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We talked the other day about using real estate to smooth out some of the volatility we've seen in stocks lately.
And it should come as no surprise, if you've been with me for a while, that I own Bitcoin and other large and small digital currencies, not just because they're useful, but because they're not stocks, and they don't really correlate with them, either.
Unless you've been on a mountaintop camping trip for the past month or so, you'll know that a lot of stocks got knocked way down because the market was worried sick about inflation, because of the expanding money supply and economic recovery getting underway. Inflation eats into the dollar.
Bitcoin is the ultimate protection against all that – and I'll tell you why…
Bitcoin Is Like the New Gold
Fed Chair Jerome Powell can pick up the phone to tell the Treasury folks working the printing presses to kick it into overdrive – and that's just what the Fed has done. Around 18% of all dollars in existence right now were "printed" in 2020 to help keep the economy from going over the cliff.
But with Bitcoin and a lot of other cryptos, that can't happen. Not only is there no Big Boss telling people to make more Bitcoin, but there's a fixed supply of it; the Bitcoin supply can't expand like that.
$100,000 BITCOIN: It could happen by the end of 2021. Some lesser-known coins that have been known to move even higher when Bitcoin moves, could do better. Details…
Twenty-one million bitcoins – that's all there will ever be. At the end of February, around 18.63 million bitcoins had been mined, which leaves a little more than 2.36 million that have yet to enter circulation. (In reality, the final number will be less than 21 million, because it's likely as many as a few million bitcoins are "lost" or "locked up" forever by folks who've died without sharing their private keys or who are still alive but have lost their keys.)
Inflation is one of the reasons Elon Musk put 5% of Tesla Inc.'s (NASDAQ: TSLA) available cash into Bitcoin. He tweeted, "When fiat currency has negative real interest, only a fool wouldn't look elsewhere." It's tough to argue with the guy; a 10-year Treasury bond that yields 1.4% won't even keep up with expected inflation in the long run.
Bitcoin is starting to challenge the traditional role of gold as protection against inflation, and it looks like it's going to win out; gold hasn't had anywhere near the performance of Bitcoin over this last inflation panic.
Here's Where Bitcoin's Going Next
Right now, Bitcoin is pushing up against $58,000 after a dip to $54,000 brought out the buyers in a big way.
Cointelegraph reported that Bitcoin analyst Willy Woo, of Woobull, showed that lots of Bitcoin was scooped up by wallet owners with little history of selling, saying they were "strong hands."
Woo suggested that Bitcoin is just about finished with this latest consolidation, which basically means today's prices could be well in the rearview mirror before long.
This could be your last chance to own the inflation protection and profit potential Bitcoin offers at anything like a bargain price. And, hey, I understand $57,000 is a lot to spend on an investment; I'm famous for not (usually) spending more than $500 on a trade. Fortunately for all of us, it's possible to buy Bitcoin in fractional increments – $57, $570, $5,700 – whatever you're comfortable with. If you think Bitcoin's expensive at $57,000, just wait till it gets to the $100,000 level I'm predicting by the end of the year.
As impressive as that performance might be, Bitcoin's only one cryptocurrency – the biggest of dozens. Some of these smaller "altcoin" cryptos have had even bigger moves – 142% in 12 days, 273% in 14 days, or even 1,900% in 62 days. You should see what I have on this chart…
About the Author
Tom Gentile, options trading specialist for Money Map Press, is widely known as America's No. 1 Pattern Trader thanks to his nearly 30 years of experience spotting lucrative patterns in options trading. Tom has taught over 300,000 traders his option trading secrets in a variety of settings, including seminars and workshops. He's also a bestselling author of eight books and training courses.