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Cryptocurrencies: Money, Trust and Regulation

Cryptocurrencies: Money, Trust and Regulation

by Oonagh McDonald
Cryptocurrencies: Money, Trust and Regulation

Cryptocurrencies: Money, Trust and Regulation

by Oonagh McDonald

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The advent of new digital currencies has challenged our notions about money, its function and purpose, and our faith in the financial and banking structures that underpin its legitimacy. Oonagh McDonald examines the challenges, opportunities and threats that cryptocurrencies pose to existing fiat currencies and their potential to change how global finance operates.

From Bitcoin to Facebook’s Diem, the book charts the spectacular rise of cryptocurrencies over the past decade alongside the much slower regulatory response. It assesses the potential of the technology underpinning new digital currencies – blockchain, digital tokens and smart contracts – to evade existing regulatory frameworks and considers the need for more robust protection from fraudulent initial coin offerings, scams and hacks.

The book examines the motivations of central banks as they begin to explore opportunities for an alternative global digital currency, and what this might mean for the supremacy of the dollar and other fiat currencies. The future of cash is also considered. Throughout her analysis, McDonald shows that trust is fundamental to the operation of finance and that this will ultimately protect commercial bank money from the threat of new digital currencies.

The book offers readers an insightful appraisal of the future of money and the challenges facing regulatory bodies.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781788216456
Publisher: Agenda Publishing
Publication date: 02/28/2023
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 272
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Oonagh McDonald CBE is an international expert in financial regulation. She has been a board member of the Financial Services Authority, the Investors Compensation Scheme, the General Insurance Standards Council and the Board for Actuarial Standards. She has also been a director of Scottish Provident, Skandia Insurance Company and the British Portfolio Trust. She was formerly a British Member of Parliament and was awarded a CBE in 1998 for services to financial regulation and business. Her books include Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac: Turning the American Dream into a Nightmare (2013), Lehman Brothers: A Crisis of Value (2015) and Holding Bankers to Account (2019). She now lives in Washington DC, having been granted permanent residence on the grounds of “exceptional ability”.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Bitcoin beginnings

2. New cryptocurrencies and new developments

3. Stablecoins: the search for stability

4. Initial coin offerings: the “Wild West”

5. The regulatory response to ICOs

6. Global stablecoins: Libra

7. Reactions to stablecoins

8. Central banks and central bank digital currencies

9. The decline of cash

10. Credit and trust

11. Epilogue: the crypto winter

Appendix: smart contracts

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