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Success of bitcoin, other cryptocurrencies just a bubble: Central bankers

Cryptocurrencies holders have a claim on a private, rather than a public entity, which could go bust or stop functioning

Reuters  |  Frankfurt 

Central bankers say the success of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is just a bubble. But it keeps them awake at night because these private currencies threaten their control of the banking system and money supply, which could undermine the monetary policies they use to manage inflation. With bitcoin smashing through the $8,000 level for the first time this week after a 50 percent climb in eight days, they are also worried they will be blamed if the market crashes. This is why several central banks are advocating regulations to impose control. Others are even looking at ...

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First Published: Mon, November 27 2017. 12:47 IST