Is it time to invest in Bitcoin?

If you’ve considered investing in stocks and shares over the last decade, the chances are that you’ve at least flirted with the idea of Bitcoin. But what exactly is Bitcoin? Is it safe? And is now the time to invest?

What is Bitcoin?

Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency that can be used to pay for goods or services from an increasing number of small merchants and large businesses or can be traded for other currencies, such as GBP and USD or other cryptocurrencies.

You can also hold onto it as an investment.

How does Bitcoin work?

Each Bitcoin is actually a computer file that’s stored in a ‘digital wallet’ app, usually on a smartphone or computer. You can send Bitcoins or part-Bitcoins, to your digital wallet, other people, merchants or businesses. Each transaction is recorded in a public list called the blockchain.

Is Bitcoin safe?

Although Bitcoin is secure and safe to use, the Bitcoins you buy are only as secure as the wallet you store them in. If your Bitcoin is stolen, the nature of the currency means that it could be much harder to return and trace.

If you’re looking to buy or invest in Bitcoin, consider the following wallets:

  • Exodus – Best for beginners.
  • Electrum – Best for advanced users.
  • Mycelium: Best for mobile.

Is now the time to invest in Bitcoin?

The Bitcoin ‘break out’ case is stronger than ever – despite the cryptocurrency’s price dropping 12% over the last seven days, affirms the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory and fintech organisations.

The comments from Nigel Green, chief executive and founder of deVere, come after the leading digital asset fell to around $10,000 over the weekend.

Mr Green notes: “Crypto cynics and finance traditionalists will use the current – and temporary – fall in Bitcoin as an excuse to knock its inherent strengths to fit their own agendas.

“However, the reality is that the case for Bitcoin to break out this year is stronger than ever.”

He continues: “The first reason is about record-shattering stimulus initiatives. Governments and central banks around the world are continuing to prop-up their economies. Just last week France announced a new $100bn package.

“The off-the-scale level of money printing drastically devalues traditional currencies, which serves to boost the price of Bitcoin as investors look for viable alternatives.

“The stimulus agendas are unsustainable in the longer-term and there’s a potential inflation issue looming. Investors know this and are revising their portfolios accordingly.”

Mr Green adds: “The second reason is that the uncertainty created by the U.S. presidential election is going to intensify between now and November 3.

“Investors will pile into safe-haven assets, which are not tied to any specific country, such as Bitcoin and gold.”

But perhaps even more important are the underlying fundamentals, says the deVere boss.

“Bitcoin’s price will remain on an upward trajectory in 2020 and beyond because the fundamentals haven’t changed– namely that cryptocurrencies are the future of money.

“Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are digital and global. We’re going through a tech revolution and cryptocurrencies are digital by their very nature.

“It is also about demographics. Younger people, who are of course the future, have always lived in a digital era, so using digital currency is going to be second nature.

“In addition, there will be an acceleration of institutional investment which is likely to be driven by greater regulatory clarity.

“For instance, Bermuda last week took another step towards cementing its drive towards crypto by testing a digital token, which can be used to buy food and other essentials.”

More and more global jurisdictions can be expected to join the likes of Malta, Hong Kong, Japan, Switzerland – and now Bermuda – in becoming crypto-friendly from a regulatory and pro-business viewpoint.

“The institutional expertise and capital will bolster prices significantly.”

Mr Green concludes: “The fundamentals that make Bitcoin an attractive investment are, in fact, gaining strength.

“If anything, the drop in price below $10,000, which is a critical psychological level, will be used by investors as a key buying opportunity – especially given that Bitcoin has soared by about 70% year-on-year, making it one of the best-performing assets of 2020.”

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