Bitcoin No Threat Yet but Crypto ‘Phenomenon’ Needs Monitoring: European Central Bank

Paul de Havilland
Bitcoin is no biggie, according to the European Central Bank.

By CCN: The European Central Bank (ECB) has found that crypto does not pose risks to financial stability in the Eurozone. The central bank does recommend, however, that European legislatures create a uniform approach to crypto-assets.

Crypto Market? Too Small to Matter, ECB Says

The ECB has set up an advisory committee called the Crypto-Assets Task Force (ICA-TF) to examine the ramifications and impact of cryptocurrencies on the European economy. Their May 2019 report, “Crypto-Assets: Implications for financial stability, monetary policy, and payments and market infrastructures”, has some interesting findings.

The Task Force found that, at the current market size, crypto assets do not represent a threat to the European economy or Euro area monetary stability:

“Crypto-assets do not fulfil the functions of money and, at the current stage, neither do they entail a tangible impact on the real economy nor have significant implications for monetary policy.”

Implicit in this finding is that it would be different if the crypto market were larger. Parsing the language the Task Force used in the report, one senses that the ECB is advising regulators across Europe to be prepared for when crypto markets are larger.

Be Ready for Expansion

While the report finds that the “very low number of merchants that allow the purchase of goods and services with bitcoins indicates no influence of the most prominent crypto-asset on price-setting,” it also warns that the influence of crypto could grow.

The report concludes by highlighting the potential for cryptos to become disruptive to the European economy as the market grows and their use becomes more widespread. Per the Task Force, it is:

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