With some dread, a lot of people watched the price of Bitcoin sink below $30,000.
Is it all just going to melt away? Is the world coming to an end? Is it all Elon Musk's Fault? Is it time to cash out everything and invest in pork bellies instead? Where's my Lambo?
The world is burning?
In a time long gone by, I was "somewhat involved" in the legacy stock market. Specifically tech stocks and biotech stocks in emerging markets.
Most of my friends didn't really understand what I was doing and thought I was sincerely nuts for participating in something that seemed so risky. Wouldn't I be "better off" just buying some Savings Bonds or a nice mutual fund?
Not even showing them a 30-year historical chart of the Dow or S&P 500 — which will show that in the long term stocks invariably rise substantially and pretty much without fail — was enough to change any minds.
Welcome to 2021!
Here we are, all these years later, and now it's cryptocurrencies that are "too risky and volatile" for most people to seriously consider. In many cases, the same risk-averse people of yesteryear who now have stock trading apps on their smartphones...
Sadly, we don't yet have 30-year crypto charts to point to; this industry is still much too young for that. All we can really point to is what you'd have today if you'd put $1,000 into Bitcoin ten years ago... even after BTC took a dive to less than half its recent highs.
It all makes me pause and wonder what we will be looking at in 2051? What will people be describing as "far too volatile and risky," by then?
What will be over the horizon?
The De-Risking Years?
These days, "stablecoins" seem to be in the news a lot. They are in the news because governments are looking at how to regulate them — if that's even possible — and they are in the news because maybe they offer a counterpoint to the extreme volatility we otherwise see in the Cryptosphere.
That volatility scares people, on a broad scale, because most of the world isn't comfortable with participating in a "game" where their $10 today is worth $5 tomorrow, even if the potential for it to be worth $20 by Friday exists. And they certainly aren't going to participate in commerce under those conditions!
However, the way I see it... stablecoins are in the news because the "Original Promise" of cryptocurrencies as a decentralized and borderless non-bank, non-nationalized payment system has been an abysmal failure, because that promise was usurped by good 'ole Wall Street style "greed is good" uber-high risk investing.
In short, in layman's terms: Cryptocurrencies became a way to MAKE money, not a way to USE money."
Even though I have "made some" from the cryptosphere, I am also disillusioned because I fully expected that by now I would be listing cryptos as a payment method on my eBay listings!
Maybe stablecoins can be a way to de-risk the situation and recover a bit of that original promise... because otherwise I fear we may be heading down a blind alley with no way to exit.
I'd rather be here than poring over trading charts!
Chartwatching and Ulcers...
Chartwatching gives you ulcers.
Even as I was writing these words, Bitcoin has pulled one of its "Crazy Ivan" reversals, shooting from $29,800 to $30,700 in a matter of minutes and thereby rendering the opening sentence of this post irrelevant — or at least out of date — but effectively demonstrating part of what the challenge is, here.
What's my point?
Minute-to-minute micromanagement really doesn't work if your objective is to build something of long-term lasting value. If you're going to freak out and change course with every tiny environmental change, chances are there won't be much of a long term.
Frankly, I'm not interested in the kind of ulcers that come with worrying about which way the wind is blowing, every minute of every day.
Either your plan is solid and here to stay and you believe in it, so stick to your plan... OR it's not solid, so get out and do something else!
Thanks for reading, and have a great remainder of your week!
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