Tagged: virtual currencies

Norway’s Norges Banks Says Financial System Is Working Properly despite COVID Issues, Is Researching CBDCs

Norges Bank has released its Financial Infrastructure Report 2021 and Norges Bank Papers 2/2021, titled “Retail payment services 2020.” Norges Bank notes that there have been significantly fewer disruptions in the Norwegian financial infrastructure during the past few years, and the infrastructure has been working… Read More

42% of Americans Believe Cryptocurrencies will Eventually Replace Fiat Currencies: Survey

Bitcoin prices have come tumbling down after Tesla’s Elon Musk announced his decision to stop taking BTC payments for Tesla purchases due to environmental issues. Piplsay Research has delved into people’s opinions about digital currencies, especially given the rising levels of investment and “ever-increasing buzz”… Read More

Payment Gateway CITCON Partners Pure-Digital Payments Network Flexa to Enable Bitcoin, Ethereum Transactions

CITCON, the payment gateway provider that offers in-store, online, and mobile payment solutions to over 6,000 brands across the globe, has partnered with Flexa, the “pure-digital” payments network, in order to enable merchants with accepting cryptocurrencies as a payment option. Merchants connected to Citcon will… Read More

FDIC Chair Jelena McWilliams Calls on US Regulators to Support Financial Innovation including Digital Assets

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC), which is one of two agencies that offers deposit insurance to depositors in US depository institutions (the other being the National Credit Union Administration, which regulates and insures credit unions based in the US), will reportedly be asking for details… Read More

JPMorgan Is Working with Bahrain’s Central Bank and Bank ABC to Launch Real-Time Cross-Border Payments, May Work on CBDCs Later

The reserve bank of Bahrain is reportedly working with J.P. Morgan (NYSE:JPM) and Bank ABC in order to launch a real-time cross-border payments system (as part of a digital currency settlement pilot program). Bank ABC and J.P. Morgan will be conducting tests including the transfer of… Read More

CBDCs: Chinese Banks Introduce Central Bank Digital Currency Hardware Prototypes for Multiple Applications

Chinese banking institutions have introduced central bank digital currency (CBDC) hardware prototypes for several different use cases. The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), the nation’s central bank, and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) have introduced prototype hardware devices that aim to offer support… Read More

Bitcoin and Other Digital Assets Now Being Considered Investments but Not Medium-of-Exchange by Chinese Policymakers

China’s virtual yuan has been in development for the past 7 years (since 2014). Recently, Chinese officials had noted that Bitcoin (BTC) was not really a currency but they do think it’s a form of investment. Regulators in China are also eager to explore the… Read More

Turkish Authorities to Apply AML and Terrorism Financing Regulations to Cryptocurrency Transactions

Turkey has reportedly decided to add digital currency trading platforms to its list of companies that will come under the nation’s anti-money laundering (AML) and terrorism financing regulations. This, according to a presidential decree that was released on Saturday (May 1, 2021). The Official Gazette… Read More

Grayscale Is Approaching $50 Billion in Digital Assets Under Management

Grayscale, a global leader in digital currency asset management that provides single asset and diversified exposure via private and public funds, has provided updates (as of April 30, 2021) on its total assets under management (AUM), holdings per share, and market price per share for… Read More

Bank of France Official Says CBDCs Might Challenge Role of Large Banks in Settlement of Transfers

Central bank digital currencies or CBDCs might offer new types of businesses improved access to cost-effective reserve bank funding while potentially reducing the role of large banking institutions when it comes to settling big transactions, according to recent statements from a senior Bank of France… Read More

Uppsala Security and South Korean Digital Asset Exchange Bithumb Reportedly Helped Victim Recover 20M KRW from Alleged Fraud

Uppsala Security, a provider of tools for Crypto AML, Risk Management, Regulatory Compliance, and Cybersecurity revealed on Monday (April 26, 2021) that with assistance from Bithumb, one of South Korea’s leading digital asset exchanges, it has helped a victim to “recover approximately 20 million KRW”… Read More

Turkish Regulators are Working on Updating Crypto Regulations, as Another Major Exchange Faces Major Issues

Crypto investors in Turkey have been dealing with major issues lately. Another major digital currency exchange has collapsed in the country and its CEO is being detained by authorities. Turkish crypto exchange Vebitcoin has suspended its operations and claims that it decided to do so… Read More

CBDCs: China to Expand Digital Yuan Pilot Program into other Cities, but No Confirmed Date for Official Virtual Currency Launch

China is reportedly expanding its virtual yuan experiments to more local cities, however, there’s no exact timetable for its official launch, central bank Vice Governor Li Bo stated during an annual meeting on Sunday (April 18, 2021) of both Chinese and foreign policymakers, senior executives… Read More

Pakistan to Conduct Research on Developing its own Central Bank Digital Currency to Enable Greater Financial Inclusion

Pakistan is reportedly planning to carry out studies in order to potentially launch a State-backed virtual currency so that it can enhance its existing banking system, enable greater financial inclusion, and also ensure that illicit activtiies such as money laundering are not being carried out… Read More

Bank of Japan Official Says China’s Digital Yuan Will Not Pose Threat to US Dollar’s Position as Global Reserve Currency

A senior Bank of Japan (BoJ) official has stated that China’s digital renminbi will not be able to pose a threat to the US dollar’s dominant position as the global reserve currency. As reported by Bloomberg, Kazushige Kamiyama, who heads the BoJ’s payment systems division… Read More

Dogecoin (DOGE) Trading Frenzy Leads to System Overload on Robinhood, Platform Reports “Sporadic Crypto Order Failures”

The craze around virtual tokens recently led to DogeCoin or DOGE (had started off as a joke coin and still to a great extent) putting Robinhood Markets‘ trading system under great pressure due to excessive activity. Robinhood‘s management confirmed: “On Friday morning, we saw a… Read More

US Dept of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control Sanctions Individuals, Entities for Attempting to Undermine 2020 US Presidential Election: Report

On April 15, 2021, the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned 16 individuals and 16 entities for “attempting to undermine and influence the 2020 US presidential election,” blockchain security firm CipherTrace noted in a blog post. CipherTrace also mentioned… Read More

Kris Vaivods: CEO at Vorto Gaming, a Blockchain Company Planning to Go Public on Swedish Stock Exchange, Shares Key Insights

We recently caught up with Kris Vaivods, CEO at Vorto Gaming, a blockchain startup planning to carry out an initial public offering (IPO) on the Swedish stock exchange later this year. Kris is the Founder of the Vorto Games subsidiary vz games and is part… Read More

HSBC Is Preventing Clients from Purchasing Shares in MicroStrategy, a Company Aggressively Adding Bitcoin to its Balance Sheet: Report

HSBC (NYSE: HSBC) is reportedly preventing its clients from purchasing shares of MicroStrategy (NASD:MSTR), a company that has been actively acquiring Bitcoin (BTC) as part of its efforts to increase the value of its corporate treasury. HSBC stated that it would not be facilitating the… Read More

Former FBI Official Gurvais Grigg Comments on Why He Joined Blockchain Analysis Firm Chainalysis

Gurvais Grigg recently revealed why he joined blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis as its Global Public Sector CTO after working for over two decades at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), most recently as Assistant Director of the FBI Laboratory. In his new role, Grigg will… Read More

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