Hartmann Capital


Thoughts, Insights, and Market Commentary

2019 Market Update 007 - June In Review

Major Market News: 

  • Tech

    • Facebook makes waves announcing their new project Libra

    • Lightning Labs launch mobile app for instant BTC payments

    • State Farm/USAA test blockchain

    • Cash App adds Bitcoin deposits

    • Samourai Wallet releases CoinJoin for added privacy for Bitcoin users

  • Finance

    • LedgerX physically settled futures got the ok

    • Bitmain planning US IPO

    • Binance launching US operation for better compliance

    • Peer to peer wireless network Helium raises $15M Series C

    • OKCoin launches in Europe

    • Gemini opens Chicago office

    • Binance will launch stable-coins

    • Crypto Custodian Anchorage adds Insurance to it's assets under custody

    • Swiss Fintech Firm Amun launches Bitwise 10 ETP (Exchange Traded Product)

  • Policy

    • Iceland approve fiat on blockchain

    • Japan approves new crypto bill

    • Kik announces DefendCrypto Fund, to support projects being unrightfully prosecuted by the SEC

  • Did you know?

    • Tron Founder, Justin Sun, won a lunch with Warren Buffett to discuss crypto

    • Billionaire Mogul, Henry Kravis backs crypto fund

    • Premiere League soccer club SL Benfica now accepts Bitcoin

The bottomline: 

The biggest event this month was without a doubt the announcement of Facebook's Libra coin and network. This was an incredibly bullish event for Bitcoin in three ways. 

1. It drew mass attention towards the crypto space and is the latest major validation of the industry by big institutions ranging from Visa, to Mastercard to Uber. 

2. Facebooks new wallet Calibra, set to launch in 2020, will likely be the largest crypto on-ramp we have ever and will likely ever see. There are only a handful companies flexing the type of user numbers that facebook has access to... 2.4 billion to be exact. Yes, that is 1/3rd the global population. With Calibra, each of those 2.4 billion individuals will have access to their first crypto wallet from one day to the next. Whether Calibra will accept Bitcoin of course is yet to be seen, but several factors speak for it. 

3. The case for a decentralized global currency was proven in less than 12 hours, as the US Congress, more or less, send a cease and desist to Facebook, telling them to halt the Libra project until they can take a closer look. Good luck telling Bitcoin to "take a pause". As a decentralized global currency with no team, no founder, and no legal jurisdiction, it doesn't matter if governments 'want' to shut bitcoin down, as there is no 'how' to shut it down. The global macro game theory behind shutting down bitcoin is one of the most exhilarating and I'm sure I will soon write a blog post about it. It suffices to say, Bitcoin has a lot of tailwind, and will ascend to the heights we envision in the coming years. A four figure bitcoin will soon be as wishful an opportunity as three figure bitcoin has been for two years. 

Our Past Predictions

Prediction from Market Update 006 "After its powerful run to $9,000 we expect Bitcoin to consolidate in the $6,000 to $9,000 price range, with the option of a second run to the last bull market end-zone of $13,500." 

Result: Bitcoin started the month with a pull back from $9,000 to $7,300, followed by a rally to $13,500 as predicted, and at last a pull back to $10,600. This entire year Bitcoin appears to be on the fast track, covering previous market structures in 2x the speed.   

Technical Short Term and Fundamental Macro Economic Prognostic: 

Short Term (till September): 

Bitcoin has found halt 40% from the all-time high several times before (see graphic circled in green). Usually we see Bitcoin price action take a pause here for as much as 180 days. But as mentioned previously this market cycle is decidedly faster than any of the previous cycles, so a sideways move in the $8,000 to $14,000 range may be completed in little more than 60-90 days, before continuing it's rally to break the all time high. As Bitcoin's volatility fizzles, we expect a lot of money to get bored and seek faster and bigger returns in alt coins that have not yet experienced the type of rally Bitcoin has. Some of these assets stand to gain 100%+ returns simply to catch up to their November 2018 levels. We believe that should there be an altcoin "season" it is likely imminent, as they tend to coincide with post-Bitcoin rally cool-off periods. This is quite logical as investors take profits off their Bitcoin trades and cycle them into what they think might be next.

Screen Shot 2019-06-24 at 10.46.25 PM.png

Long Term (2020-2023)

From #006: 'We expect Bitcoin to hit between $200,000-$500,000 in this coming bull market. We based this on nearly a dozen modes of analysis, from UTXO, to NVTS, to RSI, to Stock-to-Flow, to price action and market cycle analysis, which all line up with similar valuations. The global macro-economic backdrop is supportive of this as well as central banks are pushing off the next coming recession by artificially lowering interest rates to the extent that the IMF is considering negative interest rates. An economic environment where the bank charges you money to keep your savings, is one that we find extremely supportive of a crypto future. Sprinkle in Trumps plans for new Quantitative Easing (also known as printing more Dollars), and combine it with a Bitcoin halving which makes Bitcoin more scarce than Gold, we are looking at the perfect storm for digital asset appreciation'

#007 Addendum: Our Long Term Macro prognostic only got reinforced this month with the latest decisions and rhetoric of the Trump Administration. The Federal Reserve Futures show a 100% chance of at least one interest rate cut in July. Lower interest rates are not just on the horizon, they are impending. Furthermore President Trump went public in a tweet this week writing “China and Europe playing big currency manipulation game and pumping money into their system in order to compete with USA. We should MATCH, or continue being the dummies who sit back and politely watch as other countries continue to play their games - as they have for many years!” It's safe to say the President is comfortable running the printing press to achieve his foreign policy agenda. A concerning measure for anyone with USD savings, and a tweet to be celebrated by anyone who is long Bitcoin or other safe-haven assets. Bitcoin may just be the ultimate hedge during the coming economic recession. 

These positions will of course adapt over time, but they are based on taking a deeper look into similar market cycles, asset classes, and macro economics.  

The information contained or attached herein is not intended to provide, and should not be relied upon for, accounting, legal or tax advice or investment recommendations. This presentation may contain forward-looking statements that are within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs, as well as assumptions made by, and information currently available to, management. Although management believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct. This email is for informational purposes only and does not constitute an offer to sell, or the solicitation of an offer to buy, any security, product, service of Hartmann Capital as well as any Hartmann Capital fund, whether an existing or contemplated fund, for which an offer can be made only by such fund’s Confidential Private Placement Memorandum and in compliance with applicable law. Past performance is not indicative nor a guarantee of future returns. Please consult your own independent advisors. All information is intended only for the named recipient(s) above and is covered by the Electronic Communications Privacy Act 18 U.S.C. Section 2510-2521. This email is confidential and may contain information that is privileged or exempt from disclosure under applicable law. If you have received this message in error please immediately notify the sender by return email and delete this email message from your computer. Copyright 2019 Hartmann Capital , LLC. All Rights Reserved.



Felix Hartmann