1994-08-30 - In Search of Genuine DigiCash

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From: hughes@ah.com (Eric Hughes)
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
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From: hughes@ah.com (Eric Hughes)
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 94 08:28:17 PDT
To: cypherpunks@toad.com
Subject: In Search of Genuine DigiCash
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   Anything that our government would come up with would be???
	c.   Expensive because of all the regulations.

I was reading American Banker yesterday, and found an absolutely
amazing figure, which did not strike me that moment, so I don't
remember details.  I'm remembering this a bit dimly.

~"The cost of compliance in a typical USA bank is 14% of operating

Compliance refers to all the things the regulators make a bank do.
Some the bank might do anyway, e.g. for a hypothetical private deposit
insurance provider, but part of it is only for the benefit of the

Now 14% is huge in terms of relative competitive disadvantage.  In a
tight market, even a 3% price difference in a commodity service is
enough to capture a market.  It's these kinds of effects combined with
international competition which will cause banking deregulation in the