Bitcoin and cryptocurrency prices have been under pressure through most of 2022, with the bitcoin price losing almost 20% so far this year and CEO of SpaceX and Tesla continues to back his bullish bets on crypto and “physical things” as inflation pressure mounts.
Elon Musk has once again taken to Twitter to share his thoughts on crypto, vowing that he “won’t sell” his holdings of Bitcoin, Ethereum and Dogecoin. Musk made the comments in a Twitter thread discussing inflation. “As a general principle, for those looking for advice from this thread, it is generally better to own physical things like a home or stock in companies you think make good products, than dollars when inflation is high,” Musk said via Twitter as part of a conversation with bitcoin bull Michael Saylor. “I still own and won’t sell my bitcoin, ethereum or doge [for what it’s worth].”
“Tesla [and] SpaceX are seeing significant recent inflation pressure in raw materials [and] logistics,” wrote Musk after asking his audience for their thoughts on the “probable inflation rate [over] the next few years.” The ethereum price and other major cryptocurrencies have also fallen sharply as bullish investors balk at the prospect of rising interest rates and a slow down in pandemic-era stimulus measures.
Musk, who’d asked his Twitter followers what their thoughts were about the “probable inflation rate over next few years,” was replying to Saylor, the chief executive of business intelligence software company MicroStrategy, who predicted “consumer inflation will continue near all-time highs, and asset inflation will run at double the rate of consumer inflation” over the next few years, adding: “weaker currencies will collapse, and the flight of capital from cash, debt, and value stocks to scarce property like bitcoin will intensify.”
“It is not entirely unpredictable that you would reach that conclusion,” Musk responded, referring to Saylor’s large bitcoin holdings. MicroStrategy, a decades-old software company, has pivoted to a bitcoin acquisition vehicle over the last couple of years. MicroStrategy now holds just over 125,000 bitcoins, currently valued at about $4.8 billion.
Musk, who’s become one of the most divisive figures in the crypto community over the last year, has repeatedly called for upgrades to the meme-based bitcoin rival dogecoin, suggesting last year doge could work with ethereum to “beat bitcoin hands down.” While Musk has said he personally owns bitcoin, ethereum and dogecoin it’s not known how much or when he bought the cryptocurrencies.
Source: Forbes; Decrypt