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According to a poll published last week by the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), an increasing number of central banks around the world are working on digital versions of their national currencies.
A central bank digital currency (CBDC) is a digital payment instrument issued by a central bank that is denominated in the national unit of account. There are currently two types: retail, which is used by individuals and businesses on a daily basis, and wholesale, which is used for transactions between financial institutions.
According to BIS findings, 79 of the 86 central banks polled were investigating the idea of establishing some type of CBDC. More than half of national authorities indicated they were already conducting “concrete experiments” or developing trial versions of digital currency.
According to the report, most central banks see the potential utility in having both a retail and wholesale CBDC, and the BIS anticipates that there will be at least 15 retail and 9 wholesale CBDCs publicly circulating globally by 2030.
According to the report, more banks are getting closer to releasing a CBDC within the next three years, with their number increasing from 15% to 18% for wholesale digital currencies and from 15% to 18% for retail CBDCs.
Opponents of CBDCs have raised concerns about the currencies, particularly their regulation and transaction privacy.
Analysts observe, however, that traditional financial institutions are becoming more enthused about entering the digital industry.
“According to the BIS survey, central banks are more bullish on CBDCs than ever before.” New applications abound, and leaders in countries as different as Sri Lanka, Singapore, and Switzerland see potential benefits. In response to the research, Gilbert Verdian, founder and CEO of Quant, a technology partner on the Bank of England’s CBDC initiative, told the FinTech news source, “These include more efficient payments, financial inclusion, and faster monetary policy implementation.”
“A well-designed CBDC could be a tremendous catalyst for innovation.” Businesses and customers would be able to automate difficult and time-consuming operations, as well as convert logic into money.” Verdian has added