Why Cryptos Will Not Replace Gold As A Store Of Value

Why Cryptos Will Not Replace Gold As A Store Of Value

- Gold versus Bitcoin: The pro-gold argument takes shape
- Why cryptocurrencies will not replace gold as a store of value
- Similarities between crypto and gold but that does not make them substitutes
- Gold remains a highly liquid market, cryptocurrencies continue to be fragmented and difficult to spend
- Bitcoin  does not make it an effective hedge against stocks
- Gold coins and bars cannot be hacked and vaults are insured

This weekend saw bitcoin shoot up over $8,000 and Bloomberg covered how some preppers were turning to bitcoin over gold. Does this mean it's all over for gold? Is it set to be supplanted as a safe haven by crypto currencies?

Hardly. People read such information and continue to believe that gold and cryptocurrencies are substitute assets. They are not. So why are they so often pitched against one another?

Bitcoin and its contemporaries clearly have a role to play, the volume of demand demonstrates this and the technology is powerful. But, that role is not as a replacement for gold as a store of value.

Risk Hedge sums it up saying:

"Despite what the crypto-evangelists will tell you, digital tokens will never and can never replace gold as your financial hedge."

Risk Hedge provided a great summary of the major flaws and differences in the gold versus crypto debate and the six reasons are listed below.

#1: Cryptocurrencies Are More Similar to a Fiat Money System Than You Think.

The definition of “fiat money” is a currency that is legal tender but not backed by a physical commodity.

Since the United States abandoned the gold standard in the 1970s, this has been the case with all major currencies, including the US dollar.

Ever since then, US money supply has kept increasing, and so has the national debt. In contrast, the dollar’s purchasing power has been on the decline.

Take a look at this historical gold price chart.

The huge spike in gold prices started right around the time when the Bretton Woods agreement collapsed in 1971 and US paper dollars couldn’t be converted to gold anymore. A clear sign of the decline in the dollar’s purchasing power since the move into a pure fiat money system.

It’s clear that cryptocurrencies partially fit the definition of fiat money. They may not be legal tender yet, but they’re also not backed by any sort of physical commodity. And while total supply is artificially constrained, that constraint is just... well, artificial.

You can’t compare that to the physical constraint on gold’s supply.

Some countries are also exploring the idea of introducing government-backed cryptocurrencies, which would take them one step closer toward fiat-currency status.

As RussiaIndia, and Estonia are considering their own digital money, Dubai has already taken it one step further. In September, the kingdom announced that it has signed a deal to launch its own blockchain-based currency known as emCash.

So ask yourself, how can you effectively hedge against a fiat money system with another type of fiat money?

#2: Gold Has Always Had and Will Always Have an Accessible Liquid Market.

An asset is only valuable if other people are willing to trade it in return for goods, services, or other assets.

Gold is one of the most liquid assets in existence. You can convert it into cash on the spot, and its value is not bound by national borders. Gold is gold—anywhere you travel in the world, you can exchange gold for whatever the local currency is.

The same cannot be said about cryptocurrencies. While they’re being accepted in more and more places, broad, mainstream acceptance is still a long way off.

What makes gold so liquid is the immense size of its market. The larger the market for an asset, the more liquid it is. According to the World Gold Council, the total value of all gold ever mined is about $7.8 trillion.

By comparison, the total size of the cryptocurrency market stands at about $161 billion as of this writing—and that market cap is split among 1,170 different cryptocurrencies.

That’s a long shot from becoming as liquid and widely accepted as gold.

#3: The Majority of Cryptocurrencies Will Be Wiped Out.

Many Wall Street veterans compare the current rise of cryptocurrencies to the Internet in the early 1990s.

Most stocks that had risen in the first wave of the Internet craze were wiped out after the burst of the dot-com bubble in 2000. The crash, in turn, gave rise to more sustainable Internet companies like Google and Amazon, which thrive to this day.

The same will probably happen with cryptocurrencies. Most of them will get wiped out in the first serious correction. Only a few will become the standard, and nobody knows which ones at this point.

And if major countries like the US jump in and create their own digital currency, they will likely make competing “private” currencies illegal. This is no different from how privately issued banknotes are illegal (although they were legal during the Free Banking Era of 1837–1863).

So while it’s likely that cryptocurrencies will still be around years from now, the question is, which ones? There is no need for such guesswork when it comes to gold.

#4: Lack of Security Undermines Cryptocurrencies’ Effectiveness.

Security is a major drawback facing the cryptocurrency community. It seems that every other month, there is some news of a major hack involving a Bitcoin exchange.

