Billionaire Tim Draper: 'Bitcoin Will Be About a 5% Market Share of the Earth'

Francisco Memoria

Billionaire venture capitalist Tim Draper, who’s a well-known bitcoin bull, has recently claimed he believes bitcoin will “be a 5% market share of the earth,” predicting the flagship cryptocurrency will be one of the most valuable assets in existence.

Speaking to FOX Business’ Liz Claman during an interview on “Countdown to the Closing Bell,” from the SALT conference in Las Vegas, Draper noted he believes in four years the flagship cryptocurrency will be far more valuable than it is today as it’s a “better currency, decentralized, open, [and] transparent.”

I am a believer that in four years, something like that, bitcoin will be about a 5 percent market share of the earth

Draper, who has in the past predicted bitcoin will hit $250,000 by 2022, made his bullish prediction after being asked about the 30,000 bitcoins he won from the U.S. Marshals Service auction back in 2014, which had been seized from the now-defunct darknet marketplace The Silk Road.

At the time Draper won the auction, he paid $632 per coin, and the coins were worth a total of $19 million. At press time, one bitcoin is trading close to the $6,300 mark, meaning his 30,000 BTC – if he still has them – are worth nearly $190 million.

In 2014, Draper also predicted BTC would hit $10,000 “in three years.” The flagship cryptocurrency hit the $10,000 mark in November of 2017, and subsequently shot up to a near $20,000 all-time high before dropping to a $3,200 low in December of last year, according to CryptoCompare data.

During his recent interview with FOX Business’ Liz Claman, Draper noted he would eventually like to create a fund using bitcoin and blockchain technology, as it would help him eliminate costs associated with accounting and bookkeeping.

Draper has, last month, also revealed he believes bitcoin is a better store of value than gold, and predicted OpenNode, a multi-layered, Lightning Network-enabled payment processing platform will be widely adopted in the foreseeable future. Earlier, he argued bitcoin will create “much more fluid markets,” and that it’s the “currency of the future.”

Bitfinex Wants to Offer 100x Leverage For Crypto Derivatives Trading

Michael LaVere
  • Bitfinex will offer 100x leverage trading for cryptocurrency derivatives
  • According to the exchange's CTO, the hedging product is "ready for prime time"

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex revealed it wants to offer derivatives products with up to 100x leverage for cryptocurrency traders. 

Hedging On Cryptocurrency Derivatives

Chief Technology Officer Paolo Ardoino told The Block on June 25 that the cryptocurrency exchange was ready to ship a 100x leverage product for certain users. According to the post, the project has been under development for some time and is “now ready for prime time.” 

The product was referenced in last month’s whitepaper published by Bitfinex for its $1 billion private token sale of LEO, stating

“Qualified Bitfinex account holders will be able to trade a new hedging product through a derivatives wallet.”

The whitepaper originally claimed that the new hedging mechanism would be released by the end of June, a timetable that fits with Ardoino’s “ready for prime time” statement. 

Ardoino confirmed that only “verified” customers will be allowed access to the product, given the risks involved in such highly leveraged trades. 

The CTO also took to Twitter to quell user concerns over Bitfinex’s existing 3.3x margin trading. Ardoino explained 100x leverage will be “optional,” and that their current leveraged trading products will be unaffected by the release. 

Big Risk, Big Reward

Bitfinex is looking to compete with rival exchange BitMEX, who already offers 100x leverage through its bitcoin perpetual swap contract. However, Bitfinex claims its product is designed as a legitimate hedging tool for clients, rather than a gambling mechanism. 

Max Boonen, CEO of trading firm B2C2, believes the product will only appeal to retail hedgers, as large investors will shy away from the risks involved in 100x trading. 

According to Boonen, 

“There’s nothing wrong inherently about 100x. But as a commercial hedger you want lower leverage margin. The larger investor wouldn’t want to take the risk of 100X, typically. They don’t want to go balls to the wall.”

The cryptocurrency derivatives market has been heating up. Last week bitcoin-bull Mike Novogratz’s Galaxy Digital announced plans to offer cryptocurrency options contracts.

Binance has also reportedly been exploring futures trading. On June 24, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao tweeted the exchange had executed its first margin liquidation for a BTC short.