ECB's Christine Lagarde Says 'Speculative' Bitcoin Needs Global Regulation - CoinDesk (
European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde says bitcoin has facilitated “funny business” and needs to be regulated at the international level.
  • In an interview at a Reuters online event Wednesday, Lagarde said the “highly speculative asset” has led to "some reprehensible activity," including money laundering, and any loopholes need to be closed, according to a report from Reuters.
  • “There has to be regulation. This has to be applied and agreed upon ... at a global level because if there is an escape that escape will be used,” she said.
  • The European Union central bank chief added there will be a digital euro, hopefully in no more than five years, according to other reports.
  • The ECB has been looking into the benefits and risks of a euro-based digital currency since the Facebook-backed diem (formerly libra) project was announced in June 2019.
UPDATE (12:40 UTC, Jan. 13 2021): Added further detail from Reuters report.Read more: Lagarde Seeks Public Comments About a Digital Euro, Implying a Broad Retail Offering Is Now on the Table
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    Francisco Gimeno - BC Analyst These words shouldn't surprise us. A speculative BTC or any speculative crypto is a danger for many retail investors. Regulations are needed to avoid tarnish the crypto sphere with a negative image, and to protect customers, investors and even the expansion of the crypto world.