After many years of supports for Gold as the best inflation hedge, Paul Tudor Jones, a billionaire hedge fund manager now posited that bitcoin is now the preferred inflation hedge over gold.
According to him, bitcoin is now “winning the race against gold, crypto is here to stay.”
Jones, is the founder of asset management firm Tudor Investment Corp. he bore his mind during an interview with CNBC Wednesday, adding that he preferred hedge against inflation.
Clearly, there’s a place for crypto. Clearly, it’s winning the race against gold at the moment … It would be my preferred one over gold at the moment.
“I’ve got crypto in single digits in my portfolio,” he continued. “I do think we are moving into an increasingly digitized world.”
Jones said he is worried about rising inflation, noting that it’s posing a major threat to the U.S. financial markets and the recovering Covid-hit economy.
The price of bitcoin surpassed all-time highs Wednesday after the first bitcoin futures exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the U.S. started trading on the NYSE. Gold lost 8% over the past 12 months while bitcoin gained 437%.
The billionaire investor was asked to comment on investing in a bitcoin ETF as a way to get exposure to the cryptocurrency. Admitting that he is not “a real expert on ETFs,” Jones said:
I think a better way to get in would be to actually own the physical bitcoin, to take the time to learn how to own it … I think the ETF would be fine. I think the fact that it is SEC-approved should give you great comfort.
He was also asked if the approval of an ETF means that the regulators are saying that crypto is here to stay. Jones replied:
I think crypto is here to stay.
He proceeded to explain the reason the U.S. is “the most prominent economic power in the world is because we unleash our individual entrepreneurism and creativity.”
In contrast, he said, “China is doing the exact opposite. That place is on an economically slow boat to the south pole.”
The billionaire fund manager previously said that bitcoin was a store of wealth, like gold. He began recommending BTC for portfolios early last year. In October 2020, he said that he saw massive upside in bitcoin and likened investing in the cryptocurrency to investing in early Apple or Google.