Another rise has been recorded. Since our last piece, the bitcoin price has shot up by about another $30 and is hanging around the $680 mark. Bitcoin just keeps booming away, and it’s plausible that the digital currency could potentially reach $700 in the coming weeks if its current streak stays strong.
One source describes the action with a ray of excitement:
“Wow, what a night. We’ve been asking for some volatility in the bitcoin price for the last couple of days, and boy did we get it last night.”
This is the second near-$30 rise for bitcoin in the short span of about a week, and several analysts are “blaming” the devaluation of China’s native yuan currency for the alleged spikes in the coin’s price.
As the strength of fiat continues to drop, many asset holders (particularly in China) are seeking ways to retain some form of power and control in their financial futures, and it appears bitcoin is the way to do that. Bitcoin trading and purchasing are at an all-time high in South Asia, and the streak doesn’t seem to be on the verge of stopping anytime soon.
Is ‘Hodling’ the Best Way to Maintain the Bitcoin Price?
However, there is another side of the spectrum. Sure, people are buying coins left and right. Yes, it is likely contributing to the price hikes, but other investors are touting the power one achieves in simply “holding on” and waiting.
Those with a fair amount of bitcoins in their investment portfolios are sitting around and letting what they have grow. Granted, once they reach a certain point, they will seek to cash out and get their money’s worth. The process is called “hodling,” and is similar to the practices witnessed amongst top stockholders.
One source describes its functions:
“’Hodling’ takes bitcoin off the market, reduces the supply available to everyone else, and increases the price as a result. If could also mean signaling to whoever heeds that you value the asset enough to want to hold it, which in its own interpretation, could warrant keen interest from those who are yet to go into it.”
Hoarding bitcoins is neither wrong nor right; same for spending them. Whatever works to increase the price is probably best, but investors are warned that bitcoin is showing some unusual activity as of late, and it’s unclear whether or not the price is coiling or simply settling and correcting itself. Either way, keep an eye out and keep those bitcoins protected.
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