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Virtual Currencies and Beyond; Initial Considerations

Dong He, Karl F Habermeier, Ross B Leckow, Vikram Haksar, Yasmin Almeida, Mikari Kashima, Nadim Kyriakos-Saad, Hiroko Oura, Tahsin Saadi Sedik (), Natalia Stetsenko and Concha Verdugo Yepes

No 2016/003, IMF Staff Discussion Notes from International Monetary Fund

Abstract: New technologies are driving transformational changes in the global financial system. Virtual currencies (VCs) and the underlying distributed ledger systems are among these. VCs offer many potential benefits, but also considerable risks. VCs could raise efficiency and in the long run strengthen financial inclusion. At the same time, VCs could be potential vehicles for money laundering, terrorist financing, tax evasion and fraud. While risks to the conduct of monetary policy seem less likely to arise at this stage given the very small scale of VCs, risks to financial stability may eventually emerge as the new technologies become more widely used. National authorities have begun to address these challenges and will need to calibrate regulation in a manner that appropriately addresses the risks without stifling innovation. As experience is gained, international standards and best practices could be considered to provide guidance on the most appropriate regulatory responses in different fields, thereby promoting harmonization and cooperation across jurisdictions.

Keywords: Currencies; Blockchain and DLT; Virtual currencies; Banking; Anti-money laundering and combating the financing of terrorism (AML/CFT); SDN,VC scheme,unit of account,fiat currency,market participant,financial system (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 42
Date: 2016-01-20
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