Billionaire Investor Charlie Munger Calls Crypto A ‘Disease’ And Praises China For Banning It

Charlie Munger, a well-known investor and vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, spoke out about his thoughts on investing at Wednesday’s annual address. He harshly criticised cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and advised investors to not treat the stock market as a gambling parlor.

Munger, 98, stated that he was proud to have avoided the disease. He spoke about Bitcoin at the annual meeting for Daily Journal Corp., the Los Angeles newspaper company, where he has been chairman for many decades.

A billionaire investor who has long criticised cryptocurrencies for their volatility and lack regulation, said Wednesday that the safe assumption for investors was that Bitcoin’s price would be zero in the next 100 years.

He made these comments after Bitcoin, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency, reached a record high last year at over $68,000. This was due to more mainstream adoption by Wall Street. However, its current price is now around $44,000 following a recent downturn.

Munger stated that they already have a digital currency (that’s called a banking account), and that people adopted crypto for its use in illegal activities such as extortion and kidnapping.

Munger said that he ‘admire[s]] the Chinese for banning cryptocurrency’ and that the U.S. had been wrong to allow them. He suggested that the U.S. should also implement a similar ban “immediately.”

The billionaire investor warned of dangerous speculation in the markets and issued dire warnings about inflation. In fact, consumer prices have risen to 40-year highs over recent months.

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Munger stated that the great short squeeze in GameStop, and certainly the bitcoin thing, was wretched. He also said that many people view the stock market as a gambling parlor. The billionaire investor says he would tax short-term gains if he could. This would discourage frivolous speculation and increase market liquidity.

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Munger described surging inflation as the ‘biggest long-term danger’ we face, aside from a nuclear conflict. Consumer prices are up 7.5% in January’s red-hot inflation reading. The Federal Reserve now feels the pressure to increase interest rates this year.

He was asked how inflation today compares with the rise in prices during 1970s. He said that the current problems could be worse than Volcker’s and would require more work to fix.

Demand for Mining Equipment Drops in Russia Amid Fears of Possible Ban, Report

Russian online marketplaces have observed that mining hardware is more frequently offered than sought. This trend started after the Central Bank of Russia (CBR), published a consultation document last month. In it, the regulator suggested a blanket ban of operations with cryptocurrency, including mining. It cited financial instability and investor risks.

RBC has been informed by a major online platform that while there were more ads for coin minting equipment, demand has declined. Marvel Distribution, one the most prominent Russian retailers of this type of product, also reported a drop in video card sales.

According to one source, January saw an increase in video card sales of 12% over December. However, demand for GPUs fell by 4%. The supply of mining rigs rose by 18%, but the demand for them fell by 9% over the month ending 2021. Listings for ASICs increased by 17%, while searches for specialized hardware fell by 27%.

A representative from another market confirmed the shrinking demand, noting that CBR’s report had been a turning point for consumer behavior. This is despite the fact that the monetary authority failed to get support from other institutions, and President Putin highlighting Russia’s competitive advantages as an mining destination.

The federal government offered an alternative strategy, betting that cryptocurrencies could be regulated rather than banned. Dmitry Chernyshenko, the Deputy Prime Minister, signed a regulatory map for the sector that did not initially cover crypto mining. A recent report from the daily Izvestia claims that Chernyshenko later directed several regulatory agencies and departments to include mining in the document.

Experts in the industry have doubted that it is technically possible to prohibit the extraction of digital currency. Russia, a country rich in energy, is one of the top mining hotspots worldwide. Its importance has grown since China cracked down on the sector last May. Officials in Moscow are calling for to recognize mining and tax it accordingly.