In light of recent massive spikes in cryptocurrency, many new investors have joined the fray with a “can’t lose” mentality. In actuality, having money invested in cryptocurrency right now is anything but a “can’t lose” situation.
In February, Tesla purchased 1.5 billion dollars worth of bitcoin for investment and diversification purposes. Subsequently, its stock price plummeted. Will this polarizing move benefit Tesla in the long-term? Only time will tell.
Cryptocurrency’s conundrum is that businesses will not want to accept cryptocurrencies as a payment method until its value stabilizes (the price of cryptocurrencies routinely yo-yo by five percent per day). The value can only become more stable once people start using it to actually purchase goods and services. Instead, cryptocurrency prices are currently determined by speculators. In other words, cryptocurrency’s future transactional demand will only really increase once its present transactional demand increases since this is the only thing that will allow its value to be sufficiently stable for businesses to accept.