Speculation on Bitcoin

(May 5, 2018) Just before appearing before thousands of shareholders at the 2018 Berkshire annual meeting on May 5, CNBC’s Becky Quick tweeted that Warren Buffett told her bitcoin is “probably rat poison squared,” one-upping his partner Charlie Munger who had called it simply “rat poison.” Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger didn’t use those words... Continue Reading →

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Separate Science from Speculation

(May 5, 2018) When Charlie Munger and Bill Gates join the May 5 “Squawk Box” conversation, bitcoin comes up again. While admitting it’s “clever computer science,” Munger argues cryptocurrencies are “worthless artificial gold” that facilitates “illicit activity.” Gates acknowledges the underlying blockchain technology is a “good thing,” but thinks the price gains are being driven... Continue Reading →

Mob Borrowing of Bitcoin

(May 5, 2018) A few minutes later in the same “Squawk Box” interview, Buffett explained why he thinks some proponents get angry when cryptocurrencies are criticized.

2018 Berkshire Hathaway Annual Meeting

(May 5, 2018) Buffett is “delighted” Apple is buying back $100B of its shares as Berkshire dramatically increases its stake in the iPhone maker. He also reveals why Berkshire won’t be buying Microsoft stock, predicts cryptocurrencies will come to “bad endings,” describes the goals for his new partnership with Amazon and JPMorgan on health care... Continue Reading →

Heading to a Bad Ending

(January 10, 2018) Late in 2017, bitcoin topped out a spectacular year-long rally by hitting almost $18,000 on December 15. It then fell sharply from that high. On “Squawk Box” a few weeks later, Buffett was still staying far away from cryptocurrencies.

Bitcoin is not a Currency

(May 3, 2014) The following year, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman Warren Buffett still doesn’t see a long-term future for bitcoin. Appearing on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” in March, he says he wouldn’t be surprised if it doesn’t exist after 10 or 20 years. Around that time, the price of one bitcoin ranged between $450 and $700.

No Confidence in Bitcoin

(May 4, 2013) A few minutes later in the same “Squawk Box” interview, Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett explained why he thinks some proponents get angry when cryptocurrencies are criticized. As far back as the 2013 annual meeting, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger have their doubts that the then four-year-old digital currency bitcoin would ever... Continue Reading →

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