Bitcoin (BTC) has constantly been on the news due to its characteristic volatility during a 24 hour period. Those who have learned how to trade with the ups and downs have loved the crypto industry as can be seen in the numerous tweets, facebook posts and telegram chats about profits on a daily basis. But this type of volatility is frowned upon by veteran Wall Street investors and trusted personalities such as George Soros who had this to say about the King of Crypto back in January:
“Cryptocurrency is a misnomer and is a typical bubble, which is always based on some kind of misunderstanding…Bitcoin is not a currency because a currency is supposed to be a stable store of value and the currency that can fluctuate 25% in a day can’t be used for instance to pay wages because wages drop by 25% in a day. It’s a speculation. Based on a misunderstanding.”
Looking at the recent volatility of BTC since the SEC decided to postpone its decision, it has only declined the most by 12% in a day. BTC dropped from $7,100 on the 7th of August to $6,242 on the same day. This is a drop in value of 12% as earlier mentioned.
However, this drop in value is not as significant as the one witnessed by the Turkish Lira between the 9th and 10th of August this year. The fiat currency dropped by a comparative value of 0.18452 to the USD, to that of 0.15142 in a 24 hour period. This is a massive drop in value of 18%. This event even caught the attention of Shape Shift CEO, Erik Voorhees who tweeted the event as can be seen below.
— Erik Voorhees (@ErikVoorhees) August 10, 2018
To provide a visual representation of the event, we have included a screenshot of the TRY/USD chart referenced by Mr. Voorhees below.
Bitcoin (BTC) as A Global Currency
To hedge against the instability of fiat currency, Forex traders have been known to be using Bitcoin (BTC) to ‘stash their funds’ during periods of volatility. One such example is the recent news that the bank of Japan would stop stimulating the economy. This announcement happened around the 30th of July which coincidentally was when BTC seemed to be steady around the $8,100 levels. Perhaps this level was being maintained by the forex traders from Japan who soon went back to fiat as soon as the Bank of Japan eased up on its initial idea of cutting off government stimulus into the economy.
What then happened, is that BTC started fumbling once again after the Bank of Japan went back to business as usual. This indicates that the savvy traders cashed their BTC for fiat after the risk had been averted.
As we progress with time in the crypto-markets, we might see a situation where Bitcoin goes toe-to-toe with the major fiat currencies in traditional stock markets. This will now add an additional crown on to BTC as being also a global currency better than and greater than the USD.
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