Best of the Week
Most Popular
1.The Brexit War! EU Fearing Collapse Set to Stoke Scottish Independence Proxy War - Nadeem_Walayat
2.London Terror Attack Red Herring, Real Issue is Age of Reason vs Religion - Nadeem_Walayat
3.The BrExit War, Game Theory Strategy for What UK Should Do to Win - Nadeem_Walayat
4.Goldman Sachs Backing A Copper Boom In 2017 - OilPrice_Com
5.Trump to Fire 50 US Cruise Missiles To Erase Syrian Chemical Attack Air Base, China Next? - Nadeem_Walayat
6.US Stock Market Consolidation Time - Rambus_Chartology
7.Stock Market Investors Stupid is as Stupid Goes - James_Quinn
8.Gold in Fed Interest Rate Hike Cycles- Zeal_LLC
9.The BrExit War - Britain Intelligence Super Power Covert War With the EU - Nadeem_Walayat
10.Marc Faber: Euro to Strengthen, Dollar to Weaken, Gold and Emerging Markets to Outperform - MoneyMetals
Last 7 days
Elliott Wave Theory: Is Elliott’s Theory Enough? - 27th Apr 17
Billionaire Investor Paul Tudor Jones Says Stock Market Valuation Is “Terrifying” And He Is Right - 26th Apr 17
The Great BrExit Divides - Britain, USA and France - 26th Apr 17
10 Facts That Show Our Taxes Are Worse Than You Thought - 26th Apr 17
What Trump’s Next 100 Days Will Look Like - 26th Apr 17
G20: SURPASSING THE 2nd GLOBAL STEEL CRISIS - 26th Apr 17
What A War With North Korea Would Look Like - 25th Apr 17
Pensions Are On The Way Out But Retirement Funds Are Not Working Either - 25th Apr 17
Frank Holmes : Gold Could Hit $1,500 in 2017 Amid Imbalances & Weak Supply - 25th Apr 17
3 Reasons Why “Spring Forward, Fall Back” Also Applies To Gold - 25th Apr 17
SPX may be Aiming at the Cycle Top Resistance - 25th Apr 17
Walmart Stock Extending Higher - Elliott Wave Trend Forecast - 25th Apr 17
Google Panics and KILLS YouTube to Appease Mainstream Media and Corporate Advertisers - 25th Apr 17
Gold Price Is 1% Shy of Ripping Higher - 25th Apr 17
Exchange-Traded Funds Make Decisions Easy - 25th Apr 17
Trump Is Among The Institutionally Weakest National Leaders In The World - 25th Apr 17
3 Maps That Explain the Geopolitics of Nuclear Weapons - 25th Apr 17
Risk on Stock Market French Election Euphoria - 24th Apr 17
Fear Campaign Against Americans Continues Nuclear Attack Drills in New York City - 24th Apr 17
Is the Stock Market Bounce Over? - 24th Apr 17
This Could Be One Of the Biggest Winners Of The Electric Car Boom - 24th Apr 17
Le Pen Shifts Political Landscape- The Rise of New French Gaullism  - 24th Apr 17
IMF Says Austerity Is Over - Surplus or Stimulus - 24th Apr 17
EURUSD at a Critical Point in Wave Structure - 23rd Apr 17
Stock Market Grand Super Cycle Overview While SPX Correction Continues - 23rd Apr 17
Robert Prechter Talks About Elliott Waves and His New Book - 23rd Apr 17
Le Pen, Melenchon French Election Stock, Bond and Euro Markets Crash - 22nd Apr 17
Why You Are Not An Investor - 22nd Apr 17
Gold Price Upleg Momentum Building - 22nd Apr 17
Why Now Gold and Silver Precious Metals? - 22nd Apr 17
4 Maps That Signal Central Asia Is at Risk of War - 22nd Apr 17
5 Key Steps For A Comfortable Retirement From Former Wall Street Trader - 22nd Apr 17
Can Marine Le Pen Win? French Presidential Election Forecast 2017 - 21st Apr 17
Why Stock Market Investors May Soon Be In For A Rude Awakening - 21st Apr 17
Median US Household’s Wealth Has Declined by 40% Since 2007 - 21st Apr 17
Silver, Platinum and Palladium as Investments – Research Shows Diversification Benefit - 21st Apr 17
U.S. Stock Market and Gold, Post Tomahawks and MOAB - 21st Apr 17
An In Depth Look at the Precious Metals Complex - 20th Apr 17
The Real Story of China’s Strong First-Quarter Growth - 20th Apr 17
3 Types Of Life-Changing Crisis That Make You Wish You Had Some Gold - 20th Apr 17
The Truth is a Dangerous Thing - 20th Apr 17
2 Choke Points That Threaten Oil Trade Between Persian Gulf And East Asia - 20th Apr 17

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

Why 95% of Traders Fail

Bitcoin Gets WinkleF*ked By the Criminal SEC Organization

Currencies / Bitcoin Mar 11, 2017 - 05:31 PM GMT

By: Jeff_Berwick

Currencies

Last week we heralded, “Bitcoin Is Now As Good As Gold, Actually, It’s Better”.

It was a bit tongue-in-cheek, and I knew it’d get the gold crowd whipped into a frenzy. But, the point was, for the first time ever, the value of one unit of bitcoin surpassed the value of one ounce of gold.

