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CBDCs: People’s Bank of China and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority Testing Digital Yuan

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) have begun testing its central bank digital currency (CBDC) or digital yuan for cross-border transfers, according to a report in SCMP. The report quotes Wang Xin, Head of Research at the PBoC,… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Japan Reveals it has Officially Begun Phase 1 of its Digital Currency Tests

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) revealed on Monday (April 5, 2021) that it has officially started Phase 1 of its central bank digital currency (CBDC) pilots and related experiments. The initial phase of testing will mainly focus on assessing the basic functions of CBDCs as… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of International Settlements Explains how Interoperability and Common Interfaces are Needed for Central Bank Digital Currencies

Reserve banks across the globe are increasingly focusing on developing or at least considering central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). They’re also looking into potential new ways to use virtual currencies to enhance the cross-border payments infrastructure. During the past few years, CBDCs have become one… Read More

US Fed’s Digital Dollar Initiative Might Affect Revenue of Wall Street Giants, but Digital Currency May Take Several Years to Launch

The US Federal Reserve’s Digital Dollar initiative may be of concern to Wall Street, according to a report from Bloomberg. The financial services sector may have to prepare for what might be its most significant disruption during the past few decades, according to the report…. Read More

Visa Integrates USDC Stablecoin Connecting Traditional Transfers with Digital Currency in a Historic Move

 Visa (NYSE:V)  is “bridging digital and fiat” currency by integrating the USDC stablecoin. Visa said that by enabling USDC it is creating the ability to one day support Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). In a blog post, Visa explained that after months of planning the… Read More

CBDCs: Chinese Official Address Concerns Regarding User Privacy and the Digital Yuan

China’s officials have addressed concerns that the digital yuan may be violating or infringing on user privacy. They’ve looked into questions related to “controllable anonymity” as well. STCN reports that on March 20, 2021, Mu Changchun, Director of the Digital Currency Research Institute of the… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

China Imposes Further Restrictions on Online Consumer Loans for College Students Over the past few years, some internet finance platforms have targeted college campuses and made inductive marketing through cooperation with technology companies. Such practices led some students into excessive consumption and even debt traps…. Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Japan Confirms Plans for “Preparing Thoroughly” to Potentially Launch a Central Bank Digital Currency

The Bank of Japan (BoJ) has confirmed that it is getting ready to work on a national virtual currency. Haruhiko Kuroda, governor of the 138-year-old institution, stated that the BoJ, the nation’s reserve bank, would begin “preparing thoroughly” for a future that may include a… Read More

NEM Launches “Next Generation” Enterprise Blockchain Symbol, to Be Used in Whiskey Fund, CBDC

The NEM Group has announced the launch of the “next generation” proof of stake enterprise-level blockchain called “Symbol.” The blockchain utilizes a native cryptocurrency “XYM.” NEM states that Symbol is designed to be interoperable, supporting public/private hybrid models, trustless cross-chain swaps, and with its APIs… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

NUCC: Online Payment Transactions Reach ¥4.98 Trillion During the Spring Festival Holiday During the Spring Festival Holiday of 2021 (February 11th to February 17th), NetsUnion Clearing Corporation (NUCC) processed a total of 7.937 billion online payment transactions, equal to 4.98 trillion yuan. Compared with the… Read More

Researchers at McGill are Reportedly Working on Potential Design for Bank of Canada Virtual Currency or CBDC

The research team at McGill is reportedly collaborating on the potential design for the new Bank of Canada digital currency. Professors Katrin Tinn and Christophe Dubach have jointly proposed a new design for a “cash-like” central bank digital currency or CBDC which will aim to… Read More

Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell Says Public Events on Digital Dollar Coming

Today, Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve, returned to Capitol Hill for a hearing on the House side pertaining to Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy. Once again, much of the discussion hovered around COVID, monetary policy and his opinion on the… Read More

Fed Chair Jerome Powell Says Digital Dollar is a High Priority Project

During testimony provided at the US Senate Banking Committee hearing today, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell commented on the possibility of launching a “digital dollar” calling it a high-priority project for them. Powell was testifying in front of the Senate Banking Committee as part of… Read More

China: WeiyangX Fintech Review

SWIFT and the People’s Bank of China Digital Currency Research Institute Establish a Joint Venture Public records show that SWIFT has recently established a Financial Gateway Information Service Co., Ltd. in China with the People’s Bank of China Clearing Center and the People’s Bank of… Read More

Central Bank Officials are Not Confident in Bitcoin or Other Digital Currencies’ Ability to Serve as Legitimate Financial Instruments

Existing virtual currencies are unlikely to last, according to Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey. Decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin (BTC) or Bitcoin Cash (BCH) don’t have the appropriate structure to work as a viable long-term payments method, according to Bank of England (BoE) governor Andrew… Read More

Virtual Currencies: Swiss National Bank has Registered New Trademarks like E-Franc, Digital Swiss Franc with Federal Patent Office

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has reportedly registered many new trademarks with the Swiss Federal Patent Office. This, according to a report from Handelszeitung, which mentioned that  these include the “e-franc” and the “digital Swiss franc.” The SNB has also confirmed this particular report. The… Read More

Blockchain or DLT based Tokenization Is Inevitable, as Global Rivalry in Digital Currencies Continues, Industry Exec Explains

Tal Elyashiv, Founder and Managing Partner at SPiCE VC, which claims to be the first fully compliant (regulation wise) tokenized venture capital fund, notes that today, we’re at the beginning of what might be the greatest transformational period in modern history. Elyashiv writes in an… Read More

Dr. Janet Yellen’s Testimony Before the Senate Finance Committee: “I believe the United States must be a leader in the digital asset and financial technology areas”

Earlier this week, Dr. Janet Yellen, former Chair of the US Federal Reserve and soon to be the Secretary of the Treasury, testified at a hearing before the Senate Finance Committee in regards to her nomination. In advance of the hearing, Dr. Yellen submitted an… Read More

ECB Digital Euro Consultation: Over 8000 Responses, Many Privacy Concerns

The European Central Bank (ECB) reports that it has received 8221 comments regarding its consultation on a digital euro or central bank digital currency (CBDC).  Chief among the comments are privacy concerns as government ledgers for a digital currency raises serious questions about data control…. Read More

The Top Ten Fintech Predictions for 2021

Fintech enthusiasts welcome back to my 5th annual “Top Ten” Fintech prediction series. This year I’ve met a lot of powerful movers and shakers in the Fintech space. My take away from these meetings and interactions is how little do I know about this ever-expanding… Read More

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