Former hedge fund manager Jim Cramer said on Wednesday (April 14) he paid off a mortgage on a house thanks to profits from his Bitcoin ($BTC) holdings.
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.
How Jim Cramer Got Into Bitcoin
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).
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.”
“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.”
On March 3, Cramer talked on CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” about the upcoming Post-Covid that he expects to see in the U.S. in the second half of 2021:
“It’s going to be a boom here in this country, and I don’t think people are ready for it. When I speak to the pharmaceutical companies, they think it’s going to be a boom. Transportation companies think it’s going to be a boom. … This may be a sky’s-the-limit situation.“
Cramer Sells Some of His Bitcoin Holdings
Yesterday, Cramer revealed, while talking to CNBC’s “Squawkon the Street” co-host David Faber, that as the Bitcoin price has been going up over the past few months, he has been taking profits by selling some of his BTC holdings.
“I’ve decided to become an apostate… After you and I had that discussion of no-one ever selling Bitcoin… so I bought a lot of Bitcoin at $12,000… I know people gonna be angry me, but I paid off a mortgage yesterday with it. I don’t know. Is that dangerous, David? I actually sold some… from from the chart, David, I may be the only natural seller, but it was so great to pay off a mortgage… it was like phony money paid for real money, what do you think?“
He then excitedly provided further details:
“I sold all the way up… then I took that money… and David I paid off a mortgage, which was real money I got from a bank… so I now own a house lock, stock, and barrel because I bought this currency. So, David, I don’t know, I think I won.“
Bitcoin’s Latest Price Action
Data from TradingView indicates that, on crypto exchange Bitstamp, the Bitcoin price reached $63,855 at 21:40 UTC on April 15. As for today, at 00:45 UTC, the Bitcoin price hit $63,580, which is currently the intraday high.
At the time of writing (08:55 UTC on April 16), Bitcoin is trading around $61,319, which means that in the past 24-hour period, Bitcoin is down 2.07% (vs USD).
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