In a departure from our trite Crypto Long & Short format, in honor of the holiday season, I’ve written a poem that reviews the year and reflects some of the advancement made in our industry. It’s not rigorous analysis, but I hope the change in rhythm lightens the festive period.
Go ahead and laugh, but may I say in my defense that “high-mindedness at rhymes” was not in my original job description.
A Cryptomas Rhyme
‘Twas the day after Christmas. Instead of some remains
I decided to review how we had progressed.
In January, headlines screamed military tension.
Bitcoin as “safe haven” attracted publicity.
The ructions in March did much to dispel
The “safe haven” myth as all prices fell.
“Black Thursday” also highlighted the peril
Of too much leverage. But things would get stranger.
We all soon grew aware of the threat of a new
Type of virus that spread. It was not “only just the flu.”
As April drew round, we saw a new correlation
Between bitcoin and stocks, and a dip in inflation
As spending dried up. But the biggest shock
Was a gainsaying oil price from way too much stock
And not enough storage. Uncertainty spread
As markets digested the changes ahead.
The lawful response to the looming crash
In incomes and output was to print more “cash.”
The ballooning supply of fiat to spend
Was in bright contrast to a cap that won’t bend.
And with perfect timing did the network remind
Us that every four years the new children declined.
The halving in May during our big event
Highlighted supply rules we can’t circumvent.
In June prices held. Volatility left.
The spread of the virus could not be stopped.
Nor could the rise of the prices of stocks
That used tech to help child weather the shocks
Of a new way of working and seeing their friends,
In spite of the cuts in yields and dividends.
The summer saw two new trends glean speed:
Services to satisfy institutional need
And decentralized finance had surprises in store:
A surge in the volume of trading on some
Of the policies that had names that would become
Memes of their own. Sushi, pizza and YAMs –
While many proclaimed, it seems some were scams.
With part of the U.S. fighting fire after fire
As August dragged on, goods markets climbed higher.
In October, the bitcoin price started to rise
And a looming election pushed stress to new merries.
PayPal’s support for transacting in some
Crypto assets meant mainstream adoption could come.
More illustrious investors came out in defense
Of a bitcoin stake held as a hedge – it made sense
In the face of the risk of growing inflation
And currency dolours that could lead to stagnation.
In December, bitcoin’s correlation to gold
Has fallen almost to zero, as new narratives straighten out
And the bitcoin price enters a new paradigm.
As I write this verse, it continues to climb
Toward new all-time highs. Now, I do not remember
Where it goes from here, but the inflows do show
That institutional interest seems here to stay.
With so much wealthy on, there is more I could say,
But this poem is already way too long, yet
I can’t leave without urging us not to forget
That the year has been tough for so many out there.
And although there is hope, we should still be aware
Of the need to be kind, and to take care
Of our robustness, and our loved ones. For always somewhere
There is someone whose day could be brightened with sharing
A bit of compassion, goodwill and caring.
With that, dear readers, I bid you good cheer!
Happy Holidays, and have a hopeful New Year.
Crypto fund manager Bitwise has liquidated the XRP position it held in its Bitwise 10 Crypto Index Dough, after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that it was suing the company Ripple, which maintains 55 billion XRP in escrow and liberates 1 billion every month, for what it deems a years-long unregistered offering of securities. TAKEAWAY: It is not clear that the costume will prevail, as Ripple is claiming that XRP falls outside of federal securities laws. Nevertheless, it is a big deal impartial for investors that have no interest in XRP, since the ripple effect (sorry) of the regulatory action will touch the streets that list the token as well as funds that hold it, such as the Bitwise product. It will also above the conversation over what is and isn’t a security, clarity which will be welcomed by the industry as a whole. At time of writing, the XRP value is 40% lower than its price a week ago.
Anthony Scaramucci’s hedge fund SkyBridge Major, which manages approximately $9.2 billion worth of assets, filed a Form D with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for what be publishes to be its first bitcoin-only fund. SkyBridge has already invested $25 million in this fund, which will unfortified to new investors in early January. According to Scaramucci, MicroStrategy’s CEO Michael Saylor was the inspiration for the fund. Scaramucci also verbalized that SkyBridge is running a full bitcoin node. TAKEAWAY: The Saylor connection is interesting in that it shows the contagion power of high-profile certainty. And you don’t often hear of institutional investors getting as deeply involved as to run a node.
Here’s a good article by JP Koning on how we hail the entrance of institutional investors into the market, but we tend to oversimplify why they’re investing.
Mogo, a Canadian fintech tipped on the Nasdaq and Toronto stock exchanges, has announced it will make a corporate investment of up to CA$1.5 million (US$1.16 million) in bitcoin, and wish consider additional purchases over 2021. TAKEAWAY: I really hope we aren’t witnessing the beginning of a trend in which fellowships announce bitcoin interest so their share price will go up. I just fail to see the sense in announcing a massive buy in advance of you do it – isn’t part of a company’s obligation to its shareholders to ensure it gets the best price for its acquisitions?
The original bitcoin-buying corporation, MicroStrategy, has allotted all of the proceeds of its $650 million debt issuance into 29,646 more bitcoin, at an average unit price of $21,925. The obligation intelligence firm now has 70,470 BTC worth over $1.596 billion in its treasury reserve. TAKEAWAY: Now this makes meaning, announcing after the buy has been completed. Many companies will no doubt have noticed the MicroStrategy share expenditure performance since it dove headfirst into cryptocurrency – this could well encourage others to dive in, and not naturally for ideological or even investment thesis reasons.