WisdomTree Plans to Launch Regulated Stablecoin in U.S.
Jan14

WisdomTree Plans to Launch Regulated Stablecoin in U.S.

WisdomTree is planning to introduce a regulated stablecoin in the United States, according to reports from Financial News. The company will reportedly seek approval from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, as it moves to compete with other financial giants in the emerging digital asset sector.

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South Korean Presidential Committee Urges Institutional Acceptance of Digital Assets
Jan10

South Korean Presidential Committee Urges Institutional Acceptance of Digital Assets

In South Korea, the Presidential Committee on the Fourth Industrial Revolution (PCFIR) has come out in support of institutional acceptance of digital assets, urging the government to permit the financial industry to launch crypto-derivatives and other cryptocurrency products, local news outlet Business Korea reports.

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Lagarde Still Open to Potential European Central Bank Digital Currency
Jan09

Lagarde Still Open to Potential European Central Bank Digital Currency

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde recently indicated that she’s still open to the idea of an ECB-issued digital currency. During an interview with the French magazine Challenges, Lagarde suggested that the bank would continue to explore cryptocurrency technology’s potential benefits for maintaining citizens’ access to currency as demand for physical cash diminishes over time.

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India’s National Payment Corporation Unveils Blockchain Platform Vajra
Jan05

India’s National Payment Corporation Unveils Blockchain Platform Vajra

The National Payment Corporation of India has announced its blockchain-based Vajra platform for automated payment clearing and settlement. The permissioned platform will reportedly be available only to parties who are approved by the Network Administrator, and is expected to provide improved automation, data sharing, transaction speed, and transparency.

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Starling Bank Founder to Launch Ziglu Digital Bank in 2020
Jan02

Starling Bank Founder to Launch Ziglu Digital Bank in 2020

Starling Bank co-founder and former CTO Mark Hipperson reportedly plans to launch his new digital bank this year, enabling customers to “transfer funds between fiat money and cryptocurrencies,” Fintech Futures reports. The new bank is called Ziglu and will initially limit its services to customers in the UK.

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Takasbank Launches Blockchain-Based Gold Transfer System
Jan01

Takasbank Launches Blockchain-Based Gold Transfer System

Turkey’s Istanbul Clearing, Settlement, and Custody Bank (Takasbank) has announced the launch of BIGA Digital Gold, a blockchain-based system that enables peer-to-peer transfers of digitizable gold, Turkish news outlet AA reports.

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Fidelity Expands Digital Asset Services to Europe
Dec17

Fidelity Expands Digital Asset Services to Europe

Fidelity Investments has announced that it will be introducing Fidelity Digital Assets, Ltd to provide digital asset services for European institutional investors. In a press release today, the company confirmed that it will provide European hedge funds, market intermediaries, family offices, and other investors access to “enterprise-quality custody and trade execution services for digital assets.”

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Swedish Central Bank Announces E-Krona Pilot Project
Dec13

Swedish Central Bank Announces E-Krona Pilot Project

Sweden’s central bank, the Riksbank, first announced its interest in launching a national digital currency a little more than three years ago. At the time, the public expressed little interest in the idea. According to Reuters, however, the bank has apparently maintained its interest in the initiative and today announced plans for a digital currency pilot project.

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Reuters: Dutch Bank ING Reportedly Developing Digital Asset Custody Technology
Dec12

Reuters: Dutch Bank ING Reportedly Developing Digital Asset Custody Technology

The Reuters news agency reported this week that Dutch bank ING is developing asset custody technology that could be used to help customers securely store various types of digital assets. The report relied on unnamed sources “familiar with the matter” who said that the project is in an early stage and is but one of ING’s ongoing blockchain initiatives.

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U.S. Fed Says No Plans for CBDC, but Evaluation of Costs and Benefits is Ongoing
Nov21

U.S. Fed Says No Plans for CBDC, but Evaluation of Costs and Benefits is Ongoing

In a recent response to a letter from U.S. Representative French Hill, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell confirmed that the central bank has no plans to issue its own central bank digital currency (CBDC). However, Powell acknowledged that the bank is continuing to evaluate the potential costs and benefits associated with a possible Fed digital currency.

