Cryptocurrency: IMF Releases Two Important Papers On The Future Of Payment System!

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International Monetary Fund feels that a digital revolution in payment systems are coming. They put the following image on the front page their website recently. This comes as a welcome surprise when certain countries are trying to clamp down on cryptocurrencies in different ways in their domestic markets.

IMF released two reports earlier this week which shares their perspective on the fast paced digitisation of payment systems in the world today.

It seems as though blockchain technology development in less than a decade has upped the ante, and sped up this trend. So much that an international organisation of the scale and repute as the IMF is discussing it publicly.

Their paper titled, "The Long and Short of The Digital Revolution" discusses the fact that a digital revolution is underway and the need to adapt to these changes. It talks about the flipside of digital currencies.

Anonymous cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are posing challenges to efforts to combat money laundering and other illicit activities. On the other hand, the underlying technology behind these currencies (blockchain) will likely revolutionise finance by making transactions faster and more secure

What interests me is the fact that IMF isn't viewing cryptocurrency as a threat to global economy, but instead considers it not only relevant, but somewhat necessary to our times and accepts that a change is coming our way!

The paper reads:

The digital revolution should be accepted and improved rather than ignored and repressed. The history of earlier general-purpose technologies demonstrates that even with short-term dislocations, re-organising the economy around revolutionary technologies generates huge long-term benefits.

It's amazing how a global organisation which deals with monetary policies is considering cryptocurrency as an evolution to the current financial system and views it as an opportunity that's worth looking into, instead of declaring it as an outright threat!

In it's latest report, "Monetary Policy in the Digital Age" Dong He, deputy director of the Monetary and Capital Markets Department discusses the probability of wider adoption of cryptocurrencies and reduced volatility when we get there.

He writes about the shift in payment systems and the challenges and opportunities faced by central bankers. It's fascinating how people at this level are functioning and thinking leaps ahead of several monetary policy makers in many countries including India.

His report reads:

In account-based systems the transfer of claims is recorded in an account with an intermediary, such as a bank. In contrast, value- or token-based systems involve simply the transfer of a payment object such as a commodity or paper currency.

Such a shift could also portend a change in the way money is created in the digital age: from credit money to commodity money, we may move full circle back to where we were in the Renaissance!

If crypto assets indeed lead to a more prominent role for commodity money in the digital age, the demand for central bank money is likely to decline.

We all know that a global shift in monetary power is happening, albeit at a very slow pace. It will be gradual but cryptocurrency adoption amongst the masses is a matter of 'when,' not 'if.' It's a matter of time!

The paper also notes that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin are likely to become less volatile by establishing institutional trust as well as artificial intelligence. Ofcourse, mainstream adoption is also going to make a difference.

Countries such as Japan have recognized this changing shift in monetary systems and have regulated use of cryptocurrencies in the country to enable and empower their citizens. While many others are debating the rise in popularity and use of these virtual tokens.

Dong He, asks some important questions and also answers them in his paper.

How should central banks respond? How can they forestall the competitive pressure crypto assets may exert on fiat currencies?

  • First, they should continue to strive to make fiat currencies better and more stable units of account.
  • Second, government authorities should regulate the use of crypto assets to prevent regulatory arbitrage and any unfair competitive advantage crypto assets may derive from lighter regulation.
  • Third, central banks should continue to make their money attractive for use as a settlement vehicle.

It's an interesting time to be alive when the discussion on cryptocurrencies are happening at such a global level. It's time we get involved in our communities and help bridge the gap, and empower each other.

If you follow banking and political issues surrounding cryptocurrencies then you will find the aforementioned papers worth a read.


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IMF always show double colour statement. They will always serve someone and talk for other. This way they remain enemy to none, friends to none. Puzzled like cubic.

Don't trust the IMF. They have an agenda.

Once all money is digital, it will be possible to implement negative interest rates as a new form of taxation.

lol, I would have though that was part of the future banking agenda too... but then someone allowed them to use dept.

Great post, Resteemed.

I agree, instead of tearing down cryptocurrencies we should be making fiat currencies better.

The bulls are coming hehehe.

Its fascinating how many of these guys are approving and endorsing blockchain tech and cannot approving the first proof that blockchain works ie bitcoin!!!!

I guess they are buying when the prices are now low and later then the masses that its okay to have bitcoin !!

Indeed you are right with crypto adoption being a matter of when and not if....the cyrpto space will burst soon especially after all these countries and companies testing out already blockchain tech.

I am proud our president in Uganda endorsed blockchain tech recently and was also slightly bullish on crypto at the Africa Blockchain Conference attended exactly 2 weeks ago!

Excellent news. Next 10 years are gonna be like this

Hello india wake up-We need to change now or we will never change.

@firepower you have shared a good information about IMF while countries like Belgium have launched a website to warn crypto investors about online scams and fraud it seems this is good initiative taken by Belgium government. We should expect more steps like this from IMF as well. If we want to adopt digitalization then we must be educated too against such fraud and scams.

@firepower . I feel that it's actually true that digital currencies make it hard to track down money laundering and illicit transactions. But there are much more brighter sides to crypto. Maybe instead of trying to clamp it down, the relevant authorities should put all their efforts in making sure that the dark sides of cryptocurrency is reduced

interesting times ahead

I believe that, as in all great innovations before, it will have those who oppose it because either it's too new, or it goes against their interests.

The IMF already acknowledged it's a loosing battle against it. Either because they found a way to monetize it, either because they realized it will be a long-term benefit for everyone (including themselves).

Either way, crooked and corrupt powers of the dying banking system will fight against it as they have too much to loose. But since such an institution as the IMF recognized it's better not to fight the future, I doubt they will win.

It's just a matter of time.

Excellent Post !!

thanks @firepower has provided a very useful explanation through a good post. success always @firepower

Thanks for sharing this man, I'd never had found it.

In a way that's good news...

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Very good post, as the development of the times then humans are also increasingly modern to take advantage of technology.

yes world is developing day by day and are finding the easiest way where everyone could have benefit. Peoples are also improving their lifestyle everyday. So this revolution is important for mankind and for their own profit.

It interests me to see how the Apex financial body ratified indirectly the existence and activities of cryptography/digital assets. The world has gradually emerged and still emerging.

Cryptocurrency has outgrown the stage of being seen as culpable and mortalized, rather it should be embraced and improvement policies be devised.

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