Elon Musk warns investors not to 'bet the farm on dogecoin'

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  • Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he wasn’t advising anyone to invest in crypto or go heavily into dogecoin.
  • But he said he likes the token because “it has dogs.”

Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he isn't encouraging anyone to go heavily in on crypto, even dogecoin — despite his rampant love for the token.

"I'm not advising anyone to buy crypto or bet the farm on Dogecoin," said Musk, speaking virtually at The Wall Street Journal's CEO Council Summit in London, according to the WSJ.

Musk has had a long relationship with dogecoin, having promoted it on Saturday Night Live, bought it for his son and even offered to work with its developers to make it more suitable for wider adoption. He even followed through with his commitment to temporarily turn the Twitter logo into a dogecoin image after buying the company.

In the conference, he also explained why he was such a fan. "Dogecoin is my favorite cryptocurrency because it has the best humor and has dogs," he added.

Last week, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao expressed surprise that dogecoin had not yet faded away and said Musk might have played a role in extending the memecoin's lifespan.

Musk's cautious advice may be in light of his particular influence on the market. In 2018, he paid a $20 million penalty to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for making a weed joke about Tesla's stock price and inadvertently pumping it by 6%.

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