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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

Cypherium, an Interoperability Solution Provider for Blockchain based Digital Currencies, Finalizes Public Sale, Raising $28M in Total

Cypherium, an enterprise-focused distributed ledger tech (DLT) platform that aims to facilitate interoperability between blockchains and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), revealed on November 18, 2020, that it had finalized its public sale round and has now acquired $28 million in capital through the sale… 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

Ledger Vault Chosen by Societe Generale-Forge to Offer Security Services for its Central Bank Digital Currency or CBDC Tests

Ledger Vault, a cold or offline storage solution provider for digital assets, has reportedly been chosen by France’s Societe Generale-Forge to offer security solutions for its central bank digital currency (CBDCs) project. As noted by the Ledger Vault team, Societe Generale-Forge, the digital capital markets… Read More

Governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority Says Central Bank Digital Currencies Seem Promising and are Worth Exploring

Dr. Ahmed Abdulkarim Alkholifey, the Governor of Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA), the nation’s reserve bank, says that central bank digital currencies or CBDCs seem to be promising and are worth further exploration. Dr. Ahmed’s comments came during a recent webinar held by the International… Read More

Bank of Canada Is Reportedly Planning to Hire Economist that Will Conduct Research related to Fintech and Central Bank Digital Currencies

The Bank of Canada, the nation’s central bank, recently posted a new job requirement for an economist who may have experienced working with digital currencies and financial technologies or Fintech services. The reserve bank has noted that it aims to serve as “a leading central… Read More

Meltem Demirors: CSO at CoinShares Says Cryptocurrency Is “Inevitable” and We Might See Many Bad Policies from Lawmakers

  We recently spoke to Meltem Demirors, the Chief Strategy Officer at CoinShares, a digital asset treasury management firm that manages over $1 billion in assets. Demirors talked about how financial markets reacted after US President Donald Trump tested positive for COVID-19. She also discussed… Read More

CBDCs Might Help Reduce Fraud, Streamline Auditing Processes, and Enable Financial Inclusion, NEM Group Executive Explains

Antony Welfare, Chief Commercial Officer at NEM Group, an organization supporting the development of NEM, a blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT) based platform for building enterprise-grade applications, states that blockchain tech is now more than 10 years old (as far as its application is… Read More

Mastercard Unveils Central Bank Digital Currencies Testing Platform

  Mastercard announced on Wednesday it has launched a central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) testing platform to enable central banks to assess and explore national digital currencies. According to Mastercard, CBDCs are designed to be equivalent in value to a nation’s paper currency and subject… Read More

Retail Focused Central Bank Digital Currencies are “More Advanced” where Informal Economy is Larger: BIS Report

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), a global financial institution owned by reserve banks that aims to support international monetary and financial cooperation and acts as a bank for central banks, has noted that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are now “in the limelight.” However,… Read More

CBDCs: Ukraine’s Reserve Bank Official Claims Central Bank Digital Currencies Need Private Sector to be Successful

Ukraine’s reserve bank claims that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) may work well when the private sector is involved. The country’s central banking institution had launched a pilot program back in 2018 that had focused on developing a digital version of Ukraine’s national currency (the… Read More

Bitcoin Is a “Speculative” Asset, Facebook led Libra Stablecoin or Payments System may be Useful for Transactions, Former RBI Governor Says

Bitcoin (BTC) and the controversial Facebook-led Libra stablecoin or payments project might  play a key role in a world where reserve banks are beginning to issue their own digital currencies or CBDCs, according to Raghuram Rajan, former governor at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI)…. Read More

CBDCs: China’s Virtual Yuan or Digital Currency Electronic Payment (DCEP) System to be Introduced in Hong Kong’s Greater Bay Area

China’s virtual yuan (CBDC), which is also referred to as digital currency electronic payment (DCEP), will reportedly be introduced for testing in Hong Kong’s Greater Bay Area within the next few weeks. The Greater Bay Area is a megapolis that includes nine major cities (Guangzhou,… Read More

CBDCs: Wang Yongli, Former VP of China’s Reserve Bank, Argues that Central Bank Digital Currencies can Serve as Cash Substitute

Wang Yongli, the former VP of China’s reserve bank, has argued that central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) can serve as a substitute for cash or paper money in circulation. Yongli, the director of the Haixia Blockchain Research Institute, noted that virtual currencies can effectively serve… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Japan and the Central Bank in the Philippines Continue to Conduct Research to Determine Feasibility of Digital Currencies

The Bank of Japan or BOJ (JASDAQ: 8301), the nation’s central bank that’s headquartered in Chūō, Tokyo, has reportedly appointed Kazushige Kamiyama, a prominent economist, as its head of a department that’s tasked with conducting research on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Reuters reports that… Read More

CBDCs: China’s E-commerce Platform, Meituan, and Nation’s Largest Video Sharing Site, Bilibilibili, Now Working on Digital Yuan

Chinese e-commerce platform Meituan, which has more than 240 million customers and works with 5 million local merchants, has reportedly begun working cooperatively with several banks in China that are involved in the development of the digital yuan. Bilibilibili, which is China’s largest video sharing… Read More

Consumers Might Shift Financial Holdings to Stablecoin Denominated Assets if Existing Payments Systems aren’t Improved, Sweden’s Riksbank Says

In February 2020, Sweden began piloting an electronic version of its national currency, the e-krona. The European nation’s government had confirmed at that time that the e-krona was a step closer to its official launch as a central bank digital currency (CBDC). Riksbank, the central… Read More

CBDCs Could Enable More Efficient Cross-Border Payments, and Improved Resource Distribution, like Stimulus Cheques: Report

Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are a virtual form of money issued by a country’s reserve bank. A CBDC can easily be implemented using a traditional database management system operated by central bank in collaboration with approved private sector entities. Blockchain technology is not needed… Read More

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