IMF’s Lagarde: Bitcoin ‘Could Have a Significant Impact on How We Save’


In an official International Monetary Fund Blog post yesterday, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde showered positive sentiment on the cryptocurrency market, though also cautioned against both “crypto-condemnation” and “crypto-euphoria.” Instead, the French lawyer suggests taking a rational, clear-minded approach towards the regulation of digital assets.
‘A Significant Impact’
The cryptocurrency market is absolutely brimming with fraudulent projects, which will never actually see the light of day. But there are still players that will have an impact on our daily lives with Bitcoin still leading the charge. Notes Lagarde in an official blog post:
Just as a few technologies that emerged from the dot-com era have transformed our lives, the crypto-assets that survive could have a significant impact on how we save, invest and pay our bills. That is why policymakers should keep an open mind and work toward ­­an even-handed regulatory framework that minimizes risks while allowing the creative process to bear fruit.
Lagarde was notably positive on cryptocurrency’s merits.
She noted the benefits of being able to make fast and inexpensive cross-border financial transactions and claimed that Bitcoin’s underlying technology — distributed ledger technology — could revolutionize …

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