LIFI23 Other Side Of The Coin

Words by Simon Fogal
From Chapter 81

As our society moves ever more rapidly towards becoming completely cashless, join Danni Hewson as she sits down with Sir Jon Cunliffe, Bank of England, and Tom Duff Gordon, Coinbase, to discuss the Bank of England’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) and the parallels with cryptocurrency seeking to fit into a regulatory framework.

The pair explored how this new digital pound represents a new type of government-backed currency – not a cryptocurrency but a form of money issued by the Bank of England and denominated just like sterling.

Even anti-regulation crypto enthusiasts are now demanding regulation after the demise of so many cryptocurrencies – but what does the future hold for crypto and stablecoins with CBDCs like the digital pound in place?

Panellists: Danni Hewson, Sir Jon Cunliffe, Tom Duff Gordon

Top 5 Takeaways

  • After a transaction with a bank card, a merchant usually gets the money the next day. An average tap with a card costs about 0.6% on the transaction for them.
  • Stablecoins are mostly used as a settlement asset in trading at the moment. But Tom Duff Gordon thinks it will change soon.
  • Stablecoins do not go up and down 1000% as Bitcoin. But unlike the money you have from a commercial bank, they depart from the par value. 
  • As a proportion of the transactions in the economy, cash went down. It was used for 14% of transactions last year. But there will always be a basic level of demand for cash. So it won’t fully disappear soon.
  • One of the drivers of the digital pound is to make sure that as the physical pound becomes less usable, there is still a form of Bank of England money they can use. 

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Further Help 

If you were interested by this discussion, and want to learn more, feel free to check out some of the below websites on cryptocurrencies and CBDC’s.

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Words by Simon Fogal
From Chapter 81