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SEYMOUR INSTITUTE, a Swiss-based researcher and information-gatherer on digital currencies as part of its think tank project, has been conducting research and publishing a simplified version of a research report.
Central banks are speaking out publicly about digital currencies (CBDCs) because of concerns that digital currencies being issued by private companies and others with digital infrastructures could undermine the power of central banks and confidence in their monetary policies. Leaving the payment infrastructure for digital currencies entirely to the private sector could lead to the exclusion of certain groups and undermine confidence in the monetary system if the assets in private commercial bank accounts lose their ability to be converted into government-backed "cash".
For this reason, countries are beginning to investigate the possibility of a government-backed digital currency that would serve a similar role to cash today. While the private sector is profit-driven, central banks are looking at offering digital currencies as a public good. Digital currency as a public good is non-competitive in that it does not incur costs based on the number of users (consumers) and non-excludable in that certain users (consumers) cannot be excluded. In addition, as a public good, digital currency is expected to eliminate as many payment fees as possible for retailers and others, but there is a risk of social and economic loss by disabling competition in digital payments provided by the private sector and eliminating the opportunity to create new services.
The reason why the Swedish and Chinese governments are experimenting with and introducing digital currencies for the short to medium term is aimed at a short to medium term strategy, while other developed countries are negative about issuing digital currencies is that they do not see any benefits other than liquidity in the long term and expect the risks to increase for financial stability.
The full report was prepared by SEYMOUR INSTITUTE's researchers based in Switzerland.
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