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Bitcoin is a Giant Ponzi Scheme

It’s time to get brutally honest about trust-based currencies



It’s time to get brutally honest about trust-based currencies

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I had an interesting conversation with an activist short-seller yesterday. He’s taken down more than a dozen corrupt companies, exposing billions of dollars of fraud, literally saving lives, sending criminals to prison, and personally reaping millions in his efforts to make the world a more ethical place. I asked him if there were any similarities between all of the fraudulent companies, and his answer was immediate:

“Oh, that’s easy. At the end of the day, they were all a variant of a Ponzi scheme.”

The Ponzi scheme was the brainchild of an Italian thief with the grandiosely magnificent name of Carlo Pietro Giovanni Guglielmo Tebaldo Ponzi.

Ponzi guaranteed his investors he could double their money within 90 days, telling them he was an expert in IRC coupon arbitrage. In reality, Ponzi simply paid his earlier investors with the investments of later investors.

Such schemes obviously cannot last forever — doubling your profit every quarter forever is mathematically absurd. For a while, Ponzi lived like a king, buying himself a mansion, honeymooning in Italy, opening a winery, even buying a macaroni factory on the side. When one reporter grew suspicious of Ponzi’s rapid rise, the con man sued for libel and won $500,000.

In the end, Ponzi’s scheme ran for just over a year before collapsing, shuttering six banks and costing thousands of investors the equivalent of $250 million in today’s money.

Ponzi went bankrupt in the court cases that followed and was sentenced to more than a decade in prison. Upon release, he set up a Florida swampland scheme that also eventually failed. After serving another seven years in prison he was deported back to Italy, before eventually dying in poverty in Brazil.

Charles Ponzi in 1920

According to my new activist short-seller friend, giant financial frauds typically end in one of three ways:

  1. The company eventually gets shut down and the CEO goes to jail.
  2. The company gets bought out by a bigger company — either a sucker company or a larger fraudulent firm.
  3. The company uses a Black Swan event — like a pandemic or a housing crash — as an excuse to “naturally” go bankrupt, which allows the founder to save face… and then start a new company. After all, who could’ve predicted a recession? Let’s give the guy another chance. (Following 9/11, Bernie Madoff was gleeful that a giant war would give him enough cover to collapse his Ponzi scheme, but when the markets quickly rebounded, he had to keep the charade going.)

Does this sound in any way familiar?

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  • It has no intrinsic value. You can’t eat it, wear it, or heat your house with it. Unlike gold — which at least feels nice and looks shiny on your spouse’s ring finger — you can’t even see Bitcoin.
  • It is not a productive asset. It’s not a factory that produces an item. It’s not a field that produces cucumbers. It’s not a firm that offers a service. It contributes nothing to society.
  • It has zero underlying value. None. It’s not backed by land or commodities or — as with national currencies like USD or GBP — the threat of violence (in the form of wage garnishment, asset seizure, and imprisonment.)
  • It has minimal utility. Because the price fluctuates so wildly (what healthy currency doubles in a month?), it’s virtually ineffective as a safe representation of value or means of trade.
  • Its value is solely derived from the trust that the price will continue to rise indefinitely. That there will always be new investors to buy out the old ones.

The evidence is crystal clear, and don’t trust any online Bitboy who tells you otherwise:

Bitcoin is a Ponzi scheme… for now.

Certainly not like your usual Ponzi scheme.

  1. Bitcoin’s “CEO” Satoshi Nakamoto — whoever he/she/the team might be — might already be dead or imprisoned in Guantanamo. (Heck, Bitcoin might be an invention of the NSA or advanced artificial intelligence for all we know.) Either way, Bitcoin isn’t a company, so it won’t be shut down.
  2. It’s unlikely that anyone will ever “acquire the company” by cornering the market on Bitcoin. (And to do so would make the currency completely worthless because you’d have no one to trade with.)
  3. And since it’s mathematically impossible for Bitcoin to grow forever, that leaves us with option three: A Black Swan event causes its demise as an investment. This is the only likely outcome. Perhaps a wildly superior cryptocurrency makes Bitcoin as irrelevant as the Model T versus a Tesla. Perhaps nations or groups of nations make a concerted effort to destroy Bitcoin, or more likely, Bitcoin owners. Or maybe Bitcoin simply levels out when it reaches max coinage, shedding its identity as an investment and becoming a stable trust-based currency. In doing so, it will drive away all the exuberant speculators who are currently propping up its inflated price. No matter how it happens, at some point, millions of Bitcoin investors are going to lose billions of dollars.

