The Oaktree Capital co-chairman who called cryptocurrencies "not real" in July appears to be rethinking his earlier position.
Marks still thinks the cryptocurrency market is in bubble territory, but he acknowledged in the note that the "particularly spirited response" to his remarks caused him to rethink his earlier approach. After walking through the characteristics that make something a currency – that it's accepted for exchange and serves as a store of value – Marks ultimately agrees that bitcoin qualifies as one in this regard.
That said, he's not completely convinced about the cryptocurrency market's long-term prospects, according to the note. On this point, he highlights the proliferation of other cryptocurrencies, wondering aloud "who knows which one will turn out to be the winner?"
All the same, Marks concluded that while his perspective on cryptocurrencies has shifted, he doesn't plan on putting any money in the market either.
"I think I understand what a digital currency is, how bitcoin works, and some of the arguments for it. But I still don't feel like putting my money into it, because I consider a speculative bubble," he wrote, adding:
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