April 19, 2024
Bitcoin ETF Greenlight Equated to 'Naked Emperor' by ECB Authorities
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Bitcoin ETF Greenlight Equated to ‘Naked Emperor’ by ECB Authorities

Two officials from the European Central Bank (ECB) have criticized the recent surge in the cryptocurrency market, questioning the sustainability of the rally fueled by the approval of bitcoin spot exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the United States.

Ulrich Bindseil, ECB Director General for Market Infrastructure and Payments, and Advisor Jürgen Schaaf expressed scepticism about the notion of Bitcoin as a worthwhile investment or viable means of payment. In a Thursday blog post, they reiterated the ECB’s longstanding position that bitcoin’s fair value remains zero, despite the influx of billions of dollars following the ETF approvals.

The ECB officials labelled the ETF approval for Bitcoin as “the naked emperor’s new clothes,” underscoring their belief that the cryptocurrency lacks inherent value.

While acknowledging the European Union’s pioneering regulatory framework for crypto assets, the ECB has maintained its focus on developing a digital euro as a secure alternative to private cryptocurrencies.

In addition to highlighting Bitcoin’s well-known drawbacks such as high volatility, transaction costs, and energy consumption, Bindseil and Schaaf outlined three factors driving the current market rally. These include ongoing price manipulation in unregulated markets, increasing demand for illicit transactions, and deficiencies in regulatory oversight.

Despite short-term price fluctuations, the ECB officials emphasized the absence of a fair value for bitcoin, making accurate forecasts challenging.

In their warning, Bindseil and Schaaf urged authorities to remain vigilant to safeguard society in the event of a potential collapse in the cryptocurrency market, emphasizing that more work needs to be done in this regard.

The ECB’s critical stance reflects ongoing scepticism among traditional financial institutions toward cryptocurrencies, particularly bitcoin, highlighting the continued debate over their legitimacy and long-term viability in mainstream finance.

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