El Salvador’s Bitcoin Losses Swell to 28% as Bukele Buys More

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President Nayib Bukele’s Bitcoin gambit is becoming onerous for El Salvador, but that isn’t stopping him from adding to his stockpile, Bloomberg News reported. The impoverished Central American country has bought 2,301 Bitcoins since making it legal tender in September, based on Bukele’s announcements on Twitter, including yesterday’s 500-coin purchase as the price fell below $31,000. The tokens are worth $74 million now, well below the $103 million Bukele paid for them, according to calculations by Bloomberg. Bukele has shown himself to be a true believer in crypto, winning attention and admirers from around the world in the process, and says he trades the nation’s stockpile of coins on his phone. The 40-year-old has said he will push ahead with plans to issue a $1 billion blockchain bond to fund the construction of Bitcoin City, an income and capital gains tax-free jurisdiction he hopes to create on the country’s coast. Read more.