Bank of England Deputy Governor Jon Cunliffe believes that cryptocurrencies are not big enough to pose financial stability risk. “They’re not of the size that they would cause financial stability risk, and they’re not connected deeply into the standing financial system,” said the deputy governor.
Crypto Poses No Financial Stability Risk, Says Deputy Governor of Bank of England
Jon Cunliffe, the deputy governor of the Bank of England, talked about cryptocurrency and whether it poses financial stability risk in an interview with CNBC Wednesday. He said:
The speculative boom in crypto is very noticeable but I don’t think it’s crossed the boundary into financial stability risk.
The Bank of England’s deputy governor explained that crypto speculation was mainly limited to retail investors currently. He reiterated the British central bank’s position that people investing in cryptocurrency should be prepared to lose all their money, the viewpoint expressed on several occasions by Andrew Bailey, the governor of the Bank of England.
There are issues of investor protection here. These are highly speculative assets. But they’re not of the size that they would cause financial stability risk, and they’re not connected deeply into the standing financial system.
He noted: “Were we to start to see those links develop, were we to start to see it move out of retail more into wholesale and see the financial sector more exposed, then I think you might start to think about risk in that sense.”