You see, Bitcoin is a Sewer Rat. Bitcoin has been declared dead and crawled out of the grave many times to continue to rise in value and credibility.
No entity or government controls Bitcoin. No Fed, no PBOC, no EU. Just pure market dynamics. Bitcoin is not dead, it’s just getting started. And like many disruptor in early stages, Bitcoin is volatile as fuck. Caveat Emptor. If you can’t stand the heat, get out of Bitcoin. To the early adopters go the greatest rewards.
And for the newcomers, here are some FACTS:
Bitcoin is the best performing currency 6 of last 7 years.
Bitcoin is at ~16B USD market cap. Slightly larger than Twitter. 10x that is peanuts in financial world.
There will only ever be 21 million Bitcoins. That’s .003 per human on the planet.
BTC is easily divisible to .00000001
A $1 trillion market cap in Bitcoin is $62,500 PER BITCOIN
Capital flight from China has been closely linked to Bitcoin.
Bitcoin could retrace to ~$720, which takes us all the way back to … late November. If that’s the case I’ll be buying by the boatload. See you at $10k.
On December 7th with Bitcoin at ~$770 I posted you had your last chance to buy before a run to $1,000.
Today Bitcoin hit $1,000. That’s ~25% return in less than 30 days.
What now? Well, here’s a possible scenario:
I don’t like the vertical upward trend. It’s too volatile, however the long term trend is the cup and handle. Target: $1,400 for a buy and hold. It’s going to be very choppy so if you act have a strong hand and you’ll be rewarded nicely.
Bitcoin is ready to explode. This is your last chance to get on board before we visit $1,000 and beyond.
This vid starts with an ex FB exec redpilling the audience with Bitcoin. Then we have Richard Branson and a few other folks talk about Bitcoin.
That is BTCUSD vs FANG. BTCUSD is cucking FANG. In fact, BTCUSD is cucking everything. And Bitcoin is just getting started.
U.S. markets are at the effect of central bankers desperately easing to keep the public placated and it’s worked with market ATH but it hasn’t solved anything. When all else has failed CB have resorted to BTFD. Everything from the central bankers is fake news, designed to keep those in power atop the heap. Employment, inflation, GDP…all fake to promote a message with an agenda that the sheeple are OK. In reality, trillions are given to banks making every one of your dollars worth less.
Tbe banks are backstopped by the government. Imagine the horrible decisions you’d make if you knew there were NO consequences. You won’t go to jail, in fact, you’ll likely be richer! Combine that environment with ample cocaine use and you have our current situation.
The graft perpetrated on the public by banks and governments is coming to an end. Those market ATH will not be sustainable and it’s a long way down. Best case scenario, there is a heavy rotation into infrastructure under #MAGA. However, MAGA will only make a new bubble and it’s net output depends on taxes. MAGA is not salvation, only another mirage.
How long have we been collectively waiting for the shoe to drop in the market? Fuck the market. At a minimum, put some of your funds into Bitcoin. Make Bitcoin your smallest allocation. Or fucking kick yourself next year for not buying cheap insurance when Bitcoin moons and the market implodes.
Still think Bitcoin is a joke? Tell that to the list of bitcoin wallets on this page, some of which hold over $95,000,000. If Bitcoin is good enough for them it’s good enough for your piker balance.
Bitcoin ATH is a measly ~$12B market cap. $12B is PEANUTS in the financial world. The upside is ridiculously huge. Do you realize our monetary system stopped evolving in the tech equivalent of the pony express. Try to send a wire recently? It takes days and costs $50! It’s ridiculous. Bitcoin is about as easy as sending an email and just as fast. Western Union $WU has a market cap equal to Bitcoin. Bitcoin can easily grow 10x from where it stands today.
Here’s the true value though. Bitcoin is an immutable ledger immune to government influence. A transaction on the blockchain costs pennies, can move millions and no third party is necessary. Think about the impact of that. No 3rd party is necessary. Banks and governments can’t stop Bitcoin. Banks are powerless to insert their tentacles and siphon from the public. Money for the people, by the people.
