The proliferation and popularity of cryptoassets continues to generate widespread interest — and considerable debate — over what the future holds for today’s fast-emerging digital economy and the global financial services industry. At the same time, central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are attracting intense focus from the world’s central banks, governments and businesses.

This section of Frontiers in Finance takes a deep look at cryptoassets, exploring the issues from multiple viewpoints. We unpack the various types of cryptoassets in the market today. We look at the evolving regulatory landscape. We explore the unexpected tax implications and reporting requirements being introduced around the world. And we look into the future to assess the impact Central Bank Digital Currencies may have on the current financial system.