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Central Bank Digital Currency
Cash & CBDC: Can They Co-Exist?
May 18, 2021
An increasing number of central banks are intensifying research on central bank digital currencies (CBDC). Theoretical papers assume that CBDC should emulate the features of cash and that the former would complement rather than substitute the latter. But is this feasible?
Christine Lagarde Shares Vision of Payments in a Digital World
September 17, 2020
ECB President Christine Lagarde gave a speech at the Deutsche Bundesbank Conference on online banking and payments in the digital world. The speech addresses cash, European sovereignty and central bank digital currencies.
Federal Reserve to Research Hypothetical Digital Currency
August 18, 2020
The Federal Reserve highlighted the research and experimentation undertaken in partnership with the MIT to enhance its understanding of the opportunities and risks associated with central bank digital currencies.
China considering an antitrust investigation into Alipay and WeChat Pay
August 10, 2020
China’s antitrust agency is looking at whether to launch a probe into Ant Group’s Alipay and Tencent’s WeChat Pay, prompted by the central bank which argues the digital payment giants have used their dominant positions to quash competition.
Cash and the coronavirus: COVID-19 is changing our relationship with money
July 22, 2020
The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we pay. Some central banks have accelerated their digital currency programmes. This would provide governments with frightening new powers.
The ECB’s Debate on CBDCs is Mainly Analytical
May 14, 2020
European Central Bank executive board member Yves Mersch said that the ECB would only introduce a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) if they become firmly convinced that it is both necessary and proportionate in ensuring currency stability.
Getting Real about Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC)
February 23, 2020
As Sweden's Riksbank announces it has begun testing an e-Krona, Aleksi Grym, Head of Digitalisation at the Bank of Finland offers a reality check on ongoing developments with Central Bank Digital Currencies.