Ethereum founder warns that cryptocurrencies are hyper-volatile and could fall at any time |

Ethereum founder warns that cryptocurrencies are hyper-volatile and could fall at any time

Nathan Kay 19 February 2018 NEWS

Vitalik Buteri tells investors not to put in more money than you can afford to lose.

The founder of Ethereum has warned that cryptocurrencies are still a new and hyper-volatile asset class and could fall violently at any time.

Vitalik Buterin, the 24-year-old creator of Ethereum, believes that traditional assets are still the “safest bet”.

Buterin made the claims on Twitter where he warned the masses about putting their life savings into virtual currencies. “Don’t put in more money than you can afford to lose. If you’re trying to figure out where to store your life savings, traditional assets are still your safest bet,” he tweeted.

“Cryptocurrencies are still a new and hyper-volatile asset class, and could drop to near-zero at any time,” he added.

Buterin’s advice is surprising considering he made billions from cryptocurrencies, his personal wealth is estimated at a cool $92.4 billion. Meanwhile, Ethereum remains strong at $944.47.

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