Yellen sounds warning about ‘extremely inefficient’ bitcoin

SectorFinancial Markets
CountryMiddle east

Janet Yellen, U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be treasury secretary, speaks as Biden announces nominees and appointees to serve on his economic policy team at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 1, 2020. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen issued a warning Monday about the dangers that bitcoin poses both to investors and the public. Despite a sharp slide in price to start the week, the cryptocurrency continues to trade above $53,000 as it has received boosts from various sources. Elon Musk's Tesla recently made a substantial purchase and has said it will accept bitcoin for transactions. However, Yellen said there remain important questions about legitimacy and stability. "I don't think that bitcoin … is widely used as a transaction mechanism," she told CNBC's Andrew Ross Sorkin at the New York Times' "DealBook" conference. "To the extent it is used I fear it's often for illicit finance.

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