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New Galaxy Holding Bitcoin Funds to Target Older Accredited Investors
Nov19

New Galaxy Holding Bitcoin Funds to Target Older Accredited Investors

Galaxy Digital Holding Ltd reportedly plans to launch two new Bitcoin funds that will target older investors, Bloomberg reports. In a phone interview, the cryptocurrency firm’s CEO, Michael Novogratz, told Bloomberg that the plan is to attract accredited and institutional investors aged 50 to 80 to cryptocurrency investing.

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Report: BRICS Business Council Discusses Joint Cryptocurrency and Payment System
Nov16

Report: BRICS Business Council Discusses Joint Cryptocurrency and Payment System

Members of the BRICS Business Council reportedly discussed the possibility of creating a joint cryptocurrency and a new international payment system, Russian financial media outlet RBC reported this week. The council apparently expressed support for the idea while meeting in Brazil at the annual BRICS Summit.

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Ex-Fed Official Rejects Idea that Cryptocurrency Should Replace Dollar as Reserve Currency
Sep26

Ex-Fed Official Rejects Idea that Cryptocurrency Should Replace Dollar as Reserve Currency

In August, Bank of England Governor Mark Carney called for the world to end the U.S. dollar’s status as the dominant global reserve currency, and suggested Facebook’s proposed Libra cryptocurrency as one possible replacement option. According to former Federal Reserve official Simon Potter, however, that argument makes no sense.

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Big Tech, Big Finance, and the Cryptocurrency Question
Sep18

Big Tech, Big Finance, and the Cryptocurrency Question

Traditionally, governments have held a monopoly over the economic systems and financial barter used in their nation. Today, however, with all the possibilities inherent in robust cryptocurrencies, large multinationals like Facebook, Twitter, and Google/YouTube see new opportunities to embed financial operations in their core business model.

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Wells Fargo to Pilot Its Own Digital Currency for Cross-Border, Internal Transactions
Sep17

Wells Fargo to Pilot Its Own Digital Currency for Cross-Border, Internal Transactions

Wells Fargo, the fourth largest bank in the United States, announced on Tuesday that it will be piloting a new digital currency for cross-border and interbranch cash transfers, Reuters reports. The blockchain-powered cryptocurrency, Wells Fargo Digital Cash, will reportedly be pegged to the dollar, and allow the bank to save money and time during asset transfers by eliminating the need to go through third parties.

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US Treasury Announces Sanctions Targeting North Korean Cyber Attack Groups
Sep15

US Treasury Announces Sanctions Targeting North Korean Cyber Attack Groups

On Friday, the United States Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced new sanctions against three North Korean cyber groups believed to be responsible for cyber-attacks on financial institutions, cryptocurrency exchanges, and other critical infrastructure.

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Swiss Regulators Approve Licenses for Two Crypto Banks
Aug26

Swiss Regulators Approve Licenses for Two Crypto Banks

Regulators in Switzerland have formally approved banking and security dealer licenses for two digital asset-focused banks. The two firms, Sygnum and Seba Crypto AG, confirmed in online statements today that the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has granted them licenses.

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Report: Barclays Has Stopped Providing Banking Services to Coinbase
Aug14

Report: Barclays Has Stopped Providing Banking Services to Coinbase

British banking institution Barclays has stopped providing bank services to U.S.-based digital currency exchange Coinbase, according to Reuters, which cited “sources familiar with the matter.” Other recent reports suggest that Coinbase has secured a banking partnership with UK-based ClearBank.

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Report: Project Libra Could Prompt China to Speed Development of its Own Digital Currency
Jul08

Report: Project Libra Could Prompt China to Speed Development of its Own Digital Currency

Since Facebook publicly announced its planned Project Libra digital currency payment system, policymakers around the world have scrambled to address new concerns about the technology’s potential impact. As the South China Morning Post reported today, Chinese officials are also concerned – and may respond by creating their own digital currency.

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ECB Executive Board Member Calls for Fast Regulatory Action on Cryptocurrency
Jul07

ECB Executive Board Member Calls for Fast Regulatory Action on Cryptocurrency

European Central Bank Executive Board member Benoit Coeure is urging quick action from regulators, as giant tech companies move forward with cryptocurrency projects that could impact the existing financial system. On Sunday, Coeure suggested that innovations like Facebook’s Project Libra only serve to highlight deficiencies in the current regulatory environment.

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