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RBA Signals Australia’s Willingness to Embrace CBDC as Future Currency

The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) is exploring the potential of adopting a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) as the future of currency, envisioning state-issued digital money representing tokenized central bank reserves.

In a speech titled “A Tokenized Future for Australia’s Financial System,” Brad Jones, the RBA’s Assistant Governor for the financial system, delved into the opportunities and challenges brought about by the tokenization of assets and money in the digital era. He shed light on the RBA’s proposal to embrace CBDCs as a form of currency.

Jones commenced his speech by tracing the historical evolution of various forms of currency and how financial instruments have progressed over time. As he explored the modern landscape of tokenization and money, he highlighted stablecoins and CBDCs.

He explained that stablecoins issued by “well-regulated financial institutions, backed by high-quality assets such as government securities and central bank reserves,” have the potential to serve as a widely accepted means for settling tokenized transactions. However, Jones expressed concerns about the increased risks associated with stablecoins issued by private entities due to the lack of clear regulatory guidelines. In contrast, he proposed that CBDCs, in the form of tokenized bank deposits, could offer a reliable mechanism for transaction settlements.

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