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There’s no reason not to hold Bitcoin for 100 years, Michael Saylor says

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Michael Saylor, CEO of business intelligence firm MicroStrategy, has staunchly defended the company’s bullish, long-term Bitcoin (BTC) position based on its unique potential to evolve into “the future of the property.”

In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Saylor argued that MicroStrategy’s big bet on Bitcoin, which it has turned to the debt markets to sustain, is the “highest upside, lowest risk strategy” the company can pursue.

“Some people think diversification means buying other types of cryptocurrencies or other kinds of equities,” he said. “We think that by holding Bitcoin, we’re diversified. Because we can see Bitcoin on the balance sheets of cities, states, governments, companies, small [and] big investors. Ultimately, Bitcoin is going to be the core to tech innovation at Apple, Amazon and Facebook, so we want to be holding the Bitcoin.” 

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In response to his interviewer’s probing as to how the interests of large, centralized behemoths such as Twitter and Facebook can be reconciled with a decentralized network, Saylor made the case that Bitcoin holds the key to solving their endemic issues with cybersecurity and spam. Integration with Bitcoin — and, specifically, the micropayment-supporting Lightning Network — could tackle these by incorporating an ecosystem that can vouch for creditworthiness and trust:

“If you want to improve the user experience [on these tech platforms], then you need to have skin on the game. And Bitcoin provides skin in the name for all of the interactors in the cyber environment. Dorsey understands this. The killer app is cybersecurity integrated into an international trust network.”

Saylor’s projection for Bitcoin’s long-term potential appears to be balanced between this capacity to support new functionalities on the web and to evolve into the future of the property. 

The reason MicroStrategy has leveraged long on Bitcoin — for which it has controversially borrowed $2.2 billion at a blended interest rate of about 1.5% — is that the firm anticipates that Bitcoin, as an open property network, will be used by “billions of users.” While the firm currently takes a 10-year view, Saylor’s comments suggested his perspective is long in a truly maximalist sense:

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“People joke that Bitcoin isn’t really a trading strategy, it’s an exit strategy. What we want to hold is a form of non-sovereign store of value forever […] I took a survey: the average Twitter user thinks it’s going to last 3500 years. Nobody’s in a hurry with Bitcoin. We’re thinking that it’s the future of property.”

In the interim, the coin is nonetheless also meeting the needs of retail traders, Saylor observed, noting that cryptocurrencies in general offer users of apps like Robinhood the unique possibility of trading 24/7, 365 days a year. In his view, it “makes total sense” for Robinhood to drive hard and up its support for the new asset class. Yet among digital assets, Bitcoin, as the “risk-off king of all the cryptos,” is, for Saylor, still “where all the traffic and excitement is.”

According to the results of a recent study from Crypto.com, the number of crypto users worldwide more than doubled from 100 million this January to 221 million in June. While Bitcoin retains the lion’s share of users, smaller altcoins have slowly eaten into both the veteran coin market share and the market’s second-most popular crypto, Ether (ETH).

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Billionaire Mark Cuban Identifies Altcoin With ‘Most Upside’ As Bitcoin Blasts Above $60,000

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As Bitcoin shoots above $60,000, business magnate Mark Cuban says one altcoin stands above the rest in terms of investment potential.

In a new interview with CNBC Make It, the billionaire says that Ethereum (ETH) is the best crypto prospect on the market.

“As an investment, I think Ethereum has the most upside.”

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Cuban, who previously stated that smart contracts on Ethereum’s blockchain have revolutionized the cryptocurrency market, believes that the second-largest crypto by market cap is the digital asset which most resembles legal tender.

“I wish I had bought [Ethereum] sooner. I think it’s the closest thing we have to a true currency.”

Cuban went on to reiterate his position that Bitcoin (BTC) is superior to gold because not only is its supply scarce, but it’s easier to transfer, store, trade, and fractionalize. That sentiment is shared by fellow billionaire CEO Chamath Palihapitiya of Social Capital and Virgin Galactic.

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Cuban’s comments come on the heels of him saying that customers prefer making payments in Dogecoin (DOGE) rather than BTC at his venues because Bitcoin tends to be a highly appreciable asset.

Ethereum is exchanging hands at $3,839 at time of writing, an 11% increase from its seven-day low of $3,431, according to CoinGecko.

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ProShares Set for Bitcoin Futures ETF Launch on Monday After Apparent SEC Approval

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The US Securities and Exchange Commission has reportedly greenlit the country’s first Bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF).

ProShares, an ETF provider, filed a post-effective amendment prospectus on Friday that states the company plans to launch the BTC Futures ETF on Monday, a sign that the SEC has approved the product.

The fund doesn’t invest directly in Bitcoin, but it provides price exposure to Bitcoin futures contracts, a first in the US.

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Both Bloomberg and CNBC, citing people “familiar with the matter,” reported earlier in the week that the SEC planned to approve BTC futures ETFs from ProShares and the independent investment firm Invesco Ltd.

Invesco’s ETF is also set to provide exposure to a collection of exchange-traded products (ETPs) and private investment trusts that hold Bitcoin, rather than direct investments in BTC itself.

Last month, SEC Chairman Gary Gensler said he was open to ETFs for Bitcoin futures, noting that they are filed under mutual fund guidelines which provide “significant investor protections.”

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Bitcoin is trading at $61,549.38 at time of writing and is up 6.6% in the past day and more than 40% in the past two weeks, according to CoinGecko.

BTC hit its all-time high of $64,804.72 in mid-April.

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Bitcoin May See Real Peak If ETF Is Approved and I May Cash Out Half My ETH: CNBC’s Jim Cramer

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Jim Cramer shares a common view that Bitcoin has the opportunity to reach a short-term peak or even a real peak if Bitcoin ETFs are approved next week.

Host of CNBC’s Mad Money, Jim Cramer, has talked to Andrew Sorkin from CNBC’s Squawk Box show about the prospects of the Bitcoin price if or when four Bitcoin futures ETFs get the SEC’s approval next week.

Cramer also stated that he may cash out half of his Ethereum stash.

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SEC approval for ETF may push Bitcoin up, Cramer says

Answering Sorkin’s question, Cramer stated that a lot of people believe there is a high chance that the senior cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, may hit a short-term or even a real price peak if four BTC-based ETFs are approved by the SEC next week.

He corrected the host and said that the regulatory agency may approve not just one but four Bitcoin futures ETFs next week.

However, he stated that people are running ahead of a possible ETF approval.

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Bitcoin spikes to $59,500 as chance for ETF approval emerges

Earlier today, the flagship digital currency, Bitcoin, soared to a multi-month high of $59,500 on the Bitstamp exchange. It happened after Bloomberg released a report, saying that so far the Securities and Exchange Commission has not objected to approving multiple Bitcoin futures ETFs that were submitted to it earlier this year.

The Bloomberg article stated that the information had been confirmed by multiple sources close to the SEC and to the matter in question.

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The media giant’s ETF analyst, Eric Balchunas, believes that the likelihood of Bitcoin ETFs getting the green light has now risen to more than 90%. Still, he is not ready to “close the case” yet.

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