In the past few months, the relatively new cryptocurrency Ether has been a target for hackers. The combined total amount stolen has almost reached $82 million.

Bitcoin, of course, has been the largest target. Based on current prices, just one robbery that took place in 2011 resulted in the hackers taking hold of over $3.7 billion worth of bitcoin—a staggering figure. With security issues surrounding cryptocurrencies still not fully rectified, their capability as an effective hedge is compromised.

When was the last time you heard of a gold depository being robbed? Not to mention the fact that most depositories have full insurance coverage.

#5: Hype and Speculation Continue to Drive Cryptocurrencies’ Value.

Since the beginning of the year, the value of Bitcoin has more than quadrupled—a tremendous spike in value that has sent investors rushing to invest in cryptocurrencies. But could this be nothing more than a market bubble?

One of the world’s most successful hedge fund managers, Ray Dalio of Bridgewater Associates, certainly seems to think so.

In September 2017, he told CNBC, “It's not an effective store hold of wealth because it has volatility to it, unlike gold. Bitcoin is a highly speculative market. Bitcoin is a bubble.”

The spike in Bitcoin prices seems to only lend credence to this view. With such an extreme degree of volatility, cryptocurrencies’ value as a hedge is questionable. Most people buy them for the sole reason of selling them later at higher prices.

This is pure speculation, not hedging.

#6: Cryptocurrencies Do Not Have Gold’s History as a Store of Value.

Cryptocurrencies have been around for less than a decade, whereas gold has been used as a store of value for thousands of years. Because of this long history, we know for a fact that stocks and bonds have low or negative correlations with gold, particularly during periods of economic recession. This makes gold a powerful hedge.

What little data we have on cryptocurrencies does not show the same. Consider this year alone: while the US stock market continues to run record highs, the same goes for Bitcoin.

It’s true that gold has also gone up, but the correlation has been very low and, during times of recessions, tends to swing to the negative side, as you can see in the graph below.

Since 2010, there have been 15 times where the S&P 500 has seen drops of 5% or more. Out of those 15 stock market downturns, Bitcoin has been down for 10 of them.

How is that a good hedge?

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News and Commentary

Gold falls on pressure from stronger dollar, rate hikes in focus (Reuters.com)

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Gold, Euro Slump As Merkel Admits “New Elections Are The Better Way” (ZeroHedge.com)

Yellen Says She’ll Leave Fed Once Powell Sworn in as Chair (Bloomberg.com)

No EU deposit insurance if bad loans not cut: ECB's Draghi (Reuters.com)

Source: Bloomberg

Gold Drops To Key Technical Support After $2 Billion Purge (ZeroHedge.com)

Gold is rising despite threat of higher interest rates - Rickards (DailyReckoning.com)

Thorne, Magic Money, and Cyberbucks: Three pre-Bitcoin monetary experiments (JPKoning.Blogspot.ie)

The Fed Plans For The Coming Recession - Next-Generation Crazy (DollarCollapse.com)

ECB wants to end deposit protection & offer savers 'appropriate amount' of their own money (RT.com)

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Jay luckylongshot Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:09 Permalink

Cryptos don't need any backing. Try to "back" a crypto with gold and you've destroyed three of the most important aspects of crypto: 1) It's trustlessness and 2) It's decentralized nature and 3) it's transparency. Back crypto with gold and you must trust that some third party will actually have the gold backing they promise. You must trust that the directors of the company won't loot it. Back crypto with gold and you won't have any practical way to audit the backing. Back crypto with gold and now there's a centralized entity that the govt. can kick the doors down and sieze. Trying to "back" a crypto with gold is like towing your Ferrari around with a camel. 

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BigWillyStyle887 Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:31 Permalink

Cryptos have a valuable niche in todays society of complete government/bank control over our lives for sure, but why do they keep using a gold coin with a large B on it to advertise bitcoin?

Gap Admirer BigWillyStyle887 Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:01 Permalink

"Cryptos have a valuable niche in todays society..."

Agreed. So did Beanie Babies in their time. The value is in the speculation gains. Pump-n-dump. A lot of people did great getting in early on bitcoin. Great that they made out. I just hope that the bitcoinistas don't forget to get out before it plummets. Of course, Beanie Babies are still around and have some value to them.

