Britcoin – what is it? Advantages and disadvantages.

December 15, 2021

Laith Khalaf, head of investment analysis at AJ Bell claimed that Britcoin could cause giant disruption in the banking area if it is introduced, as well as growing the chance of a run on business banks in instances of economic stress.
The UK’s central financial institution has stated its venture for its very own digital currency, or CBDC, is shifting closer to a session section that will start in the subsequent year.

In reaction to the CBDC, Khalaf said: “The Treasury and the Bank of England need to think twice before embarking on this digital mission, because the risks look high, and the benefits marginal.

Britcoin is best considered as an advanced form of a bank note, which is a token that conveys a specific worth in British currency. Individuals don’t usually hold huge totals in paper cash since it’s more advantageous and secure to hold cash with business banks. However in contrast to a heap of tenners, Britcoin would be much easier to oversee and to protect to store.

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DISADVANTAGES

Keeping digital pounds in the Bank of England account causes significant risks for the banking sector, and for the economy in general.

Wide usage of Britcoin would mean a big shift of money out of deposit accounts. Deposit accounts are known as a main source of funding for commercial banks to lend into the economy.

“Therefore, not to lose its clients, banks might have to increase the interest rates on offer on deposits, which would then be passed onto borrowers like mortgage holders, in order to preserve bank margins. Or they may additionally have to end free banking, and start charging for basic services in order to make up for lost profitability. Or indeed the lower availability of funding could mean less appetite by banks to issue loans, which would restrain economic growth.”

The Bank has an option not to pay interest on Britcoin like a way to limit its appeal. However, there is a question – what is the point of its launching?

Should be also pointed that a lower amount of interest on Britcoin equalize the extra security. That’s because Britcoin balances would be directly held by consumers with the central bank. Added security cost more than the measly interest savers could get from their current account. That’s particularly the case for individuals with large amounts of cash that exceed the £85,000 compensation limit in the event of a UK bank default.

One more significant disadvantage, that a simple switch of money into a secure digital account with the Bank of England could mean huge sums fleeing high street banks at the first problems in the sector.

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ADVANTAGES

For example, this is facilitating cross border payments, without the eye-watering fees.

The digital currency would also almost certainly require supporting infrastructure from the private sector in its interaction with customers, which would be an opportunity for fintech firms.
It could also be an alternative to online card payments. And it would also lessen the chance of a private sector digital coin, with less regulatory supervision, usurping these functions, and wresting monetary control away from the central bank.

Micropayments could become more economical if the digital currency is successful in driving down transaction charges.

Next point is low value commercial transactions. The customer would have a possibility to pay for any small services from the monthly music or article subscription to the automatic payment of taxes at the point of a transaction.

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Nevertheless, currently, all these probable advantages don’t seem fantastic in comparison to the risks. There are a lot of misunderstandings which can become a fertile ground for scammers. In general Britcoin seems to be at least pointless, and at worst as a digital catastrophe.

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