Rich Checkan, the President of Asset Strategies International (ASI) is apparently not a fan of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).

In a recent interview with Michelle Makori, editor-in-chief of Kitco News, Checkan railed against the development and adoption of CBDCs. He said the digital form of money was a threat to individual privacy and opened the door to individuals having their transactions tracked and scrutinized. 

He told Makori:

I think central bank digital currencies were concocted in hell by Satan himself.

Checkan continued, saying CBDCs would allow governments control over “everybody’s bank accounts” and would create a “void of privacy for every individual citizen.”

ASI’s president was also asked if Bitcoin posed a threat to fiat currencies and their digital counterparts (i.e. CBDCs). Checkan said it was too early to tell Bitcoin’s ultimate impact and that BTC has yet to be tested as a legitimate currency and it is behaving more like a speculative asset:

It’s not a threat, one of the options for Bitcoin is to be a form of currency, but there’s not widespread adoption and penetration […] so we really haven’t tested that model. Which is why I think it’s partially acting as a speculative asset.

Checkan went on to say that only if governments feel truely threatened by Bitcoin would we see what they are prepared to do to maintain their power.


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