The U.K. Parliamentary Treasury Committee urged the Bank of England and HM Treasury to address data privacy and financial stability concerns before considering the implementation of a retail central bank digital currency (CBDC) or ‘digital pound’. To mitigate financial stability risks, the Committee’s report suggested lowering the mooted £20,000 individual holding limit to £10,000. The report also urged the government to alleviate privacy concerns that organizations or the government could use a retail digital pound to monitor or control how users spend their money. These concerns could be mitigated through robust regulation and legislated protections related to the ability of any future government to access people’s data. [Read more at the U.K. Parliament]
December 1, 2023 saw the world’s first commercial settlements of digital securities transactions with real wholesale CBDC on a regulated distributed ledger technology (DLT) based financial market infrastructure (SDX). One was a CHF 105 million franc digital four-year bond issued by the Canton of Basel-Stadt, and the second was a CHF 100 million digital 11-year bond issued by the Canton of Zurich. The wholesale CBDC was issued by the Swiss National Bank as part of Helvetia III. In addition to the settlement on the SDX platform, part of the settlement took place on SIX SIS, the national central securities depository (CSD) of the Swiss financial market and an International Central Securities Depository (ICSD), which runs a node on SDX. [Read more from the SNB’s Thomas Moser on LinkedIn]
Interoperability aspects of CBDC across ecosystems and borders
The Journal of Payments Strategy & Systems published a paper by Gieseke+Devrient’s Lars Hupel that describes the state of the art for interoperability between different digital ecosystems, including bridges, exchanges and wrappers. The precise design of such solutions is highly context-dependent and requires careful analysis of use cases, stakeholders, and operational concerns. With regards to CBDC the challenges relate to the multiple connection points, and the absence of a single technological means to address all of them uniformly. The paper puts forward some suggestions around different CBDC design options and potential use cases, and discusses some case studies. [Download the paper on SSRN]
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– Digital Euro Conference 2024 (Frankfurt on February 29)[Register here]
*For those interested in intra-day updates, check out my searchable Diigo Fintech developments database, which is also a good place to go to query for past developments: https://www.diigo.com/user/kiffmeister/ART.
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