In an interview with CNBC on Friday, after noting Bitcoin’s (BTC) similarity to a Ponzi scheme, Taleb stated: “There’s no connection between inflation and the coin. None.”
“I imply you possibly can have hyperinflation and Bitcoin going to zero. There’s no hyperlink between them.”
This isn’t the primary time Taleb has expressed skepticism towards Bitcoin. Earlier this 12 months, he talked about promoting off his BTC holdings, claiming points with its volatility. His stance, nevertheless, was based mostly on Bitcoin as a foreign money, not as a retailer of worth — a job through which the asset has transitioned into over time.
Taleb, nevertheless, does appear to completely recognize the expertise behind BTC. “It’s a superbly arrange cryptographic system,” he advised CNBC. “It’s well-made, however there’s completely no motive it must be linked to something financial,” he added.
“If you wish to hedge towards inflation, purchase a chunk of land. Develop, I don’t know, olives on it. You already know, you’ll have olive oil, if the value collapses you’ll have one thing, however Bitcoin there’s no connection.”
He described the significance of proudly owning cash-generating automobiles, and referred to Bitcoin as a gimmick. Taleb additionally made different feedback on Bitcoin within the interview, together with speaking about currencies versus speculative property.
Final 12 months, Taleb referred to most Bitcoin advocates as idiots, citing their lack of expertise on financial topics.