Quantitative Bitcoin Analyst PlanB Explains Why His Identity Remains a Secret

Michael LaVere
  • Quantitative crypto analyst PlanB keeps his identity a secret to avoid interfering with his employment at an institutional investor.
  • PlanB gained prominence for being the first analyst to apply the stock-to-flow (S2F) model to bitcoin. 

The anonymous crypto analyst PlanB has revealed why he keeps his identity a mystery. 

PlanB, who gained prominence on Twitter and Medium for being the first analyst to apply the stock-to-flow (S2F) model to bitcoin, said he keeps his true identity a secret in order to avoid interfering with his day job. 

Speaking in an interview with In Gold We Trust, the quantitative analyst said, 

I am both an analyst and investor at an investment office of a large institutional investor in the Netherlands. As a team we invest USD 50+ billion AUM. My main focus is on mortgages, loans, and structured finance. I do not want my employer to have any negative consequences from my Bitcoin ‘hobby’. Also, I consider it good operational security to remain anonymous.

PlanB continued, explaining he has no interest in becoming a public figure and does not intend to reveal his identity any time soon. 

He also refuted several criticisms against the application of stock-to-flow to bitcoin, which evaluates the injection of new BTC into the market relative to the total circulating supply. 

He said, 

People that use the demand argument probably don’t have a statistics or investing background. The argument is theoretically right (price is a function of supply and demand) but there are a lot of famous pricing models that do not use demand – or supply – as input and still give good predictions.

PlanB said strict adherence to the overall demand for bitcoin, which does not apply in S2F, is an argument based on “ignorance.”

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