which refers to artificially inflating the price of an asset for personal gain. And because investors know that could happen, there is every incentive to sell first. No one knows what its real value. Indeed, the chart is on a log scale to show some of the huge falls, as well as increases, that have occurred in Bitcoin's history.
Joshua Gans, the Jeffrey. Because Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are so volatile, its impossible to know their real value. What were seeing with the wild dips and spikes in the value of cryptocurrencies is the market correcting itself, he says. Gans retorted, however, that this is incredibly unlikely.
People are not buying Bitcoin because they intend to use it in their daily lives. Its not a bubble because it started at zero and it has to increase over time. Theres 60, 70, even 100 exchanges where you can trade cryptocurrencies of many different kinds. A bubble is built on essentially nothing, explained Gans. When the crash comes, and it cannot be too far away, it will be dramatic. Andreas Park, an associate professor of finance at the University of Toronto agrees that Bitcoin is a bubble, but argues that because the digital currency has been assigned value in an unregulated exchange, it became one the moment the enterprise rose above zero. A much more plausible reason for the demand for Bitcoin is that the price is going up rapidly (see chart). According to Shiller, there is a part of the cryptocurrency fad or bubble that is political, as people that dont trust their governments may be tempted to invest. He explained that Bitcoins market value can be classified as a bubble because its value isnt based on anything real. Its healthy correction, he said. In September of last year, Shiller went on cnbcs Fast Money with Brian Kelly to speak along the same lines about crypto, saying that its the quality of the story thats attracting all this interest. At this point, regulators have warned consumers that cryptocurrencies are highly speculative, and dangerous investments.
That excitement has shifted to the world of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum. What people have to understand about this marketplace is that its a maturing marketplace, said Cole Diamond, the CEO of Canadas top cryptocurrency exchange Coinsquare.