Central Banks Favor Digital Currencies for Interbank Settlements

“No major central bank intends to implement a retail CBDC in the near term. However, the debate about wholesale CBDCs has moved on from questions of feasibility to practical considerations,” the report read. Majority Prefers Wholesale CBDC IBM and OMFIF rested the survey on how wholesale CBDC could be developed, tested and issued on a …

Mongolia Issues First Digital Currency License to Local Telecom Operator

Mongolia has taken a significant step forward toward bolstering its fintech sector, with the East Asian country’s central bank authorizing a local telecom operator to issue a digital currency under the country’s recently-passed national payment system bill. As first reported by state-owned news agency Montsame, the Bank of Mongolia on Friday issued its first-ever digital …

This Off-Grid, Solar-Powered System Sends Crypto Through Radio Waves

To many, cryptocurrency is a way of securing financial independence from banks and governments. Those interested in going off-grid, distancing themselves from authority, and even “preppers” who believe that major catastrophe is coming any day share many of the values of hardcore crypto advocates. One point of contention is blockchain’s reliance on the power grid …

BitPesa, SBI Remit Partner for Blockchain Payments Between Japan And Africa

BitPesa, a digital treasury management solution that leverages blockchain settlement to lower the cost and improve the speed of payments to and from frontier markets, has teamed with SBI Remit, Japan’s largest remittance service provider, to make it easier for Africans to buy Japanese products.   The two firms are leveraging blockchain technology to reduce …

Australia’s First Dollar-Backed Crypto Stablecoin to be Launched in 2019

Just like has already happened with the US Dollar and the Euro, among others, Australia is about to get its first Aussie-backed stablecoin. This will be made possible by a partnership between Bit Trade, one of the oldest cryptocurrency exchanges in Australia, and blockchain employment platform, Emparta. The two firms will collaborate in designing and …

Americas’ Oldest Central Bank Partners Bitcoin Startup to Explore Digital Currency

The Central Bank of Curacao and Sint Maarten (CBCS) has announced a partnership with blockchain technology firm Bitt aimed at exploring the issuance of a digital currency for Curacao and Sint Maarten island nations. Per the chief executive of Bitt, Rawdon Adams, a digital currency will be especially relevant to the two countries, which are …

NY BitLicense Chief Clashes with U.S. Treasury over Fintech Banking Charters

The New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS) has stated its opposition  to the U.S. Department of Treasury’s endorsement of regulatory “sandboxes” for fintech companies that essentially allow fintechs to receive special bank charters, according to a statement on its website by Maria T. Vullo, DFS superintendent and overseer for the state’s BitLicense regime. The …

Hong Kong Trade Finance Will Fight Fraud With a Blockchain-Based Platform

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has partnered with Chinese Ping An to release a blockchain-based trade finance platform. The joint effort is expected to speed-up the process and prevent fraud. CCN first reported the Hong Kong’s de facto central bank’s initiative back on March 30. At the time, the bank unveiled a proof-of-concept (PoC) …

Robinhood Aims to Disrupt Further by Launching a Cryptocurrency Wallet

If established cryptocurrency exchanges didn’t take notice when commission-free trading app Robinhood started offering free cryptocurrency trading earlier in the year, they are likely to now. According to a job advert which appeared on the website of recruitment consultants, Greenhouse, Robinhood is reportedly working on a cryptocurrency wallet of its own. This would allow Robinhood’s …