Billion-Dollar Hedge Fund, Third Point, CEO Is Doing A “Deep Dive Into Crypto”

Billion-Dollar Hedge Fund, Third Point, CEO Is Doing A “Deep Dive Into Crypto”

Daniel S. Loeb, the chief executive officer of the billion-dollar hedge fund, Third Point, is taking a special interest in cryptocurrencies which he shared with the world over Twitter Monday.

Loeb shared this detail in response to venture capital firm a16z partner Chris Dixon’s piece on NFTs. He said,

“I’ve been doing a deep dive into crypto lately. It is a real test of being intellectually open to new and controversial ideas. Culturally I compare bridging the crypto world with the old as akin to finding a portal between two distinct worlds in the multiverse.”

Given that the hedge fund manager is an avid art enthusiast, it makes sense that the NFTs have captured his interest. He also enjoyed Dixon’s “article as an art collector and investor.”

Talking about his latest interest in the cryptocurrency market, which recently surpassed $1.5 trillion in total market cap, he said it is important to understand it while keeping a healthy skepticism about it. Loeb said,

“Maintaining healthy skepticism while also deepening one’s understanding requires one to engage in what Steve Jobs (and Fitzgerald before him) described as requisite for a superior intellect: “to maintain two opposed ideas in one’s mind and retain the ability to function.”

During his Twitter thread, Daniel Loeb also talked about that being late to the crypto party doesn’t mean that you would be suffering the losses. During the ongoing bull cycle, Bitcoin has hit a new peak at $58,300, and after last week’s losses, BTC is back to surging today, nearing $50k.

Since last year, Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies have gained mainstream recognition, with traditional investors and major companies jumping on the crypto bandwagon. The real estate investor and stock and bond analyst said,

“Another conflict to overcome is the idea that being late to the crypto party will inevitably lead to one taking the sucker seat at a high stakes poker table versus this still being early days in what is just now being adopted in the mainstream.”

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Senator-Elect Urges Treasury Secretary to ‘Engage with Industry” & Against ‘Hasty’ Wallet Regulations

U.S. Senator-elect from Wyoming, Cynthia Lummis, shares her “deep” concerns with the Treasury Department considering “a hasty rule” to govern the self-hosted digital asset wallets and the Bank Secrecy Act.

Ever since Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong first tweeted last month about Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin planning on imposing new restrictions on businesses that interact with these self-hosted wallets like exchanges, the market has been abuzz with uncertainty and some fear.

As we reported a week ago, several US lawmakers also sent a letter to the Treasury Secretary, expressing their concern about these rumored regulations, saying they will “crush a nascent industry” and “hinder American leadership.”

Now, Bitcoin-friendly and holder Cynthia Lummis has come out in support of the crypto industry, calling for the Treasury to not be in a rush in “America’s battle for competitiveness with China and Russia for the future of finance.” She urged the Treasury to “realize the transformative effects of digital assets.”Lummis added,

“Rather than prematurely adopting a rule on this complex topic, Treasury should immediately begin a transparent process to engage with Congress and industry, building a consensus to drive America forward.”

Lummis has spoken with Secretary Mnuchin and “strongly pressed him for a better path forward.” Congress needs to weigh the competing policy issues that are at stake, she said. “Let the sunshine in, Mr. Secretary,” Lummis added.

Digital assets like Bitcoin, whose hallmark feature is to conduct transactions without intermediaries, promote “financial inclusion and freedom.” And “a rule adopted at this juncture would be a solution in search of a problem,” said Lummis.

Last week, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) also opened positions for two “Strategic Policy Officers” that will assist in providing advice and assist in developing policy responses to risks, threats, and challenges posed by digital assets.

The Block illustrated that these regulations could involve requiring crypto companies, as early as Friday, to report on the transactions larger than $10k to or from a self-hosted crypto wallet in a day. Market expert Matt Odell said,

“I already assumed they did this tbh. The concerns Armstrong and Davidson voiced seemed to expect much worse. Maybe the public concern helped. Very bullish if true.”

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Is FTX CEO Accelerating the Deep DeFi Rout?

After going through a deep pullback in the past month, most of the DeFi tokens struggle to let go of the losses.

Although the news of Square buying $50,000,000 worth of BTC has sent the market into a tisy, not all coins are moving out of the red. Coins like UNI (+22%), LRC (+13.5%), and KNC (+5%) are recording some gains. DeFi darling YFI has manged to dig itself out of the deep red into the green (+5%).

Much like the price, the total value locked (TVL) in the DeFi Sector has declined by almost 10% to $10.12 billion, as per DeFi Pulse.

Popular DEX Uniswap, however, is an exception to this, whose TVL has jumped 30% in a fortnight.

Keep on Dumping!

As we reported, numerous popular DeFi tokens have lost 80% to 90% of their value since hitting all-time highs during the period of mid-August and the beginning of September.

But still, they continue to go down more and more, which could be seen as an opportunity for the project enthusiasts to buy these tokens at low prices which might have missed them the first time around.

