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Bitcoin (BTC) Just Another Bubble: IFF Economist

Wed, 03/15/2023 - 07:56
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Alex Dovbnya
Robin Brooks, economist at Institute of International Finance, has labeled Bitcoin as 'just another bubble asset' in tweet posted on March 14
Bitcoin (BTC) Just Another Bubble: IFF Economist
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Robin Brooks, an economist at the Institute of International Finance (IFF), has suggested that digital asset Bitcoin is "just another bubble asset."

In a tweet posted on March 14, Brooks stated that Bitcoin has "zero store of value function," "zero diversification benefit," and "zero yields" and that it "blows up" when the Federal Reserve gets serious about hiking interest rates.

Brooks' tweet comes at a time when Bitcoin recently crossed the highly coveted $26,000 mark, reaching a year-to-date high and sending crypto bulls into a frenzy.

However, his comments suggest that Bitcoin's recent price spike is not reflective of its true value or potential.

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Fellow economist Tim Kehoe commented on Brooks' tweet about Bitcoin being a bubble asset. Kehoe agrees with Brooks that low interest rates can promote investment in assets with high risks, such as the flagship cryptocurrency. This is why he is thinking about asset bubbles in overlapping models with zero interest rates or their growth equivalents.

That said, he wants to further explore the link between low interest rates and investment in high-risk assets by collecting more data.

Bitcoin's viability as a stand-alone asset class has long been a highly controversial topic in the world of finance.

Crypto advocates see the flagship cryptocurrency as a legitimate investment and store of value. However, its naysayers argue that it is a speculative bubble that will inevitably burst.

Brooks' recent comments, as expected, ruffled the feathers of many cryptocurrency enthusiasts who were quick to dismiss his criticism in the comments.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.