•The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has expressed concern over El Salvador’s decision to make Bitcoin legal tender, citing potential risks and a largely speculative nature.
•El Salvador declared Bitcoin legal tender in September 2021 and businesses were required to accept the digital asset for transactions alongside USD.
•The IMF is predicting that tokenized bonds based on Bitcoin and similar products could be released in the coming months, as well as monitoring El Salvador’s use of crypto closely.
IMF Concerned Over El Salvador’s Adoption of BTC
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated that the risks surrounding bitcoin use in El Salvador have not necessarily shown themselves yet. However, the agency has reported it’s necessary to stay aware and that El Salvador still warrants both attention and transparency.
El Salvador Declares BTC Legal Tender
In September 2021, El Salvador declared Bitcoin legal tender, requiring all businesses to accept digital assets for transactions alongside USD. Following this declaration, the price of BTC rose to an all-time high of around $68,000 per unit before declining to the current rate of about $21,000 per unit at time of writing.
IMF Predicts Tokenized Bonds Based on Bitcoin
The IMF is predicting that tokenized bonds based on Bitcoin and similar products could come about in the coming months given how strict the utilization of BTC has become in the Central American state. The organization also said it would keep a lasting eye on the country’s bitcoin behaviors and growing use for crypto.
World Bank Refuses Aid with Bitcoin Agenda
The World Bank refused to aid El Salvador with its agenda due to concerns over speculation associated with cryptocurrency markets, urging authorities to reconsider their plans regarding government exposure to bitcoin assets.