Fed Paper: DLT and Digital Currency Could 'Change Payments Landscape'
A new working paper from a US central bank working group is predicting big things for DLT.
A working group within the US central bank believes digital currencies and distributed ledgers could come to have a significant impact on how its citizens and businesses conduct payments.
The findings come from a 60-plus-page report published yesterday by the Faster Payments Task Force.
The report itself, the first of a two-part release, is largely an overview of the Federal Reserve task force's work to paint a picture of the US payments ecosystem as it exists today. This includes an analysis of trends that could shape how people pay in the year ahead, including digital currencies.
The Fed published a separate research report on distributed ledger tech in December.
According to the report's authors, the tech could lead to a shift in the composition of the US payments space, in terms of who is actually processing and clearing papers.
The paper states:
The report also includes a passing reference to central bank-issued digital currencies, a concept being explored by central banks like the Bank of England and the European Central Bank, among others.
“Digital currencies have the potential to change the payments landscape, particularly if adopted by one or more major central banks,” it reads.
The second release, expected to be published later this year, will include specific recommendations for improving the US payments ecosystem. Whether that report will include recommendations related to blockchain or digital currencies remains to be seen.
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