by Jan Skoyles, Gold Core:
Digital Gold On The Blockchain – For Now Caveat Emptor
– Bitcoin surpasses gold price – a psychological and arbitrary headline
– Royal Mint blockchain gold asks you to trust in the UK government
– Royal Canadian Mint and GoldMoney blockchain product asks you to trust in government and the technology, servers, websites etc of the providers
– Invest in a gold mine using cryptocurrency – but wait until 2022 for your gold and trust the miners that it is there
– Blockchain and gold will likely make a “good team”, but they’re not ready yet
If using gold, blockchain and bitcoin together means that investors’ portfolios can meet the above criteria then we are on the dawn of something very exciting, but as you will see from the below, we don’t believe that we are quite there yet.
One bitcoin or an ounce of gold?
Let’s first address why bitcoin exceeding the gold price is or isn’t a big deal.
Lots of things cost more than an ounce of gold, the handbag I am pining for, a night at the seven-star Burj Al Arab or a gold MacBook Pro. So what? You might ask. Exactly, if lots of things cost more than a lump of gold, then why all the fuss about a bitcoin?
Especially when most of the people making a fuss couldn’t really tell you what a bitcoin is, and no one really knows how to trade using this information.
Whilst we can argue that the bitcoin price superseding the gold price is arbitrary, we can’t deny that this it is significant psychologically.
As noted above, bitcoin is often hailed as a form of digital gold, one that is perhaps more convenient and up-to-date with this technological world. Whether you agree or not, many people do hold this opinion and it is one that is widely reported on, hence the psychological importance of this price move.
There are many naysayers in the world of bitcoin and gold. Some would class them as two separate asset class, to them gold is a commodity and bitcoin is a technology. It still takes a lot of persuasion to the mainstream that both are currencies and that both manage to be so without the control of central banks, monetary policy and borders to restrict them.
This is why it is exciting when they reach parity or bitcoin exceeds gold. It means that more of the world is waking up to the issues with fiat money. It does not mean that bitcoin is better than gold nor does it mean that the world has flipped on its head and more people would rather own a bitcoin than hold a piece of gold.