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What Is The Final Push For Bitcoin? MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor’s Big Reveal

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There is no telling what exactly would be the thing that pushes bitcoin into the $2 trillion territory. For now, the asset is still one of the most valuable assets in the world with a total market cap of $1.15 trillion. Nonetheless, investors continue to look what will be the next big thing for BTC, something that will catalyze the growth of bitcoin, causing it to rally towards $100K.

One of these investors looking to the future is MicroStrategy’s CEO Michael Taylor. Saylor has always been a BTC maximalist and has seized every opportunity to evangelize the benefits of the assets. The CEO has taken both a professional and personal stance himself, holding BTC personally and through this company MicroStrategy. Continuing to be bullish on the digital asset, Saylor reveals what he believes will be the next big push for the asset.

Spot Bitcoin ETFs Will Rock The Space

After the approval of the first Bitcoin Futures ETFs in October, investors have shifted their focus to the next thing on the agenda. Spot Bitcoin ETFs are being filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, although it might be a while until the regulator returns its decision on those. Nevertheless, investors continue to hope for an approval sooner rather than later.

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The eagerness behind the Spot Bitcoin ETFs have to do with the tremendous success of the ProShares Futures ETF when it had first hit the market. In the first 24 hours, the ETF had recorded over $1 billion in trades, which had subsequently caused push in the asset that led to a new all-time high of $67K. BTC enthusiasts believe that a Spot Bitcoin ETF would do even better in the market given its considerable advantages over a Futures ETFs.

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BTC falls continues bull trend | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

Saylor appears to share this sentiment with the rest of the market as he announced to the market where he sees the digital asset going if a Spot ETF gets approved. The CEO said at Bloomber’s Financial Innovation Summit that a Spot ETF approval would see more money flow into the market. Saylor sees the Spot ETFs triggering a cascading effect that would lead to trillions of dollars being invested in the asset.

“Once these spot ETFs roll, I think you’ll see billions, then tens of billions, then hundreds of billions, then trillions of dollars flow into them.”

Market May Not See A Spot ETF Anytime Soon

One thing that works against Saylor’s prediction for bitcoin is the fact that the Spot ETFs may be far off into the future. Bloomberg Intelligence had earlier released a report analyzing the likelihood of the SEC approving a Spot ETF.

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James Seyffar, a market analyst at Bloomberg, said that it is unlikely that a Spot Bitcoin ETF would gain approval this year. Instead, Seyffart said, an Ethereal Futures ETF would be more likely at this point.

The analyst did not completely rule out an ETF approval though. “Most market participants agree that a Spot Bitcoin ETF would be superior to existing futures ETFs, yet SEC approval of the former may be delayed until late 2022 or beyond,” Seyffart said.

Trading discounts in shares of Grayscale’s Bitcoin Trust have also pointed towards a Spot ETF approval being unlikely this year. The fund has been trading at about a negative 17% discount, implying that investors do not believe the filing to have its flagship bitcoin fund turned into a Spot ETF approved. Hence, investors were not willing to purchase the shares at a higher premium.

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Solana set to be the ‘Bitcoin Killer’?

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A blockchain with the ability to perform thousands of transactions per second must be the next Bitcoin. Sam Bankman-Fried believes SOL has the potential to become the next Bitcoin since the Solana blockchain can execute 50,000 transactions per second. 

Sam Bankman-Fried (SBF), in a recent interview with Kitco, praised Solana for its potential to expand to millions of transactions per second. According to the FTX CEO, this makes Solana a critical component of cryptocurrency acceptance and the next Bitcoin.

The scalability of Solana could aid its evolution into a new Ethereum or Bitcoin. 

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“I am optimistic about Solana. She has every chance of doing this, which is very interesting, I think.’

Analyst bullish on SOL

Influential investors are positive on Solana, which is helping altcoin gain traction. 

With a growth in institutional acceptance, venturefounder, a cryptocurrency analyst, feels that Solana could end up competing with Ethereum. 

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“More Crypto Online” cryptocurrency analysts are positive on Solana. As the cryptocurrency price trend reverses, analysts forecast a price rise to a new all-time high of $305. 

