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Goldman Sachs Brings Reality Check to Crypto Market: US Economist Steve Hanke

Fri, 05/29/2020 - 14:20
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Alex Dovbnya
Economics professor Steve H. Hanke praises Goldman Sachs for offering a reality-check to the cryptocurrency industry
Goldman Sachs Brings Reality Check to Crypto Market: US Economist Steve Hanke
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In a new tweet, Steve H. Hanke, a Johns Hopkins University economist, said that American investment bank Goldman Sachs has given the cryptocurrency industry ‘a much-needed reality check’ with its widely-discussed snub.  

Hanke recommends cryptocurrency investors go to Vegas instead of betting on ‘highly speculative assets’ that do not provide cash flows or diversification.  

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Goldman ignites a war with Bitcoiners   

As reported by U.Today, Goldman Sachs decided to pick holes in Bitcoin instead of embracing it during its recent conference call. 

The bank, which has invested in such crypto startups as Circle, doesn’t consider Bitcoin to be a separate asset class.

Its slides, which surfaced on social media shortly after the call, also show that Goldman views Bitcoin as a ‘conduit’ for illegal transactions.

Gold proponent and obsessed Bitcoin hater Peter Schiff remarked that Goldman’s blatant dismissal of the world’s leading cryptocurrency threatened its institutional adoption.

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Tulip comparisons strike again

The mention of the dirty word ‘tulip’, which seemed to have disappeared from the anti-crypto vernacular, was the most glaring thing that got under the skin of Bitcoiners. 

After all, it’s 2020, and comparing Bitcoin to the Dutch tulip mania and Beanie Babies is no longer in vogue. 

Hanke himself compared Bitcoin to the very first speculative bubble known to the world as recently as in late 2018. 

Recently, he also wrote that investors should avoid Bitcoin ‘like the plague’ because it was used by sanction-stricken North Korea to sponsor its nuclear program.

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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