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Is Bitcoin a Good Investment? Phase 3: Bitcoin Mobile Payments


July 19, 2019

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Beth Kindig

Lead Tech Analyst

Institutional adoption of bitcoin and economic uncertainty are two phases previously discussed in this series that evaluates if bitcoin will make a good investment. Finding the right entry price is critical for a buy and hold strategy as there is unusual volatility in this asset. Trading bitcoin may be successful for some; however, this series predicts that holding bitcoin until the technology matures is the better option – all of which is dependent on the right entry price for this volatile, yet high-potential asset

Bitcoin is not trading at support levels and there will likely be a better entry later this year. Also, this is a mix of tech analysis and my opinions; not financial advice

The third phase that will contribute to bitcoin’s potential as an investment will be the adoption of crypto wallets and crypto payment transactions. Today, bitcoin is a speculative play. The tipping point will occur when bitcoin is used for transactions. Psychologically, bitcoin will have a permanent place in society when this occurs, and the value of bitcoin will reflect this due to the limited supply of the coin.

Bitcoin and Free Markets

Bitcoin’s ultimate opportunity will be reached when the coin provides seamless and low-cost digital transactions. Opponents to bitcoin believe central banks and governments will create obstacles that cryptocurrency cannot overcome. However, the free market is already moving towards capitalizing on bitcoin as many corporations do not want to miss out on this opportunity.

As discussed, Starbucks is partnering  with Bakkt, and this will create a payment gateway for the security-backed exchange. Keep in mind, Starbucks’ payment app has more users than Google Pay or Apple Pay

Several more online retailers are currently accepting bitcoin payments, such as:

  • Wikipedia accepts donations in bitcoin
  • Expedia accepts bitcoin through Coinbase
  • KFC accepts bitcoin through BitPay
  • Overstock accepts bitcoin through Coinbase
  • Subway branches (where available) accepts bitcoin as a payment
  • Virgin Mobile and Virgin Airlines accepts bitcoin for space travel
  • CheapAir accepts bitcoin through Coinbase
  • Purse.io allows you to shop on Amazon and pay with bitcoin
  • Hotels.com will reward you with micro-amounts of bitcoin for booking through the site

Notably, AT&T became the first major U.S. mobile carrier to let customers pay in bitcoin through a third-party service provider.

There are important distinctions between bitcoin and digital transactions. Knowing the difference between AliPay, Venmo, Apple Pay, Facebook’s Libra, JP Morgan’s JPM Coin – and why bitcoin is not like any of these options is critical to understand. This has been covered in the previous articles in this series, Part 1: Institutions, and Part 2: Economic Uncertainty. Here is a side-by-side comparison that summarizes key differences:

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Source: UMN.edu

Emerging Payment Options

Paying for daily goods with a mobile wallet, tied to crypto, will become effortless in the years to come. One of the leading startups right now is Flexa’s SPEDN, which is linked to fifteen retailers, such as Whole Foods, Barnes and Noble, Nordstrom, Petco, Ulta Beauty, Lowe’s and Bed, Bath and Beyond.

The app integrates existing point-of-sale with blockchain technologies and simplifies the payment settlement process for the merchant while allowing Ether, Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash and the Gemini dollar payments. As Gemini’s CEO Tyler Winklevoss stated, “This technology shifts cryptocurrency from investment and speculation toward real usability.”

There will be many startups offering to bridge the gap between crypto’s current lack of flexibility and the broader world of crypto users who want to pay with an alternative form of currency. The barrier to entry is relatively low, requiring a team of software developers, compared to 5G or autonomous vehicles, which require entirely new infrastructure or complex robotic systems.

Thus, the number of startups in this space is likely to swell. Whatever friction exists for crypto payments, technically speaking, will be solved in short order over the next few years.

As stated, larger corporations and the free market are driving the supply forward. To interrupt this process, via the Federal Reserve, the IRS, or control from other central banks, will require direct action against free markets – and, essentially, capitalism. In addition, stopping the advancement of technology around blockchain will severely hinder a free market economy as blockchain transactions reduce intermediary fees, that in turn, lowers debt and improves savings for the financial system and all of its participants.

Blockchain and cryptocurrencies also assist banking with a much more secure, decentralized system. Too many critics misunderstand how development around Bitcoin, Ethereum and blockchain protocols improves the fiat system by removing unnecessary costs. The token, bitcoin, may compete with fiat currencies, but development around the token is essential right now for an economy to run on blockchain in the future (even if the bitcoin blockchain is not the one adopted).

The countries that do adopt blockchain, and some form of cryptocurrency, will be superior technologically speaking, and the United States is very unlikely to halt this progress by attacking Bitcoin – a token and a protocol that is laying the groundwork for economic efficiency. 

The more likely response from the federal government will be a centralized, regulated token that competes with bitcoin (while allowing bitcoin to run its course). There is room for both, and to repeat this point, development around bitcoin will cut the path for any centralized tokens. The Federal government cannot hinder development around bitcoin while expecting to have a federal cryptocurrency in the future; this would be counterproductive.

Despite the likelihood of a centralized domestic token, my prediction is that bitcoin’s value will persist due to its global potential, as covered in my previous articles in this series.

Recommended Reading:

Will Bitcoin Make a Good Investment? Phase 2: Economic Uncertainty
Will Bitcoin Make a Good Investment? Part 1: Institutional Adoption

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