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Gold: A safe haven during accelerated inflation?

We’re only half way through 2022 yet, already a record amount of physical gold, gold exchange-traded funds and other exchange-traded products have been purchased by investors this year. This caused the gold price to rise to near all-time highs of over £1500 an ounce this March, a level not seen since August 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. There is no doubt why. Looking back to the start of the pandemic, gold was a strong performer throughout 2020 and it had the highest return of any major asset class, returning close to a 25% yield.

However, 2022 will be a different year. Despite gold’s strong recovery from its 13% dip in 2021, unprecedented global factors still pose significant risks to the economy. The sluggish recovery from COVID-19, Brexit ramifications and now the European energy crisis from the conflict in Ukraine mean that uncertainty is rife. Now, mid 2022 as the UK government collapses, investors are still facing down inflation as one of the biggest risks to their savings. Is gold once again the safe harbour to ride out the financial storm?

How has gold performed historically during times of high inflation?

Gold’s performance over the past 50 years tends to support the theory that gold is a hedge when inflation is significantly higher than any target set by Westminster.

According to a study by the World Gold Council, over the last half a century, gold has returned 15% per annum on average when inflation is higher than 3%, compared to just over 6% per annum when inflation is lower than 3%.


How does inflation impact the economy?

Enter May 2022. Consumer inflation reached its highest level in more than four decades due to rising fuel prices and food costs. Pressures resulting from inflation have a wide range of economic ramifications. Increasing the cost of retail goods and services, inflation first reduces purchasing power.

Due to increased risk, borrowing costs may also increase as interest rates rise. Furthermore, inflationary pressures can fuel further inflation, resulting in a feedback loop.

As people spend faster in order to reduce the amount of time they spend holding depreciating currency, the supply of money exceeds the demand, causing the currency’s purchasing power to fall even further.

In a nutshell, money buys fewer goods and services, decreasing the incentives to save cash and encouraging diversification into other assets or instant spending.

Assets, however, can retain their value more easily. Cars (which have seen 28% increase in prices this year according to Autotrader), houses at 12%, and gold with 20% increases from June 2021 to 2022. In the chart below the last few crises are apparent, 2008 subprime mortgage disaster and more recently 2019-2022 with the triple whammy of Brexit, Covid and Ukraine.

Gold Price per Oz (£) vs UK Inflation (%) 2002-2022

Gold Price vs Inflation

Why does inflation increase gold prices?

Inflation increases the price of consumer goods, resulting in the pound losing value. As inflation rises, the price of gold denominated in pounds increases.

Because investors convert their cash holdings into gold to protect their assets against inflation, gold is a good hedge against inflation. It is possible that an increase in investor interest will lead to a bull market in gold until the inflation effect subsides.

Our previous articles have discussed the advantages of gold as an investment and its importance as a means of protection from inflation. Creating more fiat currency lowers the value of each pound in circulation when inflation occurs.

Gold prices during the 2007 financial crisis

Taking a step back just a few years more, we can see how gold reacts to another financial crisis. In our chart we see a steep increase in the price of gold during the financial crisis that was arguably started with the failure of a variety of investment banking firms from March 2008. Over the course of this period, gold prices first rose, then fell by about 25% during the first few months. Prices then went on to regain all losses within a short period of time and rally to historic highs. Short term the market was very volatile, longer term for anyone holding gold from that time it was a great investment that outperformed other assets.

What makes gold a safe hedge vs inflation?

There is a good reason for the reputation of gold as a hedge against inflation. Since fiat money (paper money) decreases in value during times of inflation, people turn to the assets that have been used as money throughout history – gold and silver. Among the former metals, gold has the reputation of being the ultimate inflation-hedge (silver is regarded as a primarily industrial metal today).

Therefore, inflation and the gold price exhibit a strong positive relationship. As seen throughout the last 25 years in the gold and inflation chart above, gold rallies when inflation rises. An increase in the money supply leads to an increase in the price of goods and gold is a liquid asset.

It has long been a widespread belief that interest rates have a significant impact on the prices of gold and silver.  On the face of it, this would appear to be true. If interest rates were to rise, then it would make sense that the appeal of bonds and savings accounts should go up and demand for physical assets go down. In reality, however, there is no real statistical evidence to support this. This is because there are many other factors that drive the prices of gold and silver.

Correlation between interest rates and prices of gold/silver

Whilst there is some level of correlation between interest rates and the prices of gold and silver, it is not enough to say for definite whether rising interest rates have a positive or negative effect. Over the last 50 years, the correlation between interest rates and the price of gold has only been at around 28%.

