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Central Bank-Issued Digital Coins Seen Co-Existing With Bitcoin


Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ether will co-exist “for a while” with more-restrictive digital coins such as the one issued by China’s central bank, according to Changpeng Zhao, chief executive officer of Binance.

Zhao, who runs the world’s largest Bitcoin exchange, said digital assets issued by central banks will be different than public coins in many ways. They won’t offer the same freedom of use and won’t have a supply cap in place, Zhao, who’s also known as CZ, said Monday in a Bloomberg TV interview.

“Most central-bank digital currencies are going to have a lot of control attached to them,” Zhao said. Differences between the two types of coins could make the central-bank version unattractive to people drawn to the crypto world. “At the end of the day, those are core properties that users care about,” he said.

Bitcoin and Ether have hit all-time highs this year as institutional investors and corporations buy cryptocurrencies to add to their balance sheets. Ether hit a record $3,339 Monday. While Bitcoin is used only for transferring digital value, Ether supports the Ethereum blockchain on which more types of transactions are possible.


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