한국 은행장, 암호 화폐에는 내재 가치가 없으며 변동성이 예상된다

Amid a major downward correction in the cryptocurrency market, the head of South Korea’s central bank is skeptical about digital currencies like Bitcoin (BTC).

Bank of Korea Governor Lee Ju-yeol said that crypto assets like Bitcoin have no intrinsic value, local news agency Yonhap reports Tuesday. The official said that he expects more price swings on the market, stating, “It is very difficult to predict the price, but its price will be extremely volatile.”

Speaking at the National Assembly, Lee also addressed possible reasons behind the recent sharp crypto rally, which led Bitcoin to become a $1 trillion asset. The BOK governor cited a number of factors including global concerns over excessive inflation, growing institutional interest, as well as a massive $1.5 billion Bitcoin purchase by Elon Musk’s Tesla.

“이 자산은 최단 기간에 가파른 상승을 보였습니다. “비트 코인을 헤지로 사용하는 기관 투자자들의 평가는 또 다른 요인으로 해석 될 수 있다고 말하고 싶습니다.” 

According to The Korea Times, Lee claimed that the BOK is progressing with its central bank digital currency. “The bank is close to completing our review of designs and relevant technologies regarding bank-controlled digital currencies,” he said. As previously reported, the bank issued a book on legal issues surrounding CBDCs in early February.

Bitcoin saw a steep correction on Feb. 22, with its price plunging from above $58,000 to below $48,000. United States Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen criticized Bitcoin in an interview on Monday, stating that the world’s largest cryptocurrency is “extremely inefficient way of conducting transactions.”