Members of East Africa Community Explore Potential Use of CBDC for Alternative Regional Payment System

Shanghai to Hand Out $3 Million in Digital Yuan Lottery

Kalashnikov Eyes Digital Ruble Settlements as Russia Aims to Replace ‘Dirty Money’

ECB: Digital Euro to Boost Global Appeal of European Money, Fight ‘Artificial Currencies’

The digitization of traditional currencies like the euro has the potential to increase their international appeal, the European Central Bank says in a new report. A failure to offer a digital currency would endanger financial stability, ECB warns. The regulator is concerned about the prospect of tech giants dominating payments through their “artificial currencies.†Eurozone’s […]

Beijing to Disperse $6 Million in Digital Yuan in a Red Envelope Lottery

China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) continues to gain further ground as the Beijing Local Financial Supervision and Administration Bureau revealed 40 million worth of the country’s digital yuan ($6.3 million) will be distributed to Chinese citizens. Beijing and China’s Central Bank Launches Digital Yuan Lottery The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) and Beijing Local […]

Beijing to Disperse $6 Million in Digital Yuan in a Red Envelope Lottery

China’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) continues to gain further ground as the Beijing Local Financial Supervision and Administration Bureau revealed 40 million worth of the country’s digital yuan ($6.3 million) will be distributed to Chinese citizens. Beijing and China’s Central Bank Launches Digital Yuan Lottery The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) and Beijing Local […]

Central Bank of Sweden Invites Financial Market Actors for Second Phase of E-Krona Pilot

Sveriges Riksbank, the central bank of Sweden, will carry out the next stage of its e-krona project with the help of two organizations from the financial sector. The move signals a transition from the initial in-house testing with simulated participants to cooperation with real, external partners. Riksbank to Work With Handelsbanken and Tietoevry to Test […]

Bank of Korea Seeking Technology to Develop Digital Currency

South Korea’s monetary policy regulator is taking steps to create its own digital coin. Bank of Korea is now looking for a technology provider to develop a test environment for the project. The news comes after major commercial banks expressed skepticism over their cooperation with domestic cryptocurrency exchanges. Central Bank of Korea to Launch Pilot […]

China’s Absolute Control Over Digital Yuan Will Boost Demand for Cryptocurrencies, Says Analyst

China’s push for the digital yuan will boost demand for cryptocurrencies, according to an analyst at BK Asset Management, citing that the Chinese government wants “absolute power†over the wealth and income of its citizens. Digital Yuan Push Could Raise Demand for Crypto Boris Schlossberg, managing director of FX Strategy for BK Asset Management, said […]

Bank of Russia to Launch Digital Ruble Prototype by End of Year

The Central Bank of Russia (CBR) is preparing to release a digital prototype of the national fiat towards the end of 2021, a high-ranking official has confirmed. Transfers between private individuals will be free of charge with the digital ruble, which is going to have legal tender status on par with Russia’s traditional currency. Bank […]

Bank of Israel Drafts Model of a Digital Shekel

The central bank of Israel has offered a glance at what a digitalized version of the national fiat currency may look like. According to a released “draft model†of the coin, Israelis should be able to use the digital shekel in payments, even offline, and convert it to cash at any moment. The Israeli central […]

Digital Yuan Trial Hotspot Not Seeing Wide Acceptance, Claims Report

With digital yuan pilots underway in China, it seems the currency is not meeting government expectations. A recent report highlighted a series of interviews from people in the hotspot, reflecting a lackluster reception among the participants. Privacy Concerns Reported According to Bloomberg, residents in Shenzhen, the Chinese analog to Silicon Valley, have shown little interest […]

China’s Digital Yuan Smart Card to Feature Biometrics and Fingerprint Scanning

The People’s Bank of China’s upcoming digital yuan card will feature IDEX Biometrics and fingerprint scanning, according to regional reports. China’s “Digital Currency Electronic Payment†or DCEP is getting closer toward launch by the day. Last week, smart card manufacturer Chutian Dragon and IDEX Biometrics announced the companies are working on a digital yuan payments […]

Kazakhstan Is Preparing the Launch of a CBDC Pilot With Private Financial Companies

Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) are steadily becoming a serious discussion among governments globally, with Kazakhstan as the latest country unveiling its plans. The National Bank of Kazakhstan is making preparations to launch a CBDC pilot program soon. The National Bank Released a Public Consultation Paper According to the announcement published on their website, the […]

Fintechs Invited to Work on Georgia’s Central Bank Digital Currency

National Bank of Georgia (NBG) has issued a call for companies in the fintech sector, financial institutions and technology firms to support its efforts to create a digital currency. Georgia’s central bank wants to employ new technologies to raise the efficiency of the country’s payment system and promote financial inclusion. Georgia’s Central Bank Mulling Digital […]

