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Bank of Ghana ‘in the Advanced Stages of Introducing a Digital Currency’— Governor Repeats Anti-Cryptocurrency Claims

Bank of Ghana ‘in the Advanced Stages of Introducing a Digital Currency’— Governor Repeats Anti-Cryptocurrency Claims

The governor of Ghana’s central bank, Ernest Addison, has said his institution is now “in the advanced stages of introducing a digital currency.†However, before its release into circulation, the digital currency—which is also known as the “e-cediâ€â€” will first have to go “through three phases.†Bank of Ghana’s Embrace of Emerging Fintechs In his […]

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 […]

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 […]

Russian Lawmakers Move to Allow Crypto Payments Under Contracts

Members of the State Duma are now working on amendments that will permit the use of cryptocurrency as a contractual means of payment. Digital financial assets are regarded as property under Russian law and the changes will legalize crypto payments between parties to a contract. State Duma to Amend Civil Code to Legalize Contractual Crypto […]

South Africa Reserve Bank Commences Retail CBDC Feasibility Study

The South African Reserve Bank (SARB) says it has commenced a feasibility study for a general-purpose retail central bank digital currency (CBDC). The study, which the SARB expects to conclude in 2022, will focus on the issuance of a domestic CBDC that can be used by consumers in South Africa for general retail purposes. Study […]

Central Bank of Nigeria Governor Says “Digital Currency Will Come to Life” but Attacks Volatile Cryptocurrencies

Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Godwin Emefiele, says digital currency “will come to life even in Nigeria†just a few months after the central bank ordered banks to stop serving the crypto industry. While acknowledging his country’s position as one of the leading crypto markets in the world, Emefiele however insists his organization is […]

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 […]

Russian Lawmakers Move to Allow Crypto Payments Under Contracts

Members of the State Duma are now working on amendments that will permit the use of cryptocurrency as a contractual means of payment. Digital financial assets are regarded as property under Russian law and the changes will legalize crypto payments between parties to a contract. State Duma to Amend Civil Code to Legalize Contractual Crypto […]

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 […]

Kenyan Capital Markets Regulator Wants Better Coordination With Other Bodies When Testing Crypto Assets

Kenya’s Capital Markets Authority (CMA) says the country needs a more encompassing approach that enables it to leverage other regulators’ expertise when testing crypto assets. Kenyan Crypto Interest Also, the Kenyan body, which favours a joint financial sector regulatory sandbox, says it is keen to forge “a common stance and joint-messaging with the Central Bank […]

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 […]

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 […]

An ECB Board Member Attacks Bitcoin, Says It ‘Does Not Fulfill the Basic Properties of Money’

Isabel Schnabel, a board member with the European Central Bank (ECB), has attacked bitcoin claiming the crypto asset “does not fulfill the basic properties of money.†She also describes bitcoin as a “speculative asset without any recognizable fundamental value and is subject to massive price swings.†Schnabel also surmises that trust in “cryptocurrencies might rapidly […]

Paypal Cofounder Peter Thiel Thinks China Is Using Bitcoin as Financial Weapon Against the US

According to Paypal cofounder Peter Thiel, the Chinese government, which detests the U.S. dollar’s reserve currency status, could be using bitcoin as a financial weapon against the U.S. While he concedes that China has no intentions of making the yuan renminbi a reserve currency, Thiel still thinks the Asian country may have longed bitcoin because […]

Starbucks Customers Can Now Pay With Bitcoin via Bakkt’s Digital Wallet App

Starbucks customers can now pay for items with bitcoin by leveraging the Bakkt digital wallet application. Bakkt’s CEO, Gavin Michael explained that 500,000 users participated in testing before the launch, as the company says it looks forward to expanding crypto assets to everyone. You Can Now Pay for Goods at Starbucks With Bitcoin You can […]

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 […]

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 […]

Microsoft President Says the World Is Best Served When Currencies Are Issued and Backed by Governments

Microsoft President Brad Smith says that “The world is best served when currencies are issued, backed by and regulated by governments.†He further emphasized that he is not a fan of encouraging the private sector to issue digital currencies. Microsoft’s President Says Currency Issuance Should Be Left to Governments Brad Smith, President of Microsoft Corp., […]

