Bitcoin's rally spurs Wall Street to question future of gold

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By Eddie Spence and Yvonne Yue Li
Bloomberg News
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Bitcoin has shot to a record just as billions of institutional dollars have fled gold.

Whether that's a simple coincidence or the start of a rotation that would have a profound impact on crypto and the precious-metals market is impossible to know for sure. But the debate is now heating up on whether the world's largest digital currency can one day rival bullion as an inflation hedge and portfolio diversifier.

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Bitcoin's tumble last week, the biggest since March, after a 150% run-up this year underscores the famous volatility of the asset class that has kept mainstream investors at bay. Yet if they start moving just a small portion of their gold holdings into the $350 billion Bitcoin industry, it would be a game-changer for diversification strategies on Wall Street.

"Gold was really the safe asset of the past world and baby boomer generation," said Jean-Marc Bonnefous, a former commodities hedge fund manager turned crypto investor. "Now it's being replaced by automated assets like Bitcoin." ...

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