European Central Bank (ECB) reaffirms Bitcoin’s unsuitability despite ETF approval


  • ECB emphasizes Bitcoin’s unsuitability despite ETF approval.
  • Bitcoin’s challenges include environmental impact and investor risks.
  • ECB warns against Bitcoin’s speculative nature and criminality.

The European Central Bank (ECB) reiterated its stance on Bitcoin (BTC), emphasizing that the approval of spot Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs) for the cryptocurrency does not alter its view of BTC as unsuitable for both investment and as a means of payment.

ECB’s stance on Bitcoin

The ECB, represented by Ulrich Bindseil and Jürgen Schaaf, asserted that Bitcoin has failed to deliver on its promise of being a global decentralized digital currency and remains scarcely utilized for legitimate transactions. 

Despite the recent approval of Bitcoin ETFs by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the ECB maintains its position that the fair value of Bitcoin remains zero.

Skepticism towards Bitcoin

This reiteration of skepticism is not new for the ECB. The central bank outlined its doubts regarding Bitcoin’s viability as a currency and an investment asset. It argued that Bitcoin transactions are inconvenient, slow, and costly, and outside criminal activities on the darknet, its usage for payments is minimal.

The ECB highlighted several challenges and risks associated with Bitcoin, including its lack of intrinsic value, absence of cash flow or dividends, and its attractiveness to less financially knowledgeable investors susceptible to FOMO (fear of missing out). 

Moreover, the environmental impact of Bitcoin mining, characterized by substantial energy consumption, remains a major concern for the ECB.

ETFs and Bitcoin’s Legitimacy

Despite the approval of ETFs, the ECB questions its role in increasing Bitcoin’s legitimacy. It argues that ETFs concentrating assets contradict the diversification principle typically associated with such investment vehicles. 

Additionally, the ECB contends that Bitcoin’s history is rife with scams and dubious pricing, with a significant portion of reported trading volume likely being fraudulent.

Implications and consequences

The ECB warns of the potential consequences of a renewed boom-bust cycle in Bitcoin, including environmental damage and wealth redistribution at the expense of less sophisticated investors.

Moreover, it asserts that Bitcoin’s anonymity has made it attractive for illicit activities such as money laundering and ransomware payments, contributing to its reputation as the “currency of crime.”

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