Bitcoin transactions ‘akin to bartering,’ Bank of Mexico governor says

Bitcoin transactions ‘akin to bartering,’ Bank of Mexico governor says


The governor of the Bank of Mexico, Alejandro Díaz de León, dismissed Bitcoin’s (BTC) position as a reliable legal tender, citing price volatility as a major roadblock towards full-fledged adoption. 

Governor Díaz de León said in a Reuters interview that Bitcoin’s position in today’s financial system resembles “a dimension of precious metals” when compared to the central bank’s fiat money.

In stark contrast to El Salvador’s mainstream Bitcoin adoption that requires businesses to accept payments in Bitcoin, Mexico’s central bank chief questioned Bitcoin’s position as a viable legal tender:

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“Whoever receives bitcoin in exchange for a good or service, we believe that (transaction) is more akin to bartering because that person is exchanging a good for a good, but not really money for a good.”

Díaz de León also highlighted the inherent risk of daily price volatility when dealing with cryptocurrencies. Coincidently, the Salvadoran government was a witness to this risk just one day after recognizing Bitcoin as a legal tender and buying

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