Luxor refutes claims its Bitcoin hashrate-backed product is BlockFi, Celsius 2.0

An upcoming Bitcoin (BTC) hashrate-backed product that might provide 10% to 13% returns shouldn’t be in comparison with failed merchandise by BlockFi or Celsius as its returns come from proof-of-work, not “ponzi schemes,” claims the product’s creator Bitcoin mining agency Luxor Know-how.

The legitimacy of Luxor’s hashrate-backed product was highlighted in an Oct. 17 What Bitcoin Did podcast. Host Peter McCormack expressed concern at Luxor’s upcoming providing and mentioned what a worst-case-scenario for Luxor’s product would appear like.

Luxor’s Head of Derivatives Matt Williams informed Cointelegraph that its hashrate-backed product isn’t a repeat of merchandise from BlockFi or Celsius as a result of it is backed by financial manufacturing.

“There’s precise proof-of-work and demonstrable financial exercise taking place [here].” Williams mentioned. “The return comes from miners giving up a few of the margin that they might produce from their mining enterprise to an investor that’s financing their operation.”

“The primary takeaway: the return comes from hashrate, not from pixie mud, ponzi schemes, or rehypothecation.”

Luxor’s product works via buyers receiving a lower of mortgage repayments by posting Bitcoin as collateral to Luxor — which can then mortgage it to different miners to fund their operations.

The returns are created when hashrate is bought from a Bitcoin miner at a reduced value and is then “locked in” when offered at a better value. Bitcoin within the type of mining rewards come from that hashrate. Luxor estimates investor returns will vary from 10% to 13%.

The method can be managed via Luxor’s upcoming hashrate market.

Williams claimed the providing means miner’s are supplied with “higher” entry to capital as a result of they received’t need to promote their mined BTC to fund their operations.

“It may be a extra economically viable choice for miners as a result of they’ll obtain funding upfront whereas retaining possession of their mined Bitcoin,” he added.

Luxor harassed it isn’t utilizing its personal mining pool and is simply performing as an middleman between buyers and mining corporations. “We solely custody bitcoin for a really quick time period as we transfer funds from the customer (investor) to the vendor (mining agency),” Williams sai.

However these curious about making a return on their Bitcoin ought to tread with warning, says Joe Kelly, CEO of Bitcoin lending agency Unchained.

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“Any funding or mortgage that requires a Bitcoin holder to half management with their Bitcoin ought to obtain super diligence and scrutiny,” he mentioned.

“The bitcoin lending and borrowing markets are very nascent and we’re more likely to see repeats of the failures that occurred with BlockFi and Celsius until buyers on the entire train excessive warning.”

Williams harassed the hashrate-backed product isn’t obtainable to everybody, solely those that cross the agency’s due diligence checks.

Williams acknowledged Luxor’s hashrate-backed product rightfully comes with “inherent trepidation” in mild of the BlockFi and Celsius bankruptcies and famous that buyers are taking over counterparty danger with Luxor.

To mitigate these dangers, Luxor mentioned it should solely work with “respected miners” and should even mandate them to submit insurance coverage.

Luxor didn’t share when the product can be obtainable.

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