Andrew Bailey, governor of the Bank of England, expressed concern over El Salvador’s acceptance of Bitcoin (BTC), as legal tender following President Nayib Bukele’s announcement of Bitcoin City.
Bailey claimed that El Salvador’s decision not to accept Bitcoin as its currency was alarming, because it could lead to severe volatility for consumers.
Bitcoin reached a historic high of $68,000 on November 9, after it traded at $43,000 the day El Salvador adopted Bitcoin as legal tender. Since then, Bitcoin’s price has fallen significantly. Bitcoin traded at $54,626 as of the writing.
Chart of the Bitcoin price over the past 90 days. Source: CoinGecko
Bailey stated that it was concerning to him that a country would choose it for its national currency during a Cambridge University student union appearance. Bloomberg reported this on Thursday.
The governor also asked whether Salvadorans understood the volatility and nature of Bitcoin, which is his greatest concern.
Bailey also mentioned a new statement by the International Monetary Fund on El Salvador, which is responsible to track risks to global financial system. The statement, which was issued Monday, outlines the “significant risks” that Bitcoin can pose to El Salvador’s legal tender of Bitcoin trading.
In June, the IMF issued a warning about El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law. However, that didn’t stop El Salvador from adopting it in September and accepting BTC legal tender. Bailey stated that the BoE is currently studying whether to create a digital currency central bank (CBDC).
There is strong support for digital currencies. However, we believe it must be stable, especially if it’s used for payments. This is not true for crypto assets.
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This news comes just after Sir Jon Cunliffe, BoE deputy governor of financial stability, declared that CBDCs were a “revolutionary in the functionality and money-driven by technology.” However, the overwhelming majority of British adults were skeptical about a possible CBDC adoption according to an August survey conducted by Redfield & Wilton Strategies.
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