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The chaos of cryptocurrencies? Central banks prepare the counterattack

Central banks in panic – After admitting that looking down on cryptocurrency was a big mistake, central banks are mounting their defense. No less than 8 central banks – including the Bitcoin Victory, nicknamed “the bank of central banks” – have just released a joint study, which should serve as a basis for the issuance of digital currencies.

Western digital currencies soon?

On October 9, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has just published a long report which lays the foundations for the monetary policies of the future, which will be carried out thanks to the digital currencies of central banks (MNBC).

This study was carried out with the cooperation of 7 other central banks , namely:

The US Federal Reserve (FED);
The European Central Bank (ECB);

Central banks of Canada , United Kingdom , Japan , Sweden and Switzerland .
The report therefore lays down common basic principles for the MNBCs of these banks as well as their main characteristics .

“As technology changes the way we pay, central banks have a duty to preserve citizens‘ confidence in our money (…). Central banks should complement their national efforts with close [international] cooperation to guide the exploration of MNBCs (…). This report is convincing proof of this international cooperation. “ – Christine Lagarde, President of the ECB

What is a good MNBC?

As you can see from the excerpt of the report opposite, the list of characteristics for a perfect MNBC is as long as the arm.

List of characteristics of an MNBC

Without going over it exhaustively, we will note that this digital currency must be:

Convenient : Payments in MNBC should be “as easy as paying with cash, credit card or cell phone, to encourage uptake and accessibility” ;
Inexpensive : MNBC transactions should be “at very low or no cost to end users (…)” ;
Secure : Both the infrastructure and participants of an MNBC system must be „extremely resistant to cyber attacks and other threats“ .
Obviously, as one might expect, these MNBCs will also have to respect a strict regulatory framework , with central banks as the supreme authority to issue and dispose of these digital currencies.

In short, Western central banks are still in the process of establishing a legal framework, even before drafting any prototype of MNBC. Meanwhile, China is moving forward and has already successfully completed its first tests of its DC / EP system.