by Kevin Helms
Famed value investor and fund manager Bill Miller says he has “a lot” of bitcoin and has not sold any despite the recent crypto sell-off. He insisted that investors should put some of their liquid net worth in the cryptocurrency.
Famed value investor Bill Miller is still bullish about bitcoin despite recent price declines. He confirmed in an interview with CNBC Thursday that he owns “a lot” of bitcoin and hasn’t sold any.
Miller is the founder of Miller Value Partners and currently serves as its chairman and chief investment officer. He manages the firm’s Opportunity Equity and Income Strategy funds. Prior to Miller Value Partners, he co-founded Legg Mason Capital Management.
He explained that if bitcoin goes down to half its current price, he wouldn’t be surprised due to its volatility. However, “I would be grim because I own a lot of it,” the fund manager said.
Miller was asked, “Are you selling any [bitcoin], have you sold any?” He replied:
The short answer is no.
However, he clarified that he sometimes sells “stuff” to meet margin calls. “I’ve sold stuff to meet margin calls because I’m always on margin and the stuff that you sell is the stuff that is very, very liquid, for me anyway,” he explained, without mentioning BTC specifically.
At the time of writing, bitcoin is trading at $30,064, up 1.5% in the past 24 hours but down 15.5% in the last seven days and almost 25% in the past 30 days.
Commenting on investors losing money amid crypto sell-offs last week, Miller said: “If people have lost a lot of money in crypto, they have been speculating on the stuff they don’t know anything about, especially if they are surprised to have lost money because most of the ICOs [initial coin offerings] that came around in 2017 have gone to zero.”
There are currently almost 20,000 cryptocurrencies, according to Coinmarketcap. Miller said: “All except for bitcoin, including ethereum, have competition.” He noted that he does not have the expertise to evaluate all crypto projects but is “comfortable with bitcoin.”
Miller was also asked if he thinks bitcoin is a buy at $29,000. He replied:
I haven’t heard a good argument about why you wouldn’t put 1% of your liquid net worth in bitcoin.
He added that it is especially true if you lived in countries like Venezuela, Argentina, Lebanon, Turkey, Nigeria, Iraq, Ukraine, and Russia. The famed investor noted: “Russia lost 50% of their reserves when the U.S. decided it was going to sanction them.” He said in March that this is “very bullish for bitcoin.” Miller previously called BTC an “insurance against financial catastrophe.”
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A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.
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