Happy Wednesday, Blockfolians
The European Central Bank is moving into the next phase of their digital euro project. This “investigation” phase is slated to last 24 months and consider key questions around the design of a digital euro, potential changes necessary in European legislation, and implications for the broader markets and financial intermediaries.
(THREAD) We have decided to launch a project to prepare for possibly issuing a digital euro. We will look at how a digital euro could be designed and distributed to everyone in the euro area, as well as the impact it would haveecb.europa.eu/press/pr/date/… 1/3
The goal of this phase would be to move to another development phase, which would be another 3 years again. So even “moving full steam ahead” means a 5 year shift.
Meanwhile, back in the US one Federal Reserve Vice Chair threw some cold water on the entire CBDC enterprise, suggesting that private USD-denominated stablecoins could make the whole thing redundant and unnecessary.
Just reflecting again on this speech from Randal Quarles, and I am once again blown away by how on point it is. It’s so refreshing to hear a top central banker express such common-sense stances on CBDCs and stablecoins. Quick summary:
Pretty interesting times in digital money land, we’ll say that.
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