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How central bank digital currencies will take over the world

First central banks ignored cryptocurrencies, then they mocked them, next they fought them and now they are building their own. Before long central bank digital currencies will be in use, with possibly startling consequences. What will it mean for privacy and personal freedoms? And could the backstop to banking become the banking system itself?

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This is the year of central bank digital currencies.

Twelve years on from the launch of bitcoin, six years after the launch of Tether – the first stablecoin backed by US dollar reserves – and just eight months since Facebook’s announcement of the Libra cryptocurrency project, central banks are suddenly getting set to launch their own new forms of digital money.


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