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China’s Central Bank Completes Top-Later Design and Joint Tests of Planned CBDC

News The central bank of China has completed the top-layer design and joint testing of its soon-to-be-released central bank digital currency (CBDC). As domestic news outlet Sina reported on Jan. 10, People’s Bank of China (PBoC) accomplished the top-layer design of the planned digital yuan, develo..

China Prepares for CBDC With Cryptography Law on Encryption Standards

Analysis On Jan. 1, China’s law governing cryptographic password management came into power. Essentially, the act aims to set standards for the application of cryptography and the management of passwords, and, therefore, ultimately reduces China’s cyber vulnerabilities on a nationwide scale. Some..

ECB President Pushes for a Central Bank Digital Currency

News The president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Christine Lagarde, supports the bank’s active involvement in the development of a central bank digital currency (CBDC) to address the demand for faster and cheaper cross-border payments. In an interview with French business magazine Challenges..

China’s Central Bank Says Digital Currency Plans Are Progressing

Reports coming out of China say the country’s central bank is making progress with its plans to create a sovereign digital currency. However, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) is yet to release any official timetable for the roll-out of the proposed digital yuan. Meanwhile, commentators continue to..

ECB Policymaker Urges European Banks to Fight Libra & Private Cryptos

Jens Weidmann, president of Deutsche Bundesbank (Germany’s central bank) and policymaker for the European Central Bank (ECB) says banks in the region need to be wary of Libra and private crypto projects. Weidmann is the latest financial stakeholder in the European Union (EU) to call for banks to tak..

People’s Bank of China ‘Progressing Smoothly’ With Digital Yuan

News China’s central bank, the People’s Bank of China (PBoC), reports that it is “progressing smoothly” with its development of a government-backed digital currency. The bank issued its statement during a working conference held in Beijing from Jan. 2–3, according to an official news release publi..

Why the Fed Needs to Start Issuing Digital Dollars

Opinion In recent weeks, various central banks have indicated that they are exploring the possibility of issuing their own central bank digital currency, or CBDC. From Tunisia, which was at the center of false reports about the imminent launch of its own “e-Dinar” but confirmed it was studying the..

Key Players in Crypto and Blockchain Share Their New Year’s Wish for 2020

New Year Special The digital currency space has seen rapid growth and expansion in 2019, with heightened interest from governments and global corporations. Cryptos recovered from the 2018 bear market, when with Bitcoin (BTC) crashed to as low as $3,800, leaving numerous experts to paint a gloomy p..

The Financial System of the Future — Who Benefits From CBDCs?

Opinion In recent months, the race for the development of a central bank digital currency is gaining pace. The last signal was launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who publicly stated the need to invest public resources in blockchain, slated to be the core technology of the future. The euphor..

South Korea Forms Task Force for Central Bank Digital Currency Research

News South Korea's central bank, the Bank of Korea (BOK), plans to organize a task force dedicated to central bank digital currency (CBDC) research in the new year. In its “Monetary Policy for 2020” brief, published on Dec. 27, BOK said it would continue to build on its existing research into..

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