Britain's junior finance minister, John Glen, announced Monday that the government will launch new research aimed to explore the potential risks posed by cryptocurrencies like bitcoin.
According to a Reuters report, the minister said:
Speaking at the Innovate Finance conference in London, Glen specifically cited concerns about the repercussions arising from the "explosive growth” of cryptocurrencies. At the same time, he said he aims to safeguard London’s position as a leading global hub for fintech experimentation and blockchain technologies.
Glen added that 2017 was a record-breaking year for the U.K.'s fintech sector, attracting investments worth £1.3 billion (roughly $1.8 billion). More than half of those funds reportedly came from abroad, a clear motivation for British regulators to continue welcoming blockchain projects.
Beyond the private sector, the Bank of England (BoE) is perhaps one of the world’s most bullish central banks when it comes to cryptocurrency.
In December 2017, the central bank's chief, Mark Carney, said in December 2017 that bitcoin's price moves don’t appear to threaten global economic stability.
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