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Fireblocks Hires Former Head of Fintech from Bank of England As Director of CBDC, Market Infrastructure

Fireblocks, which claims to be the industry “leader” focused on digital asset and crypto technology, announced that it has appointed the former Head of Fintech at the Bank of England, Varun Paul, “as its new Central Banking Digital Currency (CBDC) and Market Infrastructure Director.” In… Read More

Fed Vice Chair Lael Brainard to Testify at House Committee on Financial Services Hearing on CBCDs

Lael Brainard, the Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors at the US Federal Reserve, will testify today at the House Committee on Financial Services on the hot topic of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). The Fed is currently researching the viability of a digital dollar… Read More

Mercado Bitcoin Teams Up with Stellar Development Foundation in LIFT Challenge Real Digital by Central Bank of Brazil, Fenasbac

Mercado Bitcoin, which claims to be the largest exchange in Latin America, has teamed up with the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) in order to develop one of the nine projects selected for the LIFT Challenge Real Digital, “a collaborative environment carried out by the Central… Read More

ECB President Christine Lagarde Slams Crypto: “Worth Nothing”

European Central Bank (ECB) President Christine Lagarde hammered cryptocurrencies this past week during an interview with a Dutch broadcaster according to a report in Bloomberg. Lagarde, an EU official who has long expressed her interest in digital assets, is quoted stating: “My very humble assessment… Read More

PopPay Platform in The Bahamas Expands to Government-backed Virtual Currency

PopID and SunCash announced that for the “first time” in history, consumers can now use the PopPay face verification platform “to purchase goods and services with a central bank digital currency (CBDC) – digital money issued and backed by a government.” Bahamian consumers can now… Read More

G7 Finance Ministers, Central Bank Governors Issue Statement on CBDCs

  Following a meeting this week being held in Petersberg, Germany, G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors have issued a statement on the outcome of the meeting. While a good portion of the statement revolves around the war in Ukraine and the need for… Read More

CBDCs: Nahmii to Work with Norges Bank on Central Bank Digital Currency Sandbox Project

Nahmii AS are pleased to confirm that they have been chosen to work with Norges Bank (the central bank of Norway) on their upcoming experimental CBDC (central bank digital currency) sandbox project. This “prestigious” award confirms Nahmii AS’s position as “a global leader in the… Read More

Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen Discusses, CBDCs, Stablecoins, & Digital Asset Innovation

Speaking at American University today, Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen addressed the emerging sector of digital assets as well as stablecoins and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). Secretary Yellen reflected on the growth of digital assets, rising from just $14 billion to around $3… Read More

ECB President Christine Lagarde Says Final Decision on Digital Euro in 2024

In a speech delivered to the European Parliament, Christine Lagarde, the President of the European Central Bank (ECB), stated that a decision on a digital Euro will be made by 2024. The ECB decided to launch the investigation phase of the digital euro project in… Read More

Don’t Do It: CEI, a DC Think Tank, Tells Federal Government Not to Issue CBDC

While multiple countries around the world are pushing forward with a central bank digital currency (CBDC) and the US is reviewing the pros and cons, one prominent DC-based think tank is telling public officials not to move forward on a digital dollar. The Competitive Enterprise… Read More

Congressman Patrick McHenry Issues Statement on Federal Reserve Review of CBDCs

Earlier today the US Federal Reserve announced a discussion paper seeking feedback on the possibility of a digital dollar. Central bank digital currencies, or CBDCs, are being reviewed by central banks around the world as policymakers aim to uncover if digital currency issued by governments… Read More

Project Helvetia: Swiss National Bank, Along with SIX and BIS, Test CBDC Settlement

The Swiss National Bank (SNB) has successfully tested wholesale CBCD [central bank digital currency] settlement in a partnership with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) and SIX (parent of the Swiss Stock Exchange). The test was completed during Q4 2021. The project utilized SDX, the… Read More

Congressman Tom Emmer Introduces Legislation Prohibiting the Fed From Issuing CBDC to Consumers

Congressman Tom Emmer introduced legislation today designed to prohibit the US Federal Reserve from issuing Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDCs) directly to consumers. Emmer is a member of the House Committee on Financial Services and ranking Member on the Fintech Task Force. According to the… Read More

MAS Reveals that Social Aspects of a Retail CBDC Featured “Strongly” in the Global CBDC Challenge: Report

Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer at the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), notes in the Global CBDC Challenge 2021 Report that history has shown that currency is a protean concept. Mohanty points out that from livestock around 9000 BC, to the introduction of paper money around… Read More

CBDCs or Central Bank Digital Currencies May Completely Transform Global Economy: Report

Payments are faster and easier than ever before, the Chainalysis team writes in a blog post. As taps and texts continue to overtake cash and checks, they’re “increasingly digital, too,” the Chainalysis team adds while noting that thanks to the blockchain or distributed ledger tech… Read More

Republicans on House Financial Services Committee Distribute Principles for Central Bank Digital Currency

Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) is a hot policy topic in the US as well as the rest of the world. Many developed countries are reviewing the potential as well as the potential pitfalls for a CBDC. China is already testing a digital yuan live… Read More

Report: US Federal Reserve to Soon Publish Report, Request Public Feedback, on Central Bank Digital Currency

The US Federal Reserve is poised to publish a report on the possibility of a central bank digital currency or CBDC. The concept has been bandied about by central bankers for several years now as policymakers seek to assess the benefits, and potential pitfalls, of… Read More

China’s Latest Attempt to Ban Crypto May Further Prove Benefits of Decentralized, Immutable Assets: Report

The cryptocurrency markets have been trading down after news of another crackdown on the industry from China. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) has issued a statement that has reiterated that all cryptocurrency trading activities in the country are illegal, and regulatory authorities will be… Read More

CBDCs: Fluency, a Fintech Offering CBDC focused DLT Platform, Acquires $1.3M at $23.5M Pre-Money Valuation

Fluency, a company that’s introducing a proprietary central bank digital currency or CBDC-focused blockchain enterprise platform, has received $1.3 million as part of a seed funding round from Europe-based investors (at a $23.5 million pre-money valuation). In statements shared with Finextra, Fluency Chief Executive Inga… Read More

Roxe to Enable “Secondary Fiat” Currency Solutions Backed by Bitcoin (BTC) Hashrate that Help Nations with Economic Growth

Roxe, a next-gen international payment network, reveals that it will offer qualifying reserve banks with free access to its global Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Plus Program. The new program will aim to enable countries to issue “new secondary or primary sovereign, fiat currencies backed… Read More

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