Bitcoin may be more festive with 'digital' gold giving higher returns than the actual yellow metal this festive season

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Bitcoin may be more festive with 'digital' gold giving higher returns than the actual yellow metal this festive season
Value of ‘digital gold’ has increased over 1000 times over the past decade — giving higher returns than the actual yellow metal, the US dollar and the stock marketCanva/BI India
India is the world’s biggest market for gold. Not only do people love giving it as a gift, but it’s also one of the leading instruments of long term investment — a hedge against inflation and rising prices. However, millennials are now looking to go digital with their gold. Enter, Bitcoin.

The digital currency may be volatile, but is considered to be ‘digital gold’ by billionaires like Ray Dalio. Not everyone may agree with that assessment, but every year the festival of Diwali coincides with a rally in crypto markets as they leave September’s troughs behind.

Indian crypto exchanges, like WazirX, are normally on the scene with offers and giveaway campaigns to drive awareness in the market. The platform has over 8.5 million users and saw a huge rise in users from Tier II and Tier III towns in 2021. Cities like Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Patna and others reported an average growth of 2950%, according to the company.

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Comparing ten years’ movement of USD, gold, stocks, and Bitcoin:
Tracked Asset2011 October2021 OctoberChange
Rupee : US Dollar48 INR = 1 USD75 INR = 1 USD-56%
Gold 24k troy ounce (31.1 gram)$1623$1769+8.99%
S&P 500 stock index11314519+299%
Bitcoin$5.03$64,225+1,276,740%
Data source: Stooq (Values as of closing on Oct 19, 2021)

Early Bitcoin investors gained stunning returns, but even recent entrants have reaped generous profits over time. For example, Bitcoin’s value rose by 90% in 2021 between July and October alone.



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“Bitcoin is regarded as digital gold and not digital fiat for a reason. Though there are definitely use cases where Bitcoin and other crypto can be used for payments, I am a staunch believer that those trades should be considered barter, rather than an outright purchase using currencies,” noted WazirX CEO, Nischal Shetty.

Origin of Bitcoin


Cryptocurrency refers to a digital currency, secured with cryptography to enable trusted transactions in a decentralised manner. Bitcoin is based on the blockchain technology, which functions as a ‘ledger’ or record of transactions made.

While it was conceived as a way to make digital transactions easier, Bitcoin blurred the line between a currency and an asset due to its nature.
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Nature of gold versus Bitcoin – a comparison



That would not be the only commonality Bitcoin shares with gold. Here’s a table observing how Bitcoin, the ‘digital gold’, stacks up against actual gold.

AttributeGoldBitcoin
UsageLiquid currency or AssetLiquid currency or Asset
Limited SupplyYesYes
DivisibleMilligrams in industrial useUpto 0.00000001 units
DurableYesYes
Easy to transactYes, high frictionYes, low friction
AuthenticityEasy to detect counterfeitsCannot be faked
Held ValueAcross thousands of yearsAcross ten years
VolatilityStableRelatively volatile
RegulationsHighMinimal

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As illustrated by this table, Bitcoin satisfies enough attributes to be considered a moniker of ‘digital gold’. If holding Bitcoin isn’t exciting enough, investors can potentially earn more using options to trade or lend it.

The future of Bitcoin – growth and ubiquity


Companies like MicroStrategy and Tesla are betting on Bitcoin to give good returns over a long period of time. Michael Saylor, MicroStrategy CEO recently sold off a part of the company to buy another 5,050 Bitcoin.

Increasing value will encourage even more merchants, both online and offline, to accept payments in Bitcoin. When enough transactions are being made, the volatility of Bitcoin value may settle down to a slow rise like gold today.
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With its philosophy of decentralisation that focuses on the user instead, Bitcoin could usher in positive changes to banks and the financial system as we know it. This would work to directly benefit ordinary people, making transactions faster, reducing bank fees, restraining inflation, and enabling new businesses located far from traditional centres of growth. Who knew that a simple action of investing in Bitcoin to build your own wealth could profoundly change society for the better?

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in partnership with WazirX.

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