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Billionaire Mark Cuban has recently expressed his continued belief in Bitcoin, stating that he wants to purchase the cryptocurrency at a lower price point. In an upcoming episode of comedian Bill Maher’s podcast “Club Random,” Cuban argued that Bitcoin should be treated as an alternative to gold and approached like any other asset class. He also advised caution when it comes to investing in the cryptocurrency, stating that it is important to separate signal from noise in the wake of recent events like the FTX crash.
While Cuban may genuinely believe in the potential of Bitcoin as an investment, it is worth considering the potential biases that may influence his opinions on the matter. As an investor in the crypto exchange Voyager Digital, Cuban has a vested interest in the success of the cryptocurrency market. In addition, Cuban and Voyager Digital CEO Stephen Ehrlich are currently facing a class-action lawsuit, accused of defrauding cryptocurrency investors. The Moskowitz Law Firm filed the suit in the United States District Court in Southern Florida, alleging that Cuban and Ehrlich made false claims to lure in investors and eventually defraud them. The suit describes Voyager Digital as an “unregulated and unsustainable fraud, similar to other Ponzi schemes” that “specifically target[s] young and inexperienced investors.”
In October 2021, Cuban and the Dallas Mavericks announced a five-year partnership with Voyager, making the company the official cryptocurrency brokerage of the Mavericks. However, Voyager paused all trading and withdrawals on its platform on July 1, 2022 and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy four days later. It is unclear how the lawsuit and bankruptcy will impact the partnership between Voyager and the Mavericks, or how it may affect Cuban’s own financial interests in the cryptocurrency market. As such, it is important to be aware of the potential biases that may influence Cuban’s opinions on the matter, and to approach any investment decisions with caution.