Swiss National Bank: ‘Buying Bitcoin Is Not a Problem for Us’

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Switzerland’s central bank, the Swiss National Bank, says buying and holding bitcoin as a reserve currency is not a problem for the bank. “We can arrange the technical and operative conditions relatively quickly, when we are convinced we must have bitcoin in our balance sheet,” the chairman of the Swiss central bank reportedly explained.

Switzerland’s Central Bank on Buying and Holding Bitcoin as a Reserve Currency

The Swiss National Bank could buy and hold bitcoin as a reserve currency if the cryptocurrency meets the bank’s currency reserves requirements, Chairman Thomas Jordan reportedly said at the central bank’s annual general meeting Friday.

The Swiss central bank chief was quoted by Reuters as saying:

Buying bitcoin is not a problem for us. We can do that either directly or can buy investment products which are based on bitcoin.

However, he noted: “But from the current perspective we do not believe bitcoin meets the requirements of currency reserves. That’s why we have until now decided not to have bitcoin on our balance sheet.”

Nonetheless, he stressed:

We can arrange the technical and operative conditions relatively quickly, when we are convinced we must have bitcoin in our balance sheet.

A growing number of corporations are holding bitcoin on their balance sheets while more countries are establishing a framework to make BTC a legal currency.

El Salvador adopted bitcoin as legal tender alongside the U.S. dollar in September last year, and recently the Central African Republic made the crypto an official currency.

Meanwhile, an increasing number of people are expecting the U.S. dollar to lose its dominance, fuelled by the Russia-Ukraine war. Rich Dad Poor Dad author Robert Kiyosaki, for example, has repeatedly warned about the end of the U.S. dollar. Renowned investor Jim Rogers also warned in March about the end of the U.S. dollar.

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Kevin Helms

A student of Austrian Economics, Kevin found Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests lie in Bitcoin security, open-source systems, network effects and the intersection between economics and cryptography.




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