The Motley Fool

Investors: Should You Buy Bitcoin or Real Estate?

Image source: Getty Images.

Bitcoin is surging again. Last week, BTC was priced at $9,200. Today, it’s above US$11,000. Enthusiasts believe the move above US$10,000 is a major bullish signal, portending another massive run.

What’s fueled this sudden rise? There are countless factors, but massive fiscal stimulus is certainly a tailwind.

Hitting new highs

“Governments worldwide have already spent over $8 trillion to help economies cope with the coronavirus pandemic,” reported Decrypt. “Experts believe that such massive cash injections could have negative long-term consequences. Combined with the upcoming halving, this creates advantageous conditions for Bitcoin.”

One of Bitcoin’s major advantages is that it has a pre-determined inflation rate, one that falls over time. Eventually, no more BTC will be created. If adoption continues higher, the ultimate effect is deflationary.

Fiat money like the U.S. and Canadian dollar possess no such advantage. Due to the unprecedented fiscal stimulus programs to combat the coronavirus challenge, there could be heavy long-term inflation to come, or at least decreased confidence in nation-backed currencies, which only drives value to cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin.

But there’s another way to protect your capital from rampant inflation: real estate.

5 Stocks Under $49 (FREE REPORT)

Click here to gain access!

Diversify with real estate

Real estate is a more popular inflation hedge, as it’s been around for thousands of years. As the saying goes, it’s the only thing they’re not making more of. And due to the COVID-19 crisis, many property stocks are trading at crazy valuations.

Consider Brookfield Property Partners (TSX:BPY.UN)(NASDAQ:BPY). This company owns dozens of irreplaceable assets. Locations include First Canadian Place in Toronto, Canary Wharf in London, Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, and Brookfield Place in New York City.

Despite owning these crown jewels, shares trade at a 70% discount to book value.

In some ways, this discount is warranted. Around 80% of Brookfield’s portfolio is classified as office or retail. Work-from-home setups are hindering demand of physical office space. Meanwhile, rolling shutdowns and lower consumer spending are hitting physical retail locations.

In a decade, however, these properties will likely regain their former values. By investing now, you can triple your money. Plus, because real estate is a fantastic inflation hedge, you can mitigate the damage from multi-trillion-dollar stimulus packages.

Property or Bitcoin?

If you’re looking to protect your dollars from inflation, both real estate and Bitcoin can do the trick.

“This is a fantastic fundamental hedge and store of value against autocratic regimes and banking infrastructure that we know is corrosive to how the world needs to work properly,” said Chamath Palihapitiya, the head of Social Capital. “You cannot have central banks infinitely printing currency.” He thinks everyone should invest 1% of their net worth in the cryptocurrency.

Of course, Bitcoin is still a speculative bet when compared to the tried-and-true hedge of owning real estate. But if you truly want to insulate your portfolio from long-tail risks, consider investing in both.

If you’re looking for maximum upside, however, Bitcoin is certainly the way to go. Just don’t think that stocks can’t keep up. Some small-cap tech stocks have even more potential.

Just Released! 5 Stocks Under $49 (FREE REPORT)

Motley Fool Canada's market-beating team has just released a brand-new FREE report revealing 5 "dirt cheap" stocks that you can buy today for under $49 a share.
Our team thinks these 5 stocks are critically undervalued, but more importantly, could potentially make Canadian investors who act quickly a fortune.
Don't miss out! Simply click the link below to grab your free copy and discover all 5 of these stocks now.

Claim your FREE 5-stock report now!

This article represents the opinion of the writer, who may disagree with the “official” recommendation position of a Motley Fool premium service or advisor. We’re Motley! Questioning an investing thesis — even one of our own — helps us all think critically about investing and make decisions that help us become smarter, happier, and richer, so we sometimes publish articles that may not be in line with recommendations, rankings or other content.

The Motley Fool recommends Brookfield Property Partners LP. Fool contributor Ryan Vanzo has no position in any stocks mentioned.

Two New Stock Picks Every Month!

Not to alarm you, but you’re about to miss an important event.

Iain Butler and the Stock Advisor Canada team only publish their new “buy alerts” twice a month, and only to an exclusively small group.

This is your chance to get in early on what could prove to be very special investment advice.

Enter your email address below to get started now, and join the other thousands of Canadians who have already signed up for their chance to get the market-beating advice from Stock Advisor Canada.