Adena Friedman, Nasdaq CEO and Executive Remains Bullish on Digital Currencies

As more and more institutional players are joining the crypto bandwagon, the world’s second-biggest stock-trading platform has set its eyes strong on the digital currency space. Nasdaq CEO and executive Adena Friedman earlier said last month that her company would certainly consider launching a crypto-exchange provided the regulatory air gets clear and that some sort of operational stability gets established in the cryptocurrency space.

During her recent interview with CNN, Friedman said that she’s bullish on the long-term future of cryptocurrencies.

Friedman said:“Do I think digital currency plays a role in the economy of the future, I think the answer is probably yes.

She further added: “How it evolves and which of the cryptocurrencies may or may not be the one that ultimately gets embraced, I think that really the jury is still out on that.

“But I do think the idea of a more globalized payments mechanism that’s more efficient than what we have today, that allows money to transfer cross country, and […] support[s] the internet economy. It feels like it’s the right next step in the space of currency.”

During this interview, Friedman yet again pressed on the regulatory uncertainty saying that it is a “major issue” surrounding digital currencies. She said: “Are the governments going to start to embrace it, or are they still going to have it sit outside the realm of their oversight. That’s the real question.”

Friedman also praised the underpinning blockchain technology saying “I think the technology is a fascinating and very sound technology, it’s just a matter of making sure that the community is all embracing it together.

Friedman said that blockchain finds its use more in less regulated markets where centralized institutions are not that strong. She says that going further it will have bigger global acceptability.


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