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Bitcoin Non-Believer BlackRock CEO Larry Fink Promotes Another Crypto Basher Mark Wiedman



There have been numerous tales and conspiracy theories about how big businesses don’t like crypto as it will break their existing setup. Most take these as what they are, theories. However, as there is no smoke without fire, there is an iota of truth behind the rumors. For example the CEO of BlackRock, Larry Fink is a known crypto skeptic.

And now Fink has seen it fit to promote Mark Wiedman, senior managing director, to oversee all of the international operations of the company. The move is seen by many as setting up Wiedman to take on more responsibility later.

A Powerplay?

At the helm of BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, and ETF provider is Fink who, in his late sixties, seems to show no signs of slowing down. With over $6 trillion in asset management when the current CEO does decide to call it time, he would no doubt look at someone with a similar outlook.

Wiedman has repeatedly confirmed that he agrees with his boss about Cryptos. And his latest portfolio will see him actively help to shape the company strategy and global corporate plans. It also makes Wiedman one of six board members who will eventually succeed Larry Fink.

Larry Fink Says Bitcoin Too Erratic

Fink has been rather open and frank about his distrust of bitcoin. Calling out the whole asset class as illegitimate, he has cited three main concerns to back up his claim. The infamous erratic price swings, the mostly anonymous nature of the market and the unregulated playing field make him feel he has a case.

These are genuine concerns that are slowly being addressed. After the high volatility was seen last year, the past few weeks have been as stable as most of the market. Governments the world over are aware of the lack of regulations and are moving to rectify this.

Perhaps in response, Fink recently said in an interview “I wouldn’t say never — when it’s legitimate, yes, It will ultimately have to be backed by a government.” A shrewd way of addressing the anonymity concern as all governments would like to be able to trace the money.

Mark Wiedman Says He Doesn’t See The Point

Wiedman follows on his boss and mentors steps, closely. He says he would not advise his clients to get into crypto, in any case, he doesn’t see the point of a bitcoin ETF. He has historically been a skeptic, telling the news outlet, Bloomberg in 2017, “I don’t quite get the point of a bitcoin ETF, If bitcoin is ever successful, I wouldn’t recommend it. But if it were [successful], why would you need an ETF to access it?”

Strict SEC Cant Smother Hope

The concerns of Blackrock are similar to that of the Securities and Exchange Commission. In fact, insofar, no investment groups application has found success. Repeated requests have met with rejections, citing that the application has been unable to viability demonstrate how it would prevent fraud and market manipulation. Jay Clayton, the SEC chairman has time and again stated that this sort of tough love is essential for the fledgling industry. While the SEC rejects up to 9 applications a month, some have not lost hope.

Crypto market players are optimistic that the first-ever bitcoin ETF is around the corner. Gabor Gurbacs, director of the market strategy at VanEck, is confident that his firm will be the first to cross the line. Talking about the demand for such an instrument he says “It’s fairly certain to us that America wants a bitcoin ETF. We think that we’ve met all market structure obstacles and requirements on pricing, custody, valuation, and safekeeping, so we are cautiously optimistic.”

The key operative should be cautious, the SEC has already delayed their answer more than a couple of times and now a decision on VanEck’s bitcoin ETF application is expected by the 27th of February. A similar story played out for the Winklevoss twins who had to drag their feet around for over a year before finally being told no by the governing body.

All concerns about a nascent industry need to be properly assessed. It should also be understood that those at the very top are people not fully familiar with the technology and would naturally be risk-averse. Thus only by addressing concerns and patiently waiting can this field truly prosper.



BTC Could “Easily” Surpass Gold in 20 Years. Mike Novogratz Says



Many people believe that cryptocurrencies represent a revolution of similar or superior importance to other significant events such as the appearance of the Internet. The introduction of Bitcoin (BTC) and its characteristics have enthused thousands of investors and influencers with increasing effusivity.

While some believe that cryptocurrencies will disappear due to their lack of intrinsic value, others like Mike Novogratz think that blockchain technologies, and especially Bitcoin, can surpass gold as the primary means of storing value in the world.


In an interview with Anthony Pompliano, Mr. Novogratz explained that in a span of about 20 years, Bitcoin could “easily” increase its marketcap by 100x, if technological and legal developments continue to facilitate its adoption. This would imply that we would be talking about figures close to 8 Trillion dollars in total marketcap for Bitcoin alone in the next two decades:

Gold’s got an $8 trillion market cap, or a $7.5 trillion market cap. And so, we’re 100x off on that. We’re not going to get there in Bitcoin in the next year or two. But over a 20-year period, could that happen? Easily. Easily. And that’s giving zero optionality to all the other stuff. And so I think it seems like a pretty smart portfolio bet

Novogratz has always defended the idea that Bitcoin will start a new Bull run when governments develop more specific regulations that appeal to institutional investors. In this regard, he explains that it is only a matter of time before large capital investors enter the space:

“I know Goldman for instance is gearing up around securities tokens. They’re not doing anything yet, but they’re getting really ready and looking at all the questions on – where would you store them? Do you have to build your own custody, or can you use someone else’s custody? How to get them to work.

