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Ripple CTO Reveals He Made a $15.5 Million Mistake

David Schwartz said that he sold 40,000 Ethereum in 2012 for just $1 each. That stash would have been worth millions.

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David Schwartz, chief technology officer at Ripple, revealed on Sunday that he sold 40,000 Ethereum (ETH) for just $1 per token back in 2012—a crypto cache that would be worth roughly $15.4 million today.

At Ethereum’s peak price, that would have been worth $53.6 million.

Schwartz explained that this decision was part of a “derisking plan” he discussed with his wife at the time, adding that he also sold undisclosed amounts of Bitcoin (BTC) and Ripple’s XRP for $750 and $0.01 per coin, respectively.

While not aimed at Schwartz directly, the revelation stemmed from a comment made by another Twitter user, stating that “anyone pushing XRP while derisking is exit scamming.”

“On the derisking, I’m a risk averse person with people who depend on me financially and emotionally. Fate caused me to put a lot of eggs in one basket,” Schwartz replied, adding, “My job, my reputation, Ripple stock, XRP, and so on. I like that basket. But the risk is very high in the entire cryptocurrency space. I’m just too rational to pretend otherwise and suggest others do the same.”

Schwartz is far from the only one who sold their crypto for cheap in the past. Perhaps the most well known example is Laszlo Hanyecz, a programmer from Florida who also contributed to Bitcoin’s source code. In May 2010, he paid 10,000 BTC, worth around $115 million today, for two Papa John’s pizzas.

While such a deal could warrant therapy sessions with a psychologist for many crypto enthusiasts today, 10 years ago it arguably paved a way for Bitcoin to be used as an actual currency. And the rest, as Bitcoin developer Jameson Lopp put it, is history.

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Demand for Bitcoin is growing high amid tightened supply

The amount of illiquid Bitcoin supply in the network has grown more than the circulating supply since 2017.

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Crypto experts argue that such strong demand in the Bitcoin market is largely attributed to the fact institutions are coming.

The market liquidity is tightening at the flagship Crypto market, as there are less than 4 million BTCs in circulation available for upcoming investors including the likes of  Grayscale, Paypal, Microstrategy, hedge funds, and so on.

Only 21 million Bitcoins are ever going to be produced in total, and presently, there is about 18.9 million Bitcoin in circulation.

This shows a differential of about 2.1 million Bitcoin that are left to be produced, not forgetting about 4.5 million Bitcoins that have already been lost forever.

This also means that liquidity is drying up, as demand for the world’s most popular crypto hits record highs

The amount of illiquid Bitcoin supply in the network has grown more than the circulating supply since 2017.

Meanwhile, liquid supply continues to see a steep decrease.

According to Yann & Jan:

“Float in the network is drying up faster than ever.
“Currently, about 78% of issued bitcoin’s are either lost or being hodled, leaving less than 4 million bitcoins to be shared amongst future market entrants (incl. Paypal, Square, SP500 Companies, ETF’s, etc).

It’s also important to understand Institutional investors love transparency, regulation meaning the more regulated Bitcoin mechanisms such as regulating Crypto exchanges handling it, the more value major institutions will place in it, thus making Bitcoin a less volatile asset in the long term.

Glassnode also revealed that a million Bitcoins (BTC) or almost $30 billion in actual prices, disappeared from the liquid supply in 2020. This process even outperformed the inflow of new Bitcoins (BTC) into the network:

“Currently, we are at a stage in which the illiquid supply is growing more than the total circulating supply according to the report. A similar pattern presently played out again during the bullish rally of 2017.”

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Coinbase executes over $1 billion Crypto trades for world’s biggest clients

The world’s most valuable crypto exchange revealed it has executed $1 billion-plus crypto trades for some of the biggest institutions in the world.

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In its  recently filed documents with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the world’s most valuable crypto exchange, Coinbase revealed has executed $1 billion-plus crypto trades for “some of the biggest institutions in the world.”

The leading American Crypto exchange, however, revealed its major objective remains to provide credible crypto services for both institutional and retail clients as crypto continues to expand across financial sectors, according to Coinbase SEC filing.

“Our goal is to become the primary financial account for our retail users and the one-stop-shop for institutions’ crypto-asset investing needs. To achieve these goals, we are developing and launching innovative products and services across our platform to serve each customer’s distinct needs. For example, in 2020 we launched support for post-trade credit to enable institutional customers to instantly invest in crypto assets without pre-funding their trade. For retail users, we have added support for staking, offering our users a simple way to earn rewards on their crypto asset holdings.”

Recall, the fast-rising American crypto exchange financials revealed the crypto startup grew rapidly from 2019 to 2020.

Coinbase was founded was about 9 years ago and allows its customers to buy and sell Crypto Like Bitcoin, Ethereum Polkadot. The fintech company had earlier raised over $540 million in funding as a private company.

In 2019 Coinbase’s net income was- $30.4 million against $533.7 million in revenue. Just last year the crypto juggernaut net income rose to $127.5 million against $1.28 billion in revenue.

The unicorn grew just over 139% in 2020, a massive improvement in its 2019 results.

In an IPO filing, Coinbase says “Address not applicable” in the spot companies usually list their headquarters.

In a footnote, it explains “In May 2020, we became a remote-first company. Accordingly, we do not maintain a headquarters.”

As a risk factor, it cites: “The identification of Satoshi Nakamoto, the pseudonymous person or persons who developed Bitcoin, or the transfer of Satoshi’s Bitcoins.”

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ardano explodes, more valuable than XRP, Tether, Polkadot

The fast-rising valuable crypto asset received a fresh wave of a buying spree, seeing its price post a new all-time high of $1.29.

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Cardano, in the last few weeks, has been enjoying massive buying pressure amid the record sell-offs sighted in other crypto assets, like Bitcoin, Ethereum, and others.

The fast-rising valuable crypto asset has received a fresh wave of buying sprees, seeing its price post a new all-time high of $1.29. This makes it the third-ranked crypto by market value.

At the time of writing this report, Cardano was trading at $1.265645, 20.45% on the day. It is the biggest one-day percentage gain since February 20.

Such gains pushed Cardano’s market value to $39.2 billion, or 2.75% of the total cryptocurrency market value. At its highest, Cardano’s market cap value stood at $38.4 billion.

  • Cardano had traded at a range of $1.241612 to $1.270833 for the day.
  • Over one week, it has seen a surge in value, as it gained 34.8%.

Highly revered crypto analyst/trader, Michaël van de Poppe, also recommended the fast-rising crypto asset.

In a video (titled “Cardano Breaks $1 But $10 Is Possible In This Bull Cycle! Here’s Why!”) released recently, the crypto pundit told his followers on his YouTube channel that:

“Cardano going towards $10 is not that weird to calculate from here, especially given the fact, and I’ve been saying this in the past week multiple times, especially given the fact that Cardano and mostly all the Bitcoin pairs are just barely waking up. So there’s still much more to gain for the Bitcoin pairs.”

  • Lately, Cardano (ADA) has been tipped to outperform, on the bias that it had its smart contract launch last month, which will lead to a significant amount of applications built on Cardano in 2021.
  • This means that more developers will see it as an attractive medium for building their desired apps.
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