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Bank of England to issue Bitcoin Style Digital Currency? Apparently Not

Date: Sunday, January 7, 2018 10:06 PM EST

The Express (UK) runs this article which at first glance sounds like the Bank of England might be on the verge of issuing a central bank digital currency. This something we have covered here extensively so the article is of interest. 


However, when you look into the details in this article, it becomes clear that the BOE is not going to do anything like this any time soon. Below are a couple of quotes from the article and then a few added comments. (see added note below for latest update on this - BOE will not move forward with a central bank digital currency)


"The Bank of England is investigating the possibility of introducing a bitcoin-style digital currency linked to sterling, according to reports. 

A new crypto-currency could be set up as early as 2018 and would transform the banking industry in Britain – possibly ending the need for high street banks.


A research unit at the Bank of England was set up in February 2015 to look into the possibility of a sterling-linked crypto-currency and a spokesman told the Telegraph it could report back within the next 12 months."


. . . .


"Despite looking into the possibility of launching a central-bank issued cryptocurrency, Dr Carney (BOE Governor) warned there could be financial stability risks if such an approach were rolled out across the whole economy through a cryptocurrency intended for the general public."


. . . .


“You (could) create a situation where you can have an instantaneous (bank) run. So as soon as there were any concern, people can switch in their account at the Bank of England,” Carney said.


Please click here to read the full article in Express (UK)



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