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Rising interest rates have also been shown to have a bullish effect on PHYS01_Animated_Gif_2_MPUprecious metals in recent times, a complete contradiction to what precious metals experts have been telling us for years. Last year, for example, the prices of gold and silver rallied significantly after the federal reserve announced an increase in interest rates. One of the reasons for this is that gold and silver markets predominantly operate on investors’ expectations for the future.

If investors foresee that interest rates might rise, then the prices of gold and silver may drop a long time before the changes in interest rates are actually introduced. After interest rates have risen there may actually be a bounce in gold and silver prices as investors look to hedge their bets for the future. According to recent statistics, the chance of gold prices being higher 12 months after a Fed hike is 61%.

That’s not all

Precious metals are also purchased by many investors as a hedge against inflation. They, therefore, make quite timely investments when purchased during the course of a rate-hike cycle. Hyper-inflation in countries like Venezuela is likely to drive citizens of the country to invest their cash savings in commodities that will hold their value like gold and silver. This serves as a warning to everyone to keep an eye on the direction of inflation in their own countries as what appears to be relatively stable conditions can change quickly if confidence turns.

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Other factors influencing gold and silver prices

The main reason that interest rates do not tend to have a significant impact on the price of precious metals, is that there are many other factors normally involved. Investors buy gold and silver for all sorts of different reasons. They may invest in precious metals as a response to potential economic and geopolitical risks for example. After Brexit demand for gold and silver went through the roof as people were worried about the country’s economic future and how potential trade links with the rest of Europe would be affected. This uncertainty meant that people didn’t trust the markets as much as they would have normally and so investing in physical assets represented a viable alternative as well as a way to protect their wealth in the event of a market crash. Other geopolitical factors such as Trump’s administration in the US have also had an effect on gold and silver prices.

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Another factor that has a big influence on gold and silver prices is the performance of the stock market. If the stock market is underperforming or has declined significantly then one of the first investments people tend to turn to is silver or gold.

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Silver prices

Silver has a wide variety of industrial uses which means its price isn’t always affected by the same factors that influence gold.  Due to its heavy industrial use, silver prices can also be influenced by a wide range of other economic forces, depending on how other markets are performing.

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Is it a good time to buy gold as an investment?

The phrase we hear more often than any is; “Is now a good time to buy gold?”. I’ll address that in this update.

One good phrase for timing the gold market is; “Its not the timing of the market, but time in the market”. Trying to buy at the bottom and sell at the top may sound like a wise strategy, but in reality it’s impossible and can lead to reducing your returns and security. The fact is that holding gold over the long term has proven over the years to provide a secure storage of wealth and outperform inflation.

But I don’t want to just beat inflation, I want big returns…..

It’s human nature to want to beat inflation by a large margin and gain more substantial returns. So timing in and out of the market plays a role in achieving this.

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While it’s impossible to predict the future, despite many so-called market experts making gold price predictions, timing is about stacking the odds in your favour. This means you look at market fundamentals and choose to invest in assets which look most likely to perform well.

While allocating your money into different asset classes is always recommended, it’s fair to say that now seems like a good time to buy gold.

Because gold has such a long history, we’re able to see how gold has performed before to help predict how it might perform over the next few years.

The gold price has almost always risen in times of severe economic downturns.

Are we heading into an economic downturn?

Even before the pandemic, markets were overheated and global debt at record highs. Since Covid took hold, Governments around the world have opted to print more fiat money to support their suffering communities in the form of furlough support. Now, nearly 2 years on from the start, there seems to be a lethal cocktail mixing which could lead to the mother of all recessions.

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How is gold supply and demand at the moment?

During the height of the pandemic, we saw enquiries increase around 700% year on year. That initial rush has calmed, but demand from new investors now seeking the security and protection gold offers as a safe haven, continues to grow. Overall demand remains above pre-pandemic levels and we expect this to rise as recession kicks in.

Institutional money will also increase gold holdings as many competing asset classes suffer. They will look to move allocations out of stocks, bonds and cash, and into gold.

And gold supply….?

Supply of new coins and bars is managing to keep pace with demand. However, due to very few gold holders wishing to sell, we still see huge shortages in the secondary market. It has now been 2 years since we saw decent amounts of sellers in the markets. With the looming economic difficulties ahead, I can’t envisage this changing anytime soon. Premiums on many gold coins are increasing.

Good time to buy gold?

Shortage of pre-owned gold coins

Where is the gold price?