In the past 7 days, more losses have been incurred by the DeFi sector, with YFII leading with almost -46% drop. Other notable losers include SUSHI (-41%), CRV (-37%), YFI (-29%), SWRV (-33%), bzrx (-37%), UNI (-24%), UMA (-25%), LEND (-20%), and SNX (-17%).

As another round of losses hit DeFi tokens, Twitterati points to derivatives exchange FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried shorting YFI, CRV, and UNI.

Some market participants speculate that Bankman-Fried might be behind the latest dose of losses, especially for YFI, CRV, and UNI, which he has been dumping on leading spot exchange Binance.

It is worth noting that Bankman-Fried is also the CEO of the quantitative cryptocurrency trading firm Alameda Research.

The Catalyst…

While some aren’t liking it, others said Bankman-Fried is simply shorting a few cryptos, which means he believes the coin will decline in value.

Jason Choi of crypto fund The Spartan Group found it all absurd, stating, “Always find it amusing that the idea of shorting is deemed evil on crypto twitter.”

And if you think Bankman-Fried will short his FTT or SRM, that’s a big fat no, because he ain’t short on his creation, of course, rather he is “long as fuck.”

Trader Moon Overlord also pointed out the obvious nature of the situation, which is “a person apart of a trading firm does a trade.” Back in late August, when FTX acquired the crypto portfolio tracker Blockfolio, the trader said, “FTX didn’t pay for a portfolio tracker they could build in 5 minutes they paid $150M for your data and bag info.”

The market also likened Sam’s behavior with billionaire investor George Soros acting as a catalyst in collapsing the British pound in 1992 by shorting it.

In the process, Soros made an estimated $1 billion profit. While that incident was viewed as “a permanent black mark on the UK as a center of financial prestige,” following the event, “Britain entered a period of growth and prosperity,” noted Sahil Bloom, VP at Altamont Capital Partners.

If not Soros, someone else would have used the opportunity to their advantage, and he “merely accelerated” the process. The same could be seen in the DeFi market, which may finally find its bottom and embark on a new bull run.

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MicroStrategy CEO: Bitcoin is the “Ultimate Inflation Hedge,” 1000x Better than Gold

Publicly traded MicroStrategy has taken a deep dive into Bitcoin, having bought a total of 38,250 BTC at a rate of $425 million and making the leading digital asset a part of their reserve, replacing cash.

This is a big conversion from MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor’s tweet about “bitcoin days are numbered. It seems like just a matter of time before it suffers the same fate as online gambling,” in 2013.

However, in a conversation with Anthony Pompliano on his podcast, Saylor shared that he is “ashamed” for tweeting what he did, which he didn’t even realize until the crypto community reminded him of when the company first announced buying $250 million worth of bitcoin. He said,

“I’m like oh my god, I literally forgot I ever said that…but I took it as kind of like, kind ribbing like I didn’t get all worked up about. I’m like you’re right, I was wrong, what an idiot I was.”

Because They’re Going to Crush Everything

During his conversation, Saylor further talked about how before agreeing on bitcoin is the right idea, “we all needed to collectively be of the opinion that we were going to be generating cash at infinitum,” for which they went on a journey through corporately over the past year.

The company had $500 million in cash, and they had to decide whether to buy-back stock, buy another company, or keep it for a rainy day.

Saylor credited his friend Eric Rice, who owns bitcoin investment fund and kept on advising him on bitcoin, which the CEO kept on dismissing until “one day we’re sitting around my pool in Miami and he starts explaining it and something clicks in my head that maybe this is a pretty good idea.”

So, here they had to decide between precious metal and bitcoin after dismissing commercial real estate and equities and “I want something that can go up by a factor of 10,” Saylor said.

He compared Bitcoin to Amazon and Apple when they first came out — a good investment that has a digital dominant network and dematerialized something fundamental. So, you invest in that thing when they have a hundred billion dollar market cap because,

“When they’re ten times bigger than the next biggest thing, and they’re a hundred billion dollars, they’re probably going to crush everything.”

This is the Real Deal

Saylor, however, isn’t interested in hundreds of other cryptos available in the crypto space. Because, while it’s “great” to have all that innovation which may or may not work, an outsider needs something in which one can put in their $500 million and,

“Everybody in the community is going to spend every iota of their energy to make sure no one f’s with that network.”

Not to mention, bitcoin is the dominant crypto, and nothing comes close to it. Also, community ethos is one of the key drivers of their belief in its success.

And although BTC is volatile, what other choice does anyone have in the current environment.

“Let’s be honest there’s a negative real yield on everything else,” whether it’s gold, bond, or cash.

“Every other non-volatile asset is a negative real yield, which means that everything else is lifeblood draining out of my veins,” said Saylor, adding he would choose the asset with volatility over “non-volatile cash that bought 30 percent less in a matter of eight weeks.”

Moreover, in the next ten years, with people coming into move hundreds of millions of dollars, they will tend to damp all the volatility because it’s in their interest.

“I think people were kind of oblivious to the need to slash the role of bitcoin and the bitcoin narrative of digital gold – this is the ultimate inflation hedge,” said Saylor, who sees the digital asset as a 1000x better than the yellow metal.

