Soros Fund Managementâ€™s chief investment officer (CIO) says that central bank digital currencies are a potential threat to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies but it will only be temporary. She also says that bitcoin is taking some of goldâ€™s buyer base away.
Cryptoâ€™s â€˜Inflection Pointâ€™
Soros Fund Management Chief Investment Officer (CIO) Dawn Fitzpatrick talked about bitcoin and the impact central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) could have on the crypto industry in an interview on Bloombergâ€™s Front Row last week. She said:
She named some examples of what her firm has been investing in, including exchanges, asset managers, custodians, and tax reporting companies. Earlier this month, Soros Fund Management invested in the New York Digital Investment Group (NYDIG), a provider of technology and investment solutions for bitcoin.
Soros Fund Management has about $27 billion in assets under management. Institutional Investor ranks it the second most successful hedge fund of all time, returning 44% annually since it was formed in 1970 by veteran investors George Soros and Jim Rogers.
Central Bank Digital Currencies: A Temporary Threat to Cryptocurrencies
Fitzpatrick also discussed the potential impact of central bank digital currencies on the crypto market. â€œCentral bank digital currencies are going to be here, I think, quicker than people expect,â€ she opined, citing China as an example. â€œThere are some strategic reasons why they [China] are going to be a first mover,â€ the CIO continued, emphasizing that China wants to use its digital currency around the world. She warned:
Fear of Fiat Currency Debasement, Investors Moving From Gold to Bitcoin
Fitzpatrick explained that she sees bitcoin as a commodity, stating: â€œWhen you think about bitcoin, I donâ€™t think itâ€™s a currency. I think itâ€™s a commodity but itâ€™s a commodity thatâ€™s easily storable. Itâ€™s easily transferable.â€
She then described how the rapid increase in the U.S. money supply has saved bitcoin from staying a fringe asset, emphasizing that â€œThere is a real fear of debasing fiat currencies.â€ The CIO detailed: â€œWhen it comes to crypto generally, I think we are at a really important moment in time in that something like bitcoin might have stayed a fringe asset, but for the fact that over the last 12 months weâ€™ve increased money supply in the U.S. by 25%.â€
The Soros Fund Management CIO also believes that some investors are moving away from gold to bitcoin, elaborating:
The CIO was also asked specifically if she owns any bitcoin herself. However, she laughed and responded, â€œI am not going to answer that.â€
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