Bank of England joins MIT as CBDC research partner

The Bank of England and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have agreed to collaborate on a twelve-month joint research project into central bank digital currencies (CBDCs).

Alongside MIT Media Lab’s Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), the bank will explore the potential technical challenges, trade-offs, and risks involved in designing a CBDC system. The project is intended to be for research purposes only and will not result in an operational...

Biden executive order on cryptocurrency to land this week

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President Joe Biden is expected to sign an executive order on cryptocurrency this week that will mark a major step in the United States’ regulation of digital assets, according to Bloomberg.

The move comes amidst mounting concerns over Russia’s use of cryptocurrency to dodge the sanctions resulting from its invasion of Ukraine.

Treasury secretary Janet Yellen said: “We will continue to look at how the sanctions work and evaluate whether or not there are liquid...

India announces digital rupee rollout and 30% crypto tax

Taj Mahal, India

India is carving out its central bank digital currency (CBDC) plans with a digital rupee launch set for the coming financial year, as well as a 30% crypto tax.

In Tuesday’s speech on the upcoming year’s budget, Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman confirmed the launch of a CBDC by 2023 to boost economic growth.

“Introduction of a central bank digital currency will give a big boost to the digital economy. Digital currency will also lead to a more efficient and...

Bank of America expects US CBDC launch between 2025 and 2030

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The Bank of America (BoA), the US’ second largest bank after JPMorgan Chase, believes a central bank digital currency (CBDC) for the US dollar is “inevitable”, Bloomberg reports.

According to BoA digital asset strategists Alkesh Shah and Andrew Moss, CBDCs represent the next step in the advancement of electronic currencies.

The bank expects a digital US dollar to be rolled out between 2025 and 2030.

Plans for an American CBDC have been bubbling to the...

Macau expected to become testbed for China’s digital yuan

Macau, China

Macau, known as the Las Vegas of China, is likely to become a testing ground for China’s digital yuan (e-CNY) in 2022.

With casino owners preparing to bid for new licences for the first time in two decades, Reuters expects Chinese regulators to use the opportunity to force digital yuan implementation.

Major companies like Sands China and Wynn Macau have shown eagerness to cooperate.

The Government has already begun pitching ideas like appointing regulatory...

HSBC and Wells Fargo using blockchain to settle forex trades

HSBC HQ

HSBC and Wells Fargo, two of the world’s largest financial institutions, have started using blockchain technology to settle foreign currency trades.

The distributed ledger technology is being provided by Baton Systems with the aim of increasing settlement speed and efficiency.

Through Baton’s platform, the two banks are settling FX trades with real currencies and real accounts in less than three minutes.

It avoids passing the trades through CLS, a...

French central bank trials CBDC debt market system

Paris, France

The French central bank has completed a pilot of a blockchain-based CBDC designed for the country’s debt market.

The trial was led by Belgian financial services firm Euroclear using a system developed by US tech giant IBM.

After 10 months of testing and participation from more than 500 institutions in France the trial of a CBDC for government bond deals is now over.

BNP Paribas, Crédit Agricole CIB, HSBC and Société Générale were amongst some of the...

Stratis to help guide UK policy as ‘APPG Blockchain’ member

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The Stratis blockchain has joined the UK’s ‘all party parliamentary group on blockchain’ (APPG Blockchain) to contribute knowledge and help guide UK blockchain policy.

APPG Blockchain already includes major organisations like the IOTA Foundation, Capita, SAP, and the British Standards Institute (BSI).

Now, alongside Stratis, they will collaborate on developing innovative blockchain use cases as well as providing policy recommendations to guide the UK’s approach...

Fluency valued at £17m with CBDC interoperability solution

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Fluency, a CBDC blockchain enterprise platform, has raised £940,000 in seed funding to give it a £17 million valuation.

The company’s Aureum solution is being created to help build and interconnect national CBDC networks with cash retail banking, supporting the transition from cash to a CBDC.

Its smart contract platform enables issuance, distribution and exchange of multiple CBDCs between central banks, commercial banks, merchants, and consumers.

Having...

Blockchain Expo 2021: Crypto investors, CBDC, and retail participation

Cryptocurrencies.

The global blockchain technology market is estimated to accumulate $20 billion in revenue by 2024.

According to a study by Transparency Market Research (TMR), this is largely down to the rapidly rising interest among several giant companies in leveraging the disruptive potential of blockchain.

This, in turn, has created an increasingly competitive vendor landscape. Furthermore, the continuous entry of new players capitalising on the use of the process for practical...