- PayPal and Square’s Cash App have scored 100% of the new supply of Bitcoin, according to crypto hedge fund Pantera Capital.
- A chief reason of Bitcoin’s rally is because of the ease of investing via PayPal, Cash App, and Robinhood, the firm said.
- PayPal has already bought 70% of newly-issued Bitcoin, while Square is estimated to be buying about 40%.
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After PayPal announced it would allow its users to buy, sell, and hold the digital token, about 300 million active users got instant access to digital currencies.
The US payments firm’s crypto exchange platform, called itBit, was recording only moderate volumes until PayPal’s announcement.
But once PayPal’s service went live, itBit’s volumes started exploding within just four weeks. PayPal is already buying 70% of the newly-mined Bitcoin while Cash App has bought around 40%, Pantera noted.
The graphic above shows a dotted white line, representing the total supply of newly-mined Bitcoin and original itBit volume. If PayPal’s growth persists, it would be buying more than the new coin supply issued recently, the report said.
The report also argued that Bitcoin’s current rally is more sustainable than that of 2017, which was driven by speculation. One of the chief drivers behind this surge in price is the ease of investing in Bitcoin through platforms like PayPal, Cash App, and Robinhood.
“When other, larger financial institutions follow their lead, the supply scarcity will become even more imbalanced,” the crypto hedge fund said. “The only way supply and demand equilibrates is at a higher price.”
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