Earlier this year, Kevin O’Leary said that Bitcoin is “useless,” just the latest in a series of attacks launched at the suddenly-resurgent cryptocurrency.
At one point, the “Shark Tank” investor said that Bitcoin has no real value because governments won’t let him pay taxes with it.
Now, people on social media have surfaced a six-year-old video of O’Leary defending Bitcoin on Canadian news channel CBC.
Kevin O’Leary in 2013: Bitcoin Is “Here To Stay”
Whether or not a currency is legitimate is ultimately determined by an institution like a government, in O’Leary’s view. Governments have no issue seizing and liquidating cryptocurrency, the same way it will with cash or valuables acquired through criminal enterprise.
O’Leary has invested in cryptocurrency companies like Bundil, where he dropped $100,000. Bundil is an app similar to Lawnmower, that allows the user to get crypto through the leftover change from their spending habits.
Altcoin Daily broke this story:
In the 2013 interview with Canadian media, O’Leary spoke highly of Bitcoin, even as it had tanked overnight, shedding 60%.
“Let’s remember that until yesterday, most people around the world had never heard of Bitcoin. […] This is a proxy for the mistrust individuals have of central bankers. […] People all around the world are saying ‘I’ve had it with my central banker.’ […]”
“I ignore everything until it gets to $1 billion in market cap. That happened recently with Bitcoin. Well over a billion in value. So it’s here to stay.”
This is how O’Leary apparently used to feel about Bitcoin.
2019: Bitcoin Is “Useless”
Today, he’s not so excited. In May 2019 he can be quoted as saying calling Bitcoin “useless.”
O’Leary’s criticism of Bitcoin mainly surrounds its “lack of legitimacy” and the market risks implied in accepting it.
By calling BTC garbage, O’Leary is saying you might as well as try to pay with garbage – something people will not accept.
Many in the Bitcoin community do not view BTC acceptance as a motivating factor. The cryptocurrency functions as a store of value to many – “digital gold.”
Ethereum may see intense rally after piercing this technical resistance
Ethereum (ETH) has seen some mixed price action over the past week, with the cryptocurrency previously finding some stability around $280 before plummeting below $250 in tandem with Bitcoin’s crash below $10,000.
In the time since this violent movement occurred, however, ETH’s bulls have been able to regain their strength, and they have been subsequently pushing the cryptocurrency higher.
Importantly, ETH’s recovery from its recent selloff has allowed it to break above a critical technical resistance formation that was previously suppressing its price, with this development suggesting it could soon rally significantly further.
Ethereum moves higher as the aggregated crypto market recovers from weekly lows
At the time of writing, Ethereum is trading up just under 5 percent at its current price of $267, which marks a notable climb from its multi-day lows of under $250.
The tempered uptrend that ETH has experienced in the time following its recent flash crash has also allowed it to outperform Bitcoin, as it is currently trading up 3.5 percent against its BTC trading pair.
In order for Ethereum to once again find itself caught within a tailwind that sends it past $300, it is imperative that the cryptocurrency is able to once again regain its position within the $280 region.
One factor that could suggest a move back up to this region is imminent is the possibility that it is currently trading within a wide bull flag, with its recent bounce at roughly $250 marking a defense of the lower boundary of this bullish formation.
The Crypto Dog, an incredibly popular cryptocurrency analyst and commentator, recently shared a chart showing this formation, questioning whether it is worth going long on Ethereum based on this pattern.
ETH highly bullish after moving above weekly Ichimoku cloud
The potential bull flag ETH is caught within isn’t the only factor counting in bulls favor, as the cryptocurrency has also been able to pierce its weekly Ichimoku cloud, which is a highly bullish mid-term development.
CryptoWolf – another popular crypto trader – spoke about this in a recent tweet, pointing to a chart showing the latest development.
“ETH trading above the weekly Ichimoku cloud. God bless Vitalik.”
In order for this bull-favoring development to be confirmed, it is imperative that bulls are able to hold the crypto above this level until its weekly candle closes this Sunday.
Ethereum, currently ranked #2 by market cap, is up 1.41% over the past 24 hours. ETH has a market cap of $28.81B with a 24 hour volume of $20.65B.
Chart by CryptoCompare
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