Billionaire investor Ray Dalio says he’d rather own bitcoin than bonds as inflation surges – and reveals he’s bought some of the cryptocurrency

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  • Ray Dalio said he’d rather own bitcoin than bonds in a CoinDesk interviewed aired Monday.
  • The Bridgewater founder also said he owns “some bitcoin,” the first time he’s ever disclosed a position in the cryptocurrency.
  • Dalio has been bearish on bonds for a while, saying they pay less than inflation.
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Billionaire investor Ray Dalio said he would rather own bitcoin than bonds in an interview aired on Monday at the Consensus by CoinDesk 2021 convention.

The Bridgewater Associates founder reiterated his view that the US dollar is on the verge of a devaluation, and he suggested that bitcoin could be an attractive savings vehicle in an inflationary scenario.

“The more we create savings in it, the more you might say, ‘I’d rather have bitcoin than the bond,'” Dalio said. “Personally, I’d rather have bitcoin than a bond.”

The billionaire investor has been bearish on bonds for quite some time, saying that the financial instruments pay less than inflation.

“I have some bitcoin,” Dalio also said during the interview, which was recorded on May 6. The investor didn’t say how much he owned.

Bitcoin rebounded as much as 15% on Monday to trade around $38,683 per coin after a vicious sell-off over the weekend.

He added that bitcoin’s greatest risk is its success. If it becomes a larger asset class and starts to pose a real threat to others like bonds, that could prompt a regulatory crackdown that could hinder the cryptocurrency. He said right now, bitcoin isn’t a true threat because it’s still small relative to other assets. The total value of bitcoin is slightly over $1 trillion, while the value of US bonds is about $23 trillion, according to Dalio.

In March, Dalio said that the government could ban bitcoin altogether if it becomes too successful.

The investor was skeptical about the cryptocurrency as recently as November, but he began to warm-up to the idea of bitcoin at the start of 2021. In an investor letter, he said that bitcoin is “one hell of an invention,” and said there exists a possibility that bitcoin and other cryptos could become an alternative gold-like store of value.

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Ray Dalio says crypto could be a victim of its own success by inviting regulation – and his comments follow tough words from watchdogs

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Ray Dalio is one of the most successful hedge fund bosses of all time.

  • Ray Dalio said cryptocurrencies could become a victim of their own success by inviting regulation.
  • The billionaire hedge fund boss’s comments follow tough words from regulators in the UK and US.
  • Dalio has said governments could get tough on crypto if it threatens their control over money.
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Billionaire hedge fund boss Ray Dalio has said the biggest risk to cryptocurrencies is their own success, which could cause governments to crack down on them to ensure they control the money supply.

Talking about cryptocurrencies, Dalio told the Wall Street Journal “Future of Everything Festival” on Tuesday: “Its own biggest risk is its success, because as a storehold of wealth no government wants to have an alternative currency.”

The comments from Dalio, the founder and co-chief investment officer of investment titan Bridgewater Associates, came soon after regulators and watchdogs in both the UK and US hinted at official skepticism of crypto assets.

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey said last week people should only invest in crypto “if you’re prepared to lose all your money.”

And Gary Gensler, the new head of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, said in a Congressional hearing the crypto world “could benefit from greater investor protection.”

Dalio said the future of cryptocurrencies is “exciting and unknown.” He added: “Crypto as a digital clearing mechanism and so on, very exciting, very bullish. Crypto as a storehold of wealth, very interesting. Probably will be important for us.”

But he said he remained concerned that governments could get tough on crypto if they feel their monetary sovereignty is threatened, something that he has talked about in the past.

Regulators around the world are increasingly focused on cryptocurrencies after bitcoin’s meteoric rise, with Turkey banning the use of crypto assets for payments and India flirting with an outright ban.

US regulators have not so far announced any plans to tighten crypto regulations, although some analysts have said that Gensler’s stance makes the approval of a bitcoin exchange-traded fund unlikely any time soon.

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