06.18.2018

BIS On Cryptocurrencies: Looking Beyond The Hype

Cryptocurrencies promise to replace trusted institutions with distributed ledger technology. Yet, looking beyond the hype, it is hard to identify a specific economic problem which they currently solve. Transactions are slow and costly, prone to congestion, and cannot scale with demand. The decentralised consensus behind the technology is also fragile and consumes vast amounts of energy. Still, distributed ledger technology could have promise in other applications. Policy responses need to prevent abuses while allowing further experimentation.

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Jospeh Brusuelas, RSM US LLP chief economist, said:

 

 

 

 

 

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