Bitcoin has had quite a month, rising from $725 to a high of $911 today.
Part of what is driving bitcoin's price movement is the financial turmoil in China. A weakening yuan in combination with increasingly strict capital controls in the country have driven investor's capital out of mainland china and into bitcoin.
Likewise, since the Chinese government considers bitcoin to be a commodity rather than a currency, it is impervious to foreign exchange regulators – meaning that it is nearly impossible for them to limit its upside.
But, in my opinion, China is only one of numerous reasons bitcoin has been rising.
The Trump effect as well and his embracement of the Blockchain apparent in his cabinet appointments as Kim Dotcom has also predicted Bitcoin to hit $2000 next year giving Trump much of the credit.
But, with it breaking out to all-time highs now, it begs the question, how high can it go?
Let's look at the total market cap compared to other money and sectors.
Bitcoin is currently near $14 billion of total market cap. If you multiply the total amount of bitcoins available (currently just above 16 million) by its current price you get its market cap near $14 billion.
At $14 billion, bitcoin has nearly the same market cap as silver.
But, when compared to Bill Gates, with a worth of $75 billion, bitcoin is still worth much less than the world's richest man.
When comparing it to companies, like Apple, the world's highest market cap company at $620 billion, bitcoin is still only worth 2% of the value of Apple.
And, compared to the total value of all gold in the world of $7.8 trillion, bitcoin is only 0.17% of that value.
Gold is likely the most similar item to compare bitcoin to. Like bitcoin, it is a store of wealth and considered by many to be money.
And given the ease of use of bitcoin and how digital the world is becoming, it is fair to posit that at some point bitcoin may be worth as much as gold.
If that were to happen the price of each bitcoin would have to be valued at $487,500.
Another item that could be compared to bitcoin is the value of all fiat money in the world. It is estimated, by the CIA Fact book, that there is about $28.6 trillion of coins, bank notes and bank deposits in the world.
If bitcoin were to replace all fiat currencies, something in which we speculate is certainly a possibility, the value of each bitcoin would be worth $1,787,500.
Will that happen anytime soon? Of course not. Could it happen? Absolutely.
So, if you think you have missed the boat on bitcoin by not buying it earlier… there are plenty of reasons to think that it hasn't even begun yet.
Will Latency Slow Bitcoin Rise
Yes bitcoin has doubled in value over the past year, however as more people turn to bitcoin then more miners are required to ensure transactions are completed quickly. China has a large share in mining pools, however in the past months some of them have been shut down for stealing electricity to power the computers required to solve the mathematics which builds blocks in the blockchain. the longer it takes to produce blocks the slower the transaction becomes.
There has been talk of fork to update the blockchain but there is no consences for this. Implimentation might also prove challenging due to its widespread distribution which perversly adds to it security.
Waiting in the wings is a new coin Mycryptocoin (MCC), which brings together the best of bitcoin and ether, but using Proof Of Stake(POS) to replace mining as all coins will be allocated at launch.
Smart contract and application can be run on the blockchain. Owners walletscan hold MCC and these can be bought and sold within the wallets with links to all other ccyptocurrencies, bank accounts, cards and other payments systems such as paypal. Truly a one stop wallet complete with its own Visa card.
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