If you do not understand what Bitcoin is, Do a bit of research online, and you will receive plenty… but the brief Narrative is that Bitcoin was made as a medium of trade, with no central bank Or bank of difficulty being involved. Moreover, Bitcoin transactions are supposed To be personal, anonymous. Most significantly, Bitcoins Don’t Have Any real World presence; they exist only in computer applications, as a kind of virtual reality.
The general idea is that Bitcoins ‘ are ‘mined’… intriguing term here… by solving an increasingly hard mathematical formula -more difficult as more Bitcoins are ‘mined’ into existence; again interesting- to a computer. Once established, the new Bitcoin is put into an electronic ‘wallet’. It’s then possible to exchange actual goods or Fiat money for Bitcoins… and vice versa. Additionally, as there is no central issuer of Bitcoins, it’s all highly dispersed, thus resistant to being ‘managed’ by jurisdiction.
Naturally proponents of Bitcoin, Those who profit from the growth of Bitcoin, insist fairly loud that ‘for certain, Bitcoin is money’… and not only that, but ‘it is the best money , the money of the future’, etc.. . The proponents of all Fiat shout just as loudly that paper money is cash… and we all know that Fiat paper is not money by any means, as it lacks the most important attributes of real money. The question then is does Bitcoin even qualify as cash… never mind it being the cash of their future, or the very best money .
Compared to Fiat, Bitcoin doesn’t Do too badly as a medium of exchange. Fiat is only accepted in the geographical domain of its own issuer. Dollars aren’t any great in Europe etc.. Bitcoin is accepted internationally. On the flip side, very few retailers currently accept payment in Bitcoin. Unless the acceptance grows , Fiat wins… although at the cost of trade between countries.
The primary condition is a lot Tougher; cash must be a stable store of value… today Bitcoins have gone from a ‘value’ of $3.00 to about $1,000, in only a couple decades. This is about as far away from being a ‘stable store of value’; since you can get! Indeed, such profits are an ideal example of a speculative boom… like Dutch tulip bulbs, or real mining companies, or even Nortel stocks. The effects of Bitcoins Wealth Review, not only on you but many others, is a fact that has to be acknowledged. No one really can effectively address all the different situations that could arise with this particular topic. There is a lot, we know, and that is the reason why we are taking a very short break to state a few words about this. This is important information that can help you, and there is no doubting that. The last outstanding areas for discussion may be even more important.
Of course, Fiat fails here as well; For example, the US Dollar, the ‘primary’ Fiat, has lost over 95 percent of its worth in a few decades… neither fiat nor Bitcoin qualify at the most crucial measure of cash; the capacity to store value and conserve value through time. Actual money, which is Gold, has shown the capacity to hold value not just for centuries, except for eons. Neither Fiat nor Bitcoin has this critical capacity… both neglect as money.
Finally, we come to the second Feature; this of being the numeraire. Now this is really intriguing, and we can see why both Bitcoin and Fiat neglect as money, by looking closely at the question of the ‘numeraire’. Numeraire describes the use of cash to not only save worth, but to in a way step, or compare value. In Austrian economics, it is deemed impossible to really measure value; after all, significance resides just in human consciousness… and how can anything else in understanding really be quantified? Nevertheless, through the principle of Mengerian market action, that is interaction between bid and offer, market prices can be established… if only briefly… and this market price is expressed concerning the numeraire, the most marketable good, that is money.
So how do we set the worth of Fiat… ? Through the concept of ‘purchasing power’… which is, the value of Fiat depends upon what it can be traded for… a so called ‘basket of goods’. However, his clearly implies that Fiat has no value of its own, but instead appreciate flows from the value of the goods and services it might be exchanged for. Causality flows from the goods ‘bought’ into the Fiat number. After all, what difference is there between a 1 Dollar bill and a hundred Dollar bill, except that the number printed on it… and the purchasing power of the number?
Gold, on the other hand, isn’t Quantified by what it deals for; instead, uniquely, it’s measured by a different physical standard; from its weight, or mass. A gram of Gold is a gram of gold, and an ounce of Gold is an ounce of Gold… regardless of what amount is engraved on its surface, ‘face value’ or differently. Causality is the contrary to that of Fiat; Gold is measured by weight, an intrinsic quality… maybe not by purchasing electricity. Now, have you really any notion of the worth of an oz of Dollars? No such thing. Fiat is only ‘measured’ by an ephemeral quantity… the number printed on it, the ‘face value’.
Bitcoin is further away from being The numeraire; not only is it simply a number, much as Fiat… but its worth is measured in Fiat! Even if Bitcoin becomes internationally recognized as a medium of exchange, and even if it manages to replace the Dollar as the approved ‘numeraire’, it can never possess an intrinsic measure like Gold has. Gold is unique in being measured by a true, unchanging physical quantity. Gold is unique in storing value for centuries. Nothing else in reach of humankind has this exceptional blend of qualities.