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Facebook’s Libra makes cryptocurrencies ‘mainstream’

Publication Date: 21 Jun 2019 - By ReachX Team By ReachX Team
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Facebook’s move into the cryptocurrencies sphere could well be another nail in the coffin for traditional banking, according to the founder of the world’s largest independent financial advisory firm.

In a note to clients, Nigel Green, Founder and Chief Executive of deVere Group, said the social media giant's plans for Libra, its own digital currency, to be launched next year, point to two things.

“First, the role of traditional banks will decline at a quicker rate than many had previously predicted. Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency will be able to transact across traditional payment rails. They have partnered with PayPal, Mastercard, Visa and Stripe, amongst others to fuel merchant acceptance of the digital currency.

“If you have cryptocurrency on these payment methods, the purpose of and use for traditional banks will surely shrink. Cryptocurrencies and fintech solutions are already taking business away from banks. They are filling a gap left by the traditional way of doing things as the world speeds up and becomes increasingly globalised and digitalised.” 

The jump into cryptocurrencies – which are the future of money in Green’s opion – by Facebook which already has 2.7 billion users can really only be seen as “another nail in the coffin for banks.”

“Secondly, tech giants entering the cryptocurrency sector indicates that digital money, as a concept, is fully mainstream and inevitably the way the world is going. This is something we have been arguing for a long time now – despite protestations from financial traditionalists. Where Facebook leads, others will inevitably follow, and this will quicken the pace of mass adoption of cryptocurrencies.”

The deVere CEO said this major development in the crypto-verse is surely “just the beginning”, adding that the move is set to revolutionise how people access, manage and use money across the world and it will positively disturb the wider banking sector. 

“Banking as we have known it until now is coming to an end,” he concluded.

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ReachX Team

 

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