By Barbara Kollmeyer
A blockbuster week in tech has already been delivering records some investors didn’t see coming. Tesla /zigman2/quotes/203558040/composite TSLA +1.64% vaulting to a trillion-dollar market cap that boosted Elon Musk’s wealth pile by $36 billion in a single day was a pretty heady start to things.
For Tuesday, we’ll shift over to a boatload of earnings, with Alphabet parent Google /zigman2/quotes/202490156/composite GOOGL +0.62% , Twitter /zigman2/quotes/203180645/composite TWTR +2.83% and Microsoft /zigman2/quotes/207732364/composite MSFT +0.01% due after Tuesday’s market close. That’s as investors will be chewing over Facebook results ahead of the open as stocks head for more records.
For sure, tech may have been taking a bit of focus off bitcoin /zigman2/quotes/31322028/realtime BTCUSD -0.45% , which has had its own historic October, amid new exchange-traded bitcoin funds and record highs.
Our call of the day circles back to that crypto as we eavesdropped in on the fifth Future Investment Initiative running from Tuesday to Thursday in Saudi Arabia. Also known as “Davos at the Desert,” a simple question on the opening panel may have revealed insight into big money managers’ feelings about cryptocurrency.
In atten d ance were Blackstone /zigman2/quotes/203156858/composite BX -2.86% co-founder Stephen Schwarzman, Goldman Sachs /zigman2/quotes/209237603/composite GS -0.70% CEO David Solomon, BlackRock /zigman2/quotes/207946232/composite BLK +0.32% CEO Larry Fink, Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio, Mubadala Investment CEO Khaldoon Al Mubarak, African Rainbow Capital /zigman2/quotes/206832746/delayed ZA:AIL +4.40% founder Patrice Motsepe, and Ana Botín, executive chairman of the Santander Group /zigman2/quotes/205677933/delayed ES:SAN -2.48% /zigman2/quotes/202859081/composite SAN -2.20% .
The group was posed a question at the end of the panel, that if they could be paid a dividend by an imaginary board, would they choose dollars, euros, some gold or bitcoin to “put under your bed for a rainy day?”
The first to answer was Dalio. “I can’t put a mix together, I guess. I would take the gold…I would like to sprinkle a little bit of bitcoin into that mix too,” he responded.
“The biggest asset is human productivity and if you can tap that…so I’m looking at the new technologies and all of those [things] are very, very exciting,” Dalio said. “Gold is a dead asset, but the amount of printing of money and the devaluation of debt is a big force too. So I want that technology, a little bit of bitcoin, and I want to bet on those other industries.”
Next up was Blackstone’s co-founder Schwarzman, who said he just wanted to “own earning assets…as long as you can make things better and own wonderful things, you can come out and you can own dollars or you can own whatever you want to convert that currency into, but you’ll have more and more and more and you won’t be a professional victim.”
Santander’s Botín said she would take “50 cents in euros and 50 cents in dollars. Punto.”
Also less bitcoin-keen was the response of BlackRock’s Fink, who responded: “In using Ray’s statement about technology and innovation and what Steve said, I’d put 100% in dollars.”
As for Goldman’s Solomon, he said given the topics the panel had discussed, which included battling climate change and corporate diversity and energy prices, he “thinks the glass is half full as a broad global community and in that construct I choose dollars.”
African Rainbow Capital’s Motsepe said as he’s got 50,000 mine workers on the company’s mines, his choice would be gold.
“I’ll take bitcoin hedged in gold,” joked Mubadala Investment’s Al Mubarak.
One more highlight from that panel—Fink also said there’s a high likelihood that oil will hit $100 a barrel. And Dalio weighed in on the billionaire tax .