05 Dec '13, 8pm

Bitcoin Skepticism by Bankers From China to U.S. Hinders Growth

Bitcoin Skepticism by Bankers From China to U.S. Hinders Growth

You need to enable Javascript to play media on Bloomberg.com Play Bitcoin Suffers Setback in China Bitcoin, the digital money created as an alternative to currencies controlled by nations and banks, is finding that its wider adoption depends on both as governments in China and the U.S. demand enthusiasts play by existing rules. Bitcoin exchanges, payment processors and other startups say they need banks to connect them to the existing payments system and provide basic services like checking accounts. To do that, the fledgling companies must convince the regulators who police the banks that Bitcoins aren’t being used to conceal illicit activity. “Banks are scared to deal with Bitcoin companies, even if they really want to,” said Stephen Pair, co-founder and chief technical officer of BitPay Inc., an Atlanta-based company that processes payments for merchants in Bitcoin. Pai...

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