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The Impact of Tokenization on the Monetary System and the Need for Tokenized Central Banks

A comparison of central bank money and the public blockchain, as well as the hurdles associated with the use of public blockchain in real-world applications from a recent BIS Annual Economic Report analysis.

June 21, 2023

This episode is sponsored by EY.

On this episode of “Money Reimagined,” Michael Casey and Sheila Warren speak with the Head of Research at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), Hyun Song Shin, about the recent release of the Annual Economic Report; discussing the tokenization of deposits and the creation of a unified ledger in which tokenized assets, deposits, and CBDCs could interact in the same platform. Casey, Warren, and Shin take a closer look at the challenges central banks are currently facing and dive into the immobilizing or locking of real-world assets and the legal impediments to tokenization.

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Summary List:

Introduction to the BIS Economic Report Chapter 3. 1:35 The power of digital currencies and central banks. 4:39 How to harness the power of tokenization. 7:47 The wholesale vs. retail CBDC debate. 12:22 The singleness of money and stablecoins. 15:00 The central bank is the most trustworthy actor. 19:01 Singleness of money and interoperability. 20:23 Importance of preserving the value of money. 22:45 Support from central banks around the world. 26:13

Money Reimagined has been produced and edited by senior producer Michele Musso and our executive producer is Jared Schwartz. Our theme song is “AITA” by Neon Beach.

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