Business & Economics Podcasts
The Digital Pound Foundation’s podcast where we discuss the prospects for implementing a digital pound and the impact of new forms of digital money more broadly.
13: Stablecoins, Tokenized Deposits and the Future of Private Money
In Episode 13 of the Poundcast, we speak to Elise Soucie, Director of Policy and Regulation at Global Digital Finance (GDF). We discuss how the landscape of new forms of digital money is evolving and take a deeper dive into stablecoins - asking what is a stablecoin, who might want to issue one and why? What is the difference between tokenized deposits and stablecoins and what’s the potential for innovation? How do recent regulatory proposals in the UK impact the potential for innovation? And lastly - but perhaps most importantly of all - how can regulation be optimised for genuine innovation around stablecoins to make the UK really attractive as a destination?
12: Stablecoins and the future of finance
In this episode of Poundcast, host Jannah Patchay is joined by Ramy Soliman, Policy Lead and Co-Founder of Stablecoin Standard and President at GMO Trust - a New York regulated stablecoin issuer, as he discusses his journey into the world of stablecoins and his interest in the space. Ramy shares his experience working in the foreign exchange and prime brokerage industry before being drawn to the transformative potential of stablecoins
11: Exploring the Potential of Digital Assets in Wholesale Markets
In this episode of Poundcast, Jannah Patchay speaks with Duncan Trenholme, Managing Director and Global Co-Head of Digital Assets at TP ICAP. They discuss why TP ICAP became interested in digital assets for wholesale markets and the potential barriers to mass adoption. Duncan shares insights on settlement, wholesale central bank digital currencies, and the transformative power of blockchain and distributed ledger technology in financial markets.
10: Innovating Britain: The Future of Fintech and Digital Currencies
Please note this episode was recorded before the Electronic Trade Document bill gained its royal assent. In episode 10, Poundcast’s host Jannah Patchay is having a conversation with Lord Chris Holmes of Richmond MBE regarding the UK's leading role in the areas of innovation, fintech, and the emerging digital economy. They discuss recent changes in UK legislation that impact the industry, as well as the most significant use cases for digital currencies. Together they explore ways to address public concerns and ensure that the rollout of CBDC involves the widest possible public discourse and engagement.
9: The Nature of Money - The Role of Currency in the Digital Era
In episode 9, our host Jannah Patchay speaks to Kene Ezeji-Okoye, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Millicent Labs. In this episode, Jannah and Kene discuss the rise of digital currencies in the context of digital fiat, how central banks reacted to the advent of stablecoins and in particular the potential threat posed by Facebook's Libra / Diem project, how commercial bank money functions today, and what citizens gain from the advancement of CBDCs not only here in the United Kingdom, but on a global scale.
8: Designing the Digital Money of the Future: Digital Pound vs Digital Euro
In episode 8, our host Jannah speaks to Sarah Palurovic, Executive Director of our partner organisation, the Digital Euro Association. Sarah is also an economist and research assistant at the Frankfurt School Blockchain Center. Her focus is on executive education in blockchain and digital assets, specializing in the economics of cryptocurrencies and emerging business models. Jannah and Sarah discuss progress towards a digital Euro as well as a digital Pound. How do these compare and what impact will they have on one another?
7: The Making of a Digital Pound: exploring the creation of a UK CBDC
In this episode, Jannah Patchay, Policy Lead at the Digital Pound Foundation is in conversation with Varun Paul, Central Bank Digital Currency and Market Infrastructure Director of Fireblocks. They discuss private sector objections to retail Central Bank Digital Currency - how does the recent Bank of England and HM Treasury consultation address these as regards the UK? They also look at non-interest bearing - and its limits - how will this address concerns of outflows from commercial bank deposits. They also ask how will a digital Pound support private sector innovation and how might such a currency be designed?
6: Why Does An Economist Care About CBDCs?
In episode 6, our host Jannah Patchay, Policy Lead and one of the originating members of the Digital Pound Foundation, speaks to James Pomeroy, Global Economist at HSBC. In a time where many regions around the world are increasingly moving away from cash, Central Bank Digital Currencies can offer people similar levels of privacy and accessibility, however, there’s often a misconception that governments and central banks will use the technology to oversee and control what people can spend their money on. In this podcast, James explains why such an overreach by governments and central banks is highly unlikely, and on the contrary, could provide the mechanism to deliver faster and more targeted support for people and families, as well as the all-important data, in real-time, to help avoid periods of high inflation and recession.
5: Digital Currencies: Undoing the Internet's Original Sin
In episode 5, Jannah Patchay, Policy Lead and one of the originating members of the Digital Pound Foundation, speaks to Nick Philpott, COO of Zodia Markets. In this episode, Jannah and Nick discuss how digital currencies could help undo “the internet’s original sin”, explore his experiences with the Libra project and talk about how the stablecoin landscape has developed from a policy / regulatory perspective, as well as examining the top wholesale use cases for stablecoins.
