Jim McCaughan, CEO of Principal Global Investors, said that bitcoin’s volatility would never cease because the cryptocurrency had no fundamental value. Bitcoin has enjoyed a sky-rocketing boom in market value over the past year, but recently has suffered a series of volatile price changes in the market.

Mr McCaughan said that bitcoin will ultimately lose because the current leading cryptocurrency does not have a real coin to back it up. He said that it is too late now for bitcoin to develop a medium of exchange, due to the financial instruments and investments made into it.  However, the CEO suggested that other cryptocurrencies could eventually surpass bitcoin if they developed their own real medium of exchange.

He also dismissed any prospect of bitcoin replacing gold for the same reason. He told Business Insider: “Things will come through over the next few years.

Cryptocurrency is a big enough phenomenon to be quite important. “With bitcoin, there is no fundamental value so it could just as easily double as it could go to zero.

There is no fundamental value so it could just as easily double as it could go to zero “It did an enormous rise last year and it’s roughly halved in the past two weeks “From a value of $10,000 it could go to near zero or it could go easily up to well beyond its previous high. “There could be fundamental value in the future if it became for example a medium of exchange – a real coin “But I would argue that with bitcoin funds that have been set up, all the financial instruments using bitcoin, the prospect of it becoming a medium of exchange is more distant now than it was.” Read more from express.co.uk…

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