BUIP127: Partially re-weight funds, 50% BTC to BCH
Proposer: Jonathan Toomim
Submitted on: 2019-06-05
Status: closed


## Background:

The Bitcoin Unlimited organization (“BU”) is relatively well-financed.
BU received \$500k in donations in 2016 alone, which it held primarily in
BTC and which has both been partially spent and which has appreciated
over time.

Since late 2017, BU has been focused on development for the BCH
platform. Since the May 2019 BUIP vote, BU has ended development support
for all platforms other than BCH.

However, BUs funds are still balanced in roughly equal numbers of BTC,
BCH, and BSV coins. This means that approximately 93% of BU’s wealth is
tied to BTC’s success, 5% is tied to BCH’s success, and 2-3% is tied to
BSV’s success.

One partial conversion from BTC to BCH was performed in 2017-2018, but
BCH funds have been preferentially spent since then causing a return to
approximate coin-count parity.

## Proposal:

BU shall convert 50% of its BTC holdings into BCH.

The conversions will be performed by the President. Before making any
conversions, the President will provide a description of the strategy
and tools (e.g. exchange accounts) that the President will use to
perform the conversion to the Developer and Secretary, and the Developer
and Secretary must provide their approval before the conversion begins.
This conversion shall happen over a time period no less than 6 weeks,
and no more than 24 weeks. The President is authorized to have up to 5
BTC (or the BCH proceeds therefrom) under his sole custodianship at a
time during these transfers. The President may use OTC trading desk,
centralized exchanges, or decentralized exchanges, as long as the
Developer and Secretary approve of the method used. The Developer,
Secretary, and President may also use a multisig wallet approach if they
prefer; in this case, conversions up to 30 BTC at a time may performed.

The President shall publish progress reports of the conversion at least
once every 2 weeks while the conversion is in progress, and shall
publish the percent of BU’s original BTC holdings that were converted
during that period and overall, and the average exchange rate received
during that period and overall.

The total number of BTC, BCH, and BSV in BU’s possession need not be
publicly disclosed at any time.

Separate BUIPs may be issued to modify the total amount of BTC sold
under this BUIP. If such alternate BUIPs are proposed and one passes but
this BUIP does not, then the terms of this BUIP modified according to
the passing BUIP will be used. If multiple of these BUIPs (including
this one) pass, then the BUIP with the highest approval/(approval +
disapproval + spoil) vote percent shall be chosen. In the event of a
tie, the percent to be sold shall be the average of all of the tied
BUIPs.

## Rationale:

BU is working to make BCH into a platform that can replace BTC as the
dominant cryptocurrency. Should BU begin to succeed in achieving that,
BU would not be in a financial position to grow with the BCH economy. In
such a scenario, BCH would only have about as much financial strength as
it does now.

On the other hand, if BU goes to a 47/50/3% ratio now, and if BCH ever
reaches price parity with BTC, then BU will have approximately 10x more
real wealth than it currently does, and will be in a much better
position to sustain the elevated level of development that will be
needed to keep BCH operating successfully.

Given that BCH is BU’s focus, an argument can be made to sell all of
BU’s non-BCH holdings (including BSV) in favor of BCH. However, BU’s
long-term goal is not necessarily to promote BCH per se, but instead to
promote on-chain scaling for Bitcoin, and it’s possible that BCH might
flounder in that goal and BU may need to pivot to BTC, BSV, or another
fork that has not yet risen to visibility. Furthermore, as the BCH
community and market is still quite a bit smaller than BTC’s, BCH is
more volatile than BTC, and BU needs to be able to weather temporary
financial setbacks like we saw during Nov 2018-April 2019, after the BSV
fork. Keeping a portion of BU’s funds in BTC for now is a conservative
step that allows BU to both survive hardship as well as to capitalize on
success.

This BUIP does not include the sales of BSV, if for no other reason than
the 2-3% value is more drama than it’s worth at this time.

Conversions are limited to 30 BTC per phase in the case of multisig
transfers in order to mandate time-averaging of the exchange rate and to
minimize the potential for market-moving behavior, not for security.
Conversions are limited to 5 BTC in the unisig case for funding
security.

Publicly disclosing the amounts of BTC, BSV, and BCH is a security and
privacy risk, and could deanonymize BU’s wallets or attract unwanted
attention from hackers. Consequently, this BUIP neither requires nor
forbids the President from publicly or privately disclosing absolute
amounts. Members who wish to know BU’s current finances are encouraged
to ask the President (@solex) directly via forum DM.