Bitcoin ‘doesn’t solve a main need in society right now,’ says Royal Bank of Canada CEO

Bitcoin 'doesn't solve a main need in society right now,' says Royal Bank of Canada CEO

  • From JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon, to the IMF’s Christine Lagarde, bitcoin has become a major talking point for the finance world’s established voices.
  • Now Royal Bank of Canada CEO, David McKay, is joining in calls to question the utility and legitimacy of bitcoin.
  • “The purpose it [bitcoin] seems to serve today is really to help move money in a hidden way and facilitate, potentially facilitate, criminal activity of moving money in an undetected way,” McKay told CNBC in an episode of Life Hacks Live.

Royal Bank of Canada CEO, David McKay, is joining in calls to question the utility and legitimacy of bitcoin.

From JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon, to the IMF’s Christine Lagarde, bitcoin has become a major talking point for the finance world’s established voices.

Now Royal Bank of Canada CEO, David McKay, is joining in calls to question the utility and legitimacy of bitcoin.

“The purpose it [bitcoin] seems to serve today is really to help move money in a hidden way and facilitate, potentially facilitate, criminal activity of moving money in an undetected way,” McKay told CNBC in an episode of Life Hacks Live.

McKay doubts bitcoin’s legitimacy in the face of the pound, euro or dollar.

“A currency is a promissory note on a future good and service and economy. I hold a dollar, or a pound, or a euro because I want to exchange it for physical good or a service sometime in the future and I’m confident in holding that note because of the political system backing it, because of the strength of the economy, because of a central bank with reserves.”

“So when you look at those characteristics and the real need for a currency, how do you apply that to a cryptocurrency? Most of those criteria don’t fit; it’s not backed by a government, it’s not backed by rule of law, it’s not backed by economy, there’s no reserve against it, you actually have to mine it in a distributed chain environment,” said McKay.

Though bitcoin may “serve a need in the future” in…

Bitcoin ‘doesn’t solve a main need in society right now,’ says Royal Bank of Canada CEO