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Hungary’s Reserve Bank Says Fintech Adoption Is Relatively Slow, as Most Consumers Still Using Cash

Magyar Nemzeti Bank (MNB), the reserve bank of Hungary, has released its very first Fintech and Digitalization Report, which looks into the state of financial technology adoption and the level of digitalization across the nation’s banking ecosystem. The report revealed that there are at least… Read More

The Case for Digital Banking Services in Malaysia, and Globally, has Become Stronger Due to COVID-19: Report

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has created major social-economic challenges for individuals and businesses throughout the world. The pandemic has led to an increase in the use of Fintech-focused services, which has helped some companies generate more revenue during these difficult times. However, the crisis has… Read More

China Expected to Enlist the Assistance of Starbucks, McDonalds & Others to Test Central Bank Digital Currency

China has long been expected to become the first nation to launch a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC). Periodically, reports have popped up regarding the development of the digital currency and today we have another glimmer on the progress driven by the People’s Bank of… Read More

CBDCs: Reserve Bank of the Netherlands Plans to Play a “Leading Role” in Developing National Digital Currencies

The reserve bank of the Netherlands, De Nederlandsche Bank, recently revealed that it’s planning to play a key role in the ongoing development of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). As mentioned in a notice published on April 21, 2020, the Dutch central bank said that… Read More

Brazil’s Financial Regulators are Working on a Blockchain or DLT-enabled Data-Sharing Platform to Conduct Background Checks on Politicians and Corporations

Four of Brazil’s financial regulatory agencies are working cooperatively to create a blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT)-enabled data-sharing platform, which will conduct background checks on the nation’s political representatives and private corporations. The platform, called PIER, was reportedly created by the country’s reserve bank,… Read More

People’s Bank of China Is Reportedly Inching Closer to Issuing a Digital Yuan

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the nation’s central bank, is reportedly inching closer to launching a national virtual currency. As noted in a report from the Global Times on March 24, 2020, which cited “industry insiders,” the PBoC seems to have finalized the development… Read More

CBDC: Central Bank Digital Currencies Could Offer a Public Means of Payment Without Needing a Bank Account, IMF Official Says

Tao Zhang, deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has argued that issuing central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) may lower costs and enhance the overall efficiency of the financial system. Zhang, whose comments came during a keynote presentation, held at the London School… Read More

CBDC: Bank of Japan’s Deputy Governor, Masayoshi Amamiya, Says Central Bank Digital Currencies Won’t Offer Significant Benefits to Developed Countries

Mature global economies like Japan’s won’t need a virtual currency, according to the deputy governor at the Bank of Japan (BoJ). While attending the Bank for International Settlement’s Future of Payments Forum, deputy governor Masayoshi Amamiya said that a central bank digital currency, or CBDC,… Read More

CBDC: Sweden Begins Testing the Electronic Version of its National Currency, the E-Krona

Sweden has reportedly begun piloting an electronic version of its national currency, the krona. The European nation’s government says that the e-krona is a step closer to its official launch as a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The testing of the country’s CBDC will go… Read More

Central Bank of Brazil to Introduce Instant Payments Platform PIX in November 2020

Banco Central de Brazil, the nation’s reserve bank, is planning to introduce an instant payments solution, PIX, in November 2020.  The Brazilian central bank noted on February 19 that the new instant payments platform will allow users to perform transactions using QR code technology. It… Read More

CBDC: Bank of Japan’s Deputy Governor Masayoshi Amamiya Confirms Reserve Bank has No Immediate Plans to Launch Its Own Virtual Currency

The Bank of Japan (BoJ), the nation’s central bank, has been working on a virtual currency project for several years. The BoJ must be prepared to issue digital currencies if technical innovations in international settlement systems will increase consumer demand, the bank’s deputy governor noted… Read More

Reserve Bank of India to Allow Local Banks and Fintech Firms to Use Video Calls to Complete Know Your Customer Checks

Indian banking institutions and Fintech firms have reportedly been given the green light to use video calls, in order to carry out know-your-customer (KYC) compliance checks, after a recent ruling by the nation’s central bank. The updated rules and guidelines will allow regulated entities to… Read More

Russia’s Central Bank Is Reportedly Testing Several Stablecoins, Head of Reserve Bank Elvira Nabiullina Confirms

The Bank of Russia, the nation’s central bank, is reportedly testing various stablecoins, which are pegged to major fiat currencies or other types of real-world assets in a regulatory sandbox environment. Head of the Russian reserve bank, Elvira Nabiullina, says that the institution does not… Read More

The Bahamas’ Central Bank to Launch Digital Currency

The Bahamas’ Central Bank announced earlier this week that it will introduce a digital version of the Bahamian dollar, starting with a pilot phase in Exuma later this month, and extending in the first half of 2020 to Abaco. According to the bank, this initiative… Read More

CBDC: Sweden’s Central Bank, Riksbank, Reveals It’s Considering Issuing E-Krona As Cash Use has Declined

The central bank of Sweden, the Riksbank, is responsible for promoting the development and maintenance of an efficient and secure payment system. The reserve bank acknowledges that this task may become more challenging if cash is no longer widely accepted as a means of payment… Read More

Hungary Is “Behind Everyone” When It Comes to Adopting Latest Digital Banking Technology, Says Senior Law Firm Executive

A senior executive at CMS, a law firm working with the National Bank of Hungary (MNB) on its Fintech strategy, says Hungary is “behind everyone” when it comes to adopting the latest digital banking technology. The CMS executive stated: “Hungarians do not use sophisticated Fintech… Read More

Medici Ventures’ Portfolio Company Bitt to Use Blockchain Technology to Conduct a Central Bank Digital Currency Pilot Across Eastern Caribbean Currency Union’s Member Countries

Medici Ventures, a blockchain accelerator and subsidiary of Overstock.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:OSTK) announced on Wednesday its portfolio company Bitt is using blockchain technology to conduct a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) pilot across the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union’s (ECCU) member countries. Founded in 2013, Bitt’s mission… Read More

Google Receives Payment Institution Authorization From Ireland’s Central Bank

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) has received payment institution authorization from Ireland’s Central Bank. According to Irish Times, the Central Bank granted authorization to Google Payment Ireland under the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2) regulation. The company will now be allowed to issue and acquire payments across the European Union (EU)… Read More

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