TD Ameritrade CEO: There’s ‘Heightened Interest Again’ With Bitcoin
Digital currencies are generating increasing interest from investors and traders, says the CEO of United States brokerage giant TD Ameritrade, reported financial news and services outlet TheStreet on July 23.
In an interview with TheStreet, TD Ameritrade CEO, Tim Hockey, explains that customers are showing increasing demand for cryptocurrencies and willingness to trade it.
Hockey notes lack of consternation among investors
Unlike American lawmakers, active investors do not fret over cryptocurrencies' purported potential to undermine the existing financial system and the U.S. dollar as they are constantly looking for new asset classes to profit from, according to Hockey. He also noted:
"Especially given the discussions around Libra and the rebound in Bitcoin, there's heightened interest again."
Crypto now on regulators’ radar
Hockey makes his comment at a time when the world’s policy makers and regulators are scrutinizing Facebook’s not-yet-launched Libra stablecoin cryptocurrency.
Last week, the International Monetary Fund, Gita Gopinath, called on global regulators to pay attention and take proper regulatory action regarding Libra.
Gopinath outlined the major risks associated with the corporate-backed stablecoin, including concerns about data privacy, consumer protection, as well as what she called, backdoor dollarization.
During the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee hearings, Representative David Scott also questioned questioned Libra’s David Marcus on Facebook’s ability to ensure the safety of the country’s financial system.
Scott asked, “What do you see as the responsibilities of Libra to combat money laundering, to protect our financial system?”
Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said last week that the authority will be preventing Bitcoin from becoming an “equivalent of Swiss-numbered bank accounts.”
He criticized Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies as they can be used for illicit purposes such as money laundering, adding that regulators will certainly enforce regulations.
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