El Salvador To Repurchase Own Debt Before Launching Bitcoin (BTC) Bonds

El Salvador To Repurchase Own Debt Before Launching Bitcoin (BTC) Bonds

As many investors fear that El Salvador is about to default on its $800 million loan in January 2023, President Nayib Bukele stepped in to convince investors the country’s financial situation is under control. Today, the Congress of El Salvador received two bills, enabling the government to buy back $1.6 billion of sovereign debt.

El Salvador Has All the Needed Liquidity, Says Bukele

“We have the available funds to make a transparent, public and voluntary purchase offer to all the holders of Salvadoran sovereign debt bonds from 2023 to 2025”, – says Nayib Bukele. Despite criticism from big players in the financial sector like JPMorgan, the small Central American country went on with adoption.

Furthermore, the International Monetary Fund is advising the El Salvadoran government now, after completely denouncing the idea of El Salvador’s Bitcoin (BTC) legal tender earlier. Despite the constant criticism, many crypto enthusiasts on social media are praising the move.

For instance, Hailey Lennon, a Bitcoin (BTC) attorney in the United States shared a heart-warming story of her encounter with an El Salvadoran immigrant in a cafeteria in Washington, DC. Apparently, the man was happy to share stories from his home soil about his mates “who still live there using Bitcoin (BTC) for a better life”.

Plans Going Slower Than Expected for El Salvador

When Bitcoin (BTC) was made legal tender back in September 2021, the move was supposed to catapult the poor country’s economy. Evidently, that hasn’t happened yet, as the citizens used up the free Bitcoin (BTC) on the Chivo app and most of them never looked back. However, the big issue in this plan is the losses of BTC investments, which now stand at around 50%.

According to Nayib Tracker, the President’s portfolio is down by 48.55% at the minute. That’s a 52 million deficit with the current Bitcoin (BTC) price. In spite of that, Bukele’s most recent BTC buying spree on July 1st bore fruit, as the $19,000 invested in 80 Bitcoin (BTC) is already 22% in the green, with the markets still in a bearish mood.

Ultimately, as often repeated by El Salvador’s Minister of Finance, Alejandro Zelaya, counting profits and losses at this point doesn’t make much sense, because El Salvador sees Bitcoin (BTC) as a long-term investment.

Bitcoin (BTC) Price On the Rebound

Today, after the Fed raised interest rates lower than the crypto world expected, Bitcoin (BTC) started a bullish rally to come back from the depths of the crypto superstorm. At press time, Bitcoin (BTC) trades at $22,953.71, being up by 7.1% in the last 24 hours, according to CoinGecko.

The bullish trend resulted in a 13.5% profit for the last fortnight, but there’s still a long way to go to return to form, as the world’s top digital asset is down by 41.2% in a yearly perspective.

On the Flipside

Why You Should Care

The Latin & Central American region is very crypto-friendly, with Panama attempting to follow El Salvador in adopting Bitcoin (BTC) as legal tender. Moreover, Colombia presented the first-ever crypto mortgage.

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