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October 08, 2014, 01:34:39 PM
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the great thing about the Blockchain.info investment is that of all the wallets and exchanges out there, blockchain.info adheres most closely to the founding principles of Satoshi and Bitcoin. headed by Roger Ver, you just know that blockchain.info will never do anything to compromise the original Bitcoin vision; that of privacy (tumbling), personal handling of keys, safety, and great development.
They still haven't fixed the address reuse problem in the wallets, going on 3 years now.

Probably from lack of funding. I bet they'll be much more responsive now.

It's very important for the community to have a Web served client based wallet like this available for the masses. They've been around forever and i do trust Roger to uphold most of the original principles surrounding Bitcoin,  however you want to define those.
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October 08, 2014, 02:13:03 PM
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I love Bitcoin, but it seems they might love it even more than I do.  Wow.  

Edit: market cap potential of $75 trillion?  I think the S&P 500 passed $15 trillion last year, which would still put it at probably less than $17 trillion in cap. 

$4,291,060 per coin

and they call me bullish

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I think they are not bullish enough. My long term prediction is that all government currencies will be swallowed by bitcoin as none will be able to compete. The dollar and all others will go the way of the Zimbabwe dollar.


Heh. Yeah, weird when a price-per-bitcoin target in a research report about bitcoin-vs-gold gets people in *this* thread to say "uhhh....that's just too bullish". Myself included.
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October 08, 2014, 03:33:45 PM
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Bigger traders see pattern change for bitcoin also apparently


https://twitter.com/alaidi


In 2008 everything went down together if I recall right and at the time people said it was a sign of price inaccuracy or quite simply panic, forced selling.   There were some bargains at that time from that phenomena. in retrospect

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My quick and dirty valuation of BTC in 2020 is also based on M2.  Not completely incomprehensible that BTC could be 5% of M2 by 2020, or $2300 or so per BTC.

This would imply that you're also predicting a significant change in bitcoin's historical growth rate starting now.  What would make you believe that growth would be vastly slower moving forward?



Well, note that I said valuation, not price.

Predicting BTC price is virtually impossible, IMO.  I'd suspect that the value of BTC will continue to rise.  In my opinion (just one guy), the proper valuation metric might very well be what percentage of global M2 takes place in the form of BTC transactions (and also what percentage of global M2 is held in BTC as a store of value).

The price will continue to cross back and forth over that line at unpredictable intervals, kind of like this (pic is irrelevant, other that the fact that it's a graphic representation of what I'm talking about)



I suspect that, yes, the historical growth rate will change.  Two years ago, BTC was around $15.  Now it's around $350.  Will it continue to grow at a rate of 23x every 2 years?  I don't think we'll see:

2016: 8050
2018: 185,150
2020: 4,258,250 (at which point, BTC would, as pointed out above, equal total global M2)

So I guess that unless one subscribes to the Pantera document, growth in PRICE will slow moving forward.

That said, I'm a believer.  I love the protocol, the team, the adaptability.  Definitely NOT trying to start a fight about it.  If one buys BTC today at $350 and sells it at $2300 in 6 years, that is a fabulous return.  There will also be long periods where BTC is far, far above that value metric.  If the M2 metric says BTC is worth $2300, there is no reason to think that the price couldn't be 5x or 10x (or more) because markets, being forward-looking, might well price in future M2 transaction and store-of-value gains.
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October 08, 2014, 04:17:22 PM
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My quick and dirty valuation of BTC in 2020 is also based on M2.  Not completely incomprehensible that BTC could be 5% of M2 by 2020, or $2300 or so per BTC.

When BTC starts taking bigger chunks out of fiat currencies, gold and bonds, you'll see quite a bit more than $2300 in 2020...

Agreed. I predict bitcoin will continue to swallow and make other government currencies irrelevant. They will go the way of the Zimbabwe dollar.
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October 08, 2014, 04:17:58 PM
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I expect bitcoin to turn around here some time and make new lows.. although I don't want this.. seems to be what the 1h candles are saying.. lets see how it plays out.