Cryptocurrency is a revolutionary technology. Bitcoin is downright brilliant. And there’s the outside chance that Bitcoin might eventually become THE global currency of the Internet. And I really, really hope it does.

But as nations start to roll out their own digital surveillance currencies — China just launched theirs last month — expect governments to do absolutely everything in their power to wage war on trust-based currencies like Bitcoin.

The major problem here is that most unsophisticated investors currently view Bitcoin as an investment. It’s not — it’s a currency, a vehicle of trade, a means to an end. Currency is the oil that keeps the engine running smoothly, but it’s not the engine itself.

The reality is that the majority of current Bitcoin holders see themselves as investors, not users, and have fallen prey to investment bias, sunk cost fallacy, money illusion, escalation of commitment, and a host of other cognitive biases. Not many of us say we’re “invested” in USD or CAD or GBP, because we understand that’s not a national currency’s primary purpose.

As a currency, Bitcoin is an extremely intriguing innovation.
As an investment, it is the biggest Ponzi scheme ever invented.

Bitcoin can only be considered an investment if you treat it like a Ponzi scheme. Which millions of people are currently very happy to do — because the price keeps going up, buoyed by market hysteria akin to the Dutch Tulip Mania.

It’s a story stock, a legal fiction, a collective fantasy.

But at some point, the Ponzi scheme will need to implode in order for Bitcoin to become what it was meant to become: a truly useful and profoundly accountable global currency.

Fraudulent investment, or a useable means of trust-based trade.

We can’t have it both ways.

There are essentially three forms of currency in the world today:

  1. Violence-based currencies (national government currencies)
  2. Trust-based currencies (private and distributed cryptocurrencies)
  3. Asset-based currencies (the future)

Governments like America and China do not have the moral right — nor the permission of the people — to create the violence-backed currencies of today or the digital surveillance currencies of tomorrow.

Private enterprises like Facebook and JP Morgan have not earned the trust to create corporate currencies like Libra.

Both forms of currency must die.

Money was invented to facilitate trade: I have bread, Michelle has cheese, and Andrew has wine. Humans invented money to represent the contrasting value between bread, wine, and cheese, not to say that money is bread, wine, and cheese.

People treat today’s money as though the physical paper (or digital line of code) is the actual thing of value, and not the underlying asset it supposedly represents. No one gets full on francs, drunk on dollars, and fat on colóns.

(In the case of Bitcoin, it’s even worse: almost no one truly trusts it because it isn’t asset-backed, and it has no way to enforce value the way countries can.)

It’s time to eliminate violence and trust from currency.

The reality is that our global family desperately needs an international, accountable, distributed, non-violent, non-surveilled, non-trust-based, enforceable, verifiable-asset-backed currency to serve as a means of facilitating global trade.

Bitcoin isn’t that currency. Not yet, anyway.

Is Bitcoin’s current price grossly overvalued in relation to its actual present intrinsic worth? 100% absolutely.

Could the price still rise by 5X, 20X, 100X? Absolutely.

Could the price eventually drop to mere pennies on the dollar? Absolutely.

And will Cardano’s ADA eventually crush BTC and ETH? Hopefully. 😉

This isn’t an article about whether or not Bitcoin will continue to grow or crash and burn. That will depend on the public’s irrational exuberance versus the iron will of hundreds of governments who want to continue to oppress and control their citizens with a monopolistic currency stranglehold. It will be one of the most violent battles of our time. I hope Bitcoin wins.

All I’m saying is that it’s time for both sides to be honest:

  • The haters need to admit that Bitcoin is a brilliant trust-based currency.
  • The lovers need to admit that Bitcoin is currently being treated as a Ponzi scheme.
  • Both sides need to take rapid steps toward creating a blockchain-based asset-backed cryptocurrency that actually functions as a currency and not as a speculative investment.

