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Bitcoin Trading Volume Hits New ATH in Argentina After Central Bank Banned Purchasing Crypto with Credit Cards

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Mon, 11/04/2019 - 15:26
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Alex Dovbnya
The ban imposed by Argentina's central bank produced an opposite effect on Bitcoin's trading volumes
Bitcoin Trading Volume Hits New ATH in Argentina After Central Bank Banned Purchasing Crypto with Credit Cards
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Bitcoin has once again proven its resilience against the whims of centralized authorities.

The coin's trading volumes in Argentina have just reached a new record high in the local currency just days after the country's central bank prohibited purchasing crypto with credit cards.

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No more crypto buying via credit cards

In order to preserve its foreign exchange reserves, the Central Bank of Argentina (BCA) barred its citizens from buying cryptocurrencies with credit or debit cards on Oct. 31. From now on, cryptocurrency investors are only able to transfer funds from their bank accounts. 

It wasn't a Bitcoin-specific clampdown since Argentina also moved to slash its citizens' USD purchases, but that was a worrisome sign for the local crypto industry nonetheless. 

However, despite the alarming ban, Bitcoin continues to thrive, reaching a record-breaking trading volume in the Argentine peso (ARS).

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Bitcoin as a hedge asset

As reported by U.Today, the country's currency took a 30 percent nosedive on Aug. 12 after it became clear that left-wing rival Alberto Fernández would be able to win the presidency. BTC was trading with a $1,000 on LocalBitcoins, a popular peer-to-peer crypto exchange.  

Plagued with political uncertainty and economic instability, Argentina remains a major crypto hub in Latin America. Bitcoin ATM providers see it as one of the main destinations for their expansion.  
 

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About the author

Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets, can be contacted at alex.dovbnya@u.today.