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October 08, 2014, 04:27:18 PM
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My quick and dirty valuation of BTC in 2020 is also based on M2.  Not completely incomprehensible that BTC could be 5% of M2 by 2020, or $2300 or so per BTC.

This would imply that you're also predicting a significant change in bitcoin's historical growth rate starting now.  What would make you believe that growth would be vastly slower moving forward?



Well, note that I said valuation, not price.

Predicting BTC price is virtually impossible, IMO.  I'd suspect that the value of BTC will continue to rise.  In my opinion (just one guy), the proper valuation metric might very well be what percentage of global M2 takes place in the form of BTC transactions (and also what percentage of global M2 is held in BTC as a store of value).

The price will continue to cross back and forth over that line at unpredictable intervals, kind of like this (pic is irrelevant, other that the fact that it's a graphic representation of what I'm talking about)



I suspect that, yes, the historical growth rate will change.  Two years ago, BTC was around $15.  Now it's around $350.  Will it continue to grow at a rate of 23x every 2 years?  I don't think we'll see:

2016: 8050
2018: 185,150
2020: 4,258,250 (at which point, BTC would, as pointed out above, equal total global M2)

So I guess that unless one subscribes to the Pantera document, growth in PRICE will slow moving forward.

That said, I'm a believer.  I love the protocol, the team, the adaptability.  Definitely NOT trying to start a fight about it.  If one buys BTC today at $350 and sells it at $2300 in 6 years, that is a fabulous return.  There will also be long periods where BTC is far, far above that value metric.  If the M2 metric says BTC is worth $2300, there is no reason to think that the price couldn't be 5x or 10x (or more) because markets, being forward-looking, might well price in future M2 transaction and store-of-value gains.

As mentioned in another thread :


I don't know how anyone could think this, this seems so counterintuitive to me...

It ignores EVERY technology adoption curve out there.

As sgbett pointed out. It also ignores greed which is the biggest fuel for BTC's price rises.

This would suggest that as adoption grows and more people are acquainted with Bitcoin's value proposition the pool of potential adopter shrinks.

As far as I can understand it this is not how network effects behave. At least not until we have reached a halfway point in adoption where Bitcoin has become so widely spread there are fewer people not using/invested in it than there are Bitcoiners.

It seems so blatently obvious to me that the potential for a massive bubble increases every time Bitcoin becomes exposed to a more important percentage of the population and turns the eyes of bigger and bigger fiat whales.

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October 08, 2014, 04:33:09 PM
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Sorry for the brief/quick reply.  Just wanted to say that:
1) We probably agree on more than we disagree on.
2)  I'm actually happy with the thought of a 8-10x return in 5-6 years...I mean, I'd be happier with more, but my expectation isn't for much more than that.
3)  One thing to consider is that we might be HIGHER in price than the current BTC intrinsic value based on percentage of total M2 usage right now.  That's OK.  Again, in forward-looking markets, we are actually buying future "earnings" or in this case, value.

I hope you are right.
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October 08, 2014, 05:51:16 PM
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ok, i'm going to have to refine my conspiracy theory on the BearWhale.  he is a distraction.  i now think the main benefactor of a manufactured selloff was economic actor Pantera Capital.

let me further say, this type of analysis is purely in fun and based on anecdotes. i am not accusing them of anything and will be happy to be corrected.  if i'm right, i don't necessarily have anything against them for manipulating the market like i'm theorizing.  i just find this one of the more interesting events in Bitcoin history and find it fun to theorize how and why it happened:

developments since the selloff that have occurred after my original theory about it being a non-economic actor:

1.  Dan Moorehead @dan_pantera, the day after the selloff, comes out with a detailed series of tweets focusing attention on the movements of address 159SCycgn8weAy2XGUEhD6V1RTFni7E3iq convincing me that the 30K dumper was indeed a whale who simply capitulated to the selloff pressure:

https://twitter.com/dan_pantera

2.  Pantera Capital, 2 days after the selloff, issues not only one but two uber bullish reports on Bitcoin.  its Bitcoin vs Gold report unapologetically and unabashedly forecasting $4.3M/BTC.  they don't normally publish this frequently:

https://cdn.panteracapital.com/wp-content/uploads/Bitcoin-vs-Gold.pdf

https://cdn.panteracapital.com/wp-content/uploads/Pantera-Bitcoin-Letter-September-2014.pdf

associated data and assumptions:

1.  @PanteraCapital & @RonGlantz popped up as my Twitter followers since spring/summer and i know they follow this thread.  here's the tinfoil stuff and it's truly not meant to feed my ego but since June, i've had the funny feeling that very often when i would put up a bullish post, it was immediately met with a selloff.  it got so bad that @kLee1977 told me "you bring bad luck!" to which i replied:

"@kLee1977 actually, u know wht? i bet those ask wall manipulators key off bulltards like me. long term tho, i'd bet on me Wink"

https://twitter.com/cypherdoc2/status/510080984243765248

2.  the day of the selloff, Oct 5, i sent this tweet to @PanteraCapital @BitstampUSD @damijanmerlak & @nejc_kodric:

"hey @PanteraCapital. u guys r invested in @BitstampUSD. y don't u ask @damijanmerlak & @nejc_kodric whats goin on with the huge wall?"

https://twitter.com/cypherdoc2/status/518969201814683648

never got a response from any of them.  i would have expected at least a denial.

3.  i think since June, Pantera used it's known considerable BTC resources obtained in the early days of Bitcoin, to sell/short down the market with a bot and occasional 1000 BTC chunks, keying off known bulls like myself to knock the market down with the goal of causing a whale or whales to finally capitulate, at which time they'd buy back the sold coins or cover shorted coins back at a cheaper price, at what turned out to be in this case @$300.  i doubt they had a specific price point; they were simply hunting for a large selloff source from a weak whale.

4.  a large economic actor like Pantera could afford to hire forum and Reddit trolls to help talk down the price.  no matter what anyone says, this type of trolling is effective in destroying confidence.  it is also well known that when there are big price moves either way ppl come to these meeting places to find out what's going on.  the fact that Severro, antibitcoinconsortium, falllling, etc. have all abruptly disappeared since Sunday indicate to me they were on hire by someone with substantial resources to manipulate the market.

5.  Pantera Capital is the major investor in Bitstamp and clearly has a close relationship with its founders.  only they would have the resources and confidence to leave large amounts of BTC and fiat on an unregulated exchange awaiting opportunities, manufactured or otherwise, considering what happened to mtgox clients.  

now it's time for them to talk the price up with bullish reports.

i welcome any thoughts or criticisms.

edit:  i just found out that the premier forum troll, falllling, registered his acct on 5/27/14, just before the peak in price in June.  that even more suspicious.

also, the Bitcoin vs Gold report was a republishing from late last year.  but it is now dated Oct 7, 2014.  why republish it at all unless you're trying to drive the price?
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October 08, 2014, 06:00:16 PM
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That ... actually makes sense.

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i welcome any thoughts or criticisms.

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October 08, 2014, 06:13:00 PM
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ok, i'm going to have to refine my conspiracy theory on the BearWhale.  he is a distraction.  i now think the main benefactor of a manufactured selloff was economic actor Pantera Capital.

...

Super duper speculation.  Congratulations.  You win jimbobway's award for most speculative post for identifying the BearWhale! ;-)
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October 08, 2014, 06:13:24 PM
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ok, i'm going to have to refine my conspiracy theory on the BearWhale.  he is a distraction.  i now think the main benefactor of a manufactured selloff was economic actor Pantera Capital.

