Nayib Bukele buys BTC’s dip; Adds 420 coins to El Salvador’s coffers

By: Jinia Shawdagor
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on Oct 28, 2021
  • This purchase brings El Salvador’s total BTC holdings to 1,120 tokens.
  • According to President Bukele, the country has already made profits from this purchase.
  • BTC has recovered from this week’s bear market and is currently trading above $61,000.

El Salvador’s President, Nayib Bukele, has taken advantage of the recent bears in the crypto market to buy Bitcoin (BTC/USD) after the coin dipped to $58,208.19 (£42,312.41).

The president disclosed this news on Twitter on October 27, noting that the country purchased 420 more. This purchase brought El Salvador’s BTC reserves to a total of 1,120.

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In a subsequent tweet, he pointed out that the country had already made profits from its latest purchase. Explaining El Salvador’s secret to making a profit without selling its BTC, Bukele noted that the country has a trust fund accounted in USD but funded in both USD and BTC.

However, his explanation attracted criticism, with a Twitter user asking whether the government adds more USD to the trust if BTC revalues downwards. According to the user, adding USD to the trust would be the only way to maintain the trust’s total worth. With this in mind, he asked where the government gets the USD to balance the fund once whenever BTC plunges.

Another user questioned whether the news of buying the dip was meant for Salvadorans or the crypto community, seeing as Bukele’s tweets were in English and Spanish is the native language of El Salvador.

EL Salvador’s journey with BTC

This news comes after El Salvador first purchased 200 BTC on September 6, one day before the flagship crypto became legal tender in the country. After BTC became legal tender in the country, the coin dipped, prompting the Bukele administration to buy another 200 BTC. The country then bought 150 BTC on September 19.

The latest purchase comes after BTC soared to a new ATH earlier this month due to the listing effect of the ProShares Bitcoin Strategy ETF. These gains helped the country recover the losses incurred after BTC plummeted to the $40,000.00 (£29,070.60) level at the end of September.

At the time of writing, BTC has recovered yesterday’s losses and is up 3.37% over the past 24 hours to change hands at $61,122.12 (£44,421.42). According to data from TradingView, BTC’s upward momentum is set to hold, seeing as its technical indicators are bullish. In the one-day chart, the Oscillators are neutral and the Moving Averages point to a strong buying force.

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