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Two-bits Tue, 11/21/2017 - 09:47 Permalink

I have gold and silver, paid my hard earned fiat for it. It will never see out from the bottom of the lake during my lifetime. Cryptos are a different hedge. Don't want to put your dollars into crypto?Pick up loose change for free, and put it in the jar. over time, the jar fills.https://cryptodrip.blogspot.com/

Two-bits TeamDepends Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:02 Permalink

Any cryptocurrency positive post runs the risk of junking. Like I said, I have been taught the value of metal my whole life. I have had a couple of nasty boating accidents that I'd rather not speak of. That being said, to scoff at free digits that people are putting value into is foolish. I scoffed at bitcoin back when max kaiser was first speaking about it in 2012. What a mistake. But hey, there are other cryptos and other opportunities. Ethereum is one I am heavily looking into. The smart contract aspect is quite brilliant and has potential for numerous uses. I also like the prospect of litecoin and how the bitcoin and litecoin atomic data swap has had some success linking the two cryptos.But junk away. Some will still come and look. Some will take advantage.I ask for no money. No skin off my back.

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itsaugood Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:08 Permalink

 Gold is real cryptos are not. When asked about the fact that bitcoin is backed by nothing, the typical btc advocate response is that bitcoins' value is in the"the block chain", or "the network". That is ridiculous, like saying that the accounting software that a business uses to keep track of its money has more value than the actual money itself. Or like saying that your receipt from a transaction is more valuable than the money used in the transaction. Real money, and its value, does not need to rely on the fact that its use history may, or may not, be recorded in a ledger somewhere. Point is, if bitcoin were real money it would not need to be tied to something else (the block chain) to get its value. Or to put simply, if it weren't for the block chain, bitcoin would have zero value. If it wasn't for BTC there would be no use for BTC

JailBanksters Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:17 Permalink

Bitcoin has no vault, no security guards watching it, just a computer with virus scanner.Dollar Bills are stored in a vault, with no security guards.Gold is stored in a vault guarded by men with big guns. 

The Divided St… Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:33 Permalink

LOL Imagine that...A Au article ripping on crypto put out by someone/a group pushing their dead rocks with every thing to lose.A sad and desparate attempt to stay relevent, all the while the rest of the world adopts and speeds towards change and the future.Meanwhile the oldbug/goldbug losers refuse to accept and get left behind holding their bags.Pathetic.

Two Theives an… Tue, 11/21/2017 - 10:40 Permalink

We all know Gold is Money.The Crypto space is new, historic and the details are getting worked out. The folks that think it's "going away" must be the same folks that still think "the Internet is a fad".WTF is the problem with trying to wrap your crusty brains around this??This article is plainly designed to sell metal at the expense of what they see as competition. It's not. Just comes off as desperate. The authors should think about that.  

atlas_crumbles Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:06 Permalink

Bitcoin is a better value of storage. Its mobile, quickly divisible, invisible, limited M2, a challenge to seize.Gold needs to be buried, melted to divide up, not mobile, very visible, easily siezed unless you buried it, has a unknown M2.

gaoptimize Tue, 11/21/2017 - 13:06 Permalink

"...and vaults are insured against theft."  Probably except Governments and all bets are off when SHTF.Has anyone heard from Sprott whether the Canadian Mint has assured them, and allowed them to verify, that their 400 oz. GDBs aren't filled with tungsten?

bcking Tue, 11/21/2017 - 11:58 Permalink

This article makes me want to sell all my gold for more Bitcoin. I suspect that I'm right. The government won't surrender control of the gold and silver markets till the final days and God knows when that will be. Bitcoin is a true free market. No naked short selling. Thank God. And the CME is so full of shit. 

topshelfstuff Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:02 Permalink

but TPTB needs a manner to absorb Investment Money to prevent this money to buy gold or other PM's, hence Bitcoin and the Crypto craze supported and promoted via the controlled MSM & Tech Ind

Yellow_Snow Tue, 11/21/2017 - 12:21 Permalink

GoldSores 'PM pumpers' at it again... Endlessly bashing crypto's since Bitcoin was $20...They are desperate to coddle the few remaining 'oldbugs' that still believe their 'doom porn'.Scared as hell that these few remaining will tire of endless GoldSores propaganda hit pieces

ReturnOfDaMac Mon, 11/27/2017 - 14:31 Permalink

"Does this mean it's all over for gold?"  ANSWER:  Yes, it does.  Doesn't mean precious is going to 0, just means you will not get great gains with shiny.  Gold is too easily controlled by central banksters.  Crypto ... not so much.  Some people are so stuck in their own "beliefs" that they refuse to accept "reality", these folks will cost you real profits.  It is painfully, abundantly, and obviously, clear that those seeking monetary freedom from CB's, are finding an electronic ally in BTC.  And BTC is responding.  Why fight it when you can profit by it?  When I see somthing that works, and it makes sense WHY it works, I quit fighting a losing battle and start winning.  Just do not understand some people at all, I guess thats why I don't lose often.