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People Are Using Stimulus Checks To Buy Bitcoin

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has published on social media a chart showing a large spike in buys and/or deposits that are of exactly $1,200 on the cryptocurrency exchanges. People Are Using Stimulus Checks To Buy Bitcoin

 

People Are Using Stimulus Checks To Buy Bitcoin

The chart implies that U.S. citizens are using their stimulus checks, distributed as part of a $2 trillion CARES Act, to buy cryptocurrency. The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has started distributing $290 billion in direct cash payments within the past week as part of the stimulus bill.

The IRS determines eligibility and check amounts by looking at a household’s adjusted gross income using its 2019 tax return. If it hasn’t yet been filed, it uses the 2018 tax return to determine the size of a household’s stimulus check.

Single filers who have an adjusted gross income below $75,000 receive a $1,200 payment, while married couples with an income below $150,000 will receive a $2,400 check. The U.S. government is also paying $500 per qualifying child under age 17.

The data is backed by accounts on social media, where users claim they’ll be using their stimulus checks to buy the flagship cryptocurrency. On Twitter, responding to a poll, users showed interest in using the stimulus check in the crypto space.

It’s worth noting that Armstrong’s data points to direct buys and deposits of exactly $1,200, meaning those who used their entire stimulus check to buy bitcoin. As such, it doesn’t reflect the amount of cryptocurrency that may have been bought with a portion of the $1,200.

Moreover, BTC could have been bought with the check elsewhere as well. Square’s Cash App, for example, allows users to route their stimulus check to BTC almost directly, as the funds can be received via the Cash app.

The stimulus checks were sent as a measure to support the economy amid the coronavirus-induced slowdown.

Updated: 4-20-2020

First Mover: Bitcoin Attracting More Buyers, Even With Market Stuck In ‘Extreme Fear’

People Are Using Stimulus Checks To Buy Bitcoin

Bitcoiners are abuzz over new data showing more people might be tiptoeing into the market.

Mass adoption has long been one of the main bullish investment theses for bitcoin. The bet is growing numbers of institutions and individuals will eventually come to understand the cryptocurrency’s virtues, from its potential use as a peer-to-peer payment system to its potential as a hedge against inflation, like a digital version of gold. As the newbies pile in, prices will soar, the theory goes.

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Brian Armstrong, CEO of the major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, tweeted last week the frequency of deposits in the amount of $1,200 had jumped – a hint some recipients of coronavirus relief checks from the U.S. government might even be using the funds to buy cryptocurrencies.

The following chart from CoinDesk Research (using data from Coin Metrics) also shows a surge in addresses holding less than a billionth of the total supply of bitcoin, or those holding roughly $130 or less at current price levels.

Any increase in bitcoin’s popularity among retail investors might dovetail with signals that institutional investors are getting into the market, too. Renaissance Technologies, one of the world’s biggest hedge funds with $166 billion under management, said in a regulatory filing that its market-beating Medallion fund can now trade bitcoin futures on CME Group’s Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

And last week, cryptocurrency-focused investment firm Grayscale said it raised $503.7 million in the first quarter, nearly double the previous quarterly high. The firm, which is controlled by Digital Currency Group, CoinDesk’s parent company, said in a public report that “despite the risk asset drawdown this quarter,” investors are “increasing their digital-asset exposure.”

Mike Alfred, CEO of cryptocurrency analytics firm Digital Assets Data, told CoinDesk’s Omkar Godbole last week that the unprecedented money injections by the Federal Reserve and other central banks have “pushed many people toward bitcoin as an alternative monetary system.”

“We are hearing and seeing increased retail interest,” he said.

Zac Prince, founder and CEO of the cryptocurrency lender BlockFi, noted in a tweet last week the industry is “still early in our adoption cycle within just our first addressable market of crypto investors, estimated to be low single digit millions just in the U.S.”

In an April 16 report, Arcane Research, a Norwegian cryptocurrency analysis firm, wrote that the number of addresses holding more than 0.01 bitcoin (about $72 at current prices) has climbed by about 5 percent just since March 1, to a new record of 8.3 million.

