美国财政部长提出美联储维持数字美元的想法

Janet Yellen may be open to having U.S. regulators consider a digital currency, but still seems to have strong concerns about Bitcoin.

In an interview on the New York TimesDealBook DC Policy Project held today, Yellen said it makes sense for the Federal Reserve to look into a digital dollar. Speaking to Andrew Ross Sorkin, the Treasury Secretary said a digital dollar maintained by the Fed could result infaster, safer and cheaper payments,” but added there werea lot of things to considerbefore a possible rollout. She questioned how regulators wouldmanage money laundering and illicit finance issuesas well as the impact on the banks and Fed.

此外, the Treasury Secretary criticized Bitcoin (比特币) as a medium of exchange, not mentioning its use as a store of value:

I don’t think that Bitcoin is widely used as a transaction mechanism […] It’s an extremely inefficient way of conducting transactions and the amount of energy that’s consumed in processing those transactions is staggering.

Yellen spoke about cryptocurrencies and BTC prior to being sworn into office on Jan. 26. In her confirmation hearing to be Treasury Secretary, she called crypto agrowing concernin the United States that ismainly for illicit financing.Her subsequent written statements reiterated these views between digital assets and illegal financing, but also included that she planned to encourage the use of digital assets in the U.S. government forlegitimate activities.

She is the first woman to be Treasury Secretary, and previously served as the chair of the Federal Reserve under U.S. President Barack Obama before leaving in early 2018. Yellen once called Bitcoinanything but useful,” but was largely silent on crypto and blockchain until being tapped by President Joe Biden.

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