While market watchers await the arrival of Dow 20,000, Bitcoin, the nascent digital currency nearing its 8th birthday, make actually reach its own milestone before the Dow as it continues its multi-year bullish rally towards $1000.

Since the Presidential election of Donald Trump, markets can more clearly price future expectations and in turn, both Bitcoin and the Dow Jones Industrial Average are rallying to near unprecedented heights.

The surge of Bitcoin’s price, however, has primarily been fueled through interest abroad, with geopolitical pressures and monetary environments in China, India, and Venezuela pushing investors towards the independently minded digital alternative.Over the years, Bitcoin has performed strongly with significant returns and continuing customer adoption. Of all currencies worldwide, Bitcoin yielded greater returns than any for 5 out of the previous 6 years (2011- Bitcoin +1500 percent, 2012- Bitcoin +299 percent, 2013- Bitcoin +5400 percent, 2014- USD +13 percent, 2015- Bitcoin +37 percent, 2016- Bitcoin +130 percent).

These are outstanding payouts over a 5-year stretch for any asset, stock, bond, derivative, or currency. With bitcoin soaring again, the underlying computational network stronger and more secure than ever, and a multitude of reliable, user-friendly wallets services, applications, and resources arising, is it time for investors to take a more serious look at investing in Bitcoin?

If an investor purchased bitcoin at any day other than a stretch of 11 days in late 2013, that investor would now be returning a profit. Because Bitcoin’s price started at near-0 and has shown so much fluctuation and growth, it has been difficult for the average investor to involve themselves confidently.

These, however, are side-effects of pricing an emergent digital asset with no predecessor. Now that the market has increased liquidity, security, and regulatory guidance, a more mature bitcoin industry is encouraging wider adoption. Ecosystem level metrics show that the Bitcoin network has been functioning well, as transactions per day have risen 258 percent over the past 2 years, while network participation fees and mining difficulty have grown similarly. In turn, investors should feel more confident in Bitcoin’s long-term viability and existence, as it cannot be easily shut down and incentives are not aligned among stakeholders for it to ‘go away’.

Gold is down by 29.66 percent sitting at a near 5-year low. Conversely, Bitcoin is on the verge of being worth more than an ounce of gold for the first time ever, with gold at $1155 and bitcoin again trading at $969.00 at ?the time of writing. This is a significant shift away from traditional investing logic as well, as Bitcoin’s portability, security, and global nature are increasingly appealing to investors who may have otherwise looked towards gold or silver as a hedging investment.

Bitcoin, traditionally viewed as a “digital gold”, contains overlapping properties of limited scarcity and its resurgent rally combined with the relatively cheap price of gold shows that perhaps now is an opportunistic time to buy the two. Particularly as instability and uncertainty geopolitically may turn investors back towards both modern and digitally scarce stores of values in 2017 and beyond.

It is important to remember that Bitcoin is the breakthrough of 40 years of research in computer science, and in turn, this enables a new form of digital asset creation. Just as gold is scarce, these properties can be mirrored online.

Do not be prepared to invest any more than you are willing to lose! Many believe that Bitcoin will either go “to the moon” and rise quickly, or eventually geopolitical and regulatory pressures may cause users to flock elsewhere and drive the price to $0. Only time will tell, but in the present indicators are signaling that it may indeed finally be time to invest in Bitcoins.