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Agustin Carstens: Banks Should Not Issue Digital Currencies

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Should banks design their own cryptocurrencies? According to Agustin Carstens, general manager of the Bank for International Settlements, the answer is a definitive “no.” Crypto Isn’t Cool? Carstens has never been a fan of crypto, having likening bitcoin to a “bubble,” a “Ponzi scheme” and an “environmental disaster” in the past. At a speech in Dublin, Carstens explained his fear of cryptocurrencies further, saying that they undermine the global banking system. He is now warning banks of the dangers of creating their own digital currencies. Virtual coins, he claims, go against everything banks stand for. They decrease financial stability and

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