The ‘ideal’ store of value and what the Bitcoin standard ‘fixes’
While Bitcoin traders and traditional gold investors seem fated to clash, a debate between Bitcoin strategist Greg Foss and gold bug Peter Schiff on Peter McCormack’s What Bitcoin Did podcast led to revelations and novel concepts – including a crypto backed by gold.
Risk and Management
Discussing the risk reward of Bitcoin, Schiff strongly believed that the top cryptocurrency was more risky at $50,000 than at below $10, because there was more money to be lost.
Claiming that investors ultimately wanted physical assets and that a price crash was inevitable, Schiff said,
“I own real businesses, I own real estate, I own stuff that I can actually use. If all you own is Bitcoin, you want to buy this stuff that I already have. Everybody who’s buying Bitcoin wants what I already have. I don’t want any of their Bitcoins.”
Despite this, Greg Foss pointed out the power of a diversified portfolio. He calculated that if Schiff had invested one percent of his gold portfolio in Bitcoin when it was at $10 per BTC, his whole portfolio would have gone up 50 times, while practicing good risk management.
A Network’s Value
To counter Schiff’s claims of Bitcoin not having real value, McCormack stated that Bitcoin was backed by math, if not a physical asset. He then proposed the idea of a crypto backed by gold. Schiff agreed gold was an “ideal store of value to back up any cryptocurrency.” Even so, he argued that people would prefer such assets over fiat money, forcing governments to intervene.
While discussing whether Bitcoin was hard money or not, Foss explained that the value of Bitcoin was not due to its peg (or lack thereof), but rather the strength of its “secure” infrastructure. He said,
“The value of Bitcoin is the network, ok? It’s the strongest computer network in the world. These other coins may be competing for that same supremacy, but right now they don’t have it. Bitcoin is the strongest computer network in the world bar none.”
McCormack also added that Bitcoin had value within its network, and that unlike gold, it helped people save on costly remittance fees.
Schiff also called Bitcoin “Ponzi-esque,” noting that “the money that I get out is the money that you put in.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Bitcoin analyst Willy Woo claimed that centralized powers can manipulate even gold prices to cause inflation. He advocated for a decentralized Bitcoin standard. Meanwhile, Schiff also noted that a dollar breakdown could take place.
Contrary to common opinion the gold standard also allowed governments to print more money. Just change the convertibility ratio on the centralised stash of gold you’ve cornered.
The #bitcoin standard fixes this.
— Willy Woo (@woonomic) September 11, 2021
Despite a world of difference keeping gold investors and Bitcoin traders apart, perhaps both can share parts of an anti-fiat philosophy.