THE BOSS of the world’s largest hedge fund has blasted bitcoin as having “no inherent value”.

Luke Ellis, the chief government of Man Group, in contrast bitcoin and different cryptocurrencies to the 17th-century craze for tulips in The Netherlands.


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Luke Ellis, the chief government of the world’s largest hedge fund known as cryptocurrencies a ‘tulip bulb’

Referred to as ‘Tulip Mania’, a interval within the mid-1600s noticed the value of tulips – which was thought of a luxurious good – rise almost ten instances its unique value earlier than dramatically collapsing.

“If you happen to take a look at cryptocurrencies as an entire, it’s a pure buying and selling instrument,” he advised the Monetary Instances.

“There isn’t any inherent value in it in any respect. It’s a tulip bulb.”

Mr Ellis stated, nonetheless, that cryptocurrencies are nice buying and selling alternatives for his firm due to the dramatic adjustments in costs.

He advised FT that cryptocurrencies have been one of many “most likely 800 markets we commerce as we speak on prime of 15,000 shares and 1000’s of credit”.

It comes after the value of bitcoin skyrocketed by 20 p.c yesterday after Amazon stated it will be accepting the cryptocurrency as a cost by the tip of the yr.

After the e-commerce large confirmed that it has posted a job for a digital forex and blockchain skilled to hitch its funds workforce, Bitcoin‘s worth shot up – recording its biggest surge in additional than six weeks.

After struggling heavy falls in Might, Bitcoin’s worth has usually stabilised at round $30,000.


An unnamed insider has claimed that Amazon is seeking to settle for Bitcoin funds by the tip of 2021.

She advised London-based enterprise paper Metropolis A.M. that the e-commerce large seems to be taking a step nearer to accepting the cryptocurrency.

The supply stated: “This isn’t simply going by means of the motions to arrange cryptocurrency cost options sooner or later sooner or later – it is a full-on, well-discussed, integral a part of the longer term mechanism of how Amazon will work.

“It begins with Bitcoin – that is the important thing first stage of this crypto challenge, and the directive is coming from the very prime… Jeff Bezos himself.”

Amazon additionally reportedly has plans to think about taking cost in different massive cryptocurrencies, as soon as it’s arrange with a quick and safe option to settle for Bitcoin cost.

The insider defined: “Ethereum, Cardano and Bitcoin Money might be subsequent in line earlier than they convey about eight of the preferred cryptocurrencies on-line.”

She predicted that it “gained’t take lengthy” as a result of plans for cryptocurrency cost “are already there, and so they have been engaged on them since 2019”.

Amazon doesn’t at the moment settle for cryptocurrencies as cost for its merchandise.

Nevertheless its cloud-computing unit, Amazon Internet Providers, provides a service known as managed blockchain, reviews CNBC Information.

Bitcoin information transactions in blockchain – a sort of database used to document transactions.

Amazon hasn’t as but launched an announcement in relation to Bitcoin.