O Bitcoin atingiu outro recorde neste sábado, depois de atingir mais de US $ 1 trilhão em valor de mercado pela primeira vez, deixando alguns de seus maiores patrocinadores em estado de admiração.
Em um tweet, Elon Musk disse que os preços do Bitcoin "parecem altos". O segundo homem mais rico do mundo estava respondendo a Peter Schiff - um criptocético e adepto do ouro - que disse que o metal precioso é melhor do que Bitcoin e dinheiro fixo.
“O dinheiro são apenas dados que nos permitem evitar a inconveniência da troca”, tuitou Musk. “Esses dados, como todos os dados, estão sujeitos a latência e erro.” Em um post a seguir, ele acrescentou, "dito isso, BTC e ETH parecem altos rsrsr."
Musk earlier called Bitcoin a “less dumb” version of cash. The largest cryptocurrency rose as much as 3.4% to a record high of $57,527 on Saturday before paring gains to $57,040 at 1:26 p.m. in New York. It’s surged 56% since the end of January and more than quadrupled last year. For several years after its debut more than a decade ago, Bitcoin traded for just a few cents.
Crypto believers are dueling with skeptics for the dominant narrative around the climb: the former see an asset being embraced for its ability to hedge risks such as inflation, while the latter sense a precarious mania riding atop waves of monetary and fiscal stimulus.
Musk gave impetus to Bitcoin joining the mainstream when Tesla Inc. said it invested $1.5 billion and was prepared to begin accepting the cryptocurrency as a form of payment for its cars. According to Dan Ives at Wedbush Securities, Tesla has made a profit of about $1 billion over the past month from that bet.
“To put this in perspective, Tesla is on a trajectory to make more from its Bitcoin investments than profits from selling its EV cars in all of 2020,” Ives wrote in a note Saturday.