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Central Banks Wrestle With the Crypto Conundrum

They remain circumspect about whether and how to create their own digital currencies.

A customer pays in Bitcoin at a Starbucks coffee shop in San Salvador, El Salvador.

A customer pays in Bitcoin at a Starbucks coffee shop in San Salvador, El Salvador.

Photographer: Camilo Freedman/Bloomberg

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When visiting El Salvador, be sure to bring sunscreen, a long-lens camera to memorialize its bountiful biodiversity and … Bitcoin. But have some U.S. dollars on hand just in case local merchants don’t accept it.