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Coinbase CEO Gets Flak for Suggesting Bitcoin as Common Currency in Brazil and Argentina

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Updated by Kyle Baird
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In Brief

  • Coinbase CEO and co-founder Brian Armstrong was criticized on Twitter for suggesting that Brazil and Argentina should consider Bitcoin as a currency.
  • Bitcoin critic Raoul Pal was among the skeptics, saying that the volatility would not allow it to be a sensible choice.
  • Brazil and Argentina will begin discussing a common currency this week.
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Coinbase’s Brian Armstrong was called out on Twitter for suggesting that Brazil and Argentina look into Bitcoin as a currency. The two countries will start discussions for a common currency this week.

Coinbase CEO and co-founder Brian Armstrong is feeling the heat on social media for chiming in on Brazil and Argentina’s discussion about having a common currency. The CEO said he wondered “if they would consider moving to Bitcoin — that would probably be the right long-term bet.”

The response was swift on Twitter, with some criticizing the choice of crypto and others criticizing the idea altogether.

Doubters Dunk on Brian Armstrong

The criticisms largely have to do with the volatility of Bitcoin, which makes it difficult to use it in day-to-day transactions. This was a common argument against El Salvador’s decision to make Bitcoin legal tender; both citizens and some in the government opposed the idea.

Prominent Bitcoin critic Raoul Pal was one of those skeptics, saying that “currently no one can have a national currency with 100% volatility that declines 65% in the down part of the business cycle and rises 10x in the up cycle.”

The crypto community criticized Coinbase CEO for other reasons. One criticized his decision to buy real estate, while another said it could not scale to the population. Armstrong’s tweets are something the crypto community keeps a close eye on, and every once in a while, he receives criticism for his words.

Brazil and Argentina Discussing a Common Currency

Reports expect Brazil and Argentina to announce preparatory work on a common currency this week. The discussions will take place at a summit in Buenos Aires, and other Latin American countries may also participate.

The initial suggestion for the name is “sur” and would run in parallel with the Brazilian real and Argentine peso at first. The idea is to reduce reliance on the dollar and boost regional trade.

Working on a CBDC

The two countries are also working on their own central bank digital currencies. The Central Bank of Brazil expects to launch a CBDC by 2024, while Argentina has created a National Blockchain Committee. Cryptocurrencies are popular in the two countries, with Brazil adopting crypto regulations and banks beginning to offer crypto services in Argentina.

They are just some of many countries working on a CBDC, and this development could boost trade and general economic strength. Mexico is another country in the region that is also making progress with respect to a CBDC.

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Rahul Nambiampurath's cryptocurrency journey first began in 2014 when he stumbled upon Satoshi's Bitcoin whitepaper. With a bachelor's degree in Commerce and an MBA in Finance from Sikkim Manipal University, he was among the few that first recognized the sheer untapped potential of decentralized technologies. Since then, he has helped DeFi platforms like Balancer and Sidus Heroes — a web3 metaverse — as well as CEXs like Bitso (Mexico's biggest) and Overbit to reach new heights with his...
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