Electronic Transactions Association Proposes 7 Guiding Principles for a Digital Dollar

The Electronic Transactions Association (ETA) has put forward a set of guiding principles to be considered in the creation of a U.S. central bank digital currency (CBDC), also referred to as digital dollar. The organization, which unites hundreds of companies in the payments industry, confirms its commitment to ensuring access to financial services for all […]

Fintechs Invited to Work on Georgia’s Central Bank Digital Currency

National Bank of Georgia (NBG) has issued a call for companies in the fintech sector, financial institutions and technology firms to support its efforts to create a digital currency. Georgia’s central bank wants to employ new technologies to raise the efficiency of the country’s payment system and promote financial inclusion. Georgia’s Central Bank Mulling Digital […]

Digital Yuan Launch Draws Near: JD.com Employees Paid in e-CNY, Tencent, Ant, Mastercard Engage With PBoC

China, the world’s most populous country, has jumped leaps and bounds in comparison to a great number of other countries when it comes to the creation of a central bank digital currency. As each day passes, China’s digital yuan is seemingly getting closer to large-scale adoption, as big-name corporations like the e-commerce giant JD.com, Mastercard, […]

Fed Chair Jerome Powell Says Dogecoin and Gamestop Hype Highlights ‘Froth in Equity Markets’

Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell, discussed a number of topics this week such as inflation and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) following the multi-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meetings. The central bank’s lead executive was asked about feverish stocks like Gamestop shares and the crypto asset dogecoin. Powell said that the Federal Reserve aims […]

Fed Chair Jerome Powell Says Dogecoin and Gamestop Hype Highlights ‘Froth in Equity Markets’

Federal Reserve Chair, Jerome Powell, discussed a number of topics this week such as inflation and central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) following the multi-day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meetings. The central bank’s lead executive was asked about feverish stocks like Gamestop shares and the crypto asset dogecoin. Powell said that the Federal Reserve aims […]

Federal Reserve Bank President Says Bitcoin Is Clearly a Store of Value

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas president says bitcoin is clearly “a store of value.†Emphasizing the differences between cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, and central bank digital currencies, he said the latter “won’t necessarily be a store of value.†Fed Bank Chief Calls Bitcoin a Store of Value The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of […]

Morgan Stanley Says Central Bank Digital Currencies Not a Threat to Cryptocurrencies

Major investment bank Morgan Stanley believes that central bank digital currencies are not a threat to the existence of cryptocurrencies. The bank believes that both types of digital currencies can coexist because they serve different purposes and have different appeals. Cryptocurrencies and CBDCs Can Coexist Morgan Stanley’s analysts, including chief economist Chetan Ahya, discussed the […]

Federal Reserve Bank President Says Bitcoin Is Clearly a Store of Value

The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas president says bitcoin is clearly “a store of value.†Emphasizing the differences between cryptocurrencies, like bitcoin, and central bank digital currencies, he said the latter “won’t necessarily be a store of value.†Fed Bank Chief Calls Bitcoin a Store of Value The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of […]

Bank of England and HM Treasury Launch a Central Bank Digital Currency Taskforce

Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Bank of England have revealed the establishment of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) taskforce. According to the announcement, the group’s purpose aims to explore a potential UK CBDC. UK Entities Invoke a CBDC Taskforce to Explore a Central Bank-Issued Digital Currency Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) have been popping […]

Brazil’s Central Bank President Expects to Have News on a CBDC ‘Soon’

The largest country in Latin America could have its central bank digital currency (CBDC) soon, as the Brazilian central bank is taking steps towards creating it. Recently, the Banco Central do Brasil (BCB) president hinted at the possibility of having news on the matter “soon.†No Decision Has Been Made on Whether the Digital Real […]

Swedish Central Bank Releases the First Study About Its CBDC E-Krona Pilot

The Swedish central bank keeps making steps towards modeling its e-krona pilot project by issuing a detailed report of the results of phase one for the path ahead. Riksbank is still optimistic about launching its central bank digital currency (CBDC), but there are hurdles to clear out on the road. Riksbank to Spend Another Year […]

The Fed Plans to Unveil Digital Dollar Prototypes in July

The Federal Reserve is actively working on a central bank digital currency and some prototypes are near completion. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) plan to unveil two prototypes of a digital dollar as early as July. Digital Dollar Prototypes Coming Soon Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said […]

Soros CIO: Central Bank Digital Currencies a Real Threat to Crypto but Won’t Permanently Destabilize Bitcoin

