Cash in people’s pockets would be superseded by a new ‘Britcoin’ digital currency in a plan being pushed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak
Britcoin, the Bank of England’s reported digital currency, rather than overtake Bitcoin, will push the cryptocurrency’s price higher, affirms the CEO of one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory, asset manager and fintech organsitions.
The comments from Nigel Green, CEO and founder of deVere Group, come after it was reported that the UK central bank is planning to launch a direct digital equivalent – dubbed ‘Britcoin’ – to physical money.
Mr Green says: “Revealing just how worried they are about the ongoing epic rise and influence of Bitcoin, and other cryptocurrencies, the Bank of England is reportedly set to establish its own digital currency – which they have previously routinely dismissed.
He continues: “It can be expected that Britcoin will push Bitcoin prices higher for three key reasons.
“First, in what will be a masterclass in the law of unintended consequences, by jumping on the bandwagon, central banks are validating the concept of Bitcoin and its inherent values of being digital, global, borderless, quicker and more cost-effective than traditional money.
“By adding further legitimacy to the market, it’s likely that innovation and development will increase, the crypto ecosystem will become even more robust, and the pace of mass adoption will be accelerated.
“Second, whilst Britcoin will have many of the plusses of Bitcoin, it will still be controlled and manipulated by the Bank of England, meaning they can adjust supply and therefore its value. With Bitcoin, there is no single authority and a progressively limited supply.
“Furthermore, in the increasingly digitalised and globalised economy, why would businesses, such as Amazon for example, in the longer-term favour a currency that is digital but not borderless in the same way as cryptocurrencies are?”
“Third, there’s a growing mistrust of the traditional bank system by the younger, ‘digital-native’ generations who are becoming the beneficiaries of the largest transfer of wealth in history as baby boomers pass on their assets.
“They’ve been influenced by the enormous surge in tech as they came into adulthood – which came around the same time as the global financial crash that hit in 2008.
“Britcoin will be controlled by a handful of people from the Bank who have conversations and make decisions behind closed doors.
“Bitcoin is controlled by no one and discussions are held out in the open and decisions are transparent and community-based. Which one do you think is the future of money?”
The UK is not the only country said to be working on plans for digital currencies. China hopes to become the first major central bank to issue a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). The European Central Bank is exploring the launch within the next five years of a digital euro. The U.S. Federal Reserve has said it will not rush any digital dollar. This year will, however, be critical in getting the ball rolling, its chairman Jerome Powell has recently said.
The deVere CEO concludes: “The Bank of England’s reported move to set-up Britcoin highlights that digital currencies are the inevitable future of money.”
Disney withdraws ads from X amid tensions
Bob Iger, the CEO of Disney, faces a turbulent period as he navigates through challenges including activist investor pressure, plummeting stock prices, and declining consumer interest in Disney movies.
Amidst these struggles, Iger has taken a controversial step by publicly announcing the withdrawal of Disney’s advertisements from Elon Musk’s social media platform, X (formerly known as Twitter). This move aligns with a broader trend of progressive CEOs distancing themselves from platforms associated with figures like Musk and Donald Trump.
The decision to pull ads from X marks a significant shift in the digital advertising landscape. This platform, under Musk’s leadership, aims to transform from a ‘lefty safe space’ to a hub for unrestricted free speech. This pivot includes a commitment to allowing conservative voices and resisting influence from political entities, including those in the Biden administration. However, this transformation has placed Musk, the world’s richest man, in a vulnerable position, drawing intense scrutiny and criticism.
Musk’s situation worsened following his endorsement of a controversial tweet, perceived as antisemitic, suggesting a Jewish conspiracy behind a demographic replacement theory. This incident fueled antisemitic sentiments, especially in the wake of the tragic Oct. 7 Hamas attack in Gaza. Additionally, a report by Media Matters, a Soros-supported organization, accused X of juxtaposing major company ads, like Disney’s, with harmful neo-Nazi content. This allegation led to an advertising boycott, severely impacting X’s financial stability.
At the recent New York Times DealBook conference, Iger openly criticized Musk’s actions and X’s content policies, leading to Disney’s ad withdrawal. While Musk admitted his error, he and his team have countered Media Matters’ claims, accusing them of defamation and filing a lawsuit. Amid these controversies, stakeholders are questioning Iger’s strategic decisions for Disney, especially considering his legacy as a former long-term CEO and his role in shaping the company’s current direction under his successor, Bob Chapek.
Microsoft’s non-voting board seat in OpenAI revival
Microsoft has secured a non-voting board seat at OpenAI, marking a significant development as Sam Altman returns to helm the organization as CEO.
Microsoft’s new role within OpenAI comes as the tech giant continues to deepen its involvement in AI research and development. While the board seat is non-voting, it symbolizes Microsoft’s commitment to fostering collaboration in the AI community.
This move follows Sam Altman’s recent appointment as CEO of OpenAI, bringing him back into the fold after a brief stint at the helm of the startup in its early days.
With the resurgence of Altman as CEO, and Microsoft’s newfound presence on the board, the question arises: What synergies will this partnership unlock between two prominent entities in the AI domain?
As AI technologies continue to advance, what potential breakthroughs can we expect from this collaboration?
In summary, Microsoft has secured a non-voting board seat at OpenAI as Sam Altman returns as CEO, signaling a deepening alliance in the world of artificial intelligence.
Elon Musk’s X faces $75M loss as advertisers exit
Elon Musk’s venture, X, is bracing for a substantial financial hit as reports suggest it could suffer losses of up to $75 million by the end of this year.
The turmoil stems from a growing exodus of advertisers, which has sent shockwaves through the company’s revenue streams.
The advertiser exodus appears to be linked to controversies surrounding Elon Musk and his unconventional approach to business and social media. Musk’s controversial statements and tweets have drawn both praise and criticism, but they seem to have alienated a significant portion of X’s advertising partners. Many companies are distancing themselves from the venture due to concerns about brand image and association with Musk’s unpredictable behavior.
This development raises pressing questions about the future of X and its ability to retain advertising partnerships. Can Elon Musk navigate these turbulent waters and win back advertisers? Will X need to reevaluate its strategies and adopt a more traditional corporate image? How might this impact the overall financial health of the venture, and what steps will be taken to mitigate losses?
In the midst of these uncertainties, it remains to be seen whether X can weather the storm and maintain its prominent position in the business world. Elon Musk’s unorthodox approach has often yielded success, but the current challenges pose a significant threat to the venture’s financial stability. As the year-end approaches, observers are closely watching to see how Musk and X respond to this critical situation.
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