Tagged: stablecoins

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

American Fintech Ripple’s Clients Might Soon be Able to Issue Stablecoins via Cross-Border Payments Platform, RippleNet

RippleNet, a distributed ledger tech (DLT)-enabled gross payments settlement network, allows banks and other financial institutions to securely perform cross-border transactions.  Developed by San Francisco-based Fintech Ripple, the decentralized RippleNet platform has been used to perform international transactions since 2012. The platform’s users might soon… Read More

Bank of England Deputy Governor Discusses Stablecoins, Crypto Assets & CBDCs in Speech

Sir Jon Cunliffe, Deputy Governor Financial Stability of the Bank of England, delivered an interesting speech this week at the London School of Economics. In a presentation entitled, “It’s Time to Talk About Money” Cunliffe tackled the hot topics of “crypto assets,” stablecoins, and central… Read More

JP Morgan Discusses JPM Coin: Not a Replacement, it is an Enhancement

During the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting held today, JP Morgan (NYSE:JPM) provided some additional insight into its proposed stablecoin: JPM Coin. Eddie Wen, Global Head of Digital Markets at JP Morgan, presented an explanation of JPM Coin. Wen said… Read More

CFTC Tech Committee to Discuss Cryptocurrency, Stablecoins and More

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission will be holding a public meeting this week that will address several Fintech focused issues. The Technology Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting will take place on February 26, 2020, at the CFTC’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. The event, scheduled to start… Read More

Report: Circle Internet Financial May Sell SeedInvest, its Crowdfunding Division

Circle Internet Financial is reportedly looking for a buyer for SeedInvest, its crowdfunding division, as the Boston-headquartered crypto firm aims to focus more on its stablecoin business, according to the Block. This is notably Circle’s latest downsizing move, which began in 2019 when the firm… Read More

Hong Kong-based Digital Asset Exchange Bitfinex Introduces Margin Trading for Tether’s New Gold-backed Stablecoin

Hong Kong-based digital asset exchange Bitfinex has introduced margin trading for Tether gold (XAU₮). Beginning on January 30, 2020, the exchange has confirmed it will support margin trading for XAU₮ with trading pairs for major fiat currencies including the US dollar and Bitcoin (BTC). Bitfinex’s… Read More

CFTC Chairman Heath P. Tarbert Wants US to Take the Lead in Adopting Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain Technology

Dr. Heath P. Tarbert, chairman and chief executive at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), recently stated that he would like to see the United States lead the charge when it comes to adopting digital currencies and blockchain or distributed ledger technology (DLT). During… Read More

World Economic Forum Establishes Consortium Focused on Creating Governance Framework for Virtual Currencies

The World Economic Forum (WEF) has established what it says is the world’s first ever global consortium focused on creating a framework for the transnational governance of virtual currencies, which include stablecoins (digital currencies that are usually pegged to national fiat currencies). According to a… 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

Alex Wang: Ember Fund CEO Explains how his Company Intends to Make Cryptocurrency Investment Opportunities More Accessible

Ember Fund is a company that aims to fundamentally change the way people make investments in digital assets. The firm has created a technology solution that allows people to easily buy into a managed portfolio of digital currencies. The Ember Fund team intends to bring… Read More

European Central Bank Publishes Paper on Advantages and Risks Associated with CBDCs

CBDCs Could Disintermediate in a Structural Way the Banking System. The European Central Bank (ECB) has published a paper on Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).  CBDCs are the state form of stablecoins – cryptocurrency based off a single asset like the Dollar, Euro or Pound… Read More

Maker Foundation, Supporter of MakerDAO Project, to Transfer Maker and Dai Trademarks to Denmark-based Foundation

The Maker Foundation, a non-profit entity that supports the MakerDAO project, an initiative involving the decentralized stablecoin Dai, revealed that it will be transferring the Maker and Dai trademarks to an autonomous Denmark-headquartered foundation, the Dai Foundation. The Maker Foundation confirms it will also be… 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

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

EU: No “Stablecoin” Cryptocurrency Should Operate in Europe Until Risks Addressed

The Council of the European Union, which implements laws for the EU region, has issued a statement on “stablecoin” cryptocurrencies indicating that, “no global ‘stablecoin’…should begin operation in the European Union until the legal, regulatory and oversight challenges and risks have been adequately identified and… Read More

US Deputy Secretary of Treasury Muzinich on Fintech: Digital Currencies at Scale Raise Questions About Self-Government

US Deputy Secretary of the Treasury Justin Muzinich delivered a speech this week where he addressed the emerging landscape of digital currencies. Muzinich commented on the “broader innovation trends that are shaping our banking and financial system.” Muzinich said: “While banks today provide a range… Read More

The Financial Stability Board Met in Paris to Discuss Issues Facing Global Financial Industry Including Fintech

The Financial Stability Board (FSB), an international organization that monitors and makes recommendations regarding the world’s financial system, recently met in Paris in order to discuss key issues facing the global financial industry, including potential vulnerabilities, various Fintech developments, and the agency’s 2020 work program…. Read More

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

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