Bitcoin Speculators Are Vulnerable to Shocks Like Mnuchin's Crypto Wallet Plan: Morgan Creek Capital CEO

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Fri, 11/27/2020 - 14:07
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Yuri Molchan
Mark Yusko from Morgan Creek Capital explains why, despite long-term value, Bitcoin remains vulnerable to any massive rapid change and shocks from regulators
Bitcoin Speculators Are Vulnerable to Shocks Like Mnuchin's Crypto Wallet Plan: Morgan Creek Capital CEO
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CEO and founder of Morgan Creek Capital fund and Bitcoin advocate Mark Yusko has taken to Twitter to thank CNBC's anchor Brian Sullivan for a recent interview.

Yusko also posted a Twitter thread regarding rumors about the U.S. Treasury's plans for cryptocurrency wallets and explained in detail how unexpected shocks like that can impact Bitcoin.

Traditional financial institutions use governments against Bitcoin

In his Twitter thread, Yusko referred to the Money Over the Internet Protocol (MOIP)a name similar to the Voice Over the Internet Protocol (VOIP)based on blockchain and crypto, placing it among the most important innovations of the twenty-first century.

One of its inventors is Alex Mashinsky, founder and CEO of the Celsius Network, who was also one of those who invented VOIP back in the early 1990s. Bitcoin is sometimes called an early version of MOIP.

Traditional financial institutions, Yusko wrote, are afraid of this technology emerging, since it will eliminate any need for trusted third parties and other intermediaries when conducting transactions.

Financial institutions, willing to keep their business models operational and relevant, try to raise barriers in the way of the adoption and implementation of innovations.

They go to governments and gain their support, using their influence and regulations to slow down the inevitable adoption of new financial technologies. This has been the strategy for centuries, Yusko tweeted.

When threatened, incumbents always turn to influence of governments to try and slow adoption of new technology through onerous regulation.

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U.S. Treasury plan on crypto wallets

During the aforementioned interview, Yusko and the CNBC anchor also talked about rumors of the U.S. Treasury implementing obligatory KYC measures on self-custodial crypto wallets.

These rumors were shared by the Coinbase CEO, Brian Armstrong, on Thursday. Armstrong called it a bad idea, sharing details.

Now, Yusko stated that its impact on Bitcoin, a more than 10 percent rollback of the price, could be compared to the Chinese crypto ban of 2017. Back then, the Chinese government prohibited first ICOs, then the majority of crypto exchanges and then Bitcoin as an asset and an investment tool (but not private property).

Yusko assured that shocks like that can only impact the price but not the long-term value of Bitcoin as an asset and as technology.

On his Twitter page, major crypto influencer and Bitcoin advocate Anthony Pompliano has called all KYC ("know your customer") measures ineffective, saying that they prevent less than 0.1 percent of financial crimes.

The KYC and AML policies that everyone on Wall Street loves to promote are actually ineffective, overly expensive, and merely security theater.

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Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at yuri.molchan@u.today.