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Hawaii Introduces Bill Authorizing Banks to Offer Crypto Custody

News The Hawaii State Senate has passed the first reading of a bill authorizing banks to hold digital assets in their custody. The bill was introduced on Jan. 17 by five state senators, including the only Republican member of the Senate, Kurt Fevella. It passed the first reading on Jan. 21 and was..

Week Two of RBI Vs. Crypto at the Supreme Court of India

News The Supreme Court of India has this week listened to further hearings in the landmark case against the Reserve Bank of India’s ban on banks’ dealings with crypto-related businesses. On Jan. 22 and Jan. 23, proceedings continued with arguments presented by Ashim Sood, the legal counsel for the..

BIS: No Evidence of Mass Transition From CBDC Research to Pilots and Experiments

News A new survey from the Bank of International Settlements (BIS) revealed that only 10% of central banks are likely to issue a central bank digital currency (CBDC) for the general public in the short term. According to a report the BIS shared with Cointelegraph on Jan. 23, the bank surveyed 66 c..

World Economic Forum Debuts Framework for Central Bank Digital Currency

News The World Economic Forum (WEF) — together with some of the world's major central banks — has created a central bank digital currency (CBDC) policymaker toolkit. According to an announcement on Jan. 22, the toolkit is the WEF's attempt to help policy-makers understand whether deployi..

The Unstoppable Trajectory: Stablecoins Are Evolving Traditional Finances

Opinion Stablecoins may represent crypto’s best chance of achieving mainstream success and recognition from the traditional financial systems. Just recently, the president of the European Central Bank nourished this viewpoint by stating that the institution should be proactive when it comes to dig..

Hong Kong and Thailand Pilot DLT-Based Project for Cross-Border Payments

News Hong Kong and Thailand’s central banks have stepped closer to implementing a joint central bank digital currency (CBDC) for cross-border payments. On Jan. 22, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the Bank of Thailand (BOT) officially announced the outcomes of a joint CBDC research proj..

OKEx at Davos: Blockchain Best Placed to Meet the Needs of the Unbanked

News Major cryptocurrency exchange OKEx is at the 50th World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos this week, promoting blockchain technology as a new motor for the global financial system. Two presentations — delivered by the OKEx Financial Markets Director Lennix Lai on Jan. 22 at the Russia Ho..

Six Major Central Banks to Collaborate on Digital Currency Research

News The central banks of Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, European Union, Sweden and Switzerland created a group with the Bank for International Settlements (BIS) to jointly research central bank digital currencies (CBDC). According to a press release published by the Bank of England on Jan. 21..

Australian Financial Regulator Could Oversee Facebook’s Calibra Wallet

News The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) is seeking to oversee stablecoin projects like Facebook's controversial stablecoin Libra. In an official proposal to the Senate published on Jan. 20, APRA submitted a possible regulatory framework dedicated to fintech and regulatory t..

Swiss-Regulated Digital Asset Bank Plans $95M Capital Raise

News Seba, a young Swiss-based digital asset bank holding regulatory licensing, looks to attempt a secondary capital raise to garner over $95 million in additional funds. During the raise, Seba aims to secure 100 million Swiss francs, equivalent to $96.5 million, “from new investors, including fin..

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