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Nouriel Roubini: Bitcoin is a bubble!

The Stern School Profesor and the CEO of Roubini Macro Associates Nouriel Roubini hit the wires earlier today with a tweet about bitcoin:

My 12-parts thread on Bitcoin/Shitcoins. I stand by my views: the higher they bubble, the harder they will fall once the criminal Tether manipulation is crashed & FOMO driven retail/institutional suckers get burned hard as in 2018. The parabolic rise in BTC has no fundamentals

In a tweet back on November 26, he said:

Bitcoin has no role in institutional or retail investors portfolios. It is not a currency: not an unit of account, not a scalable means of payment & is a highly volatile store of value. It is heavily manipulated: look at the investigation of  Bitfinex by US law enforcement. 1/n

and he added:

See also the academic evidence that Tether is used to manipulate the Bitcoin market. And look at the recent indictment of BitMex and his criminal CEO & gang. It has no intrinsic value, it is not backed by any asset, it is not legal tender, it cannot be used to pay taxes.

Almost no merchant uses Bitcoin as its price volatility leads to market risk that any profit margin is wiped out before u can convert it back into fiat. Not scalable means of payments. It’s toxic for the environment as POS hogs enormous amounts of energy & pollutes the earth.

in another tweet Roubini said:

Bitcoin is not an asset as it has ZERO intrinsic value. Assets do either provide an income or capital gains or utility or real use of some sort. Stocks, bonds, real estate, other assets provide both income (dividends, interest, rent) & capital gains & housing services for RE;

Gold/silver don’t provide income but give capital gains, utility (jewelry) & used in industry.  BTC doesn’t give income, has no other utility services (such as unit of account or means of payments) & provides only capital gains (or losses) based purely on speculative motives.

So Bitcoin has NO intrinsic fundamental value, use or utility or any other service. So it is a pure speculative manipulated “asset” & bubble with no fundamental value. It is not even an hedge against risk off episodes: every time stocks go down, bitcoin falls much more.

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