
During the period Bitcoin rallied and made its all-time high in December 2017, gold surged 4 percent in the same period. According to another expert, Tim Seymour, founder, and Chief Investment officer at Seymour Asset Management, the move now made toward gold will be difficult to turn back to Bitcoin.
“Not only have we lost all liquidity on the underlying [commodity] but truly outside of the existential blockchain argument, it’s been very difficult to argue store of value which is really what we started hearing about,” said Seymour. “Gold is a store of value and there’s no disputing that.”
But Bitcoin is Better at Being Gold than Gold!
This year, according to VanEck whose firm created the most well known gold ETFs, the best way to play is through gold ETFs, “The shares have been acting tremendously well over the last two or three months … It’s starting to zig when the stock market zags. In the majority of the days in Q4 when the S&P was down, GDX was up. So that zigzag, that decoupling makes me really excited about gold shares as a diversifier.”
Well, VanEck’s firm in association with SolidX and Cboe is also the one that is proposing a Bitcoin ETF. Though the proposal has been revoked by Cboe for now, it is expected in the future the approval would be acquired.
Also Read: Experts Predict Gold to Surge over Fiscal Woes & USD Crisis, What about Digital Gold-Bitcoin?
Recently, Tyler Winklevoss who runs Gemini stated Bitcoin would rather surpass gold’s market cap.
“Our thesis around Bitcoin’s upside remains unchanged. We believe Bitcoin is better at being gold than gold. If we’re right, then over time the market cap of Bitcoin will surpass the ~$7 trillion market cap of gold.”
For some, the VanEck’s comment might be seen as not motivating but for others, they are actually hopeful as one Bitcoin enthusiast commented on Reddit,
“$7.8 trillion gold picking on $0.063 trillion bitcoin… The fact that bitcoin and gold are even compared this much is promising.”
However, as Nick Szabo, computer scientist and cryptographer said, gold is “physically vulnerable.” And as another enthusiast said, “Where is this gold. At least I keep control and possession of my Bitcoin.”
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Bitcoin Has All the Chances to Become the New ‘Digital’ Gold, and Here’s Why

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Bitcoin Has All the Chances to Become the New ‘Digital’ Gold, and Here’s Why

Bitcoin has good chances to win a competition with gold and become the premier alternative economic option in the world.

Bitcoin Has All the Chances to Become the New ‘Digital’ Gold, and Here’s Why

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Bitcoin [BTC] prices positively correlated to gold, finds research

The Wall Street Journal reported on December 28 that according to data from research firm Excalibur Pro Inc., Bitcoin [BTC] has traded with a correlation of 0.84 to gold over the past week. This is not entirely unexpected news, they say, as a lot of investors from traditional markets have put money into the BTC network, and so Bitcoin behaves a traditional asset, albeit a very risky one.
A score of -1 means BTC and gold are perfectly inversely related. A score of +1 indicates a perfect correlation between BTC prices and gold, meaning BTC price climbs when gold prices also increase.
Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have always courted money influx from institutions. This backing in research and development of new use cases fuels the growth of the cryptocurrency, both in value and popularity. The Journal cites examples of institutional money like the Bitcoin Investment Trust, sold by Grayscale Investments. All through 2018, Grayscale’s Bitcoin Investment Trust (GBTC) has been worth more than $1B, but dropped below this figure and is now close to $900M. Notably, GBTC is the only stock offered on the stock market whose primary asset is Bitcoin.
The Journal holds the position that Bitcoin’s correlation to traditional markets will only become closer as time progresses. Traditional capital continues to go into cryptocurrency markets, and some cryptocurrencies attempt to attract further institutional backing by conforming to regulations and building services like futures trading. Data from CoinDesk shows that venture capital in the investment and blockchain area has been growing over the years, reports the Wall Street Journal, from $96M in 2013 to an all-time total of over $2B in 2017’s tail.
Bitcoin was dubbed the “digital gold” and believed to be a store of value, much like gold. During the bull run of late 2017, one could be forgiven for thinking that Bitcoin has very little in common with how traditional assets behave and would be an alternate financial system. Yet it had a very troubled year in terms of prices, down almost 80% from peak high in December 2017. As an asset, with money flowing in from traditional investors, it is quite plausible that BTC prices rise and fall in accordance with gold, an established store of value.
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Report: Bitcoin Conforms to Mainstream Markets, Strong Correlation with Gold

