Watchman’s Update: Governments Worldwide Will Soon Force Their Citizens to Use Central Bank Digital Currencies CBDCs. CBDCs Will Enable Devious Social Engineering by Allowing Governments to Punish and Reward People

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Update 3/21/24:CBDCs Is a Major Red Flag, Compulsory Use of a CBDC, Like a Digital Dollar for Example, Would Give Central Planners Complete Oversight and Control Over Your Finances, Tribulation Coming

By StevieRay Hansen | March 21, 2024 |

Update 3/21/24: They Lied to Us Once Lied Again, The U.S. Federal Reserve and President Joe Biden’s administration have emphasized the importance of developing digital currency. Despite previous statements, the Fed recently informed Congress that the creation of a digital dollar is one of its main responsibilities. Republican Rep. Tom Emmer disclosed this information, underscoring the Biden administration’s commitment to advancing CBDC development. The congressman clarified that his office had received it while the Fed representatives were at Congress for a presentation. The document states that digital “payment systems” are considered one of the “primary responsibilities of the Fed.” Included in the “primary responsibilities” are the creation of the CBDC and FedNow – the Federal Reserve’s digital cash payment system. The mention of Automated Clearinghouse and FedNow among the “key duties” triggered the alarm. These payment systems are commonly seen…

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HNewsWire Warns That CBDCs, “If Not Consciously and Faithfully Constrained in Advance by Law, … Have the Potential to Become Even More Than a Technocratic Central Planner’s Fantasy — They Will Represent the Single Greatest Expansion of Oppressive Power in History — Tribulation on Steroids

By StevieRay Hansen | June 27, 2023 |

HNewsWire- As a barrage of Western sanctions wreaks havoc on Russia’s economy, some are pondering new strategies to circumvent future US economic penalties. Central bank digital currency (CBDC) networks, according to Lewis McLellan, the digital editor of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum’s (OMFIF) Digital Monetary Institute, are one prospective tool for defanging future penalties: Networks of cross-border central bank digital currencies are being created throughout Asia (like the mCBDC Bridge, which involves Thailand, Hong Kong, China and the United Arab Emirates). Russia’s central bank is working on a digital rouble, and Governor Elvira Nabiullina has shown interest in the currency’s ability to facilitate cross-border transactions, particularly with China. A big and unexpected new change might soon influence the fortunes of thousands, leaving the bulk of people worse off than before. Further Information In addition, the digital yuan may…

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Watchman: With Big Banks Failing, CBDC’Banks Failings Can’t Be Far Behind—and We Can’t Stop Them (Christ Enemy); The Tribulation Must Continue; And “Lockdown” Will Be for Us All for a Limited Amount of Time, Jesus Is Coming!

By StevieRay Hansen | June 20, 2023 |

The American Government, Run by Evil Secret Societies, Is Making a Concerted Effort to Impose Digital Currency. You Must Agree to “The Mark” or You Will Be Unable to Transact Business. HNewsWire: Once the economy has melted down, CBDC’s will be proffered as the ONLY way we can get “back to normal”-a “cure” that will turn out to be as catastrophic, in their way, as those “vaccines”… This is likely a deliberate blow to crypto. The Fed gangsters can’t have competition with their Ponzi scheme. The Fed is suppressing an alternative to CBDC, its own digital money (Central Bank Digital Currency). The involvement of Vice President Biden is irrelevant. He’s the Fed’s stooge, a figurehead who makes it seem like the central bank is accountable to Congress. Not at all. Privately owned and operated by the largest U.S. banks, the Fed…

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Watchman Sees Danger: Governments Will Mandate CBDC as the “Solution” When the Next Real or Planned Contrived Crisis Hits, Which Is Not Far Off, “Plandemic Coming”

