EDITOR NOTE: There’s always something suspicious about the banking system and government coordinating their efforts toward expanding their control over the financial system. In this article, the author reports that Citibank is currently working with various governments across the globe to develop and implement their respective central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Not only will CBDCs strengthen and expand the fiat system, they also pose cybersecurity, surveillance, and privacy risks for individuals. Government and banks will not only be able to monitor and virtually control every aspect of your transactional behaviors, they’ll have even greater control over the money supply, manipulating it to suit their needs at your expense. Fortunately, once cash becomes obsolete, physical gold and silver will be the only two monetary assets that can get you out of this coercive system. It also means that the demand for both metals may rise significantly, causing their values and prices to rise well beyond current levels.
Speaking with David Rubenstein at a Bloomberg event on Friday (Dec. 4), Corbat said the development of such digital currencies was likely inevitable with the way money has been trending.
Citigroup, he said, would use its status as a multinational banking group to work with governments on the “creation and commercialization” of such coins, though he declined to name which governments he was working with.
Corbat also said cryptocurrencies would play a role, and while he didn't mention bitcoin, said some of the currencies would be “continued alternatives” that people can “take advantage of based on the underlying nature of what they are.”
According to CoinDesk, Citi spokesperson Danielle Romero Apsilos said the bank was actively participating in various governments’ discussions on CBDC.
“As a significant practitioner in the payments market with connections to over 200 clearing systems, Citi is providing experience-based insights into the design choices involved in the formulation of digital currencies,” she said, according to CoinDesk.
The debate over digital money has been going on for a while, with the pandemic throwing more complications in via the increased dependence on digital means of shopping and banking since it started. PYMNTS reports that a recent Bank for International Settlements (BIS) report says that digital currencies wouldn't need to replace traditional paper money and coins, but rather could work alongside them as an alternative.
The report, according to PYMNTS, found that CBDC could help to eventually provide a more “resilient and diverse” domestic payment system, helping to offer new options not possible with cash.
European Union regulators have considered harsher stances on the issue though, such as advocating that only the European Central Bank should be able to issue digital currencies and saying other players, like Facebook's Libra, would only complicate matters.
Originally posted on PYMNTS.com