Some crypto investors like to risk debt just to get into Bitcoin.
Getting a loan is a complex personal decision that should be made with great care and financial prudence. Bitcoin ( BTC ) has recently risen to an all-time high, so some Bitcoiners have taken out bank loans to buy more of the asset.
To some, this may seem like a shortcut to riches; others see such financial measures as stupid given the volatility in the area
In a tweet on Friday by Peter McCormack, the What Did Bitcoin podcast moderator called it, he had bought 2.55 Bitcoin with the help of a loan in the amount of 46,250 US dollars. He expects to pay back more than $ 57,000 within six years.
„If Bitcoin is at $ 22,669.35 in December 2026, I’ll be in the black,“ said McCormack. „I wanted to borrow a lot more money. My regular income can easily handle the monthly repayment of $ 800. But that was the highest I could make with my bank after thinking about the idea for a few minutes.“
McCormack is a well-known figure in the crypto space. He said he could afford to lose the money on the bitcoin investment. He currently has income from his podcast, but his 2018 portfolio suffered badly during the market downturn. At the time , he tweeted that he had turned $ 32,000 into $ 1.2 million. Then it all fell back to pretty much zero.
Vitalik Buterin strongly condemned such loans. The Ethereum co-founder stated in a tweet that he sold half of his BTC in 2013 when he was „only a few thousand dollars“ instead of taking out a bank loan to buy more crypto.
Crypto enthusiasts are divided on whether non-wealthy investors should take out bank loans just to buy more crypto
A Redditor who claimed it took out a loan in late September when Bitcoin price was below $ 11,000 said yesterday that it was „borrowing even more“ now that the price was above $ 19,000 .
„Borrowing at $ 11,000 was a good move,“ said Reddit user Yung-Split in response to the investment. „Be extremely careful about shopping now and after a spike. […] If you go into debt and buy from a local high, you could easily destroy your optimism.“
„You just played poker and you got lucky,“ said Redditor Grimeflea. „Because you were lucky, you think you hacked the system and got it right. This psychology will catch up with you soon. […] Anyone who thinks you can ‚invest‘ someone else’s money wisely is a Idiot.“
Cointelegraph reported in June that a flight attendant in the United Arab Emirates faces jail time and massive debt after failing to repay a $ 100,000 loan with Emirates Islamic Bank.
At press time, the Bitcoin price is $ 19,177. Over the past month it’s up 20.2 percent.