By StevieRay Hansen | March 23, 2023

The Fed gangsters can’t have competition with their Ponzi scheme. The Fed is suppressing an alternative to CBDC, its own digital money (Central Bank Digital Currency). HNewsWire: Authored by Nick Giambruno via InternationalMan.com, and ZeroHedge The eNaira is Africa’s first central bank digital currency (CBDC). Central bankers, academics, politicians, and an assortment of elites from over 100 countries hoping to launch their own CBDCs have closely followed the eNaira. They used Nigeria-Africa’s largest country by population and size of its economy-as a trial balloon to test their nefarious plans to eliminate cash in North America, Europe, and beyond. Are you concerned about CBDCs? Then you should be paying attention to what is happening in Nigeria. That’s because there’s an excellent chance your government will reach for the same playbook when they decide to impose CBDCs in your area-which could be……...

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The monstrous inflation we've seen in recent years began with asset inflation and then spread to consumer prices. Now, governments and statistical bodies are tinkering with the CPI calculation to mask the currency's loss of purchasing power, and central banks were forced to raise rates following the disaster created in 2020, when the massive increase in money supply went to finance bloated government spending and created the mess we live in today.

Central banks understand that inflation is a monetary issue, which is why they are raising interest rates and tightening policy as quickly as governments allow. However, central banks have eroded their already shaky credibility by disregarding the inflation risk at first and then exploiting the base effect and ephemeral excuses to react late and poorly.

This has occurred in a world where the excess expansion in money supply has a number of backstops and constraints that prevent a significant increase in consumer prices through the destruction of artificially issued currency. There are several restrictions to quantitative easing that prevent inflationary pressures: Because the banking channel is the monetary policy transmission mechanism, it is our need for credit that dampens inflationary pressures.

The only thing that keeps citizens from paying considerably higher prices is that monetary policy's transmission mechanism is independent and diverse. Consider for a moment supposing the transmission mechanism was direct and just had one channel, the central bank itself.

A monetary authority Digital currency would be issued immediately to your central bank account. As such, it is money disguised as monitoring. The central bank would know exactly everything you did with the currency, how much you saved, borrowed, and spent, and where you spent it. It can make the money fungible to prevent the silly but constantly recurring "issue" of "excess savings". Furthermore, if central banks become more political, they may penalize those who spend in ways they view inappropriate while benefiting those who do what they encourage.

The entire privacy system as well as the monetary limit mechanism would be abolished. Worse, if the central bank makes the error of printing far too much money, like it did in 2020, the effect on consumer prices will be immediate. We would see close to 20% inflation if the money supply increased by more than 20% in a year, as the transmission mechanism's constraints would be eliminated.

Consider the case where there was just one account, one central bank, and one government. What do you think would happen? The entire monetary funding of all government spending, leading to hyperinflation and the obliteration of the private sector in a few years. This is a de facto nationalization. The French Assignats in digital form. Hyperinflation, as well as complete government control and financial repression.

Digital currencies issued by central banks are an unnecessary and disastrous idea. You cannot begin such an experiment when central banks' independence has been called into doubt for many years and there is abundant evidence of policy actions that fail to recognize the risk of excessive inflation in asset prices and consumer commodities. Central banks have never stopped a bubble, increased risk-taking, or recognized inflationary pressures. With such a track record, no one should defend legislation that would give them complete control of the financial and monetary systems.

The most crucial thing to remember is that digital currencies issued by central banks are unnecessary. The advantages of technology, digitalization, and transactional convenience are already present. There is no need to design a currency that is issued directly to a central bank account. They are also superfluous because there is no need to compete with a digital yuan. China is approaching good monetary policy, and its central bank is buying more gold, not less.

There is only one method to compete with other currencies or cryptocurrencies: make it completely obvious that you will defend your currency's reserve of value position. If the Fed and the ECB sincerely safeguard their reserves of value and purchasing power, there is no need for the euro or the US dollar to compete with bitcoin or a digital yuan.

The claim that competing with currencies used in less than 1% of global transactions makes no sense, especially when the transmission system and technology for the international reserve currencies are already stronger.

