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The Coming Currency War

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The Coming Currency War

Digital Money vs. the Dollar

The Wall Street Journal,

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Digital versions of national currencies could soon disrupt the world’s financial system.

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Iconoclasts of various stripes are drawn to private cryptocurrencies like bitcoin in the hope that their proliferation will undermine the importance and power of governments and central banks. But with the prevalence of e-transactions, public authorities are increasingly considering digital currencies of their own. Financial journalists Dave Michaels and Paul Vigna report that these new forms of cash are not only likely to subvert private cryptocurrencies, but they may also challenge the global dominance of the US dollar and set off digital currency wars. 


Central banks and governments are beginning to embrace the idea of digitized national currencies.

Part of the appeal of private cryptocurrencies like bitcoin is that they are decentralized and their value is not dependent on central banks or governments. Many of the advocates for private cryptocurrencies hope that these will disrupt the power that central banks wield over the global economy. But in a world dominated by e-transactions, central banks are increasingly drawn to issuing digital versions of their national currencies.

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Dave Michaels and Paul Vigna are reporters for The Wall Street Journal.

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    B. L. 3 years ago
    Digital currency is a trend and certainly governments need to involve and manage its publication and use in order to protect the financial safety of both the people and the country.

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