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'Only supercomputers could keep up with verification of the incoming transactions.'
What is a blockchain and how does it work? CNBC takes a deep dive into the technology and its future.
Square's stock price rose more than 2% following the news.
Recent regulatory clarity from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission had digital currency evangelists dancing in the streets. The final hurdle, according to them, was being addressed and it was time for the long awaited crypto adoption to take off.
The BIS' head of research, Hyun Song Shin, said sovereign money had value because it had users, but many people holding cryptocurrencies did so often purely for speculative purposes.
Cryptocurrencies are more likely to suffer a breakdown in trust and efficiency the greater the number of people using them, the Bank of International Settlements said.