Immature Bitcoin Market Data Is ‘Garbage’ But It’s Sign of ‘Being Early’ – MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor
Since first announcing bitcoin purchase in August and again in September, MicroStrategy CEO Michael Saylor had become a very vocal bitcoin supporter, a big change from seven years back when he thought its days were numbered.
Now, it is the ultimate hedge, according to him.
He constantly tweets about Bitcoin and how “it is an ark of encrypted energy to escape the currency flood.”
Recently, he talked about “The Long-Term Bull Case” for Bitcoin in an interview with Keith McCullough to convince Hedgeye CEO to “change his opinion of Bitcoin and join the cyber hornets.”
McCullough actually sold all his BTC earlier this month, just a couple of weeks before Bitcoin rallied 23% following Square's $50 million investment, UK’s public listed Mode converting 10% of its cash reserves into BTC, and PayPal announcing buy, sell, hold, and shopping support for it.
“Bitcoin is an asset, not a commodity. Commodities are abundant and should be traded. Assets are scarce and should be owned. Pure monetary energy is the ideal treasury reserve asset, and for the first time in history, we can now own some,” is Saylor’s message to McCullough.
The “Garbage” Market Data
On Tuesday, he argued his Bitcoin investment by comparing it with Google and Apple investments.
“The thing with technology, Figure out the thing that is gonna eat the world, if you are right, own it, hold it and wait,” said Saylor.
In the current environment, bitcoin is the choice when the monetary expansion is expected to double, he said. Adding that the Federal Reserve has crowded everybody out of Treasury and debt with yield being effectively zero, which has been “stampeding investors into a store of value.”
As a matter of fact, Apple has been more volatile than bitcoin in the past three months, said Saylor. This has been because while monetary stimulus has been debasing fiat currencies, it has been pushing the stock market to new highs.
He particularly talked about the market data during the interview, which he argued is just “garbage.” The trading volume figures of the bitcoin market, according to him, are widely inflated as he challenged Bitcoin’s $25 billion volume to Apple stocks’ $24.76 billion.
“I know for a fact you can’t buy more than $35 million a day without people knowing, so there’s no freaking way there’s $24 billion trading,” Saylor said.
It isn’t even surprising, but a known fact as a 2019 report to the US SEC concluded that 95% of reported volume on crypto exchanges is actually fake.
According to Saylor, false market data is holding the leading digital currency back as it could erode trust in Bitcoin as an asset.
But on a positive note, Saylor said he “love[s] the fact that the data is a little immature” as it represents “the pain and the work of being first or being early.” But of course, the market “needs” high-quality data.