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Zura Kakushadze and Willie Yu

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Abstract: We discuss the idea of a purely algorithmic universal world iCurrency set forth in [Kakushadze and Liew, 2014] ( and expanded in [Kakushadze and Liew, 2017] ( in light of recent developments, including Libra. Is Libra a contender to become iCurrency? Among other things, we analyze the Libra proposal, including the stability and volatility aspects, and discuss various issues that must be addressed. For instance, one cannot expect a cryptocurrency such as Libra to trade in a narrow band without a robust monetary policy. The presentation in the main text of the paper is intentionally nontechnical. It is followed by an extensive appendix with a mathematical description of the dynamics of (crypto)currency exchange rates in target zones, mechanisms for keeping the exchange rate from breaching the band, the role of volatility, etc.

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Date: 2019-10, Revised 2019-11
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