Bitcoin and blockchain are the biggest technical and financial developments in our lifetimes. It’s a revolution in how we transact value globally. Are you going to pass up profiting from it?
India demonetization, Italy’s referendum as a precursor to leaving the Euro, Venezuela hyper-inflation, negative interest rates, the Euro and USD almost at parity.
What’s it all mean?
Last month’s prime example: India is putting their cow worshipping population under the boot and forcing them to open bank accounts so the Government can more efficiently rob their own people.
And what’s the message? The people are there to serve the government, not the other way around. It’s like this clip in Goodfellas:
Negative interest rates encourage people to hoard their savings outside the system in cash. How to counter that? Demonetize large bills to flush that currency back through the system. This is already happening all over the world.
Money has nowhere to hide.
Consider, money is how you store the product of your life’s labor. It represents the value you’ve produced. Do you feel comfortable having that wealth and stored labor locked up in a USD bank account that is a few keystrokes away from being raided by the Fed?
In a bank your money is an entry in a database. In reality, it’s not your money at that point. You don’t own it and you can’t touch it. Banks are trading digits on a ledger that can be manipulated at will until the Government decides to devalue or confiscate what you believe is your money. Don’t think it can happen? It’s happened before. It’s happening almost weekly in China with Yuan devaluation.
How does one track the trend of money having nowhere to hide?
Here’s how Bitcoin did vs Gold in November:
And Bitcoin vs the Dollar:
But you argue, “the dollar is so strong vs everything else!” Well, vs the Mexican Peso, yes. The Chinese funny money Yuan, sure. The Euro, of course. That’s like an adult beating up a child. Is it really something to be proud of?
USD has also beaten Gold the past month, but over the last 100 years Gold has murdered the USD. Gold ETFs have created a paper gold market that has been setting the price of Gold. When those ETFs collapse, the real price of Gold will be determined. Hint: Gold will be much higher.
So what now? Where can you store your wealth that is out of the reach of any Government? The answer is Bitcoin (or Gold and Silver in your physical possession). No government controls Bitcoin. It’s decentralized. Moving $100,000 costs the same as moving $10 and NO one can stop you from doing it. Gold is great but Bitcoin is much more convenient and is being labeled as “The Internet of Money”.
What does Internet of Money mean? If you remember the Internet when webpages were almost all text and dial up speeds were 14.4 on a modem on a phone line, that’s where Bitcoin is today. It’s evolving. Buying Bitcoin now is like buying MSFT in 1989.
So what does all that mean for investing? Fuck if I know. You aren’t paying me for advice so you fucking put it together you lazy fuck.
I can say this chart shows a cup and handle and an inverse head and shoulders for Bitcoin. Kind of like those pictures where it’s either an old lady or a young woman, depending on how you look at it.
India’s government banned the use of Rs 500 (~$7.50) and Rs 1,000 ($15) banknotes. This pretty much made most currency-in-use illegal. Banks and ATMs are closed today. The government believes that doing this will help eradicate corruption and push counterfeit money out of circulation.
The hidden intention is to also increase tax revenue which is way below average for a developed country because most transactions in India are in cash. In fact, buying a house in India often involves a suitcase of cash exchanging hands. Driving the majority of this suitcase cash through a bank forces criminals and savers alike to declare their savings with the government, which is taxed heavily above a comically low threshold. As a result of that tax you can sell your old bills in the streets at a 20-30% discount to avoid the nice government folks.
Gold, which is a traditional store of value and has a high cultural value in India, is selling at almost a 100% markup. (warning: zerohedge quote incoming)
97% of the Indian economy is cash-based. With 88% of all outstanding currency no longer usable, the economy is coming to a standstill. The daily-wage laborer, who leads a hand-to-mouth existence in a country with GDP per capita of a mere $1,600, no longer has work, as his employer has no cash to pay his wages.
