PRESIDENT Biden may crackdown on cryptocurrency after the White House issued a statement drawing attention to potential pitfalls of the currency such as ransomware and other cyber threats.
The statement from Joe Biden read: “Cyber threats can affect every American, every business regardless of size, and every community.
“That’s why my administration is marshalling a whole-of-nation effort to confront cyber threats.”
The White House also signaled that the US will gather 30 other countries, including NATO and G7 allies, to discuss responses to cybercrime.
“This month, the United States will bring together 30 countries to accelerate our cooperation in combatting cybercrime, improving law enforcement collaboration, stemming the illicit use of cryptocurrency, and engaging on these issues diplomatically,” it read.
Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell also announced Thursday that there are no plans to ban cryptocurrency in the US, and prices soared 10 percent.
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FINANCIAL RISKS OF ADOPTING BITCOIN, PART THREE
El Salvador’s economy relies heavily on the remittance market, representing around 20 percent of the nation’s GBP, or around $6 billion annually, according to Forbes.
Around 95 percent of remittances are sent from Salvadorans working in the US to their families back in their native country.
But service charge fees for such transfers can make up a significant chunk of the portion sent, particularly with smaller transfer amounts.
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But Bukele has argued that adopting Bitcoin will allow more Salvadorians, about 70 percent of whom don’t have bank accounts, into the formal economy.
“Who’d be against something that helps the people and doesn’t do any harm?” he said of his critics.
“They’re probably politically motivated.”He also argued that it would make it faster and cheaper to receive money from family living abroad.
FINANCIAL RISKS OF ADOPTING BITCOIN
Proponents of El Salvador’s decision have hailed the move as the progressive future of money.
Critics, however, have derided it as little more than a publicity stunt by Bukele.
More troublingly, they say the move poses substantial financial risks to ordinary Salvadorians and their country, as cryptocurrency is an infamously volatile market.
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However, those who do not have access to technologies that can carry out Bitcoin are excluded from being required to accept it.
The US dollar and Bitcoin are now the country’s official currencies.
It’s the first time Bitcoin has been adopted as a legal tender in a sovereign nation.
EL SALVADOR ADOPTS BITCOIN
The nation’s president Nayib Bukele passed a bill in June that stated that from September 7, Bitcoin can be used in any transaction and all businesses must accept the e-currency as payment.
The law also states that tax contributions can be paid via Bitcoin and exchanges in the…