So says Mike the PhD Guy (http://investmentquant.com/) in edited excerpts (323 words) from the original full-length exclusive article of 1233 words as posted on seekingalpha.com under the title Are Bitcoins Killing Gold’s Price?.
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The article goes on to say in further edited excerpts:
For those who aren’t familiar with Bitcoins, they are an electronic currency that trade completely online. They are not backed by any national government and in theory they have a fixed supply so their value can’t be altered by governments or individuals….
What is noteworthy is that Bitcoins seem to have usurped at least some of gold’s status as a safe haven asset around the Cypriot Crisis. The use of Bitcoins seems to have increased dramatically in Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and elsewhere in Southern Europe over the last two weeks. This is most likely driven by increased concerns about the future value of the euro. Historically, these kinds of concerns would have had investors headed for the safety of gold. Instead, the value of Bitcoins has shot up in relation to the euro.
The chart below shows the price of a single Bitcoin in euros. (All charts come from here: The right side axis is the price per Bitcoin, the left side axis is the volume on a given day).
What the chart details is that the value of Bitcoins, and the average transaction volume have both increased dramatically since Cyprus started making headlines…. [That being said, the above chart alone is not] conclusive evidence that Bitcoin prices are responding to economic distress, and certainly there isn’t enough data to say with conviction that Bitcoins are becoming even a partial substitute for the massive market in gold….
My point is simply to advance what I view as a plausible hypothesis: It is possible that Bitcoins are starting to steal some of gold’s historic role as a safe haven asset, and if that comes to pass it will be a headwind for the metal and the miners of it going forward….
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Bitcoin is the first peer-to-peer (P2P) digital currency and payment system to gain significant interest. This month its marketcap surpassed $1 billion. [Below is a description of what Bitcoin is, and isn’t, and why it has caught on to the extent it has.]
I’ve become interested in this whole Bitcoin thing, the electronic currency first was issued about 3 years ago, and I think it is fascinating – and troubling. Here’s why.