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CBDCs and the Law of Unintended Consequences

Whether you agree with Henry Ford, ‘History is bunk’, or George Santayana, ‘Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it’, a paper from the Department of Economic History at Uppsala University gives an interesting perspective on the risks of introducing a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC).

CBDC - January 25, 2024 midnight

CBDC Round-Up

The ECB is looking to sign five agreements worth about €1.1 billion for a four year pilot of a Digital Euro starting early 2025.

CBDC - January 25, 2024 midnight

CBDC Round Up

Mastercard’s Asia-Pacific lead for blockchain and digital assets has spoken about CBDCs in the region. He argues that consumers are so comfortable with existing payment options that a CBDC is not justified.

CBDC - December 20, 2023 midnight

IMF CBDC Virtual Handbook

The latest International Monetary Fund (IMF) has published a blog which highlights its Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Virtual Handbook. It draws attention to the explosion of interest in CBDCs and the need to design them appropriately.

CBDC - November 28, 2023 midnight

CBDC Round Up

A paper published by the Munich Personal RePEc Archive has carried out secondary research on Africa’s adoption of CBDCs.

CBDC - November 28, 2023 midnight

Privacy Matters for CBDCs

Uniquely amongst payment options, cash offers people payment privacy. A key part of the debate about Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) is about the extent to which a CBDC can mimic the privacy achieved by cash. A new Bank for International Settlements (BIS) working paper considers designing CBDCs for privacy protection and data governance1.

CBDC - November 28, 2023 midnight

The Usefulness of CBDCs

Two recent pieces address the usefulness and role of CBDCs. One explores the theoretical benefits of a CBDC in a high inflation environment, the other the impact of a CBDC if a loss of confidence in the banking system leads to a run on the banks.

CBDC - November 2, 2023 midnight

CBDC Round-Up

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has used decentralised finance (DeFi) technology concepts on a public blockchain to trade and settle hypothetical euro, Swiss franc and Singapore dollar wholesale CBDCs across borders between simulated financial institutions.

CBDC - November 2, 2023 midnight

Flawed Design Risks Digital Euro

The Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) has published a paper questioning whether the design of the digital euro could already be undermining its chances of success.

Digital CN - September 29, 2023 midnight

CBDCs: Public Infrastructure for Innovation

Dr Wolfram Seidemann, CEO of G+D Currency Technology, pointed out at the company’s July Currency Technology Symposium that it’s not only about the resilience of the existing cash cycle, but it’s also about innovating the new cash cycle.

CBDC - September 26, 2023 midnight