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Turkey will begin piloting a previously undisclosed digital currency in the second half of 2021, the country’s chief central banker Naci Ağbal told members of parliament Friday. “There is an R&D project initiated on digital money. Currently the conceptual phase of this project has been completed. We aim to start pilot tests in the second...
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A former governor of China’s central bank believes the digital yuan won’t upset the order of the global monetary system. According to a report by the South China Morning Post on Sunday, Zhou Xiaochuan told attendees at the Shanghai Financial Forum that China’s digital currency electronic payment (DCEP) initiative shouldn’t be perceived as “great power...
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Bank of France Deputy Governor Denis Beau, speaking Thursday at the Paris Blockchain Summit, discussed the progress being made with the central bank digital currency (CBDC) and touched upon possible regulatory changes and the legal framework. Beau said there has been a “hands-on approach” with the bank’s experiment to launch a digital euro for the...
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Another big bank edging closer to a crypto custody offering, Netherlands-based ING, spoke publicly for the first time this week about about its preliminary trials with digital assets. Speaking at the Singapore Fintech Festival, Tuesday, ING blockchain lead Herve Francois discussed the work done so far with Pyctor, a custody and post-trade infrastructure for crypto...
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BBVA, the second-largest bank in Spain, with about $840 billion in assets, is poised to enter the cryptocurrency trading and custody space, according to two people familiar with the plans. The Spanish bank will begin its crypto offering out of Switzerland, said a source. Switzerland has relatively comprehensive rules around digital assets, set out by...
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Hong Kong-based crypto exchange CEO Global said Saturday one of its founders has been taken away by authority to assist with an investigation for 15 days and it has no idea when he may return. “Affected by the ongoing national crackdown on fraudulent sim cards and bank accounts, the bank account of one of our...
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Most South Africans experience the internet through their mobile phones. Whether it be through Facebook, Google or WhatsApp, once they have had access to the net and the possibilities it presents, it becomes an important part of their lives. However, an estimated third of South African smartphone owners can’t afford the data to use the...
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Call it the CPR for Operation Choke Point. The U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, a national bank regulator led by former Coinbase counsel Brian Books, has proposed a rule that would forbid banks to blacklist legal industries — including, presumably, cryptocurrency firms.  Under the proposed rule, banks could deny financial services to...
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China Construction Bank (CCB) has tapped Hong Kong-based digital asset exchange Fusang for the issuance of $3 billion-worth of debt securities over a blockchain. According to a Wednesday report by the South China Morning Post, tokenized bond certificates will be issued through the state-owned bank’s Labuan, Malaysia, branch over a period of three months. Notably,...
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Mutual fund legend Bill Miller told CNBC Friday that the risks of bitcoin going to zero are “lower than they’ve ever been before” and predicted more institutional investment in the cryptocurrency. “The bitcoin story is very easy, it’s supply and demand,” Miller said. “Bitcoin’s supply is growing around 2.5% a year and the demand is...
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