💬 Friday thread: free money
Central bank digital currencies are hot.
🇧🇸 Bahamas: the sand dollar was the first
🇳🇬 The e-naira launches on October 1st - it could help the financial excluded
🇺🇸 US is preparing a paper on the subject. But it is complicated: There is an established industry that doesn’t largely favour CDBCs. The risks to the dollar's strength and potential new risks loom large.
As the IMF writes:
As national currency, cryptoassets—including Bitcoin—come with substantial risks to macro-financial stability, financial integrity, consumer protection, and the environment. The advantages of their underlying technologies, including the potential for cheaper and more inclusive financial services, should not be overlooked. Governments, however, need to step up to provide these services, and leverage new digital forms of money while preserving stability, efficiency, equality, and environmental sustainability.
Will central bank digital currencies increase financial inclusion? Will authorities resist the temptation to track and circumscribe how such currencies can be used? How do we ensure these technologies are used for the benefit of personal agency over societal control? What would you want to see from a CBDC?
Frank, reasoned discussion welcome!
Further reading includes our discussion two weeks ago on the transition between tradFi and DeFi. Also, this report from Goldman is interesting (mostly for a clear framing of issues.)