- Billionaire investor Mike Novogratz said Thursday that bitcoin is serving as a "report card" on the performance of the Fed and other global financial bodies.
- Bitcoin's surge has been fueled by "mass adoption" and people being "scared s---less because of monetary and fiscal policy," he said.
- The Galaxy Digital CEO suggested people buy bitcoin and ethereum.
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Billionaire investor Mike Novogratz said Thursday the surge in cryptocurrencies is serving as a referendum on the perceived ability of the Federal Reserve to manage risks facing the world's largest economy and suggested people continue to buy into bitcoin.
The US economy is in the midst of recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic, with growth aided in part by $5 trillion in fiscal federal aid issued by the government during the health crisis. The stimulus is widely expected to push consumer price inflation beyond the central bank's 2% target. The Fed has said it will tolerate higher inflation for a while to accommodate growth.
There's a "slim chance" that the Fed can "land the plane" and avoid a massive inflation spike/debt default, Novogratz said Thursday.
"The crypto markets are telling us that there is a growing probability that they won't be able to land the plane," the billionaire told the New York Alternative Investment Roundtable, a nonprofit organization that promotes best practices and education in the alternative investment industry.
"Bitcoin is a report card on how central banks and ministers of finance are doing," the Galaxy Digital CEO added.
According to Novogratz, bitcoin has spiked on two main factors: "Mass adoption, and people are scared s---less because of monetary and fiscal policy."
Novogratz's comments landed on the same day that ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency, jumped to a new record high above $2,560, pushing its market capitalization near $300 billion for the first time.
"Simple advice: Buy bitcoin, buy ethereum, then do your homework on a few stocks," he said. He doesn't like crypto mining stocks because "it's just deferred bitcoin" but he understands the demand as people want to get in.
Novogratz has previously hit against the Federal Reserve, saying it has fanned a boom in speculative assets such as so-called meme stocks including GameStop by slashing interest rates which have fostered cheap borrowing and made saving less attractive.
"All of this is happening because interest rates are zero," Novogratz said this week on CNBC's "Squawk Box".
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