Arcane, which cited the data provider Glassnode, wrote that the trend might be due to big bitcoin investors – known as “whales” in crypto-speak – using so-called mixing services to move their digital assets, essentially splitting their holdings into multiple, smaller accounts.

But it might also be a “sign of increased user adoption of bitcoin,” the researchers wrote.

Ki Young Ju, CEO of the Korean cryptocurrency-analytics firm CryptoQuant, noted in a Telegram message the number of unspent transaction outputs recorded on the bitcoin blockchain, known as UTXOs, has also increased.

That could represent a “small-scale wallets including personal wallets (mass adoption) and mixing activities,” he wrote.

What’s interesting is that Alternative.me’s closely tracked “Fear & Greed Index” has been pointing to “extreme fear” since March 9, a five-week period that’s now the longest since the gauge launched in February 2018, according to Arcane.

So if that’s the backdrop for greater mass adoption of cryptocurrencies, bitcoiners are eager to see how cryptocurrency markets react when the gauge turns toward greed – or even extreme greed.

Updated: 4-22-2020

No Stimulus Check? You’ll Buy Bitcoin As A ‘Hard Asset’ — VanEck Exec

U.S. citizens who lost out by getting no helicopter money will look to Bitcoin as an empowering alternative, argues Gabor Gurbacs.

Bitcoin (BTC) will be most attractive to United States citizens whom the government refused to bail with $1,200, one market commentator says.

As it emerged that stimulus checks may be going towards purchasing BTC, Gabor Gurbacs, digital asset director at VanEck, argued that those left out will still look for an exit from fiat.

Gurbacs: Bitcoin Will Appeal To Bail Out Losers

Rather than as a short-term investment, people without stimulus checks will value Bitcoin more for its store-of-value properties and permissionless nature.

“Those that didn’t get stimulus checks or corporate bailouts are the most likely to buy #Bitcoin for what it is: A scarce, non-sovereign-issued, trust-minimized, hard asset,” he summarized in a tweet on April 21.

“The most influential group of new adopters since the early days of Bitcoin is just entering the arena.”

His words come just days after data suggested that U.S. helicopter money was already finding its way into cryptocurrency.

According to exchange Coinbase, deposits for the full $1,200 value of the stimulus checks had increased four times over.

Calls Grow For More Helicopter Dollars

The United States will meanwhile send fresh dollars worth over 69 million BTC to small businesses as its latest stimulus package injects even more money.

On April 21, Congress passed the latest $484 billion instalment of the stimulus program, which lawmakers indicate will have many phases and continue on for months on end. Other voices have called for helicopter money to continue and increase in value to regular payments of $2,000.

The general consensus among Bitcoiners and consumers alike nonetheless points to the idea that $1,200 is poor compensation for the loss of jobs, wealth and other restrictions imposed as a result of the government’s response to coronavirus.

“The Bitcoin Standard” author, Saifedean Ammous, is among the most vocal critics of lockdowns, in particular, arguing that they are ineffective at helping coronavirus abate while actually shortening lifespans in the long term.

Updated: 5-8-2020

$1200 Stimulus Is Now Worth
@BitcoinStimulus

Tracking what the US government’s $1200 stimulus check would now be worth if used to buy #bitcoin on April 15, 2020. Created by

@aureusunlimited



Updated: 7-26-2020

Second Stimulus Check Coming, But Will Americans Use It On Crypto?

Americans who invested the entirety of their first $1,200 stimulus checks in Bitcoin have seen more than a 40% return as BTC passes $10,200.

U.S. residents who invested their first stimulus checks in Bitcoin have seen a 45.5% return, from $1,200 in April to roughly $1,746 at the time of writing, when the cryptocurrency is surging past $10,200.

In a July 26 interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow confirmed Americans will be receiving another $1,200 check as part of a roughly $1 trillion stimulus package first announced on July 23.