So crazy that it might actually be true.
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October 08, 2014, 06:40:28 PM
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3.  i think since June, Pantera used it's known considerable BTC resources obtained in the early days of Bitcoin, to sell/short down the market with a bot and occasional 1000 BTC chunks, keying off known bulls like myself to knock the market down with the goal of causing a whale or whales to finally capitulate, at which time they'd buy back the sold coins or cover shorted coins back at a cheaper price, at what turned out to be in this case @$300.  i doubt they had a specific price point; they were simply hunting for a large selloff source from a weak whale.

4.  a large economic actor like Pantera could afford to hire forum and Reddit trolls to help talk down the price.  no matter what anyone says, this type of trolling is effective in destroying confidence.  it is also well known that when there are big price moves either way ppl come to these meeting places to find out what's going on.  the fact that Severro, antibitcoinconsortium, falllling, etc. have all abruptly disappeared since Sunday indicate to me they were on hire by someone with substantial resources to manipulate the market.

5.  Pantera Capital is the major investor in Bitstamp and clearly has a close relationship with its founders.  only they would have the resources and confidence to leave large amounts of BTC and fiat on an unregulated exchange awaiting opportunities, manufactured or otherwise, considering what happened to mtgox clients.  

now it's time for them to talk the price up with bullish reports.

i welcome any thoughts or criticisms.
How could they guarantee a positive ROI, and by that I mean how sure could they be that paying the hired trolls and selling off on the exchange would result in them holding more bitcoins than before?

I suppose they'd be in a position to know of anyone else had substantial USD reserves on Bitstamp who could buy the coins in front of them.
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October 08, 2014, 06:51:56 PM
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3.  i think since June, Pantera used it's known considerable BTC resources obtained in the early days of Bitcoin, to sell/short down the market with a bot and occasional 1000 BTC chunks, keying off known bulls like myself to knock the market down with the goal of causing a whale or whales to finally capitulate, at which time they'd buy back the sold coins or cover shorted coins back at a cheaper price, at what turned out to be in this case @$300.  i doubt they had a specific price point; they were simply hunting for a large selloff source from a weak whale.

4.  a large economic actor like Pantera could afford to hire forum and Reddit trolls to help talk down the price.  no matter what anyone says, this type of trolling is effective in destroying confidence.  it is also well known that when there are big price moves either way ppl come to these meeting places to find out what's going on.  the fact that Severro, antibitcoinconsortium, falllling, etc. have all abruptly disappeared since Sunday indicate to me they were on hire by someone with substantial resources to manipulate the market.

5.  Pantera Capital is the major investor in Bitstamp and clearly has a close relationship with its founders.  only they would have the resources and confidence to leave large amounts of BTC and fiat on an unregulated exchange awaiting opportunities, manufactured or otherwise, considering what happened to mtgox clients.  

now it's time for them to talk the price up with bullish reports.

i welcome any thoughts or criticisms.
How could they guarantee a positive ROI, and by that I mean how sure could they be that paying the hired trolls and selling off on the exchange would result in them holding more bitcoins than before?

I suppose they'd be in a position to know of anyone else had substantial USD reserves on Bitstamp who could buy the coins in front of them.

of course this is all conjecture but who would be in a better position to attempt something like this?  yes, it is risky, but that is how major gains are made.  and they've been around for a long time so we know they have lots of BTC.

one of the big questions flying around during the selloff was who would keep all this fiat on Bitstamp to buy the wall?  i think it's a good question and can only be answered by assuming a related entity like Pantera.
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3.  i think since June, Pantera used it's known considerable BTC resources obtained in the early days of Bitcoin, to sell/short down the market with a bot and occasional 1000 BTC chunks, keying off known bulls like myself to knock the market down with the goal of causing a whale or whales to finally capitulate, at which time they'd buy back the sold coins or cover shorted coins back at a cheaper price, at what turned out to be in this case @$300.  i doubt they had a specific price point; they were simply hunting for a large selloff source from a weak whale.