At the time it was around $1,250.


Today, though, gold bugs will be happy to know that bitcoin just got Winklef*ked back down below the price of gold…. To $1,100 as of the time of this writing.

Bitcoin had been soaring in recent days on the anticipation of a ruling by the SEC on the listing of a bitcoin backed ETF.

Today, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disapproved the proposed Winklevoss bitcoin ETF (COIN).

The news came out at exactly 4 pm Eastern and, as you can see, the response by bitcoin was swift.

Bitcoin, for a moment, went below $1,000 on some exchanges… which just happened to be the exact price I said bitcoin could go to, temporarily, if the SEC disapproves the ETF.

The reason the ETF was not approved, according to the SEC, was because bitcoin is "too susceptible to fraud due to its unregulated nature."

This is quite wry coming from the ultra-corrupt and anti-free market SEC. The market needs no regulation by an outside and violent entity (government) operating through the use of stolen funds (taxes) to manipulate, extort and attack people who do not pay enough bribes (political donations).

Bitcoin, in fact, is perfectly regulated the way it should be. By the blockchain itself. Bitcoin is 100% regulated by the blockchain which is a ledger system that is completely transparent, available to all, and unchangeable by any one entity.

In fact, "regulation" in and of itself is a tool used by branches of crime syndicates such as the SEC. Luckily, bitcoin cannot actually be regulated by the SEC, which makes it far more secure and less susceptible to manipulation and corruption.

Many in the bitcoin community were quite happy to hear that the SEC did not approve the ETF. Aside from not wanting the blessings of a corrupt, criminal entity they also said it limits the ability of some to manipulate the market, via shorting and other means that would be made easier via the ETF.

GOLD VS BITCOIN

This event, today, gives us the opportunity to comment further on the differences between gold and bitcoin. After we said that “bitcoin is better than gold” last week, thousands of people lost their mind on the Youtube comments based on the article!

To begin, The Dollar Vigilante is a huge proponent of precious metals. In fact, it is, by far, the biggest weighting in our portfolio. Bitcoin, and other cryptos, only take up 5% of our portfolio for many reasons… some of which include the volatility like we saw today.

In truth, in terms of total value, bitcoin still has a VERY long way to go before it will ever surpass gold… if ever.

Gold’s market cap is somewhere between $7 and $40 trillion USD while comparatively, bitcoin has a market cap of around $20 billion which pales in comparison.

Gold still remains more tried and true than bitcoin in that it has been around for millennia, whereas bitcoin has been around for a grand total of eight years.

And, for gold to become “money” it had to be recognized as the marketable commodity that it is. Despite all the wonderful attributes bitcoin has, it lacks the one thing that makes gold so valuable - time.

However, in terms of ease of transference, bitcoin is massively superior to gold. For the most part, it doesn’t really exist in physical terms and can be easily transferred from one computer to another and bought and sold via exchange in equally as efficient a manner.

We, now, live in a very digital world. And, that means a lot of change.

The largest population in the world is not China. It's the internet. The largest economy in the world is not the United States. It's the internet. The largest postal carrier is not the USPS, UPS or FEDEX. It's the internet.

Bitcoin is the internet’s money. It's the defacto money adopted by those on the internet. It has no state nor borders. No bank can control it. It's not about "what country will adopt bitcoin first". It's about bitcoin not needing a country to exist.

That is what makes bitcoin so valuable. And, it is not going away anytime soon.

Sure, if the US government shuts down the internet or does a false flag EMP attack to shut down the power grid, it would cripple or destroy bitcoin. And, yes, these are actually very real possibilities.

If the power grid is irreparably damaged, however, I don’t think the majority of people reading this will be much worried about bitcoin or gold. They’ll be holed up, hopefully well armed, fending off the zombie hordes.

If they do not turn off the internet or power, however, expect bitcoin to keep growing massively. Will it ever get to the $1 million valuation which I calculated to be its value if it became the main currency used worldwide?

No one knows. And it’d be safest to bet against it. Lots can happen. Other cryptocurrencies could take over dominance. Hacks or supercomputing changes could bring bitcoin to its knees.

But if they don’t… bitcoin is going to continue to rise.

THE BITCOIN STORY IS NOT OVER YET

Stick with us here at The Dollar Vigilante, where we have been following and recommending bitcoin to our subscribers (subscribe here) since it was $3 in 2011.

And, check out all the presentations from The Dollar Vigilante’s Internationalization & Investment Summit which took place less than two weeks ago here.

And, keep in mind, another bitcoin ETF is set to be ruled upon by the SEC by the end of this month. So, even this part of the game isn’t over. And, if the SEC were ever to approve a bitcoin ETF it will cause a massive spike in demand for bitcoin… but it may also put the final nail in the coffin of the fiat currency/central banking system.

So, we’ll definitely be watching!

Anarcho-Capitalist.  Libertarian.  Freedom fighter against mankind’s two biggest enemies, the State and the Central Banks.  Jeff Berwick is the founder of The Dollar Vigilante, CEO of TDV Media & Services and host of the popular video podcast, Anarchast.  Jeff is a prominent speaker at many of the world’s freedom, investment and gold conferences as well as regularly in the media.

© 2017 Copyright Jeff Berwick - All Rights Reserved Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.

Jeff Berwick Archive

© 2005-2016 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in

Catching a Falling Financial Knife