CBDC talk has been “overhyped” – former RBI deputy

Focus on retail CBDCs is potential distraction from core central banking functions, says Sinha

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Digital issues: retail CBDC designs, token- or account-based, need to consider the impact on the financial system

The introduction of retail central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) could bring a slew of issues for central banks, according to Anand Sinha, former deputy governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). 

Sinha believes much of the talk about retail CBDCs is currently “overhyped” since hardly any central banks are looking to introduce them at present. The scenario from a medium- to long-term perspective could be different though, as many are carrying out research, he adds.

Any design of a retail

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