However, it appears that the only reason the Fed or the ECB want a digital currency is to maintain their market dominance without defending their currency's purchasing power or reserve of value status. It appears like central banks want to act like a monopoly that sells low-quality goods but insists on becoming the sole supplier by limiting competition. The Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank do not need to compete with cryptocurrencies if they demonstrate to the world that they would defend the purchasing power of the US dollar and the euro.

The fact that the leaders of the monetary system are afraid of currencies and assets that barely make a difference in terms of global use or market share demonstrates that they understand that their product, the currency, will not be able to maintain citizens' trust for long at this rate of monetary excess.

If the ECB and Fed really desire a digital currency, it's because they realize they'll lose citizens' trust sooner than we believe, and they need to impose their market share rather than win it.

If the Fed or the ECB implemented a sound money policy and actually followed their mandate of price stability, any competing currency, digital or not, would be destroyed in an instant. If they do not win this race, it will be because their ultimate goal is to jettison the price stability and reserve of value mandate in order to continue inflating government size at the expense of private sector real wages and deposits.

Do the Fed and the ECB desire a worldwide and digital dollar or euro that everyone accepts and demands? Simple: stick to the mandate and increase global currency utilization because people desire it, not because they are compelled to.

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HNewsWire: A cashless society, giving centralization Marx could only dream of, would be the last straw for liberty and freedom. The presence of a government backdoor or malware becomes a genuine possibility, and given the State’s track record, a real probability. Naturally, therefore, "features" that allow for the monitoring, freezing, and even expiration of monetary transactions will be presented as safeguards for the general public.

5.9 million Americans (the poor, the weak, and the vulnerable) are "unbanked," meaning they do not have a checking or savings account. This is the price we pay for free market intervention.

Earlier in the week, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York issued the announcement:

Members of the U.S. Banking Community Launch Proof of Concept For A Regulated Digital Asset Settlement Platform

The explanation may only make sense for people highly knowledgeable in crypto technology:

To investigate the viability of an interoperable digital money platform known as the regulated liability network, the U.S. banking sector has announced the commencement of a proof of concept (PoC) study today (RLN). Using distributed ledger technology, the proposed platform would enable innovation possibilities to enhance financial settlements and would involve participation from central banks, commercial banks of all sizes and regulated non-banks.

Basically, Fedcoin is progressing and is presently in the testing stage:

The 12-week PoC will test a version of the RLN design that operates exclusively in U.S. dollars where commercial banks issue simulated digital money or “tokens” – representing the deposits of their own customers – and settle through simulated central bank reserves on a shared multi-entity distributed ledger.

This 12-week program involves some of the world's foremost financial institutions:

BNY Mellon, Citi, HSBC, Mastercard, PNC Bank, TD Bank, Truist, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo.

Plus:

SETL is providing the technology through Digital Asset on Amazon Web Services. Swift, a worldwide supplier of financial communications services, is also involved in this effort to promote interoperability across the global financial ecosystem.

When the biggest companies and fintech startups collaborate with the Federal Reserve to put out a Central Bank Digital Currency, it doesn't look good for Bitcoin and Dogecoin in the long run (CBDC).

Are you interested in learning more about the other people who were cooperating with federal authorities? This is according to Coindesk, so thank you!

Former FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried was, until last week, a major political donor – he gave $5.2 million to U.S. President Joe Biden’s presidential campaign and spent another $40 million supporting mainly Democratic candidates ahead of the November midterm elections – and an influential figure in Washington.

Bankman-Fried often met with authorities and politicians, weighing in on how the crypto business should be governed. In particular, he advocated for the Digital Commodities Consumer Protection Act (DCCPA), a piece of legislation that has yet to be finalized but has widespread bipartisan support.

We may anticipate CBDCs and more oversight. And given the direction of both, a cashless society is too. The question of whether or not Sam Bankman-Fried will ever serve time in prison for his role in what may be the greatest heist in history is more uncertain.

