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Crypto Community Reacts to Coinbase CEO Advice to Brazil, Argentina



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Following the intent of Brazil and Argentina to potentially develop a common currency, Crypto exchange Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has advised the two countries to consider adopting Bitcoin (BTC). 

Armstrong stated that Bitcoin may be regarded as the right long-term bet for the two South American countries, stressing that it could run parallel with the Argentine peso and Brazilian real. 

Meanwhile, Global Macro Investor founder and CEO Raoul Pal countered the idea, saying that it would not augur well for any country to have a national currency capable of declining by 65% in the down part and rising 10x in the up cycle.

It is instructive to note that Brazil and Argentina have demonstrated keen interest in digital assets prior to now. On Nov. 29, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies granted approval to a bill recognizing crypto as a legit payment method in the country. 

The bill was subsequently signed into law in Dec. by the President and would take effect starting from June 2023. 

In the same vein, one of the provinces in Argentina approved legislation to issue a stablecoin pegged to the United States dollar in Dec. The token will be 100% collateralized by the province’s assets and it would be usable by individuals above 18.

Mixed Reactions trail Armstrong’s Advice

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It is noteworthy that the advice offered by Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong has been trailed by mixed reactions. While some bigwigs in the crypto community supported it, others regarded it as untenable. 

Supporting Armstrong’s position, Bitcoin archive argued that there are far worse options than Bitcoin in Lebanon, Argentina, among others. He further established that the first step will be adopting Bitcoin as a reserve asset. 

Meanwhile, Raoul Pal raised the observation that while it is a step in the right direction, it needs volatility to subside which takes longer-term adoption. 

Interestingly, a user tweeted that Argentina has 100% inflation and would not hesitate to trade inflation for volatility. Before any decision is taken by the two countries, it should be well thought-out.