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Bitcoin ‘Too Volatile’ to Be Store of Value: Steve Forbes

Bitcoin 'Too Volatile' to Be Store of Value: Steve Forbes

The magazine magnate says gold is a better investment.

In brief

  • Steve Forbes said Bitcoin is not a good long-term store of value.
  • He recommends gold instead.
  • According to Forbes, BTC's supply cap and volatility limit its utility.

According to Steve Forbes, Bitcoin’s price has actually benefited from FUD—about monetary policy.

“The biggest booster of the Bitcoin boom is the fear that the Federal Reserve and other central banks are printing too much money,” Forbes said today on his YouTube show “What’s Ahead.”But while other investors have looked to Bitcoin as a store of value, the two-time Republican presidential candidate said he’s instead hitching his wagon to gold.

Though he’s not a trained economist, Forbes grew up with money. His father, entrepreneur Malcolm Forbes, established the eponymous Forbes magazine that the younger Forbes now runs. Steve doesn’t think Bitcoin is the right investment for keeping the family fortune. 

“Steak one day, dog food the next, fillet the day after that,” he said of Bitcoin’s ever-changing price.

“Bitcoin remains too volatile to be a long-term store of value like gold has traditionally done,” he told listeners. Moreover, he said, “Bitcoin’s arbitrary supply limit will severely hinder its future usefulness.”

Further, he suggested these qualities were somehow different with gold. “When you see the dollar price of gold fluctuate, what you are seeing is really the value of the dollar itself changing.”

That’s one way of looking at it.

The price of gold over the last three month. Image: TradingView

The price of gold over the last three months. Image: TradingView

He also said the supply of gold increases about 2% each year on average—thanks to mining output—making it “rare but not too rare.” Though he didn’t mention that the supply of gold on earth is not, in fact, infinite and will eventually hit its limit, just as the supply of Bitcoin will.

Concluded Forbes, “As Bitcoin evolves, it may well become the new gold, but that day is not yet here.”

One might say that day will be…golden for Bitcoin.