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Comparing and Contrasting Gold and Bitcoin

March 4, 2021 • Posted in Currency Trading, Gold

Are gold and bitcoin similar assets? In his December 2020 paper entitled “Bitcoin is Exactly Like Gold Except When it Isn’t”, Claude Erb compares and contrasts the following aspects of gold and bitcoin:

  • Inflation hedge – how well an asset tracks some measure of inflation/purchasing power.
  • Store of value – the ability of an asset to hold its value over long periods.
  • Safe haven – how well an asset holds its value during equity market crashes.
  • Valuation – intrinsic value of an asset.

Based on a survey of related research and arguments, he concludes that: (more…)

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