Chinese Citizens Can Now Apply for the Digital Yuan Wallet Through 6 State-Owned Banks

Following the interview with Ma Changchun, the head of the People’s Bank of China-run Digital Currency Research Institute, a recent report indicates that residents from Beijing and Shanghai can now apply for a digital yuan wallet. According to the report, six different Chinese banks will participate in the process. Beijing and Shanghai Residents Can Apply […]

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, […]

Microsoft President Says the World Is Best Served When Currencies Are Issued and Backed by Governments

Microsoft President Brad Smith says that “The world is best served when currencies are issued, backed by and regulated by governments.†He further emphasized that he is not a fan of encouraging the private sector to issue digital currencies. Microsoft’s President Says Currency Issuance Should Be Left to Governments Brad Smith, President of Microsoft Corp., […]

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 […]

Goldman Sachs Reports Rising Customer Demand for BTC: Predicts an ‘Explosion’ in the Use of Digital Currencies

John Waldron, the chief operating officer (COO) of Goldman Sachs, says the financial services giant is seeing rising customer demand to own and invest in bitcoin. Nevertheless, the COO explained that his organization was still exploring ways of satisfying this demand without running afoul of regulators. ‘How Banks Should Be Regulated When Dealing With Digital […]

The Fed Is Carefully Examining Digital Dollar — Chairman Jerome Powell Says ‘Very High Priority Project for Us’

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell has provided an update on the progress of a digital dollar. He confirmed that it is a “very high priority project†for the Fed, and agrees with U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on the benefits of issuing a digital dollar. The Fed Is Looking Carefully at a Digital Dollar Fed […]

Paid in Bitcoin: NFL Offensive Tackle Russell Okung Considered the Highest Paid in the League

At the end of December, the Carolina Panthers offensive lineman, Russell Okung told the public he would be getting half of his 13 million-dollar salary paid in bitcoin. Moreover, Okung made the decision at the right time, as the National Football League (NFL) just capped the league’s salaries at $180 million. Looking at it from […]

Paid in Bitcoin: NFL Offensive Tackle Russell Okung Considered the Highest Paid in the League

At the end of December, the Carolina Panthers offensive lineman, Russell Okung told the public he would be getting half of his 13 million-dollar salary paid in bitcoin. Moreover, Okung made the decision at the right time, as the National Football League (NFL) just capped the league’s salaries at $180 million. Looking at it from […]

Litecoin Attempts to Redeem Charlie Lee’s ‘Original Sin’ as LTC Markets Gain Momentum

Gradual warming to cryptocurrencies by financial companies combined with both retail investments and institutional interest has carved the way for litecoin’s renewed momentum in 2021. Litecoin is Riding the Bull Market to its Next Resistance Level Litecoin had a challenging start. In late 2017 its founder, Charlie Lee, allegedly sold his entire bag of LTC […]

Litecoin Attempts to Redeem Charlie Lee’s ‘Original Sin’ as LTC Markets Gain Momentum

Gradual warming to cryptocurrencies by financial companies combined with both retail investments and institutional interest has carved the way for litecoin’s renewed momentum in 2021. Litecoin is Riding the Bull Market to its Next Resistance Level Litecoin had a challenging start. In late 2017 its founder, Charlie Lee, allegedly sold his entire bag of LTC […]

Bitcoin Hits $50K, Crypto Asset Jumps 200% in 3 Months, USD Shorts Touch a Decade High

The price of bitcoin touched an all-time high surpassing the $50k handle on February 16, 2021. Cryptocurrency advocates celebrated the milestone as bitcoin has spiked more than 200% during the last 90 days and 400% against the U.S. dollar for the entire year. Bitcoin (BTC) has crossed the psychological $50,000 zone after fighting the region […]

Indian Official Provides Updates on Crypto Bill and Transition Period for Crypto Holders: Report

As the Indian government gets closer to moving forward with the cryptocurrency bill, an official from the Ministry of Finance reportedly explained what discussions the government has been having regarding the crypto bill and the impending legislation. Indian Crypto Bill’s Progress Update The Indian government is getting closer to introducing the cryptocurrency bill in Parliament. […]

