Kiffmeister’s #Fintech Daily Digest (20220925)

I’ve updated my tabulation of retail central bank digital currency (CBDC) explorers; just minor updates and link repairs. [Click here]

How the US can regulate stablecoins now without congressional action

The Brookings Institution published a paper that proposes a US federal framework for the issuance of stablecoins within the existing regulatory framework for insured depository institutions, a structure that would not require any new legislation. Under current law, the Comptroller of the Currency could authorize a national trust bank charter, organized as an operating subsidiary of an insured depository institution, to create stablecoins through the use of a dedicated trust vehicle. The Comptroller would adopt standards limiting the investment of stablecoin reserves to high quality liquid assets and address redemptions and operational resilience, among other matters. The proposed framework guarantees that holders of a failed stablecoin are paid out rapidly and in full, because it uses the same resolution process by which failed banks are wound up. [Read more at Brookings]

Financial Inclusion and Central Bank Digital Currency in The Bahamas

The Central Bank of the Bahamas (CBOB) published a paper that attempts to assess the introduction of CBDC in the Bahamas. It uses a theoretical model that assumes that CBDC will lead to a decrease in the number of unbanked. As these individuals acquire access to financial institutions, the fraction of hand-to-mouth agents in the economy falls. If the number of unbanked individuals is cut in half, the economic benefits include: a reduction in the volatility of all shocks; monetary policy is more effective at controlling inflation and contributes less to the volatility of the overall economy; fiscal policy becomes more Ricardian, mitigating the size of fiscal shocks. [Read more at the CBOB]

Privacy and Central Bank Digital Currency in the Digital Economy

A paper written by European Central Bank staff studies how the choice of payment instruments affects privacy and welfare in the digital economy. Cash allows merchants to preserve their anonymity but cannot be used for online transactions that generate higher sales. Bank deposits can be used online but do not preserve anonymity. Payment tokens issued by digital platforms allow merchants to hide from the bank but also enable platforms to stifle competition. However, a CBDC that allows agents to share their payment data with selected parties can overcome all frictions and achieve efficient allocation. [Read more at SUERF]

Tickets available for CBDC Think Tank masterclass

The CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with the IMF and George Washington University, is hosting a full-day in-person CBDC Masterclass on October 12 in Washington DC for “official sector” staff and academics active in the CBDC / digital currency space only. The sessions are designed as instructional deep dives with full presentations and Q&A components.  Tickets are $99. [Register here]

Also, the CBDC Think Tank, in partnership with Georgetown University and the DC FinTech Week, is hosting a FREE (also in-person) Digital Currency Lecture Series, a set of digital currency lightning talks delivered by subject matter experts, on October 14 in Washington DC. [Request an invite here]

Kiffmeister’s Global Central Bank Digital Currency Monthly Monitor

Just a reminder that I produce a monthly digest of central bank digital currency (CBDC) developments exclusively for the official sector. So for any of you out there who work for a central bank, ministry of finance or international financial institution who would like to receive it by email on the first business day of every month, please DM me on LinkedIn or email me at chronicles@kiffmeister.com.