The U.S. is soon to release its official discussion paper on its CBDC Research aka the Digital Dollar. This has got the world watching as to what major steps will the world’s largest economy incorporate.
While the U.S. has been pretty slow in the development of the Digital Dollar, things are taking turns for the good. The Fed governor Lael Brainard recently said that America doesn’t have an option of not taking the Digital dollar seriously.
China has already accelerated its development of the Digital Yuan as it seeks to reduce its dependency on the use of USD. In an interesting thread on Twitter, analyst Tascha explains how the Digital Dollar can help America keep up with the status of USD being the world’s reserve currency.
Analyst Tascha’s View on digital Dollar
Over the years, America’s debt has been mounting and has aggravated further with this pandemic. As of date, the USD contributes to 40-50% of the global trade settlements and international credits. In a way, we can say that America’s biggest export is its own national currency, notes the analyst.
This gives America the leverage to play around with its monetary policy and increase debt. Interestingly, post the Bretton Woods agreement in World War 2, the U.S. has turned into a net importer.
Since the USD serves as the store of value and medium of exchange, its value grows as the global trade continues to expand. Since other countries are keen on getting the USD in their treasury, the U.S. continues to accumulate debt simultaneously being the net importer.
Now, if the U.S. wants to lower its debt, it cannot reduce the imports. Pulling the plugs off the consumption story could mean slowing down the economy and a foolish move. Rather, the other way is to increased the value of USD exports.