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Brazilian Regulators Create DLT Platform for Screening Politicians

News Four of Brazil’s financial regulatory institutions are collaborating to build a streamlined blockchain-based data-sharing platform to perform background checks on political representatives and corporations. The platform, dubbed PIER, was developed by Brazil’s central bank Banco Central do Bra..

Revolut Fast-Tracks User-Wide Crypto Support Due to Global Economic Upset

News Digital banking app Revolut has rolled out its cryptocurrency services for all standard users, saying it is widening access earlier than planned due to the global economic crisis. In an email to users on April 1, the United Kingdom-born fintech announced that cryptocurrency accounts and tradi..

Blockchain Is Not a Panacea for Finance, Says Russian Bank Official

News The Central Bank of Russia’s (CBR) first deputy governor has said that blockchain technology is not the "universal solution," many promised it would be five years ago. In an interview with Euromoney on April 2, Olga Skorobogatova took a deep dive into the bank’s initiatives, sandboxes, and ex..

Russia Postpones Its Crypto Law Again, Now Blaming Coronavirus

News After facing multiple delays, the adoption of Russia’s major cryptocurrency law will be postponed again, now due to the coronavirus. Anatoly Aksakov, chairman of the Russian State Duma Committee on Financial Markets, says that the country’s crypto law — the bill “On Digital Financial Assets” ..

Bank of France Launches Experiment Program on Central Bank Digital Currency

News As a number of global jurisdictions like the Bahamas and Sweden are already testing their central bank digital currencies (CBDC), French central bank is getting more straightforward regarding its own CBDC plans. The Bank of France is now officially launching a program of experiments to test t..

China and UK’s Planned Digital Currencies Appear to Have Little in Common

News As major central bank digital currency (CBDC) projects develop apace, it is becoming clear that not all digital coins will look, or even function the same way. A recent analysis by Chinese financial media group InterChain Pulse reveals that two of the most visible such projects — those of the..

Is Now the Time to Invest in Bitcoin?

Video With global markets tumbling out of control, will Bitcoin finally fulfill its role as a hedge asset? Is now a good time to invest in Bitcoin? CEO and co-founder of Quantum Economics Mati Greenspan and trader Michaël van de Poppe discuss how the Fed’s strategy of ‘QE to Infinity’ will help Bi..

National Digital Currencies: Not Yet Too Big to Fail

Opinion Over 30 years ago, in a January 1988 cover story emblazoned with a phoenix hovering over a paper-money inferno, The Economist offered this semi-prophetic vision of currency: “Thirty years from now, Americans, Japanese, Europeans, and people in many other rich countries, and some relativel..

Tone Vays Says Proposed Digital USD is Nothing New

News Markets trader and YouTuber, Tone Vays, says the United States’ digital dollar proposal is no different than the current system, except for its ties to the country’s federal reserve. “There is nothing technologically new here, whatsoever,” Vays said in a March 24 YouTube video, referencing t..

Russian Ministry Wants to Test Crypto and Blockchain in Regulatory Sandboxes

News Amid regulatory uncertainty for cryptocurrencies in Russia, a federal ministry introduced legislation that would legalize crypto and blockchain within a special regulatory environment. The Ministry of Economic Development of the Russian Federation has reportedly prepared a draft law that woul..

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