Were Guggenheim CIO’s Comments About ‘Tulipmania’ Aimed at Bitcoin or Altcoins?

On Thursday (May 19), the day that Bitcoin and different cryptoassets had considered one of their largest worth corrections ever, Scott Minerd, Global Chief Investment Officer of Guggenheim Partners, in contrast crypto’s present recognition to “tulip mania” within the seventeenth century.


Guggenheim Investments is “the worldwide asset administration and funding advisory division of Guggenheim Partners and has greater than $233 billion in complete belongings throughout fastened earnings, fairness and different methods.” It focuses on “the return and danger wants of insurance coverage firms, company and public pension funds, sovereign wealth funds, endowments and foundations, wealth managers and excessive web value buyers.”

On 27 November 2020, in accordance with a U.S. SEC post-effective modification submitting, it grew to become identified that considered one of Guggenheim Investments’ fastened earnings mutual funds (“Macro Opportunities”) was contemplating investing in Bitcoin. Per data by the Financial Times, this fund was launched on 30 November 2011, and its complete web belongings was $4.97 billion (as of 31 October 2020).

The SEC filing made on 27 November 2020 is named an “SEC POS AM” (aka “post-effective modification”) submitting. This kind of submitting “permits an organization registered with the SEC to replace or amend its prospectus.”

This submitting acknowledged that the fund is contemplating getting some cryptocurrency publicity:

“Cryptocurrencies (additionally known as ‘digital currencies’ and ‘digital currencies’) are digital belongings designed to behave as a medium of alternate. The Guggenheim Macro Opportunities Fund might search funding publicity to bitcoin not directly by way of investing as much as 10% of its web asset worth in Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (“GBTC”), a privately provided funding car that invests in bitcoin.”

Then, on 16 December 2020, after the Bitcoin worth had lastly damaged by way of the $20,000 stage on all crypto exchanges to set a brand new all-time excessive, Minerd, the Guggenheim CIO, talked about Bitcoin throughout an interview on Bloomberg TV.

The interview began by the Guggenheim CIO being requested by Scartlet Fu, Bloomberg TV’s Senior Editor of the Markets Desk, in regards to the Guggenheim Macro Opportunities Fund and the choice by its managers to take a position “as much as 10% of its web asset worth in Grayscale Bitcoin Trust.” In explicit, he was requested if Guggenheim had began shopping for Bitcoin but and the way a lot this choice was “tied to the Fed’s extraordinary coverage.”

Minerd replied:

“To reply the second query, Scarlett, clearly Bitcoin and our curiosity in Bitcoin is tied to Fed coverage and the rampant cash printing that’s occurring. In phrases of our mutual fund, you already know, we’re not but efficient with the SEC. So, you already know, we’re nonetheless ready.

“Of course, we made the choice to start out allocating towards Bitcoin when Bitcoin was at $10,000. It’s a little bit more difficult with the present worth nearer to $20,000. Amazing, you already know, over a really quick time period, how huge run-up we’ve had, however having stated that, our basic work exhibits that Bitcoin must be value about $400,000. So even when we had the power to take action in the present day, we’re going to observe the market and see how buying and selling goes, what analysis that finally we now have to purchase it.”

Then, on January 11, shortly after the Bitcoin worth had corrected to as little as $32,475 on Coinbase, Minerd cautioned merchants that Bitcoin might need gone up an excessive amount of too quick and that maybe it was time to take some earnings.

Well, final Thursday (April 7), Minerd was interviewed by CNN anchor Julia Chatterley.

Chatterly needed to know what would occur to the crypto area if there was a pullback within the worth of Bitcoin.

Minerd replied:

“When I made the $400,000 assertion, I’m wanting at it over a time period 10 to twenty 12 months. Of course, the market took off. I first began wanting at shopping for Bitcoin at $10,000. Today, I don’t know the place we’re anymore. It’s turn out to be so wealthy so quick, possibly round $50,000, nevertheless it clearly has gotten caught up within the speculative bubble that GameStop acquired into and plenty of these different shares.

“I believe after we get a risk-off second, we may very well be seeing Bitcoin pullback to someplace between $20,000 and $30,000, however I believe for long-term buyers that’ll be an awesome entry level.”

Yesterday’s Crypto Market Crash

As you already know, yesterday’s market crash resulted in double-digit proportion losses (vs. USD) for Bitcoin, Ethereum, and most different cryptoassets. BTC and ETH have been buying and selling as little as $30,066 and $1,850 respectively on crypto alternate Bitstamp round 13:10 UTC, which is when the market reached a backside. This explains why the Crypto Fear & Greed Index is at the moment (as of 11:00 UTC on May 20) at 11 (which suggests “excessive concern”), which is the bottom stage it has been since “Black Thursday” (12 March 2020).

Anyway, yesterday, Guggenheim Global CIO took to Twitter to match crypto’s present recognition to the primary asset bubble in historical past, seventeenth century’s tulip mania, “a interval through the Dutch Golden Age when contract costs for some bulbs of the not too long ago launched and trendy tulip reached terribly excessive ranges, after which dramatically collapsed in February 1637.”

Although, reasonably unsurprisingly, what Minerd stated on this tweet upset the crypto group, it’s unlikely that he was referring to Bitcoin as a result of in all his earlier tweets and in interviews, he talked about Bitcoin and never cryptocurrencies basically, whereas right here, seemingly for the primary time, he mentions “crypto” however not “Bitcoin.” Another clue is that he’s speaking about crypto currencies multiplying, i.e. the variety of cryptocurrencies growing as demand for them goes up. And lastly, he appears to be commenting on the crash of the entire crypto market (costs dropped usually by 30-50% yesterday) reasonably than specializing in Bitcoin’s worth correction.

The most believable clarification for yesterday’s tweet isn’t that he out of the blue has modified his thoughts about Bitcoin’s funding, bur reasonably that he’s gloating about the truth that the Bitcoin prediction he made throughout his interview with CNN on April 7 — “I believe after we get a risk-off second, we may very well be seeing Bitcoin pullback to someplace between $20,000 and $30,000, however I believe for long-term buyers that’ll be an awesome entry level” — got here true in lower than two months, despite the fact that when he made this prediction, most individuals within the crypto group have been shocked by his bearishness provided that he had stated on a number of events that he might Bitcoin’s worth reaching as $600,000 in the long run.


The views and opinions expressed by the creator, or any individuals talked about on this article, are for informational functions solely, and they don’t represent monetary, funding, or different recommendation. Investing in or buying and selling cryptoassets comes with a danger of monetary loss.

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