The recent meteoric sprint in Bitcoin’s valuation has ignited debate among analysts, with opinions pouring in from both crypto enthusiasts as well as critics. One such critic was the CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, Peter Schiff, who has always been critical of Bitcoin even during the coin’s bull run. The recent Bitcoin storm failed to impress the critic asthe CEO claimed that the cryptocurrency was just a “speculative vehicle for gambling” in a recent Keiser Report’s talk session.
The veteran stockbroker said that he did not believe that Bitcoin had anything in common with gold and claimed that Bitcoin was a “fool’s gold”, despite admitting that the cryptocurrency has few similar “monetary properties” to that of the gold. Schiff added,
“I mean it pretends to be gold.”
He further said that Bitcoin had no intrinsic value other than what people were willing to buy it for, because “they think they can sell to somebody else at a high price”. He went on to rant about Bitcoin being a Ponzi scheme.
The CEO also criticized the new Greyscale’s #DropGold commercial, which called digital currencies like the Bitcoin a future.
The financial commentator is of the opinion that unlike gold, Bitcoin does not have any utility. The only use case for the cryptocurrency is in theory as a speculative “trading vehicle” for gambling. He further claimed that BTC, as a medium of exchange, is crippled with the major drawbacks. According to Schiff, BTC is expensive and cumbersome.
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Bitcoin will likely be valued at $100,000 with a market cap of over $2 trillion before the end of 2021
The entire cryptocurrency market seems to be on the brighter side of the market since the beginning of the year. A majority of the coins have recorded significant recoveries from their 2018 slump, a period during which most coins lost over 90 percent of their value, when compared to their all-time highs. Among all the coins in the market, Bitcoin [BTC] aka the digital gold, was noted to be making a massive comeback as the coin breached the $11,000 mark after nearly 15 months. The coin however, soon retracted to settle below the $11,000 level.
According to CoinMarketCap, at press time, Bitcoin was trading at $10,887.27 with a market cap of $93.549 billion. The coin recorded a 24-hour trading volume of $20.757 billion for the past 24 hours and saw a massive rise of over 17 percent over the past seven days.
Anthony Pompliano, Co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital Assets, predicted that the largest digital currency could rise to reach $100,000, before the end of 2021. Pomp added that he was around 70-75 percent confident in this prediction. He stated,
“As I have previously said, making predictions is difficult […] Part of my process as a professional money manager is forming a thesis (price target), identifying a timeline (date), and establishing a confidence level. And then constantly re-evaluating those three aspects of my thought process as I receive new information.”
Pomp however, listed six pointers that have to be understood beforehand. First, this prediction is not an investment advice, and people should do their own research before investing in the digital currency. The second is with respect to Bitcoin’s volatility, with Pomp remarking that since it was a highly volatile market, the coin could witness a significant fall before being valued at $100,000. He stated,
“I anticipate that there will be numerous 20-30% drawdowns from new all-time highs as the asset continues to appreciate in value. These mini-boom/bust cycles should not cause panic, but rather need to be understood as natural market dynamics whenever an asset gains significant value in short periods of time.”
Further, the partner of the investment firm stated that the rise would be driven by several catalysts. This includes institutional adoption, exchange-traded funds and retail product approvals, global instability, governments all across the globe manipulating currencies, markets and economy. He went on to state,
“The market cap of Bitcoin will reach $2+ trillion when Bitcoin is worth $100,000. This is less than 1/3 the market cap of gold and less than 1/40 the global money supply.”
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