“Stop betting on dead horses!”

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The world of finance is no stranger to colorful characters, and this week the gloves fell between two titans with opposing views on Bitcoin: Peter Brandt, a cryptocurrency bull, and Peter Schiff, a Bitcoin skeptic.

Their battlefield? Of course, social media.

Schiff praises the shine of silver, Brandt calls it something else

Schiff, a longtime supporter of gold, has recently turned his attention to silver. He pointed to the metal’s recent price augment of over 20% compared to BTC’s more modest 2% augment, declaring:

“That’s over 10 times the bang for your buck for silver. Bitcoin is dead. Long live silver!”

Brandt, always Bitcoin Master, I didn’t have it. He countered that Schiff’s statements were simply an attention-getting ploy, mockingly suggesting that Schiff was having a “social media orgasm” just because Silver “decided to go for a run.”

The exchange is the latest chapter in a long-running feud between the two financial figures, in which Schiff has consistently made bearish predictions about the most popular coin that have gone wrong.

Is Bitcoin a hedge against inflation?

The debate over Bitcoin’s future goes beyond social media arguments. Amid rising inflation concerns, some see Bitcoin as a potential hedge. However, recent outflows from BTC ETFs have cast doubt on this theory.

BTCUSD is currently trading at $67,153. Chart: TradingView

Both BlackRock’s iShares Bitcoin Trust and Fidelity’s Wise Origin Bitcoin Trust saw negative flows totaling more than $230 million in just over a week. This suggests that some investors are losing faith in cryptocurrencies’ ability to weather economic storms.

Schiff doubles down on concerns about the speed of transactions

Despite the inflation debate, Schiff remains unconvinced. During a recent live debate, he reiterated his belief that the digital currency’s snail-paced transaction speeds and high fees make it impractical as an everyday currency.

He stated:

“Bitcoin is a slow and expensive way to transfer value. It is not a currency.”

Fodder for social media

While Brandt dismisses Schiff’s comments as self-serving nonsense, the debate over the future of cryptocurrencies is far from over. Investors grapple with issues of inflation, practicality and long-term profitability.

As the digital asset landscape evolves, the ongoing battle between Bitcoin bulls and bears will remain an essential feature of social media and beyond.

Featured image from The Independent, chart from TradingView


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