Bitcoin, which has been rapidly climbing in price over the last couple of months, has reignited the public debate surrounding the future of cryptocurrencies, their value as investments and their use in an increasingly digital world.
The bitcoin price, now double where it began 2019, has been hovering just above $8,000 since gaining $2,000 per bitcoin in just a few short days at the end of last week, and many are hailing a new bitcoin and cryptocurrency bull run—with eyes on the $20,000 per bitcoin reached in late 2017.
Now, Mark Mobius, the cofounder of Mobius Capital Partners and a legendary, veteran investor who once branded bitcoin a "real fraud", has said bitcoin will be "alive and well" in the future.
Mark Mobius, an emerging markets veteran investor, has previously poured scorn on bitcoin and cryptocurrencies.Getty
"There's definitely a desire among people around the world to be able to transfer money easily and confidentially," Mobius, who's 82, told a Bloomberg newswire podcast. "I believe bitcoin and other currencies of that type are going to be alive and well."
Despite changing his tune on the potential of bitcoin and crypto, Mobius said he has held off investing in bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies himself.
"Whether I would invest in it is not a question," Mobius said. "You have incredible volatility and, at the end of the day, you can’t chase one individual group or one organization that will keep track of what is going on."
"You have to be very careful," he added, pointing to the collapse of one-time preeminent bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox in early 2014 which lost early bitcoin investors millions.
The bitcoin price has surged in recent months, though remains far from its all-time highs set in late 2017.Coindesk
The change in Mobius' bitcoin and cryptocurrency opinion was first noted by brokerage eToro's senior market anal...