Tagged: stablecoins

Christian Catalini: Co-Creator of Libra Explains How the Facebook-led Project Aims to Enable Financial Inclusion

Christian Catalini, co-creator of the Facebook-led Libra payment system and head economist at Calibra, a subsidiary of the social media giant that’s focused on developing a digital wallet for Libra, says he’d been doing research in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space for many years before… Read More

Bank for International Settlement Opens Innovation Hub and Selects Benoît Cœuré to Lead the Charge, Expect a Deep Probe into Digital Currencies

Benoît Cœuré, the outgoing European Central Bank Executive Board Member and an individual some thought best equipped to become the President of the ECB, has been appointed to lead the newly created Bank for International Settlements (BIS) Innovation Hub. According to BIS, Cœuré will commence… Read More

EU: “No global stablecoin arrangement should begin operation in the European Union until the legal, regulatory and oversight challenges and risks have been adequately identified and addressed”

The Council of the European Union has posted a memo, or “draft joint statement,” regarding stablecoins – a hot policy topic these days due to Facebook’s attempt to launch a global, non-sovereign, cryptocurrency. When Facebook revealed the creation of Libra, and the executive body the… Read More

Hong Kong Securities Regulator: Stablecoin Cryptocurrencies Beg Global Rule Framework

Ashley Alder, CEO of the Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission told attendees at Hong Kong Fintech Week on Wednesday that Facebook’s Libra has forced, “the international regulatory community…to get its act together very rapidly,” regarding the financial stability risks of stablecoin cryptocurrencies. He also said… Read More

VP Product, Calibra Wallet: Facebook Cryptocurrency Will Take Decades to Implement

In comments likely designed to assuage regulator concerns, Kevin Weil, VP Product for Facebook’s Calibra cryptocurrency wallet program, told people attending the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon November 5th that Facebok’s proposed cryptocurrency network will take decades to implement: “This is not going to… Read More

Romanian Fiscal Council President: Facebook’s Libra Cryptocurrency “Very Dangerous”

Daniel Daianu, president of Romania’s Fiscal Council, told members of the Romanian Academy Tuesday that Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency could destroy the current global monetary balance and so disrupt the work of central banks that they become ineffective at managing money supplies, Agerpres reports. Facebook hopes… Read More

IOSCO Board: Stablecoins Like Libra Can Include Features that are Typical of Regulated Securities

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has issued a statement on stablecoins. The concept of stablecoins has endured increasing regulatory scrutiny following the announcement by Facebook that it intends to issue Libra – a stablecoin expected to be backed by fiat currency and other… Read More

Mark Zuckerberg Takes a Beating on the Hill While Launching Defense of Libra & Facebook’s Past Actions

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, spent over 6 hours today testifying in front of the powerful House Financial Services Committee. While his prepared remarks foreshadowed his defense of Facebook’s Libra stablecoin, little can prepare you for the onslaught of questions delivered by every single Committee… Read More

US House of Representatives: Legislation Prepared to Designate Stablecoins as Securities

Draft legislation has been posted on the US House of Representatives, Financial Services Committee website that may designate “stablecoins” as securities. Sponsored by Representative Sylvia Garcia, the ‘‘Stablecoins are Securities Act of 2019″ would mandate that stablecoins are investment contracts and thus are regulated under… Read More

Report: JP Morgan Chief Now Says Facebook’s Libra Will “Never Happen”

Jamie Dimon, CEO of JPMorgan Chase, has called Facebook’s go at issuing a cryptocurrency for in-app payments, Libra, “a neat idea that’ll never happen.” Dimon made the comments last Friday while speaking on a panel with Morgan Stanley CEO James Gorman. The two were featured at a conference… Read More

David Marcus: Libra Might Use Several Different Fiat-based Stablecoins Instead of a Single Token

Facebook is reportedly considering the use of national currency-pegged stablecoins for its upcoming Libra project. David Marcus, head of the Libra initiative for Facebook and CEO of Calibra, a company developing a wallet service for the social media firm’s cryptocurrency, stated that Libra might use… Read More

Financial Action Task Force Says Stablecoins Pose Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing Threat

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) stated on October 18 that stablecoins pose a money laundering and a terrorism financing threat to the world. The intergovernmental organization considers cryptocurrencies to be a “major strategic initiative.” In documents published following its latest meeting, the FATF noted… Read More

Swiss Federal Council Receives Update on Stablecoins, Told Libra to be Classified as a Payment System

The Swiss Federal Council received an update yesterday regarding the topic of stablecoins and Facebook’s Libra specifically. According to a post on the Swiss government website, Switzerland will continue to actively monitor discussions on new digital technologies such as blockchain/DLT and the country is generally… Read More

G7: Cryptocurrencies Such as Libra Pose a Risk to the Global Financial System

The Group of 7 (G7), representing the 7 largest developed economies in the world, is preparing a report slamming Facebook’s Libra. The proposed stablecoin that aspires to be a non-sovereign global currency has been hammered since it was revealed earlier this year. Government officials from… Read More

CFTC Technology Advisory Committee Meeting Indicates Ongoing Support for Fintech Innovation: “Our markets should always be striving to improve”

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) held the 4th meeting of the Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) this past week, sponsored by CFTC Commissioner Brian Quintez. Several of the topics included hot areas of Fintech such as the utilization of distributed ledger technology (DLT/ Blockchain) in… Read More

PayPal Exits Facebook’s Controversial Stablecoin Project Libra

Paypal, one of the founding members of the Libra Association, has exited the controversial stablecoin project.  Earlier, the Financial Times reported that the digital payments giant PayPal might be pulling out of the Facebook-led cryptocurrency project due to regulatory issues. This afternoon, WSJ.com has confirmed… Read More

Banking Advisors to US Federal Reserve Say Private Currencies Like Libra Pose Risks

Banking advisors to the US Federal Reserve have warned that Facebook’s proposed private currency network, Libra, will disrupt conventional banking and could function as a “shadow banking” system if not properly regulated. They also warned that, “In extremis, alternative currencies could usurp the prudential authority… Read More

Facebook’s Stablecoin Project Could Be a Boon to the United Nations Says Libra Association’s Managing Director

Libra Association managing director and COO Bertrand Perez has said that the Facebook-backed stablecoin project could be a boon to the United Nations. Perez, whose comments came during a recent blockchain event held at the UN headquarters in Geneva (where the non-profit Libra Association is… Read More

Interview: Everipedia Co-Founder Sam Kazemian Unveils New Decentralized Algorithmic Stablecoin

Sam Kazemian, an Iranian-American software engineer who is a co-founder of Everipedia, a for-profit wiki-based online encyclopedia, and founder of Frax (Decentral Bank), a new stablecoin which will be a decentralized currency pegged 1-to-1 to the US dollar.  Kazemian recently shared his views and insights… Read More

Libra Has “Undoubtedly Been a Wakeup Call for Central Banks” Says ECB Board Member Benoit Coeure

Facebook’s stablecoin project Libra might solve some of the problems in the global payments industry, however, it could also create other types of issues that would have to be addressed by regulators, according to Benoit Coeure, a member of the executive board at the European… Read More

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