Tagged: central bank digital currencies

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

New Proposal Recommends Multi-Currency CBDC including Chinese Yuan, Japanese Yen, South Korean Won, Hong Kong Dollar

Many developing and developed countries across the globe are considering or already developing and testing their own central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). China might be creating an East Asia virtual currency platform, according to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review. The new currency might… Read More

China’s Big Lenders and Fintech Firms to Distribute Virtual Yuan Tokens, which will be Highly Traceable, Potentially Amplifying Government’s Power: Report

Andy Mukherjee argues in a recently published Op-Ed in the Washington Post that the virtual yuan could potentially transform “the relationship between money, economic power, and geopolitical clout.” The digital renminbi has been under development since 2014. Its top-level design was recently finalized and its… Read More

The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) Establishes Digital Monetary Institute

The Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF), an independent think tank organization focused on central banking, economic policy, and public investment, recently established the Digital Monetary Institute. The Institute aims to serve as a high-level group that brings together policymakers, tech specialists, financiers and regulators… Read More

Interest in CBDCs May Be “Accentuating” Bitcoin’s (BTC) Role in the Global Digital Economy, New Report Claims

Grayscale Investments, a subsidiary of the Digital Currency Group (DCG), has published a report which argues that legacy banking infrastructure has made it difficult to distribute stimulus money, following the COVID-19 outbreak. The report states: “Central bank digital currencies [CBDCs] have the potential to streamline… 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

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