While you normies were enjoying Thanksgiving, those of us who have pledged loyalty to our new digital deity were losing our collective minds. The entire cryptocurrency market shot up to all-time highs across the board, seemingly thanks to the fact that South Korea’s second largest bank tested bitcoin wallets, an influx of new cryptocurrency investors join the market every day, plus the expectation that a bunch of big money will enter the market when the hedge fund CME and the NASDAQ add bitcoin futures in the coming months. I mean, look at this year-to-date bitcoin chart. This is nuts. We are definitely in a bubble.
But you can still make money in bubbles. The phrase used by those of us who have jumped in on this supposed rocket ship is “moonward,” and given the angle of that bitcoin chart, it feels like we’re at least in the troposphere. It seems like it’s impossible to lose money in crypto right now, which creates FOMO (fear of missing out) that has surely fueled this astounding rise. There will no doubt be a proportional correction to this wild rally (and some of it has already happened), so buying right now may not be the best move (I am not a financial advisor nor a cryptocurrency expert, so consider this my legal disclaimer that you should obviously not mortgage your house because some guy on the Internet wrote a thing).
Bitcoin is now one of the 30 or so largest currencies in the world, and it looks to be dragging several other cryptocurrencies up along with it. Despite all this progress, cryptocurrency is still in an incredibly early stage. While bitcoin may look expensive at around $10,000 per coin, that’s a bargain compared to the $55,000 per coin that some quants have pegged a 2022 bitcoin price at. Bitcoin is replacing gold as a store of value, and the market for gold is still roughly forty times larger than bitcoin.
— Ari Paul (@AriDavidPaul) November 30, 2017
Ari Paul used to run the University of Chicago’s billion-dollar endowment fund, and he left to start a cryptocurrency hedge fund. Paul wrote in Forbes this week that “it’s 1994 in cryptocurrency”—comparing it to the internet revolution which began in the 1990s. This is another giant leap forward in that arena, and it is the entire impetus behind people like me flocking to cryptocurrency. We are at the forefront of another dot com boom. It just isn’t in the stock market…