Bespoke Investment Group: ‘The stuff going on with Initial Coin Offerings is ridiculous’

As a heated debate rages over whether bitcoin is real money or not, the cryptocurrency has defied the naysayers to surge above $8,300 this week. Yet bitcoin’s BTCUSD, +0.45%   very effervescence is undermining its credibility with investors who are leery of assets that gain 750% in less than a year.

The folks at Bespoke Investment Group are among those who are warning that bitcoin mania will come to a bad end, much like the dot-com bust that came to define the follies of a buy-first-ask-questions-later investment strategy.

“You’re now seeing classic herd mentality that has pushed the entire space into a bubble that is bound to burst at some point,” said the analysts at Bespoke in a report.

They point to Overstock.com Inc. OSTK, +6.71%   and Square Inc. SQ, +3.06% , which have both scored big gains recently not so much for their impressive business results but for their forays into blockchain technology.

“Overstock.com is an e-commerce company that had fallen from $72 a share in 2004 down to $15 a share as recently as this past July,” said the analysts. “Then news came out that Overstock was getting involved in blockchain technology, accepting bitcoin on its platform, and opening up a cryptocurrency exchange. Since the end of July, Overstock is up 278%!”

Square also got a similar bump when it announced last Wednesday that it is allowing some users of Square Cash to buy bitcoin directly through its smartphone app. In the week since, the stock has risen 18%.


Read more: https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-bitcoin-fever-is-like-the-dot-com-bubble-in-one-chart-2017-11-21?dist=markets

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