Fed’s Powell Says Bitcoin is More of a Substitute for Gold Than the Dollar

Work on central bank’s digital dollar continues but there is no rush, Fed chairman says

by Greg Robb
Market Watch

Bitcoin is lacking key ingredients that would make it a useful currency. As a result, the crypto currency is essentially more of a substitute for gold than the dollar, Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said Monday.

“Crypto assets are highly volatile — see Bitcoin — and therefore not really useful as a store of value. They’re not backed by anything. They’re more of an asset for speculation,” Powell said, during a webinar sponsored by the Bank of International Settlements.

“It is essentially a substitute for gold rather than the dollar,” he added.

Stable coins are “an improvement” over crypto assets, but their credibility comes from being backed by a sovereign currency, he said.

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