An Anonymous Person or Group Moved Bitcoin Worth $2 Billion Immediately It Crossed $29,000 Per Coin
Certain Bitcoin (BTC) investor has decided to celebrate the New Year with $2 billion immediately the world’s most capitalised cryptocurrency asset crossed $29,000 per coin.
The anonymous person or group moved 82,510 BTC valued at $2 billion from a wallet designated as block 663,976, according to a Bitcoin Block Bot that reports large transfer referred to as Whale Transfer.
Whale alert! 🐋 Someone moved 82,510 BTC ($2B) in block 663,976 https://t.co/I6kCYSLjHW
— Bitcoin Block Bot (@BtcBlockBot) January 1, 2021
Bitcoin gained 24.79 percent in the last 24 hours to N13.759 million or US$29,376.61 per coin.
In 2020, the world’s most dominant cryptocurrency grew by over 224 percent, the highest in the world.
The unusual gain in spite of COVID-19, growing economic uncertainty and risk has forced many institutional investors to start dumping billions into the unregulated digital market.
Presently, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued Ripple, the third most capitalised cryptocurrency that has sold over 45 billion coins with $10.807 billion market capitalisation. Ripple dropped to the fourth position after several exchanges delisted the embattled coin from their platforms.
“While a growing institutional presence has been part of the narrative of the current bull run, we may see increased retail interest in Bitcoin as a form of digital gold,” stated Paolo Ardoino, chief technology officer of crypto exchange Bitfinex.
However, regulation and the possibility of policymakers going after cryptocurrency investors, especially to curb tax fraud and inter-border-money laundering, remain a concern for investors in 2021.
Visa, Paypal Invest in Crypto-Focused Blockchain Capital’s New $300 Million Fund
Visa Inc. and Paypal have invested in Blockchain Capital’s new fund. The venture capital firm focuses exclusively on the crypto ecosystem and blockchain technology.
Blockchain Capital announced Tuesday that it has raised $300 million for its 5th venture capital fund (Fund V).
Paypal and Visa were among the investors. Others include pension funds, major university endowments, and family offices from around the world, the company said, adding that select investors, including Paypal and Visa, will participate in its strategic partnership program.
Blockchain Capital described itself as “the first venture capital firm founded to focus exclusively on blockchain technology and the crypto ecosystem.” The firm has invested in more than 110 companies, protocols, and crypto-assets across the ecosystem since its inception in 2013. Its portfolio includes major crypto companies such as Coinbase, Kraken, Anchorage, and Opensea. In addition, it includes Defi players: Aave, Nexus Mutual, and UMA.
It is also one of older and larger crypto-native venture capital firms with over $1.5 billion under management, General Partner Spencer Bogart told CoinDesk. He said the firm’s fifth fund also received backing from pension funds and university endowments but declined to name additional LPs.
By Bogart’s telling, the payments giants are hungry for bolder investment opportunities across an industry they believe in but need the help of a “field guide” to fully navigate.
“There’s nothing better than walking an early-stage startup into the likes of a Visa or PayPal and helping them secure a commercial agreement, and helping make sure that on Visa and PayPal’s side, they have solutions for the products that they want to launch,” he said.
Jose Fernandez da Ponte, Paypal’s vice president and general manager of blockchain, crypto and digital currencies, commented: “Paypal is committed to fostering an ecosystem of companies making digital currencies more accessible, useful and secure. Investing in Blockchain Capital’s new fund allows us to engage with the entrepreneurs driving the future of the decentralized economy and the new wave of financial services.”
Paypal has been offering a crypto service since late last year. CEO Dan Schulman said in the first quarter that the company’s crypto business showed “really great results” and demand for cryptocurrencies was “multiple-fold” the company’s initial expectations. The payments giant said last month that it will allow withdrawals of cryptocurrencies to third-party wallets.
Visa has also been working on some crypto projects. Last month, CEO Al Kelly outlined five key areas in the crypto space the company is working on. He said, “Our focus is on five different opportunities that we see in this space. And I would say that this is a space that we are leaning into in a very, very big way and I think are extremely well-positioned.”
Regarding Visa’s investment in Blockchain Capital’s fund, Vasant Prabhu, Visa Inc.’s chief financial officer, opined:
We’re focused on enhancing all forms of money movement, whether on the Visa network or beyond. Through our relationship with Blockchain Capital, we are deepening our efforts to shape and support the role that digital currencies play in the future.
