Tagged: libra

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

Facebook Appears to be Stepping Away from Libra as it Now Plans to Issue Several Separate Virtual Tokens

Menlo Park, California-based social media giant Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) appears to be stepping away from the controversial Libra cryptocurrency project that it introduced in June 2019. Facebook’s management says it will be creating several separate or independent virtual tokens, with each pegged or backed by different national… Read More

Bucking the Tide: Shopify Joins Libra Consortium

In a release today, Shopify announced that it had joined the Libra Association, the entity in charge of launching Facebook’s proposed non-sovereign digital currency. Shopify appears to have ignored the trend where multiple members have exited the consortium as it has become more apparent that… Read More

Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga Explains Why Company Withdrew from Facebook-led Stablecoin and Payments Project Libra

Ajay Banga, CEO at payments giant Mastercard, recently talked about why his company decided to leave the controversial Facebook-led Libra global payments and stablecoin project. Banga claims his firm doesn’t quite understand Libra’s business model. He told the Financial Times: “When you don’t understand how… Read More

Libra Association Establishes Five-Member “Technical Steering Committee” to Oversee Libra Payment System’s Development

The Libra Association has reportedly established a five-member “Technical Steering Committee” in order to manage the ongoing development of the controversial Facebook-led stablecoin and digital payments project. The five members include Diogo Monica, co-founder at Anchorage, George Cabrera III, core product lead at Calibra (the… 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

Swiss President and Finance Minister: Facebook’s Libra, “In This Form, Has Thus Failed”

Switzerland’s finance minister and outgoing president, Ueli Maurer, says he doesn’t think Facebook’s proposed Libra cryptocurrency project can proceed in its current form, Reuters reports. This is mainly, “because central banks will not accept the basket of currencies underpinning it,” Maurer claimed. “The project, in… Read More

Top China Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Headlines of 2019

For many reasons, China is regarded as one of the world’s make-or-break regions when it comes to the fate of “blockchain” technology and cryptocurrencies. Before Bitcoin trading was officially banned in China in late 2016, yuan-to-Bitcoin conversions (and vice versa) seemed to account for more… Read More

Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard: Any Global Payments Network Must Meet High Legal Threshold, No Particular Need for a CBDC 

As she welcomed Benoît Coeuré to his new position as Head of the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS’) Innovation Hub, U.S. Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard told regulators in Frankfurt Wednesday that private (crypto) currency networks pose risks that must be addressed. She also said… Read More

Blockchain, A Four-Time Waltz: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Libra & the CBDCs – The Need for a New Balance

We have deliberately chosen to limit our presentation, for pedagogical reasons, to the four fundamental periods represented by the emergence of Bitcoin, Ethereum, Libra and CBDCs (Central Bank Digital Currency) because no other event (derived or similar project) has had such an impact on the… Read More

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