The following is our monthly newsletter for July 2020. It includes:
- Liftoff: a short riff on an important topic
- A curated list of recent bitcoin content from Swan and around the web
- Behind the scenes updates from the Swan team
Liftoff: Is Bitcoin headed toward all time highs?
On July 27th, Bitcoin broke out of a 2‑year downtrend, sending the price up to $11,400. BTC closed up 11% on the day, causing a frenzy of excitement. Let’s examine Bitcoin from a risk vs reward standpoint.
Now may be the best risk-adjusted time to buy Bitcoin in its 11-year history. While there might not be quite as much upside potential as there was when a Bitcoin cost a dollar, the risks today are significantly less.
Bitcoin is no longer an Internet curiosity. It has emerged as a major player on the world stage. Companies such as Square, Visa, IBM, JP Morgan, and Fidelity are investing in Bitcoin projects.
Many of the most important investors on the planet are buying Bitcoin. For example: Paul Tudor Jones said he’s putting almost 2% of his fund’s assets into Bitcoin, saying “every day that goes by that Bitcoin survives, the trust in it will go up.” The Bitcoin network has run with 99.98% uptime for more than 11 years and has never been compromised.
Even elements of the U.S. government are beginning to embrace Bitcoin. Late last year, U.S. Congressman Patrick McHenry said in a hearing on cryptocurrency that “the world that Satoshi Nakamoto, author of the Bitcoin white paper, envisioned is an unstoppable force.” And just this month the US Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) published a letter clarifying that national banks can now legally custody Bitcoin.
The list goes on and on, and the message is clear: Bitcoin is here to stay. In other words, the downside risk of owning Bitcoin has never been lower.
What about the upside?
Although Bitcoin might sound “expensive” at $11,000. The good news is there’s still a ton of upside. The total market cap of Bitcoin is around $200 billion. Respectable, but still tiny compared to major assets like gold. Gold’s market cap is still about 50 times larger. Let’s assume Bitcoin reaches only 10% of Gold’s market cap… we’re looking at $50 thousand per Bitcoin, or nearly 5x from today. There is plenty of room to run.
The world is waking up to Bitcoin.
Every day more people are starting to buy Bitcoin as an investment. The current uncertainty in the macroeconomic climate doesn’t hurt either. Since there will only ever be 21 million Bitcoins, an increase in demand means the price can only go up. Do you think more or less people will buy Bitcoin in the future? All indicators point to very exciting years ahead
Noted Investment Strategist Lyn Alden Recommends Swan
Beginner Friendly Resources
Bitcoin: A Guide for the Perplexed with Vijay Boyapati by The Tom Woods Show
Crash course into Bitcoin, why it matters to the world (and you), where it’s headed, and why it’s superior to Gold.
Why does Bitcoin use Hash Functions? Twitter Thread by Dany Diekroeger
A fun thread to enrich your understanding of Bitcoin. “hash functions” are like fingerprints for data. No tech background required.
Bitcoin Tidbit: What is “Stacking Sats?”
1. Verb: the act of regularly accumulating Bitcoin. This term has been organically adopted by the Bitcoin community because it’s a catchy phrase and acquiring small amounts of Bitcoin every week is the most rational approach to accumulating it. Sats is short for Satoshis, the smallest unit of Bitcoin. Matt Odell gets credit for popularizing the phrase, but the origin is unknown.
Example of stacking sats in a sentence:
Friend: hey do you trade BTC?
Me: No way, most traders lose all their money. I’m stacking sats with Swan.
Bitcoin Content Showcase
Bitcoin Investment Thesis by Fidelity Digital Assets
Fidelity makes the case that Bitcoin is an aspirational store of value. The report explores the inherent characteristics that position Bitcoin to fulfill this role in the future and discusses factors that may drive greater demand for such utility.
3 Reasons I’m Investing in Bitcoin by Lyn Alden
Lyn Alden published an in-depth analysis highlighting three reasons why she started buying Bitcoin in 2020. Lyn is another example of the macro investors getting into Bitcoin this year.
Masters and Slaves of Money by Robert Breedlove
Breedlove explores money as a tool for trading human time and the implications throughout history. He argues that central banking is a weapon to steal time and inflict wealth inequality. Bitcoin, as incorruptible money, is the defense.
Debunking Common Bitcoin Myths by Yassine Elmandjra
Yassine gives thoughtful rebuttals to common Bitcoin myths such as: Bitcoin is too volatile, Bitcoin is a bubble, Bitcoin is for criminals, Bitcoin wastes energy, and more.
Bitcoin’s Town Square by Zane Pocock
For most Bitcoiners, the mempool is simply a list of pending transactions. Zane argues they’re the centerpiece to the Bitcoin economy and totally underrated
Highlights from Swan’s Content
Swan is dedicated to producing great content to educate and raise awareness about Bitcoin. Our blog, Swan Signal, features thoughts and opinions on Bitcoin from the Swan team and friends.
Swan Signal Live 17: Jimmy Song and Aleks Svetski
Join us for a discussion on the merits of being “Bitcoin-only,” morality in Bitcoin, Bitcoin’s immune system, and the macroeconomic impact of Bitcoin.
Swan Signal Live 18: Stephan Livera and Marty Bent
We discuss everything from dominant Bitcoin narratives and the state of mining, to Austrian economics literature and the future of Bitcoin.
Swan Signal Live 19: Ben Prentice and Mark Moss
Tune in to learn about deflation, the role of money in an economy, pushback from governments, and Bitcoin’s game theory.
Swan Signal Live 20: Samson Mow and Parker Lewis
Exploring geopolitical tensions, Bitcoin mining, the integrity of Bitcoin businesses, and their expectations for the next bull run.
Swan Signal Live 21: Lyn Alden and Jeff Booth
Watch a great discussion about monetary manipulation, deflation/inflation, Bitcoin as an investment, the questions of a peaceful path to Bitcoin and price speculation.
How to Delete Coinbase in 3 easy Steps
Learn why people are deleting their Coinbase accounts, step-by-step how to delete your account, and why the alternatives are superior.
Behind the Scenes at Swan
We launched the Bitcoin Arsenal! The arsenal is a repository of resources, memes, and art used to teach and advocate for Bitcoin. Check it out here and follow the Bitcoin Arsenal account on Twitter. This is just the beginning; we plan to continue to help the community to build out this resource.
- A huge number of Swan members have increased their weekly purchase amounts over the past week. As always, you can update your plan from your dashboard.
- We expect to launch one-time purchases in August. Stay tuned for that announcement soon!
- Our weekly Swan Signal Live video and podcast format is receiving rave reviews. We carefully pair two guests, leading to unique insights not found anywhere else. SSL airs on Twitter and YouTube or you can listen and subscribe to the audio podcast at swansignalpodcast.com
- Our referral program, “Swan Force,” is growing. If you want to earn BTC for referring other users to Swan, join here. Earn 25% of your referrals’ fees for 3 years when they become a Swan member (annual plan of $50/wk or more).
We are deeply thankful for all of you, our early adopters. Thank you for helping us take flight. We are proud to fly alongside you on this Bitcoin adventure.
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The Swan Team
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