Bitcoin investors are abandoning crypto in favor of traditional commodities like gold amid the prolonged market slump. That's the observation of Jan Van Eck, the CEO of investment management firm VanEck Associates.
Van Eck says this is a reversal of the trend he saw in 2017, when the then-sizzling bitcoin pulled demand from gold during the crypto bull market.
"I do think that bitcoin pulled a little bit of demand away from gold in 2017," Van Eck told CNBC (video below). "Interestingly, we just polled 4,000 bitcoin investors. And their No. 1 investment for 2019 is actually gold. So gold lost to bitcoin [before], and now it's going the other way."