LIBRA – A Differentiated View on Facebook’s Virtual Currency Project

23 Pages Posted: 8 Nov 2019

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Volker Brühl

Center for Financial Studies (CFS)

Date Written: October 29, 2019


Libra – a global virtual currency project initiated by Facebook – has been the subject of many controversial discussions since its announcement in June 2019. This paper provides a differentiated view on Libra, recognising that different development scenarios of Libra are conceivable.

Libra could serve purely as an alternative payment system in combination with a dedicated payment token, the Libra coin. Alternatively, the Libra project could develop into a broader financial infrastructure for advanced financial services such as savings and loan products operating on the Libra blockchain. Based on a comparison of the Libra architecture with other cryptocurrencies, the opportunities and challenges for the development of the respective Libra ecosystems are investigated form a commercial, regulatory and monetary policy perspective.

JEL Classification: E42, E52, G20

Suggested Citation

Brühl, Volker, LIBRA – A Differentiated View on Facebook’s Virtual Currency Project (October 29, 2019). CFS Working Paper, No. 633, 2019, Available at SSRN: or

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