Don’t put your trust in money of any form. Avoid hysteria in all its disguises. Don’t believe the absurd hype on one side, nor the doom-and-gloom on the other. Especially don’t trust people with conflicts of interest. Always ask “who profits?”

Stay safe out there.

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$3.6B Worth Bitcoins Scam, Founders of South African Crypto Exchange Africrypt Are Missing



The total value of $3.6 billion Bitcoins disappeared while the founders of South African cryptocurrency exchange AfriCrypt are missing, Bloomberg reported.


A pair of the brother of 20-year-old Ameer Cajee and 17-year-old Raees Cajee founded South Africa-based digital currency exchange AfirCrypt in 2019 to attract high-net-worth individuals and celebrities.

The company claimed its platform was hacked on April 13 but urged its investors not to report the incident to lawyers and authorities, claiming the report would hinder the recovery of funds.

Hanekom Law Firm has accepted the request from their client of the victim for further investigation. Yet, the law firm was doubtful and sceptical related to the hacking incident, comment this:

“We were immediately suspicious as the announcement implored investors not to take legal action. Africrypt employees lost access to the back-end platforms seven days before the alleged hack.”

The law firm found that later the pair of founders of AfriCrypt immediately moved to the UK after the incident and closed all contact information.

Reportedly, the brothers have transferred 69,000 BTC from AfriCrypt’s account and customer wallet to an account in the First National Bank (FNB) in Johannesburg. According to the current bitcoin price, the transaction price of $32,968, worth an estimated $2.275 billion.

Attorney Hanekom stated that these funds were transferred to various dark web tumblers and mixers, causing challenges with severe fragmentation and untraceable funds.

The authority said the investigation was undergoing and transferred the case to a special division of the South African Police Force. Yet, the South African government faces legal challenges due to its incomprehensive laws targeting cryptocurrencies assets.

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Source: https://Blockchain.News/news/3.6b-bitcoins-disappeared-with-lossing-contact-founders-south-african-crypto-exchange-africrypt

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Here’s Why Despite the Recent Bitcoin Crash, All Hope Isn’t Lost

The recent crash should be seen as a temporary price correction, which is an inevitable aspect of every asset class.



With the recent crash where cryptocurrency lost a quarter of its value since mid-April, many industry stalwarts and key stakeholders were quick to suggest that this might be the end of bitcoin.

In fact, to some, it may seem almost blasphemous for anyone saying otherwise.

However, industry experts believe that bitcoin is far from over despite the somewhat negative outlook and is here to stay.

For example, did you know that one of Bitcoin’s most prominent corporate backers, MicroStrategy expects a $285 million loss after the recent crypto crash but wants to raise $400 million in debt to buy more?

To understand why corporations and other stakeholders still believe in bitcoin’s bright future, it is crucial to closely understand and observe market trends.

The price crash came amid a record-breaking run for bitcoin, rising from below $5,000 in March 2020 to an all-time high of $64,486 per unit on 14th April – jumping more than 450% in just six months.

However, It is important to note that we live in the era of a pandemic; every financial product- from the stock market to the commodities sector has been affected, and the cryptocurrency market is no exception.

Nonetheless, the recent crash should be seen as a temporary price correction, which is an inevitable aspect of every asset class, even during regular times.

Cryptocurrency has a bright future, especially in Asia

A closer look at emerging trends over the past couple of years will establish the value of cryptocurrencies in the new normal.

In the face of the pandemic amidst global economic meltdowns, cryptocurrencies have emerged as remarkably resilient assets. Furthermore, the rapid increase in digitization has created an even more ripe environment for digital currency.

This is particularly true for the APAC region, where more than 60 percent of the world population resides –  a population with a rising middle class and increasing smartphone and internet usage driving digital trends.

According to a recently published study by Messari crypto researcher Mira Christanto, six out of the top ten cryptocurrency unicorns are located in Asia.