 

HNewsWire: “We are going to go from ‘Dirty Cash to Digital Trash,’ which is also the title of the current Trends Journal. They’ve got people freaked out. They are going to give us digital trash. That’s what they are doing. They are going to get rid of the currencies that you have.” THE MARK OF THE BEAST……

It's shocking how many Nigerians are Bitcoin fans yet despise the country's official cryptocurrency (CBDCs).

About 35% of Nigerian adults, or about 34 million people aged 18 to 60, possess bitcoin or another cryptocurrency, according to data published in April by prominent cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin. But when it came to the country's Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the eNaira, it was a tremendous flop.

Despite discounts and other incentives given by the government in a last-ditch effort to encourage acceptance, Bloomberg reports that barely 1 in 200 Nigerians use the eNaira.

Bloomberg cites a circular issued to bankers on Tuesday saying the government wants to encourage digital payments by restricting ATM withdrawals to 20,000 naira (about US$45) per day. One hundred and fifty thousand naira (around $350) was the prior withdrawal limit.

Individuals may now only withdraw 100,000 naira ($225) and businesses can only take 500,000 naira ($1,125) from their accounts each week without being charged a fee. For payments exceeding that threshold, a 5% and 10% surcharge will be applied.

This move follows a series of other directives from world governments and central banks to reduce the use of cash and promote the usage of digital currencies in an effort to broaden people's access to financial services. Over 85% of all money in circulation in Nigeria is held outside of banks, and the country is home to nearly 40 million individuals who do not have access to a bank account.

After announcing intentions to issue new high-value notes beginning in the middle of December, the central bank has given citizens till the end of January to exchange their old bills for the new ones. Since the introduction of the eNaira digital currency late last year met with modest uptake, the bank has announced plans to manufacture more eNaira. -Bloomberg

In addition, starting of January 9, 2018, it will be illegal to cash a cheque for more than 50,000 naira (US$112) at an ATM or 10 million naira (US$22,480) at a bank. Point-of-sale cash withdrawals have been restricted at 20,000 naira ($45).

Meanwhile, the central bank has ruled that banks can only put 200-naira bills into ATMs, with larger withdrawals subject to enhanced due diligence and processing fees, and that individuals and corporations can withdraw a maximum of 5 million and 10 million naira, respectively, once a month under "compelling circumstances." The CEO of the bank must additionally approve any such withdrawals.

On Tuesday, the central bank warned that customers "should be encouraged to utilize other channels" such Internet banking, mobile banking applications, USSD, cards, points-of-sale, and eNaira to handle their financial transactions.

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HNewsWire: The NEW WORLD ORDER Is Taking Shape: The Movement for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) “Is Gathering Steam, Fueled by Central Bank Inventiveness

HNewsWire:  CBDCs enable all sorts of horrible, totalitarian things.

 

They allow governments to track and control every penny you earn, save, and spend. They are a powerful tool for politicians to confiscate and redistribute wealth as they see fit.

CBDCs will make it possible for central banks to impose deeply negative interest rates, which are really just a euphemism for a tax on saving money.

Governments could program CBDCs to have an expiration date—like some airline frequent flyer miles—forcing people to spend them, for example, before the end of the month when they’d become worthless.

CBDCs will enable devious social engineering by allowing governments to punish and reward people in ways they previously couldn’t.

Suppose governments impose lockdowns again for flu season, so-called “climate change,” or whatever pretext they find convenient. CBDCs could be programmed to only work in a geographic area. For example, your payments could be denied if you travel more than a mile from your home during a lockdown.

Suppose the people in charge want to encourage people to take a pharmaceutical product. With CBDCs, they could easily deposit money into the accounts of those who complied and deduct it from those who didn’t.

Undoubtedly, CBDCs will be paired with a sort of social credit system. Such a system is already in place in China today. In the West, it’s likely to come in a different flavor. Perhaps CBDCs will be paired with an ESG score.

Did you commit a thought crime on social media? Or perhaps you read too many politically incorrect articles online? Did you exceed your monthly meat consumption allowance? Then expect some financial punishment thanks to the CBDCs.

