Bitcoin cannot be considered a currency, one of the world's most prominent financial commentators and institutional investors said.
that currencies normally serve as a store of value, but that they must be predictable and stable to work as a medium of exchange.
El-Erian, who is currently the chief economic advisor at the German financial institution Allianz, continued:
A former CEO and co-chief investment officer of fixed-income powerhouse PIMCO, El-Erian had previously said in September he believed bitcoin was overvalued, and that its price may reflect an assumption that the cryptocurrency will be adopted widely. At the time, he said that would not happen.
He doubled down on this assertion Thursday, telling CNBC that investors in bitcoin may be waiting for widespread adoption but that those thinking institutions and central banks would begin accepting it could be wrong.
El-Erian said his main long-term concern was whether “the assumption in the pricing about adoption [was] consistent with reality”
“That's the issue that investors should ask if they're holding bitcoins for a couple of months,” he told CNBC.
Mohamed El-Erian image via World Economic Forum / Wikimedia Commons
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