As of the time of writing (November 2021), the gold price is moving upwards. It remains more than 10% below it’s all time high in 2020, but has gained around 8% in the past month, as momentum builds.

This was expected as we moved out of the furlough support and inflation began to take hold. While we can’t predict with certainty where the gold price will move in the short term, it seems that now represents good value.

With all these elements working together and interest rates likely to rise for the first time in a decade, it seems like now is a good time to be buying gold.

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Research by Digital Ethos and Physical Gold – the UK’s leading provider of gold and silver coins and bars – has found that online searches for the investment in gold have surged since 24th February 2022, the day Russia launched a large-scale invasion on Ukraine.

We have witnessed a 400% increase in search interest compared to the last three months – with peak interest on the day of invasion. Search interest peaked at 100 on the day of the invasion, a huge increase on the 20-25 average of the past three months.

There has also been an 80% increase in gold price searches in the UK and across Europe over the past week. 

Here, we have analysed how gold searches increased throughout Europe in the days leading up to the invasion and shortly after. 

Daily search demand for gold over the last three months

Gold Value Ukraine

The UK saw a 40% increase in search interest around investing in gold and where to buy gold over the last five days, as well as a huge increase in searches for mining company shares.

Daily search demand vs gold price

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Demand for buying gold online surged on the day of the invasion

Last week, Daniel Fisher, CEO, Physical Gold said that demand had “gone crazy” since the Ukraine crisis escalated. As more investors pile into gold investing, the market broke past £1,404 an ounce last week and has now surged to around £1,450/oz, with Mr Fisher explaining people didn’t want to be left out now the price was moving quickly.

With the invasion of Ukraine, the biggest assault on a European state since World War Two, spot gold prices jumped around 2% to $1928 at Monday’s opening in Asian trade.

The UK is Europe’s fifth most gold-hungry nation

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During the last week leading up to the invasion the UK had the fifth highest search interest in “buy gold” phrases. Italy led the way with the most interest, followed by Austria, Germany and France.

Portugal, Finland and Norway were the least concerned with “buy gold” phrases in the lead up to the invasion of Ukraine.

Physical Gold has seen a particular rise in investors new to gold looking for a safe investment option. Markets are facing a turbulent time from the economic fallout with investors scrambling for safe havens such as gold and this can be reflected in the huge increase in search volume.

The Gold Price Today

In this video, I’ll show you how to find the gold price today, track and analyse its performance and then exploit any themes and strategies to invest over the medium to long term.

The simplest and quickest way to track the gold price right now is to look at the top of our website. The price is updated every 60 seconds and displayed in both ounces and grams. An alternative would be to download a gold app like Kitco to your phone so you can track prices on the move.

It’s important to understand that this is the benchmark price, not necessarily the exact price at which you can buy and sell gold. If you want to learn more about how the gold price works, be sure to checkout out our other video ‘Understanding the gold price’.

If you want to dive a bit deeper, then our Gold Price Chart page features an interactive historical price graph and explains the gold price in detail, including;

If you want to invest in gold, be sure to study this page first.

So now we know the gold price, how can we profit over the medium to long term?

1. Buy in dips

Over the short term, the gold price can be volatile. PHYS01_Animated_Gif_2_MPUTry to buy your gold on a dip day, when the price is lower, rather than when the price has moved higher. This may only be a slight difference, but every little bit helps improve profits.

Looking at historical price charts will help you understand where the current gold price is in a historical context. Right now, we can see the price is still below its all-time high of 2020. Buying during the quieter times when the price is relatively low has proven to produce the best long term profits time and again.


2. Long term portfolio insurance and wealth preservation

Rather than trying to trade the gold market, or predicting price movements, a good strategy is to see gold as a long term protection. Its safe haven status means that regardless of the current gold price if stock markets and paper currency devalue, gold tends to rise in worth. This means, your overall wealth is protected from nasty market downturns.

With low interest rates, bank savings rates are also low, usually lower than inflation itself. This can mean that leaving money in the bank actually devalues every day it’s sat there. Gold has shown to outperform inflation over the long term, appealing to those seeking a store of wealth.

3. Buy gold regularly

An alternative strategy overcomes the need to really look at the gold price at all. Buying gold on a regular basis can average out the cost of gold so that when the price falls, you buy at the lower level. This approach appeals to those with limited capital to invest, but like the idea of gradually building up a gold holding, perhaps on a monthly basis. We offer a simple solution to achieve this with our Gold Monthly Saver, which starts from only £350/month.

