Christine Lagarde, the president of the European Central Bank (ECB), claims that cryptos are not currencies. Crypto is worth nothing and has no future. Apart from those coins issued by the official authorities.
Christine Lagarde declared that crypto-currencies are baseless and worth nothing. Hence, these coins should be regulated to protect people from foolishly investing their life savings.
The president of ECB is concerned about European crypto investors. Her concerns get based on the fact that many global crypto investors have no knowledge of the cryptocurrency dangers.
Lagarde thinks these investors will lose everything, and they’ll be sorely disappointed. With that in mind, Lagarde feels governments should regulate cryptocurrency.
Time for crypto regulations?
The latest comments follow cryptocurrency markets’ recent volatility.
The two most popular cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin and Ether, dropped 50 percent from their rise last year. Terraform labs’ Terra (UST) and LUNA crashed, and its ecosystem have put crypto investors under the bus. At the same time, the asset class is coming under greater regulatory pressure.
These officials, such as Christine Lagarde, are concerned that it might endanger the financial system as a whole.
Christine Lagarde accused crypto service providers of being Russian accomplices during the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Following international sanctions on Russia, there was an economic outcry. Lagarde fretted that these businesses would enable Russian citizens to avoid financial sanctions. Christine Lagarde stated that the number of rubles flowing into crypto and stablecoins increased.
In February, Christine Lagarde said it was vital to quickly finish and enforce the European Union’s proposed regulatory framework for crypto assets. The demise of Terra has sealed the fate of more stringent cryptocurrency rules, laying a foundation for them. Christian Lagarde had this to say when asked about stablecoins:
In an interview with Dutch television, Christine Lagarde expressed her doubts about the value of crypto. She also contrasted it to the ECB’s digital euro, which she described as stable. The government initiative sets to get completed in four years.
“My very humble assessment is that it is worth nothing, it is based on nothing, there is no underlying asset to act as an anchor of safety,” Lagarde said.
“The day when we have the central bank digital currency out, any digital euro, I will guarantee — so the central bank will behind it and I think it’s vastly different than many of those things.” she added.
Crypto crash is a time for crypto skepticism
Several European Central Bank members have already expressed their concerns. In April, Executive Board member Fabio Panetta remarked that crypto-assets “are creating a new Wild West.” Furthermore, Fabio made comparisons to the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis.
Christine Lagarde stated that she does not own any cryptocurrencies because she wants to live by her words. However, she follows them “extremely closely” as one of her sons invested in crypto against her advice. She is programmed to be concerned as a mother, but she stresses that her son is a free man who can make his own investment decisions.
It’s not just LUNA that’s suffering. DeFi apps from Terra are hemorrhaging. Since the collapse of terraUSD (UST), billions of dollars in investor losses have occurred. Billions of dollars have disappeared from Terra’s market value. That all adds to her statement that crypto is worth nothing.
According to tracker data, funds in decentralized finance (DeFi) applications built on Terra have dropped to $155 million as of today. Investors last saw this level of loss in February 2021. At the start of this month, their value had plummeted by more than $29 billion. In early April, the locked value on Terra DeFi reached $30 billion.