US Fed releases highly-anticipated document on digital currencies

January 25, 2022

The Federal Reserve’s paper, Money and Payments: The U.S. Dollar in the Age of Digital Transformation, looks into pros and cons of creating CBDC in the US. Even though the paper invites comments from the public, it doesn’t favor any particular policy outcome.

Here is what you need to know:

  • The Fed indicates that this is just a first step to get an idea about if CBDC can improve the domestic payment system while keeping it safe. The paper highlights five potential benefits and five key risks that a CBDC would create.
  • The paper further noted that payments through bank accounts, online transactions, and payment apps are liabilities of private entities but CBDC would be a liability of a central bank, in this case the U.S. Federal Reserve System.
  • The paper also hints that the Fed has studied the possibility of creating a U.S. CBDC for many years.
  • The Fed which is concerned about the usage of crypto for terrorist activities or money laundering said that, CBDC must be intermediated, transferable and identity-verified.
  • The Fed further states that no matter what the final outcome of the U.S. CBDC, it aims to take an active role in formulating international standards for CBDCs.
  • Fed is also ready to take views from a wide range of people to get an understanding of the public’s perspective. There are 22 questions, which the public can answer before May 20, 2022.

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