Tagged: virtual currency

Chainalysis Explains Why Authorities Must Look Beyond Direct Counterparties to Understand Risks Associated with Crypto Addresses

Chainalysis, a leading blockchain research firm, says that the best way to assess or determine the risk of a virtual currency address or group of associated addresses (e.g., like a wallet) is to analyze all the other addresses with which it has conducted transactions. According… Read More

Developments related to Central Bank Digital Currencies have “Accelerated Dramatically” During Past 18 Months: Report

A report published by Global Digital Finance notes that during the past 18 months, the developments related to central bank digital currencies (CBDC) have “accelerated dramatically.” CBDC projects have gone from the research stage to formulating key policy requirements. Countries like China have even introduced… Read More

CBDCs: Bank of Korea Is Reportedly Planning to Issue and Circulate a Central Bank Digital Currency in 2021

The Bank of Korea (BOK), the reserve bank of the Republic of Korea and issuer of South Korean won, is reportedly planning to issue and circulate a central bank digital currency (CBDC) by next year. As first reported by the Korean Times, the BOK will… Read More

Reserve Bank of the Philippines to Continue Working on its Central Bank Digital Currency which Might Streamline Financial Services

Benjamin Diokno, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of the Philippines, recently noted that the underlying technology behind digital tokens may streamline or enhance existing financial services. The nation’s central bank is looking into the feasibility of issuing its own virtual currency. Diokno believes that… Read More

Digital Yuan will “Hardly Put a Dent” in US Dollar Dominance and its Role as Global Reserve Currency, Cornell Professor Claims

Eswar Prasad, professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, acknowledges that the Chinese digital yuan will improve the nation currency’s role as an international payment method. However, he clarified that it will “hardly put a dent” in the… Read More

CBDCs: China and Japan Continue to Work on their Respective Digital Currency Projects, New Reports Confirm

The global COVID-19 crisis has forced many businesses to either shut down or make significant changes to their business models. Individuals and companies are increasingly using digital platforms and services to conduct transactions or complete routine tasks that they normally carried out at physical locations…. Read More

Bitcoins Used to Pay for Products are Taxable Income, Wages Paid in Virtual Currency are Subject to Witholding, Turbo Tax Explains

Gary Guthrie from ConsumerAffairs notes that the July 15, 2020 tax-filing deadline for US taxpayers is approaching, and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) plans to ensure that US residents have the appropriate tools and services to assist them with filing taxes and meeting their obligations…. Read More

RRMine, a Global Bitcoin Hashrate Asset Management Platform, Discusses Policy Changes in China’s Evolving Crypto Mining Sector

The management at RRMine, a global distributed Bitcoin hashrate asset management platform that maintains offices in Hong Kong, notes that blockchain or distributed ledger technology is moving past the early days of digital currency and smart contracts, and is now increasingly focused on the development… Read More

CBDCs: New Report Confirms Most Reserve Banks Don’t Want to Use an Actual Blockchain to Issue Digital Currencies

Reserve banks in 46 countries are currently exploring or considering developing a central bank digital currency (CBDC) by using a permissioned (or private) distributed ledger technology (DLT)-based platform. This, according to a recently published survey from UK-based journal Central Banking. The publication is reportedly supported… Read More

Digital Yuan May Allow Anonymous Transactions, and Could Replace Cash, Former Bank of China President Argues

Li Lihui, the former president of the Bank of China, claims that the nation’s highly-anticipated virtual yuan will be launching soon. Lihui has argued that the digital renminbi could potentially replace cash. The central bank digital yuan, or CBDC, is still in its testing phase… Read More

Cayman Islands Proposes New Legislation to Regulate Firms Dealing in Cryptocurrencies, Particularly Exchanges

The legislative assembly of the Cayman Islands has introduced five new pieces of legislation that may be used to regulate local firms dealing in cryptocurrencies. The proposed rules have mainly been created to monitor the operations of digital asset exchanges. The Virtual Asset Service Provider… Read More

China’s Virtual Yuan will Use Dual Offline Technology to Ensure that the National Digital Currency Works Even with Poor Signal Strength

The Bank of China’s somewhat secretive digital currency pilot program has made many people quite curious. The bank recently provided an official explanation of how the virtual yuan or renminbi was being tested and how it might work if and when it is launched. A… Read More

CBDCs: State-managed Bank in China Introduces Test App for National Digital Currency

A state-managed bank in China seems to have launched a mobile-based test app that supports the People’s Bank of China’s (PBOC) virtual currency initiative. A website link allows users to download a payments app that has been provided by the Agricultural Bank of China (according… Read More

CFTC Announces Final Guidance on Delivery of Digital Assets

The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has “unanimously” approved final interpretive guidance concerning retail commodity transactions involving certain digital assets. Specifically, the guidance clarifies the CFTC’s views regarding the “actual delivery” exception to Section 2(c)(2)(D) of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) in the context of… Read More

CBDC: Central Bank Digital Currencies Could Offer a Public Means of Payment Without Needing a Bank Account, IMF Official Says

Tao Zhang, deputy managing director at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has argued that issuing central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) may lower costs and enhance the overall efficiency of the financial system. Zhang, whose comments came during a keynote presentation, held at the London School… Read More

DLT or Blockchain and Central Bank Digital Currencies Might Enhance Global Financial Systems, According to Monetary Policy Experts

Three industry professionals, who are considered experts on monetary policies and cryptocurrency, recently talked about the current challenges and potential benefits of introducing central bank-issued digital currencies, or CBDCs.  The discussions took place on March 7, 2020, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Bitcoin… 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

CBDC: Bank of Japan and Nation’s Financial Service Agency Held Talks to Determine Whether to Issue Central Bank Digital Currency

Central bank heads and finance ministers recently held discussions regarding crypto-asset regulations at the G-20 summit.  Japanese officials working at the Bank of Japan (BOJ), the nation’s Ministry of Finance (MOF), and Financial Services Agency (FSA) have held talks in order to determine whether the… Read More

CBDC: Former CFTC Chairman Christopher Giancarlo Says US Fed Must Issue a Digital Currency

Christopher Giancarlo, former chairman at the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), recently stated that it may be time for the US Federal Reserve to introduce a digital currency. Giancarlo, whose comments came during Yahoo Finance’s On the Move show on February 21, said that… Read More

Chief Fintech Advisor to Premier of Bermuda Says Island Nation is Planning to Launch Complete Crypto and DLT Ecosystem

Denis Pitcher, Chief Fintech advisor to the Premier of Bermuda, confirmed recently that the island country’s government has been focusing on encouraging blockchain and crypto adoption. Bermuda aims to enable greater financial inclusion with its national virtual currency in an area where residents are reportedly… Read More

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