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Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency May Launch in January but as a Dollar Backed Stablecoin

Libra, Facebook’s project to launch a global cryptocurrency, may launch as soon a January but as a stablecoin and not as a basket of assets that it originally sought to create. According to a report in the FT, Libra may launch in early 2021 as… Read More

Libra Adds Ian Jenkins as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer

The Libra Association, the creation of Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) that is seeking to develop a payment crypto, has hired Ian Jenkins as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer of Libra Networks. Libra Networks is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Libra Association that manages the operations… Read More

Joel Edgerton from Digital Asset Exchange bitFlyer Says Charges Brought Against BitMEX Show Crypto Falling Under Current Regulations

Joel Edgerton, COO at bitFlyer, a crypto-asset exchange that’s licensed to operate in Japan, the United States, and Europe, recently shared his views about the court case and charges brought against the Bitcoin Mercantile Exchange (BitMEX), a leading digital asset derivatives exchange. Edgerton also shared… Read More

Digital Assets: Germany, France, Other Nations Ask European Commission to Draft Strict Policies for Stablecoins

Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the Netherlands recently asked the European Commission (EC) to draft strict regulatory policies for stablecoins, which are digital assets that are supposed to be backed or pegged 1-to-1 with major fiat currencies like the US dollar or the British pound… 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

Facebook Forms Financial Group, led by David Marcus, to Handle Digital Commerce and Payments Projects like Libra and Novi

Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB), which currently has a market cap of around $750 billion, employs over 52,000 workers, and generated over $70 billion in revenue last year, has introduced a new group to focus on payments and digital commerce opportunities. David Marcus, the co-creator of the… Read More

Cross-Border Payments and Market Infrastructure Report from BIS Says Current Challenges with International Money Transfers will be Addressed at G20

The emergence of new Fintech industry participants such as the Facebook-led Libra project have made it clear that the existing, global cross-border payments system can be improved. A Bank for International Settlements (BIS) committee report on Payments and Market Infrastructure (CPMI) has noted that countries… Read More

Fintech Projects like Facebook-led Libra Stablecoin Initiative, Digital Yuan, COVID-19 are Transforming Money to an Extent “Never Before Seen”: Report

Technological advancements, money and payment systems have been closely linked from the earliest days of society and human civilization. However, technology is now transforming money and global payment platforms “to an extent and speed never before seen,” according to recent paper titled, “After Libra, Digital… Read More

Facebook’s Libra Stablecoin Project, Ethereum (ETH), Near, Bitcoin Cash are Currently Most Active Development Projects: Report

  The controversial Facebook-led Libra project is reportedly the most active project in terms of developer activity, according to CoinCodeCap data. There are 41 active developers working on Libra, meanwhile, Ethereum (ETH), the world’s largest smart contract platform, has 36 active developers, the data site… Read More

Facebook’s Libra Serves as Signal that Fintech Firms like Visa, Paypal, Booking.com Were Eager to Explore Stablecoins, Blockchain Advisor Argues

Stablecoins are digital assets pegged 1-to-1 (in most cases) to major world currencies like the  US dollar or British pound (GBP), or even gold.  In most cases, stablecoin tokens are based on blockchain or some type of distributed ledger technology (DLT). The largest amount or… Read More

Lex Sokolin: Global Fintech Co-Head and CMO at ConsenSys Predicts Greater Convergence Between Fintechs and Incumbents in Coming Years

We recently talked to Lex Sokolin, the Global Fintech Co-Head and CMO at ConsenSys, a leading Ethereum (ETH) development studio based in New York. Before joining ConsenSys, Sokolin was the Global Director of Fintech Strategy at Autonomous Research, a firm that was eventually acquired by… Read More

Sector-Wide Attitudes are Shifting as Crypto Moves into Mainstream Acceptance

  Last week it was reported that JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM), one of the largest banks in the world and the doyenne of Wall Street big banks, is providing banking services to both Coinbase and Gemini. More specifically, JPMorgan is providing cash management services like wire transfers,… Read More

Libra Association Hires Former FinCEN Director Robert Werner as General Counsel

The Libra Association, based in Switzerland, continues to build out its executive bench. Today, Libra has announced the selection of Robert Werner as its General Counsel. Created by Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Libra is envisioned as a digital currency operated on a distributed ledger platform. According to… Read More

Temasek, Paradigm and Slow Ventures Join the Libra Association

The Libra Association has added three new members: Temasek, Paradigm, and Slow Ventures. Launched by Facebook, the Libra Association is a Switzerland-based independent entity seeking to launch a blockchain-based payment system. Recently, Libra tweaked its white-paper backing away from its original intent to launch a… Read More

Transparency, Interoperability and Systemic Risk Considerations for CBDCs

In the wake of the announcements of Facebook’s Libra and the Chinese government’s intention to have a Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC), the topic of CBDCs as a new component of a country’s legal tender has become popular with governments and commentators. The basic idea… Read More

The Libra Association Announces New CEO as Stuart Levey Steps Into Leadership Position

The Libra Association, founded by Facebook to create a global payments cryptocurrency, has announced the selection of Stuart Levey as its first CEO. Levey will step into the leadership position from HSBC, a global bank with 235,000 employees across 64 countries. Levey is currently serving… Read More

Nonprofit Organization Heifer International Joins Libra Association, Says Project Could Help Low-Income Farmers

Heifer International, a nonprofit entity that aims to address issues related to global hunger and poverty, is the most recent organization to join the Facebook-led Libra Association. Heifer claims that the Libra stablecoin and payment system (under development) could help low-income farmers gain access to… Read More

Due to the Global Relevance, FINMA Posts Statement on Libra’s Application for a Payment System License

The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA) has distributed a statement on Libra’s application for a “payment system license.” Initiated by Facebook, Libra is a digital currency attempting to facilitate payments globally outside of the traditional payments rails. The Libra Association is headquartered in Geneva,… Read More

Switzerland: Libra Association Seeks Payment Service License from FINMA

The Libra Association, Facebook’s push to create a global non-sovereign digital currency, is applying for a Payment System License from the Financial Markets Supervisory Authority (FINMA) in Switzerland. In addition to applying for the FINMA license and updating the white paper, the Libra Foundation reports… Read More

Andreessen Horowitz and Coinbase Ventures-backed Celo Foundation to Challenge Libra Stablecoin Project

The Facebook-led Libra stablecoin project might now have some competition. The Celo Foundation has managed to sign up 50 organizations to its “Alliance for Prosperity” program, which aims to enable greater financial inclusion by leveraging blockchain technology and helping people transact with digital assets. Giant… Read More

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