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Project Inthanon-LionRock: Hong Kong Monetary Authority Posts Report on CBDCs, Value Appears to be Limited

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has posted a deck on its investigation into Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDCs). Project LionRock is the CBDC blockchain from Hong Kong and Inthanon is from Thailand as the two partnered in the project. The HKMA said it developed… Read More

The Bank of Canada, Bank of England, Bank of Japan, ECB, Sveriges Riksbank, Swiss National Bank, and BIS Partner on Review of Central Bank Digital Currencies

A grouping of prominent central banks along with the Bank for International Settlements, have joined together to review the potential for Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs). The banks and organizations include: the Bank of England, Bank of Canada, Bank of Japan, European Central Bank (ECB), … Read More

People’s Bank of China Says “Top-Level” Design of Digital Yuan has been Finalized

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the nation’s central bank, has reportedly stated that the “top-level” design of its national digital currency has been finalized. The Chinese reserve bank revealed the development of the sovereign digital currency in a new paper, confirming that the “top-level… Read More

Lagarde: ECB Has Created “Expert Task Force” to Study Feasibility and Risks of Central Bank Digital Currencies

Former IMF managing director and newly-appointed president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Christine Lagarde, says Europe’s central bank has set up a special committee to study the feasibility and “unintended side effects” of a central bank digital currency. Lagarde made the comments at the… Read More

On the Record: IMF Chief Economist Says CBDCs Won’t Supplant the US Dollar & Synthetic Hegemonic Currencies are “Improbable”

There has been a good amount of discussion regarding Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs) – digital iterations of the Euro, Dollar etc. Many central banks are experimenting with the concept. Another thought-provoking idea is the creation of a “synthetic hegemonic currency” as proposed by the… Read More

Hong Kong Institute of Bankers Welcomes Six Digital Banks as Corporate Members

The Hong Kong Institute of Bankers (HKIB) has onboarded six digital banks as corporate members according to a note published by the association. The HKIB is a non-profit organization that offers training and certification programs to Hong Kong-based financial institutions. The virtual banks that have… Read More

Bundesbank President and ECB Councillor Jens Weidmann: Facebook’s Libra Compels Governments to Ensure Competition, Not Create State Cryptocurrency

Jens Weidmann, President of Germany’s central bank (Bundesbank) and a governing councilor at the European Central Bank (ECB), told Handelsblatt this week that much needs to be understood before central banks should get into issuing a digital currency like Facebook’s Libra or Bitcoin, commonly referred… 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

Digital Yuan will be Different from Bitcoin (BTC) and Stablecoins, Says People’s Bank of China Deputy Director

Mu Changchun, deputy director at the People’s Bank of China’s (PBoC), recently stated that the digital yuan (under development) will be fundamentally different from Bitcoin (BTC), the flagship cryptocurrency. The electronic yuan will also be different from stablecoins, which are digital assets pegged one-to-one with… 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

US House Financial Services Committee: US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin Says “No Need” for Federal Digital Currency (CBDC)

US Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin told members of the US House Financial Services Committee Thursday that both he and Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell feel there is “no need” for the US to develop a digital currency in the near term. Currently, multiple… Read More

Report: the Banque of France will Begin Testing a Central Bank Digital Currency in 2020

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The Banque of France will begin testing a Central Bank Digital Currency (or CBDC) in 2020, according to a report in Les Echos – the leading business publication of France. Quoting François Villeroy de Galhau, the Governor of the Banque of France, who was speaking… Read More

People’s Bank of China Denies It Has Begun Circulating a National Digital Currency

Officials at the People’s Bank of China have issued an official statement disclaiming rumours that China has begun issuing a central bank digital currency (CBDC). “Recently, the net news said that the People’s Bank of China has issued (a) legal digital currency,” the communiqué states,… Read More

Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli from IMF Pitches Synthetic Central Bank Digital Currency

In a presentation entitled “The Future of Money: The Impact of Digitization, including “social coins” on Currency, Payments and Markets, Tommaso Mancini-Griffoli, Deputy Division Chief in the Monetary and Capital Markets Department from the IMF pitched the concept of a “synthetic CBDC” (Central Bank Digital… Read More

Deputy Governor of France’s Central Bank Says Lawmakers Should Develop Standardized Crypto Regulations

Denis Beau, deputy governor of Banque De France, the nation’s central bank, says that lawmakers should develop a comprehensive global regulatory framework for digital assets. Beau, whose comments came during a speech at an Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) conference in London on… Read More

BIS, “Central Bank of Central Banks,” Exploring Interbank Digital Asset Settlement and Central Bank Digital Currency at Switzerland Innovation Hub

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), popularly known as the “central bank of central banks,” will be engaging in two projects at the BIS’s newly-established Innovation Hub in Switzerland, one of which involves, “examin(ing) the integration of digital central bank money into a distributed ledger technology… Read More

CBDC: US House Representatives Ask Federal Reserve to Consider Issuing a National Digital Currency

Two US lawmakers have asked the Federal Reserve to consider issuing a digital version of the US dollar (or Central Bank Digital Currency – CBDC).  Rep. Bill Foster (D-III.) and Rep. French Hill (R-Ark.) have submitted a letter to Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell in… Read More

Shares of China’s Fintech Firms Are Surging As Investors Prepare for Launch of National Digital Currency

Shares of Chinese Fintech firms are surging as the nation’s investors prepare for the upcoming launch of a national digital currency. China’s new internet-based currency is expected to increase demand for related security and payment services. The CSI Fintech theme index, an index that tracks… Read More

Report: China’s Digital Currency Probably Won’t Involve Blockchain

Although payments are increasingly digital, China has little interest in creating a self-settling digital yuan system using blockchain, Abacus News reports. According to the outlet: “China is increasingly a cashless society. Even street-food sellers in small towns will prefer to use a mobile payment app… Read More

China Banking Official: “People’s Bank Digital Currency Can Now Be Said to Be Ready”

After five years in development, the deputy director of the People’s Bank of China’s Payments and Settlement Division, Mu Changchun, says, “(The) People’s Bank digital currency can now be said to be ready.” Shanghai Securities News (SSN) writes that  Mu made the announcement at the third… Read More

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