Well, now it’s out in the open.
A few weeks after the news that China was considering launching a digital currency… one that could be programmed to EXPIRE to “encourage” spending…
Chancellor Rishi Sunak sent this Tweet:
Why launch a centralised digital currency here in the UK?
In my view, it comes down to one thing: control.
As China has made it clear, nothing is off the table when it comes to off-the-wall ideas for stimulating the economy.
At the moment it is clearly deemed an inconvenience for you to have the freedom of paper money. The powers that be won’t settle for devaluing it. They won’t settle for near-zero interest rates to punish savers.
They want your money in ones and zeroes.
Now, you might be thinking: “we’re not China… the Bank of England would never introduce something like expiring money or emergency stimulus taxation”.
And if you know your recent history, these bad financial ideas have a habit of catching on.
Quantitative easing, negative interest rates, Modern Monetary Theory… central bank digital currencies are now officially being explored.
I don’t particularly like that idea.
And if you’re a free-thinker – someone who values their independence – you may not like it either.
I think you want to have the final say in what happens to your money.
Sadly, how this story ends may be out of your control.
We cannot stop the Bank of England from, perhaps one day, taking digital control of our money in this way.
But there are some things you CAN control about your financial life.
I think it is important to assert that control.
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