Soros Fund Management’s chief investment officer (CIO) says that central bank digital currencies are a potential threat to bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies but it will only be temporary. She also says that bitcoin is taking some of gold’s buyer base away. Crypto’s ‘Inflection Point’ Soros Fund Management Chief Investment Officer (CIO) Dawn Fitzpatrick talked about […]

Payment Giant Visa Integrates USDC Stablecoin Support for Settlement

On Monday, the American multinational financial services corporation Visa announced that digital currency payments have arrived on Visa’s settlement platform. The payment giant revealed that the company will leverage USD coin (USDC), the regulated token built on top of the Ethereum network. A lot Has Changed Since Dee Hock founded Visa Visa has announced cryptocurrency […]

The Fed Plans to Unveil Digital Dollar Prototypes in July

The Federal Reserve is actively working on a central bank digital currency and some prototypes are near completion. The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) plan to unveil two prototypes of a digital dollar as early as July. Digital Dollar Prototypes Coming Soon Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said […]

Jamaica Plans to Pilot a Central Bank Crypto, CBDC to Work Alongside Notes and Coinage

While a number of countries are working on central bank digital currencies (CBDCs), on Tuesday, the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ) announced it will soon be piloting a CBDC project. The BoJ is working with a firm called Ecurrency Mint Incorporated and plans to pilot the cryptocurrency in May. Jamaican CBDC to Pilot this May Jamaica, […]

Digital Yuan Won’t Be Fully Anonymous but Offers ‘Controllable’ Privacy Protection, Says Official

Privacy has been a discussion that has not gone unnoticed when it comes to the forthcoming launch of the digital yuan. The head of the People’s Bank of China-run Digital Currency Research Institute had firmly pointed out that anonymity cannot be guaranteed at all. Feature Seeks to Avoid Tax Evasion and Finance Terrorism During an […]

Indian Central Bank Informs Government of Major Crypto Concerns — Digital Rupee ‘Receiving Our Full Attention’

India’s central bank governor Shaktikanta Das has revealed that the bank has “major concerns†about cryptocurrencies, and it has informed the government of them. He expects that the government will soon make a decision on cryptocurrency. Meanwhile, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is giving its full attention to the digital rupee. RBI Has Major […]

Beijing’s $1.5 Million Digital Yuan Giveaway: China to Airdrop Digital Currency for Chinese New Year

China is giving away 10 million yuan in its central bank digital currency in Beijing. Recipients can spend the digital yuan during the Chinese New Year festival. Beijing has become the third major city in China to test the central bank digital currency. 50,000 People to Receive Free Digital Yuan China is actively testing its […]

US Federal Reserve Seeking Manager to Research CBDCs and Stablecoins

The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) has posted a job advertisement that seeks to hire a role related to stablecoins and central bank digital currencies (CBDC). The Fed is looking for a research manager to join its team to assess the “benefits and risks†of digital assets. The Role Is Part of the Fed’s Digital Innovation […]

Indian Central Bank Sees Cryptocurrencies Gaining Popularity, Exploring Digital Rupee

India’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), has published a booklet with a section about cryptocurrency and the digital rupee. The central bank acknowledged that cryptocurrencies have gained popularity in recent years and confirmed that it is exploring the need for a central bank digital currency. RBI Says Crypto Has Gained Popularity, Exploring […]

IMF Says Only 23% of Central Banks Can Legally Issue Digital Currencies

Researchers at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have examined the central bank laws of 174 IMF members to answer the question of whether a digital currency is really money. They found that of all the central banks studied, only about 23%, or 40 central banks, “are legally allowed to issue digital currencies.†IMF Explores if […]

IMF Says Only 23% of Central Banks Can Legally Issue Digital Currencies

Researchers at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have examined the central bank laws of 174 IMF members to answer the question of whether a digital currency is really money. They found that of all the central banks studied, only about 23%, or 40 central banks, “are legally allowed to issue digital currencies.†IMF Explores if […]

Ukraine Chooses Stellar Foundation to Develop Its CBDC, Regulatory Infrastructure for Stablecoins

The Ministry of Digital Transformation of Ukraine has picked the Stellar Development Foundation (SDF) to develop its central bank digital currency project (CBDC). Ukraine Picks Stellar Foundation to Develop Its Central Bank Digital Currency and National Virtual Asset Strategy According to the official announcement, both parties signed a “Memorandum of Understanding†to deploy Ukraine’s crypto […]

Production of $2.7 Million-per-Episode: South Korean Crypto-Related TV Drama Series Is Set to Start in 2021

