In this briefing:
- Digital currencies are gaining regulators’ attention. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney’s speech at the Jackson Hole Symposium is one acknowledgement of a need for a new economic order where virtual currencies could provide a solution.
- Digital currencies help overcome the zero lower bound problem which interest rate markets face today, in our view. Though this requires the phasing out of cash, it is easier said than done. The development of the e-Krona in Sweden offers an interesting case study.
- With the introduction of the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) digital currency, we expect the debate between privately-owned and central bank-owned digital currencies to gain steam. In our view, central banks will have to overcome the baggage of traditional finance to make a meaningful dent in the digital currency space, which is not easy; On the other hand, there is no known mechanism to control private crypto currency inflation.
- The world is looking for a new monetary order. Virtual currencies are likely to find a way in there, we believe.