Deposit Insurance Treatment of E-Money

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The expansion of digital financial accounts among poor customers has raised the question of whether e-money should be covered by deposit insurance and if so, how. This Technical Note examines the options while arguing that deposit insurance should not be the first line of defense, for two primary reasons. In many emerging markets where authorities have limited resources, their first area of focus should be on strong prudential regulation and supervision to ensure safe and sound institutions. Second, electronic money issuers are engaged in a narrow set of activities and in most cases pose limited or no systemic risk, compared with financial institutions that intermediate deposits and issue credit.

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Document Type Brief
Author Juan Carlos Izaguirre, Denise Dias, Mehmet Kerse
Year of Publication 2019
Publisher CGAP
Number of Pages 24 pages
Region / Country Global /
Primary Language English (en)
Keywords Deposit Insurance, e-money, Regulation
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