09 Apr '13, 11pm

‘Bitcoin derivatives, unlike gold and silver cases, is a good thing’

‘Bitcoin derivatives, unlike gold and silver cases, is a good thing’

The above is a tweet from the excellent Jon Matonis who has been following Bitcoin for Forbes since its inception with great insight. I’m sure that his tweet referring to news that institutions are now getting into the bitcoin game is giving some bitcoin boosters a few heart palpitations. Why? The early adopters of bitcoin like the fact that it is completely outside the professional traders and hedgies of Wall St. and City of London, so news that these guys have now discovered Satoshi’s baby is worrying. The clue as to why I think these fears are overblown is in the rest of Jon’s tweet. He makes reference to gold and silver and how they are traded on futures markets. On one hand yes, this is true, bitcoin derivatives are coming but I think we need to understand why, unlike in the cases of gold and silver, this is a good thing.

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