Demand outpacing supply is “THE story in Bitcoin right now,” as BTC is already knocking on the door of its all-time high of USD 20,000, Dan Morehead, CEO and Co-founder of major crypto investment firm Pantera Capital, stressed.
PayPal’s crypto push is “already having a huge impact,” Morehead wrote in his November letter on Friday, pointing to PayPal’s 300 million users who just gained easy access to bitcoin. This development comes on the heels of first-mover Jack Dorsey’s Square’s Cash App, which has been in the bitcoin game for more than two years and whose bitcoin sales continue to increase quarter after quarter. Cash App raked in USD 1.63bn “of bitcoin revenue” in the third quarter this year.
Morehead pointed out that between PayPal and Cash App, “more than 100% of all newly issued bitcoins” are already being bought.” If PayPal continues buying at its current pace, it will be “buying more than all of the newly issued bitcoin within weeks,” Morehead noted, adding that this is where the “finite supply, inelasticity part comes in: At a higher price.” These dynamics are paving the way for the bitcoin shortage and are driving the bitcoin price close to new heights.
Pre-halving, @CashApp was buying 20% of all newly-issued BTC. Now it’s ~40%
— Dan Morehead (@dan_pantera)
Moreover, PayPal and Square aren’t the only ones buying up bitcoins. As reported, on Friday, Managing Director at major crypto asset management firm Grayscale, Michael Sonnenshein, said that their team “scoped up over USD 188m [around BTC 10,000] into Grayscale Bitcoin Trust alone, yesterday.”
Per Bytetree data, BTC miners generated BTC 6,825 in the past seven days. However, as reported, 3.4m bitcoin are readily available to buyers now, while BTC trading volume on exchanges dropped by 41% in November.
Also, Pantera’s Morehead sees a world in which other “larger financial institutions” will catch FOMO (fear of missing out), leading to the “supply scarcity” becoming “even more imbalanced.”
“The only way supply and demand equilibrates is at a higher price,” said Morehead, noting that “this rally is much more sustainable.”
He also made the case for a further expansion of the US Federal Reserve’s balance sheet, given the outcome of the US elections with a divided government. By setting the money printer to “brrr,” policymakers will inflate the value of assets “whose quantity cannot be eased,” benefitting store of value assets bitcoin and gold.
At pixel time (05:32 UTC), BTC trades at USD 18,626, dropping from USD 18,946, reached earlier today. The price is still up by almost 3% in a day and 15% in a week. It rallied by 46% in a month and 143% in a year.
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