Bitcoin Billionaire Cameron Winklevoss Says Gold Could Be the Next GameStop
Some members of the Wall Street Bets Reddit group that facilitated the GameStop stock hike have turned their attention to driving up silver prices, and Winklevoss thinks gold could be next.
"Silver squeeze" has a nice ring to it. Could a "gold grab" be next? Last week, in an unprecedented stock market coup, members of Reddit group Wall Street Bets conspired to beat hedge funders at their own "short squeeze" game, driving up GameStop shares more than 200%. Now some of the same Reddit investors are buying shares of silver mining companies, driving the silver price up 11% to $30 a share (as of Monday morning), the highest it's been since 2013.
If Redditors pull off a "silver squeeze," there's speculation as to what market could be next. Bitcoin investor and entrepreneur Cameron Winklevoss – who rose to fame with his twin brother Tyler Winklevoss when they won $65 million in a lawsuit against their Harvard classmate Mark Zuckerberg, claiming he stole their idea for Facebook – took to Twitter on January 31 to contemplate the implications.
The ramifications of a #silversqueeze cannot be underestimated. If it's exposed that there are more paper claims on silver than actual silver, not only would payoff be enormous, but gold would be next. #Bitcoin fixes this.— Cameron Winklevoss (@cameron) January 31, 2021
If Silver market is proven to be fraudulent, you better believe Gold market will be next. HUGE implications especially for countries that have de-dollarized and central banks with large Gold holdings. #silversqueeze— Cameron Winklevoss (@cameron) January 31, 2021
The #silversqueeze is going to tell us just how bullshit the Silver and precious metals markets are.— Cameron Winklevoss (@cameron) January 31, 2021
Investing in gold shares has traditionally been considered a safe hedge against stock market volatility. The U.S. has the largest gold reserve in the world, but if the current (record high) price of gold were to suffer a short squeeze, that would indeed have a massive effect on global markets.
As a bigwig Bitcoin investor, it's little surprise Winklevoss is rooting against market mainstays. He and his brother invested $11 million of their $65 million Facebook lawsuit payout into Bitcoin back in 2013, and when the cryptocurrency's shares soared last December, they became billionaires.
In case you weren't convinced that the Winklevoss twins were into all of this stuff, they also just signed on as executive producers for an MGM film on the GameStop fiasco, which will be based on a yet-to-be-written book by Ben Mezrich, author of The Social Network. The tentative title for his GameStop tome? The Antisocial Network.