During the crypto massacre on Black Friday, the price of Solana fell below $200. The price of the altcoin has recovered and is now trading near $200 at the time of writing. Over the last two months, there has been a surge in institutional intake and capital rotation into Solana.

At the time of writing, SOL is trading at $196.63, up 0.6% in the last 24 hours.the resistance on the upside is at $199.94. However in case of a decline, the support on the downside is at $190.68.  

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El Salvador’s President Has A few Words For Bank Of England’s Chief

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El Salvador’s President has a few words for Bank of England’s chief who recently expressed worries about the country’s Bitcoin adoption.

Check out his relevant tweet below.

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A commenter said: “Before bitcoin nobody around the world cared about El Salvador now there are competing interests either supporting or attacking El Salvador. El Salvador is now relevant.”

Someone else posted this: “Exactly what i been saying! My family is from el salvador, and my whole life not a single soul i ever met here in the U.S even knew about the country, and if they did, they only heard of it because of gang affiliation… nothing else. Bukele is making waves!!!”

On the other hand, a follower said: “The Bank of England’s Point of Concern: “….It concerns me that a country would choose it as its national currency. What would worry me most of all is, do the citizens of El Salvador understand the nature and volatility of the currency they have.” Seems a legitimate worry.”

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Bitcoin adoption concerning?

CryptoSlate notes the fact that Bailey said the move to adopt Bitcoin within a dual currency system was concerning, while also adding that volatility would impact most detrimentally.

This isn’t the first time that Bailey warned of the “dangers” of crypto.

Back in May, Bailey said cryptos have no intrinsic value and that investors should be prepared to lose all their money.

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At the moment of writing this article, BTC is trading in the red and the king coin is priced at $54,667.

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Bitcoin skeptic Saule Omarova to be rejected as Biden’s nominee for OCC in win for crypto

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  • Saule Omarova was nominated to head OCC and it looked bleak for the future of cryptocurrencies as she is an outspoken critic of Bitcoin.
  • New reports reveal that some Democratic senators in U.S Congress will reject her, and with all Republicans united against her, she will most likely not assume office.

Saule Omarova, a Bitcoin critic who was nominated for one of the most important financial regulatory jobs in the U.S, is looking unlikely to go through Senate confirmation. According to new reports, some Democratic Senators have rejected the Biden pick, particularly opposing her hardline stance against big banks. With Republican Senators all against her, she looks unlikely to be the next Comptroller of the Currency.

Omarova was nominated by the White House in September to take over from the Acting OCC, Michael Hsu. As CNF reported at the time, the cryptocurrency community joined the banking fraternity to ask questions of what would be of her reign. Omarova is an outspoken critic of the big banks, having consistently criticized government bailouts. She has also suggested that the Federal Reserve should be allowed to serve Americans, effectively wiping out the commercial banks.

For cryptocurrencies, the future looked just as bleak. She has previously stated that she believes they “benefit mainly the dysfunctional financial system we already have.”

In her Senate grilling two weeks ago, she held on to her anti-Bitcoin views. Responding to crypto-friendly Senator Cynthia Lummis‘ question on whether Bitcoin threatens national security, she stated:

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I’m not an expert on Bitcoin but I’d worry if all our financial transactions were up to some blockchain system where various actors who might actually be located in other countries, not particularly friendly to us, control the functioning of the system.

Omarova to be rejected

According to reports in Washington, Omarova is set to be rejected in Senate. Already, virtually all Republican senators have said they will reject her. Many of them have even attacked her on personal terms, as well as her ‘socialist-leaning’ beliefs.

Axios reports that five Democratic Senators have joined the anti-Omarova bandwagon as well. The five told Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, who heads the Senate Banking Committee of their dissent. If they vote against her, the Kazakhstan-born academic will stand virtually no chance as the house is almost divided in half between Republicans and Democrats.

However, despite the opposition, the White House continues to back her publicly. A White House official told Axios:

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The White House continues to strongly support her historic nomination. Saule Omarova is eminently qualified for this position. She has been treated unfairly since her nomination with unacceptable red-baiting from Republicans like it’s the McCarthy era.

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