So there you go. Start by doing some research on the gold price, understand how it works, and take a look at historical performance. Then grab one of our 3 strategies and invest away!

I hope you’ve found today’s video helpful. If so, please make sure you also check out our full catalogue of video guides covering everything you need to know about gold and silver.

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The Countries Most Interested in Gold Prices

Who follows the price of gold the most?

Gold is widely seen as the best investment when it comes to commodity markets as it, more often than not, increases in value over time, so it’s no wonder so many people are interested in investing in solid gold.

Intrigued about who is most interested in gold prices worldwide, we sought to find out which country is tracking the price of gold the most. To do this, we analysed search data to find out how many times the phrases ‘gold price’ and ‘price of gold’ were searched per month in 155 countries before exploring these search results per 1,000 active internet users in each nation*.

To make the data as reliable as possible, we explored each of the phrases related to gold prices both in English and the specific country’s primary language. This created a clear picture of which countries are tracking gold prices the most around the world.

The top 20 countries tracking gold prices

The Countries Most Interested in Gold Prices

The top 20 countries tracking gold prices

Country most interested in price of gold

Taking the top spot for the country tracking gold prices the most is the United Arab Emirates, with a staggering 521,000 average monthly online searches, or 58.45 online searches a month for gold price per 1,000 active internet users, either looking to invest in solid gold bars or being interested in the current value of the metal.

Singapore, self-titled ‘Garden City’, comes in second place. According to our research, Singaporean’s search for the price of gold 184,500 times a month on average, which equates to 38.27 searches per 1,000 active internet users.


Third places goes to Qatar – one of the world’s richest countries – where residents make 76,800 searches per month on average. Despite having fewer searches than UAE and Singapore, when compared to the number of internet users in the country, this means there are 30.33 searches per 1,000 active internet users.

Even though New Zealanders make just 39,000 searches for ‘gold price’ on average each month, this equates to 9.12 searches a month per 1,000 active internet users in the country, ranking in eighth place.

UK and US in top 10

The United States and the United Kingdom follow closely behind each other in places nine and ten, respectively. The USA makes a total of 2,506,000 searches each month, which is equivalent to 8.02 searches per 1,000 internet users in the country. Comparatively, the UK falls short of this figure with 7.98 searches for ‘gold price’ for every 1,000 active internet users, after making 519,300 searches overall each month on average.

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India’s affinity with gold

Despite having the highest number of searches for ‘gold price’ on average each month (3,720,600), India comes in fifteenth place when compared to searches made by web users in the country. In fact, there are 4.92 average monthly searches per 1,000 internet users in the Asian nation, which is 53.53 fewer searches than the United Arab Emirates in the first place.

This low ranking is a surprise as it’s common knowledge that gold has a central role in the country’s culture. The precious metal is considered a store of value, a symbol of wealth and status, and a fundamental part of many rituals, which explains why up to 25,000 tonnes of gold is accumulated in Indian households in jewellery, bars and coins.

Lastly, rounding off the top 20 countries most interested in tracking the price of gold are Austria and Nepal. According to our research, both countries have 2.21 average monthly searches per 1,000 active internet users.

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Continents most interested in tracking gold prices

The Countries Most Interested in Gold Prices

Continents most interested in tracking gold prices

To identify which continents are most interested in tracking the price of gold, we calculated which continents each of the top 20 countries originate from.

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Our analysis found that Asia is home to the most countries interested in tracking gold prices, as we found 13 Asian countries featured in the top 20. Europe comes next with four entries, including the UK, Ireland, Croatia, and Austria. Trailing behind with just two countries each are the continents of North America and Australia.

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The Countries Most Interested in Gold Prices

Placings of all 50 countries researched



Please note: When analysing the data, the two key search terms/phrases related to gold prices were explored in English as well as each country’s respective primary language (where applicable) to increase the reliability of the results.

Until 2009, few people, if any, had heard about the virtual currency called Bitcoin. In 2008, this new form of currency, otherwise known as a cryptocurrency was invented. To date, no one knows who created the Bitcoin, but its invention has been attributed to a person or a team of individuals who used the name, Satoshi Nakamoto. The cryptocurrency was formally launched in 2009 and came into the market as open source.

Advantages of Bitcoin

As a cryptocurrency, Bitcoin has certain distinct advantages. It is a decentralised digital currency that does not have any control or governance by the banks of any nation. It is not controlled by the government of any country. The currency operates across a peer-to-peer network, eradicating the need for any third-party or intermediary. All transactions that use this cryptocurrency are verified electronically by network nodes. These transactions are encrypted and stored on a distributed ledger system known as a blockchain.

