📌 In Praise of Bitcoin, Tesla Sells Crypto, and the Rise of Institutional ETH Investors

April 28, 2021 | Issue #166


In Praise of Bitcoin

We talk a lot here at CoinSnacks not only about Bitcoin and crypto assets in their pure form, but also in their 'financialized' form such as backdoor plays (Galaxy Digital, MicroStrategy, Paypal, etc.), ETFs, and institutional funds.

But, as the always insightful Ben Hunt writes in Epsilon Theory, perhaps we are forgetting what made Bitcoin special. Perhaps, instead of fighting the Man, we are becoming the Man.

As Hunt says: "What made Bitcoin special is nearly lost, and what remains is a false and constructed narrative that exists in service to Wall Street and Washington rather than in resistance."

Watching [insert your currency here] go up in comparison to BTC feels great, but if you aren't only here for "Bitcoin-as-global-reserve-currency", or "Number Go Up", or “Store of Value” then this is a must-read.

"Owning Bitcoin has been an authentic expression of identity, an extremely positive identity of autonomy, entrepreneurialism, and resistance to the Nudging State and the Nudging Oligarchy."

The Bitcoin narrative must be renewed.

Q1 Earnings Show Tesla Sold Off $272M of its BTC Purchase

After buying $1.5 billion of Bitcoin in February, Tesla (TSLA) has now reported that it has sold off $272 million of its holdings in its Q1 2021 earnings report.

After accusations of "pump and dump", Elon responded by saying that "Tesla sold 10% of its holdings essentially to prove liquidity of Bitcoin as an alternative to holding cash on balance sheet."

Well... maybe that's true. But if that's all the sale was for, why not buy it back now? Our gut feeling is that Elon is doing what every S&P 500 executive strives for: To recognize company profits.

PayPal CEO: "Cryptocurrency Is Legit - And the Superapps Are Coming"

Dan Schulman, the CEO of PayPal (PYPL), recently joined TIME for a conversation on the future of cash, central banks and the security of digital currency.


The Only Escape Route Left For Your Money

There's a massive market shift coming. And most American's are woefully unprepared...

With all the hysteria going on in today’s “bull market,” a plan for protection is more important now than ever before. It's time to prepare.

This is what I'm doing to protect my family and my finances - I recommend you do the same.


Bitcoin On-Chain Market Cycles

On-chain analysis studies – like the latest from Glassnode and Bitcoin Magazine – explore select metrics that provide insight into the sentiment and macro-spending patterns of hodlers, speculators, and miners.

The objective? To equip readers with the tools needed to appreciate the progress and data patterns as they relate to the current bull market.

Ethereum, The Triple Halving

@SquishChaos just published a massive 79-page report on why Ether will offer the best risk-adjusted return of any asset for the next 18 months.

For investors without time to read the full report, here is his one-page summary.

The Rise of Institutional Ethereum Investors

According to a recent report from Two Prime, the institutional adoption of ETH is underestimated...

With a robust developer community, a rapidly expanding DeFi ecosystem, and the availability of liquid derivatives market, Ethereum is starting to get the attention of institutional investors and corporate treasuries.

Bonus chart: Ethereum addresses with a balance of more than 10,000 ETH continue to rise in lockstep with the price.

Bonus chart II: Ethereum settled more transactions in Q1 2021 than it’s previous 7 quarters combined.

On Staking Pools and Staking Derivatives

The transition from PoW to PoS is Ethereum's most anticipated milestone since its inception.

In this piece from Paradigm in collaboration with @Hasufl and @gakonst, they explore staking pools & staking derivatives.


The Best Gold Stocks to Buy Right Now

Gold set record-highs last year. Yet according to multi-millionaire Doug Casey, 2021 is gearing up to be the greatest gold bull market in history.

It’s time to get positioned now - and he details the best gold plays.


Louisiana Commends Satoshi Nakamoto and Bitcoin

The US State of Louisiana passed a resolution yesterday: "To commend Bitcoin for its success in becoming the first decentralized trillion dollar asset and to encourage the state and local governments to consider ways that could help them benefit from the increased use of this new technology."

The state legislature has also made it a point to figure out ways Louisiana citizens can benefit from Bitcoin.

US Officials Arrest Alleged Operator of $336M Bitcoin Mixing Service

U.S. officials have arrested the alleged operator of a bitcoin mixing service, Bitcoin Fog, on allegations of laundering nearly $336 million in Bitcoin over 10 years.

Federal agents arrested Roman Sterlingov, a Russian and Swedish citizen, on three charges: unlicensed money transmission, money laundering, and money transmission without a license.


Other Articles You May Enjoy

  • Germany opens up to institutional crypto funds
  • JPMorgan to let clients invest in bitcoin fund for first time
  • Alchemy raises $80M at a $505M valuation to be the ‘AWS for blockchain
  • Visa CEO says payments giant is moving into crypto in a 'very big way'
  • CoinCenter responds to FAFT
  • Polkadot is a fundraising machine
  • Turkish crypto exchange goes bust as founder flees country
  • MetaMask surpasses 5 million monthly active users
  • ETH roller coaster week frays nerves as fundamentals strengthen
  • 5 ways to earn by working for protocols
  • Sean Culkin becomes first NFL player to get full salary in bitcoin
  • European investment bank sold $121M in two-year notes on Ethereum
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