Hong Kong Is Paying Higher Prices for Bitcoin Amid Political Unrest


Bitcoin (BTC) has begun trading at a premium in Hong Kong as continued political uncertainty produces a widely-reported spike in demand.

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Data from P2P Bitcoin exchange LocalBitcoins showed traders paying around $ 300 more for coin than elsewhere on Aug. 14, which translates into a premium of around 2%.

Hong Kong is the latest jurisdiction to see investors stump up a higher price for the cryptocurrency, with Argentina notably in a similar situation this week.

As Cointelegraph reported, the premium there, at one point reached $ 1,000 on Local maps, was tied to a sudden collapse of the Argentine peso following a surprising defeat of the incumbent president in the primary elections.

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Bit events in an increasing trend to treat Bitcoin as a safe haven asset in times of fiat unpredictability. Despite the fact that BTC / USD is losing around 9% this week, the move will show up 30% losses over the same period.

"Bitcoin is becoming the asset of last resort in areas of extreme currency valuation and political uncertainty," Rayne Steinberg, CEO of crypto hedge fund Arca, told Bloomberg Tuesday.

The premium, meanwhile, is down to liquidity, Dovey Wan, co-founder of crypto fund Primitive, commented on the Localbitcoins data.

"The key diff is: In China there is sufficient local supply of Bitcoins (miners, exchanges etc) but Argentina is lacking local liquidity," she summarized on Twitter earlier this week.

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