Former Legg Mason Star Bill Miller And Bloomberg Are Optimistic About Bitcoin’s Future
Bill Miller, the former Legg Mason star, is optimistic about bitcoin’s future, he said on a webcast sponsored by Digital Galaxy. Former Legg Mason Star Bill Miller And Bloomberg Are Optimistic About Bitcoin’s Future
Miller, who now runs Miller Value Partners, hasn’t sold any of his bitcoin; he first got into the digital currency when it was at ~$200 and after the Mt. Gox collapse, he snapped up more, buying it at levels up to $500 with his average cost for is bitcoin investment at ~$300.
Mike Novogratz, founder and CEO of Galaxy Digital, sees a number of factors in bitcoin’s favor, such as hedge funds and institutional investors getting into the digital asset. He also points to the macroeconomic story of the Fed buying Treasurys and other securities.
Furthermore, increased access and ease of buying bitcoin should also bode well, he said.
“The pieces are in place now for people to feel safe making that bet,” said Novogratz, who described bitcoin as “turbo-charged gold.”
Miller says: “At the current price, at the high $9Ks, I think it’s much safer than where it has ever been before.”
“I don’t see why and FA couldn’t advise clients to put 1% of assets” in bitcoin, he said.
Wall Street’s Bill Miller: ‘Bitcoin Has Potential To Be Worth A Lot Or Worth Zero’
Wall Street’s renowned investor Bill Miller calls himself a Bitcoin observer, predicts that the main cryptocurrency can be worth either a lot or zero.
Bitcoin (BTC) can potentially have a high value or be worth nothing, noted Wall Street investor Bill Miller told CNBC in an interview on Monday, Jan. 7.
Miller, the founder of investment management firm Miller Value Partners, spoke to CNBC host Kelly Evans during a show called “The Exchange,” calling Bitcoin an interesting technological experiment and recalling a clear pattern of higher lows each year.
For instance, the coin’s lowest price hovered around $3,200 last year, he stated. However, now Bitcoin is trading over $4,000 again. Miller told Evans:
“Bitcoin has the potential to be worth a lot and to be worth zero.”
The investor also mentioned another tendency, noting that Bitcoin bottomed almost exactly 52 weeks after it peaked in December 2017, while the stock market didn’t bottom for another three to four weeks.
However, Miller highlighted that a reason he likes to include crypto in his portfolio is that there’s no obvious lasting correlation between crypto markets, stocks and bonds: while crypto can be down, traditional markets can be up, and vice versa.
“I’m a Bitcoin observer, but I wouldn’t call it a believer,” Miller concluded.
In December 2017, when Bitcoin hit its record mark of $20,000, Miller claimed to have invested almost 50 percent of the money from his hedge fund in top crypto. As of September 2018, Miller Value Partners retains $2.89 billion in assets under management.
Six months after, Miller said in an interview that he had been holding a modest one percent of his own assets in Bitcoin since 2014.
Moreover, Miller stated that “bubbles are necessary to bring capital into the market to see if these innovations are actually going to stand,” referring to Bitcoin’s rate in March 2018, when the coin was steadily going down after its historical peak.
Bill Miller’s Hedge Fund Has Half Its Money In Bitcoin
“It’s just about 50 percent right now,” Miller says regarding his MVP 1 fund on the WealthTrack podcast with Consuelo Mack.
Miller says the fund is exploring ways to “mitigate risk” and that bitcoin won’t be half of the fund for that much longer, but it doesn’t necessarily mean he’ll be selling bitcoin.
Miller says on the podcast that the closest he came to having half his fund in one asset was in the 1990s, when his fund had 20 percent in AOL, close to 20 percent in Dell and 10 percent in Fannie Mae.
Bloomberg Analyst Sees Bitcoin At $13K Despite Hints Of Deep Breakdown
Mr. McGlone’s bullish outlook for Bitcoin came on the day when the cryptocurrency was extending its downside correction.
Bitcoin price is eyeing a breakout towards $13,000, according to Bloomberg analyst Mike McGlone.
The senior commodity strategist stated that the cryptocurrency’s declining volatility is making it a digital version of gold.
