Mr Goxx, the cryptocurrency trading hamster, outshines human investors

The furry rodent's trading is streamed live on the internet from his fully automated home office.
The furry rodent's trading is streamed live on the internet from his fully automated home office. Photo credit: Twitter

Cryptocurrency continues to make headlines around the world, from China's complete ban to its use for purchasing digital artworks for millions of dollars.

There's also a growing number of investors hoping to make money from bitcoin, ethereum, cardano and the other digicoins out there - with 13 percent of Americans estimated to have traded in the last year, according to CNBC.

But one investor, Mr Goxx, is getting a whole lot of attention for his performance, with his investments through his business Goxx Capital up 19 percent in just over three months.

That's a better overall performance than major stock markets around the world and even outshines legendary investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway, according to Protos, a cryptocurrency news site.

And that's all the more impressive when you consider Mr Goxx is a hamster.

The trading rodent is named after MtGox, once the world's largest crypto exchange until it filed for bankruptcy in 2014 after 750,000 bitcoin were stolen. His exploits are the brainchild of two anonymous men from Germany.

"It seems like most people from our generation see no other chance than throwing a lot of their savings on the crypto market, without having a clue what's going on there," they told the BBC.

"We were joking about whether my hamster would be able to make smarter investment decisions than we humans do."

Mr Goxx sets his own business hours and his office, which is attached to his cage, is a fully-automated technological masterpiece he is free to enter at any time.

It uses a combination of software scripts, computers, microcontrollers and more to trade based on the furry financier's actions.

Every time he enters the office, a livestream activates on Twitch and an automated post is sent to Twitter to let his followers know a trading session has started.

Mr Goxx
Photo credit: Twitter

His hamster wheel is the method by which he selects which cryptocurrency to trade, transforming into an 'intention wheel' which scrolls through various different types of cryptocoins. Whichever one is selected when he stops is then purchased or sold.

Two tunnels nearby act as 'sell' or 'buy' triggers, with the trades automated based on which one he runs through.

Every tweet makes it clear that traders shouldn't be using Mr Goxx for pointers, saying "this content is for entertainment purposes only. Investments shown here are not financial advice". 

Regardless, it's still been an impressive return on investment based on what is, essentially, random luck.

Mr Goxx's trading account started with around NZ$540 dollars in it but struggled in the first few weeks, ending up 7.3 percent down in the first month, the BBC reported.

But the latest tweet indicating career performance has shown great improvement, with a total profit of NZ$105 on his trades.

And there is more to come, according to Mr Goxx's owners.

"We have many features in mind that would make the whole thing much more fun to watch and would mean even more space for Mr Goxx to play around in," they said.

That has included a selection of NFTs to increase Mr Goxx's trading capacity - although it comes with a warning too.

"Business hamster that I am, I will not pass on this opportunity to boost my trading account," the tweet said.

"Might be worth something one day. But let's be real. Probably not."