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NY Fed launches center to study fintech and central banking

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On November 29, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York announced the launch of the New York Innovation Center (NYIC), which is intended to advance the partnership with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub. According to the announcement, the NYIC will aim to, among other things: (i) identify and develop insights on financial technology trends associated to central banks; (ii) examine the development of public goods to increase the global financial system function; and (iii) “advance and support expertise in the area of central bank innovation.” According to the announcement, to inform the activities of the NYIC, the New York Fed will focus on five opportunity areas, which include “Supervisory and Regulatory Technology, Financial Market Infrastructures, Future of Money, Open Finance, and Climate Risk.” The announcement also noted that, “[t]his work will be based on the venture development process, drawing on principles from entrepreneurship, venture capital, and corporate innovation to produce high-impact solutions.”