Wednesday, January 19

El Salvador buys additional 150 BTC as price falls below $50,000


El Salvador President, Nayib Bukele has allocated his country’s treasury into Bitcoin, as he aims to ‘Buy the dip’, anytime there is a price drawdown in the asset class. Many in the cryptocurrency community are now calling the President of El Salvador a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) as he has managed his country like a CEO would a company.

Today ‘CEO’ Bukele took to Twitter to announce that his ‘company’, El Salvador, just bought an additional 150 BTC, adding to the 100 BTC the Latin American nation bought when Bitcoin’s price fell below $60,000.

He stated, “El Salvador just bought the dip! 150 coins at an average USD price of ~$48,670 #Bitcoin” He further explained that he missed the bottom as Bitcoin traded as low as $42,874.62 according to coinmarketcap. He stated, “missed the f***ing bottom by 7 minutes.”

What you should know

  • This purchase puts El Salvador’s Bitcoin reserve at a total of 1,270 BTC, which is worth nearly $61.6 million at the time of writing. On the 26th of November, just 8 days ago, the President announced the purchase of 100 BTC.
  • The Salvadorean government’s game plan includes withdrawing unrealized BTC gains in U.S. dollars to fund various developmental projects while maintaining the overall value of the central reserve.
  • President Nayib Bukele first announced that El Salvador would be making their first major BTC purchase on the eve of the country’s Bitcoin Law going into effect on Sept. 7, buying 200 BTC when the price was roughly $52,000. The nation has seen added 1,020 BTC, with the nation buying whenever there has been a major sell off in the price of Bitcoin.
  • Nayib Bukele has proposed several initiatives in the country around Bitcoin adoption and mining. The government has started construction of the infrastructure to support the state-issued Bitcoin wallet, Chivo, and recently unveiled plans to launch its own Bitcoin City at the base of a volcano, funded initially by $1 billion in Bitcoin bonds.

Since the adoption of Bitcoin as a legal tender, the Salvadoran government has been investing gains onto various infrastructure development projects. In mid-October, the President announced that the $4 million from the profits of their Bitcoin Trust will be used to construct a new veterinary hospital in the capital, San Salvador. Early November, Bukele announced that the surplus earned from the state’s Bitcoin Trust account will be used for constructing 20 new schools.

However, Many Salvadorans have pushed back against the crypto initiatives, specifically protesting Bukele and Bitcoin. In September, residents marching through the capital city destroyed one of the Chivo kiosks and defaced the remains with anti-BTC logos and signs.



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