Bitcoin Facing Decisive Year in 2018, Says Legendary Investor

December 31, 2017 10:31 UTC

Elevation Partners co-founder and tech investing legend Roger McNamee said that he believes 2018 will be a decisive year for bitcoin.

Why 2018 is Decisive for Bitcoin

Speaking with CNBC, McNamee — an early Facebook investor — explained that next year will be crucial in determining whether bitcoin’s ascent is sustainable over the long-term or whether it will prove to be a short-term asset bubble.

Bitcoin is “still a very small market in the context of the larger financial world, but it has had a huge year,” McNamee said on “Fast Money.” We’ve done it around a speculative mania…”If a mania goes on long enough, it becomes self-fulfilling. Even after a crash, what follows is a legitimate industry.”

McNamee compared it — favorably — to the dotcom bubble that occurred at the turn of the millennium, recognizing that although the bubble caused a brief recession it spawned a legitimate, transformative industry.

The key, he said, is that bitcoin continues to captivate investors long enough that the “mania” becomes “self-fulfilling,” and he believes that this will be apparent by the end of 2018.

“With the amount of activity going on around it, there are people willing to invest the kind of dollars it takes to make a thing like bitcoin into a long-term part of the financial market,” he said. “You’ll have these big swings, up and presumably down, as well. And, you know, wherever that settles out I think will tell us a lot about the role of bitcoin long-term.”

Increased Institutional Involvement Needed to Prevent Collapse, Says Economist

McNamee is not the only industry observer who believes bitcoin has reached a crucial juncture in its short history.

Mohamed El-Erian, the chief economic adviser at European asset management giant Allianz, said earlier this week that he believes bitcoin’s recent downtrend could prove to be a “moment of truth” for the upstart cryptocurrency.

Noting that, despite the advent of bitcoin futures, institutional investors have yet to make a splash in the cryptocurrency markets, he said that how Wall Street responds to the correction could prove decisive in the asset’s long-term trajectory.

“Either this sharp price correction will act as a catalyst for expanding…institutional involvement in this market — or it will become a stage in the deflation of a remarkable and historic asset bubble,” El-Erian concluded.

Write to Josiah Wilmoth at josiah.wilmoth(at)cryptocoinsnews.com.

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Josiah is the US Editor at CCN, where he focuses on financial markets. He has written over 2,000 articles since joining CCN in 2014. His work has also been featured on ZeroHedge, Yahoo Finance, and Investing.com. He lives in rural Virginia. Follow him on Twitter @y3llowb1ackbird or email him directly at josiah.wilmoth(at)ccn.com.

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