Most banks have not really warmed up to cryptocurrencies in recent years. However, now it seems that many banks have now recognized the value and benefits of Bitcoin and Co. This is now also the case in Mexico. There, Banco Azteca could soon accept Bitcoin.
The Mexican businessman and billionaire Ricardo Salinas Pliego not only has the well-known laser eyes on his profile picture. These are used to publicize his support for cryptocurrencies. Back in November 2020, Pliego announced that he had invested ten percent of his net worth in Bitcoin.
Given that the Mexican’s net worth is estimated at around $15.6 billion, this investment is likely to have paid off given the sharp rise in the exchange rate since then. Pliego is considered the third richest person in Mexico.
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Bitcoin News was already a topic at the end of June
Back at the end of June 2021, Pliego announced that they wanted to be the first Mexican bank to offer cryptocurrencies. The 65-year-old commented on this as follows: “Bitcoin is a good way to diversify one’s investment portfolio, and I think all investors should start looking at cryptocurrencies and their future. At Banco Azteca, we are working to make them accessible to our clients to further promote [financial] freedom.”
Not enthusiastic about every cryptocurrency
While Pliego professes his support for Bitcoin, he is not a fan of other cryptocurrencies such as Dogecoin. In fact, a statement made by the billionaire went viral after he told a fan of the meme cryptocurrency that he would remain poor.
Bitcoin adoption on a good track despite regulatory measures
The crypto industry is undergoing a transformation. More and more companies and public institutions are realizing that cryptocurrencies are a way to preserve assets or send money across the globe. However, NFTs also represents a new opportunity for companies to increase revenue through merchandising.
In addition, blockchain technology offers many other opportunities through which currently bureaucratic activities can be simplified in the future. The market has been very unregulated in recent years. That has not only prevented large companies from investing in Bitcoin and Co. but also made it much easier for potential fraudsters.
Currently, Binance, for example, is struggling to obtain licenses in numerous countries. Since many countries have different requirements here, this is no easy feat. Nevertheless, more and more companies and banks are opening up at the same time, because there are new regulations by the state in almost every country, which sometimes have a negative effect, but make for a much safer market.
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