Three Arrows Capital, a cryptocurrency hedge fund founded in 2012 by Su Zhu and Kyle Davies, reportedly received $400 million worth of ether over the weekend.
Wu Blockchain, a Chinese crypto reporter, tweeted that 97,477 ETH was transferred from the cryptocurrency exchanges FTX, Binance and Coinbase to a wallet marked by Nansen as belonging to Three Arrows Capital. Nansen, a blockchain analysis firm, confirmed the data to CoinDesk.
Zhu of Three Arrows responded to the tweet by saying that “100k eth is dust,” and that there’s “more coming.”
Look I couldn't let you guys jerk off watching the burn without me
Eth L1 still unusable for newcomers, show it to your grandma if you don't believe me
I'll still bid it hard on any panic dump like this weekend obv
100k eth is dust fwiw, more coming
— Zhu Su 🔺 (@zhusu) December 7, 2021
Zhu said in a Telegram chat with CoinDesk that the hedge fund is bullish on ETH because the macro environment has calmed, and that “both U.S. and Chinese stock markets are healthy.”
“It now appears like a healthy flushout of leverage after weeks of excess and dispersion,” Zhu said.
“Many overleveraged crypto derivative positions were stopped out,” added Zhu. “Leading up to this, many different coins had gone up substantially and people were asking what’s next constantly.”
The move is especially notable given Zhu’s recent disavowal of Ethereum, claiming “zero newcomers can afford the chain” due to high transaction fees.
Yes I have abandoned Ethereum despite supporting it in the past.
Yes Ethereum has abandoned its users despite supporting them in the past.
The idea of sitting around jerking off watching the burn and concocting purity tests, while zero newcomers can afford the chain, is gross.
— Zhu Su 🔺 (@zhusu) November 21, 2021
The Nov. 20 tweet caused a weekend uproar among Ethereum diehards.
Read more: Ethereum’s Fees Are Too Damn High
Ether has outperformed bitcoin in the last year and may continue to do so as the focus remains on macroeconomic factors.
CoinDesk’s Omkar Godbole wrote on Monday that analysts view ETH’s newfound deflationary asset credentials and impending transition to proof-of-stake as ways to help the cryptocurrency stay resilient.
Ether is up 500% year to date, and is trading around the $4,300 mark at press time. Bitcoin, the world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, is up 70% year to date and is trading at around $50,200.