What are Haters and Believers Saying about Bitcoin?
It’s a big week for crypto — with the first Bitcoin ETF officially trading. But when it comes to Bitcoin, it’s hard not to have an opinion — and there is no shortage of haters.
What haters are saying:
- Unlike dollars, which is backed by the US government, Bitcoin isn’t backed by anything and has no intrinsic value.
- There’s too much leverage in the crypto system — i.e. people borrowing to make bigger bets.
- Signs of fraud-like behavior similar to a Ponzi scheme.
The fear among many is that a crypto collapse could spread to other parts of the economy — taking down the financial system with it in a 2008 fashion. But many of these haters haven’t made direct bets against Bitcoin.
What believers are saying:
- Bitcoin is replacing gold — a market where 95% of the metal is used as a store of value.
- Acceptance among large institutions and funds is increasing.
- Bitcoin acts as protection against inflation — which has yet to be proven.
The gold market is valued at over $11T with Bitcoin at $1.2T. If Bitcoin’s market cap caught up with gold’s, this would mean a 10x increase in Bitcoin’s price.
Where do they see Bitcoin going? The forecasts from these two groups couldn’t be more different:
- Haters see Bitcoin’s price going to zero.
- Believers forecast prices as high as $500K.
Last year, long-time believer and investor, Anthony Pomp, urged investors to take a 1-10% portfolio allocation into Bitcoin — but cautioned there will be 15-30% corrections along the way.