Listen, the regulatory framework isn’t there yet on security tokens. We’re working really hard on our security token business and we’ve got, I think, some cool things in the hopper.”


Finally, in the climax of the interview, Novogratz’s enthusiasm was such that he even said that people should bow down and thank Satoshi Nakamoto for creating Bitcoin (BTC).

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Bitcoin Price Consolidation Continues, Downside Break Looks Likely




  • Bitcoin’s current trading range of $3,920–$4,055 could be breached to the downside, as last week’s doji candle created at the key 21- week moving average resistance is signaling bullish exhaustion.
  • A downside break of the trading range, if confirmed, could yield a sell-off toward the support levels lined up at $3,775 and $3,658.
  • On the higher side, a UTC close above $4,055 is needed to put the bulls back into the driver’s seat, although that looks unlikely at press time.

Chart signals of bullish exhaustion suggest bitcoin’s (BTC) narrowing trading range could soon be breached to the downside.

The leading cryptocurrency by market value is sidelined below $4,000 for the fourth straight day, and has been restricted to the narrow range of $3,920–$4,055 since March 17, according to Bitstamp data.

More importantly, prices clocked a high and low of $4,055 and $3,920, respectively, last week before closing Sunday (UTC) largely unchanged at $3,970. The price swing formed what’s termed a doji candle on the weekly chart, which is usually taken to represent indecision in the marketplace.

The candle, however, has appeared following a 20 percent rally from lows near $3,300 seen at the end of January. So, it could be argued that the indecision, as represented by the doji, is predominantly among the buyers.

As a result, the probability of BTC ending the ongoing consolidation with a convincing break below $3,920 appears high.

As of writing, BTC is trading at $3,970 on Bitstamp, largely changed on a 24-hour basis.

On the daily chart, the short-term MA studies are now biased toward the bears, with the 5-day MA having dropped below the 10-day MA. Further, with the price well below the March 21 high of $4,055, the bearish outside-reversal candle created on that day is still valid.

So, the sideways channel seen in the 4-hour chart could be breached to the downside in the next day or two.

A range breakdown if confirmed would open the doors for a deeper drop toward $3,658 (Feb. 27 low).

A UTC close well above $4,055 would revive the short-term bullish view and could yield a rally toward $4,200, although gains may be short-lived, as the 21-week MA is still trending south.

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What will it be for Bitcoin? $5,500 or $3,000?



Although the world’s most popular cryptocurrency is still trading in its long-established range between $4,000 and $4,100, some analysts believe the moment of truth for Bitcoin is near. What will it be for Bitcoin? $5,500 or $3,000?

Bitcoin has been trading between the $4,000 and $4,100 range for the last 10 days, and today Bitcoin’s trading behaviour was no different. Bitcoin is currently trading at a price of $4,020 while showing a minor loss of -0.24%, according to

Most analysts are looking at the upper bound of BTC’s current trading range, the $4,200 price mark, which will most likely act as a level of serious resistance again.

However, a Switzerland-based cryptocurrency analyst, who goes by the Twitter handle, Crypto Krillin, recently took to Twitter to state that the moment of truth for Bitcoin is very near. According to the crypto trader, or BTC will fly straight towards the $5,500 price mark, or we will re-visit $3,000.

Read more: Bitcoin or Gold? Or both?

The Swiss cryptocurrency trader is not the only crypto analyst who seems to be convinced that Bitcoin’s upside target currently exists around the $5,500 price mark.

Just a few days ago, Chepicap reported that Galaxy, another popular cryptocurrency analyst on Twitter, explained to his nearly 50k followers that Bitcoin is pointing to a promising potential for the number one cryptocurrency, hinting to an imminent surge of 35% to $5500.

Despite many analysts reporting optimistic views on Bitcoin’s near-future upward breakout, another widely recognized cryptocurrency trader known to the Twitter community as ‘The Crypto Dog’, recently came forward stating that it is still possible for Bitcoin to drop to $3,500 in the short term, adding that the market conditions haven’t changed over the last several days.

Read more: Bitcoin can surge as high as $400,000

According to crypto technical analyst known as DonAlt, we can only conclude crypto winter is over until Bitcoin crosses the $4,600 threshold and moves towards $5,000 and $6,000.

‘Volume isn’t what will convince me that the bear market is over’, he said. ‘A bullish market structure along with a break of at least $4.6k is. It’s interesting that we’ve had so many altcoin pumps while the general market cap hasn’t really changed. That makes me think there is very little new money coming in.’


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