Credit rating agency S&P Global said El Salvador’s decision to adopt bitcoin as legal tender had “immediate, negative implications,” according to a report by Reuters on Thursday.
- S&P said that bitcoin adoption could deter El Salvador from participating in an International Monetary Fund support program, increase financial weaknesses and impair banks by generating currency mismatches when they look to loan money, Reuters said.
- “The risks” of El Salvador’s bitcoin adoption “seem to outweigh its potential benefits,” S&P said, according to the report. “There are immediate negative implications for (the) credit.”
- The agency has given El Salvador a B- rating and a “stable” outlook.
- In July, the ratings agency Moody’s downgraded El Salvador’s long-term, foreign-currency issuer and senior unsecured ratings from B3 to Caa1 and maintained a negative view of the country’s economy partly because of the government’s passage of the bitcoin law.
- In a Thursday tweet, Coinbase co-founder and CEO Brian Armstrong noted that “crypto does not account for the majority of transactions in El Salvador yet” but called the country’s bitcoin adoption “steps in the right direction.”
UPDATE (Sept. 17, 03:59 UTC): Adds information about Brian Armstrong tweet.
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