However, according to Newsweek, many Americans have reported not receiving the first checks, which the U.S. Treasury started issuing in late March. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said the second payments will arrive in August, but that could potentially mean November for some if the process is the same.

Bitcoin Or Rent?

The stimulus checks are intended to ease the economic hardship suffered by many U.S. residents who lost their jobs or are seeing much lower income amid the coronavirus pandemic.

However, Cointelegraph reported in April that many Americans may have chosen to invest their first payment not in delaying eviction or supplementing their income — when necessary — but cryptocurrency. Brian Armstrong of Coinbase showed that the number of deposits and buys on the exchange worth $1,200 increased fourfold that month.

Based on online responses to the news that another check would be forthcoming, coupled with the recent surge of Bitcoin (BTC) to more than $10,200, some crypto traders may be thinking another $1,200 investment isn’t the worst idea.

“Straight to the BTC, straight to the cold storage wallet,” said Reddit user Limited-Visibility.

“What I do get will go straight to Bitcoin, just like last time,” said rapierce0238.

Stimulus News May Be Driving Bitcoin Price

The announcement that $1,200 checks for every U.S. resident would once again be a part of the stimulus package came just hours before Bitcoin experienced another surge, rising 3.1% from $9,941 to $10,249 in the last four hours. When U.S. officials first announced the $1 trillion stimulus package on July 23, the price of BTC rose past $9,500, breaking a particularly long stretch of low volatility between $9,000-$9,500.

Updated: 7-27-2020

Gold, Stimulus And A Futures Gap: 5 Things To Eye In Bitcoin This Week

Gold builds on all-time highs as markets wait for news from the U.S. Federal Reserve and Bitcoin price volatility returns — where will it go?

Bitcoin (BTC) begins a new week above $10,000 and teasing investors with more gains — will it last or is a correction already guaranteed?

Cointelegraph takes a look at the coming week and what it might have in store for the Bitcoin price — five factors that could take BTC/USD to the moon or back down to four figures.

Gold Vs. Bitcoin: “Strong Gains Are Inevitable”

While stocks futures were inching higher on Monday, the focus for macro was more on geopolitical tensions. The United States and China continued to ratchet up the hostile mood, while coronavirus woes likewise stayed in the headlines.

Both issues have had a conspicuous impact on demand for safe havens, and notably gold. As Cointelegraph reported, last week witnessed major appreciation in both gold and silver, while the weekend saw bullion hit record intraday highs.

In line with previous sentiment gauges, plenty of faith lies in Bitcoin following the precious metal’s lead.

Speaking to Bloomberg, one analyst predicted that gold’s run was far from over.

“Strong gains are inevitable as we enter a period much like the post-GFC environment, where gold prices soared to record levels as a result of copious amounts of Fed money being pumped into the financial system,” Gavin Wendt, senior resource analyst at Australia’s MineLife Pty said.

At the same time, Citigroup placed the odds of XAU/USD topping $2,000 by the end of 2020 at 30%.

“The U.S. dollar just hit an all-time record low. You now need over $1,920 to buy a single ounce of #gold,” gold bug Peter Schiff summarized.

“But this record won’t last long as the dollar’s decline is only just getting started. It’s about to plunge to new depths taking the American standard of living down with it.”

Exchanges Inflows Spike Hard

Against a backdrop of a flight to havens, Bitcoin’s rise to $10,300 is hardly surprising. Weeks of price compression were long anticipated to resolve in a break up or down — analysts were just split over which direction the market would go.

The speed of the weekend’s breakout nonetheless was troubling for some. Specifically, trader behavior suggests that the mood is increasingly turning to short-term profit-taking.

“BTC price went up too fast. Seems like other whales think so too,” Ki Young Ju, founder of on-chain analytics resource CryptoQuant, summarized.

Ki uploaded a chart showing exchange inflows for the past three days, which revealed a noticeable spike in the number of coins moving to exchange wallets.

At the start of the surge, a lack of selling from long-term hodlers gave the impression that this time, $10,000 would not disappear in a sell-off as with the two previous spikes.

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