A recent report in the Wall Street Journal details how Bitcoin is becoming an increasingly mainstream asset and is starting to develop strong correlations with traditional assets, including Gold.
The report cites the increase in institutional funding, increasing venture capitalist (VC) investments, and growing mainstream adoption as possible factors behind its increasing correlation with traditional markets. Despite this, the WSJ report also notes that Bitcoin is still far more volatile and riskier than mainstream investment vehicles, like the stock market or precious metals markets.
Bitcoin Developing Strong Correlation with Gold 
Recently, talk within the cryptocurrency community regarding Bitcoin’s status as a safe haven investment – one that traditional investors turn to amidst instability in the traditional markets – has increased significantly as the US stock market faces growing volatility.
Historically, Gold and other precious metals have been the most popular safe haven investments, used by investors and institutions alike to hedge their positions within the equities markets. Many cryptocurrency investors hope, or expect, that Bitcoin will ultimately become a “Gold 2.0” that acts as a digital safe haven investment.
Although Bitcoin has never lived through a global financial crisis, statistics regarding its recent correlation with Gold show that it may be moving towards becoming a form of digital gold.
The WSJ report notes that on a scale of -1 to +1, ranging from completely inverted to perfectly correlated, Bitcoin is airing towards being perfectly correlated with Gold, trading at a 0.84 correlation to gold over the past five days. The data used is from Excalibur Pro Inc., a research firm.
Furthermore, Bitcoin also has traded at a 0.77 correlation with Chicago Board of Options Exchange’s VIX index, which measures market volatility and is widely seen as a “fear gauge.”
Institutional Money, Venture Capital Driving Bitcoin to be Mainstream 
The report also notes that Bitcoin’s increasingly mainstream nature is being driven by an influx of institutional funding and more venture capital investments entering the industry.
Recently, news has broken regarding multiple financial institutions entering the cryptocurrency markets, like Fidelity Investment’s institutional-aimed cryptocurrency exchange platform, and the OTC exchange-traded Bitcoin ETF trust sold by Grayscale investments.
The report explains that the Grayscale ETF has grown from having a mere $3.5 million under management in 2013, to highs of approximately $3.5 billion by the end of 2017 at the height of the cryptocurrency bull market. This fund has lost a significant amount of funding throughout the 2018 bear market, and currently has about $900 million in funds under management.
Venture capital investments in the industry have also helped propel it as a mainstream investment, with a significant amount of VC wealth flowing into blockchain and cryptocurrency companies. The WSJ says that in 2013, VC investments in the blockchain and crypto sector totaled at a mere $96 million, swelling to over $500 million by the end of 2016, and then skyrocketing to over $2 billion by the end of 2017.
As more companies release their products aimed at onboarding institutions into the cryptocurrency markets throughout 2019, Bitcoin’s status as both a mainstream investment vehicle and a safe haven investment will become increasingly clear.
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Gold Demand Rising: Investors Turn to Precious Metal as Safe Haven Asset

Recent global economic concerns and stock market volatility seem to have increased demand for gold as a safe haven asset. The price of the precious metal hit its highest level since June in the yesterday’s trading session.
Investors are turning to the historical store of value in rising numbers to protect their wealth amid geopolitical tensions. Even recent news that gold’s use in manufacturing may be about to sharply decline has not lessened appetites for increased investor diversification.
Gold Prices Increase Over 4.87% in Last Month
Since November 27, the price of gold has increased from just over $1,211 per ounce to today’s price of almost $1,270. This represents over a 4.87% increase in the price of the precious metal.
In a note to clients and investors, the MKS PAMP Group – a precious metals products and services provider based in a Switzerland – stated:
“Gold has been tracking steadily higher through December… On the low side, there appears to be good support at $1,265 and we expect plenty of buying interest around the 200-day moving average at $1,251.”
According to a report in Reuters, much of this increased buying pressure is being driven by geopolitical tensions threatening to disrupt global markets, along with uncertainty in stock prices.
A report in the Wall Street Journal states that the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P5600 and Nasdaq Composite were down 1.1%, 1%, and 0.9% respectively after a brief rebound on Wednesday. This brief upswing comes after almost a month of downside for stocks generally.
Sugandha Sachdeva, the vice president of metals, energy, and currency research at Religare Broking Ltd., spoke of the increased demand for gold:
“Gold prices are primarily getting support on the back of safe-haven buying due to concerns about the health of the global economy and heightened volatility in risk assets.”
Demand for Gold Not Mirrored in Bitcoin Market
The price of gold is increasing despite recent reports of Chinese scientists managing to create a substitute for the historical store of value that serves many of the same industrial purposes as the metal yet does not appear similar enough for counterfeiting. Based on the theory of value offered by both gold bugs and many supporters Bitcoin Cash, the gold price should have decreased in line with its suddenly diminishing utility. Evidently, this has not been the case.
It appears that the properties of a known, controlled supply and an inability to reproduce gold are sufficient for it to be deemed an adequate store of value for global investors. It therefore seems odd that Bitcoin, which represents an even sounder form of money than the yellow metal, has not seen a similar increase in demand.
With growing evidence to suggest that utility is not indeed a necessary prerequisite for value, it seems only a matter of time before Bitcoin will be able to provide an uncorrelated safe haven for those wishing to protect their wealth against geopolitical tensions and stock market uncertainty. After all, the most popular digital asset by market capitalisation, hashing power, and overall adoption is even more scarce than gold, whilst offering greater functionality in terms of acquiring, storing, and transferring.
 
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