Central Bank Digital Currencies Take Center Stage at IMF Spring Meetings

Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) featured prominently when global financial leaders met for this year’s World Bank Group and International Monetary Fund (IMF) joint Spring Meetings in the United States. Faced with emerging disruptive technologies like Bitcoin, their discussions also focused on how money and payments are taking on new forms throughout the world. There…

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IMF Chief Lagarde Calls for ‘Exploration’ of State-Backed Digital Currencies

Christine Lagarde, managing director and chairwoman of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has encouraged the exploration of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) in the light of decreasing demand for cash and rising preference for digital money. In a prepared speech for the Singapore Fintech Festival on Wednesday, Lagarde said: “I believe we should consider…

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