Were You a Cryptocurrency Believer in 2014?

Cast your mind back just over three years. Back to February 2014. What were you doing then? Maybe in a different job? A different house? Maybe you were looking at different kinds of stocks to buy? Maybe you were trying to figure out how to build your wealth long term.

I’ll tell you what I was doing. I was in the midst of research I’d been working on for about three years prior. And I’ve been working on this research in the four years since, as well.

All in all I’ve spent seven years researching a new investment class that I think is set to transform the wealth of everyday investors who can see the future for what it really is…

That might sound a little cryptic. And it is, I guess. So let me cut to the chase. For the last seven years I’ve been researching and investigating the world of cryptocurrency.

It started with bitcoin back in 2010. It’s since expanded to almost every cryptocurrency that’s in existence. And there are now well over 800 different cryptocurrencies.

What a lot of people don’t understand is that these cryptocurrencies are opportunities. They’re a chance, right now, for everyday investors to grab a stake in the biggest wealth creation opportunity the world has ever seen.

And I’m so convinced of this opportunity to invest in cryptocurrency that I’ve put together a special report that outlines everything about it. How to buy cryptocurrency, how to store it, how to exchange it, how to invest in it and, most importantly, which cryptocurrencies to invest in. If you’re at all interested in cryptocurrency, then click here to find out more.

‘Bubble-gum wrappers, Rick’

As I said, this is an area I’ve been involved in for around seven years now. And in February 2014 I was a guest on US TV to talk about bitcoin. Before the show I was told that I’d be appearing on the Rick Amato Show on the One America News Network, And that I’d be talking about bitcoin. Sounded good to me.

Sam Volkering talking about Bitcoin in 2014. Source: YouTube

Except when they dialled me in through Skype and went live I found out, on the spot, that I was actually in a mini-debate with an anti-bitcoin guest. That guest was Andrew Blount, who was at the time the Republican candidate for Governor of California.

As pointed out in the opening introductions, Blount is a software pioneer and entrepreneur. And here we were to go head to head with our views on this crazy new ‘currency’ called bitcoin.

Now I won’t publish the full transcript. But I’m going to give you a snippet of it. That way you can understand that my view on bitcoin has been consistent from back when it was trading for a couple of hundred bucks.

But if you do want to see the full video you can head to my YouTube channel and see it there.

Here’s a snippet of the interview…

Rick Amato:Andrew Blount, when I hear Sam give us an explanation, it sounds like, to me, again I’m using laymen’s terms I’m not a tech guy. It sounds like a bunch of uh, bored high school kids who are very smart trying to have a good time with something. That’s how it sounds to me.

Andrew Blount: (laughing).

Rick Amato: ‘Sam put it, Sam oversimplified, I get that. But you, you are a very successful software pioneer, entrepreneur. But you are suspicious of this whole virtual currency idea.

Andrew Blount:Those pictures you just showed of coins, aren’t real, Rick. And neither are bitcoins. It started out as a scam, it’s run its course as a scam, and it’s going to end, as a scam. Bitcoin simply don’t exist, they’re not real. Now they, it’s worked in many different ways. It’s even got people that want to be entrepreneurs buying algorithms and buying pieces of hardware they’re plugging into the computer in order to “mine” these bitcoins. In order to be able to “solve” and come up with more coins. It’s as if we decided that bubble-gum wrappers were going to be worth something and you buy that bubble-gum wrapper for US$5 from me, I buy that back for US$10, you buy that back for US$20, I buy it for US$30 and um, bubble-gum wrappers are suddenly worth a thousand bucks. It’s a bubble-gum wrapper, Rick it’s not worth a thing.

Rick Amato:Sam, as I listen to Andrew Blount it kind of reminds me of the, of the um, famous ‘Tulip Mania’ story in Holland centuries ago.

Andrew Blount:Yes sir.

Rick Amato:Do you share his pessimism on the integrity of bitcoin?

Sam Volkering: ‘No. Not at all actually. I completely disagree, with all due respect. For me, look, the thing with bitcoin is, you’re right, it depends on what kind of value people place in it. Because at the end of the day it is, it’s a mathematical problem online that’s the crux of what this is all valued at. But the thing is that people place more trust now in digital currencies online, I’m talking about generations that are coming through from kids that are born now – in 10, 20 years time are going to only know what bitcoin is. Because ‘currency’ to them whether it’s the US dollar or the Aussie dollar or the Pound is basically worthless to them because they can’t use it in a seamless transaction online. It’s too difficult. And what we want with technology is for this seamless payment system. So bitcoin has become more than just a currency or ‘bubble-gum wrappers’ it’s become an entire online infrastructure. Actually if anything become a parallel monetary system to what we’re all used to today.

This actually gave both Amato and Blount something to consider. And it almost felt like I had convinced Blount about the potential…almost. We continued to discuss the potential long term.

Rick Amato:Well alright. Sam it’s an interesting world and, uh it sounds like, am I oversimplifying, Sam when I say what this is, is a matter of perception.

Sam Volkering: ‘Ah, yeah I think you are oversimplifying it. I think it’s much bigger than that and it’s going to be around longer than we’re alive.

Rick Amato: Alright.

Bitcoin is an alternative monetary system. It’s decentralised and free from government control, central bank intervention and meddling from authorities. It’s early stage, high risk, and full of long term opportunity.

That’s the way I see it, and that’s why I’ve decided to provide tangible, actionable advice on cryptocurrencies to Aussie investors on how to get started and investing in this exciting new asset class.

Bitcoin was the first. But there are now other opportunities to profit from cryptocurrency. In fact some could even see bigger price rises than bitcoin has seen. And let’s not forget that bitcoin went from just US$0.06 in 2010 to US$3,016 on June 16, this year.

That’s a rise of more than 5,026,566%.


Sam Volkering is an Editor for Money Morning and is small-cap, cryptocurrency and technology expert.

He’s not interested in boring blue chip stocks. He’s after explosive investments; companies whose shares trade for cents on the dollar, cryptocurrencies that can deliver life-changing returns. He looks for the ‘edge of the bell curve’ opportunities that are often shunned by those in the financial services industry.

If you’d like to learn about the specific investments Sam is recommending in either small-cap stocks or cryptocurrencies, take a 30-day trial of his small-cap investment advisory Australian Small-Cap Investigator here, or a 30-day trial of his industry leading cryptocurrency service, Sam Volkering’s Secret Crypto Network here.

But that’s not where Sam’s talents end. Sam specialises in finding new, cutting edge tech and translating that research into how the future will look — and where the opportunities lie. It’s his job to trawl the world to find, analyse, research and recommend investments in the world’s most revolutionary companies.

He recommends the best ones he finds in his premium investment service, Revolutionary Tech Investor. Sam goes to the lengths of the globe and works 24/7 to get these opportunities to you before the mainstream catches on. Click here to take a 30-day no-obligation trial of Revolutionary Tech Investor today.

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