The report also indicates that around 98 percent of ethereum-based futures and 94 percent of bitcoin futures volumes stem from the region.

Furthermore, by the end of 2019, six of the world’s top ten largest crypto firms were located in Asia. And as of January this year, of the top 20 token projects with headquarters, 42 percent of the market capitalization is based in Asia.

All of which has contributed to Bitcoin’s meteoric rise in value in the past few years and increasing interest from institutional investors and major banks, including Goldman Sachs, which set up its bitcoin trading desk earlier this month.

Choosing the right platform for best interests and good returns is key

Market trends suggest that the recent crash was merely a glitch and that cryptocurrency is still a safe bet, especially for individual investors looking to grow their assets.

However, it is crucial to choose the right platform to grow assets through interests. When making that decision, it is essential to keep a few key factors in mind:

  • What are the interest rates?
  • Is there consistency, or are the rates too fickle?
  • Will I have the flexibility to play around with my assets?

One such reliable platform is Singapore-based Hodlnaut that provides financial services for individual investors.

They earn interest on their cryptocurrencies by lending to corporate borrowers, who would otherwise struggle to access crypto loans.

An emerging cryptocurrency lending platform, Hodlnaut now offers an increased rate of 10.0% APR (10.5% APY) for stablecoins.

Another point of note is that their cryptocurrency and stablecoin rates have remained consistent irrespective of market conditions.

To give users maximum flexibility, Hodlnaut launched a new Token Swap feature that allows users to seamlessly swap tokens and earn interest from their choice of available assets, including BTC, ETH, DAI, USDC, and USDT.

In a post-pandemic world, digital assets will be the next big, if not the biggest, thing. Learn more about Hodlnaut here and secure your future.

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Overbit Surveys 3000 Crypto Traders

While the crypto sector continues its fluctuations, Overbit has released some interesting data regarding the community after its latest survey. The leading Bitcoin exchange conducted a survey involving 3,000 crypto traders across 87 countries. The survey highlighted details related to crypto exchange selection, trading strategies, and diligence techniques. The survey spanned two weeks and took …



While the crypto sector continues its fluctuations, Overbit has released some interesting data regarding the community after its latest survey. The leading Bitcoin exchange conducted a survey involving 3,000 crypto traders across 87 countries. The survey highlighted details related to crypto exchange selection, trading strategies, and diligence techniques.

The survey spanned two weeks and took place back in March 2021. As per the report, over 34% of traders expected the crypto sector to go higher. Users should note that the cryptocurrency community was already witnessing a record-breaking high at that point. An interesting pattern was pointed out among the traders with 1-2 years of trading experience as they were highly optimistic about the industry.

Overbit Surveys 3000 Crypto Traders

Over 44% of them expected the sector to rise while most traders speculated a relatively less-bullish trend. As expected, Ethereum and Bitcoin remained the two most popular crypto choices among the lot.

The ownership statistics for Bitcoin did not differ much from 2020’s report. However, Ethereum experienced a substantial increase in this regard. Among the 3,000 traders, almost 65% owned Ethereum, which was 50% back in 2020.

Overbit Surveys 3000 Crypto Traders

Most of the correspondents (65%) stated that they left cryptocurrencies in exchange wallets. Surprisingly, only 25% of the respondents used cold wallets to store crypto. Among the traders, 9% accepted losing cryptocurrencies due to a security breach. However, almost 11% stated that they lost digital assets kept within a private wallet. The statistics showcased how exchanges are offering a better security performance than cold wallets.

Cheh Liu (Founder and CEO of Overbit) stated the crypto sector had evolved substantially in the past few years. Traders are showing more trust in crypto exchanges, eliminating the issues faced by new traders. In addition, the crypto sector is garnering global adoption, and as the standard financial means face decreased interest rates and inflation, traders prefer cryptos like Bitcoin over them.

The report supported the statement, revealing that 32% of the new traders only invested in cryptocurrencies in 12 months.

Overbit, the well-known Bitcoin exchange platform, recently revealed the findings of its latest survey. The report conducted back in March 2021 showcased interesting exchange selection, crypto preferences, diligence techniques, trading strategies, and more information.

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