Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger Reiterate Harsh Words Against Bitcoin, But it Doesn’t Matter
Because as Avichal Garg of Electric Capital puts it, “they were the best investors of the industrial age. But we are now in the software age,” and they are already having a hard time catching up.
Warren Buffett avoided talking about Bitcoin during the recent Q&A session at Berkshire Hathaway’s annual shareholder meeting, saying he doesn't want to make the herd of longs mad.
However, the “Oracle of Omaha” did agree with Berkshire Vice Chairman and his longtime business partner Charlie Munger’s assessment of the trillion-dollar cryptocurrency.
As for what Munger had to say, which was a lot and not at all positive.
“Of course, I hate the bitcoin success,” said the 97-year-old Munger.
From here, he goes on to point out how Bitcoin is a currency that is useful to kidnappers and extortionists, and he doesn't welcome such currency, and neither he likes to “just shuffling out of your extra billions of billions of dollars to somebody who just invented a new financial product out of thin air.”
“I think I should say modestly that the whole damn development is disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization.”
This is no surprise coming from Munger because both he and Buffett have long been criticizing cryptocurrencies. And, of course, the crypto twitter (CT) didn’t like it one bit, to say the least.
While some pointed out how Munger had such harsh words for Bitcoin when the legendary investors themselves were involved with the sugar industry, responsible for obesity and diabetes, others noted that they missed out on the tech stocks as well.
It has only been recently that the duo became bullish on tech stocks and saw valuations of mega-cap as not “crazy” because of incredibly low rates on short-term government debt or Treasuries.
Trader and economist Alex Kruger, saying, “money managers that don't adapt to technological changes have a hard time outperforming,” which they are currently having.
We need to stop listening to Buffet and Munger for investing advice. Software changed the game and left them behind.
Performance since 2008 crash, when Buffet notoriously struck "sweetheart" deals:
* Nasdaq : +848%
* SPY: +444%
* Berkshire: +388% pic.twitter.com/G0f8RiWG7L
— Avichal Garg – Electric Capital ⚡💸 (@avichal) May 1, 2021
“They haven’t beaten the market since the market came to be dominated by software. They missed the biggest revolution in business and society since the industrial revolution,” said Avichal Garg of Electric Capital.
“They were the best investors of the industrial age. But we are now in the software age.”
Berkshire, meanwhile, is sitting at a cash pile of more than $145 billion at the end of 2021’s first quarter.