Crypto billionaire compares industry to dot-com bubble

Bitcoin dropped below $32K on Monday

Bitcoin Foundation Chairman Brock Pierce compared cryptocurrencies to the dot-com bubble of 1999 and 2000 on Monday as bitcoin dropped to its lowest level since July 2021. 

Pierce made the comparison on "Cavuto: Coast to Coast" as bitcoin dropped below $32,000, down from its all-time high of over $68,000 reached in November 2021.

Ethereum was trading down about 7% to around $2,336 last week, 36.5% lower than its all-time high of $4,865.57, according to CoinDesk

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
COIN COINBASE GLOBAL INC. 75.32 +5.45 +7.80%
BITQ EXCHANGE TRADED CONCEPTS TRUST BITWISE CRYPTO INNOVATORS E 8.32 +0.29 +3.61%

"I think we are exactly where the tech industry was in 1999, 2000," Pierce argued. 

"Many of these projects will go to zero, but many of them will become the eBays, the Amazons, the PayPal of our time and future, but with probably even greater success."

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The dot-com bubble was a quick rise in U.S. equity valuations mostly due to investments in internet-based companies in the late 1990s.

The previous two recessions were likely caused by what’s known as an "asset bubble." Although neither featured a large increase in price inflation, both featured the rapid growth and subsequent bursting of asset bubbles. The 2001 recession was preceded by the dot-com bubble burst, and the 2007-2009 recession was preceded by the housing bubble.

Bitcoin Foundation Chairman Brock Pierce compares cryptocurrencies to the dotcom bubble of 1999 and 2000. ( Chesnot/Getty Images / Getty Images)

Asset bubbles develop when the economy is thriving and investors in a particular asset purchase large quantities of that asset on the belief that it will sell for a higher price. But if those asset prices plummet, and if enough people had significant exposure to that asset, it could drain the value of people across the country.

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Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have had some rough weeks in anticipation of and following the half-point interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve. It was the second of several anticipated increases this year as the central bank seeks to combat soaring inflation, which is at a high not seen in four decades.

This past year, tighter monetary policy has impacted both stocks and cryptocurrencies.

U.S. stocks also fell on Monday as investors brace for another week of volatility amid a fresh report on inflation as well as the winding down of the first-quarter earnings season. 

Ticker Security Last Change Change %
I:DJI DOW JONES AVERAGES 33212.96 +575.77 +1.76%
SP500 S&P 500 4158.24 +100.40 +2.47%
I:COMP NASDAQ COMPOSITE INDEX 12131.131075 +390.48 +3.33%

Crypto is currently trading in line with so-called "riskier assets" like tech stocks.

The tech-heavy NASDAQ fell 1.5% last week, and has lost about 27% year to date, hurt by the potential of persistent inflation, which is forcing the Fed to raise rates despite slowing growth. 

Pierce argued that despite all the volatility in the crypto market, he thinks "the technology is going to continue to exist" and is "going to change the world."

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FOX Business’ Megen Henney contributed to this report.