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‘Investing in Bitcoin [BTC] is like gambling’ – Says Paypal’s former CEO

Arjun B



'Investing in Bitcoin [BTC] is like gambling' - Says Paypal's former CEO
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Bill Harris, the Founder, and CEO of Paypal Holdings Inc [PYPL] has lashed out at Bitcoin [BTC], saying “this is a scam”. He says that the new age digital currency is not an effective means of payment and it will not serve as a great store of value. The main reason is due to its nature of being “Volatile”, says Bill.

Bill Harris has also served as CEO of Intuit [INTU] and Co-Founder of Personal Capital Corporation.

He mentioned that:

“Bitcoin is more of a gamble than an investment and the investors are drinking the Kool-Aid.”

However, he supports Blockchain technology, but he strongly refuted all the reasons promoters of bitcoin were putting forward. He says that there is an issue with the usefulness of the new digital currency with the currency’s value.

Bitcoin [BTC] price had increased rapidly by 1,300 percent and reached nearly $20,000 in 2017. But the coin also faced a massive downfall since the beginning of 2018 and reached up to $6,000.

Bill Harris has given this statement after the prominent New York University economist, Nouriel Roubini called bitcoin “the biggest bubble in human history”. Roubini has also expressed his views earlier this year about the cryptocurrency market.

According to some of the promoters of bitcoin, “Scarcity” is the main reason why its value is increasing. Based on various sources, they say that only 21 million bitcoins can ever be created and at present, the 17 millionth bitcoin is going to be mined soon.

Bill Harris in response argues that:

“My autograph is scarce, I promise that I will never autograph a piece of paper more than 21 million times. But it does not make it valuable.”

He also added:

“There’s the currency like bitcoin then there’s the technology. Blockchain technology has terrific applications, including financial transactions but we don’t need a new currency to do it.”


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Bitcoin prices hit $150 billion market cap for the first time in 2019 as prices pump by 11%




Bitcoin prices hits $150 billion market cap for the first time in 2019 as prices pump by 11%
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Bitcoin’s parabolic rise that started in April seems to be staggering as the increase in price vs. the number of days it took to increase was surprising, considering the prolonged bear market.

The recent pump on May 27 at 23:30 UTC [+5:30] pumped the price from $7.995 to $8,939 in 7 hours with each green candle forming one after another. However, the price reached a peak at 05:30 UTC [+5:30]. After which the price declined by 2.85%.

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Moreover, at press time, the market cap of Bitcoin has reached a new high, i.e., $154 billion and the price reaching $8,900 is a new all-time high of Bitcoin in 2019. Bitcoin’s total rise YTD was 146% and in a 24-hour time frame, the price of Bitcoin was up by 8.71%.

Meanwhile, altcoins have also followed suit as Ethereum pumped by 7.21%, XRP by 7%, Bitcoin Cash by 9.53%, Litecoin pumped the most in top 10 as it was up by 11.23% in 24-hours. Tron, the eleventh largest cryptocurrency pumped by 13.84%, at press time.

Anthony Pompliano, a well-known Bitcoin enthusiast tweeted:

“Someone check on @nouriel. Bitcoin seems to be coming back with a vengeance ever since he blocked most of Bitcoin Twitter.”

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