Reasons to Be Bullish About Bitcoin & Other Cryptocurrencies, According to Prominent Economics Professor

Panos Mourdoukoutas, an economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania, has argued that there are “a couple of signs” that the current cryptocurrency market rally could be “sustainable.”

Mourdoukoutas, who earned his Phd from the Stony Brook University, noted in a Forbes post (published on February 21st) that digital asset prices may continue to increase because the latest market rally “extended to the entire cryptocurrency chain.” Mourdoukoutas pointed out that the value of “only seven cryptocurrencies out of the top 100” depreciated in the past week.

Commenting on the recent surge in cryptoasset prices, Michael Noel, the CEO of Blockchain Consultants, remarked: 

Interestingly, it appears that the momentum behind the recent Bitcoin rise comes more from fiat and stablecoins than from other cryptocurrencies. This move from fiat currencies shows at least some consensus that BTC value, is better long term than in traditional currencies.

Bitcoin Usage Has Been "Really High Recently"

Noel added that the latest digital asset rally may also be partially attributed to increased enterprise interest in the crypto market. Established financial service providers and organizations including Western Union, the leading money transfer company, has been working closely with crypto firms such as American fintech Ripple Labs - in order to expedite cross-border payments.

Nasdaq, the world’s second largest stock exchange, recently introduced a new bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) tracking index. Meanwhile, Mastercard has been working with crypto payments solutions provider, Stellar - in order to make it easier to send money globally.

Bitcoin acceptance rates also appear to be increasing as Mati Greenspan, the senior market analyst at eToro, a leading social trading platform, revealed recently that BTC usage has been “really high recently.” Additionally, Greenspan mentioned that Google searches about bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have picked up again.

JPMorgan Coin May Have Helped Legitimize Crypto Industry

Jeff Ramson, the founder and CEO of PCG Advisory, Inc., a company “dedicated to adding value in the small-cap, micro-cap and blockchain/cryptocurrency marketplace”, remarked:

Each day we are hearing of more well-known fiduciaries, banks, funds, etc. investing into crypto/blockchain infrastructure, and I believe Bitcoin is the proxy for most who want to have exposure to the crypto asset class, while these markets develop.

Ramson continued: “While not significant to the price of Bitcoin, in reality, [the introduction of JPMorgan’s own cryptocurrency or coin] has also given additional credibility to the space, which is helping with the price of Bitcoin; and I believe, this acceptance will help sustain the crypto asset class for the long run.”

Burn Satoshi's Bitcoin, Suggests Paxful CEO in Thought Experiment

John Moore
  • Paxful CEO Ray Youssef proposes 'burning' the stash of Bitcoin alleged to belong to Satoshi Nakamoto
  • Bitcoin creator said to hold up to 980,000BTC in dormant wallets, theoretically worth US$10 billion
  • Without complete consensus on the move,  burning the coins would cause another Bitcoin fork

One member of the global cryptocurrency community has come up with what can best be described as a scorched earth policy for settling the debate over who is Satoshi Nakamoto once and for all. 

With the spotlights of Bitcoin watchers firmly on the latest questionable claim to be the creator of cryptocurrency as we know it, Ray Youssef - CEO and co-founder of crypto marketplace and wallet service, Paxful - in a now-deleted Tweet - took to Twitter to propose a Bitcoin soft fork that would 'burn' the BTC its  pseudonymous developer is thought to hold in wallets that have never been active.

His suggestion was ignored by a group of crypto-luminaries who he tagged for support, and apparently rounded on by commenters. 

Blockchain analysis undertaken in 2013 by Security Researcher and Bitcoin Blogger, Sergio Demain Lerner , alleged that Nakamoto may have amassed something like 980,000 bitcoin as a lone miner in the early days of its existence. When the BitMEX exchange team revisited Lerner's work a year ago, they reduced this estimate to 700,000 - but didn't rule out the possibility that the figure could be much higher.

Thus, the cryptocurrency the creator fo bitcoin likely accumulated between Jan and August 2009 (or late-Jan 2010, depending on whose opinion you listen to) could, theoretically, be worth something in the region of $10 billion at the current market rate.

A more realistic assessment of their value, however, centers on the idea  that - as they are sitting in the most closely watched wallets on the crypto scene - any attempt to move or sell them would cause massive upheaval in the global cryptocurrency markets, crash the BTC price and gut their value before a significant amount could even make it to a hot wallet somewhere. 

This scenario has been a sword of Damocles threatening Bitcoin since the Satoshi's Stash theories first appeared amid early interest in the concept, explaining the appeal of simply removing control of the coins from their owner - especially to someone with a vested interest in Bitcoin's value. However, Youssef's suggestion that such a measure would 'smoke out' Nakamoto's real life persona, was obviously considered to be ethically outrageous by some and a logistical nightmare by almost everyone. 

It's not that it isn't technically possible. It is. However, unless it had the consensus of the entire Bitcoin network (saying it wouldn't is a pretty safe bet), the fork would create two blockchains and a 'Schroedinger's Nakamoto' - where Satoshi was very rich on one, but not on the other. 

Let it not be forgotten that a similar schism led to a fork in the Ethereum blockchain following The DAO hack a few years back, a split that we have to thank for the existence of Ethereum Classic, which stuck with the pre-DAO blockchain. Let it also not be forgotten that recent Bitcoin forks have not worked out so well for most of the parties involved. Let it also not be forgotten that Nakamoto is considered with almost deity like reverence by some crypto-evangelists. All in all, it seems Youssef is now regretting making the suggestion

So, while Youssef's suggestion could well have been a way to get the real Satoshi Nakamoto to please stand up, it would likely have done much more damage than good.