Bitcoin is so much more functional than passing a bar of gold around, BlackRock CIO says

BlackRock CIO of Fixed Income Rick Rieder said bitcoin could take the place of gold to a large extent because crypto is “so much more functional than passing a bar of gold around.”

Speaking during CNBC’s Squawk Box on Friday, the senior executive of the world’s largest asset manager admits that BTC has become a permanent fixture in the global financial system, offering yet another tangible sign that the narrative surrounding digital currency has changed.

“Do I think it’s a durable mechanism that … could take the place of gold to a large extent? Yeah, I do, because it’s so much more functional than passing a bar of gold around,” Rieder said.

Still, gold moved higher on Friday, too. Gold and bitcoin have benefited from a weaker dollar. Investors increasingly view bitcoin as a viable alternative to paper, government-backed currencies. Priced in gold, 1 BTC is currently worth 10.03 ounces, up 50% in 30 days.

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