Bitcoin backs away from $10,000 after Buffett, Gates criticism


Microsoft Co-founder Bill Gates told CNBC in the same interview Monday that he would bet against bitcoin if he could.

“As an asset class, you’re not producing anything and so you shouldn’t expect it to go up. It’s kind of a pure ‘greater fool theory’ type of investment,” Gates said. “I would short it if there was an easy way to do it.”

Speculation that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and Commodity Futures Trading Commission are meeting Monday could also be having a negative pull on prices.

“I think that Buffett and Gates comments could be having an effect but I think the bigger factor at play today is regulatory,” said Spencer Bogart, partner at Blockchain Capital. “Some market participants are concerned the SEC will issue negative commentary coming out of a hearing on Monday.”

The Wall Street Journal reported last week that a group of regulators including senior SEC and CFTC officials are scheduled to discuss whether securities laws should apply to cryptocurrencies including ether, the second-largest cryptocurrency.

“While Bitcoin is not under direct scrutiny, the ramifications of this meeting could affect the entire global crypto market,” said Joe DiPasquale, CEO of BitBull Capital. “The hesitation we are seeing right now could easily be broken and lead to a fresh rally, should a favorable tone be set by officials in attendance.”

Other cryptocurrencies were also trading lower Monday. Ether fell roughly 7 percent, trading near $731 as of 12:40 pm ET, according to CoinDesk. Ripple and litecoin both fell roughly 5 percent.

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