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Cash May Not Be King, but It’s Still Royalty

“Yet digital’s gain isn’t necessarily coming at the expense of cash. The overall pie still appears to be growing. Only two countries, Russia and Sweden, had a net substitution of cards for cash from 2007 to 2016, with cash in circulation shrinking as card payments grew, according to the Bank for International Settlements. In other […]

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Cambodia Launching Digital Payments Platform

“The National Bank of Cambodia’s new digital currency is called Bakong. It’s effectively a central bank digital currency (CBDC) and was launched on a trial basis throughout Cambodia in July. Chea Serey, director-general of the National Bank of Cambodia (NBC), said the new system will be operational within the current fiscal quarter, Cointelegraph reported. Serey […]
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Draft of India’s National DLT Strategy Calls for State-Run Digital Rupee

“A draft of India’s national strategy on blockchain and distributed ledger technology suggests a central bank digital currency (CBDC), the digital Indian rupee, and a national blockchain. The National Institute for Smart Governance (NISG), a non-profit public body incorporated by the government of India, has published a draft document on the country’s national blockchain strategy. […]
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Central Bank Digital Currency Policy-Maker Toolkit

“The World Economic Forum’s Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Policy‑Maker Toolkit seeks to address the need for a concise CBDC decision guide that provides comprehensive and risk‑aware information to policy‑makers. This document serves as a possible framework to ensure that any CBDC deployment fully considers the costs as well as the potential benefits, appraising a […]
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The Digitalization of Payments and Currency: Some Issues for Consideration

“The entrance of BigTech and FinTech into payments may drive competition, enhance product offerings, and lower transactions costs. It has the potential to enhance financial inclusion by expanding the number and diversity of ways people gain access to financial services and by creating more consumer friendly offerings. A Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) study found […]
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Secretive Digital Fiat Project Emerges With New Partner As CBDC Chatter Grows

“As central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) march into view, a privately-run version of digital fiat is adding a key tech partner. Utility Settlement Coin (USC), the blockchain-based payments system involving commercial and central banks, will be working with ConsenSys-backed startup Adhara, CoinDesk has learned. Adhara was behind Project Khokha , which used enterprise blockchain client […]
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China’s Central Bank: Don’t Transform Traditional Payment Systems Using Blockchain – Ledger Insights

“Today the Digital Currency Research Institute’s Blockchain Research Group published a paper reviewing the current status of blockchain. The group is responsible for the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) central bank digital currency (CBDC), also known as DC/EP or the digital renminbi. The article reviews the pros and cons of blockchain and concludes that blockchain […]
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Does the U.S. Need a National Digital Currency?

“As electronic payments take off and private cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin seek to gain traction, governments are exploring whether to issue digital versions of their national currencies that could be used as a universal form of payment in the way physical cash is today. These conversations gained urgency for some last year when Facebook Inc. announced […]