Experts reveal what Tesla’s $936M sell-off means for Bitcoin

The Tesla CEO noted that the sale “should not be taken as a verdict on Bitcoin” and is “certainly open to increasing our Bitcoin holdings in the future.”

Crypto industry insiders are largely unfazed by Tesla’s decision to sell 75% of its Bitcoin (BTC) holdings, saying it’s a fairly typical strategy for companies to improve cash flow during downturns. economic.

On Wednesday, the electric vehicle manufacturer revealed that it had sold 75% of its Bitcoin holdings in the second quarter, adding $936 million in fiat to its balance sheet.

During a conference call, Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted that the sale “should not be taken as a verdict on Bitcoin,” explaining that the move was due to liquidity concerns given ongoing COVID-19 lockdowns in China.

“The reason we sold a bunch of our Bitcoin holdings was that we weren’t sure when the Covid lockdowns in China would be eased. Therefore, it was important for us to maximize our cash position:”

“We are certainly open to increasing our Bitcoin holdings in the future.”
Asked by investors during the earnings call if he viewed Bitcoin as a long-term asset, Musk said the cryptocurrency was a “sideshow to the sideshow” of Tesla’s main goal, which is to “accelerate the advent of energy.” steady”.

“Cryptocurrency is not something we think about a lot,” he said.

Markus Thielen, chief investment officer at Singapore-based digital asset manager IDEG, told Cointelegraph that Tesla likely sold its Bitcoin because “they saw it as a distraction from their core business”:

“I wouldn’t be surprised if Tesla is still nibbling on Bitcoin when Bitcoin stabilizes, otherwise they would have sold 100%.”
Comparison site Finder stock trading expert Kylie Purcell explained that the electric carmaker has not been alone in its decision to “shore capital in cash coins.”

“With the world heading into an economic slowdown and possibly a recession, it is not unusual for investors and companies to move the capital from more volatile assets into fiat currency,” she noted.

She also added that while the price of Bitcoin fell after the announcement, there are already signs of recovery.

On Wednesday, the price of Bitcoin fell by approximately 2.6% following Tesla’s announcement and is back at $23,299 at the time of writing, following close to its one-month high, which means it is possible that the crypto community is not too concerned about the announcement.

The muted reaction to the sale played out differently from the announcement in February last year that Telsa had scooped up $1.5 billion in BTC to add to its balance sheet and was planning on accepting Bitcoin as payment for certain products (though this was later scrapped).

The news at the time saw Bitcoin’s price immediately jump by almost $3,000, bringing the cryptocurrency to a new all-time high above $43,000.

Swyftx’s head of strategic partnerships, Tommy Honan, told Cointelegraph that Tesla’s decision to buy Bitcoin last year was “as important a moment as you can imagine for digital assets:”

“It almost gave other businesses permission to put crypto on their balance sheets and we saw    a lot of big institutional investors, as well as small and mid-cap companies flood into the          market from that point.”

“Musk said the sale wasn’t a verdict on Bitcoin, just a cash play, and it looks like the market has taken him at his word. Bitcoin’s price has stabilized over the last 24 hours and we’d be surprised if other big investors followed suit, especially given the current price of Bitcoin.”

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