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Liquidity Coming to Serum: Veteran Market Maker & Liquidity Provider, Jump Trading, Joins the DEX

Amidst the market-wide deep correction on Thursday, the decentralized derivatives platform (DEX) Serum, a collaboration between FTX and Solana blockchain, announced a “huge addition” in the form of Jump Trading.

One of the world’s leading liquidity providers in the financial ecosystem, who is also a market maker for Robinhood and in the crypto world for BitMEX and Bitfinex, Jump Trading has entered into a partnership with and made an undisclosed investment into Serum.

“Liquidity is coming: enough to scale,” tweeted FTX co-founder and CEO, Sam Bankman-fried.

A major step towards the maturation of the DeFi space, Jump Trading, will be providing market making and liquidity services to assets on the Serum platform that was launched just last week.

This past weekend, Serum went live and currently has markets for BTC, ETH, SOL, SRM, FTT, SUSHI, SXP, MSRM, YFI, and LINK with trading pairs against USDT and USDC each.

Founded in 1999, Jump Trading is known for maintaining a low public profile and is active in futures, options, cryptos, and equity markets worldwide and is a member of the Principal Traders Group.

Jump Capital, the sister company, is an active investor in the crypto market and has backed firms like BitGo, Digital Assets Data, Curve, and Bitso, among others.

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Billion Dollar Publicly-traded MicroStrategy Buys 21,454 Bitcoin as a Reserve Asset

MicroStrategy is now taking a deep dive into the world of bitcoin.

The $1.2 billion Nasdaq listed software company has officially announced its position in the largest digital asset. A fortnight after announcing to invest in bitcoin as an inflation hedge, the company has purchased 21,454 BTC at an aggregate price of $250 million, inclusive of fees and expenses.

As we reported, in its earnings call on July 28, 2020, the company shared its bitcoin investment plans as part of its two-pronged capital allocation strategy to “maximize long-term value for our shareholders,” said Michael J. Saylor, CEO, MicroStrategy Incorporated.

According to Saylor, it is their investment belief that bitcoin is a “dependable store of value and an attractive investment asset,” that has more long-term price appreciation potential than holding cash. He said,

“Since its inception over a decade ago, Bitcoin has emerged as a significant addition to the global financial system, with characteristics that are useful to both individuals and institutions.”

The company recognizes the digital asset as “a legitimate investment asset that can be superior to cash” as such giving it a principal holding in its treasury reserve program.

It has been after months of deliberation that the company decided to allocate its capital into bitcoin, revealed the company. The decision was in part driven by macro factors that are creating long-term risks for their investments.

Economic and public health crisis, unprecedented government financial stimulus measures including QE around the world, and global political and economic uncertainty are the factors listed by the company that have a “significant depreciating effect on the long-term real value of fiat currencies and many other conventional asset types.”

And bitcoin provides “not only a “reasonable hedge against inflation but also the prospect of earning a higher return than other investments,” said Saylor.

According to the company, the world’s leading digital asset is a digital gold that is stronger, smarter, harder, and faster than “any money that has preceded it.” The CEO said,

“We find the global acceptance, brand recognition, ecosystem vitality, network dominance, architectural resilience, technical utility, and community ethos of Bitcoin to be persuasive evidence of its superiority as an asset class for those seeking a long-term store of value.”

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Venezuelan President Pushes for Petro Crypto Adoption with Latest Govt. Fund Allocations

In an effort to dig out the country from the deep hole of hyperinflation, sovereign debt and sanctions from other economies, President Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s leader, is set to implement an aggressive strategy focused on its national cryptocurrency – Petro.

Government projects to be funded using Petro

In a state address on Tuesday night, Maduro urged the country to embrace the use of its Petro cryptocurrency urging the populous to switch from the growing dependence on US Dollars. Maduro will set up government developmental funds – denominated in petro and euros – in a bid to spark economic growth in the country.

In the address, Maduro promised each state and protectorate a total of 1 million petros twice a month to spark the use of the national crypto in the government. The protectorate and state governments will have the free will to spend the amount in development projects in their areas. To explain the magnitude of the announcement he said,

“In concrete terms, this means, my compatriots, which we are assigning between 1,354,000 euros and 3,249,600 euros to governors and protectorates.”

While most of the Petro stash is expected to be distributed to the state governments, the national government projects will also receive part of the funds.

The telecommunications department will receive 4 million petros; 1 million petros to spark agricultural development, 600,000+ petros for inputs and machinery and a further 9 million petros for road construction. The country also holds a joint fund with China to which $2 million USD worth of petro will be stashed.

Venezuela embraces crypto adoption

In August, the head of digital asset activities within the Venezuelan government urged the citizens to embrace the use of Petro for their everyday needs. Joselit Ramírez, asked Venezuelans to use the government sponsored, Patna Remesa platform to make global remittances and international payments using the cryptocurrency.

Furthermore, government backed exchange, CriptoLAGO, announced the launch of crypto debit cards in the country offering users a gateway to easily purchase and use Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dash and Petro in daily activities.

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Author: Lujan Odera