A Court Is Looking Into The Identity Of Bitcoin’s Self-Proclaimed Inventor

A Court Is Looking Into The Identity Of Bitcoin’s Self-Proclaimed Inventor
Paul Allison, CFA

28 days ago2 mins

What’s going on here?

The British legal system started investigating whether bitcoin’s self-proclaimed inventor is a true marvel or a whizz of a trickster.

What does this mean?

Bitcoin’s original blueprint hit the interwebs back in 2008, with only the pen name Satoshi Nakamoto on its digital cover. That created a mystery for the ages – or at least, the Reddit boards. No thanks to Craig Wright: the Australian computer scientist has long claimed to be the true author of the document, at least partly responsible for creating the OG crypto. He’s even called companies into legal proceedings, taking issue with their use of the technology. So now, concerned that a fraudster could one day make lucrative claims on bitcoin’s future developments, tech experts including Twitter founder Jack Dorsey are calling for the British government to investigate the now British resident Wright’s claim. You’d think that should be simple: the owner of the original access codes is worth some $46 billion. Problem is, you can bet the inventor of an untraceable currency could keep their own accounts well-hidden, too.

Why should I care?

For markets: A moment of weakness.

Bitcoin has fallen 6% since the Securities and Exchange Commission approved spot exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for the crypto. That doesn’t mean hardcore digital investors are dropping out now that the coin is becoming more mainstream, though. More likely, it’s an endorsement of the saying, “buy the rumor, sell the news”. After all, gold also slipped when its first ETF launched in 2006, and it wasn’t long until the metal turned precious again.

Bitcoin price
Bitcoin spot ETFs were approved on January 10th | Source: Google Finance

The bigger picture: Investors have online options.

Bitcoin’s still down 35% since its peak two years ago. Now, you could blame the banking crises and back-breaking inflation that have shaken industries and markets since then. Thing is, bitcoin was designed to withstand anomalies like that. Investors, then, might just have wandering eyes, putting their cash into artificial intelligence punts instead of crypto ones.

Bitcoin price
Source: Google Finance
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