CBDCs are, without a doubt, an instrument of enslavement. They represent a quantum leap backward in human freedom.

Unfortunately, they’re coming soon.

Governments will probably mandate CBDCs as a “solution” when the next real or contrived crisis hits—which is likely not far off.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that CBDCs are destined to fail.

Despite all the hype, CBDCs are nothing but the same fiat currency scam on steroids.

It’s doubtful CBDCs can save otherwise fundamentally unsound currencies—as I believe all fiat currencies are.

If the current fiat system is not viable, then CBDCs are even less viable as they enable the government to engage in even more currency debasement.

Would a CBDC have saved the Zimbabwe dollar, the Venezuelan bolivar, the Argentine peso, or the Lebanese lira?

I don’t think so. And a CBDC won’t save the US dollar or the euro either.

But that doesn’t mean governments won’t try implementing CBDCs… with immensely destructive consequences for many people.

While I believe CBDCs will inevitably self-destruct, nobody knows how long it will take for that to happen. Communism was also destined to self-destruct, but it took generations. I don’t think it will take nearly that long for CBDCs to fail, but that’s just my guess.

Therefore, the big question everyone should be asking is this… 

What will you do when the government forces everyone to use CBDCs?

I believe it’s incumbent on free individuals to reject CBDCs. It will be challenging, but the reward—maintaining your sovereignty—will be priceless.

Below I discuss five ways you can do just that.

It’s important to remember the wise words of Ron Paul:

“What none of them (politicians) will admit is that the market is more powerful than the central banks and all the economic planners put together. Although it may take time, the market always wins.”

No matter what edicts, decrees, or laws that politicians pass, they will never be able to fully extinguish the desire of people to use alternatives to CBDCs. That cracks the door open to other options.

For example, consider that Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Argentina, Lebanon, and many other countries restrict the use of US dollars today. However, all that does is create a thriving black market—or, more accurately, a free market—for US dollars and a parallel financial system.

We can expect the same kind of dynamic if governments impose CBDCs. I have no doubt significant parallel systems and underground markets will naturally emerge.

Anyone who wants to avoid CBDC enslavement must learn to swim in those waters.

Below are five steps anyone can take to opt out of this dystopia.

Step #1: Use Physical Gold and Silver

Avoiding CBDCs means using alternative forms of money.

Although people use money every day, few consider what it actually is or what makes for a good money.

Asking people, “what is money?” is like asking a fish, “what is water?”

The fish probably doesn’t even notice the water unless it becomes polluted or something is wrong.

Money is a good, just like any other in an economy. And it isn’t a complex notion to grasp. It doesn’t require you to understand convoluted math formulas and complicated theories—as the gatekeepers in academia, media, and government mislead many folks into believing.

Understanding money is intuitive and straightforward. Money is simply something useful for storing and exchanging value. That’s it.

Think of money as a claim on human time. It’s like stored life or energy.

Unfortunately, today most of humanity thoughtlessly accepts whatever their government gives them as money. However, money does not need to come from the government. That’s a total misnomer that the average person has been hoodwinked into believing.

It would be similar to transporting yourself back in time and asking the average person in the Soviet Union, “Where do shoes come from?”

They would say, “Well, the government makes the shoes. Where else could they come from? Who else could make the shoes?”

It’s the same mentality here regarding money today—except it’s much more widespread.

The truth is money doesn’t need to come from the government any more than shoes do.

People have used stones, glass beads, salt, cattle, seashells, gold, silver, and other commodities as money at different times.

However, for over 2,500 years, gold has been mankind’s most enduring form of money.

Gold didn’t become money by accident or because some politicians decreed it. Instead, it became money because countless individuals throughout history and across many different civilizations subjectively came to the same conclusion: gold is money.

It resulted from a market process of people looking for the best way to store and exchange value.

So, why did they go to gold? What makes gold attractive as money?

Here’s why.

Gold has a set of unique characteristics that make it suitable as money.

