Hulbert: Bitcoin Will Never Replace Gold

In an article for Barron’s, Mark Hulbert outlines the findings published in a paper by University of Chicago economics professor Eric Budish titled, “The Economic Limits of Bitcoin and the Blockchain.” According to Hulbert, Budish’s paper argues that bitcoin is “destined to play no more than a ‘bit’ role in the global monetary system because, if it were to grow ever more significant, it would become increasingly vulnerable to an attack that could destroy much… Read More

One Bitcoin Hedge Fund Has Returned 25,004%

Since its launch in 2013, the Pantera Bitcoin Fund–one of the first in the world to dedicate itself to cryptocurrencies—has returned a whopping 25,004 percent to investors, with a compound annual return of about 250 percent. This according to a recent article in The New York Times. The article cites comments by the fund’s founder, Dan Morehead, who says it has been attractive because it allows investors to bypass Bitcoin exchanges such as Coinbase that… Read More

Hedge Fund Passport Bets on Bitcoin

John Burbank and his hedge fund Passport Capital plans to “launch a new arm that focuses only on cryptocurrencies” in an effort to match his financial crisis-era success. This according to an article in The Wall Street Journal. Burbank became well-known by purchasing credit default swaps ahead of the financial crisis, which led to a more than 200% gain for his main fund in 2007 (and personal profits of $370 million).  Since that time, however, the… Read More

What BitCoin Can Teach You About Investing

By Jack Forehand, CFA (@practicalquant) — I am unfortunately not one of the people who has enjoyed the two thousand plus percent return of BitCoin this year. I have spent a lot of time studying it, and in hindsight I certainly wish I had bought it when I began that research process, but as a disciplined (at least most of the time) value investor who runs fundamental based investment strategies for a day job, I… Read More

Bill Miller is Working Toward a Comeback

During his 30 plus-year tenure at Legg Mason, Bill Miller was considered a go-to manager for market beating returns, says a recent article in The Washington Post. “And his fall from grace,” it adds, “was nearly as spectacular.” Miller’s performance fell precipitously during the financial crisis of 2007-2008, the article reports, at which time “once-loyal clients took their billions and left,” and Miller left the firm. Working toward a comeback, says the Post, Miller is… Read More