El Salvador adoption a ‘coming of age’ for Bitcoin, says Fidelity exec


El Salvador’s adoption of Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender is widely celebrated across the crypto ecosystem, but one expert believes the importance of the rollout was a little bit exaggerated.

Speaking to CNBC, Fidelity Investments director Jurrien Timmer said that the significance of El Salvador’s Bitcoin move is “a little bit overplayed.”

“Because it’s not like El Salvador has dropped the U.S. dollar as its peg,” Timmer explained. “It’s not like it switched from dollars as its currency peg to Bitcoin.”

Reminding that the country still has the dollar and people can decide to be paid in dollars or pay in dollars, he added that the adoption is on a voluntary basis. However, while paying in Bitcoin is voluntary in El Salvador, local merchants in the country are mandated to accept and process BTC transactions.

Related: Sept. 7 is ‘Bitcoin Day’ in El Salvador as BTC becomes legal tender

The Fidelity exec compared Bitcoin’s current moment to an “adolescent’s coming of age” like gold was in the 1960s:

“Although it’s in reverse; because gold went from being money to being an asset class in the seventies. Bitcoin is trying to go from being asset class to also being a currency or being money.”

As Cointelegraph reported, El Salvador made history on Sept. 7 by making Bitcoin legal tender. The government also provided a state-issued wallet named Chivo. 

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