With Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies finally bouncing back after a steep correction to start the new year, finance ministers in France and Germany are looking to shut down the party by calling for a crypto crackdown.
France and Germany ‘Threatened’ by Cryptocurrency
French and German finance ministers continue to call for strict regulation on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
According to reports, French Finance Minister Bruno le Maire and interim German Finance Minister Peter Altmaier signed a letter to fellow G20 finance ministers, in which they claim cryptocurrencies are not only risky for investors but also threaten long-term global financial stability. They write:
Given the fast increase in the capitalization of tokens and the emergence of new financial instruments … these developments should be closely monitored.
They also claim that cryptocurrencies “are currently largely mislabeled as ‘currencies’ in the media and on the internet,” creating a “lack of clarity” which “can only fuel speculation.”
The finance ministers additionally claim to be the good guys, looking out for newbie cryptocurrency investors who aren’t quite sure what they’re getting themselves into, writing:
… the buildup of individual exposures to such volatile tokens could have damaging consequences for misinformed investors who do not understand the risks they are exposing themselves to.
Of course, these sentiments can easily be interpreted as authorities from traditional financial institutions feeling the mounting pressure from a rapidly increasing and ever more popular cryptocurrency market, which very much aims to disrupt traditional financial structures.
FUD, FUD, and More FUD
Finance Minister Bruno le Maire and interim German Finance Minister Peter Altmaier are not alone in expressing fears over Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. Other individuals from traditional financial institutions are also voicing their concerns.
European Central Bank board member Yves Mersch expressed his negative opinion on Thursday, stating that cryptocurrencies are “not money, nor will they be for the foreseeable future.”
Additionally, Bank for International Settlements head Agustin Carstens expressed his deep-rooted fears, begging central banks to shut down Bitcoin—claiming cryptocurrencies are “piggybacking” on established institutions and becoming a “threat to financial stability,” stating:
[Bitcoin is] a combination of a bubble, a Ponzi scheme and an environmental disaster.
Now that’s some serious FUD.
What do you make of French and German finance ministers calling for a global cryptocurrency crackdown? Does this worry from mainstream financial institutions signal their growing fear of Bitcoin? Let us know in the comments below!
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