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Hi, Im a bitcoin newbie. Im reading through the newcomer must read list on the bitcoin subreddit.
The way I understand the bitcoin right now is that its basically a currency, not an investment tool. But I see people talk about the bitcoin's appreciation rate/how much it will be in 10 years/etc.
I believe and hope that the bitcoin will function as a currency in the future and im planning to buy some every month - but i dont plan on selling for dollars because i hope i will be able to use it as money.

Am i missing something?
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There will only ever be 21 million units.  As it spreads in adoption and use, it's value will increase massively.  

It's a currency, and investment, a savings tool, a contract tool, it's all kinds of things.  

It's NOT some currency a central bank and all it's managed henchman banks create at will, inflate the supply and give to their friends in secret.  If you can't know the inputs (new units created), you must assume corruption.   With dollars, who knows the endless ways they cheat.  With bitcoin, we know in every block how many are created and if it was fair according to the protocol.
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Money is the primary risk free investment tool.
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Bitcoin is what it is.  It is Bitcoin.  That is what Bitcoin is.

Bitcoin is a new form of *money*, similar to money you've been using your entire life, but wth certain, very important improvements.  In fact, Bitcoin is the best form of money ever used.  Whether Bitcoin fits a particular definition of "currency" or not, does not matter.

Look into the second layers for Bitcoin, such as the Lightning Network.  People will soon use those in place of their local "currencies" because fiat "currency" has some very serious flaws, and because Bitcoin is the best.
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You're not getting anything wrong.
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I look at it like this. The economy is an engine. Millions of tiny parts spinning and swinging and doing their part to make the machine run.

Money is oil.  It keeps everything from heating up and friction from seizing up any one part of that machine.

Money should not be confused with the engine. It needs to flow freely through that engine to keep all those parts frictionless.  

If you create a MUCH more efficient engine then you don’t need the oil.  An electric motor uses very little if any because it is extremely efficient.

An old tractor engine needs a lot of oil.  And it needs constant maintenance to

So in the near future Bitcoin will be the oil that keeps the old tractor engine running. But as the machine gets more efficient it will cease to be as necessary due to the better design.  

Then it will become a store of energy for new and better engines.  That’s good.  That is human evolution.  Or more precisely a singularity event.
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People are mostly betting on it becoming a widely adopted currency via lightening and L3s. If that actually occurs, demand is going to increase greatly, and with it the coin's value. Currencies can be investments.
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You can pay for things right now , no need to wait.  But hey, it is nice if you can afford more things with same amount of the currency :)
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>  basically a currency,

Currencies to be useful have stable value.

This happens at the top of the adoption curve when value is 1 Bitcoin = 1 Bitcoin and fiat no longer exists.
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Sir it’s the foundation/ the bedrock of our digital monetary futures. Your great grand kids great great great great great great grand kids will eat at space and shake and will be able to buy their moon/mars food in BTC or any other distance far away galaxy.
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Bitcoin is an "exit hatch" from goverment controlled money. Most people that are in this are looking for more dollars but the reality of it is that it's a revolution that is happening where people take their financial power back from government and central bank control. If the government decided to seize peoples funds and seize peoples assets, bitcoin would be the only thing they cannot take if you know what you're doing with it
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