By CCN: The most common argument Bitcoin increasing in value is its potential disruption of the haven gold market. One of the loudest evangelists of this belief, Cameron Winklevoss, was again urging people on Twitter not to miss out on this game-changing capital transfer because of a lack of imagination.
It turns out that the Winklevoss twins' "store of value" argument has won over another business leader. In an interview with The Street, Clem Chambers - CEO of financial services firm ADVFN - laid out his case for why Bitcoin can act as a superior medium of exchange.
"I could not take enough gold out of the country for it to be useful to me if I had to leave the country; if I was a South Korean and I thought the North was going to drop a bomb on my city, if I was an Iranian that was running away from people in Iran.
Mr. Chambers went on, explaining that the colossal weight of the precious metal makes it useless in an emergency:
"I can't take more than $10,000. In Gold, I can't carry enough; it's too heavy. I can't take, say, 20 kilos of Gold to the airport..."
Naturally, Mr. Chambers stands in good company in his view that Bitcoin can become a more effective store of value than precious metals. The Winklevoss twins have been pushing the BTC as a commodity story line for years.
An argument has arisen recently that Chinese investors have been buying up Bitcoin fearing a devaluation in the Yuan due to the recent trade war. It is far too premature to call BTC a haven, but the price dynamics, have at times, correlated. As markets come under pressure again today, XAU/USD is at a 30 day high, indicating that stock market turmoil still gets the gold bugs coming out of the woodwork.
The arguments against Gold as a hedge are so compelling that it's extraordinary how centuries-old psychology still exists in the markets.
Is Bitcoin the answer to these problems? Maybe, but if it is genuinely going to take over the mantle, it needs to hijack the impression of safety that Gold has assumed. The vast majority of people believe BTC is precisely the opposite of a haven, so there is a long way to go.
The Bitcoin price does appear largely detached from conventional finance, and in this sense, it is a hedge of sorts. However, the extent of this probably won't be clear for many years to come.
Last modified (UTC): June 3, 2019 1:55 PM