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WEF 2022: IMF deputy managing director Gita Gopinath expresses her stand on crypto assets

On May 23, International Monetary Fund (IMF) deputy managing director Gita Gopinath has expressed that crypto resources are insecure and she has avoided the area.

In an interview at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting at Davos, Gopinath said, “I have completely stayed away from it [crypto]. But that’s just me and my level of risk aversion.”

The IMF official additionally brought up the shortcoming that the “speculative” resource class has seen in the previous weeks, featuring it’s not an ‘simple return’ market.

She stated that “It went from about a $3 trillion market to a $1.5 trillion market in about six months — very quick moves. It is not a very easy-return investment. So these are very large risks you are taking.”

All things considered, Gopinath is of the view that any unsafe resource class, such as crypto, should be controlled.

IMF managing director Kristalina Georgieva also reportedly said at the Summit that investors need to make informed decisions as the Terra-led collapse haunts the market. She commented, “The less there is backing it, the more you should be prepared to take the risk of this thing blowing up in your face.”

However, Georgieva highlighted that not all virtual assets offer the same hazards and cannot be completely avoided. The chief of the international financial institution noted, “It offers us all faster service, much lower costs, and more inclusion, but only if we separate apples from oranges and bananas.” 

François Villeroy de Galhau, a governor of the Central Bank of France, said that “citizens have lost trust in crypto.” CNN quoted Galhau adding, “Cryptocurrencies are not a reliable means of payment. Someone must be responsible for the value and it must be accepted universally as a means of exchange. It’s not.”

Despite the liquidity outflow, bitcoin supporters are in great numbers this year at the WEF gathering. A free bitcoin pizza stall, as well as a “Liquidity Lounge,” reportedly adorned the first days of the Summit.

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