Anthony Scaramucci Slams The Economist For ‘Absurd’ Bitcoin ETF Take

By Aaron Feuerstein February 05, 2024 In Bitcoin, ETF
  • Anthony Scaramucci criticised The Economist in a tweet for an article he deemed absurd.
  • The article downplayed the significance of the newly launched Spot Bitcoin ETFs.
  • James Seyffart however highlighted their efficiency and potential to attract various investors, while also acknowledging some challenges introduced by ETFs.
  • Scaramucci’s broader critique of traditional financial media highlights unfair assessment of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, compared to conventional investments.

Anthony Scaramucci, ex-Goldman Sachs banker and former White House Communications Director under Donald Trump, had a bone to pick with British finance news publication The Economist. In a recent tweet, Scaramucci slammed the newspaper for publishing an article he called absurd in a tweet.

This is an absurd article; it’s behind a paywall so you might be spared its absurdity. If a $5bn ETF start is bad what is good? If it were anything other than Bitcoin . . .

Anthony Scaramucci

Bitcoin ETF Less Important Than Gold ETF?

While the article is behind a paywall, the first two paragraphs, which are available for free, suggest that although the Spot Bitcoin ETF approvals came after a long waiting period, the start of the actual trading was a disappointment.

The article also pointed out that Bitcoin price is down since inception of these ETFs and compared the start of Spot Bitcoin ETFs to the start of Gold ETFs. The Economist concluded that the Bitcoin ETF is less influential than the Gold ETF.

The actual truth is that the ETFs have seen a tremendous amount of interest and to be fair, just over two weeks is not a large enough time frame to even start measuring the impact of the ETFs.


Bloomberg Analyst Weighs In

On the Web3 Deep Dive Podcast with Rachel Wolfson, Bloomberg analyst James Seyffart suggested that the approval of spot Bitcoin ETFs is a crucial development for both the ETF industry and the cryptocurrency sector. Seyffart said that spot ETFs are more advantageous and efficient for investors than futures-based ETFs. This approval creates new opportunities for both retail and institutional investors to invest in Bitcoin with ease.

Seyffart also mentioned that while the future approval of a spot Ethereum ETF remains uncertain, there is still a possibility it could happen. He acknowledged that while ETFs serve as a link between conventional finance and the crypto world, they also bring about elements of centralisation and present certain challenges. 

And Kyledoops, a crypto analyst who works with Crypto Banter, pointed out that the spot ETFs have reached 3.3% of total Bitcoin supply in just 15 days – an impressive feat, to say the least. 

Not All Investments Are Created Equal It Seems

Scaramucci’s comment also reflects his broader perspective on Bitcoin and the cryptocurrency market. As a financial expert and a proponent of cryptocurrencies, he often speaks about the potential and the challenges of this emerging asset class.

His statement can be seen as a critique of how traditional financial media and analysts view and report on cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin, highlighting that these new financial tools are not being given a fair assessment compared to more traditional investments.

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein

Aaron Feuerstein is a freelance writer based in Melbourne. His focus is on decentralised finance and the regulatory space surrounding blockchain. He holds a Master's in Accounting. When he is not studying the latest legal case, he enjoys his time as a modest but eager hobby cook.

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