Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20220605)

Initial steps towards a central bank digital currency by the Central Bank of Brazil

This Central Bank of Brazil (BCB) note discusses the development of its central bank digital currency (CBDC). The main objective is to provide entrepreneurs with a safe and reliable environment to innovate through the use of programmability technologies, such as programable money and smart contracts. In the context of a modern payment system, already available to the Brazilian population, a full-fledged CBDC must enable new functionalities, beyond those brought by an instant payment arrangement. Therefore, the innovation tool for which the BCB envisions the greatest potential is the development of a platform for smart payments. [Read more]

Are There Compelling Reasons to Consider a Central Bank Digital Currency for the U.S.?

A U.S. Richmond Fed article examines alternative arguments for considering a CBDC for the U.S. It points out that introducing a CBDC is unlikely to substantially improve the current U.S. money and payments system. A more compelling reason to consider a CBDC is to prepare the U.S. system against future threats, especially those associated with the rise of private and foreign digital currencies. Therefore, there appears no immediate need for the U.S. to issue a CBDC, but the U.S. needs to explore the CBDC technology now for potential future use. [Read more]

Jamaica’s Senate Approves Central Bank Digital Currency

The Bank of Jamaica has been given the authority to issue CBDC with the Senate’s passage of the Bank of Jamaica (Amendment) Act, 2022 at Gordon House on June 3, 2022. [Read more]

DLT Pilot regime released: EU is preparing for tomorrow’s digital securities market

Regulation 2022/858 of the European Parliament and of the Council on a pilot regime for market infrastructures based on distributed ledger technology (DLT) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. Tokenization is expected to open up opportunities for efficiency improvements in trading and post-trading processes, but EU financial services legislation was not designed with such technology and crypto-assets in mind and contains provisions that could limit the use of blockchain technology. For these reasons, the DLT Pilot Regime is being introduced to allow for such technology to flourish, while accounting for potential risks at the same time. [Read more]

Upcoming events I’m affiliated with:

The CBDC Think Tank is hosting a CBDC Papers Lecture Series on June 17 and 24 starting at 7am EST and running for 4 hours each day. [View list of papers and register here]