This article was published on May 24, 2021

HSBC CEO says no thanks to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies

It's still too volatile, says CEO Noel Quinn


HSBC CEO says no thanks to Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
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In an interview with Reuters, HSBC CEO Noel Quinn made it clear that the banking giant has no plans to support Bitcoin or other cryptocurrencies anytime soon. According to Reuters, the bank does not intend to launch a cryptocurrency trading desk or offer it as an investment option.

The reasoning is what you’ve heard a million times by now: they’re just too volatile. Specifically, Quinn says:

“Given the volatility we are not into Bitcoin as an asset class, if our clients want to be there then of course they are, but we are not promoting it as an asset class within our wealth management business. For similar reasons, we’re not rushing into stable coins.”

That said, Quinn says he approves of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), which he claims “can facilitate international transactions” and “are likely to operate in a transparent manner.” CBDCs, however, lose much of the appeal of decentralized cryptocurrencies.

The comments from Europe’s largest bank will come as a blow to some crytpocurrency enthusiasts, but not everyone is feeling the same way.

Rival Goldman Sachs today announced it officially considers Bitcoin a new kind of investable asset class. This is despite the recent crashes in Bitcoin prices, which have been cut in half from their peak in April, largely influenced by Tesla’s flipfloppy stance on the currency.

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