Transcription: Buying and Investing in Bitcoin

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Paul: What are people saying in Winnipeg about Bitcoin? And what are they saying about you?

And what are they asking you?

Rob: Well they’re certainly asking me, And I certainly get a lot of inquiries , And it’s something that I didn’t think I will feel as many phone calls or texts on my phone or  emails about but it’s wrapping up lately obviously which brings us back to the old what do I tell the clients.

Well I tell them one that’s extremely speculative, obviously everyone who comes on the show says that.

Anyone who’s got any kind of background in economics, I think, would say that.

I tell them, I strongly encourage them not to participate, to stay away.

And then I also monitor on my own side, I monitor a couple tests , just to keep track of how bubbly I think we are and how close we are to the end.

Paul: What if they are insistent, what would you say to somebody who is insistent they want some bitcoin in their portfolio, how much of a … what kind of weighting would you reluctantly advise them to take on at these 17 thousand dollar bitcoin.

Rob: I would actually refuse to do it, I would refuse to participate in any way and I would go on record  saying “I’m not going to advise you to do that”, and if they’re going to do it elsewhere or on their own or whatever, I would strongly advise them that it has got to be speculative, it’s got to be less than 5% of your portfolio at the absolute most, it’s got to be money you know you can lose because this is like going to the roulette table and there’s no number that wins, you’re taking your 15 thousand dollars/17 thousand dollars you’re putting it on a number that isn’t on the wheel in my view, so I feel that strongly about it.

And one thing I monitor Paul, I monitor a couple of tests that I kind of created over time.

One is the client inquiry test – so how many inquiries am I getting per day on my phone, on email of people reaching out to me saying “Hey, I want to buy Bitcoin” and what I’ve seen is it’s very similar to the curve of the price of Bitcoin, so now I’m getting multiple asks per day and I track them and I keep tabs of how many people are texting me per day, how many random people in the streets, you know everyone has heard about the taxi driver asking you about a stock tip, you should stay away from that stock – you should sell it.

Well the same thing with Bitcoin, now how many people are asking me and I still think though, for what it’s worth, that there’s a little bit of room here In the Bitcoin yet.

Paul: People want in because they’re seeing it as a high growth potential asset, if you’re steering them away from Bitcoin, if they want growth in their portfolios, what type of assets would you direct them to?

Rob: I preach quality, I’ve preached quality since day one to all my clients, I like to understand the cash flow, I like to understand how the company’s going to be profitable, I look at dividend growth.

My dad always says “I’ll buy Bitcoin when it pays a dividend”.

But realistically, it’s something that I would much rather own, if you’re going to go growth there are a whole bunch of sectors that exist that you can get growth in that are gambling but like tech or healthcare, there’s a whole bunch of growth sectors that exist in the US more than in Canada.

But if we get back to Bitcoin just for a second say “Ok, so how many people are in right now, we want to measure how close we are to the end of this bubble”

The bubble us going to burst, the bubble WILL BURST, mark my word folks, and when it does burst how much time do we have left so I think there’s still a little bit of time left because not everyone is in yet, Paul.

Paul: That is Rob Tétrault on Bitcoins, up next today is top business headlines including Hunter Harrison forced to take medical leave from his job as CEO of CSX, you’re watching The Street here on BNN.