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Alfa-Bank Launches Bank-as-a-Service Platform on Waves Blockchain

News Alfa-Bank and X5 Retail Group partnered to launch a blockchain liquidity management service in Russia. According to a press release published by the bank on Sept. 12, the service — dubbed Distributed Treasury and Cash Management (DTCM) — enables Alfa-Bank’s corporate clients to manage their p..

Jack Dorsey: Twitter Has No Interest in Creating Libra-Like Crypto

News Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey stated that there are no plans for a platform-specific “Twitcoin” cryptocurrency, noting that he will instead focus on promoting Bitcoin (BTC). Open standards are betterAccording to Australian news outlet The Sydney Morning Herald’s article published on Sept..

Crypto Banking Regulation Around the World, First Signs of Growth

Analysis Banking is often seen as the antithesis of Bitcoin (BTC), the very industry the nascent protocol looks to defuse and disrupt. Ironically, many banks are desperately in need of the attributes and facilities afforded by cryptocurrencies — specifically blockchain, their underlying technology..

IMF Chief Christine Lagarde Encourages Open Cryptocurrency Regulation

News European Central Bank (ECB) president candidate and International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde stated on Sept. 4 that central banks and financial supervisors should protect consumers but also be open to innovation such as cryptocurrencies. Changes are opportunitiesDuring her op..

ECB’s Yves Mersch Warns Libra Cryptocurrency Is ‘Facebook’s Siren Call’

News Yves Mersch, European Central Bank’s key legal official, said that Facebook’s Libra stablecoin is “beguiling but treacherous” during a speech at the ECB’s legal conference in Frankfurt on Monday. Bloomberg reported on Mersch’s remarks in an article published on Sept. 2. Per the report, he sai..

The Case for Crypto Funds: Transparent, Less Expensive, More Diverse

Use CaseCryptocurrencies are upending the worlds of banking, retail and payments in countless ways, but there has been one area where this burgeoning industry has somewhat fallen behind: investments. While it can be easy to build portfolios that focus on stocks and shares or fiat currencies, dive..

Santiago Stock Exchange Forms Latin America’s First Blockchain Alliance

News The Santiago Stock Exchange (STE), Central Securities Depository (DCV) and the Global Trade Directory (GTD) announced a new blockchain association. Latin America focused business intelligence firm BNamericas reports on Aug. 27 that STE, DCV and GTD have set up a consortium for blockchain fina..

India’s Kerala Blockchain Academy Partners with R3 for Dev Education

News The Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA), a government initiative under the Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, is now a general partner of R3. Local news outlet The Economic Times reported on Aug. 27 that New York-based enterprise blockchain firm R3 chose the KBA as a gener..

Australia’s Biggest Bank Says Its ‘BioTokens’ Can Help the Environment

News The Commonwealth Bank of Australia is currently prototyping blockchain tokens meant to enable landowners, environmental groups, developers and governments to invest in sustainable development. Commonwealth Bank’s ‘BioTokens’The bank announced in a press release published on its website on Aug..

Germany Grants BaFin License to Financial Firm for STO Platform

News Luxembourg-registered financial firm Black Manta Capital Partners has received a license from the German Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin) for its Security Token Offering (STO) platform. A regulated STO platform in GermanyBlack Manta Capital Partners announced on Aug. 19 that it..

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