I’m not an investment advisor. So, please do your own research.
That’s a simple question, but it has a complicated answer.
If you can leave it in for 2 or 3 years, Bitcoin would probably be good. If you have a specific date within the next two years when you need to take the money out, it might coincide with a Bitcoin correction. So not advisable.
Each token represents a different benefit. I’ve given 3 different examples below, but investing in any crypto token strengthens that token’s network. Networks increase in value with each additional person on the network. If you are the only person with a phone and you have no one to call, the phone is worthless except as a toy. When your best friend also has a phone it gains value. When everyone you know has a phone, its value has increased immeasurably. If only you have a Facebook account it’s not much value, but when a billion people have accounts you can do great things with it: visit with friends, promote your business, watch videos, listen to music, etc.
Theta is the next step in online video streaming similar to how YouTube changed traditional video in 2005.
You would think the subject of money and how to handle it would be taught to everyone. Sadly, no. So, here’s a quick rundown in case you’ve missed it.
Purchasing power means how much your dollar can buy. If you can buy a month of groceries now for $600 and two years later the same groceries cost $1200, your dollars have lost half of their purchasing power! Not good.
According to the US Government Bureau of Labor Statistics, what $1 would have purchased in 1913 (when the Federal Reserve Bank was created) would have cost you $26.57 in October 2020. Put another way, your dollars have lost 96% of their value—purchasing power! (No wonder you feel like the harder you work, the “broker” you get.)
“Economic stimulus” is a fancy way of saying that governments are printing trillions more dollars with no value behind them. This has been done by many governments through history and today, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Iran, and Haiti are using printing presses rather than real production to try to handle their economic problems. This pushes prices up and purchasing power down.
Let me explain with this example. Sally and Jessica make the same amount of money at their work. They both have 4 dollars to spend on a loaf of bread, but there is only one loaf available. Bidding against one another for that one loaf, the most they can pay is $4. Now their economic stimulus checks arrive and they each have $16. Unfortunately, there aren’t any more loaves of bread produced, so they have bid against one another. So that one loaf of bread will cost $16. That is inflation: more money chasing the same number of things to buy.
Few people recognize the cause of the dollar’s decline. This is because most people work for a living. Wage and salary increases help to adjust to the inflation that is created. (Make no mistake. It is created by central bankers. It doesn’t just happen.) So inflation affects savings more than current income.
What would a financial system look like that didn’t include inflation? Better yet, what if it actually made the money saved more valuable instead of less valuable?
Instead of the increasing number of dollars, the number of Bitcoins Is fixed at 21 million. There will never be more. So far, 18.5 million have been created, but the speed of creating the rest of the Bitcoins is cut in half every 4 years. That means it will take 120 more years to create all 21 million. This reduction in Bitcoin production is based on rules set in the original program and can’t be changed. No inflation means the value of your savings will be preserved or grow and not be worth less and less. You can preserve and accumulate wealth.
THE 2017 BITCOIN BUBBLE
The date when Bitcoin production is reduced by half is called the Halving. So far, there have been three: 2012, 2016 and 2020. Each one of these makes Bitcoin more scarce and has historically sent the price of Bitcoin higher … much higher. 2017 saw the price hit almost $20,000.
WHY 2021 WON’T BE A BUBBLE
In 2017 people were seeing the dramatic rise in Bitcoin’s price and wanted to make a profit and then take that profit—convert it to dollars.
This year we’ve seen billionaires and the first public corporations (among them Square and Paul Tudor Jones) buy tens of millions of dollars of Bitcoin as a protection of their savings . They are not going to sell their Bitcoin for a quick profit because they want a store of value for their accumulated savings. They want their wealth protected from inflation and not worth less and less while they hold it. They won’t be dumping Bitcoin like the speculators did after the 2017 bubble. This will keep the price of Bitcoin stable at these higher levels.
*HODL – Hold on for Dear Life = Buying an investment for the long term, not to make a quick profit and get out
*FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out = Everyone else is getting rich and I don’t want to miss the boat on this opprotunity
*HODL FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out on a life-changing long-term investment
*Speculative FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out on a quick chance to get rich
*Escape Velocity – The speed necessary to allow a rocket to escape Earth’s gravity and get into space, used here to mean Bitcoin’s going way, way beyond any previous highs and not come back to this price range
I haven’t posted much with cryptos dropping 70% this year, but Bitcoin appears to have hit bottom. It’s not gone below about $6,000 for a bit over three months. Further support for this is that the last run up of 1000%+ from August to November 2013 started from $100, hit $1,100 and then crashed back to about $200, twice what it started from.
In 2017, it started its run from about $3,000 in August and ran up 700% to about $20,000 in December. So, dropping back to $6,000 matches the past.
The question I’ve been hearing from new people to whom I mention Bitcoin is “Can it still go up from here?” The answer is yes, definitely YES!!
Let’s start with some facts
Kraken as of Dec 15): Each of the past few days has produced 50,000 new account registrations and 10,000 new support tickets! Ten times more than last quarter! Number of simultaneous users, daily trades and volume are also making new all-time highs. They are struggling to keep up.
Coinbase added 300,000 new users over the Thanksgiving holiday week. The new additions brought Coinbase’s account total to 13.3 million exceeding the 10.6 million brokerage accounts at Charles Schwab! Over the course of the year they have added more than 5 times the number on their support staff and have seen the number of transactions increase during peak hours by over 40 times!!
Fidelity Investments is the fifth-largest asset management firm in the US with $2.3 TRILLION under management. It has just made an agreement with Coinbase to allow their 26 million individual investors access to Bitcoin. Not only that, but Fidelity allows its 40,000 employees to buy coffee or lunch in the company’s cafeteria with bitcoin and Fidelity has ongoing profitable Bitcoin and Ethereum mining! In fact, the CEO was quoted as saying that operation “is actually making a lot of money.”
To recap, HUGE numbers of new buyers are coming into the market at such a rate that the exchanges are having a hard time keeping up. Add to that the fact that very, very few people actually know how to buy bitcoin and you may agree with me that this market has a long way to run…a long, long way to run.
Currently, Bitcoin can handle about five transactions per second. That was fine in Bitcoin’s infancy. However, if you compare it to Visa’s average of 2,000 transactions per second, you can see Bitcoin’s capacity is not enough for the future and it’s causing Bitcoin transactions to take a long time.
If you buy and hold Bitcoin on a website exchange, such as Kraken.com, or in an online wallet. such as Blockchain.info, you will not know about private keys because you do not need to. While they are there behind the scenes, the exchange or online wallet is handling them for you. However, if you have or plan to hold Bitcoins on a smartphone wallet, you do have to know something about them.
Many thanks to Marlene Rose Gallery in downtown Clearwater for a beautiful venue for last night’s seminar on Bitcoin. People enjoyed the venue as much as the easy manner that Peter conveyed a technical subject in understandable bites.
“Very Well explained. I learned enough to really want to get started.” said Neal F.
Anita D. stated “I had never heard of this concept and it makes sense. I am interested in knowing more about it. I am curious now in this evolution in currency. I am glad I made the time to come and listen to it, it was interesting and simple.”
David A said “Finally I understand what a bitcoin is and it’s source and mining.”
Several pre-purchased the book at the event, and more said they would come to www.bitcoin-secrets.com to purchase it online, as well as post any further questions in the forum there.