Billionaire tech entrepreneurs need to school financial regulators on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, which are the future of money, urged the CEO of deVere Group today.
The comments from Nigel Green come as it was announced that Square, the payments company founded by billionaires Jack Dorsey and Jim McKelvey, has just invested $50 million in Bitcoin.
Green observed: "Billionaire tech entrepreneurs, most major financial institutions, and an ever-growing number of retail and institutional investors are increasing their exposure to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Whether they like it or not, the world has profoundly changed and moved on in recent years. It can’t, and won’t, go backwards.”
"This is not a coincidence. They are all paying attention. They know that digital currencies are to money what Amazon was to retail."
He continued: "Yet, bizarrely, some financial regulators of major markets cannot, seemingly, see the intrinsic value of cryptocurrencies.
"They are adopting a head-in-the-sand approach and issuing bans rather than focusing on establishing robust regulatory frameworks.
"Do they honestly believe that there is no place for, and no value of, digital, global, borderless currencies in an increasingly tech-driven world?"
In recent days, the UK's Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published its final rules banning the sale of derivatives and exchange-traded notes (ETNs) that reference certain types of crypto assets, such as Bitcoin, Ether and Ripple (XRP) to retail consumers.
"Some regulatory bodies display a staggering lack of understanding of this sector and perhaps they need to be educated by billionaire tech entrepreneurs, amongst others, on what is the future of money," he insisted.
Earlier this week he noted that financial watchdogs cannot ignore crypto and need to focus instead on regulation. "This will provide further protection for the growing number of people using cryptocurrencies, it will help stamp out criminal activity, the less potential risk there will be for the disruption of global financial stability, and the more opportunities there will be for economic growth and activity in those countries which introduce it."
"Some financial regulators exclusively believe in and are focused on the traditional, centralised system of money. I would suggest that they need to also be open to a new, decentralized, non-sovereign, digital, global currency.
"Whether they like it or not, the world has profoundly changed and moved on in recent years. It can't, and won't, go backwards."
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