Bitcoin is like 'digital gold' and won't be used the same as a traditional currency in at least 5 years, billionaire investor Mike Novogratz says
Bitcoinis a store of value, like "digital gold," and will unlikely be used as traditional currency for the next five years, the former Goldman Sachs partner and hedge fund manager Mike Novogratztold Bloomberg.
- The Bitcoin bull expects the
digital currency's price to keep rising as more people pile into the idea of adding it to their portfolios.
- He expects several banks and credit-card companies to catch up to PayPal's recent decision to allow customers to transact in
- "It's no longer a debate if crypto is a thing, if Bitcoin is an asset, if the blockchain is going to be part of the financial infrastructure," Novogratz said. "It's not 'if', it's 'when', and so every single company has to have a plan now."
"I don't think Bitcoin is going to be used as a transactional currency anytime in the next five years," the bitcoin bull said in an interview with Bloomberg TV and Radio. "Bitcoin is being used as a store of value."Bitcoin is still a relatively small asset class, mostly favored by millennial investors who aren't as influential in the financial
Bitcoin has surged over 14% in the last week, hitting $13,169 on Monday. The rally was sharply driven by US digital payments firm PayPal announcing that it would allow customers to buy and hold cryptocurrencies.The size of the cryptocurrency market has grown to around $397.9 billion, from around $195 billion at the start of the year, according to CoinMarketCap.com. Bitcoin is, by far, the largest digital coin in circulation, with a market cap of $244 billion and accounts for around 61% of the total market. Novogratz said PayPal's decision last week was "the biggest news of the year in crypto."
He expects all banks to catch up in the race to service crypto products. Companies including E*Trade Financial, Visa, Mastercard, and American Express can be expected to follow suit "within a year," he told Bloomberg.
"It's no longer a debate if crypto is a thing, if Bitcoin is an asset, if the blockchain is going to be part of the financial infrastructure," he said. "It's not if, it's when, and so every single company has to have a plan now."Read More: 'The road to financial implosion': A notorious market bear says the Fed has set the stage for a 67% stock plunge — and warns of zero-to-negative returns over the next 12 years
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