Bitcoin will be adopted as legal tender in three more countries in 2022, predicts the CEO of a game-changing global financial giant.
The ultra-bullish prediction from Nigel Green of deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory, asset management and fintech organisations, doubles down on one made on Sunday by the President of El Salvador.
To his 3.2 million followers, Nayib Bukele tweeted a series of predictions about Bitcoin, including “2 more countries will adopt it as legal tender.” Amongst others were that the cryptocurrency will hit $100,000 this year.
El Salvador made history by becoming the first country in the world to make Bitcoin official currency alongside the U.S. dollar.
Mr Green says: “I’m confident that the young, maverick President, Nayib Bukele, is correct about other countries adopting Bitcoin as legal tender in 2022.
“But I would go further still. I believe possibly three more nations will follow El Salvador’s pioneering, future-focused lead into the digital age.”
He continues: “This is because low-income countries have long suffered because their currencies are weak and extremely vulnerable to market changes and that triggers rampant inflation.
“This is why most developing countries become reliant upon major ‘first-world’ currencies, such as the U.S. dollar, to complete transactions.
“However, reliance on another country’s currency also comes with its own set of, often very costly, problems. A stronger U.S. dollar, for example, will weigh on emerging-market economic prospects, since developing countries have taken on so much dollar-denominated debt in the past decades.”
The deVere boss goes on to add: “By adopting cryptocurrency as legal tender these countries then immediately have a currency that isn’t influenced by market conditions within their own economy, nor directly from just one other country’s economy.
“Bitcoin operates on a global scale and therefore is impacted by wider, global economic changes.”
In addition, he notes, cryptocurrencies could also help “bolster financial inclusion for individuals and businesses” in developing countries as they “can circumnavigate the biases” of traditional banks and other financial services providers.
Following President Bukele’s bold tweet about more countries adopting Bitcoin as legal tender this year, his followers ran wild with nations that they believe would be likely to do so, including Paraguay, Turkey and Bolivia, to name a few.
For his part, Nigel Green says: “Due to their similar reliance on remittances, amongst other factors, other countries, including Panama, Guatemala and Honduras, could also adopt Bitcoin.
“Just after El Salvador’s adoption back in September, Panama announced a bill to make the cryptocurrency legal tender in the country. Also, Congressman Gabriel Silva tweeted that this could create jobs in Panama and lure investment from other nations.”
The central banks of Honduras and Guatemala are both eying digital currencies too, according to officials, but they are – for now – taking a different approach.
“They’re currently studying central bank digital currencies (CBDC). This demonstrates, again, that the future of money is digital.
“However, I think they will ultimately embrace an existing cryptocurrency as a legal tender, like El Salvador has done successfully,” says Nigel Green.
He concludes: “President Bukele is right. Other countries will follow El Salvador’s example and make Bitcoin legal tender in 2022.
“How many remains unclear, of course. But it will be a snowball effect.”