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Digital Currencies

Come up to speed quickly on digital currencies

Digital currencies – cryptocurrencies, stablecoins, and CBDCs – are changing the long-term plans of both central banks and payments providers –– and making everyone rethink account-based and currency-based systems. In an unprecedented move, prior to launching domestic CBDCs, multi-country pilots are exploring the promise and risks of cross-border CBDC systems.

This workshop is designed for payments professionals that want to learn how new digital currencies impact the payments ecosystem, and how they may someday reshape everything from the six payments domains to our global economy. We begin the workshop by examining token-based payment systems and how they differ from account-based payment systems. We consider different types of money and where digital currencies fit within these categorizations. After reviewing the fundamentals of blockchain and distributed ledger technology, we look at the key design questions for digital currency systems. We finish by looking at the various stakeholders required to process digital currency payments and the current state-of-the-market in stablecoins, central bank digital currencies, and cross-border CBDC models.

Agenda

Key Concepts

  • The purpose of money
  • Account-based vs Token-based Payment Systems
  • Crypto, Stablecoin, and Central Bank Digital Currencies Compared
  • The Internet of Value Exchange

Digital Currency Building Blocks

  • Key Questions in Digital Currency System Design
  • Digital Currency Wallets
  • Blockchain and Distributed Ledgers
  • Smart Contracts
 

Stakeholders 

  • Digital Currency System Value Chain
  • End User Perspectives: Consumers, Merchants
  • New Infrastructure Providers
  • Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs)
  • Incumbent and New Providers: Banks, Networks, PSPs, Processors
 

Stablecoin Systems 

  • Four types of stablecoins
  • Current landscape
  • Emerging Use Cases
 

Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Systems 

  • Two forms of CBDC
  • Regulatory perspectives on CBDCs
  • Early adopters: DCash, Sand Dollar, e-Yuan
  • What We’re Watching
 

Cross-border CBDC Systems  

  • Today’s Correspondent Banking Model
  • The challenges of correspondent banking
  • Cross-border payments with Stablecoins
  • Cross-border payments with CBDCs
  • What We’re Watching
 

Wrap Up & Q&A

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