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Bitcoin has become the most important cryptocurrency

The blockchain derives its name from the way it operates. It is a chain of blocks, where every block contains a hash code connecting it to the previous block, all the way to the first one, which is known as the genesis block. This ensures that the system cannot be easily hacked into, as it is extremely difficult to alter the information contained across the entire chain. When a Bitcoin transaction happens, the information is sent to this network using purpose-built software applications. At this point in time, the network nodes validate these transactions and write them into the respective ledgers. The information is then broadcast to the other nodes within the system. Apart from data protection, the system also ensures that double-spending is prohibited. To make this happen, every input needs to have a previous unspent output within the blockchain. The first commercial transaction using Bitcoin took place in 2010 when the cryptocurrency was used to pay for two pizzas. At the time, the value of the Bitcoin was very low and the transaction was done for 10,000 Bitcoins.


How are Bitcoins generated?

Bitcoins are created through a process known as mining. It is essentially a service that creates records by using the processing power of computers. This activity maintains the sanctity of the blockchain, ensuring its consistency and completeness. At the same time, the process also ensures the security of the transactions, by making them un-alterable through the use of an SHA-256 cryptographic hash, which links across the blocks through the entire chain. However, every new block must have proof of work (POW), to ensure its acceptance by the entire network.

In the early days, Bitcoin miners used powerful computers known as GPUs (graphics processing unit) for this operation. These computers were faster and more adaptable in creating POW algorithms. However, today mining operations for Bitcoins been taken over by companies and these companies use large data centres, fitted with dedicated, specialised mining hardware. The mining companies generate Bitcoins through this intricate, expensive and energy-intensive process. Despite the complex security process, Bitcoins have been stolen from exchanges. The cryptocurrency has also come under criticism for the gigantic amounts of electricity used by the mining companies, at a time when the entire world wants to conserve energy and move towards green energy.

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Bitcoin mining is extremely energy-intensive

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The legal status of Bitcoin

Due to the decentralised nature of the cryptocurrency, its regulation has been difficult. Since the currency is mainly traded in online exchanges, its use in the early days was fraught with controversy. Bitcoins have certain unprecedented characteristics that no other currency has seen before.

Several national banks across the world felt threatened by the new autonomy and lack of control presented by Bitcoin. In September 2017, China started the process of imposing a ban on trading in Bitcoins. The ban formally came into effect in February 2018. In the US, warnings were issued about trading and investments in Bitcoins. In July 2018, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in the United States reiterated that any form of trading in cryptocurrencies is speculative and that there could be inherent risks associated with theft from hackers, as well as fraud and misrepresentation. Earlier, similar warnings had been issued by the European Banking Authority, regarding the price volatility of Bitcoins, absence of regulatory structure and the risk of fraud.

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Bitcoin uses a peer to peer network to validate transactions

Risk of price manipulation

In May 2018, an investigation was launched by the US Justice Department about the possibility of price manipulation. The final price settlement of Bitcoin futures in the US is dependent on four cryptocurrency exchanges. The investigation looked into transaction data on these four exchanges in order to detect any unfair market practices.

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History of the Bitcoin price

Bitcoin inventor Satoshi Nakamoto is estimated to have mined close to 1,000,000 Bitcoins, before handing over the controls to the Bitcoin Foundation and retiring from public life. By 2011, Bitcoins started to have parity to internationally accepted currencies. At the time, the Bitcoin price in US dollars was only $ 0.30. In 2011, the average USD to GBP price was 1.60. Therefore, the Bitcoin to GBP conversion was approximately 18p. Some people bought Bitcoins at this price. Imagine how rich they are today! Bitcoin closed in the year 2011, with the Bitcoin to GBP price at £3.29. However, Bitcoin to GBP prices faced extreme volatility at the time, with the Bitcoin to GBP price rising to £19.68 in June that year, before heading into a downward spiral.

The following year, 2012, saw the prices of Bitcoin in GBP rise to around £8.36 at the close of the year. However, volatility continued with the prices falling by as much as 49% to 57% throughout the year, followed by a period of stabilisation. This rollercoaster ride of the Bitcoin in GBP prices kept prudent investors away. However, that year also witnessed the creation of the Bitcoin Foundation. This was done primarily to lend a direction to the development of Bitcoin, leading to renewed hope in the prices of Bitcoin in GBP.

