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Digital Currency Race Prompts Trials, Scrutiny by Bank of Israel

Jan. 13, 2022, 7:15 AM

The Bank of Israel, already used to testing the limits of monetary policy, is eager not to fall behind in crossing a new frontier for central banks.

Policy makers in Jerusalem are expanding their research into central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs, and sounding out stakeholders about risks and benefits, according to Yoav Soffer, head of the bank’s digital shekel project. But its roll-out still remains hypothetical given questions that range from the token’s cost to the impact on the banking system, Soffer said.

After running experiments using Ethereum, the central bank is planning further technical studies ...

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