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Elon Musk says bitcoin is slightly better than holding cash

Elon Musk says bitcoin is slightly better than holding cash

FILE PHOTO: SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during a conversation with legendary game designer Todd Howard (not pictured) at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

REUTERS: Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk on Thursday said that owning bitcoin was only a little better than holding conventional cash, but that the slight difference made it a better asset to hold.

"However, when fiat currency has negative real interest, only a fool wouldn't look elsewhere," Musk said in a tweet. "Bitcoin is almost as bs as fiat money. The key word is 'almost'."

He also defended Tesla's action to invest in bitcoin, saying that the difference with cash made it "adventurous enough" for the S&P 500 company to hold the cryptocurrency.

Tesla's US$1.5 billion bitcoin purchase set the cryptocurrency soaring toward this week's record peak above US$50,000 while Musk's recent promotion of dogecoin on Twitter also lifted the price of that cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin was steady just below a record peak of US$51,284 on Friday.

(Reporting by Aishwarya Nair and Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; Editing by Sam Holmes)

Source: Reuters

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