4.  a large economic actor like Pantera could afford to hire forum and Reddit trolls to help talk down the price.  no matter what anyone says, this type of trolling is effective in destroying confidence.  it is also well known that when there are big price moves either way ppl come to these meeting places to find out what's going on.  the fact that Severro, antibitcoinconsortium, falllling, etc. have all abruptly disappeared since Sunday indicate to me they were on hire by someone with substantial resources to manipulate the market.

5.  Pantera Capital is the major investor in Bitstamp and clearly has a close relationship with its founders.  only they would have the resources and confidence to leave large amounts of BTC and fiat on an unregulated exchange awaiting opportunities, manufactured or otherwise, considering what happened to mtgox clients.  

now it's time for them to talk the price up with bullish reports.

i welcome any thoughts or criticisms.
How could they guarantee a positive ROI, and by that I mean how sure could they be that paying the hired trolls and selling off on the exchange would result in them holding more bitcoins than before?

I suppose they'd be in a position to know of anyone else had substantial USD reserves on Bitstamp who could buy the coins in front of them.

they don't, they risked real BTC - and I now have some  Wink but in the Bitcoin world if they are wrong they are out, unlike the fiat world where you get to reset and play again.  

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who says the the Fed and the FOMC don't watch the stock mkt?  today's dovish statement has to be a related to this:

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October 08, 2014, 06:57:28 PM
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...<pantera manipulation theory>...


Maybe you can merge that theory with my OTC-buy theory?



Didn't he first put the wall up at $280, take it down for an hour or two, then put it back at $320? And it was getting nibbled at $320 too. Then it disappeared and came back at $300, where it obviously got eaten until gone. I really don't understand why he moved it from $320 to $300 given that it was getting action at $320...*iff* he was (even poorly) rationally trying to price-maximize.

Obviously tossing up a single 30k wall doesn't make too much sense for someone who's primary objective was rationally selling that stash. But I can maybe buy the theory of an irrational/undisciplined/freaked-out holder *except* for the move from $320 to $300, since there was indeed stable action at $320.

The only fully rational motivation I can see is if he was trying to achieve a low but stable price for a period of hours during which to secure an OTC deal in the other direction. He tried $280, but it was unstably crashing the price, so he tried $320. He got good interest there with a stable price, so he decided to see if he could do better and keep things stable at $300. Price pegged right up against the wall without crashing, so he stuck with it, and priced a bigger buy deal on OTC based on a stable price of $300. ...

Who knows... Not all players are rational, so it could be anything. Whatever; even the big trades are insignificant noise in the long run.

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October 08, 2014, 07:03:33 PM
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ok, i'm going to have to refine my conspiracy theory on the BearWhale.  he is a distraction.  i now think the main benefactor of a manufactured selloff was economic actor Pantera Capital.

let me further say, this type of analysis is purely in fun and based on anecdotes. i am not accusing them of anything and will be happy to be corrected.  if i'm right, i don't necessarily have anything against them for manipulating the market like i'm theorizing.  i just find this one of the more interesting events in Bitcoin history and find it fun to theorize how and why it happened:

developments since the selloff that have occurred after my original theory about it being a non-economic actor:

1.  Dan Moorehead @dan_pantera, the day after the selloff, comes out with a detailed series of tweets focusing attention on the movements of address 159SCycgn8weAy2XGUEhD6V1RTFni7E3iq convincing me that the 30K dumper was indeed a whale who simply capitulated to the selloff pressure:

https://twitter.com/dan_pantera

2.  Pantera Capital, 2 days after the selloff, issues not only one but two uber bullish reports on Bitcoin.  its Bitcoin vs Gold report unapologetically and unabashedly forecasting $4.3M/BTC.  they don't normally publish this frequently:

https://cdn.panteracapital.com/wp-content/uploads/Bitcoin-vs-Gold.pdf

https://cdn.panteracapital.com/wp-content/uploads/Pantera-Bitcoin-Letter-September-2014.pdf

associated data and assumptions:

1.  @PanteraCapital & @RonGlantz popped up as my Twitter followers since spring/summer and i know they follow this thread.  here's the tinfoil stuff and it's truly not meant to feed my ego but since June, i've had the funny feeling that very often when i would put up a bullish post, it was immediately met with a selloff.  it got so bad that @kLee1977 told me "you bring bad luck!" to which i replied:

"@kLee1977 actually, u know wht? i bet those ask wall manipulators key off bulltards like me. long term tho, i'd bet on me Wink"

https://twitter.com/cypherdoc2/status/510080984243765248

2.  the day of the selloff, Oct 5, i sent this tweet to @PanteraCapital @BitstampUSD @damijanmerlak & @nejc_kodric:

"hey @PanteraCapital. u guys r invested in @BitstampUSD. y don't u ask @damijanmerlak & @nejc_kodric whats goin on with the huge wall?"

https://twitter.com/cypherdoc2/status/518969201814683648

never got a response from any of them.  i would have expected at least a denial.

3.  i think since June, Pantera used it's known considerable BTC resources obtained in the early days of Bitcoin, to sell/short down the market with a bot and occasional 1000 BTC chunks, keying off known bulls like myself to knock the market down with the goal of causing a whale or whales to finally capitulate, at which time they'd buy back the sold coins or cover shorted coins back at a cheaper price, at what turned out to be in this case @$300.  i doubt they had a specific price point; they were simply hunting for a large selloff source from a weak whale.

4.  a large economic actor like Pantera could afford to hire forum and Reddit trolls to help talk down the price.  no matter what anyone says, this type of trolling is effective in destroying confidence.  it is also well known that when there are big price moves either way ppl come to these meeting places to find out what's going on.  the fact that Severro, antibitcoinconsortium, falllling, etc. have all abruptly disappeared since Sunday indicate to me they were on hire by someone with substantial resources to manipulate the market.

5.  Pantera Capital is the major investor in Bitstamp and clearly has a close relationship with its founders.  only they would have the resources and confidence to leave large amounts of BTC and fiat on an unregulated exchange awaiting opportunities, manufactured or otherwise, considering what happened to mtgox clients.  

now it's time for them to talk the price up with bullish reports.

i welcome any thoughts or criticisms.

If this we're the case I would think that 30K wall would have been eaten much faster (by pantera), but as far as I can tell it was chipped away by many "smaller" buyers.  I can't help but think pantera would have just panic bought the whole block if all this was the case.
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October 08, 2014, 07:05:18 PM
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...<pantera manipulation theory>...


Maybe you can merge that theory with my OTC-buy theory?



Didn't he first put the wall up at $280, take it down for an hour or two, then put it back at $320? And it was getting nibbled at $320 too. Then it disappeared and came back at $300, where it obviously got eaten until gone. I really don't understand why he moved it from $320 to $300 given that it was getting action at $320...*iff* he was (even poorly) rationally trying to price-maximize.

Obviously tossing up a single 30k wall doesn't make too much sense for someone who's primary objective was rationally selling that stash. But I can maybe buy the theory of an irrational/undisciplined/freaked-out holder *except* for the move from $320 to $300, since there was indeed stable action at $320.

The only fully rational motivation I can see is if he was trying to achieve a low but stable price for a period of hours during which to secure an OTC deal in the other direction. He tried $280, but it was unstably crashing the price, so he tried $320. He got good interest there with a stable price, so he decided to see if he could do better and keep things stable at $300. Price pegged right up against the wall without crashing, so he stuck with it, and priced a bigger buy deal on OTC based on a stable price of $300. ...

Who knows... Not all players are rational, so it could be anything. Whatever; even the big trades are insignificant noise in the long run.

i think you have to back up one step and explain the inexplicable selloff since June in the face of all this good news.  and as someone who follows price quite closely using btccharts as well as other tools, much of the selling has seemed unnatural, forced, and timed.  it really looked like someone looking to force a capitulation.

the abrupt appearance and now disappearance of the trolls needs explaining as well.
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