Gold is durable, divisible, consistent, convenient, scarce, and most importantly, the “hardest” of all physical commodities. In other words, gold is “hard to produce” relative to existing stockpiles and is the one physical commodity most resistant to inflation of its supply. That’s what gives gold its monetary properties.

Anyone can opt-out of CBDCs by using physical gold and silver to store and exchange value.

Physical gold is optimal for long-term savings and large transactions. The best way to do that is with widely recognized gold bullion coins, like the Canadian Gold Maple Leaf or the American Gold Eagle.

As a bombardment of Western sanctions wreak havoc on Russia's economy, some are considering new methods to avoid future US economic restrictions. According to Lewis McLellan, the digital editor of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum's (OMFIF) Digital Monetary Institute, one possible weapon for defanging future penalties is central bank digital currency (CBDC) networks:

Across Asia, networks of cross-border central bank digital currencies are being developed (like the mCBDC Bridge, which involves Thailand, Hong Kong, China and the United Arab Emirates). Russia's central bank is developing a digital rouble, and Governor Elvira Nabiullina has indicated interest in the currency's potential for enabling cross-border transfers, notably with China.

A large and unexpected new shift might soon affect the fortunes of thousands, while leaving the majority of people less off than they were before. Additional Information

Additionally, the digital yuan might be put into service. It is widely recognized across China and is likely to be accepted by anybody having expenses or responsibilities in the country. Even dollar stablecoins, which are gaining popularity and size, might help form the backbone of a payments network that cannot be shut down by denying access to Swift or the Federal Reserve's clearing system. There is no proof that China plans to assist Russian enterprises in evading sanctions — and if they do, they will almost certainly face their own — but if the dollar payments network becomes an instrument of foreign policy, it creates a fresh feeling of urgency for some to establish an alternative.
Beijing Expands Public Yuan Testing

The digital renminbi is the first CBDC to be issued by a major economy's central bank and has being publicly tested since April 2021. China has conducted CBDC testing in eleven cities and areas so far (Shenzhen, Suzhou, Chengdu, Xiong'an, Shanghai, Hainan, Changsha, Xian, Qingdao, and Dalian). According to Chinese state-owned financial news source Securities Times, Beijing is on the approach of conducting trials of its digital yuan currency in a third set of cities and provinces, including Henan, Fujian, and Heilongjiang, as well as Guangzhou, Chongqing, Fuzhou, and Xiamen.

Since 2014, China's central bank has been investigating the possibilities presented by digital currencies. Among these possibilities are lower operating costs, better efficiency, and "a broad variety of innovative uses," said to Fan Yifei, a PBOC deputy governor in 2016. A year later, the People's Republic of China's State Council approved the creation of the digital RMB. Commercial banks, as well as Chinese technology heavyweights Tencent, Alibaba, Huawei, JD.com, and UnionPay, were asked to join in the initiative.

Josh Lipsky, a former IMF official who is now at the Atlantic Council, a powerful US think tank, has subsequently identified the digital yuan as a "national security risk" endangering the US currency. Yet the People's Bank of China is not an exception when it comes to experimenting with or testing a digital currency upgrade.

There are now 87 central banks operating in countries accounting for 90% of global GDP, including the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, and the Bank of England. The Reserve Bank of India has declared that in the next fiscal year, it would implement a digital rupee (April 2022 to March 2023). Three CBDCs have officially launched in the last two years: the so-called DCash in the Eastern Caribbean, the Sand Dollar in the Bahamas, and the eNaira in Nigeria, all of which have had a very muted influence so far, according to the technology news website Tech Monitor:

Almost immediately after its introduction, customers complained about the app's lack of functionality, and the app was momentarily removed from the Google Play Store to allow for changes. Only 694,000 eNaira wallets have been downloaded as of January (the e-Yuan, by contrast, remains in its pilot stage but boasts some 260 million users). Spending also remained modest, with transactions totaling $450,000.
IMF Consistently on Board

As one would expect from the world's most powerful supranational financial organization, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is extensively engaged in this process, notably by offering technical help to a number of its members. Last month, speaking at an Atlantic Council event, IMF President Kristalina Georgieva emphasized the potential advantages of CBDCs while praising central banks' "ingenuity":

We have progressed beyond theoretical talks about CBDCs and are currently in the experimental phase. Central banks are donning their aprons and studying the bits and bytes of digital money.

