Regulation & The Importance of Bitcoin Self-Custody

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I’m pretty big on Bitcoin security and always want people who stack sats to take ownership of them by getting a cold wallet, rather than leaving their coins on 3rd party platforms. Having said that, I have moved my Bitcoin around different places and it got to a point where I had more out of my own custody than I would have liked.

Che wrote about self-custody recently but as more has been uncovered about the regulation around Bitcoin and crypto, particularly in the USA, it’s made me appreciate even more the importance of Bitcoin self-custody. I was already aware of it and this was deeply engrained in me from the moment I dipped my toes in to Bitcoin as my cold wallet was the first thing I bought before anything else.

Centralised Finance

Sucked in by the opportunity to earn some interest on my sats, I have been lending out my BTC on a couple of CeFi platforms to earn interest on it so I can get more sats but over the last few months, I’ve become more and more uneasy about what happens if these companies have to close due to regulation.

I keep the majority of my stack on cold storage of course but that small amount I have out in these 3rd party companies, I kinda want it back as once you learn the basics of self-custody, it really isn’t that hard.

Although I won’t be getting any sats passively, when the interest is between 2-6% of a small amount, I don’t feel like it’s worth the risk, especially when the average fiat price of Bitcoin has gone up by 200% per year since its inception!

Regulatory Concerns

Recently, the USA tried to sneak in a regulatory bill where they basically painted a rather broad brush stroke over the whole crypto space. This won’t affect me too much directly with the Bitcoin holdings in self-custody but instead, it would affect the US companies that I earn interest on with a real possibility they might be forced to shut down.

This includes US based exchanges as well and so if you have any Bitcoin on exchanges or 3rd party companies where you don’t own the private keys to your Bitcoin wallet, then you must love taking risks!

Changing Tack

For me, I’ve decided to change the percentage of what I have in cold storage compared to having out there on 3rd party lending apps from about 70/30 to 90/10, with the 90% going in to deep freeze where I’m not even going to look at it for 10 years.

As I’ve been reading some of Che’s posts and seeing his success with Liquid Network and HODLHODL, it’s made me think about other options. These 2nd layer solutions provide lending or exchange services whilst keeping access to your keys and coins and as with anything, to understand it more, you need to dive in and use it!

So I’ll be taking that remaining 10% and spread it out over various Bitcoin dapps and see how it goes.

Jumping The Gun?

This may seem like a knee jerk reaction to FUD but truth be told, once you get used to owning your BTC with your own wallet, giving control of it back over to some 3rd party who’s biggest risk is regulation because they sh*tcoin makes me feel a little uneasy. I have worked hard to get these sats and I’m gonna keep a hold of them! If I lose out on 4-6% then I don’t mind, there are other methods to earn sats passively and DCA is working a treat.

The UK usually follows what US does in terms of regulation so will not be surprised if our good friends in Westminster announce something similar so I’d get yourself a cold wallet and learn how to practice safe Bitcoin hey!

Disclaimer: This article should not be taken as, and is not intended to provide any investment advice. It is for educational and entertainment purposes only. As of the time posting, the writers may or may not have holdings in some of the coins or tokens they cover. Please conduct your own thorough research before investing in any cryptocurrency, as all investments contain risk. All opinions expressed in these articles are my own and are in no way a reflection of the opinions of The Bitcoin Manual

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  1. When it comes to your sats it’s better to side cautiously, you’ll see these DEFI junkies go far out the risk curve because they know their coin isn’t worth shit and are desperate to get a yield, same with dollar junkies. Any returns where you’re making more than 5% in this current market is either heavily subsidized, inflation driven or a downright scam. It’s hard to get real yields and theres no sense risking your sats when you getting a CAGR of 200% a year, perhaps a little but not the whole bag

    I do think that as BTC increases in value, lending platforms will be begging to get your sats with attractive rates so you can risk less of your bag over time if you want to make additional ROI

    1. Yeah man, I’m keeping those hard earned sats well away from 3rd party now. The only way I can see returns coming in at 5-6% is if it is from mining like with Celsius but they say that their biggest risk is regulation plus they have way too many other coins now that their focus seems to be all over the place and that bill could hit hard like it has with BlockFi.

      We’ll see how things pan out over the next 5-10 years with these platforms if they can work with regulators and not get rekt by it all. For now, I’ll take the CAGR of 200% on the majority of the stack and the rest is the “test stack”.

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