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Some will argue that there is more to come from both gold and bitcoin, especially if governments keep piling up debts and central banks do their best to fund that borrowing through the backdoor with QE, zero interest rates and bond yield manipulation, thanks to their scarcity value relative to cash. Bitcoin’s supply is fixed at 21m units and gold supply grows at barely 2% a year, as the metal is hard to find and expensive to mine.

Others will argue neither gold nor bitcoin have intrinsic value, as they do not generate cash. Some will even argue that bitcoin is just a glorified Ponzi scheme, as new money flows in at the bottom to help the smart money that got in early bail out at the top. In 2021 investors will get their chance to pay their money and take their choice as to whether they see bitcoin and gold as stores of value, and useful portfolio diversifiers, as governments and central banks conjure money out of thin air, or more trouble than whatever they may (or may not) be worth.