Tue, April 16, 2024 at 09:03

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    Kang-hoon

    • Good day, Annie.

    • I have some interesting news for you today.

    • Three major British banks, Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group, and Citi have begun a trial to test tokenised deposits.

    • This trial, which started in February, is in collaboration with global payment giants Mastercard and Visa.

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  • Annie

    • Oh, really?😮 That sounds intriguing!

    • So, what exactly are tokenised deposits?

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    Kang-hoon

    • Tokenised deposits are essentially digital representations of a deposit, which can be traded on a blockchain.

    • They promise enhanced efficiency and security in financial transactions, potentially revolutionizing traditional banking practices.

  • Annie

    • Wow!

    • That sounds impressive.

    • But why are they doing this now?

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    Kang-hoon

    • Well, this trial comes at a time when the future of the digital pound, colloquially known as Britcoin, remains uncertain.

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    • The Bank of England had begun explorations into Britcoin back in 2021.

  • Annie

    • Ah, I see.

    • So, this is like a backup plan if Britcoin doesn't work out?

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    Kang-hoon

    • Not exactly.

    • It's more about exploring the potential of digital banking solutions.

    • In fact, just this January, the UK Treasury and the Bank of England announced a significant step forward in the development of the digital pound after a consultation process that garnered over 50,000 responses.

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  • Annie

    • Oh wow!

    • That's quite a lot of interest.😲 But what about regulations?

    • Aren't there any issues there?

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    Kang-hoon

    • Indeed, while the UK government supports digital finance innovations, there is a pressing need for clear regulatory guidelines to support tokenization initiatives within the banking sector.

  • Annie

    • Hmm...I see.

    • So, it's not all smooth sailing then.

    • And what about globally?

    • Are other countries doing something similar?

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    Kang-hoon

    • Yes, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has launched Agora, a project aimed at connecting central and commercial banks through a shared infrastructure.

    • This includes participation from notable institutions such as the Bank of Japan and the Bank of France.

  • Annie

    • That's quite a big move!

    • So, do you think this is good news or bad news?

    • What impact will this have on the market?

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    Kang-hoon

    • It's definitely good news.

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    • The experimentation with tokenized deposits by British banks signifies a proactive approach towards embracing digital finance solutions.

    • However, the success of such initiatives hinges on navigating regulatory uncertainties and ensuring the security and integrity of digital transactions.

    • As the trial progresses over the next three years, we can expect to gain more insights into the feasibility and potential impact of tokenized deposits within the UK banking sector.

    • Upon comprehensive consideration, this news is perceived as a 😍Bullish.