He also highlighted BTCUSD trading inside a bullish technical structure.
Could Bitcoin price break above $10,500, a technical resistance it has repeatedly failed to breach since September 2019? Bloomberg analyst Mike McGlone thinks so.
The senior commodity strategist said Friday that he sees Bitcoin hitting $13,000 in the coming sessions. He gave two reasons to justify its bullish call for the cryptocurrency. The first mentioned the asset’s declining volatility, while the other highlighted one technical pattern that promised an upside breakout.
“Bitcoin is caged bull set for [a] breakout, eying $13,000 Resistance,” Mr. McGlone headlined as he added that a plummeting Bitcoin volatility reflects its “maturation toward a digital version of gold.”
Bitcoin Is ‘Less Risky the Higher It Goes,’ Says Investor Bill Miller On CNBC
Mutual fund titan Bill Miller is talking bitcoin again.
“One of the things that’s interesting about bitcoin is that it gets less risky the higher it goes,” Miller told CNBC Friday. “That’s the opposite of what happens with most stocks.”
Miller continued to describe bitcoin as “a supply-and-demand story” with roughly 900 bitcoins created each day and a swarm of retail and institutional investors scooping up enormous chunks of available supply.
Some of those large investments have come from firms like MicroStrategy, which has scooped up over 70,000 BTC with plans to buy more, and London-based asset manager Ruffer Investment, which dumped $740 million into bitcoin toward the end of 2020.
Payment companies like Square and PayPal are also funneling retail capital into bitcoin. In Q3 2020, for example, Square reported a record $1 billion in bitcoin revenue via its Cash App mobile wallet. PayPal, after announcing its plan to support bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in October, promptly removed its waitlist for the service less than a month later, citing overwhelming demand.
“For those people who are waiting for the pullback, they got it in the first quarter. You could have bought bitcoin at $4,000 in the first quarter,” Miller noted, referencing bitcoin’s nearly 50% intraday crash in March 2020.
But amid bitcoin’s more than 300% rally in 2020, extended by an additional 40% gain already in 2021, Miller said the price of these returns is the asset’s volatility.
“You have to expect that it’s going to be very, very volatile,” Miller told CNBC. “If you can’t take the volatility, you probably shouldn’t own it. But its volatility is the price you pay for its performance.”
Still, Miller said earlier this week he thinks markets are underpricing bitcoin’s value proposition as a potential inflation hedge, calling it cash’s “rat poison,” a term Warren Buffett famously applied to bitcoin with an entirely opposite connotation.
Why Did Bill Miller And His Son Buy MicroStrategy Debt? It’s The Bitcoin
“Not owning any Bitcoin has been a massive mistake, and we expect that will continue to be true,” the famed value investor’s son wrote to clients.
Taking part in MicroStrategy’s recent $650 million convertible senior note offering was basically getting an almost-free call option on bitcoin, Bill Miller IV, the son of legendary investor, said.
* Miller and his dad co-manage the Income Strategy fund for Miller Value Partners, which is headed by the senior Miller, a noted bitcoin bull.
* In a Jan. 21 letter to investors, the younger Miller explained what bitcoin is and defended it against common criticisms.
* “Bitcoin has been the best performing asset over eight of the past ten calendar years, and its annualized performance has blown away the next-best performer, the Nasdaq, by a factor of ten over the past decade,” Miller wrote along with .
* “Not owning any Bitcoin has been a massive mistake, and we expect that will continue to be true.”
* Miller then noted the offering resulted in the only debt the business intelligence firm carries and the amount is half what Miller thinks the company’s worth.
* MicroStrategy, which used the proceeds of the offering to buy more bitcoin, now owns more than $2 billion in the largest cryptocurrency.
* “So, when MicroStrategy issued the bond at par, in our assessment there was very little downside and an almost-free call option on Bitcoin,” Miller wrote.
* Miller also praised MicroStrategy head and bitcoin evangelist Michael Saylor’s “almost unique ability” to catch and scale trends early, while portraying his uneven tenure as CEO as an asset, saying, “He is the only sitting CEO we can find that has thrived after presiding over a 99.86% decline in his company’s equity price.”