Listen Now to our exclusive interview with Jonas Gross and Manuel Klein who recently co-authored an article discussing what central banks are going to issue new digital currencies, and which ones actually use blockchain technology.
In this podcast, we discuss how most of the countries that are issuing central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are actually NOT using distributed ledger technology (DLT) or blockchain. The only country that is confirmed to be using DLT for their CBDC is the Marshall Islands, and they are using Algorand, which is a permissioned database structure. There is NO country that is using a public and permissionless to issue a CBDC currently. Not really surprising.
We discuss the history of money and the difference between retail and wholesale central bank digital currencies. We also discuss potential risks of this newly issued currency.
Jonas is the author of the World Economic Forum’s recent paper on Central Bank Digital Currencies that was published in Davos in January. He is working at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management in Germany, and he is doing his doctoral degree in Bayreuth. Manuel is working for Factset, and is involved in many monetary reform groups. They can both be found on LinkedIn if researchers would like to further discuss the results of their paper.
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