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Cryptocurrencies clear danger, says RBI Governor

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Reserve Bank Governor Shaktikanta Das on Thursday described cryptocurrencies as ”clear danger” and said that anything that derives value based on make believe, without any underlying, is just speculation under a sophisticated name.The government is in the process of finalising a consultation paper on cryptocurrencies after gathering inputs from various stakeholders and institutions.Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has been flagging concerns about cryptocurrencies, which are seen as a highly speculative asset.In the foreword to the 25th issue of the Financial Stability Report (FSR) released on Thursday, Das also said that as the financial system gets increasingly digitalised, cyber risks are growing and need special attention. ”We must be mindful of the emerging risks on the horizon.

Cryptocurrencies are a clear danger. Anything that derives value based on make believe, without any underlying, is just speculation under a sophisticated name,” Das said.In recent weeks, cryptocurrencies, which are not back by any underlying value, have witnessed massive volatility amid global uncertainties.RBI first come out with a circular regarding cryptocurrencies in 2018 and had barred entities regulated by it from dealing in such instruments.

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