The world of virtual currencies is a “stinking cesspool” and fundamentally worthless, according to economist Nouriel Roubini, who is known to have foreseen the 2008 financial crisis.

In a series of tweets, Roubini argued that the recent sharp decline in virtual currency value – which came in a period of decline on world stock exchanges – proves that the base of the currencies is very weak. CNBC reported.

“The bloodbath is getting worse,” he wrote in response to another Twitter user, noting that digital currencies fell more sharply than shares on stock exchanges on Wednesdays and Thursdays. “If so, tell me, who has better fundamentals?”

Roubini, known for his often gloomy predictions, does not tend to hide his skepticism about digital currencies. This week he said in a testimony in the US Senate that digital currencies are “the mother of all the frauds and bubbles.”

In another post on Twitter he expanded on his position: “It is ridiculous to think that useless digital coins or shitcoins have a basic value, their basic value is zero or even negative… if we underestimate the negative consumption of energy and the destruction of the environment.”

The virtual currencies received considerable attention from central banks, financial institutions and economists last year, with Bitcoin climbing to a record of nearly $ 20,000. JPMorgan CEO Jamie Damon, for example, called the phenomenon a “tulip stock,” referring to the bubble of tulip prices in the 17th century.

Bitcoin, Ether and XRP – the three largest digital currencies in terms of market value – have fallen significantly since peak times, with Bitcoin falling nearly 70% from its peak, while Ether lost 85% of its value. Bitcoin is currently traded for under $6,000.

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