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BlackRock CEO Larry Fink Believes Bitcoin is an Asset Class, Not a Currency

BlackRock CEO Larry Fink expressed skepticism regarding the practicality of using Bitcoin for everyday transactions, emphasizing that it should be recognized primarily as an asset class rather than a currency.

During an interview with CNBC on January 11, Fink reiterated his belief in Bitcoin as an alternative form of wealth storage, downplaying its potential to replace national currencies.

Fink stated, “I don’t believe it’s ever going to be a currency. I believe it’s an asset class.” He firmly believes that Bitcoin’s primary role is as a store of value.

However, Fink is more optimistic about the emergence of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) in the near future.

He foresees the development of digital currencies that leverage blockchain technology, saying, “I think we’re going to create digital currencies, we’re going to use technology for it. We’re going to use a blockchain.”

Recent data from Cointelegraph reveals that over 100 countries are exploring the development of CBDCs, with 39 countries already piloting, testing, or launching CBDC initiatives.

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When asked about ARK Invest CEO Cathie Wood’s Bitcoin valuation predictions, ranging from $600,000 to $1 million, Fink indicated that price speculation wasn’t his primary focus at the moment.

He emphasized his current priority, which is the launch of BlackRock’s newly approved spot Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF), aimed at providing an instrument for storing wealth.

Fink added, “I think if it gets even close to that high, gold will represent even a bigger value. And let’s be clear, if you think it’s digital gold, there’s going to be a reference point between gold and Bitcoin.”

In a separate interview with Fox Business on the same day, Fink highlighted that the approval of the Bitcoin ETF by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) signifies the legitimization of the cryptocurrency industry and will enhance safety for investors.

BlackRock’s ETF approval came alongside approvals for 10 other similar products.

Since receiving approval for its Bitcoin ETF, BlackRock has garnered an impressive record of 576 ETF approvals with only one rejection, underscoring its growing influence and prominence in the world of exchange-traded funds.

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