Hong Kong Bitcoin Trader Robbed of $180,000

Hong Kong man was given an offer to buy 5 bitcoin at a 5% discount off the market price
19 January 2018   1520

A citywide police search was under way on Friday for five men after a local bitcoin trader was lured to a bogus business meeting and robbed of HK$1.4 million (US$180,000) on a busy street in Hong Kong. This is reported by South China Morning Post.

The victim is a 34-year-old Hong Kong man surnamed Lee, who was given an offer to buy 5 bitcoin at a 5% discount off the market price, but was instructed that the transaction would be conducted in cash, the source said.

Two men met Lee in the coffee shop, but the transaction was not completed. The victim was told that the pair wanted to trade more bitcoin, and another meeting was arranged at a McDonald’s outlet in North Point at 9.30pm the same day.

Lee took a bag containing HK$1.4 million to the fast food outlet on King’s Road, North Point at 9.40pm but failed to find the two “sellers”. At about 10pm, he received a phone call from one of the men, who claimed they got lost and instructed Lee to meet them outside the State Theatre Building on King’s Road – about 100 metres away – instead.

Soon after the victim left the outlet, he was attacked from behind by three masked menю One of them pushed him to the floor, and the others snatched his bag containing the cash and a mobile phone, source said. Police said no weapon was used in the incident.

According to police, officers scouted the area, but no arrests were made. The victim suffered minor hand and leg injuries.

Bitcoin May Pass Gold Market Cap, - Novogratz

Mike Novogratz continues to be Bitcoin and cryptocurrency optimist 
25 March 2019   106

The founder of Galaxy Digital, Mike Novogratz, expressed the opinion that over the next 20 years, Bitcoin’s capitalization would “easily” surpass the gold market, currently estimated at $ 7.5 trillion. It is reported by The Daily HODL.

In a conversation with the founder of Morgan Creek Digital, Anthony Pompiano, Novogratz stressed that the inflow of institutional money to the cryptocurrency market is only a matter of time, and major players like Goldman Sachs and the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) are already mastering a new industry.

I know Goldman for instance is gearing up around securities tokens. They’re not doing anything yet, but they’re getting really ready and looking at all the questions on – where would you store them? Do you have to build your own custody, or can you use someone else’s custody? How to get them to work.
 

Mike Novogratz

Founder, Galaxy Digital

According to him, the growth potential of Bitcoin is strong and therefore it is advisable for investors to include the first cryptocurrency in their portfolios:

I think the macro case for [Bitcoin] is pretty strong. And so, if you can put a couple percent of your portfolio in, there’s a decent chance it catches wind. Fidelity is just getting set up. Bakkt continues to get delayed a little bit, but it’s not going to be delayed forever. They’re going to be in the game. And there’s lots of other players coming.
 

Mike Novogratz

Founder, Galaxy Digital

According to him, the volume of the gold market is $ 7.5-8 trillion and in order to outperform this market, the first cryptocurrency needs to grow in price at least 100 times.

Gold’s got an $8 trillion market cap, or a $7.5 trillion market cap. And so, we’re 100x off on that. We’re not going to get there in Bitcoin in the next year or two. But over a 20-year period, could that happen? Easily. Easily. And that’s giving zero optionality to all the other stuff. And so I think it seems like a pretty smart portfolio bet.
 

Mike Novogratz

Founder, Galaxy Digital

The founder of Galaxy Digital also touched on the topic of bitcoin futures.

The reality is, the CME kicked their butts. And these guys have limited resources on what they’re going to spend their focus, and they decided to spend it elsewhere. Finding leverage in Bitcoin is going to get easier as the architecture in the space gets better. You’re already seeing the lending market around Bitcoin went from 10% to like 3%. So once you can borrow you can short. And so now it’s not so hard to short Bitcoin. It used to be almost impossible to short Bitcoin in 2016… It wasn’t great, but it’s not critical. 
 

Mike Novogratz

Founder, Galaxy Digital

In February Mike expressed the opinion that, thanks to institutional money, Bitcoin will reach $ 8,000.