A major South Korean TV series with crypto and blockchain-related topics is set to launch its production stage at the beginning of 2021, directed by Gemstone Film, in collaboration with firms in China and the United States. South Korean Crypto-Related TV Drama Series ‘Pumping Time’ Is Set to Start in 2021 According to Financial News, […]

Digital Currencies Could Outshine SWIFT System, Says Central Bank of Russia’s Deputy Governor

The first deputy governor of the Central Bank of Russia (CBR) has been vocal in a recent online meeting, reported by Russia Today (RT), about the topic of digital currencies challenging the SWIFT international payments system and make it redundant. Digital Currencies Could Challenge SWIFT System, Even Replace It According to Olga Skorobogatova, the development […]

Turkey to Pilot Digital Currency in 2021, Says Central Bank Governor

Turkey will begin piloting a previously undisclosed digital currency in the second half of 2021, the country’s chief central banker Naci AÄŸbal told members of parliament Friday. Turkish-language media widely quoted him as follows: “There is an R&D project initiated on digital money. Currently the conceptual phase of this project has been completed. We aim […]

Bank of Russia Chair: Digital Ruble Is No Threat to Banks

The Bank of Russia doesn’t believe a digital ruble will hurt its banks. Earlier this month, Russian banks warned the Bank of Russia that the digital ruble under discussion might weaken them if people pull their funds to rush into the new system. Introducing the digital ruble into Russia’s financial system might cost the country’s […]

Bank of France’s Deputy Governor Discusses CBDC Progress, Regulatory Changes

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 […]

Hong Kong in Talks With PBOC on Digital Yuan Trial for Cross-Border Payments

Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), the city’s central banking institution, said it is working with the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) to test digital yuan use cases. PBOC’s Digital Currency Institute and the HKMA are discussing the technical pilot testing of using e-CNY for making cross-border payments while making the corresponding technical preparations, Eddie Yue, […]

China Airdrops Digital Yuan Worth $3 Million — 10,000 Stores Will Accept It

Twenty million yuan ($3 million) in China’s central bank digital currency will be given away to 100,000 people in the country’s largest test of the digital yuan to date. The digital currency will be accepted at 100,000 stores, including JD.com, one of China’s largest online retailers. $3 Million in Digital Yuan Giveaway The Chinese city […]

Citigroup Helping World Governments Build Digital Currencies, CEO Says

Citigroup Chief Executive Michael Corbat said his bank is helping governments “around the world†in creating sovereign digital currencies, otherwise known as central bank digital currencies, or CBDC. Speaking to David Rubenstein at a Friday Bloomberg event, Corbat made clear CBDCs are an “inevitable†development in the future of money. Citigroup, the multinational banking giant, […]

Chinese State-Run Media Believe BTC Price Surge Is Just ‘Hype’ While Praising Blockchain

Two Chinese state-run media outlets have published a brief news item urging citizens to focus more on blockchain technology than on the “hype†of the recent surging Bitcoin prices across the board. China’s Government to Focus on Blockchain Both Sina and Xinhuanet have stated that the recent rally in BTC prices has no clear explanation. […]

Ruble or Rubble? Russian Institutions Have Concerns About Proposed CBDC

Russia is seriously considering whether or not it should launch a central bank digital currency (CBDC). The Bank of Russia has started a series of consultations dedicated to the potential launch of the digital ruble, a CBDC pegged to the Russian ruble. The central bank has not yet decided if it wants to actually launch […]

China’s Xi Asks G20 Countries to Be ‘Open and Accommodating’ to CBDCs

China’s President Xi Jinping told G20 meeting attendees this week that the group of the world’s largest developed economies should be open to central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) when developing standards for them. In a wide-ranging speech that addressed the future of the global economy in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Xi said that […]

Central Bankers, Experts Outline Possible Scenarios for CBDC Adoption

Central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) can have broad implications for the global balance of power in both finance and politics, but the optimal scenarios for adoption have yet to be found. These are some of the ideas voiced by the panelists discussing China’s digital yuan project on Wednesday. The panel was arranged by Policy 4.0, […]

ECB’s Lagarde Has ‘Hunch’ Digital Euro Will Launch in 2-4 Years

European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said she believes the region’s monetary authority will move to launch a digital version of the euro in the next two to four years. “We might well go in that direction,†Lagarde said Thursday on a virtual panel with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell and Bank of England Governor […]

Lebanon Preparing Central Bank Digital Currency for 2021 Rollout

Lebanon’s chief central banker said the country is preparing a national digital currency (CBDC) for a 2021 debut. Banque Du Liban Governor Riad Salameh told state-run media Tuesday the CBDC project is part of a “regulatory mechanism” to restore confidence in Lebanon’s troubled banking sector. Lebanon’s private banks have deep ties to the government, which […]