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Central banks face a moment of truth on crypto

Lionel Laurent and Marcus Ashworth
Lionel Laurent and Marcus Ashworth1/20/2022 8:51 PM GMT+08  • 5 min read
Central banks face a moment of truth on crypto
"We are fast approaching a moment of truth for central banks’ ability to get a grip on their role in our crypto future."
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The head of the Bank for International Settlements, Agustin Carstens, recently set out a dark vision for our financial future, quoting Goethe’s “Faust” and claiming that the “soul” of money was at stake.

He warned that the proliferation of unregulated cryptocurrencies and the spread of Big Tech firms into payments risked damaging consumer trust and splitting the monetary system.

To build a safer alternative, he said, central banks should issue digital cash, which would serve as a bedrock for private-sector payments technology while also curbing the industry’s rent-seeking excesses.

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