Many analysts are working to find out why Bitcoin suddenly had such a nasty drop in price. The world’s number one digital currency by market cap has fallen below the $40,000 mark after hovering there in recent weeks, and it looks like it could be because BTC is in line to face stiff competition from the Fed. Federal.
The Federal Reserve wants to issue a new cryptocurrency
The Fed released a statement explaining that it is looking into the possibility of issuing a national central bank cryptocurrency. The Federal Reserve has made it clear that it has no plans to go ahead with issuing the currency unless it has the backing of Congress and the White House. However, he is putting the situation out in the public and asking for comments.
The Federal Reserve is now involved in a study that aims to discover the benefits of these bank-issued currencies, and according to a new report, the benefits are pretty strong. More than anything though, the situation puts the US in a rather unique position, mainly because it seemed like the country would never go down that path given how loyal and dedicated it is to the US dollar.
Until this point, it was clear that only China was willing to enter the route of issuing a national form of cryptocurrency. In 2019, the country pulled back the curtain on the digital yuan, a virtual version of fiat currency that everyone uses to shop. The currency has been through a period of severe testing and has caused some people to wonder what, or even if, other nations would do the same. It looks like the United States could be next in line.
However, while the news is interesting, it appears to have produced some unpleasant results for BTC, which is down over $2,000 after the announcement. The report detailing the study says:
The Federal Reserve does not intend to proceed with issuing a CBDC without clear support from the executive branch and Congress, ideally in the form of a specific authorization act.
What will this do to the industry?
The situation is a bit confusing, as while that route may be unavoidable for many developed countries (after all, we’ve heard for years that cryptocurrencies are the way of the future), it’s possible that many true digital currency traders don’t be. intrigued by the idea of a bank issuing a national cryptocurrency as this goes against everything crypto stands for.
Digital currency was initially designed to take power away from financial institutions and give it back to the people. These assets were built to give people a little more say in their lives and financial decisions. If these currencies are suddenly issued or controlled by banks, we can expect these freedoms to begin to dissipate, and the world of cryptocurrencies could become as centralized as traditional finance.