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As expected, Facebook has been pressured to reveal more details about its controversial digital currency Libra after a series of meetings with high-ranking central bank officials and governments which deemed Facebook’s new crypto venture as ‘vague’, pointing that it lacks important documentation.
According to European officials, Facebook’s cryptocurrency project poses serious threats to the economic sovereignty of powerful countries such as France and Germany and therefore it should be examined in detail, as cited by the French minister of finance Bruno Le Maire.
In a letter to German parliament member Fabio de Masi, Facebook describes that almost half of the Libra digital currency would be backed by US dollar reserves, while national and regional currencies such as the Euro, the British pound, the Japanese yen, and Singapore’s dollar would also provide support and stability.
In addition. Facebook says that backing Libra with traditional currencies is a key element to help solve the problem of price volatility, as seen in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin BTC, -2.11% and Ethereum ETH, -2.12%.
An important observation is that the Chinese yuan, the currency of the world’s second-largest economy, is absent from the list.
Whether it’s a Trump’s trade war-oriented strategy or the fact that China has already developed its own digital currency that will be backed by the local yuan, expected to be launched later this year, Facebook seems to ‘target’ national currencies before it’s even deployed.
Libra has no shortage of criticsEuropean Central Bank official Yves Mersch, who called Libra a ‘cartel-like’ operation during his speech at the ESCB Legal Conference earlier this Summer, says that Libra will be able to manipulate the pairing price with national currencies, and even shorten or pump the demand for a specific currency.
The Libra Association’s plan is to launch Libra sometime in 2020, despite the negativity received by the project from financial policy-makers and regulators all over the world.
Considering that the governing body behind Libra consists of telecom and tech giants such as Facebook, Mastercard, Visa, Paypal and others, it is not hard to imagine Libra catching on. Facebook alone reaches billions of active users across the globe.
Governments are naturally scared of a combination of forces of that magnitude, and therefore they see Libra as a threat to the current economic system.
On the other hand, Facebook keeps claiming that it welcomes feedback and discussion from global financial regulators, and are willing to address any concerns regarding the digital currency.
During a meeting that took place last week in Switzerland, Calibra head David Marcus tried to clarify the stance of the Libra project, stating that Libra it is not planning to be a new currency that will compete with existing currencies, but instead create a “better payment network and system running on top of existing currencies”.
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On Monday Yves Mersch, Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank (ECB) criticized Facebook’s Libra.”Libra could reduce the ECB’s control over the euro, impair the monetary policy transmission mechanism by affecting the liquidity position of euro area banks, and undermine the single currency’s international role” . The official has also noted that Facebook’s cryptocoin will in fact be accountable to shareholders, raising trust issues, as it will not be backed by a central bank. Mersch called on regulators to take tight control over Facebook’s projects, and for users not to trust the tempting but questionable promises from the representatives of the American company.
Meanwhile, Jack Dorsey, the head of Square payment start-up and Twitter co-founder, continues to insist that cryprtocurrencies will continue to spread. The businessman believes in bitcoin, but he thinks that it is still too early to call it currency. In one of his latest interviews Dorsey notes, that bitcoin’s rises and falls in prices are more characteristic of a investment asset, such as gold. He hopes that as soon as the cryptocurrency becomes the currency of the Internet, his own start-up will pay more attention to services that create added value, rather than those that are engaged in money transfer
Mark Mobius, an investor in developing markets and Mobius Capital Partners founder said that gold-backed cryptocurrency can be an interesting phenomenon. The investor emphasized that there is a whole generation of people who have faith in the internet, and they have faith in cryptocurrencies.
“People believe in dollar because they have faith that with dollars in their hands they can buy something. Crypto enables people to buy something merely because they believe it has value”, Mobius said.
In the beginning of the week trader Peter Brandt tweeted that bitcoin has entered the fourth cycle of the parabolic uptrend that could lead it significantly past its all-time high price. The analyst is confident that the price of Bitcoin will reach one hundred thousand dollars in the long run. And although this bold prognosis does not yet have lots of supporters, one can’t ignore the fact that the price of the main cryptocoin is showing steady growth since Monday.
According to Coinmarketcap, by September,6, bitcoin rose in price up to $10 875, starting from the mark of $9 623 on the night of September,2.
Bitcoin, Blockchain & Cryptocurrency News. Advertisement; BTCm News; Contact us; Bitcoin % Ripple % Ethereum % Show details. Hide details. Market Cap. Volume (24h) Market Cap. Volume (24h) Market Cap. Volume (24h) Bitcoin. Bitcoin News; Bitcoin Price; Price Analysis; Bitcoin Widgets; Blockchain. What is a Blockchain? Blockchain News; Ethereum. Ethereum News ; Ethereum Price; Price Analysis ... Yves Mersch, member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, has said adoption of blockchain technology could disrupt payments. ECB European Central Bank: Bitcoin a Risky Alternative ... Yves Mersch, European Central Bank’s key legal official, said that Facebook’s Libra stablecoin is “beguiling but treacherous” during a speech at the ECB’s legal conference in Frankfurt on Monday. Bloomberg reported on Mersch’s remarks in an article published on Sept. 2. Per the report, he said that private currencies have little or no prospect of Yves Mersch: Money and private currencies - reflections on Libra Speech by Mr Yves Mersch , Member of the Executive Board of the European Central Bank, at the ESCB Legal Conference, Frankfurt am Main, 2 September 2019. Luxembourg Central Bank ex-governor Yves Mersch serves as a member of the European Central Bank’s (ECB) executive board. Mersch discussed the dramatic rise in the price of Bitcoin during his previous interview with German newspaper Börsen-Zeitung.
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