As the world becomes increasingly digitized and economic realities continually shift, there has been a growing conversation among medical professionals regarding investing, particularly in digital assets like Bitcoin. The appeal of Bitcoin is substantial, especially in an era marked by high inflation rates. Bitcoin is the first “programmed” money that relies on math and code. It has an open public and simple code and has never been hacked. This is because it lives simultaneously on millions of computers at the same time. To hack it, one would need all the computing power in the world. Traditional finance players such as BlackRock (575-1 for ETF approval record) and Fidelity have recently applied for ETFs, and institutional money is poised to rush into the digital asset sector, which should have a positive impact on the Bitcoin price. There are trillions of dollars in pension funds and mutual funds, and now they will have the regulatory approval to finally dip their toes in the water on Bitcoin and other digital assets. This is all happening at a time when the number of Bitcoins made per day gets cut in half! This piece aims to shed light on the potential risks and benefits of Bitcoin investment for physicians and to highlight its necessary place in any robust portfolio. First, let’s discuss the upcoming Bitcoin halving event, due to occur in 10 months, and what this signifies for investors.
The essence of the Bitcoin halving event is to reduce the number of new Bitcoins generated and awarded to miners. Approximately every four years, the reward for mining Bitcoin is halved, which inevitably creates a scarcity of new coins entering circulation. Today, 900 bitcoins are created daily; however, after the next halving event, only 450 will be mined per day. This reduction could potentially increase the value of Bitcoin due to its decreased supply and increased demand. Looking at the long-term Bitcoin chart, we can see the cyclical nature of this “supply-shock” programmed halving event.
However, Bitcoin is historically volatile, and its value can fluctuate rapidly. This volatility, although daunting, does not negate Bitcoin’s potential as a robust hedge against inflation and as an appreciating asset. Physicians, who generally have a stable income, might benefit from the addition of Bitcoin to their investment portfolios, as its potential for high returns could offer a useful counterbalance to more traditional, lower-yield investments.
Investing in Bitcoin also presents an opportunity to participate in the new economic realities that cryptocurrencies are shaping. While these digital assets can be risky, they offer an exciting frontier for those willing to navigate their sometimes turbulent waters. As we approach the end of a bear market and gear up for the next four-year cycle, the stage is set for those with the foresight and courage to seize this opportunity.
My personal strategy has been to allocate a small (roughly 5 percent) portion of my portfolio to digital assets. This allocation should not dominate your portfolio but instead supplement more traditional investments. Ninety percent of my digital asset allocation is in Bitcoin, and I auto-dollar cost average (“DCA”) every day with the River financial app. I recommend leveraging Bitcoin’s position as the primary and most well-known cryptocurrency. The remaining 10 percent is allocated to more speculative projects such as Verasity (VRA), Blockchain Bets (BCB), Blocksquare Token (BST), TriasLab (TRIAS), and Realio Network (RIO), amongst many others. While these assets carry a higher risk due to their speculative nature, they also provide “lotto ticket” potential for high returns. These “asymmetric bets” should be expected to go to zero, but it’s worth reading up on them to learn more about the space, and I have experienced a small bet that went over 100x, and it’s a thrilling feeling for sure if it happens!
Self-custody is a critical factor to consider when investing in digital assets. Storing your own cryptocurrencies gives you total control over your assets. For Bitcoin, I recommend the Muun and Green wallets, which have excellent security features and user-friendly interfaces. For altcoins, consider using MetaMask, Uniswap, and download the rapidly growing ethos.io app for news and other market tools.
As with all investments, it is crucial to do your own research, understand the risks involved, and perhaps seek advice from a digital asset-specific financial advisor. Remember, Bitcoin investment, like any investment, should be approached responsibly and as part of a diversified strategy. Debt is growing faster than ever, and because of this fact, it is more important to be diversified into non-dollar-denominated assets as well. Bitcoin can act as a hedge against future inflation spikes.
In conclusion, while Bitcoin and other digital currencies carry a certain degree of risk, they offer exciting possibilities for high returns and should be considered a necessary addition to any physician’s investment portfolio. As we stand on the brink of a new Bitcoin cycle and the halving event, it’s a thrilling time to explore the world of digital asset investing. Here’s to harnessing the potentials of this nascent digital asset class and shaping our financial futures with savvy and strategic investment choices. Good luck to us all, and let’s look forward to the upcoming cycle with optimism and excitement!
Noah Kaufman is an emergency physician and financial planner.