20.1 C
Delhi
Thursday, February 29, 2024
HomeCryptocurrencyBitcoinExtreme HODLing Could Completely Destroy Bitcoin (BTC), According to Ex-BitMEX CEO Arthur...

Extreme HODLing Could Completely Destroy Bitcoin (BTC), According to Ex-BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes



Daily Hodl Staff

The co-founder of embattled crypto exchange platform BitMEX warns that extreme HODLing could lead to the complete destruction of Bitcoin (BTC).

In a new blog post, Arthur Hayes notes that Bitcoin’s gargantuan price gains over the past decade have led to a culture of HODLing which is the act of holding onto a coin for the long term instead of selling it.

However, the BitMEX co-founder notes that Bitcoin, unlike gold, needs to be used to have value, since miners spend energy to maintain the BTC network.

“To cover their costs, miners must receive payment in a token that is socially valuable. Bitcoin therefore must move, and movement between parties is the antithesis of HODL culture. HODL culture taken to its f(x): maxima would result in the complete destruction of Bitcoin.

Once all Bitcoin has been minted and miners no longer receive sufficient income from network rewards in the form of newly minted Bitcoin, they must rely on transaction fees instead. If no Bitcoin changes hands because we all sit smugly clutching our USB sticks, then there will be no hashpower supporting the network. No network… no value.”

In order to avoid this scenario, Hayes says policymakers need to develop a regulatory environment that “promotes a farm-to-table Bitcoin economy.”

In March, Hayes and fellow BitMEX co-founders Benjamin Delo and Samuel Reed plead guilty to breaking a law that requires financial institutions to help the government detect and counter money laundering schemes.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) alleged that the trio willfully failed to maintain anti-money laundering protocols and profited from the transactions of US-based customers despite claiming that BitMEX did not serve individuals in the US.

Check Price Action

Don’t Miss a Beat – Subscribe to get crypto email alerts delivered directly to your inbox

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Telegram

Surf The Daily Hodl Mix

&nbsp
Check Latest News Headlines

 

Disclaimer: Opinions expressed at The Daily Hodl are not investment advice. Investors should do their due diligence before making any high-risk investments in Bitcoin, cryptocurrency or digital assets. Please be advised that your transfers and trades are at your own risk, and any loses you may incur are your responsibility. The Daily Hodl does not recommend the buying or selling of any cryptocurrencies or digital assets, nor is The Daily Hodl an investment advisor. Please note that The Daily Hodl participates in affiliate marketing.

Featured Image: Shutterstock/Catalyst Labs/Sensvector





➜ Source

RELATED ARTICLES

Most Popular

Recent Comments