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Bitcoin’s recent success has piqued the attention of numerous parts of the media as well as major institutions. According to a study published by Deutsche Bank,
“Bitcoin is far too important to ignore, as it is now the third-largest currency in terms of total value.
value in circulation.”
He was quick to draw parallels between Gold, Bitcoin, and fiat currencies. He added:
“Gold & silver is base money of the past. Government fiat is base money today. It comprises both physical cash, and a digital cash component. Bitcoin may be the base money of the future.”
He pointed at the defective comparison between Bitcoin and other monetary base money.
“Everyone looking to value Bitcoin always jumps to the “narrow” or “broad” money supplies (M1/M2/M3). This is incorrect. The reason is those money supplies represent “claims” on the base money supply.”
This analogy does illustrate a significant idea that many people overlook. Today’s fiat base money is made up of both physical (notes and coins) and digital (bank deposits at the central bank) components; think of the digital component as the “account” that each bank has with the central bank. He continued by saying,
“Another mistake that’s often made when comparing bitcoins to the analog monetary world is looking at a simple chart like US M1 or Eurozone M2. Besides again being incorrect on the M1/M2/M3 comparison, this method is inadequate because Bitcoin is global, and those… are not,”
He further added to the aforementioned comparison:
“We can’t simply look at one or two nation states’ base money supplies to gauge any kind of market depth. The sample must be global”
Bitcoin is limited by the protocol to an eventual 21 million in supply by 2141, and each day it seems more likely that the digital asset could circulate as base money of the future: a deep & balanced final settlement money supply.