Editor’s Note: Financial media outlets continue to claim that bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are destined for failure. Below, colleague Greg Wilson reveals the one detail that the mainstream media is missing.
All it takes for a good rally to end is two people talking about it on the train.
That’s according to Randall Forsyth, editor of the oldfangled Wall Street weekly Barron’s.
I’m surprised Barron’s even wrote about bitcoin. But Forsyth’s conclusion is predictable.
He thinks the bitcoin rally is a 21st-century version of the Dutch “Tulipmania.” Here’s what he wrote in the May 27 edition of Barron’s:
Bitcoin’s fans claim it is a technology and not something that can be valued like a stock, which probably echoes conversations in Amsterdam coffee houses in the 1600s to rationalize paying any price for tulip bulbs.
He’s referring, of course, to the 1636–37 tulip bulb craze in Holland. At its peak, one tulip could buy you an entire estate. At the bottom, one tulip could buy you an onion.
Forsyth recounted a recent story of two people talking feverishly about bitcoin on the commuter train. And he harkened back to a similar situation about tech stocks in the late ’90s:
The crypto-currency [bitcoin] has taken flight and taken hold of the public’s imagination like the dot-com bottle rockets before the turn of century.
I can’t help but wonder if Forsyth is still using a typewriter and flip phone.
Not to be outdone, Bloomberg followed up with a May 29 article listing five reasons why people are skeptical about bitcoin. That article also cited the tulip craze.
The timing of the articles (May 27 and 29) shouldn’t go unnoticed.
Bitcoin’s price hit $2,764 on May 25 (a new record at the time). Roughly 48 hours later, it plunged to $1,856 – a 33% drop (it rebounded shortly after).
Soon thereafter, the negative articles started coming out.
Despite bitcoin’s resiliency, people keep asking “Is it different this time?”
Today, I’ll show you two reasons why the bitcoin rally is far from over. But more importantly, if you’re a bitcoin skeptic, I’ll reveal the one question you need to ask yourself to get over the hump… and profit from the bull market in cryptocurrencies.
As regular readers of The Palm Beach Daily know, no one in the business covers cryptocurrencies like we do at the Palm Beach Research Group. And we’ve been light years ahead of the mainstream media—which still has its head stuck in the sand when it comes to cryptocurrencies.
Recently, my colleague Teeka Tiwari warned that bitcoin doubters would be out in force. As he showed us, bitcoin has been declared dead at least 129 times already. (And that’s not counting the latest premature obituaries from Barron’s and Bloomberg.)
We’re seeing it again now. But it’s not adding up to what I’m hearing from cryptocurrency experts. These are the people who really know what’s going on… and the ones I listen to.
Last month, I attended the Consensus 2017 blockchain conference in New York. This conference gave me access to some of the greatest leaders in the cryptocurrency space. And none of them referred to bitcoin as “Tulipmania.” In fact, it was quite the opposite.
One illuminating comment came from Michael Moro, the CEO of Genesis Global Trading. Genesis is an institutional trading firm. And it’s traded over 1.5 million bitcoins. (That’s over $3 billion in today’s dollars.)
Here’s his take:
In the last six weeks, I’ve gone from having millionaire conversations to billionaire conversations. There’s plenty of money still left to be deployed.
He meant that quite literally. In 2016 and early 2017, institutional clients interested in bitcoin were millionaires. Today, billionaires are asking Michael about buying bitcoin.
Brian Kelly, the founder and managing member of Brian Kelly Capital Management (BKCM), shared a similar sentiment at the conference:
Six months ago, we started getting interest from family offices. Now we’re getting interest from venture capitalists and smaller institutions. And I think in three to five years, we’ll be getting interest from pension funds. We are still in the first innings. I would use any price pullback to buy; there is a wall of money coming. Just 1% of institutional money and we would see an explosion of prices.
This supports what I explained in the March 27 Daily. There’s $3 trillion in assets under management in the hedge fund industry alone. If a small percentage of those funds goes toward bitcoin, it could boost prices to over $4,000.
But institutional money isn’t the only tailwind behind bitcoin. Changing regulations are making the currency a legal method of payment in many parts of the world.
Japan is a good example of what’s to come.
On April 1, the country recognized bitcoin as a legal method of payment. (We brought this story to Daily readers back in April.) Now we’re starting to see the news bear fruit.
Major companies are entering the cryptocurrency exchange market in Japan. These are not tiny startup companies. We’re talking about companies with $1 billion-plus market caps.
One example is SBI Holdings. The $3 billion financial conglomerate is setting up SBI Virtual Currencies. It’s an exchange between the Japanese yen and cryptocurrencies. SBI manages $1.7 billion in assets.
Other examples include brokerage account provider Kabu.com Securities and foreign exchange margin-trading business Money Partners Group. Kabu.com Securities earned nearly $24 billion in revenue last year. And Money Partners Group has over 270,000 client accounts.
Here’s why this is important… These are the companies setting up the infrastructure to handle the wall of money flowing toward bitcoin.
And the money is coming.
Consider one more comment I heard from Brian Kelly: “Japan’s regulation is big news. Japan does $10 trillion in foreign exchange trading quarterly. That liquidity is coming to cryptocurrencies.”
What we see in Japan will spread across the world.
Are you ready?
If you’re still not convinced, just ask yourself this one question. If you answer no, then you should go out and buy some bitcoin.
Okay, here’s the question: Is it too late to start using the internet?
I don’t think many people will answer yes. After all, the internet is a useful technology. Overall, life is easier with it. Former skeptics are now converts.
And what the internet did for information is what bitcoin will do for money. Money is just the first application. There are many more.
If you have a few bucks in your savings account, put some toward bitcoin.
Take the first step into the future.
Analyst, The Palm Beach Letter
P.S. As cryptocurrencies like bitcoin become more accepted, their value will continue to climb. Already, subscribers to our Palm Beach Letter have made 514%, 2,391%, and 4,076% on three of our crypto investments.
These people aren’t tech experts; they were just willing to invest in a technology that is rapidly transforming the future. If you’re interested in joining them, you can learn more here.