“I suspect going forward we’re going to see more and more evidence of questionable companies as this bull market keeps advancing and ageing,” says the Yale University History of Financial Fraud Professor, who predicted the collapse of Enron. “This is simply a security speculation game masquerading as a technological breakthrough in monetary policy.”
He refutes the stored value argument many cryptocurrency advocates allocate to Bitcoin and altcoins, explaining that in the case of an apocalypse food would be a far better currency than cryptocoins. “In the worst case scenario, that’s exactly the case in which a digital currency will work the least. The last thing I’d want to own is Bitcoin if the grid goes down.”
Chanos concludes that the only use Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have today is “to avoid taxation or other examinations of transactions”, although he added that, “governments have figured that out.”
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