PayPal’s Bitcoin Purchase Increases BTC Scarcity, Pantera Says

Bitcoin (BTC) has shown a rapid rise in price.

Pantera Capital, an investment firm, says its scarcity is responsible for price dynamics.

The company believes that PayPal and Square bought BTC faster than their mining speed.

According to investment firm Pantera Capital, the surge in Bitcoin’s price is due to PayPal . That said, it’s not just the option to buy BTC on PayPal that is fueling the course.

Les bears du BTC font grise mine

Last week, the value of Bitcoin increased by more than 14%. If it were a bank, Bitcoin would have been the biggest in the world (last Friday, anyway). The BTC explosion also sparked growth in altcoins, creating data-filled market cap sites in the green.

Bitcoin Soaring As US Federal Reserve Balance Sheet Grows | source: Federal Reserve and Pantera
There are a lot of theories behind this bull run, as well as a lot of predictions about its future trajectory. A Citibank director said Bitcoin Up could surpass $ 318,000 . Mike Novogratz noted a more realistic figure of $ 65,000. With the “network effect,” he said, institutional and corporate FOMO may be just beginning.

I bought over $ BTC last night at 15,800. It goes up to $ 20,000 and on. At [sic] 65k. The network effect has taken over. I see tons of new buyers and there is very little supply. It’s easier trade at this point than at 11k. So YES, buy some.

Pantera Capital , an investment firm involved in the cryptocurrency world since 2013, has a different theory, however. Based on research, the firm described in a post on Medium how PayPal is believed to be primarily responsible for the rise.

How does PayPal work?

In October 2020, when PayPal opened cryptocurrency purchases , the price of Bitcoin increased significantly. According to Pantera, that said, the real cause of this rally goes beyond the simple accessibility that PayPal offers to cryptocurrencies.

With pretty solid graphics and logic, the firm explains that PayPal bought some freshly mined crypto. Currently the rewards are 6.25 BTC per block. Since the launch of Bitcoin on PayPal, around 70% of that amount has been swallowed up by the payment platform.

It is therefore not surprising that the price has increased. Rather than diluting the market, the new bitcoins are mixed at a much lower rate than usual. As other market forces may be consistent, this bitcoin scarcity, caused by PayPal, is a major contributor to almost all all-time highs.

70% + 40% = 110%

In a previous newsletter , Pantera claimed that Square’s payments app was already buying around 40% of newly minted BTCs. Square , which is run by Twitter founder Jack Dorsey, already allowed crypto transactions.

That said, with PayPal and its 300 million customers, Bitcoin’s accessibility has simply exploded. There have been criticisms . For example, PayPal users do not have their private keys. This puts the security of funds theoretically at risk, and who knows what PayPal is doing in the meantime with the crypto held in their wallets.