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Bitcoin and Gold Contenders to Outperform as Fiat Currencies Devalue

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • Federal Reserve tightening is coming to an end.
  • Analysts suggest BTC will continue to outperform gold.
  • Major fiat currencies continue to lose value.
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As inflation continues to ravage economies across the globe, fiat currencies are beginning to suffer the impacts of devaluation. Assets such as Bitcoin and gold could be the beneficiaries according to analysts.

According to Bloomberg Intelligence, the outlook for the rest of the decade favors assets such as Bitcoin and gold. Strategists compared the two to the rest of the commodity market as the end is in sight for the Federal Reserve’s aggressive tightening.

“Lower commodity and risk-asset prices may be the only way out with deflationary implications, which should buoy the price of gold and its digital version, Bitcoin,” commented Bloomberg Intelligence senior commodity strategist Mike McGlone.

A cost of living crisis means that all but the very wealthy have less money to spend on investments such as crypto or gold. However, when the world finally emerges from this recession, they could be the go-to investments.

Outperforming gold

McGlone added that with Fed tightening nearing an endgame, “risk vs. reward may be tilting toward resuming the enduring upward trajectory in Bitcoin, notably vs. most commodities.”

He suggested that the nascent tech and asset sector is a top contender to outperform gold in the long term having retreated to a solid support zone.

“The Bitcoin-to-gold ratio at about 10x, which was first reached in 2017. In a world rapidly going digital, the benchmark crypto is a top competitor to old-guard gold.”

The more volatile BTC has lost 57% since the beginning of the year, but gold is also down 11% in the same period. Zooming out to a longer-term two-year picture shows that BTC is up 87% whereas gold has lost almost 13%.

Furthermore, commodities could be weighed down by the “supply-demand fundamentals and the aftereffects of aggressive central bank tightening,” McGlone noted.

Currency wars

Another factor to consider is the current currency conundrum as fiat currencies lose their value. On Sept. 27, CNBC Crypto Trader Ran Neuner commented that investors will likely look to exit local currencies and that the greenback is over-traded — leaving one winner — BTC.

Popular market analyst Murad added to the sentiment stating:

“They told you Bitcoin can’t be money because it’s too volatile. In the meantime the centuries old British Pound and Japanese Yen are down -22% and -20% just this year alone.”

Crypto markets remain range bound where they have been since mid-June and the longer this extends, the stronger the support zone becomes. Total capitalization has reached $1 trillion again following a 4.4% gain over the past 24 hours.

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