Could this be the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender?

El Salvador plans to increase its population’s financial freedom by naming Bitcoin an official currency
The post Could this be the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender? appeared first on The Motley Fool Australia. –

El Salvador President Nayib Bukele has declared he intends to make Bitcoin (CRYPTO: BTC) legal tender in the Central American nation.

The move would make El Salvador the first country in the world to accept the cryptocurrency as legal tender. Let’s take a closer look at the news.

Bitcoin to be legal tender

In a video broadcast at the Bitcoin 2021 conference on Sunday morning (AEST), President Bukele said he planned to submit a legislature bill to El Salvador’s legislative assembly that would make Bitcoin legal tender.

Welcome to the future #Bitcoin

— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) June 5, 2021

According to President Bukele, the move would give El Salvador’s citizens more financial freedom.

In a Twitter Inc. (NYSE: TWTR) thread, the president stated that 70% of El Salvador’s population did not have bank accounts – making the ability to transfer Bitcoin outside of banks a major upside to the use of crypto as official currency.

He added that US$6 billion worth of remittances were sent to Salvadoran families each year – a large percentage of which was taken in fees.

President Bukele tweeted:

By using [Bitcoin], the amount received by more than a million low income families will increase in the equivalent of billions of dollars every year.

President Bukele also stated if 1% of Bitcoin was invested into El Salvador, the country’s GDP would increase by 25%.

The president went on to sell El Salvador to potential residents – offering permanent residency in the nation to cryptocurrency entrepreneurs.

1. Great weather, world class surfing beaches, beach front properties for sale.
2. One of the few countries in the world with no property tax.
3. No capital gains tax for #Bitcoin, since it will be a legal currency.
4. Immediate permanent residence for crypto entrepreneurs.

— Nayib Bukele (@nayibbukele) June 6, 2021

El Salvador’s financial troubles

According to reporting by Forbes, El Salvadore’s use of the US dollar as its major currency has recently caused issues for the country.

In 2001, El Salvador replaced its own currency with the US dollar to stabilise the nation’s financial system.

Then, in an effort to minimise the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the US Federal Reserve increased the amount of available US dollars.

Forbes reported the move by the US Federal Reserve caused El Salvador to lose purchasing power due to inflation.

Unlike the US dollar, the amount of Bitcoin available is capped – meaning it’s more resistant to inflation.

About the Bitcoin price

The Bitcoin price has fallen 8% since President Bukele’s announcement on Sunday, with a single Bitcoin trading at $42.227 at the time of writing. This continues a significant drop in the Bitcoin price over the past month, down 43.8% since 8 May.

The post Could this be the first country to adopt Bitcoin as legal tender? appeared first on The Motley Fool Australia.

Wondering where you should invest $1,000 right now?

When investing expert Scott Phillips has a stock tip, it can pay to listen. After all, the flagship Motley Fool Share Advisor newsletter he has run for more than eight years has provided thousands of paying members with stock picks that have doubled, tripled or even more.*

Scott just revealed what he believes could be the five best ASX stocks for investors to buy right now. These stocks are trading at near dirt-cheap prices and Scott thinks they could be great buys right now.

*Returns as of May 24th 2021

More reading

ASX 200 Weekly Wrap: ASX hits 7,300 points for the first time

Will Ethereum kill Bitcoin?

Yikes! Is Bitcoin about to get dethroned?

Harvey Norman (ASX:HVN) share price falls as the retailer deletes Twitter
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin have dropped 50%. What’s going on?

Motley Fool contributor Brooke Cooper has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool Australia’s parent company Motley Fool Holdings Inc. owns shares of and has recommended Bitcoin and Twitter. The Motley Fool Australia has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy. This article contains general investment advice only (under AFSL 400691). Authorised by Bruce Jackson.

Trade The World Anywhere & Anytime!

Mobile app platform with over 50,000 global listed securities across 12 markets (over 70% global market capitalisation), right from your Android or iOS device.

Integrated with exclusive trading idea and investment analysis tools to help you find actionable insight on virtually every financial instrument across our 12 global markets, to help you optimise your trading strategies.

Refer Your Friends

Tell your friends about Monex and gift them FREE access to our trading tools.

We respect your privacy and will only send this one email notification to your friends. 

Share With Your Friends

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin

Monex Trading Tools Access and Usage Terms

The Monex Trading Tools (referred to as ‘tools’ hereafter) are available to you inside your client portal;

To activate access to the tools, you must have a verified and approved trading account and have made a deposit of at least AUD $1000.

An active and funded account with a positive trading balance is required to continue to have access to the tools;

Although the tools are available to you indefinitely, Monex Securities may at it’s discretion disable access to the tools in the future;

Monex securities reserves the right to change these terms and conditions from time to time, as it sees fit, without notice.

Important Notice
iOS & Android App - 12 International Markets & Over 70% Global Market Cap. $0 Brokerage On US Trades. Click Here!