Hm. I do wonder.
The retail use-cases get all the press… but the killer-app for digital central bank money might be smart contracts
This post on a concept called “FedCoin” by David Andolfatto of the St Louis Fed raises the really interesting possibility of a world with central-bank-issued digital assets which can be held by a broad range of people.
Andolfatto’s FedCoin post
The core idea is essentially a variation on the digital cash theme: a digital bearer asset that is redeemable for dollars. So, on the surface, just like m-pesa but for dollars, right?
Not quite. Because Andolfatto’s FedCoin idea has two important differences.
- First, FedCoin would be issued by the central bank. That contrasts with most other digital cash systems, where the holder has a claim against a telecoms firm or a commercial bank. In those systems, you have to trust the central bank not to inflate away the currency (as…
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