CBDCs are still in their infancy, and we have no idea how far or how quickly they will go. What we do know is that central banks are strengthening their ability to harness new technologies—in order to be prepared for whatever may come next.

CBDCs, if constructed responsibly, have the potential to provide more resilience, security, availability, and cost savings than private forms of digital money. That is absolutely true in comparison to unbacked crypto assets, which are inherently volatile. Furthermore, even the most well-managed and controlled stablecoins may fall short of a stable and well-designed central bank digital currency.

We know that the transition to CBDCs is gaining traction, owing to the inventiveness of Central Banks.

Around 100 nations are now investigating CBDCs on some degree. Some are doing research, some are conducting testing, and a few are actually dispensing CBDC to the general population.

The Sand Dollar, the local CBDC, has been in circulation in the Bahamas for more than a year.

Sweden's Riksbank has produced a proof of concept for CBDC and is investigating its technological and policy implications.

In China, the digital renminbi [dubbed e-CNY] continues to grow in popularity, with over a hundred million users and billions of yuan in transactions.

And, just last month, the Federal Reserve released a study stating that "a CBDC has the potential to fundamentally alter the structure of the United States financial system."

As could be expected, the IMF is extensively engaged in this subject, offering technical help to a number of its members. A critical purpose for the Fund is to facilitate experience sharing and to foster CBDC interoperability.

A Peso Digital?

Even nations where cash remains undisputedly king of the payments environment are scrambling to implement a CBDC. El Paz released an article (in Spanish) headlined "Is Mexico Prepared for a Central Bank Digital Currency?" three days ago. The article starts by examining recent efforts by Mexico's central bank, Banco de Mexico (Banxico), to investigate the prospect of introducing a digital peso as early as 2024:

Othón Moreno, the central bank's head of policy and research for payment systems and market infrastructure, recently said at a cryptocurrency seminar that there is a need for stable currencies (dubbed stablecoins) and that various central banks are now examining the issuing process. "Historically, central banks have successfully issued their legal tender currencies. We have confined ourselves to doing it physically, but I believe it demonstrates that the technology exists and that there is a desire for the same functionality as legal cash in a digital format," he said.

Obviously, the majority of Mexicans are unaware that Banxico is considering the idea of creating a CBDC, much less what a CBDC is or how it would affect their life, so it's difficult to understand how Moreno can claim that "demand exists" for a digital peso. It's even more perplexing when you realize that 86% of Mexicans continue to use cash and just 4% utilize mobile payment platforms or the country's interbank electronic payments system (SPEI).
There will be no public debate.

As with vaccination passports and digital identification systems that governments over the globe have implemented or are implementing, there is essentially no effort made to notify, much less consult, the general population. One of the few efforts was a POLITICO study of 2,500 Brits in 2021, which found that "British citizens are more skeptical than excited about central bank digital currency (CBDCs)":

Only 24% of respondents felt the digital pound will offer more advantages than damage – 30% claimed the reverse. The remainder were undecided.

The public's concerns in the United Kingdom differ. 73 percent of survey participants expressed reservations about holding Britcoins due to the potential of cyberattacks and hackers. Seventy percent expressed concern about losing payment privacy, while 45 percent expressed concern about Britcoin's possible environmental effect - a discussion that has engulfed other cryptocurrencies.

Fear of government authority was also prevalent, with 62% expressing concern about the possibility of governmental authorities seizing Britcoins from their digital wallets.

