The well-known Bitcoin permabear and gold bug Peter Schiff has once again taken a swing at the primary cryptocurrency.
His comments followed a volatile market that saw almost $300 million in liquidations in less than an hour and more than $800 million in less than a day.
Peter Schiff Bashes Bitcoin
The well-known economist and strong gold proponent, Peter Schiff, has once again taken the opportunity to swing at Bitcoin.
He said that there was no new money coming in, but instead, it was old money that cashed out profits.
Bitcoin pumpers assured HODLers that once #Bitcoin made a new high, momentum investors would rush in to buy. That was part of the pump to keep the little guys on board while the big guys dumped. Bitcoin made a new high, but instead of new money rushing in, old money cashed out.
— Peter Schiff (@PeterSchiff) December 1, 2020
He also believes that this was “part of the pump to keep the little guys on board while the big guys dumped.” However, he fails to source his information and makes claims without substantiating them.
In fact, data from Santiment, published just yesterday, revealed that addresses holding large amounts of bitcoins continue to increase over the past two weeks, while the addresses holding between 0 and 10 bitcoins decreased.
There isn’t an accepted standard as to what constitutes a “small guy,” but the smallest portion that Santiment tracks between 0 and 10 bitcoins comes as close to that. In any case, it’s unclear at best what caused the drop.
A Hard Day Nevertheless
Regardless of Schiff’s unsubstantiated claims, this was undoubtedly a blow on investors. As CryptoPotato reported earlier today, over $290 million got liquidated in less than an hour.
At the time of this writing, the total liquidations over the past day amount to over $839 million. The bulk of that comes from Binance, which saw about 38% of all. The largest liquidation right now is $6.02 million, and it took place on Huobi.