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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

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

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

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

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

Fintech Advancement in the Time of COVID-19

As with most years, I started 2020 with a sense of optimism, looking forward to another productive year at work and doing the Appetite for Disruption podcast with my co-host Troy Paredes. In fact, he and I wrote an article discussing 2019 that focused more… Read More

Asia Is Expected to Experience a Dramatic Surge in Digital Banking and Fintech Adoption, with Around 50 New Challengers

Asia might be getting ready to experience a digital banking revolution. During the next few years, the continent is expected to see over 50 new digital banks that could completely transform the financial services sector. GFT’s Christopher Ortiz claims that these developments may just be… Read More

CBDCs: Modern Central Sandbox Introduced by EMTECH to Help with Testing Central Bank Digital Currencies

EMTECH has introduced its “pilot-ready” innovation and regulatory compliance platform, the Modern Central Bank Sandbox, which will focus on serving reserve banks that are planning to “streamline regulatory reviews,” work with innovators on emerging technology (EmTech), or safely test their Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDC)…. Read More

CBDCs: China to Distribute $3M of Virtual Yuan as JD.com Is Now the First Major Online Service to Accept the Digital Currency

China is reportedly handing out around $3 million of digital yuan as JD.com notably becomes the first online platform to begin accepting the virtual currency. As first reported by CNBC, Chinese digital commerce company JD.com confirmed that it will become the first major online platform… Read More

Deutsche Bank Says the EU is Far Behind on Digital Innovation, Predicts CBDCs Will Replace Cash

Deutsche Bank’s research division is out with an edition of Konzept that tackles contemporary political and economic issues while looking towards the future. One area of focus is digital innovation and how it impacts the European Union’s ability to compete – globally. According to Deutsche… Read More

Cypherium, an Interoperability Solution Provider for Blockchain based Digital Currencies, has Launched its Mainnet

Cypherium, an enterprise-focused distributed ledger tech (DLT) platform that aims to facilitate interoperability between blockchains and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), has launched its mainnet. The Cypherium main network launch has come after the project raised $28 million in capital which includes $4 million from… Read More

Norway Is Not in a Rush to Launch its Own Digital Currency Even though Cash Usage has Declined Significanty

The reserve bank in Norway has confirmed that it’s not in a rush to issue a digital Krone, even though a recent research study indicates that cash usage in the country is now down to only 4% of all financial transactions. Declining cash usage is… Read More

Tourism Industry has Struggled due to COVID, and now Many Tourism focused Countries May Adopt Digital Currencies to Boost Economy

The COVID-19 pandemic has created many different socioeconomic challenges. It has definitely been a really tough year for the travel and tourism industry as most people were forced to cancel their travelling plans and stay at home (to prevent the further spread of the virus)…. Read More

Dave Hodgson: CIO at NEM Group and MD at NEM Ventures Discusses Plans for Enterprise Blockchain Development and Support for DeFi

  We recently connected with Dave Hodgson, Chief Investment Officer at NEM Group and Managing Director NEM Ventures. NEM (XEM) is a major blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) based platform for building and deploying decentralized applications (dApps). Hodgson’s role encompasses group investment management, jurisdictional… Read More

Overstock Blockchain Subsidiary Medici Ventures Invests $8 Million in Bitt Giving it Controlling Interest

Medici Ventures has invested $8 million into Bitt, a Barbados-based company. The equity investment into Bitt effectively gives Medici control of the company. Medici Ventures is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Overstock (NASDAQ:OSTK) that focuses on blockchain technology. Bitt was founded in 2013 as an infrastructure… Read More

Developments related to Central Bank Digital Currencies have “Accelerated Dramatically” During Past 18 Months: Report

A report published by Global Digital Finance notes that during the past 18 months, the developments related to central bank digital currencies (CBDC) have “accelerated dramatically.” CBDC projects have gone from the research stage to formulating key policy requirements. Countries like China have even introduced… Read More

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