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The Bank of England is exploring tokenization in bank money

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The Bank of England is exploring tokenization in bank money
The Bank of England is exploring tokenization in bank money

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The crypto industry has strongly infiltrated the traditional financial sector to the point where the banks can no longer ignore it. It has now been several years since central banks worldwide have started building CBDCs, while some have even gone as far as offering accounts to crypto companies.

Meanwhile, according to its deputy governor, Sir Jon Cunliffe, the Bank of England has seemingly developed a strong interest in tokenization. The bank’s official spoke during the recent Innovative Finance Global Summit, which took place in London on April 17th. During the event, he addressed the development of tokenization, stating that the UK’s central bank is currently exploring it. According to Cunliffe, the bank is looking into tokenization in bank money, central bank money, and even non-bank money.

The central bank is interested in exploring the ways in which tokenized assets interact. Cunliffe said that stablecoins offer the possibility of great functionality and efficiency in payments. However, he added that “it is extremely unlikely that any of the current offerings would meet the standards for robustness and uniformity we currently apply both to commercial bank money and to the existing payment systems.”

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Moving forward, the central bank intends to collaborate with the UK’s financial watchdog, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in order to develop appropriate regulation, following the passage of the Financial Services and Markets Bill.

Apart from that, the BoE deputy governor noted that tokenized bank deposits are a much simpler proposition than using non-bank stablecoins. They could even allow banks to compete better with non-bank payment cryptocurrencies. Regulatory issues remain in the way for the moment, such as deposit insurance and AML measures. After all, deposit tokens would settle without involving the central bank’s money, unlike the current commercial bank settlements.

Cunliffe continued by saying that the UK central bank digital currency would likely be needed if the current trends in payments and money, in general, continue. He believes that a digital pound would have an anchoring role to play for the UK economy, similar to what cash does right now.

Not only that, but it would offer a wide range of innovators access to a platform. He expects that there could even be machinery that would ensure wholesale tokenized transactions would settle in central bank money through the use of the digital pound, which would add to the financial stability of the country and its economy.

There could be other advantages, like synchronizing tokenized transactions with the real-time payment system of the British central bank. This could be achieved with upgrades that are underway right now. Ultimately, this is a move that most countries’ central banks will eventually have to make and improve their technology in one way or the other. That much became clear when the US Fed recently announced the creation of a new, instant payment system called FedNow.


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