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Cash and Crises
Blockchain: lots of hype but little delivery
July 22, 2019
Banks, fintechs and payment solution providers have injected billions of dollars into blockchain based-projects, but according to a new report from the World Economic Forum and Accenture few projects have actually delivered the expected results.
How much do we value privacy?
June 20, 2019
As Facebook publishes its white paper on Libra, the code-name for its future global digital currency, it is probably timely to reflect on the value of privacy and more particularly the value of privacy in payments.
Frantic, Maduro drops the zeros
August 21, 2018
Maduro's government drops 5 zeros from the national currency and renames it "sovereign bolívar".
Zooming out against criminality
March 23, 2018
Restrictions on cash usage have done little to reduce criminality except push the problem elsewhere. A more holistic approach is necessary if the goal is to deter funding of illicit activities.
From globalization to fragmentation: pixelating payments
January 31, 2018
Are cryptocurrencies part of the greater trend of society's fragmentation?
Fall of cryptocurrencies, rise of e-fiat currency?
January 19, 2018
What future for cryptocurrencies if central banks launch their own national digital currencies?
Anonymity is a cherished quality
December 06, 2017
Central banks must not ignore cash's capacity to protect people's privacy and anonymity and this should become a key topic of discussion for any future debates about an all-digital central bank-issued currency.
In Defense of Cash
June 21, 2017
Economist Pierre Lemieux contradicts Kenneth Rogoff's arguments to ban cash due to its use in criminal activity and constraining effect on monetary policy. Banning cash would not only inconvenience a lot of people, it would also come with many new regulations and controls, including against crypto-currencies and pre-paid cards.