Billionaire Charlie Munger Likens Cryptocurrencies to Gambling

  • Munger called on the US authorities to ban cryptocurrencies
  • He does not believe that a cryptocurrency is a security, currency, or a commodity
  • Munger has a long track record of speaking out against the crypto space
Charlie Munger
Billionaire Charlie Munger has likened cryptocurrencies to gambling, calling on the US to ban them. [Image:]

Warren Buffet’s right-hand man Charlie Munger has once more let his disdain for cryptocurrencies be known. Speaking in a Wall Street Journal op-ed this week, the 99-year-old called on the US authorities to ban cryptocurrencies, liking them to gambling contracts.  

He believes that cryptocurrencies are a scam that targets regular investors. In the op-ed, Munger stated his belief that a cryptocurrency is not a security, a commodity, or a currency. He explained: “Instead, it’s a gambling contract with a nearly 100% edge for the house, entered into in a country where gambling contracts are traditionally regulated only by states that compete in laxity.”

called on Congress to copy China’s approach

The Berkshire Hathaway vice chairman called on Congress to copy China’s approach. The People’s Republic of China banned cryptocurrency mining and trading in 2021 because of concerns over possible risks. Despite the 99-year-old’s request, it does not look likely that the US government will take such drastic measures.

Munger has not held back his strong views on crypto in recent years. He has compared the crypto sector to an “open sewer” and stated that he believes anyone selling crypto is “either delusional or evil.”

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