Belief That Dollar Does Not Need to Innovate Is a ‘Miscalculation’


The U.S. Federal Reserve is falling behind its peers, such as the Bank of China, in terms of resources and manpower dedicated to developing a central bank digital currency (CBDC). According to a blog post, this belief that the dollar does not need to innovate is a miscalculation. An expert argues that comparing the U.S. Federal Reserve to central banks in centralized countries does not make sense.

The Opposition to a CBDC

The Atlantic Council, a non-partisan American think tank, reveals in a recent blog post that the U.S. Federal Reserve is lagging behind many of its peers in the development of a CBDC. The post emphasizes the Federal Reserve's lack of resources, including personnel, dedicated to CBDC development and innovation.

The authors of the blog post, Josh Lipsky and Ananya Kumar, provide context by pointing out that the Bank of China has over 300 individuals solely focused on the country's CBDC. In contrast, the Federal Reserve has a team of only twenty individuals working on a digital alternative to the dollar.

Moreover, the Federal Reserve's Fednow, an interbank settlement system, has taken longer to launch compared to similar systems in Europe. Additionally, the adoption of Fednow has been limited in its early stages. While multiple factors contribute to the Federal Reserve's lag, the opposition to the CBDC by officials and politicians stems from a general belief that the dollar does not require innovation.

"Typically, their [Federal Reserve officials'] responses include not perceiving a strong use case at present and concern about the unknown consequences of altering the current system," write the authors. "It is understandable not to want to disrupt the currency that underpins the global economy. However, some individuals within the Federal Reserve and on Capitol Hill mistakenly believe that the dollar does not need to evolve."

The CBDC and U.S. Elections

In addition to Federal Reserve officials and Capitol Hill politicians, former U.S. President and potential presidential election candidate, Donald Trump, has expressed his opposition to a CBDC. As previously reported by News, Trump has pledged to prevent its creation if he is reelected.

However, despite the strong opposition to the CBDC, the Atlantic Council blog post argues that payment innovation does not have to wait until after the November election because "a year is an eternity in technology."

Meanwhile, Franklin Knoll, an expert/Lead at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, questions the Atlantic Council blog post's comparison of the U.S. Federal Reserve with central banks in centralized countries like Japan or the U.K.

"Central banks in these countries have more independence and agility, enabling them to move faster than public sentiment or even their government's views on monetary matters. Remember, the Fed is a largely decentralized collection of public/private banks spread across a continent," asserts Noll.

Regarding the perceived opposition to the CBDC by U.S. politicians, Noll suggests that the blog post overlooks the resistance of U.S. community banks to the digital currency.

Do you believe that the U.S. does not need a CBDC? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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