JPMorgan warns of MicroStrategy’s Bitcoin dark future

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MicroStrategy’s Bitcoin Purchases: Debt Financing and Future Market Implications

The high-profile purchases of Bitcoin by MicroStrategy have garnered significant attention due to their potential implications in the event of a future market downturn. According to a report by JPMorgan, the large-scale acquisition of Bitcoin using borrowed funds raises concerns about exacerbating the impact of a market downturn.

MicroStrategy: A Leveraged Bitcoin Bet

JPMorgan stated that while bitcoin has been soaring to new all-time highs, a potential future correction could be intensified by the substantial exposure of one bullish firm. MicroStrategy made Bitcoin purchases totaling $821 million between February 26 and March 10, 2021, which was funded by the sale of $1.2 billion in senior convertible notes.

“We believe debt-funded bitcoin purchases by MicroStrategy add leverage and froth to the current crypto rally, and raise the risk of more severe deleveraging in a potential downturn in the future,” JPMorgan analysts led by Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou commented.

Senior convertible notes are a form of bond issued by the company, which guarantees interest payments to investors. They are classified as debt securities due to this guarantee and because investors are repaid before other debts in the event of a company’s insolvency.

Contributing to the Crypto Rally

MicroStrategy’s remarks come amidst a massive crypto rally that is currently underway and led by Bitcoin, which has reached a new all-time high of $73,500.

As of this writing, the current value of Bitcoin (BTC) is $67,926.79, representing a 0.6% increase from one hour ago and a 6.6% decrease since the previous day. The present value of Bitcoin is 0.2% greater than its value from seven days ago.

Big Players in the BTC Bull Run

JPMorgan asserts that MicroStrategy significantly contributed to the upswing, essentially converting itself into a leveraged Bitcoin wager.

Since mid-March 2021, the firm, led by cryptocurrency advocate Michael Saylor, has amassed a total of 205,000 Bitcoins – a hoard now valued at over $14 billion. The acquisition of this hoard has become a strategic objective for the organization, as Saylor frequently expresses intentions to acquire an excessive quantity of Bitcoin.

MicroStrategy reportedly acquired an additional $1 billion worth of BTC in 2021, along with a comparable acquisition made in the fourth quarter. Saylor previously disclosed that the organization used leveraged Bitcoin investments to fund these acquisitions.

Leverage in the BTC Rally

Additional analysts express concern that the Bitcoin rally has relied excessively on leverage. Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy and a crypto enthusiast, predicts that the token will rise further in the future but only after a correction to approximately $50,000.

As a result, numerous retail investors have been drawn to new Bitcoin ETFs with excessive leverage. This situation is unsustainable.

Saylor has long advocated for Bitcoin and the crypto ecosystem. He predicted that Bitcoin’s market dominance would only increase this year, citing ongoing regulatory enforcement as the reason why competing cryptocurrencies would be eliminated.

Disclosure: Michael Saylor is a co-founder of 24Bitcoin and an investor in the company.

Please note that investing in digital assets involves risks, including market volatility, technological difficulties, and regulatory uncertainties.