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CNBC's Jim Cramer: Bitcoin Is the Best Insurance Against a Post-Covid 'Boom'


www.cryptoglobe.com 23 March 2021 15:41, UTC
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Former hedge fund manager Jim Cramer said during a recent interview that the best way to prepare for the upcoming post-Covid “boom” is to buy Bitcoin.

Cramer is the host of CNBC show “Mad Money w/ Jim Cramer“. He is also a co-anchor of CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street“, as well as a co-founder of financial news website TheStreet.

On 10 September 2020, Anthony Pompliano (aka “Pomp”), who is a co-founder of Morgan Creek Digital as well as the host of “The Pomp Podcast”, told his almost 370K followers on Twitter that he had managed to convince Cramer to buy some Bitcoin (apparently during a recent podcast interview with Cramer).

Just convinced @jimcramer to buy Bitcoin.

Reply to this tweet with your best meme or gif to welcome the world’s newest Bitcoiner 🔥

— Pomp 🌪 (@APompliano) September 10, 2020

Then on 11 December 2020, Cramer told Katherine Ross, a correspondent for TheStreet, that he had just bought more Bitcoin, and proceeded to explained why:

Yeah, I just felt that back at $17[k] seemed like a decent level, and I will buy — like I usually do — as something comes down. I’ll get bigger and bigger and bigger.

I just think that you want to diversify into all sorts of asset classes. I have gold. I’m going to diversify into some Bitcoin — not a big position for me — but it’s certainly important to be diversified, and Bitcoin is an asset and I want to have a balance of assets.

Well, judging from Cramer’s comments in a recent interview, it appears that Cramer may have invested more money in Bitcoin.

The interviewer was Pomp, who had invited Cramer to appear for the second time on his podcast (Cramer’s first appearance on the Pomp Podcast was in episode #383, which was released on 14 September 2020).

Below are some highlights from Cramer’s comments about Bitcoin during this interview (episode #517 of Pomp Podcast).

The interview started with Cramer thanking Pomp for making him “a ton of money”:

I did exactly what you told me… I went and called my CFO and I said ‘listen, I just talked to this guy Pomp’… And I said [that] I want half a million dollars in this [Bitcoin]… you can buy it over a couple of days, but I don’t want any longer that because this guy is the authentic deal… I want to thank you… because it happened… it happened just like you said. It also happened much faster than you said… I am very grateful.

Cramer then talked about his disappointment with gold:

I have for years said that you should have gold… but gold let me down.

Pomp then asked if Cramer thinks people are going to “drop gold and buy Bitcoin.”

Cramer replied:

If they listen to me, they’re going to drop half of their gold. I’ve been saying 10% in gold since 1983. And now I say 5% in gold, 5% in Bitcoin.

However, perhaps, the most interesting part of the interview was near the end when Cramer talked a little abut his “boom thesis.” In short, he said that in the U.S. he expected to see in the second half of 2021 the kind of economic boom that we witnessed in the 1990s, and that he believes this will be even “better” than what happened in 1946 (which was the start of a massive economic expansion that ended in 1953).

As for how his boom thesis relates to Bitcoin, Cramer said:

If my boom thesis is true… you are crazy not to have Bitcoin… I don’t care if it is $70,000 right now. I’d be saying the same thing… The boom means Bitcoin.

The views and opinions expressed by the author are for informational purposes only and do not constitute financial, investment, or other advice.


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