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2020 has been a spooky year. In case you hadn’t noticed, there’s this thing called “COVID-19” going around that’s causing a bit of a stir. Nowhere in the world is safe from this crisis - and those taking the longview are looking beyond the health concerns, to the economic concerns which are sure to be equally long lasting. Unemployment is a major issue worldwide and many traditional markets have yet to recover to the start of year levels. In times like this, it’s all too natural to look to reposition one’s finances into the safest possible asset types - stocks are unpredictable under conditions like these, and fiat currencies face the ever-lurking dangers of inflation. The prepper’s choice of asset has typically been precious metals (if not guns and ammo) - based on the fairly reasonable assumption that metals like gold and silver have been valued relatively consistently across human history, and that’s not likely to change anytime soon. Bitcoin has often been raised up as “digital gold” - that is, a reliable long-term store of value, especially when its ability to function as an actual currency has at times come into question. But can BTC truly play this role as well as gold can in times of crisis and instability? The first step towards answering this question is asking another question: what are desirable traits in a ‘safe haven’ asset?