The rise of Bitcoin

2013 was an important year for Bitcoin. The year witnessed the greatest price rise of 1 Bitcoin in GBP. At the start of the year, the value of 1 Bitcoin in GBP was £8.36. However, by the end of the year, the price of 1 Bitcoin in GBP had risen to £484. But, it was also a year in which the cryptocurrency became mired in controversy. In March of the same year, there were problems with the blockchain and the distributed ledger system split into two independent chains for a few hours, before the problem was rectified.

In the same year, the US authorities also seized around 30,000 Bitcoins from an illegal trading site called Silk Road. The authorities also started taking action against Bitcoin exchanges in the US if they had not registered with the appropriate legal authorities. After China prohibited the use of Bitcoins, prices started falling drastically. At the start of 2014, the price of 1 Bitcoin in GBP stood at £484 but reduced to £206 by the end of the year.

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Blockchain’s distributed ledger system is at the heart of Bitcoin’s security

Bitcoin revival

From this period of uncertainty, Bitcoins made a slow recovery. By the end of 2015, 1 BTC to GBP conversion price rose to £285. The price continued to rise throughout 2016 and by the beginning of 2017, the price of 1 BTC to GBP had risen to £804. 2017 marked the revival of Bitcoin prices, partly fuelled by a software upgrade on the Bitcoin network. This upgrade, called Segwit, improved prices by around 50%. By July 2017, the price of one BTC to GBP was approximately £2,216. By the end of the year, the price of one BTC to GBP stood at £10,816.

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The Chinese ban on Bitcoin trading, which started in February 2018 saw prices plummeting. The Bitcoin to pound price dropped to approximately £4,974 on 5th February 2018. By January 2019, the Bitcoin to pound price was £2,882, down by 72% from the peaks achieved in 2018.

In February 2019, the Quadriga Fintech controversy surfaced, when the company’s founder was reported dead in India. The Canadian cryptocurrency exchange, subsequently filed for bankruptcy, with around $200 million unaccounted for. Despite this market shock, Bitcoin continued to perform well and by June 2019, the Bitcoin to pound price had risen to £10,000. In an act of legitimacy, Intercontinental Exchange, the company that owns the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), started a Bitcoin exchange to trade in its futures.

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The Bitcoin Foundation steers the direction of the cryptocurrency

The COVID-19 pandemic

It would be unbelievable if the global pandemic had not impacted Bitcoin. As the pandemic took hold around the world, BTC to GBP prices fell to approximately £3,225 and below. However, 2020 witnessed a lot of support for the cryptocurrency from financial companies, who moved a percentage of their total assets to Bitcoins. The payment gateway, PayPal also allowed its customers to buy and sell Bitcoin using their payment platform. By November 2020, the BTC to GBP price had recovered and stood at £16,016.

This new BTC to GBP price was at an all-time high, and reinforced the faith of investors, as the cryptocurrency was able to buck its performance, while under pressure from the economic situation caused by the pandemic. The revival of the Bitcoin GBP price witnessed other corporate powerhouses following suit in the support of Bitcoin. These included life insurance companies, who were converting a part of their assets to Bitcoin and the high-tech automobile company Tesla that invested £1.08 billion in Bitcoin. Based on these factors, the Bitcoin GBP price went up to £35,597. Earlier in 2021, the Bitcoin GBP price rose by approximately £3,846 in an hour, when the Bitcoin received an endorsement from Elon Musk, founder of Tesla. With that rise alone, the Bitcoin price GBP reached a price of £28,691.

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Current status of the Bitcoin price GBP

The live price of Bitcoin to pounds is a dynamically changing price, just like any other global currency. Most live price charts will update the Bitcoin price GBP within five seconds. After a turbulent start, Bitcoin has now established itself as the most important cryptocurrency, which is in high demand. Due to this, the Bitcoin to pounds price is quite high. However, investors believe that the Bitcoin to pounds price will continue to rise in the future.

From a high of £35,597 on 8 February 2021, the Bitcoin price pounds has already reduced slightly to £34,301 on 12 February 2021. But the Bitcoin price pounds had earlier in the day reached a high of £34,487. So, as an investor, these illustrations should give you an indication of the fluctuation and volatility of the Bitcoin price pounds. Many precious metal investors are now turning to Bitcoin, as there is speculation that it may replace precious metals as a repository of value.

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Bitcoins may soon replace precious metals as a repository of value

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Our precious metal experts at Physical Gold can help you with the right advice and knowledge when it comes to comparisons between cryptocurrencies and precious metals. Call us today on (020) 7060 9992 or simply get in touch with us online through our website.

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