Obvious throw-away account. I've been lurking here since 2013 and started buying my first two coins during the 200 USD bubble. After the subsequent crash I thought "this is bullshit" and forgot about btc until the next 1K bubble. I started to buy more and soon was deeply in the negative. There were two factors that kept me from selling my coins through the following hard 2 years and actually accumulating my position. 1. I started investing in shares and funds at the peak of the stock market in 2007 and made huge paper losses. I needed a lot of patience to hold through the next 7 years to get back to my entry point and eventually even make a little profit. I tried only a few times to trade stocks but soon realized that my fear and greed was not helpful in trading so i just held my positions. The same strategy I thus applied to Bitcoin because it had worked before. 2. Bitcoin is something completely new and whether buying it would ultimately result in a profit can not, as with shares, be inferred from past experience. Although understanding the concept of bitcoin by reading the satoshi paper, it was mostly the conviction and argumentation of the hardcore nerds here(and lots of very smart people in this subreddit) that made me believe in btc. Without them I would never have invested so much and held through the numerous nerve-wracking dips. Therefore I want to thank all you crazy beautiful people in here …cheers !! AMA
With it's decentralized ledger and world-wide access, Bitcoin is not only an interesting investment, but it is also undermining every financial & political system on earth that requires us to trust a central entity to keep a record, and to speak that record back to the public for proof or decision making. Here are the things we spoke about at our round table – they give me some hope for the future that didn't exist in a real way before bitcoin.
The need for real life banks is gone, they can exist for other useful/different reasons, but everyday large scale transactions and most daily personal banking needs, and generally financial security are all no longer bank dependent (nor credit card/website dependent).. Just this alone could really change a lot. If all the resources and money lost to huge salaries, "legal corruption", along with a now very archaic infrastructure (right down to air-conditioned skyscrapers) and untrained staff, were all translated into savings for the common user, the world market would be very different. The amounts of profit that banks make alone is staggering. At least in the billions per bank per year in 1st world countries. Then there is the fraud… Our personal estimates of 10s of trillions of dollars saved over short amounts of times (a few years) seemed almost conservative when taking everything into consideration.
War resistant money! Bitcoin means that people can flee their homeland, leave their home and everything they have, get to some other safe place, use an airport internet hotspot and access their entire life savings without interruption. Also, as a whole, the public money is safe, even if taken over completely, when the military takes over, when the religious wars are waged, no money will necessarily be at risk. We wondered, if wars could not be funded by robbing the country being invaded, could they be fully paid for by taking natural resources and land alone? We weren't sure, but it would take out a big bite. There were so many different little reasons we came up with around war, but I'll move on.
Voting. No need to dwell on this one, obviously voting and fraud is a big conversation these days. A blockchain based voting system is surely going to shed some light on the true opinions of the nation. We were not so sure if this would be a big deal or not, but we decided its best to be sure fraud is dealt with at this level of decision making. But also, since voting could potentially be in your hands, on a phone or device, maybe we vote together on some of the simpler decisions, it could deflate the pressure on higher levels of govt to make these decisions, maybe they could spend some time on important things etc… Why spend so much time discussing things in govt when we could know the exact sentiments of the entire country very quickly and cheaply. This blockchain tech doesn't exist yet so I'll leave it alone.
Immutable history. I mean, this is the first time there is the potential for human history to be recorded in a verifiable way. We could actually be able to all agree on what happened and how it happened because there is a decentralized ledger. If one pays close attention to how much merit and importance we put into history and how things went…With modern education there is a constant need to show you how to feel about the world, why we are the good ones & who is bad. The internet feeds this desire to new heights of addiction. A blockchain of events, not only financial but of all events could change our relationships worldwide.
I know some of these things are blockchain based ideas, I personally believe the bitcoin blockchain is capable of doing all of these things in some way, or at least the network could power & secure these types of tech. Being the one largest, most secure, immutable ledgers on earth with no central authority, there is a reason to continue on with Bitcoin as the main blockchain. These few things I mentioned above are just a small example of the earth-changing things that Bitcoin is capable of, we have only scratched the surface.
That is an extreme example, but the same kind of thinking is being used by those that claim that bitcoin's meteoric rise in price is why the dollar …
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Yesterday my investment advisor called to offer me some new investment opportunities, which he does about once a month.
He then told me that he'd heard that I know a lot about bitcoin. I told him about it – only 21 million will ever exist, they exist in every copy of the blockchain everywhere in the world (so not in one particular place), they can only be moved by the holder of the keys so no government or organization can demand to have them moved without the consent of the owner, they are divisible to the ten millionth of a bitcoin, they can be sent to anyone anywhere in the world in minutes
He was blown away. He said it sounded better than gold in every way and that he's been buying gold for three decades, but is concerned that so much of the world's gold is hoarded by central banks who can dump it and that there is constantly new discovery of gold increasing the supply at an unpredictable rate.
Anyhow, he's going to tell me how much he wants to buy and I'm going to arrange to sit with him at a localbitcoins.com buy. How's that for a change.
(Note: I've been investing with his office for over 17 years).