4: Stablecoins - policy and regulatory challenges
In this episode, our host Jannah Patchay, policy lead and one of the originating members of the Digital Pound Foundation, interviews Teana Baker-Taylor, Vice President, Policy & Regulatory Strategy, UK/EU at Circle, on stablecoins and the policy and regulatory challenges they present, as well as how they relate to Central Bank Digital Currencies. How should new forms of digital money be regulated and what are different jurisdictions doing to address issues surrounding market conduct. And last but not least what are the prospects for a digital Pound, perhaps in the form of a privately-issued stablecoin?
3: Transformative Potential: Digital Money in Wholesale Markets
In episode 3, our host Jannah Patchay, Policy Lead and originating member of the Digital Pound Foundation, speaks to Olaf Ransome, founder of 3C Advisory and also known as The Banker’s Plumber. In this interview, we turn our attention to the applications of new forms of digital money in wholesale markets. As we'll see, the potential of digital currencies to improve settlement times has massive implications for liquidity and funding across the financial system. In the digital asset space there are new exchanges or execution venues and new custody solutions. Settlement processes also need a means of payment. The line to date is that if the assets are on-chain then we need that means of payment to be on-chain. What are the requirements for something to be a widely accepted means of payment and settlement? And does it have to be central-bank issued or backed by reserves held at a central bank?
2: Regulated Liabilities and the Future of Digital Money
In this episode, host Jannah Patchay, Policy Lead and one of the originating members of the Digital Pound Foundation speaks to Tony McLaughlin, Managing Director of Emerging Payments and Business Development at Citi. Jannah and Tony have a wide-ranging discussion on what would make a digital Pound a foundation for innovation and what attributes it should have. How do concepts like fungibility and interoperability support an ecosystem of digital Pounds? Regulated liabilities – what are they? What are different types of money? As well as Tony’s thoughts on stablecoins and the latest industry developments around them. SHOW NOTES SHORT SUMMARY Jannah Patchay, Policy Lead and an Originating Member of the Digital Pound Foundation, speaks with Tony McLaughlin, Managing Director of Emerging Payments and Business Development at Citi, about the nature of digital currencies and their legal and technological attributes. HIGHLIGHTS ▶ What are different types of #money? ▶ How do #digitalcurrencies add to the mix? ▶ How do concepts like #fungibility and #interoperability support an ecosystem of digital Pounds? ▶ And regulated liabilities – what are they, and why do they matter? TO GO FURTHER Visit https://digitalpoundfoundation.com/ TIMESTAMPS [00:00:00] Intro [00:00:25] Tony's background and current role [00:02:03] What does it mean to have a digital Pound? [00:05:01] Is blockchain necessary for a successful digital Pound? [00:08:57] Thoughts on stablecoins? [00:17:03] What would make a digital Pound a foundation for innovation? What attributes should it have? [00:20:13] What can we do with a digital Pound that we can’t do today? [00:22:01] Programmability – how does this fit in? [00:27:19] Regulated liabilities – what are they? What are different types of money? [00:33:54] Regulated liabilities network and the digital money of the future [00:37:02] Legal Instruments - in depth [00:40:40] Conclusion ABOUT THE PODCAST The Poundcast is the podcast of the Digital Pound Foundation, an independent member-led forum supporting the implementation of a well-designed digital Pound, and the development of a diverse and effective ecosystem for new forms of digital money in the UK.
1: Digital Currencies and the Future of Money
In episode 1, podcast host Jannah Patchay, Policy Lead and one of the originating members of the Digital Pound Foundation is in conversation with Lee McNabb, Payments Strategy Lead at NatWest. In this introductory episode, Jannah and Lee discuss some of the key questions often asked about digital currency such as: what is a digital currency? How does it differ from the money we have today? And what's the difference between digital currency and cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? What can we do with digital currencies that we can't do today And what impact might digital currencies have on our financial system more broadly? SHOW NOTES SHORT SUMMARY Jannah Patchay, Policy Lead and one of the Originating Members of the Digital Pound Foundation is in conversation with Lee McNabb, Payments Strategy Lead at NatWest. In this introductory episode, Jannah and Lee discuss some of the key topics about digital currencies. 🎧Link to the podcast: https://digitalpoundfoundation.com/poundcast-episode-1-digital-currencies-and-the-future-of-money-with-lee-mcnabb-of-natwest/ HIGHLIGHTS ▶ What is digital currency? How does it differ from the money we have today? And what's the difference between #digitalcurrency and #cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin? ▶ What's the difference between public and private forms of digital currency? What can we do with digital currencies that we can't do today? ▶ What impact might digital currencies have on our financial system? What impact might they have on businesses and consumers? ▶ Why might a country want to have a #CBDC? ▶ What sorts of things might banks be thinking about, when it comes to the emergence of digital currencies? TO GO FURTHER Visit https://digitalpoundfoundation.com/ TIMESTAMPS [00:00:00] Intro [00:01:29] Introducing Lee McNabb - Natwest [00:03:17] How do we differentiate between digital currency and other types of money? [00:06:51] Why should we want digital currencies? [00:11:56] Learnings from central banks about digital currencies [00:20:28] Potential Impact of digital currencies on the financial ecosystem [00:27:19] The UK regulatory perspective [00:31:03] How are digital currencies going to impact our lives? [00:33:55] Conclusion