Bitcoin has no future, says UBS chairman Axel Weber, Blockchain does.

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In a recent article at City AM from Chris Papadopoullos,  UBS chairman Axel Weber was quoted telling the crowd at Bank of England’s Open Forum that Bitcoin has no future.

During a discussion at the Bank of England’s Open Forum, he said private currencies will fail to take off “because there is no lender of last resort – there will always be boom and bust”.

During a financial crisis, central banks such as the Bank of England are able to change the supply of money in order to calm crises, which is not possible to do with a private currency. The lender-of-last-resort role is one the Bank adopted over a century ago.

 

Weber’s sentiment was echoed by Bank of England deputy governor Minouche Shafik.

“Liquidity is a public good, central banks are well placed to provide it,” she said.

However, Weber talked up the benefits of blockchain, the technology that underpins bitcoin transactions. It has been lauded as an ultra-efficient way to manage transactions.

In fact, UBS has its very own blockchain lab in London, where a group of boffins are currently exploring the ways in which blockchain technology can be used in financial market transactions.

About Richard Kastelein

Founder of industry publication Blockchain News, partner at ICO services collective CryptoAsset Design Group (helped raise over $200m+), director of education company Blockchain Partners (Oracle Partner) and ICO event organiser at leading industry event  CryptoFinancing (first ICO event in Europe) – Richard Kastelein is an award-winning publisher, innovation executive and entrepreneur. He sits on the advisory boards of half a dozen Blockchain startups and has written over 1200 articles on Blockchain technology and startups at Blockchain News and has also published pioneering articles on ICOs in Harvard Business Review and Venturebeat.
 
Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on Blockchain technology in Amsterdam, Antwerp, Barcelona, Beijing, Brussels, Bucharest, Dubai, Eindhoven, Gdansk, Groningen, the Hague, Helsinki, London, Manchester, Minsk, Nairobi, Nanchang, San Mateo, Shanghai,Tel Aviv and Venice. His network is global and extensive.
 
He is a Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) whose writing career has ranged from the Canadian Native Press (Arctic) to the Caribbean & Europe. He’s written occasionally for Harvard Business Review, Wired, Venturebeat, The Guardian and Virgin.com and his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German and French.
 
A journalist by trade, an entrepreneur and adventurer at heart, Kastelein’s professional career has ranged from political publishing to TV technology, boatbuilding to judging startups, skippering yachts to marketing and more as he’s travelled for nearly 30 years as a Canadian expatriate living around the world.
 
In his 20s, he sailed around the world on small yachts and wrote a series of travel articles called, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Seas’ travelling by hitching rides on yachts (1989) in major travel and yachting publications. He currently lives in Groningen, Netherlands where he’s raising three teenage daughters with his wife and sailing partner, Wieke Beenen.

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