Bloomberg New Economy Conversations with Andrew Browne

The Ascent of Digital Money

April 20, 10 am ET

Covid-19 has accelerated a monetary revolution. China is at the forefront, launching the world’s first central bank-issued digital currency. Bitcoin is rocketing in value, although debate rages over whether it is “digital gold” — a hedge against inflation at a time of rampant government spending— or fool’s gold. Can digital money reshape the architecture of the global financial system? Will it empower individuals and small businesses at the expense of big banks? And will blockchain technology replace the modern corporation with more fluid — and more accountable — alternatives?

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Raj  Dhamodharan

Raj Dhamodharan

Executive Vice President, Digital Asset, Blockchain Products & Partnerships Mastercard
Gita Gopinath

Gita Gopinath

Deputy Managing Director, International Monetary Fund

Advisory Board Member

Hester M. Peirce

Hester M. Peirce

Commissioner, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Michael Sonnenshein

Michael Sonnenshein

Chief Executive Officer Grayscale Investments
Andrew Browne

Andrew Browne

Editorial Director Bloomberg New Economy

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