People are now converting whatever they can into gold, silver, and mostly for the first time into the US dollar and other foreign currencies as well, all of which are trading at huge premiums. Money is also moving out of the country. Gold has shot up to as much as $2,800 per ounce, if you can find it.
Consider India a ground war on cash. Before you discount this as a problem only for India other Countries are already winning a cyber war on Cash. There’s Sweden, which unlike India, is 97% cashless thanks to Swish.
“I don’t use cash any more, for anything,” said Louise Henriksson, 26, a teaching assistant. “You just don’t need it. Shops don’t want it; lots of banks don’t even have it. Even for a candy bar or a paper, you use a card or phone.”
Swedish buses have not taken cash for years, it is impossible to buy a ticket on the Stockholm metro with cash, retailers are legally entitled to refuse coins and notes, and street vendors – and even churches – increasingly prefer card or phone payments.
According to central bank the Riksbank, cash transactions made up barely 2% of the value of all payments made in Sweden last year.
“We’re setting a new record pretty much every day since the election in terms of activity on the platform.
“People are basically hedging against economic instability. It’s a worrying time to be holding a lot of British pounds or if you’re American — people flee to safe haven assets. Bitcoin is one of those.”
If we give 100% control over our stored labor (cash) to the banks government they will do what’s best for them with your cash and you will have zero recourse. Personally, if I had your cash I could burn mine!
With a Bitcoin wallet you become your own bank which allows frictionless, low cost transactions.
The great fiat experiment is in various stages across the world. With a record number of new Bitcoin wallets being established and a country of 1 Billion facing controls on their cash will we see a surge in demand for Bitcoin? I think so.
Bitcoin was up from $696 to $740 in past 48 hours when this was posted.
Bitcoin is going to move soon and it could be big. Bitcoin doesn’t give a shit about China Yuan devaluation, the price of Oil, lying politicians with illegal email Servers or even pussy grabbing Orange Swans.
Bitcoin thinks little of these things.
To prove my point I provide the infallible balloon animal chart.
It’s that simple. See you at $1,000.
For the more traditional TA purist, Bitcoin has formed a huge cup and handle long term. I expect a move further north soon.
But the real news of the day is the launch of a new Cryptocurrency called Zcash. Zcash has nailed the hype machine. They are releasing the first 100 coins today. Zcash insiders are positioned to cash in large as the unwashed masses fight over those 100 coins. The first few coins started trading moments ago.
Here is a live feed of the developers during launch (screenshot below). Notice it looks like it’s a set from Silicon Valley. You cannot make this shit up.
There are now over 700 Cryptocurrencies in the world, or just over double the number of officially recognized fiat currencies. This is fucking stupid and unsustainable. They will consolidate.
Bitcoin is up 3% on a day the Sterling and other currencies scramble to avoid the gravitational pull of the blackhole of their central bank policies and deals made with the devil (extra EU). The Dollar is the least worst place to be in fiat so it rises in comparison. How much longer will that last?
Having meandered between $300 and $400 for the previous 15 years, gold prices started to take off in 2004. Within two years of the launch of GLD, gold had hit $600. Within four years, it was over $900.
So a Bitcoin ETF should mimic the price-doubling impact of GLD and SLV.
In fact, the first Bitcoin ETF might pack even more of a punch than its precious metals counterparts.
That’s because a lot of potential Bitcoin investors have been sitting on the sidelines.
Andreas hits on several comparisons for Bitcoin including: the earliest writings were spreadsheets (a primitive blockchain), the next generation won’t understand 3-5 days to clear a banking transaction, the network effect, Bitcoin security (be your own bank) and also that money gets created in every social circle. Even Kindergartners. And yes, some of them eventually figure out how to take the other kid’s money.
Second is a link on Zerohedge from Raoul Pal. There are some incredible claims made in that article including Bitcoin at $1,000,000 per coin. It’s still a good read.