Traditionally, the functions of financial market infrastructure (which includes payment systems) have been centrally administered and operated by a single entity. There is a growing movement within the wholesale financial market towards decentralisation in order to reduce reliance on centralised intermediaries and “unlock billions in capital and liquidity”. Decentralisation is at the core of our design principles at Fnality. Both the technology underpinning the Fnality Payment System (‘FnPS’) and our organisational design are based on the concept of decentralisation. There will be no ‘single point of failure’ should a server go down or ‘single point of attack’ from malicious actors...
At the start of this year, I wrote a post speculating that 2021 may be the year of dFMI. Happily, there has been some significant progress on this front, such as the creation of an Omnibus Account Structure by the Bank of England and a clarification of the usage of ECB technical accounts paving the way for pre-funded payment systems. However, nearly three quarters of the way through the year, I admit I may have missed an important stage of evolution: the speed of stablecoin acceptance!
Bank of England publishes an omnibus accounts policy to enable innovative payment systems
What is interoperability?
Earlier this year, the Financial Stability Board authored a paper on stablecoins: 'Addressing the regulatory, supervisory and oversight challenges raised by 'global stablecoin' arrangements'.
Here at Fnality International, we were pleased to see Christina Segal-Knowles, Executive Director, Market Infrastructure Directorate at the Bank of England address the challenges and opportunities in payments post Covid on 11th June 2020. The key points that we take from the speech are as follows: