Is the Bitcoin an Alternative to Fiat Currency?

Article written by Riya Thakur

Recently there has been a lot of talk about a new virtual currency called the Bitcoin that is growing very rapidly, its gaining a lot of media attention and its value has increased dramatically.

The current financial turmoil in Europe and around the world has also made people invest in alternatives to fiat currency such as the Bitcoin. For most people it is strange that someone can take seriously a currency that is not backed by a Government or central institution, but that is the precise advantage of this coin.

Bitcoin developers spoke to the Guardian’s James Ball at their home in central London and these were some of their comments:

Bitcoin is a virtual currency just like dollars, pounds, euros but at the same time we have a type of currency that isn’t control by central institutions, its completely decentralized. You can send money to whoever you want, whenever you want, wherever you want in the world and no one can stop me.

The Bitcoin is a very interesting concept that is gaining acceptance by many companies on the internet like PayPal, WordPress, Reddit, Microtronix and many others. In fact ATM machines are already on the way to be used.

David Zimbeck says that some of the critics of Bitcoins say that they are facilitating buying drugs on the internet, but the developers say that the virtual currency is just a tool and you can use it for good or bad and that since Bitcoins popularity a lot of people have been using it for better purposes. He wants to see the use of cryptocurrency commercialized because it restores trust in finance.

Fiat currency has the disadvantage that central institutions can print as much as they want, therefore it is always losing purchasing power. The same principle applies if you have money in the bank. Instead what you should do is put your money on an asset that keeps its value or increase it.

At this moment the Bitcoin seems a good option because its increasing its value, however this can change in the future. Another alternative is to invest your money on something productive like a business or land that increases in value or invest it in gold.

David Zimbeck suggested that even though the virtual currency is a good way to diversify your portfolio and not depend on paper money or bank deposits, it also makes sense to pay attention to emerging cryptocurrencies that may be technologically superior. Out moded forms of investing such as Gold is actually artificially inflated. Even warren buffet would defer to commodities with real utility value such as food, land and electricity. Cryptocurrency gets its value from its utility and limited supply and popularity in speculative trading markets.

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