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 […]

Report: Bitcoin Bull Run and Rising Awareness of Digital Currencies Led to a 20% Increase in Crypto Related Lawsuits in China

A report from China says as many as 872 lawsuits relating to cryptocurrencies were filed in the past year, a figure which is approximately 20% more than that of 2019. Using data obtained from the China Judgment Document Network (CJDN), the report shows that the province of Guangdong had the highest number with 106. Completing […]

Onboarding Institutional Crypto Investors- Coinbase Helps Execute ‘One of the Largest Digital Asset Trades in History’

Over the last year, institutional investors have been flocking toward crypto assets like bitcoin and after Microstrategy’s initial bitcoin purchase, the trending institutional demand for crypto started swelling. On Tuesday, the San Francisco trading platform Coinbase published a study that details how the company helped the firm One River Asset Management make “one of the […]

Crypto Economy Spikes More Than 11%, Entire Market Cap Captures Over $800 Billion

Digital currency markets have seen decent gains this weekend as bitcoin touched another all-time high (ATH) on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, a number of other crypto assets have seen significant price rises as well, as the entire market capitalization of all 7,500+ digital currencies in existence is hovering above the $800 billion mark. The $800 Billion […]

Crypto Economy Spikes More Than 11%, Entire Market Cap Captures Over $800 Billion

Digital currency markets have seen decent gains this weekend as bitcoin touched another all-time high (ATH) on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, a number of other crypto assets have seen significant price rises as well, as the entire market capitalization of all 7,500+ digital currencies in existence is hovering above the $800 billion mark. The $800 Billion […]

Snowden Puzzled by Bitcoin’s Lack of Scaling and Privacy, Says Devs ‘Had Years to Do It’

Just recently, the film producer and well known Youtuber, Naomi Brockwell, sat down with Edward Snowden and the two discussed a number of subjects including privacy and bitcoin. When Snowden talked about bitcoin, he delved into the protocol’s lack of progressive scaling and privacy. The famous whistleblower said that the biggest question he has is […]

IMF Cautions Central Banks May Have to Rethink What Constitutes Reserves

The IMF warns that central banks may have to rethink what constitutes their reserve currency holdings. In a recent study, the global lender points to the changing geopolitical landscape, technological advances and the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic as events likely to influence the composition of reserves. Advances in Financial Technologies In addition to the […]

Indian Crypto Trader Arrested for Allegedly Using USDT to Launder Money on Behalf of Chinese Online Betting Scammers

An Indian law enforcement agency has arrested Naisar Kothari, a cryptocurrency trader, for his role in a money-laundering scheme linked to online Chinese betting scams. The arrest was made after the country’s Enforcement Directorate (ED) detected large amounts of money “being inexplicably transferred to some cryptocurrency traders.†In addition to Kothari’s arrest, the ED conducted […]

US Representatives Add Digital Currencies to the 2021 Defense Bill

The United States government is preparing to pass the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the latest bill includes a broad definition of currencies and includes “digital currencies.†However, after more than 50 NDAA bills passed, President Donald Trump plans to veto the act which is expected to authorize more than $740.5 billion. U.S. […]

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, […]

Nigerian Authorities Put Mastermind of the Inksnation Crypto Scam on Wanted List

Nigeria’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) is seeking the public’s help in locating Omotade Sparks Amos Sewanu, the mastermind behind the Inksnation crypto scam. According to a notice published in the local media on November 11, the EFCC wants Sewanu to respond to fraud charges relating to Inksnation’s purported crypto token- Pinkoin. The Inksnation […]

Hedge Fund Manager Brian Kelly Says Increasing Institutional Interest in Bitcoin Down to its Fixed Supply

Hedge fund manager Brian Kelly says the surging number of institutional investors owning bitcoin is down to the digital currency’s core value proposition- a fixed coin supply. On the other hand, the same institutional investor interest is helping to build confidence in the top cryptocurrency while taking away some of the perceived risks. Bitcoin Value […]