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On 13 November, Zambia became the first African nation in the Covid era to default on its external debt payments. The default was triggered by the inability of the government to arrive at an agreement with holders of $3-billion of its external bonds (so-called Eurobonds). The government was requesting a six-month extension in interest payments...
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“Think of it as the foundation of an enterprise mainnet.”  That’s how Christine Moy, head of JPMorgan’s newly rebranded Liink banking network, described its aspirations towards decentralization in the realm of big business. The revamped Liink, which is based on a fork of Ethereum, is more of a “decentralized network,” said Moy, and less like...
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Multinational payments firm Sia is partnering with cryptocurrency custodian Hex Trust to help its European banking clients hold digital assets. “When you have one bitcoin, it’s not a big problem, but when you start adding 10, 20 or 100, you have a treasury and you have to decide where to store this,” said Daniele Savarè,...
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China sees its digital yuan as a “new battlefield,” DeFi’s Curve has a new dividend program and a yet-to-launch platform is pursuing an “Initial DEX Offering.” Top shelf ‘New battlefield’China’s central bank gave an inside look into its motivations for developing a digital currency (CBDC) for retail and governmental use. In a commentary published by China Finance, a...
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Some say that meaningful change happens gradually. Others insist it erupts unexpectedly. This week, we saw that both are true.  Earlier this week, the Wyoming Banking Board voted to approve the application from San Francisco-based crypto exchange Kraken for a Special Purpose Depositary Institution (SPDI) banking charter. Yes, one of the crypto industry’s oldest exchanges...
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