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     WASHINGTON (MNI) - The following is a response of Federal Reserve Chairman
Janet Yellen to a question from a reporter at her press conference following
Wednesday's Federal Open Market Committee meeting.
     
Question:
     William Dudley of the New York fed said that the fed is exploring the idea
of potentially having its own cryptocurrency or digital currency. What use do
you see a cryptocurrency could have for the fed and do you see the potential of
a cryptocurrency that might be considered legal tender? 
     
Yellen:
     So, I want to distinguish carefully between digital currency and
cryptocurrency. There is a discussion going on amongst central bankers about the
potential merits of adopting a central bank itself adopting a digital currency.
There might even be a central banker or two around the globe that might go in
that direction. 
     But I really want to caution that this is not something the Federal Reserve
is seriously considering at this stage, while we are looking at research on this
topic. There are, I think, to my mind, limited benefits from introducing it, a
limited need for it, and some substantial concerns. And so I would really doubt
that the Federal Reserve would soon go in that direction. But it is something
that central banks are looking at to see if there could be benefits from doing
it.
--MNI Washington Bureau; +1 202-371-2121; email: holly.stokes@marketnews.com
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