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With large investment funds and corporations buying Bitcoin (BTC), it was bound to happen eventually. There would now be a supply of BTC far too low to cover the gargantuan demand for Bitcoins from institutional investors.
All mined bitcoins find immediate takers
Pantera Capital is an investment company that focuses exclusively on the cryptomatics and blockchain technology sector.
In an interview with CNBC, Dan Morehead, CEO of Pantera Capital, shared his expertise on the current dramatic rise in the price of Bitcoin (BTC).
According to the executive, while institutional investors are buying their bitcoin OTC so that their large investments do not drive up the price of BTC, they are creating very strong buying pressure on the very limited supply of new bitcoin:
„There is a „shortage of bitcoin“ due to large institutional buyers like Paypal, who buy more than 100% of the newly created [bitcoins].
BTC buyer’s fever is no longer just about individuals
As Dan Morehead rightly points out, the new all-time high (ATH) that Bitcoin just achieved in December 2020 is very different from the one reached in December 2017. Indeed, it is indeed institutional investors who are on the move this time, and no longer individual investors.
We can indeed see these compulsive purchases of Bitcoin from companies such as the investment fund cryptos Grayscale, or the company MicroStrategy, listed on the Nasdaq. Both of these firms have accumulated impressive quantities of BTCs in recent months.
The same is true for Bitcoin futures contracts: these products, which are highly appreciated by institutional investors, have never been so popular. At the end of December, there are now reportedly a record $8.89 billion in open interest positions in the major BTC futures contracts.
To conclude, even if Dan Morehead acknowledges that Bitcoin and cryptos are still a „very, very young“ asset class with a lot of volatility, he explains that the adoption of the king of cryptos is growing.
Indeed, he recalls that only 6 years ago, the Bitcoin network only had about one million users, whereas now more than one hundred million people find a use for this blockchain network.
The conclusion already seems obvious: with the current number of users alone, there is already no longer 1 BTC for everyone, since there will never be more than 21 million Bitcoins. Moreover, unlike individuals who could buy COTs for short-term speculation, institutional investors buy them for much longer time horizons, of the order of 5 to 10 years at least. This last point is very promising for the future of Bitcoin.