Bank of England Governor Recommends Replacing Dollar With 'Libra-Like' Digital Currency

  • BOE Governor Mark Carney proposed replacing the US dollar with a libra-like digital currency as the global reserve. 
  • Called for a dramatic shift in policy to address the changing economic landscape. 

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has made a radical recommendation for central banks that the U.S. dollar be replaced with a Libra-like digital reserve currency. 

Replacing the Dollar

Speaking at the Federal Reserve’s annual Jackson Hole Symposium on Aug. 23, Carney called for a dramatic shift in global monetary policy that would see central banks taking a greater interest in digital currencies such as Facebook’s forthcoming libra. 

The BOE Governor’s proposal would replace the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency with a digital alternative. While it was unclear if Carney was actually suggesting that libra could be used to fill the void, his intent was to spur interest in a fiat alternative for global reserves. 

Carney argued that proactively replacing the dollar with a digital coin substitute would be preferable to allowing another national currency usurp its status--such as the Chinese renminbi. 

He pointed to the global economic uncertainty in part being generated by deteriorating U.S. trade relations, 

The combination of heightened economic policy uncertainty, outright protectionism and concerns that further, negative shocks could not be adequately offset because of limited policy space is exacerbating the disinflationary bias in the global economy.

He continued, 

When change comes, it shouldn’t be to swap one currency hegemon for another. Any unipolar system is unsuited to a multi-polar world. We would do well to think through every opportunity, including those presented by new technologies, to create a more balanced and effective system.

Cryptocurrencies Gaining Prominence

The introduction of a non-fiat currency could have the effect of devaluing the dollar, and most national currencies, which could be one way for central banks to introduce inflation to erode away the record levels of debt accumulating globally. 

Some have speculated that an alternative asset such as gold could be used as an intermediate. However Carney, who announced several months ago he would be stepping down as Governor of the BOE, has shown a route to fiat alternatives which includes the creation of digital currencies.

He lauded the technology for its efficiency in payments and cross-border transactions, 

The most high profile of these has been Libra – a new payments infrastructure based on an international stablecoin fully backed by reserve assets in a basket of currencies including the US dollar, the euro, and sterling. It could be exchanged between users on messaging platforms and with participating retailers.

While Carney’s suggestion to replace the U.S. dollar is one of the most radical proposals yet, it does give insight into the global trend in central banks to pursue digital currencies as an alternative to their outdated fiat counterparts. 

Tether Has Backlisted a Total of 39 Ethereum Addresses Holding USDt

Ther, the issuer of the leading stablecoin USDt, has already blacklisted 39 Ethereum addresses holding the stablecoin since November 2017.

According to Philippe Castonguay, an Ethereum researcher at Horizon Games, 24 of the 39 addresses identified were blacklisted this year. Castonguay created a dashboard on Dune Analytics that shows the addresses that Tether blacklisted.

When an address is blacklisted it can no longer send, receive, or redeem USDt tokens, which essentially means the tokens held in the address become unusable. The addresses that Tether blacklisted over time have millions worth of USDt in them combined, with the latest one having nearly $1 million worth of tokens in it.

The address, according to Etherscan data, received a938,965 USDt tokens from Binance 26 days ago, before it was blacklisted by Tether. The owner of the address appears to have tried to move the funds the next day, but the transaction was reverted.

Most of the blacklisted addresses appear to have less than $100 worth of USDt tokens in them, while the address with the largest amount appears to be 0x5c27cc68fe01a3994807b60a6c81d8ba638b4ba1 with a total of 4.56 million UISDt in it. Notably, the address also has 330,000 BUSD tokens in it, and 13,500 ETH.

While it isn’t clear who owns the address, the funds it received appear to have come from an address that originally got the cryptocurrency holdings by withdrawing funds from Binance. Most addresses Tether likely blacklisted most address in the list -if not all – responding to requests from law enforcement.

As CryptoGlobe reported, the CENTRE Consortium recently backlisted its first USDC address on the Ethereum network, responding to a request from authorities. On its website, Circle notes an address may be blacklisted when there is a potential security breach or a threat to the network itself, or to “comply with a law, regulation or legal order from a duly recognized U.S. authorized authority, U.S. court of competent jurisdiction or other governmental authority with jurisdiction over CENTRE.”

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