US Senator Cynthia Lummis ‘Excited’ About Bitcoin’s Price Falling, Plans to Buy the Dip
U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis from Wyoming commented on the falling price of bitcoin on Tuesday in an interview with Fox Business. She was asked how she felt about bitcoin’s price falling to below $30K. The senator replied, “I’m really excited about it because as soon as it drops a little more I’m going to buy some more.”
She then shared a story of another investment she made previously. “My favorite stock that I own is a company called United Rentals. I bought it and it dropped like a rock. I held onto it and … it has performed beautifully over the years for me. And I see bitcoin doing the same kind of thing because the fundamentals are good.”
Senator Lummis was also asked if she wanted any kind of regulation for bitcoin. “I do,” she affirmed. “I want to have a level playing field.” She elaborated that the rules should be simple and easy to understand for digital assets and cryptocurrencies, emphasizing that they should not be “overly restrictive because we want to see increased innovation in this space.”
Lummis revealed last year that she is a bitcoin holder and has been saying that the cryptocurrency is a great store of value. “I was struck by how innovative bitcoin is with its decentralized public ledger and a fixed supply,” she explained at the time.
The senator plans to convince her colleagues in Congress about the benefits of bitcoin. “I want to make sure everybody understands that this is a great store of value,” she previously said.
Senator Lummis is not the only one who plans to take advantage of the falling price of bitcoin and buy the dip. Microstrategy just purchased 13,005 bitcoins and Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki recently revealed that he is waiting for the BTC price to fall to $24K to buy some more coins.
Microstrategy Buys $489M Worth of Bitcoin —Now Holds 105,085 BTC
The independent, publicly traded business intelligence company Microstrategy announced the acquisition of 13,005 bitcoin on Monday, at a purchase price of approximately $489 million in cash.
The company’s CEO Michael Saylor revealed the latest purchase on Twitter, and the firm now has more than 100,000 bitcoins on its balance sheet.
Michael Saylor’s firm Microstrategy now has approximately 105,085 bitcoins which it bought for around $2.741 billion. Using the purchasing average, the company says it purchased all the BTC at around “$26,080 per bitcoin, inclusive of fees and expenses.”
As usual, Microstrategy CEO Michael Saylor tweeted about the purchase telling his 1.2 million Twitter followers. “As of 6/21/21 we #hodl ~105,085,” Saylor noted on Monday morning.
Not everyone was impressed with Microstrategy’s bitcoin buy announcement and a few people like Peter Schiff made snide comments. “That’s pretty bearish that you already bought all that bitcoin and the price kept dropping anyway,” Schiff replied to Saylor’s tweet on Monday.
“Consider where the price of bitcoin would be today if Elon Musk, Michael Saylor, Barry Silbert, and all the other bitcoin elites and their friends in the financial media hadn’t spent the last six months convincing retail and institutional investors to buy their worthless tokens,” Schiff said the day prior, as bitcoin’s price began plummeting.
Northman Trader’s Sven Henrich also responded to Saylor’s announcement. “Understand the conviction. Question though: As the price average and employed leverage have both been rising what’s the risk profile/consequence if bitcoin were to drop below the average holding price?” Henrich asked the Microstrategy CEO.
When someone asked Henrich if Saylor’s choice turned out to be a good bet the Northman Trader further commented. “Not saying he’s wrong,” Henrich replied. “Just asking what the risk profile is if [the] price drops below the average holding price.”
Microstrategy’s purchase of 13,005 BTC follows recent news stemming from China’s central bank. On June 21, 2021, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) issued a notice to a number of financial institutions concerning crypto transactions.
Since then, BTC has dropped 4 percent in 24 hours and rests just above the $32K handle. In other words, the price has actually dipped below the price Microstrategy paid per coin for this most recent BTC acquisition.
Other bitcoin proponents also responded to Saylor’s tweet. “Time to deploy the next billion,” software developer Jameson Lopp tweeted. An individual commented on Lopp’s statement and jokingly said: “Fixed it: Time to deploy the next borrowed billion.”
“Unfortunately, contrary to popular belief one just can’t keep infinitely buying the dip,” an individual said to the many enthusiasts telling the Microstrategy CEO to “keep buying the dip.”
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