Bitcoin Is Here to Stay, CEA at Allianz Says, Here’s Why


While talking to CNBC’s Squawk Box host, Mohamed Aly El-Erian—chief economic advisor at German multinational financial services company Allianz based in Munich and the corporate parent of PIMCO—shared his take that Bitcoin is here to stay.

However, he then corrected himself, saying that it is likely to have trouble with governments.

“Bitcoin remains as part of the payments eco-system”

Answering a question from host Andrew Ross Sorkin, who mentioned the massive Bitcoin conference in Miami over the weekend and El Salvador’s promising to adopt BTC as a legal tender, El-Erian shared his take on what future awaits the biggest global cryptocurrency.

On the one side, he said, there are adopters, like those who were at the conference and like El Salvador’s president—who added “laser eyes” to his Twitter picture.

On the other side of the tug of war, there are governmental watchdogs. The constant war between these two sides, the expert believes, will keep Bitcoin volatility high.

El-Erian reckons that Bitcoin will remain part of the payments ecosystem, but it will hardly become a global currency simply because governments will not allow it.

Governments will bet on CBDCs: BC Tech Group co-founder

Co-founder and managing director of OSL and BC Technology Group, Dave Chapman, believes that the future holds good things for CBDCs like Chinese DCEP (digital yuan) and stablecoins—like Facebook’s DIEM (formerly Libra).

Chapman says his companies are super bullish on central bank digital currencies and stablecoins, particularly in Asia.

These two means of payment will transform payments in the same way paper notes took over after gold coins, plastic cards and electronic payments disrupted banknotes.

As per Chapman, CBDCs will be widespread within a decade. As well as CBDCs and stablecoins, he is also bullish on “traditional digital assets,” such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.


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