Tharman warns public against risks of crypto as world warms towards Bitcoin

Singapore once again warned the public about the risks of trading cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, a market that, while relatively small in the city-state, has surged in significance over the past year.

“Cryptocurrencies can be highly volatile, as their value is typically not related to any economic fundamentals,” Tharman Shanmugaratnam, the chairman of the Monetary Authority of Singapore, said in response to a parliamentary question on Monday, April 5. “They are hence highly risky as investment products, and certainly not suitable for retail investors.”

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