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Bitcoin is a pyramid scheme, economist says


It’s been a rollercoaster couple of years for cryptocurrencies, but 2019 has been a fruitful one for Bitcoin holders. The value of one Bitcoin rose more than 85% since January 1, placing it among the some of the year’s top performing financial assets. In fact, a recent report from Bank of America names Bitcoin the single best investment of the last decade.

But despite its successes, many critics still advise against putting your money into Bitcoin.

“It’s a pyramid scheme,” Lending Tree Chief Economist Tendayi Kapfidze tells Yahoo Finance. “You only make money based on people who enter after you.

“It has no real utility in the world. They’ve been trying to create a utility for it for ten years now. It’s a solution in search of a problem and it still hasn’t found a problem to solve.”

Crypto hardliners point to an environment that has evolved favorably since digital currencies hit the mainstream. Since Bitcoin’s parabolic rise in early 2017, we’ve seen cryptocurrency adoption within some of the world’s largest financial institutions. Even central banks have taken the first steps toward implementing their own digital currencies.

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