News reports about companies buying and holding vast fortunes of a cryptocurrency because they will or might accept payments in the future in that cryptocurrency.

I'm trying to understand why a company would buy and hold a reserve of any type of currency (crypto or fiat) if it is to accept payments in that currency?

(Assume for argument's sake that the company does not have to provide change as that could be an explanation for holding a reserve of a fiat currency.)

Edit: Removed assumption that a company had to do that.

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    I think it's more an effort to bring some stability to Bitcoin prices, to make it usable as an actual currency rather than something to speculate in. Prices start dropping? Buy up more Bitcoin. Prices start rising? Sell off some Bitcoin.
    – chepner
    Jul 27, 2021 at 14:56
  • No one will want to accept Bitcoin as payment if the price is going to drop tomorrow, and no one will want to spend Bitcoin if the price is going to go up.
    – chepner
    Jul 27, 2021 at 14:59
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    Who said a company needs to hold crypto to be able to accept it?
    – quid
    Jul 27, 2021 at 18:26
  • "Lots of news reports about companies buying and holding vast fortunes of a cryptocurrency because they will or might accept payments in the future in that cryptocurrency" — Could you give some examples?
    – Flux
    Jul 28, 2021 at 0:32

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As pointed out in the comments, holding BTC is not a prerequisite for accepting BTC payments.

As for the rationale, Tesla might try to position itself as a "though-leader" or "early adopter" in order to encourage the mainstream use and adoption of cryptocurrencies, which could help stabilize their volatility and increase liquidity.

I'm not aware of other large corporations that simultaneously announced the buying of cryptocurrencies and accepting them for payment.

From TSLA's 10-K filing (emphasis mine):

We hold and may acquire digital assets that may be subject to volatile market prices, impairment and unique risks of loss.

In January 2021, we updated our investment policy to provide us with more flexibility to further diversify and maximize returns on our cash that is not required to maintain adequate operating liquidity. As part of the policy, which was duly approved by the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors, we may invest a portion of such cash in certain alternative reserve assets including digital assets, gold bullion, gold exchange-traded funds and other assets as specified in the future. Thereafter, we invested an aggregate $1.50 billion in bitcoin under this policy and may acquire and hold digital assets from time to time or long-term. Moreover, we expect to begin accepting bitcoin as a form of payment for our products in the near future, subject to applicable laws and initially on a limited basis, which we may or may not liquidate upon receipt.


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