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PayPal CEO on why the company is getting into cryptocurrency

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PayPal is emerging as a big player and big buy on the Bitcoin market. The payment company is offering clients the ability to buy and sell cryptocurrencies, with PayPal’s product launching a couple of weeks ago. The company is essentially buying Bitcoin and then selling it to its customers. PayPal CEO Dan Schulman joins “Squawk Box” to discuss. For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi

Fintech companies are helping fuel demand for bitcoin as they open the floodgates for millions of people to trade it.

By one firm’s analysis, PayPal and Square clients have been buying the majority of the new bitcoin supply entering the market each day. Hedge Fund Pantera Capital estimates that Square clients have accounted for 40% of bitcoin that enters the market in the two years since the product launched.

PayPal may be responsible for even more demand since launching just a few weeks ago. The payment company partnered with crypto firm Paxos for custody and trading. Volume on Paxos’ exchange, itBit, had been consistently in the same range since September. But as PayPal went live recently, volumes on the exchange more than tripled, according to data from CoinGecko.

Pantera estimated that within three weeks, PayPal clients were already buying roughly 70% of the new supply of bitcoin.

“It’s having a significant increase on price,” said Dan Morehead, founder and chief investment officer of Pantera Capital and former CFO at Tiger Management. “You bring on two corporates that are already buying all of the newly issued bitcoins — supply and demand says the price has to go up.”

Between 800 and 900 bitcoin — worth about $15 million at Monday’s price — are added to the market on a daily basis, according to crypto data firm Messari. Only 21 million bitcoin can eventually be mined, which advocates say gives it the same scarcity value as assets like gold. Its limited supply is one reason some investors are approaching it as an inflation hedge and an alternative to the weakening U.S. dollar.

While fintechs may be taking up some of that fixed supply, Brian Kelly, founder and CEO of BKCM, said the larger fintech effect is about new demand. Square and PayPal are making it easier for first-time traders to buy through a mainstream app.

“It’s now easier to buy and transact with, and it’s opening up new demand by taking down a barrier to entry,” Kelly said.

Analysts also point to the confidence high-profile money managers have brought to the asset class in recent months. Hedge fund manager Paul Tudor Jones called it “the best inflation hedge,” while Stanley Druckenmiller and Bill Miller have told CNBC they were long bitcoin.

The cryptocurrency first climbed near the $20,000 mark around Christmas three years ago. It crashed soon after, and had not recovered to the $18,000 level until recent weeks. The cryptocurrency is up 260% since its March low and in the past month alone has climbed up 40%. On Tuesday morning, it topped $19,000.

Still, some are skeptical that bitcoin is a viable “replacement” for gold. Peter Boockvar, chief investment officer for Bleakley Advisory, called the idea that a cryptocurrency was in the process of replacing one of the world’s oldest safe-haven assets “absolute nonsense.”

“Something with a 10+ yr history is not replacing something with a 5,000 year track record,” Boockvar said in a note to clients Monday. “It can certainly complement it, but not replace it and I believe it will be that complement that has traction.”

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6 Comments

  1. Amazing video! BTC is the future of crypto and the questions traders ask themselves now is if this is right time to invest? before jumping into conclusion i think you should take a look at things first. for the past few days the price of BTC has been fluctuating which means the market is currently unstable and you cant tell if it is going bearish or bullish. while others still continue to trade without the fear of making lose, others are being patient. it all depends on the pattern with which you trade and also the source of your signals. i would say trading has been going smoothly for me after accumulating over 6.7BTC in just two weeks, with the trading strategy given to me by Christoph Hoffmann. his methods are top notch and profitable. give it a try guys. Christoph has a Telegram channel ** @Christophsignals **

  2. Dan Schulman knows that crypto and in particular bitcoin are the future. Square, then paypal, more fintech to come. Would love to see the breakout above 20.5k and hold above that level for at least 48 hours. 🚀

  3. Stop support PayPal for not including xrp in their coins…why…why …why? Xrp way way better than bitcoin … the xrp army will not tolerate this! Stop support PayPal now!!!!!

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