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Bank of England Financial Policy Member Addresses Booming Crypto Ecosystem and Need for Better Regulation

Bank of England External Member of the Financial Policy Committee Carolyn A. Wilkins will deliver a speech to the Québec Autorités des marchés today. The text of her speech has been released in advance of the presentation and she will be addressing the booming crypto… Read More

Real Estate Report: Typical UK House Prices have Surpassed £250K for First Time Ever

The Nationwide House Price Index for the UK reveals that the price of a typical home has exceeded £250,000 “for the first time.” As noted in a blog post by Blend Network, the annual house price growth “remained close to double digits for the sixth… Read More

Bank of England, HM Treasury, Announce Next Steps on Central Bank Digital Currency

A digital pound is taking another step forward, according to a statement by the UK government. HM Treasury and the Bank of England have announced a forthcoming consultation to set out their assessment of the case for a UK central bank digital currency or CBDC…. Read More

Central Bank Actions Could Boost Crypto Prices: Green

The founder of deVere Group predicts pending central bank interest rate announcements could cause a rise in the price of major cryptocurrencies this week. Nigel Green said the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of England, the Central Bank of Norway, and the Reserve Bank of Australia,… Read More

Real Estate Report: UK’s Annual House Price Growth Stayed in Double Digits in Sept 2021

The Nationwide House Price Index (in the UK) reveals that the annual house price growth remained steady in double digits for the fifth straight month in September 2021. However, it eased back to 10.0% from 11.0% in August, the Blend Network team notes. The UK-based… Read More

Virgin Money Enters Climate Change Agreement with Hometrack

Virgin Money has reportedly entered a contract with Hometrack in order to gain insight into the potential impact of climate change on its portfolio. Building on their business relationship, Virgin Money will aim to benefit from Hometrack’s Climate Change Risk analysis, which is offered via… Read More

International Organization of Securities Commissions Issues Report on Stablecoins as Regulation is Certain

Stablecoins, typically described as digital assets pegged to another asset or basket of assets, are designed to replicate a fiat currency in a digital environment. Stablecoins are frequently utilized in the digital asset sector to seamlessly move between other crypto-assets and into an asset that… Read More

Digital Pound: Bank of England and HM Treasury Join CBDC Forum

The Bank of England and HM Treasury have joined the central bank digital currency (CBDC) Engagement and Technology Forums. The Forums were created earlier this year alongside a task force exploring a digital pound sterling. CBDCs have emerged as a hot policy issue in the… Read More

Real Estate Report: UK Property Price Growth Increased to 11% in July 2021 from 10.5% in June 2021

UK-based P2P lending platform Blend Network reports that annual house price growth in the country surged to 11.0% in July 2021 from around 10.5% in June 2021. This, according to the updated figures from the Nationwide House Price Index. In MoM terms, house prices increased… Read More

Banking, Fintech Report Highlights UK’s Fast-Growing Financial Tech Space, while Challenges Include Centralized Cloud Providers

Payments specialist Banking Circle notes in a recent update on the payments, banking and Fintech space that there have been record-level investments in the UK’s vibrant Fintech sector, with $5.7 billion of VC invested across 317 deals so far in 2021. Banking Circle‘s CIO, Michel… Read More

Real Estate: UK Housing Prices Up 10.9% YoY in May 2021, the Largest Increase Since Aug 2014, New Report Reveals

The team at UK-based Blend Network, a peer-to-peer lending platform, notes that recent market developments in the United Kingdom have seen investors preparing for expected growth and may also want to watch out for inflation. As mentioned by Blend Network, headlines and concerns regarding inflation… Read More

RTGS: While CBDC May Emerge, Payment Infrastructure Improvements Near

Victoria Cleland, Executive Director for Banking, Payments and Innovation at the Bank of England, addressed the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) system and the Bank’s vision for the future of payments. Noting that a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) may emerge at some point in… Read More

Digital Pound: Bank of England Updates on CBDC Progress

In a speech delivered at the Future of Fintech Conference, Tom Mutton – Director responsible for Central Bank Digital Currency at the Bank of England, provided an update on the progress of central bank-issued digital currency. According to Mutton, CBDCs are viewed by the bank… Read More

UK Fintech Modulr Explains how they Helped Direct Lender Moneyboat Enhance its Operations

UK-based Fintech firm Modulr notes that direct lender Moneyboat had been quite frustrated by the limitations of the existing banking system. That’s why Moneyboat decided to leverage certain infrastructural Fintech payments solutions to provide faster onboarding, automated, real-time loan disbursements and “a superior customer experience,… Read More

Bank of England to Regulate Stablecoins, Mulling Plans to Launch CBDC

The Bank of England (BoE) has long indicated it is interested in new forms of digital currencies such as Stablecoins and central bank digital currencies. In the past, the Bank has wondered about the impact to monetary policy and possible risk regarding the issuance of… Read More

Bank of England Deputy Governor: The state will need to issue public digital money that can meet the needs of modern day life

In a recent speech delivered by the Deputy Governor, Financial Stability, of the Bank of England, Sir Jon Cunliffe, the public official appeared to commit to the UK creating a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The Bank of England, like many other central banks, is… Read More

Major UK Retailers and Business Organizations Commit to Cash-Friendly Pledge from Which?

Thousands of UK supermarkets and other retail outlets have reportedly committed to a “cash-friendly” pledge from Which?, an expert testing, reviewing, and advice service. According to the terms of the pledge, retailers are guaranteeing that they will keep taking physical currency notes and coins as… Read More

Bank of England and HM Treasury Announce the Creation of Taskforce to Explore a Central Bank Digital Currency

The Bank of England and HM Treasury have jointly announced the creation of a task force to explore a central bank digital currency or CBDC. The CBDC will be a digital currency issued by the Bank of England for use by consumers as well as… Read More

UK Banks Say they Need to be “Liberated” to Invest in IT to Defend Against Fintech Challengers, Big Tech, US Banks

The Bank of England (BoE) is getting ready for its first major break from European Union regulations with a new proposal that might make bank capital rules a lot more strict in the UK (when compared to other jurisdictions). The European Banking Authority had noted… 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

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