CBDCs are anticipated to provide major advantages to central banks, including significantly more control over the money supply and the ability to go much further into negative interest rate territory. The advantages to the general public are unclear, but the hazards, such as loss of identity and privacy, are potentially enormous. The capacity to watch and trace expenditure in real time is one of the primary benefits of CBDCs (for central banks), as Agustn Carstens, president of the Bank of International Settlements, the central bank of central banks and former chairman of Banco de Mexico, recently said in an interview:

"We have no idea who is using a $100 note today or a 1,000 peso bill today. The critical distinction from the CBDC is that the central bank will have complete control over the rules and regulations governing the use of that manifestation of central bank digital responsibility, and we will also have technology to enforce it."

As Etienne Luquet, a Mexican lawyer specializing in cryptocurrencies, tells El Pas, one way central banks may utilize their enhanced powers is to impose control over people's spending patterns. "Consider that central banks transform into an all-powerful Financial Intelligence Unit capable of auditing and blocking accounts, as well as ensuring that money can only be spent on certain products."

This is not implausible. According to the Daily Telegraph, the Bank of England requested Government ministers in June 2021 to determine if a central bank digital currency should be "programmable":

Tom Mutton, a director at the Bank of England, said Monday at a conference that programming might become a critical part of any future central bank digital currency, in which money would be designed to be distributed only in response to an event.

"You might bring programmability," he said. "What happens if one of the transaction's parties imposes a limit on [future usage of the money]?"

"That might have some socially beneficial consequences, such as stopping behaviour that is seen to be socially detrimental in some manner. However, it may impose restrictions on people's liberties."

He cautioned that the Government would have to intervene and make the ultimate decision.

Another significant potential consequence of CBDCs, whether intended or not, is the disintermediation of commercial banks, who would face unfair competition from their senior market regulator, which has a limitless capacity to issue money. According to Luquet, commercial banks may eventually cease to exist (though one can imagine certain well-placed institutions finding a new role in the emerging paradigm). This is a subject discussed in further depth by NC writer Clive in his 2019 post, "Mark Carney's Trojan Unicorn ." Are Central Banks Considering Stealth Nationalization of Digital Sovereign Currencies?"

Burkhard Balz, a member of the Deutsche Bundesbank's Executive Board, proposed during a lecture at the China Europe Finance Summit in October 2020: "What if, at times of crisis, bank savings were promptly removed and transformed into a digital euro?" This is referred to as a 'digital bank run.' As a consequence, the whole financial system may become unstable."

Another significant concern presented by CBDCs is that they might empower central banks to deny individuals with the incorrect kinds of opinions or behaviors the right to transact entirely. It would be akin to the recent money fraud perpetrated by the Trudeau administration in Canada, but much less public and messy.
Of course, this is only conceivable if governments and central banks totally phase out physical currency once the CBDCs are fully established – something several central banks have said they would not do. However, central banks are not exactly famed for their punctuality.

 

SRH: Jesus, the Christian’s ultimate model, was alone at his death because of his unwillingness to compromise truth. “He was deserted, forgotten, betrayed, and alone...

At my first defense no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me. May it not be charged against them! But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. So I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever.

“The cost of standing for truth is so high, so precious, so all-consuming that almost no one will meet it

 

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HNewsWire- As a barrage of Western sanctions wreaks havoc on Russia’s economy, some are pondering new strategies to circumvent future US economic penalties. Central bank digital currency (CBDC) networks, according to Lewis McLellan, the digital editor of the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum’s (OMFIF) Digital Monetary Institute, are one prospective tool for defanging future penalties: Networks of cross-border central bank digital currencies are being created throughout Asia (like the mCBDC Bridge, which involves Thailand, Hong Kong, China and the United Arab Emirates). Russia’s central bank is working on a digital rouble, and Governor Elvira Nabiullina has shown interest in the currency’s ability to facilitate cross-border transactions, particularly with China. A big and unexpected new change might soon influence the fortunes of thousands, leaving the bulk of people worse off than before. Further Information In addition, the digital yuan may…

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