***** WARNING ****** DO NOT SEND ANY (LARGE) SUMS TO COINBASE. $40,000 wire transfer missing since 12/18 with ZERO response

The question is- why would you ever trust this company? How do you not reach out to a customer who trusted you with this amount of money? Is this who you want to be dealing with if/ when the shit really hits the fan in the cryptocurrency space ? It is a total sham(e), I would have absolutely been a customer, and likely an active one long term. For all those who have had positive experiences with Coinbase- that's great, but don't assume it will not happen to you at some point, especially when liquidity goes to hell after a crash. If they can't help a newer customer willing to put in a large amount of funds, why will they help those who put in less. No, I did not deposit this amount without depositing a smaller amount first, which went through, so assumed the systems were fine, and hey worst case the wire is rejected …. WRONG. Don't assume it won't happen to you!! Yes I filed a CFPB and state Financial Institutions complaint. Yes I called a zillion times. Yes I did everything they instructed on their "customer support" site. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this could happen in this country. This company has reared its ugly face as a total fraud and/or perhaps a total Ponzi scheme. How in the world do you return other wires from 5 days ago before addressing ones from more than a month ago, never mind the amount! Let this be a warning to you all, I would not wish this on ANYONE.

ADDENDUM: I attempted to transfer to my GDAX account, but the wire goes through the associated Coinbase account, and shows up as a Coinbase deposit (had transferred funds before), hence the references to Coinbase.

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HODLing since 2013. Sold 1/3rd of BTC today at $19.5k. Don’t be afraid to take gains. Thoughts and ramblings inside.

Throwaway account for obvious reasons. I am posting this for others who may be debating about what to do with their BTC gains.

First heard about Bitcoin in 2013. Ordered $ 8k worth of computer parts and took over the extra power in my house and built milk crate mining rigs. Kept them running, even as the price fell… As cards failed I didn't replace them. Long story short, I end up with ~80 BTC.

During the "down years" before things really picked up steam I played around mining some other things, so I have around 65 Litecoin and 70 Ethereum. I messed around and spent some BTC just because I could, a couple BTC on online poker/casino sites to see how it worked… And that ill fated 1 BTC porn video from a Redditor who is probably laughing her way to retirement by now…. 😉

Earlier this month I became a cryptomillionaire on December 10th. That was an awesome achievement. Luckily for me I've been involved in technology so I was already a millionaire in the traditional sense. Not anything too crazy… 4M net worth or so, but used to dealing with money and investments. My advice to others is based on 30 years in technology and being a high net worth individual since the early 2000's.

Today I passed 1.5M in crypto wealth and I cashed out a third of my holdings to pay off my mortgage. I did this for multiple reasons:

  1. I think we are in a speculative bubble. I believe in crypto and blockchain technology. It is going to change the world. But the utility is not fully there yet. The current price, in my opinion, is overinflated relative to what these things are really doing in the world. I think there will be a correction but eventually things will really take off, similar to the dot com bubble. Having worked in technology since 1997 this is just my opinion based on my gut reaction to everything going on.

  2. Traditional banking needs reformed/to die. Why should a big bank get to collect thousands in interest from me every year? I view selling some of my crypto and clearing a major debt as not only a personal gain but a vote against the system. I would encourage anyone who can clear debt against existing fiat to do so. I would rather put $ 1k back into crypto a month than be giving $ 1k in interest back to the banks.

  3. You are not investing if you are not ever willing to take gains, you are just gambling. I don't think anyone should ever sell 100% of their crypto, but you need to be able to part with some of your BTC at the time and choosing that makes the most sense for you and your goals.

As part of adjusting my crypto portfolio for the future today, I also converted all my Bitcoin Cash to BTC. I very much do not like what is coming out of the mouths of that group, and I believe there should only be one "Bitcoin." I am appreciative of the free money that landed in my lap from that fork, but too many options is going to confuse the general public. I encourage everyone to do the same.

As I write this, I am still a cryptomillionaire and am looking forward to the future. But I have future goals in mind where I may clear other debts or continue to diversify. Unless you have no debts at all and no plans in your life I think HODLing until death is a pretty silly idea. Everyone should have some goals in mind with any financial venture. Just make sure they are big enough checkboxes that you won't keep looking back.

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